DSEI 2017 – Defense Update

October 26, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Syndicated Industry News 
The biennial Defense Security Equipment International Exhibition (DSEI) held in London in September 2017 provided insight into British defense programs. The event attracted strong international participation, both visitors and exhibitors from 42 countries, many of which addressed UK and European defense and security requirements. This review highlights some of the main themes at the show.

SeaGull Demonstrates Autonomous ASW Capabilities

September 15, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Elbit Systems, Israel, L-3, Syndicated Industry News 
Elbit Systems has developed an unmanned anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and mine countermeasure (MCM) vessels that enable navies to detect and defeat enemy submarines and neutralize sea mines in a safer, more efficient and affordable way. At the DSEI exhibition this week the company has demonstrated how the unmanned Seagull boats can autonomously perform anti-submarine operations over a distance of 1,890 nautical miles, with the mission controlled over a satellite link from the company's exhibit at DSEI in London.

Lockheed Martin UK Developed a Submarine-Launched UAV

September 12, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Lockheed Martin, Syndicated Industry News 
OUTRIDER, a miniature, expendable drone launched from submarines while underwater at periscope depth was unveiled today by Lockheed Martin. The drone was developed in the UK and is being evaluated by potential customers.

Royal Navy Set to Test the DragonFire Laser Weapon by 2019

September 12, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: QinetiQ, Syndicated Industry News 
A new laser weapon demonstrator being built for the UK Ministry of Defence has been unveiled today by the UK Dragonfire consortium at DSEI 2017 in London. Known as the Laser Directed Energy Weapon (LDEW) the weapon offers a range of different engagement solutions depending on the tactical scenario, these include tracking, deterring, dazzling the sensors of a potential threat, up to damaging or destroying it.

Thales Introduces the F90MBR Modular Assault Rifle

September 11, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Australia, Syndicated Industry News, Thales 
Thales' F90MBR is a Modular Bullpup Rifle, based on the proven F90, designed to support the modern integrated solider. Photo: Thales

Watchkeeper UAVs Grow COMINT Ears

September 11, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: QinetiQ, Syndicated Industry News, Thales 
Britain’s electronics expert QinetiQ has developed a variant of its AS3 communications intelligence (COMINT) system designed specifically for unmanned aerial vehicles. Following an integration, with Thales’s Watchkeeper unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) the AS3 is now ready for initial test flights. Fitted to Watchkeeper, AS3 is designed to increase the UAV’s sensor footprint and enable it […]

IAI Introduces a Loitering Weapon Optimized for Maritime Attack

September 10, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: IAI, Syndicated Industry News 
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has developed a Maritime version of its Harop Loitering Munitions (LM) family. The company is displaying the weapon at the DSEI 2017 defense expo in London this week. The new marine capabilities of the HAROP extends the operational capability of surface ships, from offshore patrol vessels to naval frigates. The technological […]

Sharper Eyes for Border Protection

September 10, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Israel, Syndicated Industry News 
On clear days observation posts on border lines can cover tens of kilometers, but at night or in degraded visibility conditions, the line becomes porous and attracts unlawful or hostile activity. Israel’s Electro-Optics (EO) specialist CONTROP Precision Technologies Ltd. succeeded to expand such sensor coverage beyond 40 km, enabling security forces to deploy fewer towers while improving the coverage of long borders and coastal lines.

Lithium Juice for Combat Vehicles

September 9, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Israel, Syndicated Industry News 
Israel's battery specialist Epsilor has launched a new line of vehicle batteries with ultra-high energy density, packed in standard 6T form factor. The new lithium rechargeable military vehicle batteries offer triple time silent watch, high power and managed charging, as well as heater supported operation in extreme temperatures.

SPEAR Mk-2 Mobile Mortar – Firepower for the Light Infantry

May 15, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Elbit Systems, Israel, Syndicated Industry News 
Elbit Systems unveiled the Spear Mk 2, a new version of the autonomous mortar system designed for Lightweight Combat Vehicles

3SDL introduces T3dE3 at DSEI — Press Release

Whitepaper advises show visitors how to ‘Deliver Effect and Control Risk’

14th August 2013: Malvern based defence and security acquisition and procurement specialist, 3SDL, will be introducing its latest whitepaper ‘How can you control risk when buying new technology?’ which outlines comprehensive service offering ‘T3dE3’ on stand S10-465 at DSEI 2013.

The paper was produced to introduce procurement managers to 3SDL’s approach to minimising the risks involved in buying new technologies used in all areas of defence and security operations. The concept ‘T3dE3’ is a shortened acronym derived from the first letters of the main services 3SDL offers to combat risk – Trials, Testing, Training, Exercises, Experimentation, Evaluation and Demonstration.

