• EU tank breaks cover [ES18D5]

    After being kept under wraps, the French-German KNDS Group (Krauss-Maffei Wegmann + Nexter Defense Systems) has unveiled its first joint project, the EMBT, or European Main Battle Tank. Essentially a technology demonstrator, with further development, “the EMBT is a short-term response to the operational need of the market for high-intensity battle tanks”.

  • 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).

  • Puma enters Marder domain [ES18D5]

    PSM (Projekt System & Management) (Stand D230, External Pe6B) is prime contractor for the German Army’s Puma armoured infantry fighting vehicle (AIFV), which has now started to replace the Marder 1A3/A4/A5 IFV in some units.

  • Jet contender for close air support [ES18D5]

    Having announced a partnership agreement covering technical and marketing aspects in April, Czech airframer Aero Vodochody and Israel Aerospace Industries announced this week that they would be submitting a version of Aero’s L-159 light combat aircraft for the US Air Force’s OA-X close air support competition. The bid is something of a late entrant, but the companies assert that the L-159 represents a cost-effective and low-risk option.

  • The future is green [ES18D5]

    EURENCO (Hall 6, Stand F81) is very much looking to the future and is working on new technologies for the next decade.

  • Firing further [ES18D5]

    With an eye on a qualitative improvement in the performance of Spain’s artillery gun-howitzers, the Army Logistics Support Command has just awarded Expal Systems (Hall 6, Stand F133) a five-year ammunition contract.

  • Here comes the Cavalry [ES18D5]

    The US Army’s famous Cavalry hat is much in evidence at Eurosatory, thanks to an impressive outside display of USArmy firepower sponsored by General Dynamics Land Systems and Lockheed Martin, and which comes under the umbrella of the AUSA-organised US Pavilion.

  • Easing communications [ES18D5]

    Honeywell has recently demonstrated its HSD-400 voice and high-speed data transceiver aboard the UH-60 Black Hawk and CH-53 Stallion helicopters.

  • Famous names return to deliver [ES18D5]

    This week the UK-based element of the Airborne Systems group has rebranded as IrvinGQ, bringing back two of the most famous names in parachute history to the market. Based in Wales, IrvinGQ focuses on the ‘round-chute’ systems, while US-based Airborne Systems continues to focus on ‘square’ chute systems.

  • Ammunition investment [ES18D5]

    BAE Systems Land UK is investing around £10 million in its ammunition production capability with the decision to build a new production line for 12.7mm ammunition at the Radway Green small arms ammunition facility, adding up to 10 million rounds a year.

  • From land and sea to space [ES18D5]

    An impressive array of photonic technologies greets visitors to the UK-based Excelitas Qioptiq display in Hall 5A, Stand B740. On show at Eurosatory are sighting systems, surveillance and target acquisition cameras, such as the new CheetIR-C MWIR continuous zoom, sensors and detectors, as well as advanced optronics.

  • BrahMos takes flight [ES18D5]

    In November 2017, BrahMos Aerospace and India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) conducted the first air launch of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile. The weapon was launched from an Indian Air Force (IAF) Sukhoi Su-30MKI as the first stage of clearing the weapon for IAF deployment. Forty Su-30s are being modified to fire the missile, which could become operational by the end of this year.

  • Wheels to order [ES18D5]

    The Streit Group (External Pe6A, Stand A480) is showing two of its latest wheeled armoured vehicles. As with its other products, these have been developed using internal R&D funding for the export market, with production being undertaken in North America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East or Asia depending on where the end user is located. The first of these is the Gepard Armoured Security Vehicle (ASV, pictured), which has enabled Streit to expand its range of wheeled armoured vehicles even further. Gepard is stated to have a high level of off-road capability and is powered by a 6.7-litre V-8 turbocharged diesel engine coupled to a fully automatic transmission. A 6.8 litre V-8 petrol engine is an option.

  • Armoured vision [ES18D5]

    UK-based Spafax International (Hall 5A, Stand D821), a manufacturer of unbreakable military vehicle mirrors, is introducing its Armoured Vision mirror range. Designed to eliminate blind spots on armoured vehicles, the new mirror incorporates high-definition IP-rated cameras within the unbreakable mirror body. Manufactured from injection-moulded optical grade polycarbonate, Spafax mirror lenses are optically perfect, without distortion.

  • Re-roled on command [ES18D5]

    Rheinmetall Defence (External Pe6B, Stand C021) has rapidly converted its latest KF41 Lynx infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) into a command post vehicle. This has a raised roof line to provide greater internal volume for its specialist battlefield mission.

  • Drone compliance [ES18D5]

    The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International awarded Consortiq’s (Hall5A, LAB14) US training and education programme top spot at the Xponential conference in Denver last month. An instructor’s practical experience and thorough knowledge of security measures count as decisive factors when selecting a training provider.