• 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

  • South Korea opts for Airbus in tanker-transport requirement

    Airbus has beaten off competition from both Boeing and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to supply the Republic of Korea with tanker-transport aircraft, the government announced on 30 June. The Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) is to receive four Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A330-200 MultiRole
  • US Army to ramp-up Hellfire production

    The US Army has ordered an increase in production of the AGM-114 Hellfire laser-guided missile from the current 500 all-up rounds (AURs) per month to 650 AURs per month, the Department of Defense (DoD) disclosed on 25 June. The USD18 million contract awarded to original equipment manufacturer
  • Triton due-regard radar design shows progress

    Key Points The USN has resumed funding for Triton due-regard radar development Northrop Grumman has shown progress in miniaturising the technology for the UAV Northrop Grumman has received a USD39 million contract modification "for the correction of deficiencies" to the design of a
  • Djibouti parades Chinese tank destroyer

    The Djiboutian Armed Forces (FAD) displayed a single Norinco WMA301 Assaulter tank destroyer during the country's independence day parade on 27 June. The Assaulter is comprised of the hull of a WZ551 6x6 armoured personnel carrier armoured with a 105 mm gun mounted in a three-person turret. It has
  • Finland orders more NLAW missiles

    The Finnish Defence Forces have ordered more Next generation Light Anti-tank Weapons (NLAWs) from Saab Dynamics, the Finnish Defence Forces Logistics Department has announced. The contract, worth EUR32 million (USD35.5 million), also includes night vision devices from Millog and training tools from
  • Sagem enhances French Army FELIN kit

    Sagem, a division of French group Safran, announced on 3 April it had won a contract from the French Direction générale de l'armement (DGA) procurement organisation to add several improvements to the French Army's FELIN V1 (Fantassin à Équipements et Liaisons Intégrés)
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