• 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

  • Europe‚Äôs future MALE? (ES14E5)

    In recent years there has been a glut of projects for European medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) UAVs, but none has made any headway. In the meantime, Europe’s air arms have largely turned to Israel and the USA to provide capability. Last month three European aerospace heavy-hitters

  • US Navy declares IOC for ALMDS airborne counter-mine system

    The US Navy (USN) has declared initial operating capability (IOC) for its AN/AES-1 Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS), manufacturer Northrop Grumman announced on 12 January. The milestone for the ALMDS comes under two-and-a-half years after operations with the helicopter-based system
  • Japan unveils 8x8 APC prototype

    Japan's Ministry of Defense (MoD) has unveiled a prototype 8x8 armoured personnel carrier (APC) that is expected to replace the Komatsu Type 96 APC in use by the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF). Built by Japanese manufacturer Komatsu, the (Improved) Wheeled Armoured Personnel Carrier
  • Germany seeks new special forces assault rifle

    Germany's special forces are seeking new assault rifles, with the German defence procurement office issuing a tender for their purchase. According to the tender issued by the BAAINBw, Germany is interesting in purchasing 1,750 rifles in total. The new rifle is expected to replace the G36 rifles
  • Bodytrak soldier-monitoring system readies for trials

    UK-based Inova Design Solutions' Bodytrak system is set to undergo trials with the British Army and be used in support of a military charity expedition to Antarctica. Bodytrak uses an in-ear device - akin to an audio earphone - to monitor vital signs from the human body, ultimately to include core
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