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    • Raytheon, Dynetics are is Building 100kW Tactical Lasers for the US Army Jul 2, 2018 The Raytheon Company and Dynetics are both developing laser weapon prototypes that will utilize 100 kW class laser weapons. One of the prototypes will be tested by the Army in 2022. Each company received $10 million from the U.S. Army recently, to build a High Energy Laser Tactical Vehicle Demonstrator (HEL TVD) prototype based on the Army Oshkosh tactical FMTV truck.
    • 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 ...
    • Defense Events – Q2-2019 Jan 31, 2019   April 2019 Events Traveling abroad? Our Travel Partner Agoda has the most attractive deals! Military Space Situational Awareness 2019 – 1-2 April 2019 – Copthorn Tara Hotel, London, UK Defense Events – April LAAD 2019 – 2-5 April 2019 – Riocentro, Rio De janairo, Brazil Future Armoured Vehicles Situational Awareness – 3-4 April 2019 – Copthorn Tara Hotel, London, UK Military Robotics and Autonomous Systems – 3-4 April 2019 – Holiday Inn Kensington Forum, London, UK Air Mission Planning & Support – 9-10 April 2019 – Buckingham Gate, London, UK Marine South 2019 – 10-12 April 2019 – Camp Lejeune, NC, USA Deployed Medical & Healthcare Delivery – 10-12 April 2019 – Hilton London Kensington, London, UK Adriatic Sea Defense & Aerospace 2019 – 10-12 April 2019 – Split, Croatia SPIE Defense & Commercial Sensing – 14-18 April 2019, Baltimore, MD USA. Quad-A (Army Aviation Association of America) – 14-18 April 2019, Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Convention Center, Nashville, TN. USA. AEROMART Montreal – 16-18 April 2019 – Palais des Congrès de Montréal, Canada. Securex West Africa – 16-17 April 2019, Lagos, Nigeria. Counter UAS – 16-18 April 2019, Hilton London kensington, London, UK. Aeromart Aerospace Business Convention – 17-19 April 2019, Sacheon, South Korea. Secutech India – 25-27 April 2019, Mumbai Exhibition Center, Mumbai, India. FAMEX – Feria Aerospacial Mexico – 24-27 April 2019, Mexico City, Mexico. Future Ground Combat Vehicles – 29 April – 1 May, 2019, Detroit, MI, USA. Defence Aviation Safety Conference – 29-30 April 2019, London, UK Xponential 2019 (AUVSI) – 29 April – 2 May 2019, McCormick Place, Chicago, IL, USA. IDEF International Defense Industry Fair – 30 April – 3 May 2019, Tuyap Expo Center, Istanbul, Turkey. May 2019 Events Defense Events – Sea-Air-Space – 6 – 8 May, 2019 Gaylord National Convention Center, National Harbor, MD, USA NCT CBRNE USA ...
    • Britain’s Protectors to Carry Brimstone Missiles Jan 25, 2019 MBDA will provide integration of the Brimstone precision guided strike missile onto the SkyGuardian drone to enhance the capability of RAF Protector GR Mk1 drone to engage a wide range of targets (stationary, fast moving, land and sea) under all weather conditions.
