• AVIC subsidiary sells shares to boost expansion

    AVIC Electromechanical Systems, a subsidiary of the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) that is involved in systems development for Chinese military and commercial aircraft, has announced plans to raise CNY2.6 billion (USD424 million) in a private placement of shares. The

  • China building coastguard ship based on Type 056 corvette hull

    Photographs have appeared on Chinese military websites of a China Coast Guard (CCG) vessel under construction at the Huangpu shipyard in Guangzhou, southern China, with a hull form that appears to be derived from the Type 056 Jiangdao corvette. The Huangpu shipyard has built five of the 17 Type 056

  • China readies indigenous special mission aircraft production

    Chinese state-owned defence equipment firm China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC) revealed that it has entered into an agreement with Austrian light aircraft constructor Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH to indigenously develop and manufacture special mission aircraft based on the DA42

  • Czech Republic seeks new transport aircraft

    The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced plans to buy one or two medium-sized tactical transport aircraft. Currently, the Army of the Czech Republic (ACR) operates four Airbus Military C295 medium tactical transport aircraft that fulfil the service's air transport needs. The aircraft,

  • F-35 procurement programme leaks cloud Canadian fighter plans

    Canadian defence sector stakeholders are scratching their heads yet again, following the leak earlier this month that suggested the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper has not been upfront regarding its jet fighter procurement plans. Officially, the Tory government had committed to

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  • Indian MoD signs up for ACTAS towed array

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed an INR3.06 billion (USD51million) deal with Germany's Atlas Elektronik for six low frequency Active Towed Array Sonar (ACTAS) systems to be fitted to Indian Navy (IN) warships. The urgency of the requirement to safeguard its assets, continually


  • AN/PEQ-17 Portable Lightweight Designator/Rangefinder (PLDR)

    Type Laser rangefinder/designator Development Launched in 2006, the Elop (now Elbit Systems Electro-Optics Elop Ltd) Portable Lightweight Designator/Rangefinder (PLDR) is a combined laser designator and rangefinder, intended for use by ground-based forward air controllers (designating and ranging


    Type Thermal imager Development The ARTIM is a ruggedised dual field-of-view remotely controlled thermal imaging camera from what is now Elbit Systems Electro-Optics Elop Ltd., based on the company's Thermal Imaging Modules (TIM) for night observation and target acquisition applications. It is


    Type Thermal imager Development The ARTIM-LR thermal imaging camera/night sight is an extended-range version of the ARTIM (see separate entry), developed by what is now Elbit Systems Electro-Optics Elop Ltd. It is intended for fixed-based or portable observation and target acquisition missions

  • Commander's Panoramic Sight (CPS)

    Type AFV commander's sight Development The Elbit Systems Electro-Optics (formerly Elop) range of Commander's Panoramic Sights (CPS) is optimised for use on MBTs and AFVs. Known to IHS Jane's since 2003, it provides the MBT/AFV commander with high quality viewing capability for target acquisition