HEADLINES ARCHIVE

  • Patrol the battlefield [ES2016D5]

    On 5 April, French defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian visited the Montluçon factory of Sagem (since late May known as Safran Electronics & Defense) to witness the signing of the contract ordering the Patroller UAV to answer the French Army’s tactical UAV requirements. An initial buy covers 14 air vehicles, comprising two systems with five UAVs each plus ground control stations, and four vehicles for training. First delivery is due in 2018, with initial operating clearance to be achieved a year later.

  • Giraffe raises its head [ES2016D5]

    Saab is showing its Giraffe 1X 3D short-range radar for the first time at Eurosatory. The system is one of a new family of Giraffe radars that was launched at the show two years ago, and is now fully developed and ready for production. The company is already in advanced discussions with customers.

  • US and France show solidarity [ES2016D5]

    On Wednesday, US Army Europe’s commanding officer, Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, and the commanding officer of France’s army aviation, Général de Brigade Olivier Gourlez de la Motte, visited the UH-60 Black Hawk and AH-64 Apache on show here at Eurosatory.

  • New president for ELDIG [ES2016D5]

    In a ceremony at Eurosatory, the presidency of ELDIG (European Land Defence Industry Group) was passed from Heikki Allonen, president and CEO of Finland’s Patria, to Roberto Cortesi (right), managing director of Leonardo-Finmeccanica Defence Systems Division. The presidency of the group rotates within the member companies every two years.

  • More firepower for Centauro [ES2016D5]

    Being shown at Eurosatory for the first time is the Centauro II (8x8) mobile gun system (MGS).

  • Versatile lifter [ES2016D5]

    Appearing at Eurosatory for the first time, Korea Aerospace Industries (Hall 5, Stand K490) is promoting its Surion multipurpose helicopter, which was developed with input from Airbus Helicopters.

  • Hail new Caesar [ES2016D5]

    Late last year, Nexter Systems (External Stand A600) presented its latest Caesar 155mm/52 calibre self-propelled artillery system integrated onto a Tatra (8x8) platform. Since then, some mobility and firing trials have been carried out and at Eurosatory the latest version is being shown with new features.

  • Armed and ready [ES2016D5]

    CMI Defence (Hall 5, Stands K398/K378) is showing two members of its latest Cockerill 3000 series of modular turrets for the first time at Eurosatory.

  • Ready to fire [ES2016D5]

    Lockheed Martin (Hall 6, Stand K201) has announced the award of a $331.8 million contract from the US Army for Lot 11 production of Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) rockets.

  • Puma advances [ES2016D5]

    Production of the German Puma Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle (AIFV) is now ramping up, with more than 70 production vehicles delivered to the German Army from the two production lines.

  • Expanded range [ES2016D5]

    BMC of Turkey (Hall 5, Stand G651) is showing two new vehicles at Eurosatory, the Vuran (4x4) Multi-Purpose Armoured Vehicle (MPAV) and the Kirpi (4x4) Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) in the ambulance configuration.

  • Indigenous imaging [ES2016D5]

    Pakistan’s Shibli Electronics (External Stand C391), whose core operations are in electrooptics and optronics systems, has just unveiled an indigenous line of thermal imaging systems for defence applications.

  • Backpack router [ES2016D5]

    Finnish networking specialist Savox Communications (Hall 6, Stand D301) has been chosen by an undisclosed European defence force – understood by Eurosatory Daily to be Finland – to supply its Soldier Router for the country’s future warrior programme.

  • SandCat observed [ES2016D5]

    Plasan’s SandCat utility vehicle has returned to the show this year (External Stand E160) in its latest and most advanced form, outfitted as an observation platform and equipped with a thermal imaging system.

  • Thermal sights [ES2016D5]

    Greece-based Theon Sensors (Hall 6, Stand B400) presents its new line of thermal imaging products. The Thermis brand of weapon sights is designed for light, medium and heavy weapon platforms, ranging from the likes of M16 and M4 carbines to larger sniper rifles, grenade launchers and heavy machine guns, such as the M19 and M2.

  • Hear this [ES2016D5]

    The Invisio V20 from Invisio Communications of Sweden (Hall 6, Stand J497) is a small, lightweight and rugged control unit for users connected to a single team radio with one or two talk groups.

  • Unmanned know-how [ES2016D5]

    Although the company is only four years old, Threod Systems from Estonia has built up expertise in unmanned air systems, not only producing the vehicles itself, but also engineering the associated ground control systems, autopilot, sensor gimbals and engines. The company’s EOS mini-UAS has been used in support of ISAF and KFOR operations in Afghanistan and Kosovo, respectively, while its products are the subject of a number of tenders.

  • Train and evaluate [ES2016D5]

    A simulator that allows for training and evaluating an entire mortar section and each of its members is being demonstrated at Eurosatory. Spanish firm EXPAL (Hall 6, Stand F133) applied modern simulation technology to faithfully replicate real-life situations on the battlefield in its Simox indirect fire tactical simulation system.

  • New connectors [ES2016D5]

    The Optik-D from Positronic Industries (Hall 5, Stand J701) is a fibre-optic terminus and size-8 adapter for use in its Combo-D connector family.

  • Single-source comms [ES2016D5]

    Italy-based Polomarconi Telsa (Hall 6, Stand CB371), a network of companies with specific expertise in telecoms and radio, is a true single-source provider.

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