• Canada to buy Blackjack UAVs

    Canada is purchasing the RQ-21A Blackjack unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the Canadian Army, the government announced on 26 August. The contract is valued at USD14.2 million and includes five UAVs and initial training. The purchase was made through a contractual agreement with the US government's

  • Chile to purchase more than 300 Mercedes Benz trucks

    Mercedes Benz has been awarded a contract to provide 330 trucks for the Chilean Army. The procurement is part of the Programa Alfil (Bishop Program) to replace the ageing military truck fleet. It includes a batch of MB Zetros 2733 6x6 and Unimog U 4000 4x4 vehicles. The Zetros are replacing legacy

  • Smith & Wesson completes Crimson Trace deal

    Firearm maker Smith & Wesson has completed its deal to acquire Crimson Trace, the company announced on 29 August. Smith & Wesson paid USD95 million for the company, using cash reserves. Crimson Trace, which makes laser sighting systems as well as lighting products for firearms, will now

  • Brazilian Army seeks additional remote weapon stations

    The Brazilian Army is to procure additional REMAX (REparo de Metralhadora Automatizado X) and UT30BR lightweight remote-controlled weapon stations from Elbit Systems' ARES, the service's Projects Management Office (EPEx) told IHS Jane's . REMAX was developed jointly with army's Science and

  • Canada announces new peace, stability ops programme

    Canada has launched a new Peace and Stabilization Operations Program (PSOPs) and pledged to make available up to 600 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel for possible UN peace operation deployments. In a 26 August announcement, the Canadian government said it would devote CAD450 million (USD346

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  • GAO warns of capability gaps after USAF A-10 retirement

    Key Points GAO has raised concerns about lost mission capability if the A-10 is retired CSAR-Sandy and FAC(A) are two mission sets that could be weakened if the USAF divests the aircraft Congressional auditors have raised concerns about potential for lost mission capability in a 24 August report
  • URC Systems readies RCIED jammers for Bangladesh Army

    Czech electronic warfare system producer URC Systems has teamed with local firm Radiant Corporation to supply the Bangladesh Army with its STAR Light 3E jammers. The jammers - designed to counter threats such as radio-controlled improvised explosive devices (RCIEDs) - will be installed onto the
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