• 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

  • German Typhoons not subject to Russian aggression

    The German Air Force (GAF) is not seeing a more confrontational attitude from Russian pilots it is intercepting over the Baltic region, despite concerns being raised by Western leaders of increased aggression over recent weeks. Speaking during a media tour of Amari Air Base, Estonia, on 17
  • USAF approves JASSM-ER FRP

    Key Points JASSM-ER is expected to enter FRP in 2017 Lockheed Martin is capable of producing up to 360 of the stealthy cruise missiles per year The US Air Force (USAF) has approved full-rate production (FRP) for the Lockheed Martin AGM-158B Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile - Extended Range
  • Estonian Air Force seeks enhanced C2, and to support allies

    The Estonian Air Force is to prioritise its efforts towards developing a more advanced command and control (C2) capability over the coming years, as well as ensuring that it is properly equipped and prepared to host NATO allies in the Baltic republic. Speaking to journalists at Amari Airbase near
  • Analysis: Hamas displays long-range rockets

    The Palestinian militant group Hamas provided an insight into its rocket manufacturing programme on 14 December when it paraded its longer-range models for the first time through Gaza city. The rockets on display included the self-produced J-90 and R-160, as well as a quad launcher for the M-75 and
  • UPDATE: Egypt reveals air defence upgrades

    Egypt has acquired new or upgraded versions of its Russian-made Buk medium-range and Tor short-range surface-to-air missiles systems, a video of a recent air defence exercise that the Ministry of Defence released on 2 November has revealed. The video shows what looks like a Buk-M2 transporter
  • Poland orders more Radmor F@stnet radios

    The Polish Armament Inspectorate has signed a contract for Radmor VHF PR4G family F@stnet tactical communication systems worth PLN66 million (USD20 million). In total, Poland has ordered 380 Radmor RRC 9211 tactical very high frequency (VHF) manportable radios and 41 Radmor RRC 9311 AP vehicle
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