• Update: Farnborough 2014: Michael Fallon appointed as UK defence secretary

    Michael Fallon has been appointed as the United Kingdom's new secretary of state for defence, it was announced on 15 July. Fallon replaces Philip Hammond, who had led the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) since October 2011 and was instead appointed as UK Foreign Secretary. UK Prime Minister David

  • Vote of confidence (ES14E5)

    CTAI (Nexter, Outside Stand A600) announced at Eurosatory that its 40mm Case Telescoped Armament System (CTAS) received formal qualification from the French and UK ministries of defence late in May 2014 and CTAI issued its certificates of design on 10 June. The qualification certification is a

  • Weapons partnership (ES14E5)

    Avibras of Brazil and France’s Nexter have signed an agreement this week to co-operate on the development of the Nexter Caesar artillery system to meet a Brazilian army requirement. The 155mm/52 selfpropelled howitzer is intended to use the same elements as the Astros rocket artillery system

  • Brazilian police (ES14E5)

    Israeli armoured vehicle specialist Plasan (Hall 6, Stand B402) has been selected to supply six high-performance armoured personnel carriers to answer the Brazilian military police’s Choque da PMESP requirement. The vehicles are based on a standard 4x4 chassis but have been re-engineered to

  • RAPIDFire engages UAV (ES14E5)

    Thales (Outdoor Stand A690) has confirmed that its RAPIDFire 40mm self-propelled (SP) air defence system successfully tracked and shot down two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) during firing trials in southern France earlier this year. RAPIDFire has been developed to rapidly engage very small targets

  • UK to deploy Sentinel surveillance aircraft to Iraq

    The UK is to deploy a pair of Raytheon Sentinel R.1 Airborne Stand-Off Radar (ASTOR) surveillance aircraft to the Middle East to bolster its support of the international mission against the Islamic State in Iraq. The deployment, which was announced by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 26 March, will
  • DRDO makes progress with more Astra BVRAAM tests

    Two Astra (Mk I) air-to-air beyond-visual-range (BVR) missiles have been test fired from an Indian Air Force (IAF) Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter off the Odisha coast, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) announced on 19 March. A test on 18 March "aimed at confirming the missile's
  • OneSKY points the way for civil-military harmonisation

    Thales is working with Airservices Australia and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) on the development of the Civil Military Air Traffic Management System (CMATS) under the OneSKY programme. The three principal delivery partners argue that CMATS, which costs around AUD600 million (USD468.9
  • Croatia displays new AFV fleets

    The Croatian Armed Forces (CAF) presented new armoured vehicles at their Gasinci training grounds on 20 March. Four variants of the Patria Armoured Modular Vehicle (AMV) were presented: medical, logistical, and command versions, plus an armoured personnel carrier variant fitted with a Kongsberg
  • Brazil inducts locally developed 30 mm ammunition

    The Brazilian Army is scheduled on 20 March to officially induct 30x173 mm ammunition developed by local company Companhia Brasileira de Cartuchos (CBC), intended for the ATK Mk44 Bushmaster automatic cannon that arm the AEL Sistemas UT30BR remote weapon station. A batch of 30,000 rounds comprised
  • US general: LCMR radars working well for Ukraine

    AN/TPQ-49 Lightweight Counter-Mortar Radars (LCMRs) have been highly effective for the Ukrainian military, according to the top US Army general in Europe. Ukrainian use of the LCMR "has turned out better than expected", and Ukrainian military units have found "new ways" of using
  • SANG upgrades airfield technology

    Thales is set to install navaids and tower equipment for two new airfields being built near Riyadh for the Saudi Arabian National Guard (SANG). One airfield is under construction at Khashm Al An, which abuts the eastern outskirts of the capital, Riyadh. This base will have a 2,000 m-long paved
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