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Early completion of refit of Italian aircraft carrier

The Italian Navy said on Friday, October 17, that work on the carrier is now slated to be complete at the Taranto Arsenal, a Navy shipyard and base, on Nov. 10, instead of March of next year, when the ship completes post-refit sea trials.

Eurosatory 2014 Full Report

Defense-Update new interactive VideoReport To navigate through the different chapters clock on the thumbnails shown at the beginning of this video. This video is highlighting several topics including light and heavy armored vehicles, armor protection, artillery and precision fires, unmanned systems, and more... Defense-Update Israeli focus You can...

the 3rd International Fire Conference Photo Report

Photo report from the first day of the 3rd International Fire Conference, held May 20-22, 2014, at ”Home of the Gunners” in Zikron Ya’akov, Israel. All photos credit: Noam Eshel, Defense-Update.

Managing Life with Cyber Threats

IAI is developing the tools and methodologies enabling organizations to better prepare to cyber attacks and minimize the negative effects that such attacks can cause Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is expanding its activities into the cyber world, offering operational solutions for government authorities and large...

Sharpening the Spike

RAFAEL is introducing enhanced versions of the Spike family missiles, including a Spike NLOS offering improved seekers and targeting capabilities and adaptation to air, land and naval platforms. The smaller, affordable Spike LR is also extending its range, and adapted to heliborne platforms. RAFAEL engineers...

Israel’s F-35s will Carry the Spice 1000 Guided Weapons

Rafael is proceeding with the adaptation of the Spice 1000 Electro-Optically, Stand-Off guided weapon as part of its roadmap to carry this family of weapons into the future. “The Israel Air Force will be able to operate the F-35s with Spice 1000 soon after...

Singapore Airshow – Video Preview

We are uploading the following video from the media preview held Monday, February 9 at the Singapore Airshow, two days before the official opening of the Singapore Airshow, some of the visiting aircraft and most of the Singapore Air Force aircraft are already parked...

Rising Tension Between Chile and Peru, in Anticipation of International Court Ruling

Tension is rising in Peru and Chile awaiting the verdict of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague on a maritime border dispute dating back to the 1980s. The verdict is expected on a meeting of the ICJ scheduled for January 27, 2014....

Upgrading the Royal Thai Naval Capabilities

Thailand has traditionally turned to Asian countries as well to expand its naval fleet. In April 2012, the RTN received HTMS Ang Thong, a landing platform dock (LPD) vessels, similar to Singapore's Endurance class LPDs. Built by ST Marine in Singapore, Thailand's first LPD...

Normandie, the Second French FREMM Multimission Frigate Begins Sea Trials

FREMM frigate Normandie, the second of the Aquitaine class for the French Navy, was put to sea for the first time on 25 October. This milestone marks the beginning of the ship’s sea trials, which will take place off Brittany and are expected to last several weeks. According...

GMLRS Completes Engineering Development Flight Tests with Alternative Warhead Configuration

Lockheed Martin successfully conducted the third  engineering development test flight of the new Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) Alternative Warhead at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. Preliminary data indicate all test objectives were achieved. During the short-range test, three GMLRS rockets were launched from an MLRS M270A1...

Austrian Forces to Receive Tracker Mini-UAS from Cassidian

The Austrian Ministry of Defence has ordered six Tracker mini unmanned air systems (comprising a total of 18 aircraft) under an initial contract worth €3 million. These systems will provide the initial inventory for operational evaluation with the Austrian Armed Forces. Follow-on procurement of more...

Taranis UCAV Makes Maiden Flight

The BAE Systems Taranis unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) demonstrator has made its maiden flight and is currently conducting initial flight trials, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed in written statement submitted to the UK parliament’s defence select committee. "Flight trials are currently ongoing,"...

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