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    • Pantsir-SM Mitigates Drone-Related Capability Gaps Jun 25, 2019 Pantsir-SM  Mitigates Drone-Related Capability GapsThe KBP group has launched an upgraded export version of the Pantsir-S1M that implements some of the lessons Russia gained from recent combat engagements in Syria. The new configuration that improves the systems capability to deal with unmanned aerial systems (drones) of all types.
    • Russian Army to Receive New 8×8 Boomerang AFV Prototypes for Testing Jun 24, 2019 Russian Army to Receive New 8x8 Boomerang AFV Prototypes for TestingThe Russian Boomerang 8×8 combat vehicle was developed by the VPK company in two configurations, the 25 ton K17 Armored Fighting Vehicle (AFV) and a 22-ton amphibious Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) designated K16. Intended to replace heeled combat vehicles such as the BTR
    • UVision Introduces New Multi-Mission Loitering Weapons Jun 20, 2019 UVision Introduces New Multi-Mission Loitering WeaponsAlthough Loitering Munitions (LM) have been introduced decades ago, these weapons have gained general acceptance and maturity in recent years, following their operational debut in battlefields in the Caucasus and the Middle East. While several manufacturers already offer various types of ‘suicide drones’, only a few are committed to this category as Israel’s UVision Air, the developer, and producer of the Hero line of loitering missiles that unveiled a range of new members of its Hero family of LMs this week at the recent Paris Air Show. Uvision has already sold Hero LMs to multiple customers, including the Israel Defense Forces, and leading NATO countries.
    • Bringing F-35 Technology to the Rotorcraft World Jun 19, 2019 Bringing F-35 Technology to the Rotorcraft WorldExcite brings the F-35 display, and image fusion technology to cockpits of future helicopters, such as Future Attack & Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) and Future Vertical Lift (FVL), both families are expected to appear in the US and European market in the next decade.
    • With Glider Swarms and Hard Kill for Self Protection MBDA Charts the Future of Air Warfare Jun 17, 2019 With Glider Swarms and Hard Kill for Self  Protection MBDA Charts the Future of Air WarfareMBDA provided today a fresh vision of future air warfare. A range of future weapons presented by the company at Paris Air Show 2019, to illustrate the weapons that the Franco-German Future Combat Air System (FCAS) and Britain’s Tempest would carry by 2030-2040.
    • IAI Introduces a Tactical Member of the Heron Family of UAS Jun 4, 2019 IAI Introduces a Tactical Member of the Heron Family of UASIAI is introducing a new member of the Heron family of Unmanned Aerial Systems, designed for tactical operations. The Tactical Heron or T-Heron is positioned as the successor for the company’s Searcher tactical UAS. Flight testing of the new UAS is expected to begin in 2019 and continue through the next year.
    • German Army to Get Software Defined Radios for the Infantry Jun 4, 2019 German Army to Get Software Defined Radios for the  InfantryThe German Federal Ministry of Defense (MOD) has selected Telefunken Radio Communications Systems (RACOMS), to equip its infantry units with the PNR1000 advanced soldier radio, part of Elbit Systems’ E-Lynx family of Software Defined Radios (SDR). The new radios will be used at the platoon and company levels
    • Indian Navy Demonstrates ‘MRSAM ‘Cooperative Engagement’ Capability May 17, 2019 Indian Navy Demonstrates 'MRSAM 'Cooperative Engagement' CapabilityThe Indian Navy conducted the first firing test of an MRSAM naval air defense missile employed in the full Joint Taskforce Coordination (JTC)  mode. JTC implements the MRSAM ‘Cooperative Engagement’ operating mode.
    • Lockheed Martin adds SPICE to its Weapons May 16, 2019 Lockheed Martin adds SPICE to its WeaponsLockheed Martin and RAFAEL have signed a cooperation agreement to jointly develop, manufacture, market and support RAFAEL’s Smart, Precise Impact and Cost-Effective (SPICE) missile guidance kits to Lockheed Martin’s platforms.
    • GMLRS, HIMARS to Get New Rocket Pods May 16, 2019 GMLRS, HIMARS to Get New Rocket PodsLockheed Martin is working on a new, modular pod for Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) rockets, enabling loading of individual rocket tubes as they are expended, whereas the original GMLRS pods are discarded after use. The new pods will replace the depleting inventory of M26 rocket pods that were designed for salvo firing, and support the increased production of GMLRS rounds. The pod will be able to fire the GMLRS Unitary and Alternative Warhead variants, as well as the developmental Extended-Range GMLRS rockets and future rounds. The new pods will replace the depleting inventory of M26 rocket pods and support the increased production of GMLRS rounds. The new pods will be compatible with both the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) and MLRS M270 family of launchers. The US Army awarded the company $10.5 million for the development. Ground testing will begin this fall, with a planned flight test before the end of the calendar year. The first deliveries of the new modular pod are anticipated in the fall of 2021.