The Israeli defense company announced the acquisition of a 40% stake in the ian aerospace company GESPI Aeronautics, deepening its position in the growing ian homeland security and defense market. The two companies formally announced the acquisition today at the 2012 event in Rio de Janeiro, . Based in Sao Jose dos Campos near Sao Paulo, GESPI operates in Brazil’s civil and security sector for over 20 years, serving the local Air Force, Army and Navy. “The acquisition of GESPI will allow us to implement the strategic policy of the Brazilian government for the transfer of advanced technology and expertise to projects of the Ministry of Defence of Brazil and various security agencies of production site, providing employment opportunities and export to other countries. ” Lova Drori, Senior Vice President of Marketing at said.
MBDA's Brimstone air-to-surface missile has passed an operational evaluation by the Royal Air Force (RAF) that confirmed the performance of the weapon’s latest technical enhancements. These include a new warhead and propulsion system conforming to insensitive munitions (IM) standard and more robust airframe, improving the weapon's G loading and maneuverability.
Elbit Systems successfully demonstrated the BrightNite system in a series of night flights. Britenite is a solution that enables utility helicopters to perform Degraded Visual Environment (DVE) missions successfully in more than 90% of the nights. The demonstration flights carried out in Israel and involved dozens of pilots from different nationalities and services.
Lockheed Martin and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) have signed a comprehensive teaming agreement to partner on the Multi-mission Combat Ship (MCS), which is based on a DSME hull design and intended for the corvette market.
The U.S. Air Force awarded Raytheon a $90 million first-lot production contract for the next-generation Multi-Spectral Targeting System. As the latest variant of the MTS family of sensors, AN/DAS-4 incorporates greater fire control and Target Location Accuracy technology for precise coordinates.
AeroVironment and Orbital ATK announced the completion of development of a block upgrade for the Switchblade tactical missile system, improving the weapon's datalink with a new, encrypted digital data-link. AeroVironment has teamed with Orbital ATK to produce the advanced warhead for the weapon.