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France Develops a Successor for the MICA Missile

The French armament directorate (DGA) has launched a development program that will modernize the MICA air/air and surface/air missile, introducing a new generation of the weapon (MICA NG).

Eurosatory Photo Review – 2

Highlights of day II at Eurosatory - as viewed by defense-Update

France offers Patroller Drones to Egypt

Following the sale of Rafale fighter jets, FREMM frigate and possibly, the Mistral helicopter carrier built for the Russian Navy, France is offering Egypt its latest UAV - the Patroller.

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.

Strategic Cooperation Expands French-Russian Collaboration on AFV Systems

The Russian armored vehicle manufacturer Ural Vagon Zavod (UVZ) Corporation and French company SAGEM Defense Securite (a member of SAFRAN Group) have signed a...

Missiles and Missile Defense Systems – 2011-2021

The global missiles and missile defense systems market, estimated to be worth US$15.2 billion in 2011, is projected to grow at a CAGR of...

French Air Force has Began Fielding an IR-Guided Version of the...

In July 2011 the French air force and Naval aviation began operational deployment of the infrared terminal guidance version (SBU-64) of the Hammer IR AASM modular air-to-ground weapon.

The High Cost of Precision Attack

Depleting stocks of Precision Guided Munitions (PGM) used by European Air Forces in Libya is expected to trigger demand for affordable guided weapons. This article examines the operational advantages and weaknesses of the various weapons, and how it reflects in their costs

Sagem Reports Progress with Laser AASM

Recent test demonstrated the French guided weapon AASM capability to hit fast moving targets with one-meter accuracy, using terminal homing by laser, in addition to the GPS/INS guidance. The French Air Force and Navy are expected to field the new capability in 2012.

UAE To Upgrade 135 BMP-3 Armored Infantry Vehicles

The United Arab Emirates has announced at IDEX 2011 the conclusion of an agreement for the modernization of 135 Russian produced BMP-3 amphibious infantry fighting vehicles in service with the UAE land forces. The a $74-million upgrade contract was negotiated with Russian arms exporter Rosoboronexport.

Sagem Wins French Contract for Long-range thermal Binoculars

The French defense procurement agency (DGA) has selected Sagem to deliver 1,175 JIM LR2 'new generation' long range multi-function infrared binoculars and 500 remote-control...

Brazilian AS350’s getting upgrades

The Brazilian army fleet of AS350 Ecureuil helicopters is to undergo modernization by the Brazilian subsidiary of Eurocopter. Upgrading of 36 aircraft will span...

India’s Mirage 2000 Upgrading Program

In December 2010 India and France finalized the upgrading of 50 Indian Air Force Mirage 2000 aircraft, under a Rs 9,640 crore (US$2.15 billion)...

France’s Mars Industry Consortium Selected for Scorpion Architecture Design

The French Ministry of Defense announced the selection of an industry group comprising Thales, Sagem and Nexter, to lead the architecture development of the...

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