• Survival at sea [DSEI15, D2]

    For military personnel on a stricken vessel at sea, survival and evacuation are of paramount importance. UK-based International Safety Products (ISP) (Stand S3-331), a specialist in marine survival equipment, has just secured a new contract with the Polish Navy. ‘‘We supplied a total

  • Wearable FireStorm [DSEI15, D2]

    Rockwell Collins (Stand N2-110) has developed a new lightweight, wearable version of its FireStorm integrated targeting system, which offers a scalable targeting capability for both mobile and static applications. FireStorm provides direct observation target location co-ordinates at Category I

  • Aerostat on the move [DSEI15, D2]

    A moving aerostat may sound like an oxymoron, but Allsopp Helikites suggests it is the ideal answer to a capable yet low-cost means of providing border security and force protection. The company has developed a 34m3 aerostat known as the Helikite that can be towed by a vehicle while still aloft,

  • Evidence captured [DSEI15, D2]

    Rigaku Analytical Devices (Stand N5-196), a US manufacturer of handheld and portable Raman spectrometers, has unveiled a software release for its Progeny ResQ chemical detection system, giving users the ability to capture high-quality digital photographs of samples using the integrated camera. This

  • FlyingFish gets airborne [DSEI15, D2]

    UK company Horizon Technologies (Stand S6-296) is showcasing and demonstrating the latest addition to its FlyingFish, a lightweight, airborne SIGINT system used to monitor satellite phone traffic. The second-generation FlyingFish replaces the currently operationally proven Legacy FlyingFish, which

  • UK MoD confirms gun for Type 26 [DSEI15, D1]

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed the selection of BAE Systems as preferred bidder to supply the Maritime Indirect Fire System (MIFS) for the Royal Navy’s (RN’s) next-generation Type 26 Global Combat Ship (GCS). Subject to contract award, BAE Systems’ Land and

  • Nordkapp upgrade contract [DSEI15, D1]

    Sagem has won a competition to supply a modernised navigation system for the Norwegian Coast Guard’s three Nordkapp-class offshore patrol vessels. Each vessel will be fitted with a SIGMA 40 laser gyro inertial navigation system. The contract further consolidates Sagem’s 20-year

  • Typhoon scores in Kuwait [DSEI15, D1]

    The Eurofighter consortium comes to DSEI having just landed an agreement from Kuwait to proceed with the acquisition of 28 Typhoon multi-role fighters, following a meeting in Rome between the Italian and Kuwaiti prime ministers. Italy has led the Kuwaiti campaign on behalf of the four-nation

  • A shared future [DSEI15, D1]

    At the end of July, after more than a year of intense discussions, Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), Germany’s leading builder of armoured vehicles, and French state-owned competitor Nexter Systems signed a deal to merge their operations, in what is the most spectacular tie-up in the European arms

  • Skylark gets smarter [DSEI15, D1]

    Elbit Systems’ Skylark manportable mini unmanned air system (UAS) is in service with more than 30 international customers. It is the standard battalion-level UAS for the Israeli Land Forces, and has tens of thousands of operational missions to its credit. Powered by an electric motor, the

  • Spinning off [DSEI15, D1]

    Also in July, on the other side of the Atlantic, Lockheed Martin agreed to purchase Sikorsky Aircraft from United Technologies Corporation (UTC) for USD9 billion, but this is reduced to USD7.1 billion after taking into account tax benefits resulting from the transaction. If approved, it will be

  • Carl-Gustaf: the legend lives on [DSEI15, D1]

    Making its DSEI debut is the latest generation of the Saab Dynamics Carl-Gustaf 84mm shoulder-launched recoilless rifle/support weapon. The first generation of the weapon dates back to 1948, but through successive development remains as viable today as it was nearly 70 years ago, and is in service

  • Charity begins at home [DSEI15, D1]

    A unique photography exhibition has been put together by Clarion Events and Defence Photography Ltd, a specialist agency serving the global defence and security community. On show will be the very best of the British Army’s photography, along with global shots from eight different armed

  • Concentrated power is spot on [DSEI15, D1]

    Rheinmetall Defence (Stand S2-266) is emphasising its expanding range of High Energy Laser (HEL) effectors for land- and sea-based defence, being promoted for the emerging threat from unmanned air systems, which are often very small, slow and fly at a low altitude, writes Christopher F Foss. Being

  • Exports expected [DSEI15, D1]

    Nexter Systems (Stand S9-286) is showing in public for the first time at DSEI its latest Vehicule Blindé de Combat d’Infanterie (VBCI-2) (8x8) in the infantry fighting vehicle configuration (IFV), which has been developed by the company for the export market using internal research and

  • Remaining undetected for longer [DSEI15, D1]

    The proliferation of battlefield sensors, and an increased ability by hostile actors across the threat spectrum in all theatres of operation to adapt broadband sensor data to a battle management system architecture, has spurred demand for advanced signature management solutions for operations in the

  • A line-up of HEROs [DSEI15, D1]

    Israeli smart aerial loitering munitions house UVision (Stand S8-270) is using DSEI 2015 to display the capabilities of its HERO family of loitering weapon systems - including a first showing on a naval platform launcher (NPL). The HERO family comprises six systems - HERO 30, 70, 120,

  • Combined vision [DSEI15, D1]

    Defence Vision Systems (Stand N7-464), a UK manufacturer of camera systems, is offering a tri-band system using two wavelength sensors, mounted behind a common objective lens, with the output provided as a blended image. The combination of SWIR and visible, used with a 1,550nm laser rangefinder,

  • Connectors go miniature [DSEI15, D1]

    Addressing the increasing importance of miniaturisation, ultra-resistance and fibre optics in military and security technology, St-Prex, Switzerland-based Fischer Connectors (Stand S4-120) unveiled a series of connector solutions at DSEI, including a quick-release 24-pin socket version of the

  • Hands-on life support [DSEI15, D1]

    SOS Medical Group (formerly SOS Hyperlite) is displaying the full-scale prototype of its lightweight collapsible hyperbaric chamber on board the Royal Navy Type 23 frigate, HMS Iron Duke, throughout the show. The 42in double-lock chamber is designed to provide hands-on medical life support and