• Poland signs HIMARS contract

    On 13 February Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak signed a contract for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) in the presence of President Andrzej Duda and US Vice President Mike Pence. The USD414 million Foreign Military Sales contract covers the procurement of 20 HIMARS

  • Boeing wins out in XLUUV race

    Boeing has been selected to develop and manufacture a new class of Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (XLUUV) for the US Navy (USN), edging out competition from Lockheed Martin. Designed to be deployed from a shore base or a host amphibious ship platform, the Orca XLUUV is an accelerated

  • IDEX 2019: SAMI, Naval Group sign collaboration agreement

    French naval firm Naval Group and Saudi Arabia’s Saudi Arabia Military Industries (SAMI) signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) on 17 February to create a joint venture (JV) in the kingdom focused on the naval sector. Under the proposed joint venture, the two companies will work on supporting

  • Eurosam/OCCAr progress key elements of SAMP/T Block 1NT system

    The Eurosam consortium, under the auspices of the Organisation Conjointe de Coopération en matière d'Armement (OCCAr - Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation) is expected to complete the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) for key elements of the SAMP/T B1 NT (new technology)

  • French Rafales conduct first Meteor firings

    French Air Force (FAF) and navy Rafale combat aircraft conducted the first test firings of the Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile on 13 February, the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), the French defence procurement agency, announced on its website on 15 February.

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  • US Army to acquire Carl-Gustaf M4

    The US Army has signed a three-year framework agreement with Saab Dynamics to acquire the 84 mm Carl-Gustaf M4 (CGM4) lightweight reusable shoulder-fired recoilless weapon system. In September 2017 the Army announced an intention to rapidly acquire about 1,111 GGM4s – with an equal number of
  • Russian deploys new CBRN vehicle to Syria

    Russia has deployed its newest chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) reconnaissance vehicle to Syria to operate with military police units patrolling the Idlib de-escalation zone. An RKhM-6 vehicle was seen in footage shown by the Russia 24 television network on 7 November that was


  • Mk 20 Electro-Optical Sensor System (EOSS)

    Type Naval Fire-Control System (FCS). Development In 2005, following a competitive procurement process, Kollmorgen Electro-Optical (acquired by L-3 Communications in February 2012 and now operating as L-3 KEO) was chosen to provide the US Navy (USN) with an EOSS as part of the CG-47