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DARPA GXV-T Demonstrates Extreme Off Road Mobility, Augmented Reality

June 23, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: DARPA, Syndicated Industry News 
Several contracts awarded recently marked significant progress in DARPA’s Ground X-Vehicle Technologies (GXV-T) program with field demonstrations of projects developed by teams and companies under the Phase 2 of the R&D program. Among the technologies showing much progress are extreme mobility projects and crew augmentation technologies. The GXV-T program aims to demonstrate how future combat [...]

UAC Delivers Communications Relay Aircraft to the Russian Government

The Russian aerospace company United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) delivered the second of two Tupolev Tu-214 PU-SBUS communications support special mission aircraft (ПУ-СБУС) ordered by the Russian Ministry of Defense. The aircraft was delivered on June 18, 2018. The first aircraft was delivered on March 26 this year. The two aircraft provide a communications support platform, carrying the SBUS-214 carried the communication node payload, housed in a large ventral fairing and SATCOM dome.

French, Belgian and Korean Teams Show Combat Vehicle’s Firepower

June 21, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: Syndicated Industry News 
In a fire demonstration at the took place on the Suippes firing range in Northern France last week CMI Defence displayed an impressive lineup of combat vehicles weaponized with the company’s latest versions of Cockerill turrets. The first Cockerill Firepower Symposium included a dynamic live firing demonstration, in front of dozens of military officers, official […]

Germany Joins France to Establish a Joint European Intervention Force

June 20, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: Syndicated Industry News 
Germany and France are jointly launching the development of a new main battle tank and self-propelled gun, what seems to be the most strategic project in the European European land defense for the next 30 years, a program package that will shape the future of European armies’ main combat capabilities

Germany Joins France to Establish a Joint European Intervention Force

June 20, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: Syndicated Industry News 
Germany and France are jointly launching the development of a new main battle tank and self-propelled gun, what seems to be the most strategic project in the European European land defense for the next 30 years, a program package that will shape the future of European armies’ main combat capabilities

World Powers Modernize, Improve Nuke Arsenals

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) released today the findings of SIPRI Yearbook 2018, which assesses the current state of armaments, disarmament and international security. One of the key findings includes the state of world's nuclear forces as of January 2018. "All the nuclear weapon-possessing states are developing new nuclear weapon systems and modernizing their existing systems" the report stated. The inventories listed in the table above show a small decline in the U.S. and Russian inventories, as Russia modernizes its strategic weapon's arsenal, and the US phases out some of the oldest warheads, under the nuclear disarmament agreements.

World Powers Modernize, Improve Nuke Arsenals

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) released today the findings of SIPRI Yearbook 2018, which assesses the current state of armaments, disarmament and international security. One of the key findings includes the state of world's nuclear forces as of January 2018. "All the nuclear weapon-possessing states are developing new nuclear weapon systems and modernizing their existing systems" the report stated. The inventories listed in the table above show a small decline in the U.S. and Russian inventories, as Russia modernizes its strategic weapon's arsenal, and the US phases out some of the oldest warheads, under the nuclear disarmament agreements.

Dutch Special Forces, Forward Observers to Get New, Lightweight Sights

June 14, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: Companies, Syndicated Industry News 
The Defense Material Organization (DMO) of the Netherlands announced the selection of Vectronix AG, Switzerland (a subsidiary of Safran Electronics & Defense) to supply more than 1,000 handheld thermal sights for the Dutch Army.

NEW DAS Expected to Save $3 Billion in F-35 Sustainment Costs

June 13, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: Syndicated Industry News 
Lockheed Martin selected Raytheon to develop and deliver the next generation Distributed Aperture System (DAS) for the F-35 fighter jet. The Raytheon-built DAS will be integrated into F-35 aircraft starting with Lot 15 aircraft, expected to begin deliveries in 2023 and is expected to save to more than $3 billion over the life cycle of the program.

KF41 Lynx Command Variant

June 13, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: Syndicated Industry News 
Rheinmetall displayed today a new configuration of the KF41, unveiled at Eurosatory yesterday. The turreted combat vehicle that was displayed yesterday was reconfigured overnight, adding a high top roof and replacing the two-men 35mm gun turret with a remotely controlled .50 Cal machine gun. The reconfigured vehicle weighs 42 tons, 3 tons less than the […]

AM General Introduces NXT-360 – a new Tactical Armored vehilce

June 13, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: AM General, Syndicated Industry News 
AM General, the manufacturer of the legendary HMMWV introduced at Eurosatory 2018 the next 360, a new vehicle it offers in light tactical vehicle segment. This new product highlights evolutionary changes from the HMMWV. The NXT 360 represents the next generation of the HMMWV platform – an evolutionary design that evolved from HMMWV customer feedback […]

Eurosatory Photo Review – 2

June 12, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: Syndicated Industry News 
Highlights of day II at Eurosatory - as viewed by defense-Update

Robotic Systems at Eurosatory 2018

June 11, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: France, Syndicated Industry News, Turkey 
Selected photos covering some of the robotics, UAVs and counter-UAV systems on display at Eurosatory 2018

Eurosatory 2018 – First View

June 10, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: IAI, Plasan, Syndicated Industry News 

NATO and the Israeli Navy Train Offshore to Repel Swarm Attack

June 6, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: Israel, Syndicated Industry News 
The Royal Navy destroyer HMS Duncan (D37) and Spanish navy frigate ESPS Victoria (F82) completed a training mission in the East Mediterranean sea, as part of the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 operating in the Eastern Mediterranean. By the end of May, after a short port visit at Haifa, the two warships joined with the Israeli navy on an exercise that involved the 'Protector' Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) that demonstrated how such unmanned boats can assist large vessels in repelling attacks by swarms of fast boats.

