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DEFEXPO 2018 – Photo Highlights

Part I of 4 photographic reviews of DEFEXPO 2018 brought to you by Defense-Update.

France Introduces Scorpion’s New Member – VBMR-Light

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.

Airbus Helicopters Delivers Modernized Tiger HAD Attack Helicopter

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first Tiger helicopter retrofitted into the HAD version of the French Army Aviation. In the UK, after completing a modernization of Puma 2 helicopters, the company entered an agreement to support the Royal Air Force Puma 2 fleet.

Qatar’s Race for Air Power

In recent months Qatar defense officials were busy dealing in shopping for fighter jets to expand their minuscule air force into a significant, modern air power. If those deals are fulfilled, in less than five years the Qatari Emiri Air Force (QEAF) will increase its order of battle from the current nine Mirage 2000-5 fighters to 96 modern combat jets, armed with the latest weapons the Western world can offer.

Next-Gen. Rafale F4 to Fly in 2023

Addressing the growing domestic and international demand for the French fighter aircraft, Dassault and the French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) will soon begin a six-year development phase of the next-generation Rafale F4. The French Minister of Defense, Mr. Jean-Yves Le Drian, authorized the start of development of the next generation variant of the Rafale. The aircraft will introduce new capacities empowered by the modern missile and engine technologies.

Scrambler 300 Drone Rifle

The Scrambler 300 Drone Rifle operates in the L, S and C bands and is capable of jamming common telecommunication protocols between a drone and its remote operator. It detects targets at a distance of 500 meters and can jam such targets from 300 meters. GNSS jamming is enabled at 150 meters.

Larsen & Toubro and MBDA establish Joint Venture for missile systems...

Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and European weapon system specialist MBDA have announced the formation of an Indian based Joint Venture to pursue opportunities for the development and supply of missiles systems to meet the growing potential requirements of the Indian armed forces. To begin with, the JV will look to develop and supply fifth generation anti-tank guided missiles, anti-ship missiles for coastal defense and high-speed target drones.

Spy’Ranger – a New Mini-Drone for the French Army

The French defense procurement agency (DGA) selected Thales to provide up to 70 ‘Spy'Ranger’ Mini-Drone Reconnaissance Systems (SMDR) for the French Army. Induction of the first batch of 35 systems is expected to begin in 2019. The total cost of the contract, with options, could reach €104.3 million (US $108.8 million).

[email protected] and FTI, the New-Generation Digital Frigate Class from France

The French ship builder DCNS presented today the [email protected] frigate design - a new 4,000 tonne frigate based on the French-Navy future Intermediate-Size Frigate (FTI) also developed by DCNS.

Protecting the Flamable Load – Carapace Demonstrates Protected Logistics at Eurosatory

The French Army has recently deployed the Carapace, a highly protected fuel lorry designed to survive an ambush attack, fight back and cpress on delivering the fuel to the front lines.

Canadian-French Initiative to Develop Fuel Cells for Long Endurance Drones

Canadian fuel-cell developer EnergyOr Technologies Inc. has entered a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) with the French Air Force’s Centre d' Expertise Aérienne Militaire (CEAM), to develop and optimize energy sources for long endurance UAVs

France to Upgrade SAMP/T Extended Range Air Defense System

The French Ministry of Defence has launched a modernization program for the country's SAMP/T ground based air defense system. The Aster Block 1 NT (New Technology) programme will cover the modernization of the Aster 30 interceptor and associated SAMP/T air defense system that will evolve with missile defense capabilities.

France Confirms Order for Eight MRTT Tankers

Airbus Defence and Space has received a firm order from the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) for a further eight A330 MRTT Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft. The first A330 MRTT will be delivered to France in 2018, followed by the second in 2019, and the remainder at a rate of one or two per year.

France offers Patroller Drones to Egypt

Following the sale of Rafale fighter jets, FREMM frigate and possibly, the Mistral helicopter carrier built for the Russian Navy, France is offering Egypt its latest UAV - the Patroller.