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  • System of systems

    Turkey’s leading defence electronics company Aselsan (Hall 1, Stand A103) is seeking to further strengthen its ties with the Jordan Armed Forces (JAF), through offering to meet the country’s border security requirements with its vast array of night vision and thermal imaging systems.

  • Cutting edge imaging

    In the UK Pavilion, Thermoteknix presents a range of thermal imaging products for defence, security and Special Forces applications. The company is showcasing the ground-breaking ClipIR Thermal Imager, as well as its TiCAM 750 Thermal Imaging Binoculars and the MicroCAM 2 range of ultra miniature,

  • Flexible, superior protection

    A major manufacturer of body armour, EnGarde, is introducing its new Flex-Pro flexible soft armour panel on Stand C107 in Hall 1. The new armour comes in both NIJ Level II and IIIA configurations and is claimed to represent an important step forward in the creation of flexible body armour panels.

  • Close quarters advance

    A much improved AA12 12-Gauge Close Quarters Combat Automatic shotgun is claimed to be the most advanced in its class. Produced by the Military Police Systems (MPS) division of the Falcon Defense Group (Hall 1, Stand B103), the original made its debut in 2009. Responding to inputs from many

  • Buy from Canada

    Chateau Marketing Consultants Inc (Hall 1, Stand C109) is announcing a new procurement service to assist Special Forces and defence agencies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region when buying Canadian equipment and services. The new service will help MENA defence organisations to better

  • Iraq looks East and West for attack helicopters

    Since the end of the war in 2003, Iraq has been steadily rebuilding its forces, assisted by US and other partners, and funded by the re-established flow of oil wealth. Beginning with light aircraft roled for general surveillance, Iraq has built a sizeable air force and army aviation component

  • Shelters for all reasons

    French company CEGELEC Défense Solutions & Services (Hall 1, Stand B125), a specialist in providing deployment solutions for defence forces and humanitarian relief organisations, is presenting two new products here at the show. Already in service with the French forces, they are now being o?ffered for the first time on the export market.

  • US court bans Russian rocket engine purchases for military space launches

    Key Points US Federal Court Judge Susan Braden has prevented the purchase of Russian-made rocket engines The legal maneuovre follows a suit filed by private launch provider SpaceX and a congressional effort to commence a new rocket engine development A US federal court judge has issued an

  • Thales Alenia Space stakes claim on UK

    Thales Alenia Space - the space technologies joint venture of Thales and Finmeccanica - has announced that it will establish a subsidiary in the UK. The decision emerged on 30 April, and was followed the next day by the announcement that Thales Alenia Space will underpin its place in the UK through

  • Ecuadorian MoD establishes aircraft and aerospace component factory

    The Ecuadorian Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the Ministry of Industries have launched a joint programme for the design and development of a light aircraft to replace the country's ageing fleet of primary trainers and crop dusters. According to both ministries there is a domestic market for 424

  • Kaman reports positive Q1 revenues

    Led by a double-digit sales increase in its Aerospace division year-on-year (Y/Y), Kaman posted largely positive financial results for the first quarter of 2014 (Q1 2014) ending 28 March 2014. Consolidated (net) sales increased to USD413.9 million, a 6.7% increase over Q1 2013, and adjusted EBITDA

  • Security for foreign firms in Colombia's capital likely to continue improving, but extortion and robbery risks persist

    Key Points Recent security deployments in Bogotá signal the current government's ongoing commitment to reducing violent crime and improving overall security risks in the Colombian capital. Overall, security in Bogotá has drastically improved over the past 10 years, and homicides have

  • BAE Systems begins new round of CFT trials for Typhoon

    BAE Systems is currently assessing the aerodynamic characteristics of conformal fuel tanks (CFTs) for the Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft, the company announced on 22 April. Wind tunnel trials of the twin 'shoulder-mounted' blister tanks are now being held to accelerate the clearance processes

  • Sikorsky demonstrates optionally piloted Black Hawk

    Sikorsky has conducted the first flight of its Optionally-Piloted Black Hawk (OPBH) helicopter during a demonstration at its West Palm Beach facility in Florida, the company announced on 21 April. The flight took place at Sikorsky's Development Flight Center on 11 March and saw the OPBH demonstrate autonomous hover and flight operations while under the control of a man-portable ground control station (GCS). This demonstration was an important milestone in the Manned/Unmanned Resupply Aerial

  • PLA may finally receive Russian S-400 SAMs

    Key Points Moscow has finally approved the export of the S-400 air defence system to China, according to high-level Russian sources The delivery schedule for the systems could be an issue Officials in the Russian defence industry also remain concerned that China will reverse-engineer the S-400

  • Election 2014: Algerian protest risks will remain high beyond presidential poll

    Key Points The cancellation shows the degree of hostility faced by Bouteflika's campaign in some areas of Algeria, particularly those with Berber populations. The 17 April 2014 election and Bouteflika's probable victory are unlikely to mark the end of such protests, especially in the Kabylie

  • Hungarian ruling alliance looks to retain constitutional majority, signalling continuing policy direction

    Key Points The ruling Fidesz-KDNP coalition of Prime Minister Viktor Orban won the 6 April parliamentary election and is set for another stable four-year term in power. Fidesz-KDNP's strong parliamentary majority signals another period of uncertainty and unpredictable policies for foreign

  • Russia likely to consider trade sanctions or cargo diversion against Latvia

    EVENT Latvian President Andris Berzins and Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma issued a joint statement on 26 March condemning political attempts to incite tension between Latvians and the country's ethnic-Russian minority. On 6 March the Latvian government adopted a resolution condemning Russia's

  • Army forces air bombardments kill one anti-government militant in Syria's Al-Quneitra

    ACCORDING to the pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, one anti-government militant was killed in army air strikes targeting militants on an unspecified location of Syria's Al-Quneitra governorate on 29 March. Casualty figures provided by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights cannot

  • MHI welcomes changes to Japanese export law

    Japan's biggest defence company, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), has welcomed Tokyo's decision to ease the country's long-standing ban on exports of locally made military equipment. MHI said in a statement on 2 April that the new guidelines, called the 'three principles on arms transfers',

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