• Sonobuoys shrink for UAVs [DSEI15, D1]

    A new generation of miniaturised sonobuoys sized for delivery from unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) is being developed by Ultra Electronics Sonar Systems (Stand S2-380). Autonomous vehicles will play an increasing role in the future maritime battlespace as navies look to embrace network-enabled

  • A sensitive case [DSEI15, D1]

    First-time exhibitor at DSEI, B&W International of Germany (Stand N2-365), which has its own production facility in Joaxing, China, is hoping to make further inroads into the military sector with its versatile outdoor cases, designed for sensitive portable items. Its cases are not only

  • Force to be reckoned with [DSEI15, D1]

    Three models of a new kind of fast patrol vehicle are being shown by the CS-Force Company (Stand N9-164). Military and security missions, border and coastguard patrol, disaster relief transportation, and mountain rescue are just a few roles the UK manufacturer is targeting with its lightweight and

  • Night into day [DSEI15, D1]

    OPTIX JSC of Bulgaria (Stand S6-200) is showing its newest product, the all-weather NVA-10 clip-on device (above) that in combination with any riflescope converts a weapon into a fully functional night vision weapon system. The clip-on device incorporates mirror lens objective, which results

  • See without being seen [DSEI15, D1]

    Czech concern ERA (Stand N8-322) is addressing the air defence and surveillance needs of military and security forces with its Vera-NG passive surveillance system designed for detection, location, identification and tracking of air, ground and naval targets. The system has been successfully

  • Experience a virtual world [DSEI15, D1]

    Airbus Defence and Space (Stand S2-310) has brought a new dimension to this year’s DSEI in the form of virtual reality (VR). The company’s stand is built around a series of bespoke VR cockpits that allow visitors to become immersed in a virtual world through the wearing of Oculus Rift

  • Flying Solo [DSEI15, D1]

    Finmeccanica’s AgustaWestland helicopter business (Stand S5-110) has closed out the UK Ministry of Defence’s Rotary Wing Unmanned Aerial System (RWUAS) Capability Concept Demonstration (CCD) contract. Awarded in 2013, the RWUAS programme has been designed to inform Ministry of Defence

  • Driving diesel to military market [DSEI15, D1]

    What is claimed to be the first viable high-power diesel outboard engine for military users is being launched onto the global defence and security market at DSEI by UK-based Proteum Ltd, part of SC Group (Stand N9-360). According to Proteum, the 200hp OXE Diesel outboard - manufactured by

  • Lifting point [DSEI15, D1]

    The new ICE-LBG-SR super rotation load ring from RUD Chains (Stand S3-302) maintains the design parameters of its VLBG series, including the ability to rotate 360° in all directions under load. The double SR ball bearing allows turning and flipping at high working load limits without affecting

  • Success for HISAR-A interceptor [DSEI15, D1]

    Roketsan (Stand N9-210) has completed another milestone in the development of its HISAR-A short-range air defence interceptor, with a series of trials to validate the performance of its indigenously developed autopilot and dual-pulse solid propellant rocket motor technologies. The tests, conducted

  • A jump ahead [DSEI15, D1]

    The Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II supersonic short take-off and vertical landing aircraft made aviation history in June, when it took off at the Naval Air Station (NAS) in Patuxent River, Maryland, from a WFEL ski jump, the first of its type to be built anywhere in the world. This first ever

  • Ammunition for elite forces [DSEI15, D1]

    Primetake (Stand N6-390), a UK manufacturer of specialist munitions, is launching two products within its Omega range of ammunition, including the 7.62mm x 51AP (armour piercing) and the 7.62mm x 51SB (subsonic) rounds. The AP round utilises a REACH-compliant tungsten core to maximise its

  • Knock out drones [DSEI15, D1]

    With the ever-growing population of drones of all sizes, there is equally a growing concern for the threat they pose. Three British companies - Blighter Surveillance Systems (Stand S4-154), Chess Dynamics (Stand S8-140) and Enterprise Control Systems (Stand S3-260) - have joined forces

  • Breathe easy with mix and match filters [DSEI15, D1]

    Bioquell Defence (Stand S3-356) is introducing its mix and match concept, with a range of interchangeable CBRN and fresh air filtration units, filters and controls suitable for armoured vehicles and shelters, to provide life support for a crew of up to 17 personnel. The product range includes a

  • Lighting up [DSEI15, D1]

    Long-range searchlight systems for military and non-military surveillance, reconnaissance, sniper suppression, border illumination, crowd control and search and rescue are provided by South African company Megaray (Stand N3-110) and are available for a personal demonstration at the show. Megaray

  • Firefly buzzes in [DSEI15, D1]

    UK company Britannia 2000 (Stand S4-465) is offering visitors to the show a sneak preview of an addition to its Firefly thermal weapon sights family, the Firefly-30 (pictured), which will come on to the market in early 2016. Firefly-30, using the latest generation FLIR Systems TAU-2 thermal camera,

  • Like a cat in the dark [DSEI15, D1]

    Unlike cats, humans have poor vision in the dark, which puts combatants in the field at a disadvantage. CILAS of France (Stand N7-346) has developed the SLD 500LR long-range laser detector to help minimise this threat. Based on the cat's eye effect, the system relies on an optical system, such as a

  • No expertise needed [DSEI15, D1]

    Designed for defence, crisis management and industrial applications, the large Glidetech shelter from KT-Shelter (Stand N3-457) can be erected from the ground up by manpower without special expertise and without machinery or scaffolding. It is suitable for housing personnel and equipment. The

  • Advanced targeting [DSEI15, D1]

    Lockheed Martin has introduced a new version of its EOTS (electro-optical targeting system) that is installed in the company’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The Advanced EOTS is similar in size and shape to the current EOTS, and is intended for inclusion in the JSF’s Block 4 upgrade. EOTS

  • Explosive expertise [DSEI15, D1]

    Dunarit of Bulgaria (Stand N3-434) specialises in the manufacture of waterproof detonating cord, antitank and antipersonnel mines, artillery and aviation munitions, antihail rockets for cloud seeding and industrial explosives for civil use. It also undertakes demilitarisation and disposal of