• 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

  • Ecuador loses another Dhruv helo to crash

    The Ecuadorian Air Force (Fuerza AĆ©rea Ecuatoriana: FAE) lost a Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Dhruv utility helicopter to a training accident in late January, the second to be lost this month and the fourth since deliveries began in 2009. The accident, which is reported to have occurred
  • F-35 weapons certification on track for this year

    The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter is expected to complete full weapons certification this year after conducting several significant milestones since September 2014, the Pentagon said in a 15 January statement. "The weapons development programme continues to track
  • SpaceX drops lawsuit against USAF over launch vehicle contract

    Key Points SpaceX has dropped a lawsuit against the USAF over a 2014 EELV contract Although the block buy from ULA will proceed, the USAF did pledge to re-examine its certification process for new competitors SpaceX has agreed to drop its lawsuit relating to the US Air Force's (USAF's) Evolved
  • USMC prepares for amphibious combat vehicle contest

    Key Points The USMC is looking to acquire 204 ACV 1.1 vehicles between 2018 and 2022 ACV 1.2 will reintroduce an organic over-the-horizon, ship-to-shore capability The US Marine Corps (USMC) is assessing industry responses to the second of two draft requests for proposals (RfPs) for an
  • UK MoD eyes BMC4I capability for the Falklands

    Key Points LEAPP-type solution is expected to be acquired to provide air defence for the Falklands by mid-2016 LMUK likely to position SAMS for Falklands and Australian requirements The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is expected to imminently issue a Dynamic Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (DPQQ)
  • Indian Navy selects OTO Melara 127/64 LW gun

    Key Points OTO Melara's 127/64 LW - Vulcano gun system has been chosen to arm 13 Shivalik-class frigates and Delhi-class destroyers OTO Melara was the sole bidder for the requirement after BAE Systems decided not to go for the contest India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) recently approved the INR15
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