Utilising some, or all, of these service areas can mean the difference between successfully procuring technology which is fit for purpose, or wasting significant amounts of (often public) money – as 3SDL Managing Director, Matt May, explains, “Procurement managers need to be absolutely certain that the equipment or services they buy will meet their organisation’s objectives. Acquiring new products and services in this field can be extremely costly – not only in monetary terms, but also in human terms. Wrong decisions can mean the difference between life and death.”

Trials, Testing, Exercises and Demonstration

Before any orders can be placed, the person tasked with procurement needs to understand what options are available in the marketplace. This initial research can be extremely time-consuming – which is where working with an independent procurement specialist like 3SDL comes into its own.

3SDL’s expertise cuts through sales pitches to evaluate the claims made by the manufacturer/service provider by testing performance in a real-world scenario. This approach also brings significant benefits to suppliers – after-all, independent testimony that their product/service actually does what they say it will do is the best sales tool available!


Once the initial testing and trials period has been successfully completed, the findings need to be effectively evaluated and presented to support the procurement manager’s business case. This stage of the process is vital in ensuring all stakeholders are on board with the decision – it also offers an opportunity to identify any issues which may not have been obvious in the initial test, trials, exercises and demonstration stage.


Initial and ongoing training are incredibly important if organisations are to maximise the effectiveness of the new technology/service purchased and minimise the risk that it might not be used to its fullest potential.

All of the above obviously come at a cost, but 3SDL is adamant that this cost should be built into the budget from the very beginning to control the risk of incurring additional spend down the line.

Matt May continues, “Trying to cut costs in procurement is a sure fire way of increasing spend in the long term. Implementing strategic activities at the outset of the project, and investing in staff training throughout the life-cycle of the technology, can protect organisations against costly mistakes. This is particularly important in the public sector where every penny must be accounted for, especially against the backdrop of the current financial climate.”

3SDL has experienced phenomenal growth over the past 12 months thanks to an increase in opportunities from within the UK as the MoD looks to outsource more projects to private companies, as well as securing a significant number of international contracts. Current clients include the UK MoD, the Finnish Navy, the Swiss Army and Air Force, US NAVAIR and the Defence Systems Innovation Centre in Australia.

Established in 2005, this innovative company has seen turnover increase every year and was recently named as one of the Accelerate 250 – a business community made up of the 250 fastest growing companies in the UK.

Visit www.3sdl.com to find out how your organisation can use T3dE3 to deliver effect and control risk.

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Introducing: Defense-Update VideoReport

May 9, 2013 by · Comment
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vr_thumbnailDefense-Update is proud to present 'VideoReport'. Part of Defense-Update digital media, VideoReport covers aerospace, military and Homeland Security topics. The first edition will cover the upcoming IMDEX 2013 maritime expo in Singapore.

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Conference Will Provide Hard Hitting Analysis Of Vehicle Survivability – Press Release

Vehicle SurvivabilityAs the impact of IEDs on military operations continues to dominate the headlines, more than 40 high level speakers from around the globe are being brought together in Amsterdam from June 2 – 4 this year in what is set to be a defining conference on vehicle survivability.

Organised by Clarion Events, which also stages DSEi and ITEC, the Vehicle Survivability conference will address both the threats and the solutions associated with keeping armoured vehicles and their crews safe, examining the critically important areas of technical advancements, procurement methods and the lessons learned from operations.

Over 35 global experts at the forefront of vehicle survivability will be speaking. They include Lt Gen A R D Shirreff, Commander, Allied Rapid Reaction Corps, UK: Maj Gen Marcel van den Broek, Deputy Commander Land Forces, Royal Netherlands Army; Dr Vernon Joynt, MRAP and Anti-Mine Technology Expert and Chief Scientist of Force Protection, USA; Col Martin France, Chief Scientist and Technical Adviser to the Director, Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organisation, USA; and Dr Dennis Nandlall, Head of Weapons Effects and Protection, Defence Research and Development, Canada.

The agenda pulls no punches, posing questions about the future of the main battle tank, whether too many MRAPs been bought, the potential and limitations of defeating IEDs from the air, and what systems are simply too expensive to contemplate. Also under the spotlight is how insurgents have the ability to adjust their weapons to exploit the weaknesses of security forces, and the vexed question of weight versus protection.

The event begins with a pre-event workshop on June 2 at which Cranfield University will make a presentation that examines what fundamental solutions will ensure greater survivability in future operations.

Vehicle Survivability will be an exceptional learning and networking opportunity. For full details visit www.vehicle-survivability.com.

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