• Vote of confidence (ES14E5)

    CTAI (Nexter, Outside Stand A600) announced at Eurosatory that its 40mm Case Telescoped Armament System (CTAS) received formal qualification from the French and UK ministries of defence late in May 2014 and CTAI issued its certificates of design on 10 June. The qualification certification is a

  • Weapons partnership (ES14E5)

    Avibras of Brazil and France’s Nexter have signed an agreement this week to co-operate on the development of the Nexter Caesar artillery system to meet a Brazilian army requirement. The 155mm/52 selfpropelled howitzer is intended to use the same elements as the Astros rocket artillery system

  • Brazilian police (ES14E5)

    Israeli armoured vehicle specialist Plasan (Hall 6, Stand B402) has been selected to supply six high-performance armoured personnel carriers to answer the Brazilian military police’s Choque da PMESP requirement. The vehicles are based on a standard 4x4 chassis but have been re-engineered to

  • RAPIDFire engages UAV (ES14E5)

    Thales (Outdoor Stand A690) has confirmed that its RAPIDFire 40mm self-propelled (SP) air defence system successfully tracked and shot down two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) during firing trials in southern France earlier this year. RAPIDFire has been developed to rapidly engage very small targets

  • Europe’s future MALE? (ES14E5)

    In recent years there has been a glut of projects for European medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) UAVs, but none has made any headway. In the meantime, Europe’s air arms have largely turned to Israel and the USA to provide capability. Last month three European aerospace heavy-hitters

  • USAF retires CALCM cruise missile

    The US Air Force (USAF) has retired the Boeing AGM-86C/D Conventional Air-Launched Cruise Missile (CALCM) that has been operational for nearly 35 years. The event, announced on 4 December, saw the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base (AFB) in Louisiana disassemble and decommission the final
  • MDHI reveals Block II advancement for MD 530G helo

    MD Helicopters Inc (MDHI) has announced an improved Block II (2) variant of the MD 530G armed reconnaissance/light attack rotorcraft that it has developed in partnership with Elbit Systems of Israel. The enhanced version of the ‘Little Bird’-variant helicopter, the existence of which
  • Rheinmetall advances Next Generation 130 mm tank gun

    Rheinmetall Weapons and Ammunition “has completed developmental efforts” of an initial new Next Generation (NG) 130 mm smooth bore tank gun, but some further design changes are expected, company officials told Jane’s. The first NG 130 mm smooth bore gun, unveiled at Eurosatory
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