Land Systems News:

DEFEXPO 2018 HIGHLIGHTS – Armored Vehicles

Part III of our photo review of DEFEXPO 2018 features news of armored vehicles.

DEFEXPO 2018 HIGHLIGHTS – Artillery

Part II in our photographic coverage of DEFEXPO 2018 features artillery systems.

Australian SilverShield to Protect Afghan Security Vehicles from IEDs

The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) will soon equip their vehicles with a newly developed Australian made counter-IED device called ‘SilverShield’. According to a contract awarded by the Australian defense ministry to L-3 Micreo, the company will deliver 13,000 communications jammer units to the Afghan forces, bringing the total sales of Australian C-IED jammers to Afghanistan to A$85 million.

Industry Events:

DEFEXPO 2018 HIGHLIGHTS – Unmanned Systems

The fourth part of our photo report highlighting UAV topics from the DEFEXPO 2018 exhibition in India.

RAFAEL Introduces Trophy APS with Samson 30 Turret

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.

Aerospace News

Four Multinational Teams Bid for £1.5 billion UK-MOD Operational Readiness Training...

The British Ministry of Defense has selected four groups to bid for its upcoming Air Support to Defense Operational Training (ASDOT) requirement. Each of the groups selected for the program has teamed with training services specialists from the USA, Canada, and Israel to deliver adversary aircraft and weapons. The winning group will operate various high-performance jets simulating aggressor fighter and attack planes, cruise missiles and electronic combat to training British air, land and naval forces. A final selection is expected in September 2018 followed by the contract award in 2020 that could be worth up to £1.5 billion over 15 years.

Sikorsky Teams with Rheinmetall to Offer CH-53K to Germany

Lockheed Martin Sikorsky has signed a strategic agreement with and German defense firm Rheinmetall teaming for competing in the German Air Force planned replacement of Sikorsky's CH-53G heavy transport helicopter program (Schwerer Transporthubschrauber - STH). The Germans evaluate two options - the CH-47F Chinook from Boeing and CH-53K from Lockheed Martin Sikorsky. The team plans to introduce more German teammates in the weeks to come.

Unmanned Systems:

AeroVironment Enhances Puma UAV to Endure E-Combat

AeroVironment, Inc. is unveiled today the Puma 3 AE, a new version of its proven RQ-20B Puma AE small tactical UAV that includes upgrades that prepare the air-vehicle for operation in rugged terrain and challenging electronic combat environment. The updated design enables the SUAS to carry advanced, third-party payloads and software applications. The entire system has also been reduced in size, now enabling to carry a flyable system in a single case.

France to Evaluate Airbus’ Unmanned Helicopter for Use on its Future...

Airbus is developing a rotary-wing unmanned aerial system for naval application, under a newly awarded contract signed with the French armament directorate DGA. Under the program the company's VSR700 drone will be demonstrated on board ships, to evaluate its use with future frigates.

Naval Systems News

BAE Selects Plasan to Armor Britain’s Type 26 Frigates

Israel's armor specialist Plasan was selected to design and produce armor protection for Britain's new Type 26 frigate. The ships will be built by BAE Systems in Glasgow, Scotland and are considered among the world's most advanced combat ships. Armor production for the first three vessels will begin this year. Plasan's advanced armor technology has been implemented to protect armored vehicles and personnel, transport aircraft and helicopters as well as naval vessels. The Royal Navy plans to replace eight Type 23 Duke class anti-submarine frigates with six Type 26s, based on BAE Systems' 'Global Combat Ship' design.

U.S. Clears $133 Million Sale of Extended Range Missile Interceptor to...

The State Department has approved a request from Japan for an initial buy of Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA missiles, for an estimated cost of $133.3 million. The sale that includes only four missiles will likely provide missiles for test and evaluation of Japan's current missile defense assets, likely the AEGIS equipped missile destroyers that currently carry SM-3 Block IB missiles.

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Defense Business News:

Britain Offered 60% Workshare, Local Assembly of BOXER

BAE Systems, Pearson Engineering and Thales UK have signed agreements with the German-Dutch ARTEC consortium, as partners for the production of BOXER. The agreement paves the way for significant local manufacturing of the vehicle and its systems in the UK, should the BOXER be selected by the Ministry of Defense as the British Army’s next generation Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV).

BAE Systems Introduces Future-Proofed CV90

BAE Systems introduced today the fifth evolutionary variant of the CV90 infantry fighting vehicle that embeds many of the upgrades and modifications designed through the evolution of the vehicle family.

Romania to Produce 227 Piranha 5 8×8 APCs

General Dynamics European Land Systems signed a contract with the Romanian government today, to deliver up to 227 Piranha 5 wheeled armored vehicles in six different configurations to the Romanian Armed Forces. The contract value exceeds US$1 billion. The vehicles will be produced locally in Romania by the Romanian company Uzina Mecanică București (UMB) and original vehicle designer, Mowag.

G&C Provides Functional Design for Saudi Multi-Mission Surface Combatant

Gibbs & Cox naval architecture and marine engineering firm (G&C) will support the functional design of new, Multi-Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC), a new class of frigate based on the Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship ordered by the Royal Navy of Saudi Arabia.

HDT to Deliver 20 Robotic Mules for US Army Evaluation

The U.S. Army has selected four companies to move to the second phase of the Squad, Multipurpose Equipment Transport (SMET), to develop an unmanned ground vehicle assisting dismounted troops with equipment transport. One of the winners, HDT Global (HDT) said it will provide a new, electrically driven 6x6 vehicle known as 'Hunter WOLF'.

Three Philippine’s Assault Crafts to Receive Israeli Missiles Soon

Three newly commissioned Multi-Purpose Assault Crafts (MPAC MKIII) of the Philippines Navy will soon be equipped with Spike ER multi-purpose missiles, the local Department...

UK Army Cadet Force Get New Manpack Radios

The U.K. Army completed the induction of a new, tactical radio system known as the Mercury Radio System, that recently achieved Full Operational Capability (FOC). The new radio is now in service with the UK Army Cadet Force (ACF). The Mercury Radio is based on Elbit Systems' PRC-710 and -720 sets.

New OPV Joins the Cypriot Navy

The new Offshore Patrol Vessel of the Capriot Navy arrived in Larnaca, Naval Analysis reported. Cyprus ordered the OPV from Israel in December 2015, the vessel was built by Israel Shipyards Ltd. in Haifa.

Britain to Transfer its Last Helicopter Carrier to Brazil

Brazil has purchased Royal Navy ship HMS Ocean, the helicopter carrier recently retired from the Royal Navy service. The UK Ministry of Defense is selling the Ocean for £84 million. The vessel will remain in the UK until the autumn of 2018.

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.

Canada to buy Australia’s used Hornets

Canada plans to buy 18 used F/A-18 Hornet fighter planes from Australia to fill the air forces’ fighters shortage. The purchase is regarded as a stopgap measure as Ottawa moves forward with a more permanent selection of a future replacement for the CF-18.

Boeing Awarded US$6 Billion to Build 36 Eagles for Qatar

Boeing Defense, Space, & Security company has been awarded a $6,173,500,000 undefinitized contract action contract for the F-15 Qatar program. FMS funds in the amount of $3,019,750,000 are being obligated at the time of award. This sole source contract provides for the foreign military sales (FMS) requirement to procure 36 new F-15QA aircraft for the Qatar Emiri Air Force. Work will be performed in St. Louis, Missouri, with an expected completion date of Dec. 30, 2022.