• 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

  • US Army plans rotorcraft upgrades under budget pressure

    The US Army must modernise its legacy helicopter fleet until its hoped-for Future Vertical Lift (FVL) programme begins fielding in the 2030s, the army's senior aviation official said on 29 January. "That's 25 years … that we can't put at risk," said Major General Michael Lundy, the
  • F-35 weapons certification on track for this year

    The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter is expected to complete full weapons certification this year after conducting several significant milestones since September 2014, the Pentagon said in a 15 January statement. "The weapons development programme continues to track
  • Estonia completes air surveillance programme

    Estonia completed the creation of its military air surveillance network on 27 January, with the formal handover of its final ThalesRaytheonSystems (TRS) GM400-family radar system to the Estonian Air Force. The radar, installed at the Tõika air force facility near Otepää in the
  • Images confirm ERA fit on Taiwan's CM11 tanks

    Recent photographs have confirmed that at least part of the Republic of China Army (RoCA) fleet of CM11 main battle banks (MBT) have been upgraded with the installation of explosive reactive armour (ERA). The CM11 MBT is essentially a brand new US-supplied General Dynamics Land Systems M60 hull
  • Russia selects new assault rifles

    The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has selected two assault rifles manufactured by Kalashnikov Concern as new standard issue firearms for the Russian Ratnik soldier modernisation programme. "We have already made a deal and selected assault rifles from Izhmash. It won in cost to
  • UK MoD eyes BMC4I capability for the Falklands

    Key Points LEAPP-type solution is expected to be acquired to provide air defence for the Falklands by mid-2016 LMUK likely to position SAMS for Falklands and Australian requirements The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is expected to imminently issue a Dynamic Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (DPQQ)
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