Lebanon orders armored vehicles from Italy and Brazil

The Italian vehicle manufacturer Iveco has signed a contract to sell 80 vehicles to the Lebanese military and police. The deal, worth about 30 million euros, includes 25 light armored vehicles and six mine protected armored vehicles to be produced in Italy and ten Brazilian produced VBTP-MR amphibious armored personnel carriers. The remaining vehicles include unarmored military trucks.

L3, Harris Merge to Become a $16 Billion Defense Tech Giant

Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) and L3 Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:LLL) have agreed to combine in an all-stock merger of equals to create a global defense technology leader, focused on developing differentiated and mission-critical solutions for customers around the world. The merger is expected to close in the mid-calendar year 2019,

Apache Block III controls a Gray Eagle UAV demonstrating advanced Manned-Unmanned Operations

An aH-64D Apache Block III equipped with the new Unmanned Aerial Systems Tactical Common Data Link Assembly (UTA) recently controlled an unmanned vehicle, while both were in flight. This marks the first time an unmanned vehicle has been controlled from the cockpit of an Apache, a significant accomplishment in manned-unmanned teaming. During flight tests, the UTA controlled the payload and...

Sentinel MK1 Airborne Stand-Off Radar System (ASTOR)

The Sentinel R Mk1 Airborne Stand-Off Radar System (ASTOR) was first shown at the 2006 Farnborough Airshow, just prior to the delivery of the first aircraft. Five aircraft are to be operated by RAF V squadron, providing all-weather, day/night surveillance and target acquisition capability, supporting national, theatre and tactical headquarters with near real-time surveillance and reconnaissance imagery. The £800...


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New Gunshot Detection Capability Expands the Role of Mini-UAVs in Force Protection

Microflown Avisa is now offering UAV acoustic sensors to equip miniature UAVs. At ISDEF Microflown highlights the sensor integrated on a Aerovironment Raven, offering effective situational awareness for small units operating the miniature drone. According to John Bremner, business development manager at Microflown, the sensor weighing about 200 grams can be best integrated in the mini UAVs employing pusher propellers, as it offers a clean environment for the system. The sensor can also be integrated on aerostats, typically operated on force protection missions.

Hornet Real-Time Targeting (HART)

The US Navy and Boeing are developing the Hornet Autonomous Real-time Targeting (HART) system, based on the Hornet's on-board radar imaging capability. The system will enable aircrews to designate targets and deploy JDAM independent of pre-planned mission requirements. The Navy plans to deploy HART on aboard the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. The HART precision guided kit includes an infrared sensor, a processor,...

[email protected] and FTI, the New-Generation Digital Frigate Class from France

The French ship builder DCNS presented today the [email protected] frigate design - a new 4,000 tonne frigate based on the French-Navy future Intermediate-Size Frigate (FTI) also developed by DCNS.

German Rheinmetall Waffen Munition Strengthen Manufacturing Foothold in South Africa

Anticipating a growth in the activity of its South African business, Rheinmetall Waffen Munition (RWM) has teamed with its South African based subsidiary with Denel - Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) to acquire the Laingsdale Engineering company of Cape Town, South Africa, previously a division of Tellumat Pty Ltd. Under the new ownership RWM will have a majority interest of...

French Army could expand UAS choices

A new drone war has heating up in France, as authorities are gearing up for the long awaited Request for Proposal of the Système de Drones Tactiques (SDT) - 30 a tactical drone systems that would replace the Sperwer UAS by 2019.

Elbit Systems Unveils a Secure Ruggedized Handset

Elbit Systems and Sonim Technologies have introduced a new ruggedized and secure "Push-to-Talk (PTT) over cellular communicator" called SPoC.  The system is based on Sonim's "SnapTT" secure GSM phone, designed to provide military personnel, field agents and first responders with reliable and secure communications at all times. The new device was unveiled at the recent Milipol 2009 homeland security...

Unmanned Systems Summit 2010

The Unmanned Systems Summit will focus the capabilities provided by unmanned systems, improving situational awareness, force protection, and target acquisition capability for our military and government operations. Defense Update is an official media sponsor of the Unmanned Systems Summit 2010. The summit will showcase discussions by DoD and DHS leaders on the most critical demands, current initiatives, and shared operational challenges for...

Business Jets as Alternative for the E-8C JSTARS

Two industry groups are proposing business aircraft platforms as an alternative for the US Air Force JSTARS replacement. The Air Force is planning to retire the existing Boeing 707-based E-8Cs from 2025-2026 and is expecting to have at least four of the new planes in production by 2023.

Who’s in Control? Toward Machine Control Led Weapons

Weapons controlled by Machines? When targets are becoming too illusive for effective human response, networked computers and guided weapons join forces, combining sensors, processing and datalink on one platform, eliminating much of the traditional 'kill chain', By replacing significant elements of the targeting process with automated processing, performing rules of engagement compliance checks, this largely eliminates much of the complexity...