• 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

  • Russian An-140 production halted by Ukrainian sanctions

    Russia has been forced to suspend manufacture of the Antonov An-140 transport aircraft as a result of sanctions imposed by the Ukrainian government, national media reported on 3 August. Production of the twin-turboprop aircraft at Samara JSC Aviacor (also known as Aviakor), which is located
  • Rheinmetall contracted for Scout SV turrets

    Rheinmetall will manufacture the turret structures for the British Army's new Scout SV reconnaissance vehicles under a contract announced by the company on 3 August. Worth EUR130 million (USD142.5 million), the contract covers the production of the turret structure and weapon mount (TSWM) for the
  • Brazil set to receive last Gepard SPAAGs

    The last eight of 34 Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) Gepard 1A2 self-propelled anti-aircraft guns (SPAAGs) are scheduled to depart from Germany in the first week of August and arrive in Rio de Janeiro 20 days later, a source told IHS Jane's on 27 July. The Gepards were procured from Germany by the
  • Thales UK receives Scout SV sights subcontract

    Thales UK has been awarded a GBP125 million (USD195 million) subcontract for sighting and situational awareness systems for the British Army's new Scout SV tracked reconnaissance vehicles. Announced on 30 July, the subcontract from prime contractor General Dynamics UK includes 245 Orion commander
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