Sunday, 19 February 2017

Jankel presents its Fox RRV for the first time in the Middle East at IDEX 2017

Jankel presents its Fox RRV for the first time in the Middle East at IDEX 2017 (19-23 February) in Abu Dhabi UAE. The Fox RRV (Rapid Response Vehicle) is the latest variant of the FOX family. Click here to read the full news...
The Jankel Fox RRV (Rapid Response Vehicle) at IDEX 2017 (Photo Army Recognition)

German Company FFG showcases PMMC G5 APC and Wisent ARV / AEV tanks at IDEX 2017

The German Company FFG with sophisticated solutions at IDEX 2017 The innovative tank manufacturer FFG based in the northern city of Flensburg in Germany, will be presenting its highly-efficient and impressive developments in the area of special armoured vehicles at this year’s IDEX trade fair, including the PMMC G5 protected APC (Armoured Personnel Carrier) and the Wisent 2 ARV (Armoured Recovery Vehicle) or AEV (Armoured Engineer Vehicle). Read full article at this link...
FFG PMMC G5 protected APC (Armored Personnel Carrier) at IDEX 2017
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Rheinmetall of Germany shows its expertise to upgrade Leopard 2 MBT tanks as the Leopard 2 PL

The German Company Rheinmetall exhibits the Leopard 2 PL at IDEX 2017, a complete modernization program for 128 Leopard 2 MBTs (Main Battle Tank) of Polish Armed Forces. Today the Leopard 2 forms the backbone of the mechanized formations of 18 nations worldwide. The Düsseldorf-based tech group for mobility and security is showcasing its Leopard 2 MBT expertise at IDEX 2017. Read more
Rheinmetall's Leopard 2 PL upgrade project 
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Atech, a company of the Embraer Group, is one of the Brazilian highlights at IDEX 2017 (International Defense Exhibition and Conference). Atech showcase its vast experience in technologies for military and civilian command and control systems, as well as combat systems and simulators, all developed for catering to the needs of the Brazilian Armed Forces. Read more 

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MILREM THemis ADDER Unmanned Ground Vehicle ready to replace soldier on the battlefield.

Milrem, the Estonian defence solutions provider and ST Kinetics, one of Asia’s leading land systems companies came one step closer to helping support or replace soldiers on the battlefield with robots in November when they successfully tested the first weaponized fully modular unmanned ground vehicle the THeMIS ADDER. Read more
MILREM THeMIS ADDER UGV Unmanned Ground Vehicle at IDEX 2017

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Patria introduces new AMV28A armored vehicle fitted with Kongsberg Protector turret at IDEX 2017

Patria showcases the new Patria AMV28A with Kongsberg PROTECTOR Medium Caliber Turret (MCT-30) with Commander’s Independent Weapon Station with 12,7 mm Machine Gun and Javelin AT launcher. In addition, Patria AMV Part Task Trainer (PTT) – the training system for Patria AMV is on display. Read more
Patria's brand new AMV28A armored modular vehicle at IDEX 2017

Belarus Company Agat Control Systems communication and control systems for soldier combat gear

Agat Control Systems JSC from Belarus has developed the Soldier Combat Systems information and technical system designed for use as part of the automated tactical level command and control (C2) system on the company, platoon, squad and soldier level. Read more.
Agat Control Systems JSC from Belarus presents vision system for Future Soldier equipment at IDEX 2017.

First public appearance for Rheinmetall’s Remote Controlled Lightweight Missile Mount at IDEX.

Rheinmetall’s Remote Controlled Lightweight Missile Mount is making its first public appearance at this year’s IDEX, International Defense Exhibition in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Made largely of carbon, the RCLM’s size and weight mean that it can be integrated into virtually any military vehicle, and is particularly well suited for mounting a wide range of short-range effectors. Read more 

Rheinmetall MAN Military a full range of wheeled logistic vehicles and trucks for military forces

German Company Rheinmetall MAN Military showcases its full range of wheeled logistic vehicles at IDEX 2017, including the HX 77 with protected cabin and Integrated Load Handling System (IHLS) as well as a TGS-MIL 8x8 Medium Mobility Truck System with cargo body on the booth of Rheinmetall, 09-A10. Read more

IDEX 2017: Vuran 4x4 armored vehicle and Kirpi MRAP highlighted by BMC

Presenting a solid background with more than 50 years, BMC performs as one of the highest volume commercial and military vehicle manufacturers. As the creator of solutions in every realm of commercial and military vehicle manufacturing at an integrated production facility covering 250.000 square meters, BMC will stage two World Premieres in Abu Dhabi – a Vuran 4x4 Multi-Purpose Armored Vehicle and two different types of a facelift for the Kirpi Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle. Read more

