Israel Will Be First International Customer To Fly Operational F-35 Units
Though late to sign on to the network of nations purchasing the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, Israel will be the first international customer to operate the fifth-generation fighter, Aviation Week's David Eshel reports. “Israel will become the first non-U.S. operator of the F-35 in the world,” said Steve O’Bryan, Lockheed Martin’s vice president for F-35 program integration and business development...
Electric bikes gear for military service
Defense-Update talks with John Lloyd, Zero Motorcycles President and CEO about the advantages and challenges the new electric motorcycles represent to the military user
IAI, Thales Offer Sea Serpent Missiles to Replace the Harpoon on the Royal Navy Frigates
Thales UK and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) have joined forces to offer IAI’s Sea Serpent anti-ship missile to replace the Harpoon Block1C anti-ship missile currently in service on board the Royal Navy Type 23 frigates.
Canada’s New Armored Cubs Gear Up at Gagetown
Following rigorous testing and delays that lasted almost two years, Canada is renewing its battlefield reconnaissance and tactical armored vehicle fleet, with the first shipment of Tactical Armored Patrol Vehicles (TAPV) this month.
Germany Orders a New Batch of Boxers
Munich, Germany: The Artec company has signed a contract with OCCAR, for the production of a second batch of 131 Boxer armored personnel carriers for the German Army. The total order is worth EUR 476 million.
Following Myanmar, Pakistan is Eager to Sell More JF-17s
Colombo is likely to drop its plan to buy 10 new JF-17 fighter jets from Pakistan, following intensive Indian pressure to drop the deal, that would have cost $400 million.
Elbit Systems’ Subsidiary to Produce Remote Weapon Stations in Brazil
Ares, a Brazilian subsidiary of Elbit Systems will supply the Brazilian Armed Forces remotely Controled Weapon Stations (RCWS). REMAX is a stabilized weapon station for 12.7/7.62 mm machine guns that was Specifically designed by Ares to meet Brazilian Army requirements as part of the VBTP program. The system have been successfully tested and fielded in Brazilian Army Guarani 6X6 vehicles.. Some of the Brazilian VBTP vehicles are also armed with a larger weapon station mounting the 30mm automatic cannon.
US-Norwegian Air and Missile Defense to Protect Australian Forces Abroad
The Australian Government has approved the development of a new Short Range Ground Based Air Defense system to improve protection for deployed personnel. Raytheon Australia has been selected as the single supplier for the A$2 Billion program, delivering the NASAMS to the Australian Defense Force.
Polish-German Consortium to Upgrade 128 Leopard 2A4s MBTs
The German Rheinmetall company outlined today its role in the overhaul and upgrade of 128 Leopard 2 main Battle Tanks for the Polish military, a program expected to yield the consortium of companies nearly €220 million.
AeroVironment Introduces a New Loitering Weapon Addressing Army, Marine Corps Evolving Needs
Aerovironment announced today expanding its loitering weapon family, as it introduced the Switchblade 600 – the largest weapon in the family announced to date. The new weapon employs the tube-launched, collapsible wing, electric propulsion architecture as Switchblade 300, and its Blackwing variant. With longer range, extended mission endurance, and multi-purpose warhead Switchblade 600 expand the warfighter’s capability engaging larger, hardened targets at greater distances.
Multi-Spectral Targeting System (MTS) AN/AAS-52
The MTS multi-sensor payload integrates infrared and CCDTV sensors, laser rangefinder, designator, and illuminator with optional addition of a laser spot tracker. The system provides high rate of stabilization (six axis) and flexible operating modes including integrated line-of-sight targeting (for laser designating), sensor fusion and automatic target tracking, using centroid, area and feature tracks. Embedded maintenance and alignment contribute to...
Israel Awards Contracts for Combat Systems for Magen Class Corvettes
With the expected delivery of the first of Magen Class corvette next year the IMOD awards orders for the combat systems to be integrated with those vessels as they arrive in Israel. Elbit Systems announced today the receipt of an order worth US$85 for electronic warfare systems destined for those ships.
RAFAEL to Produce Spike LR2 Guided Missiles in Australia
Australia selected the Israeli Spike LR2 multi-purpose guided missile to equip the new Boxer Combat Reconnaissance vehicles procured from Rheinmetall Defense under an A$2.1 billion Under project Land 400 Phase 2 contract. Australia is the second user to select the new LR2 version of the missile, following the Israel Defense Forces that placed an order for 2,000 in 2017.
Three Philippine’s Assault Crafts to Receive Israeli Missiles Soon
Three newly commissioned Multi-Purpose Assault Crafts (MPAC MKIII) of the Philippines Navy will soon be equipped with Spike ER multi-purpose missiles, the local Department of National Defense (DND) said. The missiles are expected to arrive in country during the first quarter of 2018. Israel's Rafael Advanced Defense Systems company is providing three Mini Typhoon weapon systems for the new...