• 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

  • Turkey's Anka UAV makes operational debut

    The Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) Anka unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) made its operational debut in early February, the Foundation to Strengthen the Turkish Armed Forces (TSKGV) announced. The mission, which took place on 5 February, saw a modified version of the Anka A medium-altitude
  • France may modernise additional Leclerc MBTs

    France is considering increasing its planned main battle tank (MBT) inventory by more than a tenth, according to French defence sources. Under current plans the French Army will operate 200 Leclerc MBTs, which will be modernised by Nexter Systems. However, this may now be increased to 225.
  • Czech Republic buys first CZ 806 Bren 2 rifles

    The Army of the Czech Republic (ACR) has signed two contracts with national firearms manufacturer Ceska Zbrojovka for the delivery of CZ 806 Bren 2 rifles, CZ 805 G1 grenade launchers, and CZ 75 SP-01 Phantom semi-automatic pistols. The first contract, worth CZK417 million (USD16.6 million), is for
  • Syrian military fields surveillance camera systems

    Syrian troops have begun using electro-optical systems to monitor battlefields, video and still imagery from multiple locations have shown. The first imagery appeared in a report by Life News Russia in early December 2015 showing a camera mounted on a telescopic mast elevated through the roof of a
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