    • Joint Fires Trainer to Improve British Fire Support Jan 24, 2019 The British Army began operating a mobile Close Air Support (CAS) and Joint Fires simulator, a bespoke solution was built to satisfy the military requirement for mobile, on the job training for personnel of the 1st Artillery Brigade personnel. The Joint Fires Mobile Trainer (JFMT) is now in active service, training Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTAC) and Fire Support Teams (FST) within the brigade. The JFMT is accredited to simulate all controls currently allowable (types 1, 2, and 3, Full Motion Video, Rotary Wing, Night/IR, Remote Observer, and Laser Target Designation). Through the qualification process completed in August last year with UK Joint Air Land Organisation (JALO), JFMT successfully met all US and NATO requirements to deliver simulated CAS training. The simulator was developed and produced by Elbit Systems UK Ltd. (#ESUK) and QuantaDyn Corporation. Under the contract, Elbit Systems UK supplied the JFMT as a fully serviced training package, all contained within a versatile 20ft trailer able to be deployed and recovered by vehicles within short time frames. The concept supports training at the training centre or in the field, as part of refresher courses. A member of the Royal Artillery conducts his checks in a simulator in Kinloss to keep his qualifications in date. Army and RAF team up to train in the Highlands 1st Artillery Brigade, based in Tidworth and troops from RAF Honington in Suffolk combined to perform their largest exercise this year. Photographer: Cpl Nick Johns RLC/ MoD Crown The system comprises a trainee station, an instructor/operator station (IOS) and a pilot station console. Visuals are provided within a high-resolution dome configuration coupled with a powerful and intuitive Computer Generated Force (CGF) and Semi-Autonomous Force (SAF) application. Photo: Elbit Systems UK
    • Germany to Field Trophy APS with Leopard II Tanks Jan 24, 2019 Germany plans to equip one tank company with Rafael Trophy Active Protection Systems (APS) to better protect a rapid reaction force it plans to deploy as part NATO’s Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF). German officials confirmed the news at the International Armored Vehicles forum (#IAVevent) in London this week. The unit is expected to receive the Trophy systems in 2022, is expected to join the VJTF in 2023. The Bundeswehr operates 328 Leopard II tanks of three types – the 2A6, 2A6M, and 2A7 types, currently being upgraded. As the German Army (Bundeswehr) has not yet designated the unit, therefore, the type of Leopard II tank to receive Trophy is yet to be determined. Trophy has yet to be integrated with the Leopard II tank. Previous work was done on Leopard II tanks few years ago. The Bundeswehr has experience with Trophy and Iron Fist, as both systems were evaluated for the Leopard II in the past. The Bundeswehr also examined the locally developed ADS from Rheinmetall, but determined it will not be mature to support the upcoming deployment. Leopard tanks have been used in combat in Aghanistan and Syria, where they suffered heavy losses from anti-tank guided missiles, a challenge that brought the Turkish Army to rush APS to protect the tank. Trophy APS has already been selected to equip four brigades of US Army M-1A2 SEP2 Abrams tanks, at least two are destined to deploy in Europe. The Dutch military also forsee APS as a priority and has contracted BAE Systems to integrate the Iron Fist Light Compact (IF-LC) system on its CV9035NL. According to the planned schedule initial trials of Trophy on Leopard II are expected to begin this year with integration and testing completed by 2021, fielding 17 tanks (a company of 13 plus four spares) ...
    • Iron Fists APS for the Australian Boxers Jan 21, 2019 The Australian Defence Force has asked Rheinmetall Defence to evaluate Israel’s Iron Fist Active Protection System (APS) developed by Elbit Systems’ IMI. Brigadier Greg McGlone, Australian Army Director General, Armored Fighting Vehicles, broke the news at the International Armoured vehicles 2019 conference (#IAVevent) in London today. According to Brig. McGlone the evaluation will include only the Iron Fist as it was the only mature APS that meets the Boxer’s weight requirement (38.5-ton combat weight). Following the current assessment, Australia plans to contract Rheinmetall to integrate Iron Fist on the Lance turrets being used on the 121 of the Block II (improved reconnaissance vehicles) Australia is buying under the Land 400 Phase 2 program. The Australian army plans to conduct live fire testing of the system as part of the Block II improvements of the Australian Boxers. Australia will locally assemble 197 Boxers in this Block II phase, the vehicles include 121 combat reconnaissance vehicles (CRV), 10 recovery vehicles, 15 command vehicles, 29 joint fires surveillance vehicles and 11 repair APCs. The Australians also have options to buy 11 Boxer ambulances, all under the Block II tranch. The first 25 CRVs and engineer vehicles will be delivered by 2020 from Germany under Block I. IF-LC is also included in the AJAX based tracked vehicle General Dynamics Land Systems UK (GDLS-UK) propose to the Australian Land 400 Phase 3, intended to replace the M113s in the future. A model of that vehicle was also unveiled by GDLS at the #IAVevent. Photo: Defense-Update The AJAX proposed for Land 400 Phase III uses a manned GDLS turret that mounts an ATK 30mm cannon and a missile launcher. In addition to the two IF-LC active protection units the turret also uses dual, multi-sensor EO targeting system (note the protected, rotating commander sight) and the acoustic sensor behind it. ...