Stealth Fighters Arrive in Britain Two Months Ahead of Schedule

June 6, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: Syndicated Industry News 
The first of Britain’s next-generation fighter jets have arrived home two months ahead of schedule in a major milestone for the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy. The first of Britain’s new cutting-edge aircraft arrived into RAF Marham their new home in Norfolk. This was the first tranche of F-35s to arrive, with RAF Voyager aircraft providing air-to-air refuels on their trans-Atlantic journey. More jets are due in Britain later this year, and there is an overall plan to procure 138.

360 Survivability in Focus

June 6, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: Plasan, Syndicated Industry News 
Israel’s armor specialist Plasan showcases broadened product line at Eurosatory, introducing a blast-protected model of the SandCat along with several light armored vehicles. In the heavier weight classes, Plasan provides a peek into the advanced protection technologies being integrated into newly designed combat vehicles. In recent years Plasan expanded its activity to heavier armored combat platforms, including 6x6, 8x8 and tracked fighting vehicles at weight levels up to 45 tons. Such armored vehicles are required to withstand medium caliber cannon threat levels and maintain functionality.

Clean Energy from Israel supports a German Command Vehicle Demonstrator at Eurosatory

June 6, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: Germany, Israel, Syndicated Industry News 
Kissling Service is demonstrating at Eurosatory a complete command post configuration based on a Mercedes Benz G-Wagon 'Command Post Concept SUV' that comprises multiple VHF/UHF-radios, a Satellite-Telephone, a C-IED-Jammer, Reconnaissance systems, a smoke grenade launcher and an IP-based intercom system. A clean energy solution based on high power density Li-Ion battery from Epsilor supports many hours of extensive operations, without running the engine at high RPM.

New Variants of the Stryker Undergoing Operational Testing in Germany

June 6, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: Syndicated Industry News 
The U.S. Army conducted an operational test of two new Infantry and Recon Stryker variants in Europe. The Infantry Carrier Vehicle - Dragoon (ICVD) was equipped with an unmanned turret mounting a 30mm cannon, the other was equipped with the Common Remotely Operated Weapon System-Javelin (CROWS-J). Both were equipped with enhanced optics.

F-35 Need $1.4 Billion for Urgent Fixes. Who Pays the bill?

June 6, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: GAO, Syndicated Industry News 
In 2019, DOD will decide whether to enter full-rate production for the F-35 aircraft. From the next year onwards, the Pentagon plans to invest about $10 billion annually for two decades acquiring F-35s - the most expensive and ambitious weapon acquisition program in U.S. military history. By the time the program moves into full-rate production, 500 aircraft will be procured and will need fixes and resolving deficiencies found during the testing. Bringing those aircraft to full capability could cost $1.4 billion. The F35 program office will hold a summit later this year to determine who will be responsible for the costs associated with resolving the remaining deficiencies.

Mechanical ‘Hand’ Helps Soldiers Handle Heavy Weapons

June 5, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: Syndicated Industry News 
Engineers are working diligently to reduce the weight Marines and soldiers carry in action, but engineers at the U.S. Army Research lab took a different approach - adding limbs to improve soldier lethality. Called the 'Third Arm', the device helps to reduce the weapon's weight off of the Soldiers' arms and better distribute it through the skeleton. Called the 'Third Arm', the 1.8 kg device helps to reduce the weapon's weight off of the Soldiers' arms and better distribute it through the skeleton.

NSM Extends LCS Firepower Over The Horizon

June 4, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: Raytheon, Syndicated Industry News 
Tthe U.S. Navy selected the Norwegian Naval Strike Missile (NSM) developed by Kongsberg Defense to provide the fleet of Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) of the U.S. Navy with an Offensive Anti-Surface Warfare (OASuW) capability engaging hostile ships and land targets at ranges of 200 and beyond. Adding an offensive over-the-horizon capability is essential for the LCS to address the US Navy’s Distributed Lethality (DT) strategy. The Navy defines DT as the capability to strike from any ship and at any place in the world. The Navy considers that deploying offensive weapons on as many U.S. ships as possible would complicate an enemy’s ability to attack.

Carmor Debuts Light, Highly Protected Tactical Combat Vehicle at Eurosatory

June 4, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: Israel, Syndicated Industry News 
Israel’s specialty and combat vehicle producer Carmor unveils the Mantis at Eurosatory 2018. The vehicle to be displayed at the defense exhibition in Paris next week is the first variant of a new family of vehicles designed to perform combat and combat support missions.

Plasan Debut 4GEN Sandcat at Eurosatory

June 4, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: Israel, Plasan, Syndicated Industry News 
Plasan expands the Sandcat family with the introduction of the 4 GEN Sandcat. The new generation uses a monocoque hull, that eliminates the need for the Ford 550 frame, although retaining the automotive parts of the heavy-duty commercial vehicle. The use of a monocoque hull enabled designers to improve the vehicle's blast protection while retaining the overall vehicle's weight below nine tons.

India Tests Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet for Future AAM/SAM Propulsion

June 3, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: India, Russia, Syndicated Industry News 
The Indian Defense Research & Development Organization (DRDO) completed a first test flight of an advanced propulsion system that promises to enhance the range and agility of air-to-air (AAM) and surface-to-air missiles (SAM). The Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDR) developed under a joint Indo-Russian R&D project achieved a speed of Mach 3 on its first flight.

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