• 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

  • Aero India 2019: HAL showcases Naval Utility Helicopter

    Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) showcased the technology demonstrator of the Dhruv Mk III Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) with folding tail boom and main rotor blades, designated Naval Utility Helicopter (NUH). The helicopter, primarily designed to meet the requirements of the Indian Coast
  • Rafael unveils Rocks air-to-surface missile

    Rafael Advanced Defence Systems has unveiled a new, advanced stand-off high-speed air-to-surface missile (ASM) designed to engage high-value stationary and re-locatable targets in heavily GPS-denied environments. Designated ‘Rocks’, the new missile is furnished with a single-stage solid
  • DARPA delays key Launch Challenge deadline

    Key Points DARPA delayed an important Launch Challenge milestone, allowing additional teams to pre-qualify The partial US federal government shutdown affected the launch licence approach, a programme requirement The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) delayed an important
  • IDEX 2019: New Didgori models break cover

    Georgia’s Delta State Military Scientific-Technical Centre has expanded its family of Didgori vehicles, launching the 4×4 tactical patrol variant Didgori Meomari Tactical Armoured Modular Vehicle and exhibiting a mortar carrier variant of the vehicle at IDEX 2019. The mortar carrier
  • IDEX 2019: Yugoimport unveils RALAS missile

    Serbia’s Yugoimport unveiled the RALAS non-line-of-sight missile at the IDEX show held in Abu Dhabi, UAE, from 17 to 21 February, prominently displaying an eight-round launcher mounted on the company’s Lazar 3 8×8 armoured vehicle. The RALAS is essentially a smaller version of the
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