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Friday, 29 April 2016

Textron completes integration of Hybrid Quadrotor to Aerosonde SUAS

Textron Systems Unmanned Systems has completed the integration of the Hybrid Quadrotor technology to the Aerosonde Small Unmanned Aircraft System. It is a proof of concept system combining vertical take off and landing (VTOL) of a multi-rotor air vehicle, with the speed, efficiency and endurance of Aerosonde’s SUAS fixed-wing aircraft. 
Textron Systems’ Aerosonde SUAS with the Hybrid Quadrotor technology”
(Credit: Latitude Engineering)
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Airbus Helicopters and PGZ start industrial talks for Poland's Kruk attack helicopter program

Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ) and Airbus Helicopters are hosting a two-day workshop in Radom on the 28 – 29 April to identify potential areas of cooperation around the Tiger HAD project, in the frame of the Kruk attack helicopter project. The event included the global network of Tiger HAD suppliers who took part in the discussions with a number of Polish companies. 
Airbus Helicopters' Tiger attack helicopter
(Credit: Airbus Helicopters)
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Russian Helicopters' Ka-62 multipurpose helicopter prototype took to the skies

The first prototype of the Kamov Ka-62 medium multipurpose helicopter performed its debut flight at the Progress Aircraft-Manufacturing Enterprise, part of Russian Helicopters Group, on April 28, the Russian Helicopters press office said on Friday.
Russian Helicopters' Ka-62 medium multirole helicopter first prototype makes its maiden flight
(Credit: Russian Helicopters)
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USAF orders Raytheon's next-gen Multi-Spectral Targeting System

The U.S. Air Force awarded Raytheon a $90 million first-lot production contract for the next-generation Multi-Spectral Targeting System. The AN/DAS-4, the latest variant of the MTS family of sensors, incorporates greater fire control and Target Location Accuracy technology for precise coordinates. 
USAF ordered first-lot production of next-generation AN/DAS-4 Multi-Spectral Targeting systems
(Credit: Raytheon)
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Airbus Helicopters hands over first two H145M Helicopters to Royal Thai Navy

With today´s successful technical acceptance, Airbus Helicopters has handed over the first two of five lightweight military multi-role H145M helicopters to the Royal Thai Navy. This marks an important milestone in the H145M programme on its way to the final acceptance and entry into service in Thailand at the end of 2016. A delegation from the Royal Thai Navy and Airbus Helicopters Germany CEO Wolfgang Schoder participated in the ceremony at Airbus Helicopters´ Donauw√∂rth site.

Libyan Army has take delivery of several 4x4 Panthera T6 armoured personnel carrier from UAE.

According the Libyan Herald newspaper and te website DefenseNews, The Libyan National Army (LNA) has taken delivery of several wheeled Armored Personnel Carriers (APC) and military pick-up trucks donated by the UAE (United Arab Emirates). 
Some of the LNA's new APCs seen lined up at army HQ in Tobruk on Saturday (Photo: LNA Facebook page)
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AeroVironment begins production of Switchblade Tactical Missile System upgrade

AeroVironment, Inc. announced on April 28, it has developed a block upgrade, designated Block 10C, to its already fielded Switchblade™ Tactical Missile system. The Digital Data Link (DDL) incorporated into Block 10C provides a stable and secure encrypted communication link that enables more efficient use of existing frequency bands and significantly reduces the likelihood of signal interception. Frequency efficiency and secure communications are critical to warfighters in today’s complex operational environment.
The AeroVironment Switchblade Tactical Missile System in action
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Proekt-Technika Corporation develops mobile headquarters for Russian Armed Forces

A mobile headquarters (HQ) has been developed in Russia to facilitate staff officers’ work in the field, Shavasp Kalashyan, chairman of the board, Proekt-Technika Corporation, told journalists on Thursday, April 28.

The Royal Thai Navy selects Thales to modernise its naval capabilities

Thales has announced two significant contracts for the supply of a full spectrum of Above-water and Underwater solutions for the Royal Thai Navy (RTN). Thales will modernise the Bang Rachan Class Minehunters and supply the combat, navigation and communication suite onboard the newly ordered Krabi Class Offshore Patrol Vessel.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Russian NSVT machineguns to be replaced by Kord

All 12.7mm NSVT machineguns installed on Russian Armed Forces` (RAF) armoured vehicles (including main battle tanks) are planned to be replaced by modern 12.7mm Kord (RAF designation: 6P49) machinegun developed by Kovrov-based (Vladimir Region) Degtyarev Plant (a subsidiary of the High-Precision Weapons holding), a source in Russian defense industry said.
The Russian-made Kord machinegun
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