• 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

  • USN kicks off LRASM integration on F/A-18E/F

    The US Navy (USN) has begun initial integration of Lockheed Martin's Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) onto the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet carrier-borne strike fighter. Fit checks are currently being conducted at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Maryland, ahead of the start of airworthiness
  • Airbus DS demos Sferion counter-DVE system for helicopters

    Airbus Defence and Space (DS) has successfully demonstrated its 'Sferion' degraded visual-environment (DVE) system for helicopters, the company announced on 14 August. The demonstration, which took place during the German Army Aviation's Helicopter Forum at its International Training Centre in
  • New Zealand selects LMT rifle for Steyr replacement

    US small arms manufacturer Lewis Machine & Tool Co (LMT) has been named the preferred tenderer in the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) Individual Weapon Replacement programme. IHS Jane's understands that LMT's AR-15-derived CQB16 has been selected to replace the Steyr AUG A1 assault rifle in
  • UK orders more Saab Giraffe AMB radars

    The British Armed Forces have ordered additional Giraffe AMB (Agile Multi-Beam) 3-D air-defence radars from Saab, the company announced on 24 August. Worth SEK610 million (USD74.6 million) the contract also includes the upgrade of the United Kingdom's existing Giraffe radars to the latest
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