Monday, August 3, 2015


Elbit Systems Ltd. announced today that it recently was awarded two contracts for its MUSIC family of Directed Infra-Red Countermeasures (DIRCM) airborne multi-spectral self-protection systems, protecting aircraft and helicopters against air-to-air missiles (AAM) and infra-red guided Man Portable Air Defense missiles (MANPADS).


Following are upcoming events listed on Defense-Update airshows, defense exhibitions and conference list.




Theme Location (Check Accommodation) Dates
Ohio UAS Conference Dayton, Ohio USA August 25-26
MAKS 2015 Sukhovsky, Russia August 25–30
MSPO 2015 Kielce, Poland September 1-4
AUS&R 2015 Rishon Lezion, Israel September 7
RAE 2015 Nizhny Tagil, Russia September 9-11
DSEI 2015 ExCel, London, UK September 15-18
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Following are tenders highlighted as a service for Defense-Update readers, provided by Tender Tiger.
TI ID Tender Description Country Due Date
14120163 Providing of Weapons (Security Services) USA 13-July-2015
14077452 Acquisition of weapons for ballistic testing & control. Algeria 12-July-2015
14123164 Road Vehicles, Condact Car (5,000cc Class) 1. Japan 10-July-2015

Videoreport: Israel at LAAD 2015



Breaking News

A suicide attacker drove a vehicle loaded with explosives into the gate of the Jazeera Palace Hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia, earlier today, killing 13 people. The car bomb exploded at the hotel's main gate. The bomb destroyed part of the hotel and caused damage to nearby structures.

Authorities in northeastern Afghanistan confirmed Sunday the Taliban has captured a key military base in Tirgaran, at the Badakhshan province in the mountainous region of northeastern Afghanistan, bordering China and Tajikistan. The fall of the base happened after more than 100 Afghan security forces surrendered to the Taliban overnight, following three days of fighting. Badakhshan has been the scene of major clashes between Taliban and Afghan security forces in recent weeks.

Air Warfare channel news:

India and Israel are likely to conduct the first at-sea trial of the Barak 8 medium range surface to air missile system (MRSAM), on board an Israel Navy vessel. Jointly developed by the two countries, the weapon provides an area air defense protecting vessels against any adversary weapons the Indian or israeli may face, including missiles, aircraft and drones.

Airbus Defence and Space announced this week that it is moving the SkyNet 5A military satellite to the Asia Pacific region to extend its coverage in this area. The move will provide worldwide coverage for the first time.

Robotics/Unmanned Systems channel new:

In response to a critical shortage of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) pilots, the U.S. Air Force is investing more than $100 million to buy more ground control stations, simulators and contract instructors. The service will be placing some newly minted pilots in RPA squadrons beginning in August and is offering bonuses of up to $15,000 per year for RPA pilots, beginning in fiscal year 2016.

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Thales have conducted risk reduction flight tests for the integration of Thales and Elisra’s NATO STANAG 7085 data link on board the Heron Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (MALE UAV).

Naval Warfare channel news:

The Indian Navy completed refitting its new aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya with Barak-1 air defense systems and associated radars, preparing the new carrier for operational service. The carrier was acquired from Russia and commissioned into service in November 2013 without self protection systems.

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