• Intelligence in miniature

    With the strapline ‘Own the element of surprise’, Canadian firm Aeryon (Hall 1, Stand B150) believes its SkyRanger mini-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is the answer to covert surveillance. The almost noiseless, tiny UAV (1,020mm diameter deployed) has an endurance of 50 minutes, flying

  • Successful M-ATV range expanded

    Oshkosh has launched new versions of its M-ATV (mine-resistant, ambush-protected all-terrain vehicle) here at SOFEX to expand the successful vehicle family. The M-ATV range has been expanded to six versions based on two models. Designed primarily for offensive and defensive operations in the

  • Aiming for more

    Lockheed Martin’s Missiles and Fire Control division (Hall 1, Stand C101) is no stranger to the Middle East, and Jordan in particular. The Jordanian Armed Forces (JAF) operate several important products from the company, such as the Javelin anti-armour weapon (a joint venture with Raytheon),

  • Calibres for small spaces

    Among the wide variety of ammunition calibres produced by Brazilian manufacturer CBC (Hall 1, Stand B101) is the limited range 12.7x99mm (.50). Available in ball and tracer, these rounds are designed for use in space constrained training firing ranges and sensitive populated environments.

  • Mask Kombination

    Avon Protection (Hall 6, Stand A619) and German helmet manufacturer Schuberth have introduced the HMK150 Helmet Mask Kombination system specifically designed for CBRN respiratory protection and riot control. Based on Avon’s advanced 50 Series mask platform, the system features unique visor

  • China's Z-11WB light helo takes first flight

    China's Avicopter Z-11WB light helicopter made its first flight in Jingdezhen, home of the Changhe Aircraft Industries Group, on 28 September. The Z-11WB is the military version of the 2.2-tonne, six-passenger AC-311 light helicopter that first flew in November 2010. This, in turn, is a
  • US Navy conducts first AARGM Block 1 live-fire test

    Key Points Block 1 software upgrade addresses deficiencies identified in AARGM Block 0 during IOT&E in FY 2011-2012 F-35 JPO expected to issue a sole source contract to Lockheed Martin to assist Block 4 integration efforts of an extended range AARGM variant into Lightning II The US Navy (USN)
  • Boeing gets development deal for USAF F-15 EW suite

    Key Points The USAF has selected Boeing as the prime contractor on a new digital EW suite for the F-15 Eagle EPAWSS will replace TEWS, which has been in service since the 1980s The US Air Force (USAF) selected Boeing as the prime contractor on a new digital electronic warfare suite for its F-15
  • Australia signs AUD1.3 billion Hawkei 4x4 deal

    Key Points Australia has ordered 1,100 Hawkei 4x4s from Thales The Hawkei, which will replace unprotected Land Rovers, was downselected in 2011 The Australian Defence Force (ADF) is to acquire 1,100 Hawkei 4x4 light protected mobility vehicles at a cost of AUD1.3 billion (USD910 million) to
  • DSEI 2015: Beretta unveils ARX-200 battle rifle

    Beretta Defense Technologies showed off its awaited ARX-200 7.62x51 mm combat rifle at DSEI 2015 in London. Developed to the requirements of the Italian Army, the ARX 200 is currently being qualified according to NATO AC 225/LCG1 rules. The new rifle draws on the experience acquired with the
  • UK orders more Saab Giraffe AMB radars

    The British Armed Forces have ordered additional Giraffe AMB (Agile Multi-Beam) 3-D air-defence radars from Saab, the company announced on 24 August. Worth SEK610 million (USD74.6 million) the contract also includes the upgrade of the United Kingdom's existing Giraffe radars to the latest
  • Kongsberg debuts new ADC console

    Key Points Kongsberg expects to complete qualification of the ADC by the end of 2015 The company sees additional applications for the same FDC architecture in other roles, including coastal defence, artillery/fire support, and high-echelon command-and-control Kongsberg Defence Systems has
  • Canada turns to Asterix for stop gap at-sea support

    Key Points Commercial container ship MV Asterix to be converted into the RCN's interim AOR by Chantier Davie The German-built vessel is expected to arrive from Singapore in early October for conversion at a cost of CAD250-300 million Two shipyards in eastern Canada are preparing to convert a
  • Lockheed Martin to qualify ExLS CAMM launcher in 2016

    Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training is completing manufacture of its Extensible Launching System (ExLS) Stand Alone Launcher ahead of qualification testing next year that will pave the way for ship integrations with MBDA's Common Anti-air Modular Missile (CAMM). The three-cell ExLS Stand
  • DSEI 2015: Terma launches new small ship mission system

    Danish systems and sensors house Terma unveiled a new compact tactical mission system for small ships at DSEI 2015 in London. Based on the company's full-sized C-Flex combat management system, C-Flex Compact is a scaled-down version designed to meet the requirements of maritime patrol vessels