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    • Lifting the Veil of Israel’s Classified Laser Weapon Program Jan 8, 2020 Lifting the Veil of Israel's Classified Laser Weapon ProgramIsrael’s Ministry of Defense revealed today a major achievement in a high energy laser program undergoing with the Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D). Investments in laser technology made by the department have led to the ability to precisely focus laser beams on long-range targets, overcoming atmospheric disturbances.
    • F-16 Downs a Cruise Missile with APKWS Dec 24, 2019 F-16 Downs a Cruise Missile with APKWSThe US Air Force successfully demonstrated the intercept of an aerial target using the AGR-20A Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) laser-guided rocket. This proof of concept can have implications for homeland defense missions, Combined Defense of the Arabian Gulf.
    • 155mm Artillery System Claims World Record: 76km Nov 27, 2019 155mm Artillery System Claims World Record: 76kmIn a recent firing series held in South Africa, the German-South African joint-venture Rheinmetall Denel Munitions (RDM) demonstrated a dramatic increase in the range of its artillery firepower. The demonstration employed three 155 mm cannons with 52 and 39 caliber lengths, which scored three world records – firing at ranges of 76, 67 and 54 km.
    • Israeli-Designed Mini Corvettes to Replace Eight Hetz Missile Boats Nov 20, 2019 Israeli-Designed Mini Corvettes to Replace Eight Hetz Missile BoatsWith ongoing domestic procurement of naval weapon systems for Magen corvettes and Dolphin submarines, and growing export opportunities, naval programs become an important growth opportunity for Israel’s defense industries.
    • Russian Air Force Begins Testing MALE Strike Drones Nov 2, 2019 Russian Air Force Begins Testing MALE Strike DronesThe Russian Air Force has begun testing the medium-altitude long-range drone Orion Medium Altitude, Long Endurance (MALE) strike-reconnaissance drones.
    • E-Lynx SDR to Modernize the Swiss Army Mobile Communications Oct 29, 2019 E-Lynx SDR to Modernize the Swiss Army Mobile CommunicationsSwitzerland has selected Elbit Systems to replace the vehicular tactical radio equipment currently used by the Swiss military. A contract award for the supply of software-defined radios, vehicle intercoms, and headsets is expected to be worth several hundred-millions of Swiss Francs and is subject to Swiss Parliament approvals.
    • Agreement to buy 478 F-35 Sets F-35A Unit Price Below $80 Million Target Oct 29, 2019 Agreement to buy 478 F-35 Sets F-35A Unit Price Below $80 Million TargetThe F-35 Joint Program Office and Lockheed Martin finalized a $34 billion agreement for the production and delivery of 478 F-35s in three models, at the lowest aircraft price during the history of the Program.
    • Counter Drone System Repels Drone Attack on a Portuguese Port at REP(MUS)19 NATO Exercise Oct 25, 2019 Counter Drone System Repels Drone Attack on a Portuguese Port at REP(MUS)19 NATO ExerciseDozens of unmanned underwater, surface and air vehicles from NATO countries have gathered in Portugal for two weeks in September, testing new technological advances in unmanned maritime systems networks. To beef up its Port defense capability the Portuguese Navy invited IAI to bring its Drone-Guard C-UAS system that provided unprecedented situational awareness and drone defeat capability during the exercise.
    • Raytheon to Build a New 360 Radar for the US Army Patriot Air Defense Systems Oct 17, 2019 Raytheon to Build a New 360 Radar for the US Army Patriot Air Defense SystemsThe Raytheon Company announced it has been selected to provide the US Army with its next-generation, 360-degree capable radar – known as the Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor (LTAMDS). Deployment of sensors like LTAMDS is expected to close the vulnerability of sectorial air defenses that was clearly demonstrated in the failure of Saudi Arabian air defenses to detect and warn of the Iranian cruise missile attack.
    • Soft-Kill System Seconds a Hard-Kill in a Layered Defense Demonstration Oct 14, 2019 Soft-Kill System Seconds a Hard-Kill in a Layered Defense DemonstrationBAE Systems unveiled its next-generation active protection system called raven today, at the US Army (AUSA) convention. Raven uses a unique, non-kinetic InfraRed (IR) countermeasure system to defeat guided missiles fired at the protected platform. Raven has already demonstrated its effectiveness against guided missiles in several tests.
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