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  • DSEI 2017 Reflects the Latest Trends Oct 1, 2017 The biennial Defense Security Equipment International Exhibition (DSEI) held in London in September 2017 provided insight into British defense programs. The event attracted strong international participation, both visitors and exhibitors from 42 countries, many of which addressed UK and European defense and security requirements. The exhibition considered the second largest of its kind in the west, covered aviation, maritime and land warfare, as well as defense electronics, training simulation, security and cyber. DSEI reflected the growing concern of the Russian threat among countries within NATO. At the backdrop of DSEI was ZAPAD-2017, the large-scale military exercise held along the Russian Army with Belarus, along with its border with Europe. Another concern reflected here was the terror threat, both to military and the homeland. Several exhibitors displayed here innovative solutions that address evolving threats, including land, marine and airborne IEDs and mines. Main Highlights: Naval Modernization Equipping the Strike Brigades New Interest in Active Protection Wheeled Armored Vehicles Pocket Artillery for the Warfighter Fast Wheels for Special Forces Unmanned Systems Assume New Roles Naval Modernization Of a particular interest was the Royal Navy frigate modernization program, particularly the replacement of aging combatants with new Type 26 and Type 31e, and modernization of air defense systems on the remaining Type 23 frigates, that includes the replacement of Sea Wolf anti-missile system and Rapier Ground Based Air Defense missiles with the Common Anti-Air Modular Missile (CAMM). The Navy also plans to modernize its electronic warfare capabilities, for which Elbit Systems and Lockheed Martin announced a teaming agreement. Anti-submarine warfare, electronic warfare, and mine countermeasures were also featured, addressing acquisition programs with several NATO navies. Babcock unveiled at DSEI its Arrowhead class light frigate, developed to meet the Royal Navy requirement for eight Type 31e vessels. The new 120m vessel has a displacement of 4000 tons and an operating autonomy of 6,000 nautical miles. It is armed with ...
  • Hypersonic Weapons Enter Service with Russian Aviation Mar 2, 2018 Vladimir Putin, the President of the Russian Republic confirmed today that Russia began deploying new strategic weapons that are virtually immune to enemy missile defense capabilities. These weapons include a hypersonic air-launched attack missile and ground-launched hypersonic glider, that can be used with nuclear or conventional warheads. Russian scientists have also matured a compact nuclear propulsion system that can be fitted to unmanned aerial vehicles and torpedo-like submersibles, used as cruise missiles. Nuclear powered Representing new weapon categories, both systems are not likely to be covered by the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START). Share this:PrintEmailRedditPocketTelegramLinkedInPinterestTwitterFacebookGoogleWhatsAppMoreTumblr
  • BAE Selects Plasan to Armor Britain’s Type 26 Frigates Feb 28, 2018 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. Share this:PrintEmailRedditPocketTelegramLinkedInPinterestTwitterFacebookGoogleWhatsAppMoreTumblr
  • Boeing Joins General Atomics MQ-25 Stingray Team Feb 13, 2018 General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) has formed an industry team to pursue the US Navy MQ-25 Stingray, the future carrier-based aerial refueling drone program. The most surprising member is the Autonomous Systems division of the Boeing Company. Boeing is also pursuing the MQ-25 opportunity with its own MQ-25 platform, developed by its rapid prototyping center – the ‘Phantom Works’. Share this:PrintEmailRedditPocketTelegramLinkedInPinterestTwitterFacebookGoogleWhatsAppMoreTumblr
  • France Introduces Scorpion’s New Member – VBMR-Light Feb 12, 2018 The French defense General Armament Directorate (DGA) Ministry of Defense awarded Nexter a contract for the development, procurement, and support of the Light, Multirole Armored Vehicle (VBMR-L). Initial deliveries of VBMR-L are expected by 2022. Share this:PrintEmailRedditPocketTelegramLinkedInPinterestTwitterFacebookGoogleWhatsAppMoreTumblr
  • Sikorsky Teams with Rheinmetall to Offer CH-53K to Germany Feb 6, 2018 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. Share this:PrintEmailRedditPocketTelegramLinkedInPinterestTwitterFacebookGoogleWhatsAppMoreTumblr
  • Britain Offered 60% Workshare, Local Assembly of BOXER Feb 5, 2018 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). Share this:PrintEmailRedditPocketTelegramLinkedInPinterestTwitterFacebookGoogleWhatsAppMoreTumblr
  • New Configuration of MHTK Miniature Missile Validated In Flight Test Jan 30, 2018 Lockheed Martin has tested a new configuration of its Miniature Hit-to-Kill (MHTK) missile at the White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, Friday, January 26th. The test comprised a controlled flight of the miniature missile to demonstrate the interceptor’s increased agility and to validate the performance of its airframe and electronics. The missile now uses a common configuration for both active and semi-active guided missiles. Share this:PrintEmailRedditPocketTelegramLinkedInPinterestTwitterFacebookGoogleWhatsAppMoreTumblr
  • IMI’s Passive Buffer Fends Hackers from Compromising Weapon Systems Jan 28, 2018 IMI Systems introduces a hardware system protects computer-controlled military hardware from cyber attack The ‘Passive Buffer’ protects computer-based and computer-controlled systems and applications. Ensuring full and continuous operation continuously monitors and controls in real-time the data flow between the protected system and peripheral elements and components, ensuring only legitimate messages, controls, and protocols are implemented. This Passive Buffer supervision ensures that all the system’s operations are in line with the parameters, logic and sequence order defined by the system’s engineers. Typical systems that can be protected by the Passive Buffer system are weapons and ammunition, computerized components of critical systems’ infrastructure, manned or unmanned vehicles, aircraft, and vessels, and various critical computerized components in infrastructures, medical systems, and industrial shop floors. The system’s setup is defined by a set of rules and filters that determine the configuration, content, context, and role for each protocol. Built-in hardwired identification for sub-system and users eliminates tampering by unauthorized operators. Apart from the level of protection to systems and functions, the Passive Buffer also prevents access to highly classified core level elements in the protected system. Once activated, the Passive Buffer continuously monitors the system, analyze and characterize the integrity and status of protected resources’ and protocols (proprietary) in real time. In case of a suspicion that a protected system being compromised, precautionary measures are activated, thus limiting adverse behavior. The system can manage and control the relevancy of commands and content of such commands, to mitigate dysfunctions. For example, commands’ contents logic, processes controls, and identification. While the system would prevent automatic operation that could endanger the user or the unit, it also has certain levels of manual override to enable users to continue and operate the systems in combat. In such conditions, the system allows certain roles-based hierarchies to proceed, regardless of the protected system’ identification ...
  • RAFAEL Introduces Trophy APS with Samson 30 Turret Jan 24, 2018 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. Share this:PrintEmailRedditPocketTelegramLinkedInPinterestTwitterFacebookGoogleWhatsAppMoreTumblr
  • Thales Introduces a Protected Ambulance Based on Bushmaster MR6 Jan 24, 2018 Thales unveiled a new version of its Bushmaster protected vehicle the company proposes for the British Army future Multi-Role Vehicle (Protected) – MRV(P) mission. At the International Armoured vehicles in London the company displayed the ambulance variant – one of seven configurations required by the Army. Share this:PrintEmailRedditPocketTelegramLinkedInPinterestTwitterFacebookGoogleWhatsAppMoreTumblr