• 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 conducts first AARGM Block 1 live-fire test

    Key Points Block 1 software upgrade addresses deficiencies identified in AARGM Block 0 during IOT&E in FY 2011-2012 F-35 JPO expected to issue a sole source contract to Lockheed Martin to assist Block 4 integration efforts of an extended range AARGM variant into Lightning II The US Navy (USN)
  • Boeing gets development deal for USAF F-15 EW suite

    Key Points The USAF has selected Boeing as the prime contractor on a new digital EW suite for the F-15 Eagle EPAWSS will replace TEWS, which has been in service since the 1980s The US Air Force (USAF) selected Boeing as the prime contractor on a new digital electronic warfare suite for its F-15
  • Australia signs AUD1.3 billion Hawkei 4x4 deal

    Key Points Australia has ordered 1,100 Hawkei 4x4s from Thales The Hawkei, which will replace unprotected Land Rovers, was downselected in 2011 The Australian Defence Force (ADF) is to acquire 1,100 Hawkei 4x4 light protected mobility vehicles at a cost of AUD1.3 billion (USD910 million) to
  • DSEI 2015: Beretta unveils ARX-200 battle rifle

    Beretta Defense Technologies showed off its awaited ARX-200 7.62x51 mm combat rifle at DSEI 2015 in London. Developed to the requirements of the Italian Army, the ARX 200 is currently being qualified according to NATO AC 225/LCG1 rules. The new rifle draws on the experience acquired with the
  • 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
  • Kongsberg debuts new ADC console

    Key Points Kongsberg expects to complete qualification of the ADC by the end of 2015 The company sees additional applications for the same FDC architecture in other roles, including coastal defence, artillery/fire support, and high-echelon command-and-control Kongsberg Defence Systems has