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    • DSEI 2017 Reflects the Latest Trends Oct 1, 2017 The biennial Defense Security Equipment International Exhibition (DSEI) held in London in September 2017 provided insight into British defense programs. The event attracted strong international participation, both visitors and exhibitors from 42 countries, many of which addressed UK and European defense and security requirements. The exhibition considered the second largest of its kind in the west, covered aviation, maritime and land warfare, as well as defense electronics, training simulation, security and cyber. DSEI reflected the growing concern of the Russian threat among countries within NATO. At the backdrop of DSEI was ZAPAD-2017, the large-scale military exercise held along the Russian Army with Belarus, along with its border with Europe. Another concern reflected here was the terror threat, both to military and the homeland. Several exhibitors displayed here innovative solutions that address evolving threats, including land, marine and airborne IEDs and mines. Main Highlights: Naval Modernization Equipping the Strike Brigades New Interest in Active Protection Wheeled Armored Vehicles Pocket Artillery for the Warfighter Fast Wheels for Special Forces Unmanned Systems Assume New Roles Naval Modernization Of a particular interest was the Royal Navy frigate modernization program, particularly the replacement of aging combatants with new Type 26 and Type 31e, and modernization of air defense systems on the remaining Type 23 frigates, that includes the replacement of Sea Wolf anti-missile system and Rapier Ground Based Air Defense missiles with the Common Anti-Air Modular Missile (CAMM). The Navy also plans to modernize its electronic warfare capabilities, for which Elbit Systems and Lockheed Martin announced a teaming agreement. Anti-submarine warfare, electronic warfare, and mine countermeasures were also featured, addressing acquisition programs with several NATO navies. Babcock unveiled at DSEI its Arrowhead class light frigate, developed to meet the Royal Navy requirement for eight Type 31e vessels. The new 120m vessel has a displacement of 4000 tons and an operating autonomy of 6,000 nautical miles. It is armed with ...
    • World Powers Modernize, Improve Nuke Arsenals Jun 18, 2018 The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) released today the findings of SIPRI Yearbook 2018, which assesses the current state of armaments, disarmament and international security. One of the key findings includes the state of world’s nuclear forces as of January 2018. “All the nuclear weapon-possessing states are developing new nuclear weapon systems and modernizing their existing systems” the report stated. The inventories listed in the table above show a small decline in the U.S. and Russian inventories, as Russia modernizes its strategic weapon’s arsenal, and the US phases out some of the oldest warheads, under the nuclear disarmament agreements.
    • Dutch Special Forces, Forward Observers to Get New, Lightweight Sights Jun 14, 2018 The Defense Material Organization (DMO) of the Netherlands announced the selection of Vectronix AG, Switzerland (a subsidiary of Safran Electronics & Defense) to supply more than 1,000 handheld thermal sights for the Dutch Army.
    • NEW DAS Expected to Save $3 Billion in F-35 Sustainment Costs Jun 13, 2018 Lockheed Martin selected Raytheon to develop and deliver the next generation Distributed Aperture System (DAS) for the F-35 fighter jet. The Raytheon-built DAS will be integrated into F-35 aircraft starting with Lot 15 aircraft, expected to begin deliveries in 2023 and is expected to save to more than $3 billion over the life cycle of the program.
    • KF41 Lynx Command Variant Jun 13, 2018 Rheinmetall displayed today a new configuration of the KF41, unveiled at Eurosatory yesterday. The turreted combat vehicle that was displayed yesterday was reconfigured overnight, adding a high top roof and replacing the two-men 35mm gun turret with a remotely controlled .50 Cal machine gun. The reconfigured vehicle weighs 42 tons, 3 tons less than the turreted one. The internal space is 175 cm high, enabling relative comfort for standing operation. The command vehicle shares the KF41 mobility and high protection and offers a wide internal protected space for C3 work.
    • AM General Introduces NXT-360 – a new Tactical Armored vehilce Jun 13, 2018 AM General, the manufacturer of the legendary HMMWV introduced at Eurosatory 2018 the next 360, a new vehicle it offers in light tactical vehicle segment. This new product highlights evolutionary changes from the HMMWV. The NXT 360 represents the next generation of the HMMWV platform – an evolutionary design that evolved from HMMWV customer feedback asking for more power, higher GVW, better ride and handling and better overall protection. “The NXT 360 provides added protection, payload capacity, and superior handling performance to perform in any rugged or urban environment,” said Andy Hove, AM General President, and CEO. In terms of survivability, NXT 360 offers basic protection levels conforming to B7 (covering 360 degrees), and Blast protection conforming to STANAG 4569 Kevel 2A at the front wheels and Level 1 at the rear axle. Blast seats and mats are also used, along with transparent armor that also meets B7-ballistic protection level threats. MXT-360 retains the HMMWV offroad mobility, and adds some new features, introducing quick transition time between soft and paved roads, using enhanced central tires inflation system (CTIS) with dual air compressors). Typical higher ground clearance and wheel travel, along with larger tires all contribute to increased traction and reduced ground pressure, providing significant ride improvement, Increased approach and departure angles. The suspension upgrade facilitates maximum upgrade in Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) to a maximum weight of 17,100 kg (7 tons). This added weight required the use of a more powerful bakes, MXT-360 uses an Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction control and an autonomous break control interface. The new vehicle uses the P400 Electronically controlled 6.5L V8 turbocharged Engine that develops up to 250 HP (186 kW), 460 ft/lbs (624 N•m) @1700 rpm with 6L85e 6-speed automatic transmission According to AM General, the NXT 360 can be delivered as a complete, new vehicle ...
    • Eurosatory Photo Review – 2 Jun 12, 2018 Highlights of day II at Eurosatory – as viewed by defense-Update
    • Robotic Systems at Eurosatory 2018 Jun 11, 2018 Selected photos covering some of the robotics, UAVs and counter-UAV systems on display at Eurosatory 2018
    • Eurosatory 2018 – First View Jun 11, 2018 Eurosatory 2018 - First View
    • NATO and the Israeli Navy Train Offshore to Repel Swarm Attacks Jun 6, 2018 The Royal Navy destroyer HMS Duncan (D37) and Spanish navy frigate ESPS Victoria (F82) completed a training mission in the East Mediterranean sea, as part of the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 operating in the Eastern Mediterranean. By the end of May, after a short port visit at Haifa, the two warships joined with the Israeli navy on an exercise that involved the ‘Protector’ Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) that demonstrated how such unmanned boats can assist large vessels in repelling attacks by swarms of fast boats.
    • Stealth Fighters Arrive in Britain Two Months Ahead of Schedule Jun 6, 2018 The first of Britain’s next-generation fighter jets have arrived home two months ahead of schedule in a major milestone for the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy. The first of Britain’s new cutting-edge aircraft arrived into RAF Marham their new home in Norfolk. This was the first tranche of F-35s to arrive, with RAF Voyager aircraft providing air-to-air refuels on their trans-Atlantic journey. More jets are due in Britain later this year, and there is an overall plan to procure 138.