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Larsen & Toubro and MBDA establish Joint Venture for missile systems...

Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and European weapon system specialist MBDA have announced the formation of an Indian based Joint Venture to pursue opportunities for the development and supply of missiles systems to meet the growing potential requirements of the Indian armed forces. To begin with, the JV will look to develop and supply fifth generation anti-tank guided missiles, anti-ship missiles for coastal defense and high-speed target drones.

IAI Introduces an Export Version of Heron TP

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is introducing an export version of the Heron TP, the largest member of the Heron family of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS). The new version retains strategic capabilities of the TP - operational ceiling of 45,000 ft, mission endurance of 30 hours, but halves the payload capability of the TP, limiting the maximum payload capacity to 450 kg. - the same as the payload of Heron I.

Aerospace News

US-Japanese Missile – SM-3 Block IIA Scores a Bullseye on 1st...

The first live intercept test of the Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA interceptor missile was completed successfully on Friday dawn, off the west coast of Hawaii, proving the design maturity of the most advanced interceptor in the sea-based AEGIS Missile Defense system. The intercept was conducted by the US Navy AEGIS test ship - from the USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) as part of a US-Japanese cooperative development.

US Navy Uses Spike Miniature Missiles to Shoot Down UAVs

Weapons specialists at the US Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD) at China Lake, CA. have recently tested the capability of guided missile to defeat an unmanned aerial vehicle in flight. Two Spike 'forward-firing miniature missiles' were used to defeat two Outlaw UAVs, employing both proximity and contact activation (in separate tests)

Land Systems News

Sig Sauer’s P320 Selected for the Army’s Next Service Pistol

The US Army selected the Sig Sauer P320 pistol for the Modular Handgun System (MHS), replacing the the service's Beretta M9 pistol that has been in service in the past 30 years. The $580 million contract announced yesterday covers procurement of some 280,000 handguns over 10 years.

An Israeli Radar to Guide an Asian Mobile Laser Weapon

RADA Electronic Industries announced today its RPS-42 radar system has been selected by a country in the Far East to be used in the...

Naval Systems News

US Navy Deploys another Destroyer to Bab el-Mandeb, Over Yemeni Sea-Mine...

The U.S. is bolstering its naval force operating off the Yemen coast and in the Bab El Mandeb straits connecting the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean. The main concern is that the Houthis will try to block the narrow maritime lane with mines. "We’ve seen evidence that the Houthis are laying mines in the waters outside at least one of their ports. We officially have great concern for the freedom of navigation there" Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, told Stars & Stripes.

Royal Navy to Induct the Crowsnet New AEW Helicopter by 2020

The British Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin announced a £269M (US$327 million) deal for the procurement of 10 aerial surveillance systems to operate on the Royal Navy new Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers. Initial deliveries are expected in 2018 with initial operational capability in 2020.

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Spy’Ranger – a New Mini-Drone for the French Army

The French defense procurement agency (DGA) selected Thales to provide up to 70 ‘Spy'Ranger’ Mini-Drone Reconnaissance Systems (SMDR) for the French Army. Induction of the first batch of 35 systems is expected to begin in 2019. The total cost of the contract, with options, could reach €104.3 million (US $108.8 million).

Acquisition of Israeli Radars – First Phase of Czech Air Defense Modernization

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Elta Systems division was selected to deliver eight MultiMission Radar (MMR) systems to upgrade the air defense systems of the Czech Republic.

F-35I ADIR – Mission Autonomy, Stealth to Transform Air Warfare in the Middle East,

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.

Israel to Acquire Hundreds of New Trophy APS

Israel's Ministry of Defense (IMOD) plans to continue the acquisition of Trophy active protection systems (APS), to equip every new Merkava 4 tank and Namer Heavy Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) with active protection, providing significant additional protection for every tank and APC.

[email protected] and FTI, the New-Generation Digital Frigate Class from France

The French ship builder DCNS presented today the [email protected] frigate design - a new 4,000 tonne frigate based on the French-Navy future Intermediate-Size Frigate (FTI) also developed by DCNS.

Boeing Introduces its Brand New Candidate for the USAF T-X Trainer

The Boeing company unveiled today the new jet trainer aircraft it has developed with Saab AB [Stockholm: SAABB]. The companies plan to offer the aircraft for the U.S. Air Forces' future trainer aircraft, under the T-X program planned for 2017. The aircraft has one engine, twin tails, stadium seating and an advanced cockpit with embedded training.

Poland Wanted Cheaper Patriots –  Enter the SkySceptor

The Polish Government announced it will formally request the Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) combat-proven Patriot Integrated Air and Missile Defense System from the United...

Canada’s New Armored Cubs Gear Up at Gagetown

Following rigorous testing and delays that lasted almost two years, Canada is renewing its battlefield reconnaissance and tactical armored vehicle fleet, with the first shipment of Tactical Armored Patrol Vehicles (TAPV) this month.

German Infantry Fighting Vehicles for Lithuania will get Israeli Turrets, Missiles

Armored Lithuania confirmed this week its order for 88 Boxer 8x8 infantry fighting vehicles (IFV) armored vehicles signed with the German consortium ARTEC. The Lithuanian military will call this vehicle ‘Vilkas’, which means ‘wolf.' the Israeli Samson 30mm MK II remote weapon station turret, mounting a MK44 automatic 30mm cannon from ATK and 7.62 coaxial machine gun.

First Israeli F-35 ‘Adir’ is Airborne

The first F-35 bound to Israel made its maiden flight June 25 from Fort Worth, Texas, flown by Lockheed Martin's test pilot. The aircraft will now conduct a series of flight tests to confirm its airworthiness.

Australia Shortlists Boxer, AMV-35 for Future Combat Recce Vehicle

The Australian Defense ministry announced that two European companies - British BAE Systems and German Rheinmetall, as the bidders shortlisted as potential suppliers of armored combat vehicles for the Australian Army’s Mounted Combat Reconnaissance Capability, also known as 'Land 400 Phase 2' program, to become the successor of the 8x8 ASLAV currently in service. The Australian Minister for Defence Industry, Christopher Pyne, announced.

Israel Requests Eight SH-60F SeaHawk from US Navy Surplus

Israel is seeking US approval for the supply of eight SH-60F Sea-Hawk Helicopters from US Navy surplus to support the Israeli Navy security operations in the Mediterranean Sea. The helicopters will initially operate with the four new Meko-100 Class Magen corvettes Israel will receive from Germany by 2020.

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