• 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

  • UK loses Watchkeeper to accident

    The UK military lost another Thales WK 450 Watchkeeper to an accident on 13 June, when one of the British Army’s unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) crashed near West Wales Airport at Aberporth. The UAV came down close to the airfield from which it was operating, bringing to five the number of
  • Dynetics ramps up GBU-69/B production for USSOCOM

    Huntsville-based Dynetics has been awarded a USD470 million indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract to ramp up production levels of its GBU-69/B Small Glide Munition (SGM) for the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). The award follows an USSOCOM pre-solicitation notice, issued
  • UK undecided on F-35 DAS upgrade

    The United Kingdom has yet to decide if it will upgrade its Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JAF) combat aircraft with the new Distributed Aperture System (DAS) announced earlier in the month. Answering questions in the House of Commons, Guto Bebb, Minister for Defence
  • ASC International reveals its Hilux-based Hornet SOV

    ASC International displayed its Hornet Special Operations Vehicle (SOV) for the first time and told Jane’s that development of a larger 6×6 variant should be complete by the end of summer. The Hornet SOV began development in 2016 and is based on a much-modified Toyota Hilux. Its design
  • Eurosatory 2018: Arquus readies Hornet RCWS

    France’s Arquus (previously Renault Trucks Defense) has completed development of the Hornet remote controlled weapon system (RCWS) which will be fitted to future French Army armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs). The first application for the Hornet RCWS will be for the new 6×6 Griffon
  • IDF developing C2I smartwatch for field officers

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are set to introduce a new portable command, control, and information (C2I) system for its ground forces, which for the first time will serve all field officer ranks, from platoon to brigade commanders. Called Shaked (Hebrew for ‘almond’), the new system
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