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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 ...
  • Four Multinational Teams Bid for £1.5 billion UK-MOD Operational Readiness Training Services Contract Mar 18, 2018 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. Share this:PrintEmailRedditPocketTelegramLinkedInPinterestTwitterFacebookGoogleWhatsAppMoreTumblr
  • Australian SilverShield to Protect Afghan Security Vehicles from IEDs Mar 18, 2018 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. Share this:PrintEmailRedditPocketTelegramLinkedInPinterestTwitterFacebookGoogleWhatsAppMoreTumblr
  • US Drone Maker Cleared to Export Jet Powered Combat Drones Mar 15, 2018 Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, a manufacturer of jet-powered tactical unmanned aerial drone systems, will soon offer its Mako militarized, combat unmanned aerial vehicles systems for export, following approval of such export by the U.S. State Department to certain European and Asia Pacific region countries. Share this:PrintEmailRedditPocketTelegramLinkedInPinterestTwitterFacebookGoogleWhatsAppMoreTumblr
  • Australia to Buy +200 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles from Germany Mar 14, 2018 The Prime Minister of Australia, The Honourable Malcolm Turnbull MP, has announced today that Rheinmetall has been selected by the Australian Government to provide its next-generation 8×8 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles (CRVs)The German-designed Boxer 8×8 wheeled armored reconnaissance vehicles will replace the Piranha-based ASLAV armored vehicles currently in service under the Land 400 Phase 2 Project. Share this:PrintEmailRedditPocketTelegramLinkedInPinterestTwitterFacebookGoogleWhatsAppMoreTumblr
  • Ukrainian APS to Protect Turkish Tanks in Syria Mar 7, 2018 Facing serious threats to their armored forces operating in Syria, the Turkish Army turned to Ukraine to counter the Kurd missile attacks on their tanks. The system presented by the Turks as ‘Akkor Pulat’ is actually the light version of the Ukrainian Zaslon that has recently completed its initial tests in Ukraine and now enters an accelerated test series in Turkey. Designed with simplicity and relatively simple integration, the system is expected to be fitted soon to all types of Turkish main battle tanks currently operating in Syria. Share this:PrintEmailRedditPocketTelegramLinkedInPinterestTwitterFacebookGoogleWhatsAppMoreTumblr
  • 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