• Gunning for the drone [ES18D5]

    Australia-based counter-drone technology provider DroneShield (Hall 6, Stand K517) has just announced a major order for its DroneGun Tactical by the MoD of a “major Middle East country allied with Western governments”.

  • Hornet has venomous sting [ES18D5]

    Yugoimport reports that its Strsljen (Hornet) X-01 rotary-wing unmanned air vehicle began flight trials last week. The air vehicle has been developed to undertake both reconnaissance and attack missions, and is equipped with outrigger pylons and an underbelly hardpoint for external stores.

  • Heron lands in Germany [ES18D5]

    On Wednesday, Germany’s parliamentary committee approved a $600 million deal covering the lease of HeronTP medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) UAVs from Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), which teamed in 2014 to bid for the deal with Airbus Defence and Space Airborne Solutions.

  • Precision targeting [ES18D5]

    Turkish defence electronics specialist Aselsan (Hall 6, Stand B200) is showing some of its solutions for precision targeting from tactical aircraft. An important system is the Aselpod advanced targeting pod, which has been acquired by the Turkish air force for carriage by F-4-2020 upgraded Phantom and F-16 aircraft, and has reportedly been ordered by Pakistan for fitment to the JF-17 Thunder.

  • All-terrain vehicle ready for Austria [ES18D5]

    Under a contract awarded in 2016 through the Swedish government, the Austrian Army is to take delivery of 32 of the latest-generation BAE Systems Hägglunds (Outdoor Stand A10) BvS 10 all-terrain vehicle (ATV).

  • Slovakia signs for F-16V fighters

    The Slovak government has signed a EUR1.6 billion (USD1.8 billion) procurement contract with the US Department of Defense (DoD) for 14 Lockheed Martin F-16V Block 70/72 Fighting Falcon multirole combat aircraft. “The Slovak Republic officially signed documents on the basis of which it will
  • RAF flies Meteor BVRAAM on Typhoon for first time

    The MBDA Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) is now operational aboard UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 10 December. According to the MoD, for the first time Meteor-armed Typhoons were scrambled from RAF
  • USMC seeks HMCS for Harrier II+ aircraft

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) is to upgrade a number of its McDonnell-Douglas AV-8B Harrier II+ combat aircraft with a helmet-mounted cueing system (HMCS) for the pilot. The planned upgrade, which was disclosed in late November, will cover 48 of the USMC’s 75 AV-8B Harrier II+ (improved radar)
  • Rwanda displays previously unseen self-propelled artillery

    A Chinese-made wheeled self-propelled artillery system was seen in service with the Rwandan Defence Force (RDF) for the first time in photographs released by President Paul Kagame on 11 December. The Rwandan president was viewing the final day of the annual combined arms exercise held at the Gabiro
  • US Army seeking APS technology for Bradley vehicles

    Once again the US army is looking for new active protection systems (APSs) to equip on its family of M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles. Whether this is a positive or negative for IMI Systems’ Iron Fist remains unclear. On 11 December, the service issued a draft request for proposal in the
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