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    • ATLAS North America acquires US based sonar company MSTL Nov 25, 2014 ATLAS North America LLC. (ANA) has acquired the business of Marine Sonic Technology (MSTL), Ltd., based in Yorktown, Virginia, USA, via an asset deal. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. ANA is a wholly owned subsidiary of ATLAS ELEKTRONIK GmbH, Germany. “MSTL’s core competencies with high resolution sonar technology are highly synergistic to the ATLAS Group’s existing capabilities and with the addition of these new side scan products, expand ATLAS’ total sonar product offerings.” explained Sergio Diehl, President and Chief Executive Officer of ATLAS North America LLC. The initial focus is on ATLAS line of Remotely Operated and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (ROVs/AUVs) i.e. SeaFox, SeaCat and SeaOtter. ANA is currently executing mine neutralization contracts with the SeaFox UUV based on an urgent operational need statement (UONS) for the US NAVY. The installations are in the AVENGER CLASS mine countermeasure vessel, the MH-53E mine countermeasure helicopters and with the US Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal community. “ATLAS North America’s acquisition of Marine Sonic Technology creates for the ATLAS Group a greater worldwide stake within the sonar survey, mine warfare and the fast growing autonomous vehicle markets.” For ANA, the new combined facility provides the critical U.S. based production and manufacturing facility required to affix the “Made in the USA” label on SeaFox Mine Neutralization Vehicles, and other planned products for the U.S. Navy Mine Warfare Forces.” Marine Sonic Technology, offers the highest resolution currently available at 1800 kHz, from the early Sonic High-Accuracy Ranging and Positioning System (SHARPS) to the latest ARC Scout which is the smallest dual-simultaneous digital CHIRP embedded system capable of producing near photographic imaging. Servicing industries around the globe such as Oil & Gas, Oceanic & Marine Construction, Search & Rescue, Law Enforcement, Military & Defense. Share this:SharePrintEmailStumbleUponRedditTumblrTwitterPocket
    • GD to produce Singaporean airburst grenades for the US military Nov 25, 2014 Singapore based Advanced Material Engineering Pte Ltd (AME) is teaming with US industry giant General Dynamics to produce manufacture 40mm Air Burst Ammunition for the U.S. military. GD announced today that its Ordnance and Tactical Systems (OTS) subsidiary has entered into a strategic agreement with AME, the ammunition and small arms subsidiary of Singaporean defence firm ST Kinetics. The agreement licenses the manufacturing of the new ammo for the US market. Airburst ammunition is highly effective against concealed and defilade targets. The 40mm ammunition can be fired from existing U.S. Army grenade launchers such as the Mk19 and MK47. Uniquely different from conventional ammunition, the 40mm airburst uses a programmable, time-based fuse technology that computes and programs the detonation time into the fuze. Once fired, the fuze counts down to zero detonating at the intended target point. This ammunition will provide the warfighter with the capability to program ammunition to detonate at a specific distance, greatly increasing the effectiveness, flexibility and lethality of their weapon systems. Providing these handheld computing devices is one of the growth areas GD is aiming at. “By integrating programmable ammunition with innovative products, such as our Next Generation Fire Control System, we can provide the warfighter with versatility and overmatch capability that is fully interoperable with our weapon systems currently in service,” said Tim McAuliffe, vice president and general manager of medium caliber ammunition and weapons for General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems. AME is one of the leading suppliers of 40mm ammunition in the world. AME’s 40mm ammunition is currently in service in   Europe ,   Canada ,   Africa   and   Asia Pacific. Share this:SharePrintEmailStumbleUponRedditTumblrTwitterPocket
    • US Navy deploys a laser weapon to the Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea Nov 25, 2014 The US Navy is operating high energy laser on the command ship leading the annual mine countermeasure exercise IMCMEX 2014. A revolutionary weapon system, the high power laser is designed to protect the vessel from attacks of Iranian fast boats. Share this:SharePrintEmailStumbleUponRedditTumblrTwitterPocket
    • NATO establishes a fleet of multirole tanker transport fleet Nov 24, 2014 The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is establishing a multinational fleet of Multinational, Multi Role Tanker Transport Fleet (MMF), the acquisition of the fleet will be lead by the Netherlands. The decision followed the principal approval of ten European countries which signed the letter of intent to jointly purchase and operate the tanker fleet on November 2012. Share this:SharePrintEmailStumbleUponRedditTumblrTwitterPocket
    • Iran: We supplied ballistic guided rockets to Hezbollah Nov 24, 2014 Iranian and Lebanese sources have recently confirmed that the Iranian backed Lebanese group Hezbollah has received the Iranian Fateh-110 guided ballistic missiles, and inducted the weapon into its missile arsenal. With a range of 250-350 km the new missile can hit targets provides the group with a capability to hit any target in Israel up to the northern Negev. Share this:SharePrintEmailStumbleUponRedditTumblrTwitterPocket
    • Lebanese source: Mobile missile launchers can hit any target in Israel Nov 24, 2014 Launched from camouflaged truck mounted containers, Fateh 110 ballistic guided missiles could strike most of the relevant targets in Israel, the Lebanese Daily Star reports. Share this:SharePrintEmailStumbleUponRedditTumblrTwitterPocket
    • Thyssenkrupp seeking a buyer for its naval business group Nov 24, 2014 Following the forced divestment of its Swedish Kockums acquisition, The German industrial conglomerate ThyssenKrupp is seeking to divest the remaining assets related to submarine construction – under its Marine Systems (TKMS) business group Share this:SharePrintEmailStumbleUponRedditTumblrTwitterPocket
    • News analysis: Arab spring reviving ISIS’ Islamic Caliphate Nov 23, 2014 In this first part in a series outlining the violently evolving middle east, this essay written by Defense-Analyst David Eshel covers the evolution of Da’ish (aka ISIS, ISIL) from the collapse of Iraq, by operation ‘Iraqi Freedom’ and the chaos triggered by President Obama’s Middle East ‘Arab Spring’ campaign of 2009. Share this:SharePrintEmailStumbleUponRedditTumblrTwitterPocket
    • Preview: Israel’s live robotics display at AUS&R Nov 23, 2014 Israel’s latest drones and robots are on display this week at the AUS&R event. Held for the second year, AUS&R has become the showcase of Israel’s unmanned systems industry and operators. Share this:SharePrintEmailStumbleUponRedditTumblrTwitterPocket
    • Pakistan considers buying 30-40 stealth fighters from China Nov 23, 2014 Pakistan is interested in acquiring a stealth fighter and has expressed interest in the newly unveiled Chinese FC-31. Pakistan is one of several countries interested in the new Chinese fighter – the first stealth aircraft available for export without US or Russian restrictions. Share this:SharePrintEmailStumbleUponRedditTumblrTwitterPocket




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