USA Defense Update


  • Harris Night Vision Acquisition – a Big Deal for Elbit Systems Apr 5, 2019 Analysis: Elbit Systems of America, a subsidiary of Elbit Systems and the Harris Corporation have agreed to move forward with the acquisition of Harris’ Night Vision business for $350 million. The acquisition of Harris’ night vision business opens a huge market for Elbit Systems, both domestic and international. Over 50 years Harris and its predecessors Exelis and ITT have established their night vision systems as the market leader. But with the planned merger between Harris and L3 Technologies, Inc., the night vision systems business becomes redundant under the combined portfolio.
  • Soft Launch Delivers a Hard Fist Apr 4, 2019 Following first deployments at sea on Type 23 frigates, MBDA’s Sea Ceptor matures to become highly effective and efficient all-weather air defense weapon system. A key capability of the system is the use of a soft launch mechanism that maximizes missile performance and kinematics, and imposes minimal loads on the launchers and structure.
  • ISDEF Announces a Live Demo Day Apr 3, 2019 On its 10th edition, Israel’s premiere defense, homeland security, and cyber exhibition — ISDEF Expo, will celebrate the largest, most extensive event in its history. With 300 exhibitors and 15,000 visitors expected to visit, ISDEF 2019 will take place at the new recently constructed Pavilion #2, the largest at Tel-Aviv’s International Convention Center. The exhibition will open its doors on June 4th and continue until June 6th, 2019.
  • Russian Push for Drone Export Apr 3, 2019 The Russian drone manufacturer is aggressively marketing the Orion E, a Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial system (UAS). The current export-oriented variant was launched in 2017. Seeking new customers at the LAAD 2019 exhibition in Brazil and LIMA 2019 in Malaysia, the developer, Kronshtadt Group is making the first steps entering a busy and competitive drone market.
  • Enhancing Combat Vehicles with Thermal Vision Apr 1, 2019 Upgrading entire fleets of AFVs is costly and complex but is essential to prevent the weapon systems obsolesce. Most combat vehicles delivered since the 1960s already have optronic systems of some type. Many are still in service and undergo periodical modernization to maintain combat effectiveness. Optronic modernization developed by Israel’s Thermal Imaging System (TIS) provider Opgal includes upgrade kits for commander and gunner sights and new situational awareness systems for the driver and crew.
  • First Flight of the Valkyrie – a Step Closer to Manned-Unmanned Flying Formations Mar 7, 2019 The stealthy Valkyrie is a long-range, high subsonic unmanned air vehicle designed to operate autonomously or in cooperation with manned aircraft as part of the Air Forces’ ‘Loyal Wingman’ concept.
  • Rheinmetall Tests a Weapon Station for Laser Weapons Mar 1, 2019 Rheinmetall has tested a new laser weapon station that can carry laser weapons up to 100 kW power level and be integrated on combat vehicles. In recent tests, the system successfully engaged drones and mortar rounds at operationally relevant ranges. Equally suitable for ground, air and naval operations, the assemblies are modular and scalable in design, to meet different applications.
  • A Locally Developed ‘Loyal Wingman’ to Fly in Australia by 2020 Feb 27, 2019 Boeing has introduced today its newest unmanned platform, the Boeing Airpower Teaming System (ATS), designed to extend airborne missions through smart teaming with existing, manned military aircraft. Designed and built by Boeing Australia, the ATS represents Boeing’s largest investment in a new unmanned aircraft program outside the United States. The Australian government allocated $40 million in support of the program and considers to include the new platform as part the RAAF ‘5th GEN Air Force’ modernization under ‘Plan Jericho’
  • Hybrid Protection Combines Active, Passive Defense to Armored Vehicles Feb 14, 2019 Rheinmetall has developed a hybrid Protection module that combines passive and active protection techniques to protect armored vehicles from anti-tank and ballistic threats, such as small caliber arms and fragments. Rheinmetall will unveil the new module at the IDEX 2019 exhibition in Abu Dhabi next week.
  • RAFAEL Introduces an Airmobile Spike NLOS for Special Ops Feb 4, 2019 RAFAEL has tested a new lightweight launcher for its Spike NLOS missile system, designed for integration on light offroad vehicles. For the launcher qualification testing the system was integrated into the Tomcar TE6 all-terrain, hybrid-electric powered vehicle, demonstrating unique operational capabilities for the system. RAFAEL developed this application to meet a specific customer requirement, making it the 47th vehicular configuration of the Spike missile family. At a weight of 1,350 kg, the launcher and eight missiles are mounted on the small vehicle, enabling the small crew to attack ground targets with pinpoint precision from 30 km away. The basic system carries four ready to launch missiles and four spares. The system can change the configuration and number of missiles used to meet the space and size constraints of small ATVs. While the first installation was tested on the Tomcar, the system can also be mounted on other all-terrain vehicles such as the Flyer, GMV-1.1 and similar ATVs. TOMCAR is an Internally Transported Vehicle (ITV) able to carry a payload more than its curb weight, making it an optimal platform transporting vehicles, equipment, and soldiers in the same aircraft. The highly new TE6 version has three seats, and large front and aft cargo decks for use as a mule, or as an assault vehicle supporting weapon platforms. The Spike NLOS uses the new tactical tomcar TE6 platform, a hybrid-electric powered, ultra-quiet platform that has two electric motors and four-wheel drive, a payload carrying capacity (1475 kg). At just over 1,780 kg, the air transportable Tomcar TE6 and lightweight launcher pack eight missiles, enabling the small crew to attack ground targets with pinpoint precision from 30 km away. Photo: RAFAEL Supported by RF video datalink, Spike NLOS missiles can engage targets that are hidden from direct line of sight, or those that relocated since ...