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DEFEXPO 2018 – Photo Highlights (Part I)

Following are our first photographic impressions from DEFEXPO 2018 that was held south of Chennai, in South India this week. Follow-up reports will highlight specific areas including combat aircraft and weapons, unmanned systems, armor and artillery.

IDF to Modernize its Infantry Brigade with Hundreds of Eitan 8×8 APCs

April 13, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: Israel, Syndicated Industry News 
The IDF has completed a test series of the new Eitan 8x8 wheeled APC being developed by the Israel Ministry of Defense tank authority for use by IDF infantry brigades. Although the vehicle is developed and ready to be produced in Israel, it is likely that on the long term, U.S. manufacturers will receive the lion's share of this program, if only to enable the IDF to meet the tight schedules and lower costs required for the project.

RAFAEL Introduces Trophy APS with Samson 30 Turret

January 24, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: Force Protection, Israel, Syndicated Industry News 
RAFAEL has designed a new version of the Samson 30 unmanned turret fitted with an integral Trophy active protection system (APS). In addition to a 30mm automatic cannon and coax machine gun, the new turret integrates two independent sights, and two multi-purpose guided missiles, recessed launchers for smoke grenades and complete Trophy APS system comprising four radars and two countermeasures units enabling complete hemispheric coverage of the protected vehicle.

Elsight Provides Communications Links for the Amstaf

January 10, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: Israel, Syndicated Industry News 
Elsight received an initial order for ten Communications on the Move (COTM) secure, two-way communications suits from Automotive Robotic Industry (ARI), for integration in ARI's Amstaf Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV). Elsight's communications systems provide military-grade, secure and continuous two-way audio, video, and data transmissions, enabling safe and reliable remote operations of UGVs.

UVision’s Hero 400EC Demonstrates Loitering, Precision Attack Capabilities

January 9, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: Israel, Syndicated Industry News 
Israel's UVision demonstrated their Hero-400EC extended-range loitering missile system last month, pitching the enhanced drone to a strategic customer that already operates the company's other Hero loitering weapons.

IAI Consolidates Civil Activities into +US$1 Billion Commercial Aviation Group

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is strengthening its commercial aviation activities by forming a single, business-oriented group that unifies six business lines currently distributed in different corporate activities. The new structure is likely to focus IAI's activities to meet the unique challenges and opportunities of the commercial aviation market. The transformation is implemented at a time in which many countries bring home their manufacturing operations and are fighting aggressively for market shares, challenging IAI to sharpen its offering in defense and commercial aviation alike.

Israel’s F-35I Declared Combat Ready

December 6, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Israel, Syndicated Industry News 
The Israel Air Force declared its F-35I unit operational today, following the year-long initial operational capability qualification of 140 Squadron ('Golden Eagle') the first IAF unit operating the Fifth Generation fighter (dubbed 'Adir' by the IAF). By the summer of 2018, the squadron is expected to receive six more fighters.

Israel Aborts an Arrow 3 Test for Target Failure

December 4, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Israel, MDA, missile defense, Syndicated Industry News 
A test of Israel's Arrow 3 ballistic missile interceptor was aborted today due to a target failure. According to an Israel Ministry of Defense (IMOD) announcement, the test performed at the Air Forces' Palmachim missile test base was planned as part of the series of tests on Israel's multi-tiered defense array.

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.

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.

A Digital Window Embedded with Transparent Armor

September 8, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Israel, Syndicated Industry News 
ScreeneX, a digital display embedded in a vehicle's windshield is the first armored windshield with a built-in LCD digital screen, enabling combat vehicle designers to use areas of the vehicle’s ballistic protected windows to display digital images, including information from the vehicle systems, command, and control, on board sensors or digital maps.

A Digital Window Embedded with Transparent Armor

September 8, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Israel, Syndicated Industry News 
ScreeneX, a digital display embedded in a vehicle's windshield is the first armored windshield with a built-in LCD digital screen, enabling combat vehicle designers to use areas of the vehicle’s ballistic protected windows to display digital images, including information from the vehicle systems, command, and control, on board sensors or digital maps.

German Court Clears Israel’s Drone Sale to the Bundeswehr

German court dismisses General Atomics suit over Heron drone orderA German court dismissed a legal challenge from U.S. weapons maker General Atomics to Germany's plans to lease armed drones from Israel Aerospace Industries, clearing the way for the drone program to go ahead, Reuters reported. Judge Heinz-Peter Dicks said the ruling was effective immediately and meant that Germany can now procure drones as it had planned.
              

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Rafael’s ‘Smarter’ Spike is Designed to Defeat Tanks with Active Protection

May 29, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Israel, Syndicated Industry News 

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UVision Extends Loitering Weapon Capability with Hero-400EC

May 16, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Israel, Syndicated Industry News 

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A New Radar for Israel’s Missile Boats

May 15, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: IAI, Israel, Syndicated Industry News 

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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

New Wings for the Italian Air Force

December 19, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: IAI, Israel, Italy, Syndicated Industry News 

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Israeli F-35Is Are Airborne

December 13, 2016 by · Comment
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The two F-35s were escorted by F-16I Sufa fighters. No. 140 squadron, the IAF first F-35 fighter squadron is expected to achieve initial operational capability in few months and have nine operational jets within a year.
              

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Startup Ventures Showcase New Developments at Israel’s Defense Innovation Hub

December 12, 2016 by · Comment
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ADIR Mission Autonomy, Stealth to Transform Air Warfare in the Middle East,

December 9, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: Israel, Lockheed Martin, Syndicated Industry News 
The first two F-35s expected to land in Israel next week will be the first 5th Generation jet fighters the U.S. hands out to a foreign ally. The two ADIR Jets are only the beginning. Over the next eight years, Israel will receive 50 aircraft forming two full ADIR squadrons flying the F-35. The unique capabilities of the new fighter will provide the Israel Air Force a game-changing platform that has not been seen in the region since the introduction of the F-15 Eagle (by the IAF), 40 years ago.
              

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Guided Missile Attack in Syria Delivers a Clear Message

December 8, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: Israel, Syndicated Industry News 
Fired from a range of 150 km, IMI Systems' 306mm Extra rocket can hit within less than 10 meters of a target. Photo: IMI Systems.Syria claimed yesterday that two surface-to-surface missiles launched from Israel struck the military airbase of Al Mezzeh, in a suburb of the capital Damascus, about 56 km from the Golan border. While Israel did not respond to this allegation, the Syrian claim may indicate Israel is maintaining a new precision strike capability, by tactical surface launched rockets, extending its deterrence capability throughout the region – both against adversaries in the close range, as well as the long range.
              

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First Flight for Rustom II – India’s MALE Drone

November 18, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: India, Israel, Syndicated Industry News 
The Indian Tapas 201 (Rustom II) remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) made its first flight on November 16. Photo: DRDOThe Indian Tapas 201 remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) made its first flight on November 16, the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) announced. The aircraft, formerly known as 'Rustom II,' was developed by the DRDO's Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE). The flight took place at the Aeronautical Test Range in Chitradurga, in the south of India.
              

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New Mini-Drone Provides ‘Eye in the Sky’ for Small Boats

August 15, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: Elbit Systems, Israel, Syndicated Industry News 
Rail launched from a ship deck or small boat, Skylark C is operated by two operators from a portable mission control unit. Photo: Elbit SystemsElbit Systems introduce today the Skylark C - the first naval member of its electrically powered mini-UAV family. Based on the operational and combat-proven Skylark I-LEX Mini UAS, the naval variant extends the Skylark reconnaissance and surveillance capabilities to the maritime domain.
              

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