• 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’s 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

  • Elbit announces Hermes 900 deal for Switzerland

    Elbit Systems has been awarded an approximately USD200 million contract by the Swiss government for the procurement of its Hermes 900 unmanned aircraft systems (UASs), the company announced on 26 November. The contract, which was placed by the Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection
  • Embraer to integrate Rockwell Collins' CHADCS on KC-390s

    Embraer will outfit its Embraer KC-390 transport aircraft bound for the Brazilian Air Force with Rockwell Collins' Aerial Delivery Control System (CHADCS), the companies announced on 11 November. CHADCS is used "to hold, monitor, and execute precision air drops of cargo, vehicles, and troops
  • SDSR 2015: British Army reform plans left vague

    Key Points A lack of detail in UK's 2015 SDSR has raised a question mark over the future of one of the British Army's three MBT-equipped armoured cavalry regiments Meanwhile, the Ajax reconnaissance vehicles purchased to support British Army's three current armoured infantry brigades are now to be
  • IDF to get new Meprolight sights

    The Israeli optics company Meprolight has said it will deliver "thousands" of its MEPRO M5 weapon sights to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) from December. The M5 red dot sight is designed for 'both-eyes-open' shooting and can be used with magnification devices and night-vision goggles.