• Germany receives first A400M airlifter

    Germany has received into service the first of 53 Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A400M Atlas transport aircraft, Airbus DS announced on 18 December. The aircraft - MSN018 - was handed over to the Bundeswehr in a ceremony at the final assembly line in Seville, Spain, on the same day as the

  • Brazil to launch new long-range radar tender

    The Brazilian Air Force hopes to soon acquire an initial five land-based 3-D long-range air surveillance radar systems to replace legacy Thales TRS2230 systems. An earlier 3-D radar programme was cancelled due to lack of funding, but after proposals had been received from ThalesRaytheonSystems,

  • First French GM406 long-range 3D radar enters service

    The French Air Force begun operating its first of three ThalesRaytheonSystems Ground Master 406 (GM406) long-range 3D air surveillance tower-mounted radar systems as of 27 November. The country's procurement agency, the DGA, began purchasing the systems from the Thales/Raytheon joint venture in

  • Slovakia to launch surveillance radar tender

    The Slovak Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 21 November announced plans to issue an international tender for a 3-D mobile air defence radar (MADR) system to replace Soviet-era legacy P-37 (1RL139) 'Bar Lock' 2-D systems in service since the 1980s. "We are seeking a radar [system] that is currently

  • Indra wins RAAF air traffic management systems contract

    Indra Australia is to supply three deployable air traffic management and control systems worth more than AUD50 million (USD44 million) to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), Defence Minister David Johnston announced on 17 November. Johnston said in a statement that the two rapidly deployable and

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  • UPDATE: Egypt reveals air defence upgrades

    Egypt has acquired new or upgraded versions of its Russian-made Buk medium-range and Tor short-range surface-to-air missiles systems, a video of a recent air defence exercise that the Ministry of Defence released on 2 November has revealed. The video shows what looks like a Buk-M2 transporter
  • Indonesia lays keel for second PKR frigate

    Key Points Indonesia holds keel-laying ceremony for second PKR frigate Defence minister sees the keel-laying as a vote of confidence in Indonesia's indigenous shipbuilding capability State-owned shipbuilder PT PAL has held a keel-laying ceremony for the Indonesian Navy's (Tentera Nasional
  • Poland orders more Radmor F@stnet radios

    The Polish Armament Inspectorate has signed a contract for Radmor VHF PR4G family F@stnet tactical communication systems worth PLN66 million (USD20 million). In total, Poland has ordered 380 Radmor RRC 9211 tactical very high frequency (VHF) manportable radios and 41 Radmor RRC 9311 AP vehicle


  • AN/ALQ-231 Intrepid Tiger II

    Type Pod-mounted communications jammer Description The AN/ALQ-231 Intrepid Tiger II communications jamming pod is about 4 m long and is described as providing the US Marine Corps (USMC) operators with uninterrupted control within the electromagnetic spectrum as well as the ability to disrupt

  • HeliOS / HeliTOW

    Type Roof-mounted sighting system Development The Saab HeliOS (Helicopter Observation System) - from 1 January 2010 the responsibility of Saab Electronic Defence Systems (EDS) - is a helicopter-mounted scout observation system which, if ordered with the HeliTOW weapons provision (originally

  • Infrared payload for SPIRALE

    Type Space-based sensor Development The SPIRALE (Système Préparatoire Infrarouge pour l'ALErte) satellite-based experimental IR missile-warning system, seen as an integral part of France's ongoing national nuclear deterrent strategy, is designed to demonstrate new technologies in


    Type Family of Directional Infrared CounterMeasures (DIRCM) applications Description The Elbit Systems Electro-optics - Elop Ltd Multi Spectral Infrared Countermeasures (MUSIC®) architecture is a fibre-laser based DIRCM solution that is designed to protect fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters