Albania to set up ‘Balkan West Point', receives six UAVs from US

by Igor Bozinovski

Albania is to model its future Armed Forces Academy on the United States Military Academy (USMA), otherwise known as West Point, Albanian Defence Minister Niko Peleshi told Tirana-based TV station News24 on 29 September.

“Our long-term ambition is to have in Albania a West Point that would serve the western Balkans, i.e. a regional West Point,” said Peleshi, explaining that this process will begin with construction of a modern campus that should be completed in 2023.


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Elbit Systems divests Ashot Ashkelon holding

by Charles Forrester

Israel's Elbit Systems announced on 21 October that it had signed an agreement to sell its 84.98% stake in component manufacturer Ashot Ashkelon to private equity fund FIMI Opportunity Funds.

The deal is valued at USD88 million and will involve Elbit Systems also selling its capital notes in the firm to FIMI. An expected timeline for the sale was not disclosed, however, it remains subject to regulatory approvals and other closing terms.

The remaining 15.02% of the company stake will be a free-float on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.


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US Army's unfunded requirement request for FTUAS would accelerate fielding

by Pat Host

A scaled-up version of Textron Systems' Aerosonde HQ UAV on display at the 2021 Association of the United States Army's annual trade show in Washington, DC. Textron Systems is offering this scaled-up Aerosonde HQ for FTUAS Increment 2. (Janes/Pat Host)

The US Army's USD79 million unfunded requirement request for the Future Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (FTUAS) in fiscal year (FY) 2022 would accelerate system fielding by two years.


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US Army insists on human-piloted rotorcraft for armed reconnaissance mission instead of UAV

by Pat Host

A US Air Force MQ-9 Reaper UAV pictured on 5 August at March Air Reserve Base in California. The US Army insists on having a piloted rotorcraft perform the armed reconnaissance mission, though an expert said the service could do it, and do it cheaper, with an MQ-9. (US Air National Guard)

The US Army insists it needs a human-piloted Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) helicopter to perform the armed reconnaissance mission despite experts telling Janes the service could perform the mission with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Brigadier General Robert Barrie, programme executive officer for aviation, told


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