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Casspir IV – Denel Introduces A Modern Version for the Legendary Mine Protected Vehicle (MPV)

31 years after pioneering mine protection for vehicles with the first Casspir Mine Protected Vehicle (MPV) Denel unveiled today a new version of South Africa’s iconic mine-protection vehicle - Casspir MK IV. The new vehicle was launched today in Cape Town today, at the...

Growing Demand for MPVs in Africa

African defense companies are challenging the dominant Western suppliers of mine protected armored vehicles, competing for MRAP type vehicle contracts. According to Ivor Ichikowitz, Executive Chairman of the South African Paramount Group, South Africa's largest independent defense and aerospace contractor, African companies have emerged...

Paramount Unveils Mbombe, a New 6×6 IFV, Pioneering a New Mine Protected, Armored Vehicle Family

Paramount unveiled today the Mbombe at the African Aerospace and Defense 2010 (AAD) Expo. Mbombe is a 6x6 Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) implementing a flat hull (rather than the traditional V-shape invented in South Africa). The honeycomb flat hull enables much lower silhouette, compared...

L1ID Splits between Safran, BAE Systems

BAE Systems announced today the planned acquisition of three intelligence services companies, for a total investment of almost US$300 million. The companies to be acquired are SpecTal LLC, Advanced Concepts Inc., and McClendon LLC – all part of the L-1 Identity Solutions Inc.'s (L1ID)...

French Cougars for Mexico

Mexico is increasing its order for Eurocopter EC725 Cougar helicopters with additional six helicopters, following an initial order for six made in March 2009. Eurocopter will supply all 12 helicopters to Mexico’s SEDENA (Secretaría de La Defensa Nacional) beginning in the second quarter of...

How serious is the P800 Yakhont threat? Does it have a destabilizing effect on the Middle East?

The expected arrival of the P800 Yakhont supersonic anti-ship missile in Syria is considered the first serious attempt by Syria to directly challenge the Israel Navy since the 1973 war, when the Israeli Navy sunk five Syrian vessels in the first missile-boat engagement known...

Rockwell Collins Hopeful to Sell $5 Billion in 2011

Rockwell Collins, Inc. (NYSE: COL) forecasts revenues for 2011 to reach $4.8 to $5.0 billion, with operating margins maintained at 19.5 - 20.5%. As operating conditions continue to improve in the commercial markets, Rockwell Collins expects 'double digit' revenue growth in commercial air transport...

Vulture Solar-Powered UAV Set For Months long Mission by 2014

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected a concept developed by the Boeing Company (NYSE:BA) for the second phase of the Vulture long-endurance unmanned aerial system (UAS) program. The Solar eagle was selected over the Odysseus, a rival proposal submitted by...

EADS Defence & Security Rebranded as ‘CASSIDIAN’

Defence and Security division of EADS is rebranding itself as 'CASSIDIAN', reflecting its ambitious mission 'to support those who protect the world'. The new name comes from the Latin term 'Cassida' (helmet) and 'meridian', an imaginary line running north and south. The company remains...

Australian-Afghan Patrol Engages Insurgents Near Derapet, Afghanistan

This video records captured in action, by an Australian Defense Forces (ADF) soldier using a helmet mounted camera records a fierce firefight erupting between an Australian and Afghan National Army (ANA) patrol and Afghan insurgents. The event began as an observation from an ADF elements...

Israeli-French Joint Venture Targets tactical UAVs

An Israeli-French  joint venture to be established by early 2011 will focus on tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). A principal agreement on the move was signed today as a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) between the French defense company Sagem Defense Securite and Israel's Elbit Systems. The...

Gates: Pentagon to Implement Tougher Business Rules

Under the new policy companies will be required to provide more predictable cost estimations and meet those costs down the road. When costs increase happen, contractors will be required to share the burden. Prime contractors are likely to be most exposed to this new risk, but subcontractors could also find themselves vulnerable when required to take responsibility on delays they cause...

Textron Marine & Land Systems Teams with Israel’s MDT to Market the Tiger

Textron Marine & Land Systems, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and MDT Armor Corporation, a division of Arotech Corporation (Nasdaq GM: ARTX), today announced a teaming agreement to market, design and manufacture the Tiger Light Protected Vehicle....

Update: Riyadh to Invest up to $60 Billion Modernizing Airpower with U.S. Systems

Updated: October 21, 2010: The U.S. and Saudi Arabia have finalized an arms package that shadows even the large arms mega-sales in the region. The current program includes several packages worth about $60 Billion, which include mostly platforms produced by the Boeing Company. The...