• More roles for MPCV (ES14E2)

    MBDA’s Multi Purpose Combat Vehicle (MPCV) is currently in production for the export market in the air defence role, with the first deliveries made in 2013. It is on display on Outside Stand D550. This is fitted with a remote controlled turret (RCT) with two Mistral fire-and-forget

  • Analysis: Why has the Iraqi army struggled to counter ISIL advance?

    As ISIL militants seize Iraqi cities at an unprecedented pace, Iraqi Army (IA) divisions have disintegrated across the northern provinces. ISIL is now reported to have operational presence in large areas of the provinces of Ninawa, including its capital Mosul and one of Iraq’s largest cities,

  • Bridging the gap (ES14E2)

    Switzerland has taken delivery from WFEL (Hall 5A, Stand K461) of its first batch of Dry Support Bridge (DSB) systems in the latest 46m configuration. In December 2011, the Swiss Army placed a £57 million order for a total of 10 bridging systems but with 14 launch vehicles. Final deliveries

  • Finland orders logistic trucks (ES14E2)

    Finland’s defence forces have awarded Scania (Hall 6, Stand H303) a contract for 184 logistic support trucks. The contract is valued at about €66 million, and includes an option for an additional 69 trucks plus service and maintenance contracts for six plus six plus three years. A variety

  • Eurosatory 2014: BAE displays Terrier CEV

    The BAE Systems Combat Vehicles UK Terrier Combat Engineer Vehicle (CEV) is being shown for the first time outside the UK here on Outdoor Stand G20. Just before Eurosatory, the Terrier CEV was demonstrated at the French Army Engineer School in Angers, which has a requirement to replace its

  • Analysis: After ISIL seizes key territory in offensive across northern Iraq what happens next?

    Following the collapse of security forces in Mosul and the advance of militant group ISIL towards Baghdad, IHS Jane’s looks at the scenarios that may unfold in the coming days and weeks: Next steps for ISIL ISIL is almost certain to attempt to exploit the current momentum of its offensive in northern Iraq and seize as much

  • Eurosatory 2014: GDELS-SBS displays latest ASCOD 2

    General Dynamics European Land Systems Santa Bárbara Sistemas (GDELS – SBS) is presenting its latest ASCOD 2 (Austrian Spanish Co-Operative Development) in the armoured personnel carrier (APC) configuration in Hall 5, Stand E850. ASCOD 2 was one of five vehicles recently tested by the

  • Exelis acquires Celestech

    Exelis announced that it has completed the acquisition of Arizona-based firm Celestech on 12 June. Celestech specialises in advanced signal processing for use in intelligence operations and electronic warfare; wireless communications networks operating across satellite and terrestrial systems;

  • Eurosatory 2014: Nexter displays VBCI with 30 mm OWS

    To meet potential export requirements for customers who want more firepower, the Nexter Systems VBCI infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) is being shown at Eurosatory for the first time fitted with the Italian Oto Melara 30mm Overhead Weapon Station (OWS). It is armed with the combat proven ATK Armament

  • Eurosatory 2014: Saab to integrate new projectile variants for disposable shoulder-launched rocket system

    Saab is in the final stages of integrating two new projectile variants for its AT4 84mm disposable shoulder-launched rocket system. The new variants significantly expand the versatility of the weapon system, which has made the AT4 the market-leader in its class, with sales to more than 15 countries.

  • Exhaustive Eurosatory (ES14E1)

    Eurosatory has ratified its position as the unquestionable leader among the world’s land and air-land defence and security shows with 1,502 exhibitors this year, a 5 per cent rise on the 1,432 exhibiting in 2012… and a 35 per cent jump on the 978 exhibiting a decade ago! The number of

  • Un démonstrateur pour une succession ? (ES14F1)

    Fruit d’un financement partagé entre la DGA et Renault Trucks Défense (France), le BMX01 fait sa première apparition. Démonstrateur de mobilité et de protection lancé en juin 2010, il préfigure le futur VBMR (Véhicule Blindé

  • TTP claims responsibility for Karachi attack

    The Taliban in Pakistan (TTP) says it carried out a grenade and firearm attack on 8 June at Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, Pakistan. A total of 28 people have been reported dead, including 14 members of the Airport Security Force (ASF) and all 10 of the attackers. Security officials

  • Exports from Port Sudan face risk of partial disruption from escalating worker protests

    EVENT On 26 May, the Ports Engineering Company of Southern Port and Port Sudan announced that striking workers would be dismissed. Truck drivers of the Containers Transportation Department have been striking since 23 May to demand higher wages and fixed-term contracts. On the day of the

  • South Korea to resume production of indigenous ASW missile

    South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on 25 May that it has improved the accuracy of a homegrown ship-launched anti-submarine missile and is on track towards restarting its mass production. The Korean Anti-Submarine Rocket (K-ASROC), or Hongsangeo as it is

  • QinetiQ acquires optics firm as US services division divested

    UK technology company QinetiQ will expand its OptaSense subsidiary through the acquisition of low noise semi-conductor laser manufacturer Redfern Integrated Optics (RIO). In a statement on the acquisition released on 22 May, OptaSense Managing Director Magnus McEwen-King said the acquisition would

  • Risks of IED attacks against energy assets in Colombia's Antioquia to continue despite ceasefire or possible peace agreement

    EVENT Soldiers de-activated an improvised explosive device (IED) in the area around the 2,400-megawatt Ituango hydroelectricity mega-project (Hidroituango), Antioquia, on 25 May, according to the army's Fourth Brigade. The commander of the Fourth Brigade, General Néstor Robinson Vallejo,

  • Elbit's new Spear promises heavy mortar punch for light vehicles

    Elbit Systems unveiled a 120 mm mortar system for unstabilised lightweight vehicles at Israel's International Fire Conference. The new Soltam Spear features a soft-recoil system that reduces the firing load of the mortar from the traditional 120 tons to less than 10 tons. This enables the mortar to

  • Pratt continues AETD design work, preps for 2016 testing

    United Technologies' Pratt and Whitney military engines unit is working on the final two years of design work on the Pentagon's Adaptive Engine Technology Development (AETD) programme, according to the company official who oversees the company's sixth-generation engine work. AETD "goes through

  • Nigerian militants determined to escalate IED attacks in Niger Delta pose severe risk of damage to oil refineries

    EVENT The Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND) claimed responsibility on 19 May for an improvised explosive device (IED) attack the previous day on the pipeline terminating at the Refinery Jetty in Okrika, Port Harcourt. The Refinery Jetty belongs to the state agency, the Nigeria