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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 ...
  • France to Evaluate Airbus’ Unmanned Helicopter for Use on its Future Frigates Jan 12, 2018 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. Share this:PrintEmailRedditPocketTelegramLinkedInPinterestTwitterFacebookGoogleWhatsAppMoreTumblr
  • Romania to Produce 227 Piranha 5 8×8 APCs Jan 12, 2018 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. Share this:PrintEmailRedditPocketTelegramLinkedInPinterestTwitterFacebookGoogleWhatsAppMoreTumblr
  • U.S. Clears $133 Million Sale of Extended Range Missile Interceptor to Japan Jan 11, 2018 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. Share this:PrintEmailRedditPocketTelegramLinkedInPinterestTwitterFacebookGoogleWhatsAppMoreTumblr
  • Yemen Claims a New SAM Scored Recent Hits on Saudi Fighter Jets Jan 11, 2018 new details about the surface-to-air missile claimed to have downed a Royal Saudi Air Force Tornado IDS over Sa’ada and hit another F-15S over Sana’a earlier this week. The missile shown in the photo does not look like any known Iranian surface-to-air missiles. Share this:PrintEmailRedditPocketTelegramLinkedInPinterestTwitterFacebookGoogleWhatsAppMoreTumblr
  • Elsight Provides Communications Links for the Amstaf Jan 10, 2018 Elsight received an initial order for ten Communications on the Move (COTM) secure, two-way communications suits from Automotive Robotic Industry (ARI), for integration in ARI’s Amstaf Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV). Elsight’s communications systems provide military-grade, secure and continuous two-way audio, video, and data transmissions, enabling safe and reliable remote operations of UGVs. Share this:PrintEmailRedditPocketTelegramLinkedInPinterestTwitterFacebookGoogleWhatsAppMoreTumblr
  • G&C Provides Functional Design for Saudi Multi-Mission Surface Combatant Jan 10, 2018 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. Share this:PrintEmailRedditPocketTelegramLinkedInPinterestTwitterFacebookGoogleWhatsAppMoreTumblr
  • HDT to Deliver 20 Robotic Mules for US Army Evaluation Jan 9, 2018 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 6×6 vehicle known as ‘Hunter WOLF’. Share this:PrintEmailRedditPocketTelegramLinkedInPinterestTwitterFacebookGoogleWhatsAppMoreTumblr
  • Long Range, Hyperspectral Vision and Staring IRST – Air Force Essentials in Counter-A2AD Operations Jan 9, 2018 Leidos has been selected to deliver the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) extended-range, high-resolution imaging, hyperspectral sensing, and close-in imaging with expendable sensor technologies designed to defeat adversary anti-access and area denial (A2/AD) threats. Share this:PrintEmailRedditPocketTelegramLinkedInPinterestTwitterFacebookGoogleWhatsAppMoreTumblr
  • UVision’s Hero 400EC Demonstrates Loitering, Precision Attack Capabilities Jan 9, 2018 Israel’s UVision demonstrated their Hero-400EC extended-range loitering missile system last month, pitching the enhanced drone to a strategic customer that already operates the company’s other Hero loitering weapons. Share this:PrintEmailRedditPocketTelegramLinkedInPinterestTwitterFacebookGoogleWhatsAppMoreTumblr
  • Increased Airstrikes in Yemen Jan 9, 2018 Hostilities between Saudi Arabia and Yemen increased in December 2017, as Saudi-led coalition forces intensified the air campaign on the Iranian-backed Yemeni-Houthi forces. 541 strikes were recorded by the Yemen Data Project (YDP), up by 67% from November 2017 and the highest number of bombings in a single month since January 2017. Sa’ada remained the most heavily targeted governorate in December 2017 with 149 air raids recorded. The increased activity in the region of Hudaydah coincided with a new ground offensive – launched after the death of former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, on 4 December – and territorial gains made by coalition-backed, anti-Houthi forces in Hudaydah governorate. The YDP indicates that as strikes intensified, they became less discriminate, with 195 of attacks (36 percent) targeted non-military sites; and just 14% targeting military sites. According to YDP, the change contrasts with the overall pattern of Coalition air raids in Yemen since the start of the air campaign. From March 2015 to December 2017 almost one-third of all targets (31%) were non-military and 38% military. Yemen air defense on Monday morning fired a ground-to-air missile at a Saudi F-15 while it was flying over the capital Sanaa, the Yemeni army said in a statement, that provided no further details. This event came one day after a Saudi Tornado strike fighter crashed when operating in the Sa’ada province, north of Sanaa. A video of the engagement released by the Yemeni forces shows a view of an F-15S Eagle flying opening full afterburner, releasing flares and then intercepted by an unidentified object, likely a surface-to-air missile. Official Saudi sources attributed the loss of the Tornado to a technical failure. A Saudi combat rescue operation that supported the mission rescued the two crewmembers. Share this:PrintEmailRedditPocketTelegramLinkedInPinterestTwitterFacebookGoogleWhatsAppMoreTumblr