French AASM Demonstrates Outstanding Versatility in Libyan Campaign

The Libyan campaign has emphasized unique advantages of the French AASM-250 autonomous guided weapons. Previously criticized as an excessively expensive weapon, AASM proved its value in offering operational flexibility, in providing small fighting formations the effects achied by much larger strike forces.

Diehl, Al Jaber Establish JV to Pursue Military Vehicle Upgrades in the UAE

Al Jaber Group of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the German company Diehl Defence have signed a joint venture for the modernization and upgrade of the Emirates' military land vehicles. As part of this cooperation Diehl will supply components and upgrade kits including propulsion packs, suspension and tracks and assume system responsibility for vehicle upgrading to be performed...

Modernizing the Submarine Fleet

As work on the seventh, and last Astute Class attack submarines begins, design work is already underway on the Dreadnought - the future class of submarine that will become Britains' strategic nuclear-powered missile submarine in the 2030s.

Kockums Embarks on a Stealth Sub for the Swedish Navy

The Swedish Government has approved initiation of the design phase for the A26, a new generation submarines slated to replace the Gotland class submarines currently in service with the Royal Swedish Navy. The Swedish shipbuilder Kockums, that have specialized in maritime stealth designs, will be responsible for the new design, that will also have stealth capabilities. The new 1400 ton...

The Norwegian Defense Market – Opportunities & Challenges

Defense expenditure in Norway is expected to drop in Norway, representing only 2.51% real growth in the next four years (2012-2016). The main growth areas are international peacekeeping mission support, border security and defense and homeland defense.

Blue Force Tracking (BFT) Battle Management System

EADS has equipped Allied forces in the Balkans with an Interim Forces Tracking System (IFTS), which monitors the position of all units operated under Allied forces command in Kosovo and the Balkans (Bosnia Herzegovina and the former Yugoslavian republic of Macedonia). Apat from unit tracking, the system facilitates emergency messaging and establishment of real-time common situational picture for all...

Typhoon, Rafale Shortlisted for India’s MMRCA

The Swedish company SAAB confirmed today that its Gripen combat aircraft has not been shortlisted for the Indian Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) programme.

Israeli, German UAVs Network to Form an Integrated Reconnaissance and Strike Asset

A combined, unmanned reconnaissance and attack system developed under a collaborative program between Germany and israel has recently passed an important milestone, demonstrating the integration of KZO and HAROP unmanned aerial systems over the WABEP network

US Agency Details French RPA (UAS) Procurement Package

France has requested buying 16 U.S. General-Atomics (GA-ASI) MQ-9 Reaper Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), a sale that could top US$1.5 bn., The first two will be delivered this year with the remaining shipped in late 2015 or early 2016.

First M-346 Lavie trainer for the Israel Air Force rolls out in Italy

The first M-346 advanced trainer for the Israeli Air & Space Force was rolled out yesterday in a ceremony held at Alenia Aermacchi’s plant in Venegono Superiore, Italy. The first 'Master' to the Israeli Air Force is scheduled for the summer of this year. When it enters service the new trainer will be called 'Lavie'. The roll-out ceremony was...

HALO Acoustic Fire Location System

HALO, developed by BAE Systems uses multiple acoustic sensors and precise meteorological monitoring and terrain data to locate and identify artillery or mortar sources, as well as IED explosions. The system can detect hostile firing near to adjacent friendly forces and identify areas of intensive activities. By detecting the occurrence of explosions of mortar fires, launching of RPGs or improvised...

CV90 AFV / Armor Upgrade

Export of the BAE Systems Land Systems Hägglunds CV90 Mk II series IFV continues as the vehicle gets new upgrades preparing it for the latest threats. Since entering service with the Swedish Army in 1993 the CV 90 is operated by Norway, Finland and Switzerland. Netherlands became the fifth country to operate the vehicle; the first of 184 ordered...

RITA Valo

RITA Valo – developed and produced by Thales Communications, is the French Army tactical communications system, The Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) based network provides voice and data communications between theater deployed headquarters supported terrestrial, satellite and wireless communications, both military, civil networks. The infrastructure supports high security (SD/SO) call and data routing, stationary and mobile subscribers and interfaces with external...

MBDA Debuts High Power Laser Effector

MBDA Deutschand unveiled a new laser effector for land and naval applications at the ILA 2016 airshow in Berlin. In the naval sector, laser effector systems could feature in both on board ship and port protection. Photo: MBDA