Fieldranger new family of remotely weapon stations from German Company Rheinmetall at IDEX

At IDEX 2017, the International defence exhibition and conference in Abu Dhabi, German Company Rheinmetall is showcasing its Oerlikon Fieldranger 20, a versatile, high-precision, remotely controlled weapon station that delivers impressive firepower. Fieldranger is the first of a new family of weapon stations. These include the stabilized, fully digital Amarok for light and medium machine guns, and the Qimek for heavy machine guns, both of which are on show as well. Read more
Oerlikon Fieldranger 20 remotely controlled weapon station

BlackBox Biometrics presents its Wireless Blast Gauge System at IDEX 2017

At IDEX 2017, BlackBox Biometrics showcases the Wireless Blast Gauge System. It's the world’s only system that directly addresses the growing concern over repetitive blast overpressure exposure. In both training and operations, the system provides immediate, objective documentation of exposures over time to guide triage, inform adjustments to tactics and training, and aid in treatment. Read more
BlackBox Biometrics' Wireless Blast Gauge System
(Credit: BlackBox Biometrics)
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FN Herstal's new FN SmartCore for SCAR assault rifle introduced at IDEX 2017

Belgium-based FN Herstal, one of the world’s leading firearms manufacturers, has launched its newly-developed, self-powered FN SmartCore® shot counter for the FN SCAR® family of rifles based on breakthrough technology. For the first time in history, electronics is integrated into a product and generates its own power. Read more
FN Herstal's new SmartCore shot counter for the SCAR assault rifles family unveiled at IDEX 2017 (Credit: FN Herstal)
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IDEX 2017: BlastGuard introduces new MTR Blast Mitigated Trash Receptacle

BlastGard International, Inc., the creator of blast mitigation products and services, is pleased to introduce its bomb mitigating Trash Receptacles at IDEX 2017. The Trash Receptacles, models MTR 91 and MTR 101, reduce the pressure from a very large charge from 60.47 PSI (100% fatal) to 7.5 PSI (eardrum damage) at ten feet. Read more
BlastGuard' MTR Blast Mitigated Trash Receptacle
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IDEX 2017: Vuran 4x4 armored vehicle and Kirpi MRAP highlighted by BMC 8119022017

Presenting a solid background with more than 50 years, BMC performs as one of the highest volume commercial and military vehicle manufacturers. As the creator of solutions in every realm of commercial and military vehicle manufacturing at an integrated production facility covering 250.000 square meters, BMC will stage two World Premieres in Abu Dhabi – a Vuran 4x4 Multi-Purpose Armored Vehicle and two different types of a facelift for the Kirpi Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle. Read more at 


IDEX 2017: NIMR adds Hafeet 620A water tank vehicle to Hafeet family of 6x6 protected platforms

NIMR Automotive, a subsidiary of the Emirates Defence Industries Company (EDIC), has unveiled its latest vehicle platform, the HAFEET 620A at the the International Defense Exhibition and Conference 2017 in Abu Dhabi. A WEW 2.3m3 water tank with its own pumping and UV radiation module has been mounted to the HAFEET armoured 6x6 utility and logistics vehicle. Read more
NIMR's new Hafeet 620A water tank vehicle unveiled at IDEX 2017
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Chess Dynamics showcase Hawkeye family of Electro-Optical systems

Hawkeye Electro Optic Vehicle, Fixed and Combat Systems are the subject of discussions on the Chess Dynamics stand (05-C31) during IDEX 2017. The Hawkeye Electro-Optic (EO) family employs the latest image processing and system automation techniques to reduce the dependence upon the operator's time and skills. This also reduces the workload and training requirements. Read more
Chess Dynamics' Hawkeye VS E/O system mounted on armored personnal carrier
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Eurenco presents innovative solutions for enhanced performances weapons at IDEX 2017

As a European leader in Energetic materials for Defence & Security markets, EURENCO will present its innovative solutions for “enhanced performances” weapons during the IDEX 2017 exhibition in Abu Dhabi , from February 19-23, 2017. Read more

IDEX 2017: Orbital ATK eyes expanded operations in United Arab Emirates

Orbital ATK, a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, is planning for future growth in its Middle-East business along with its Emirates partner, Al Tuff International, part of the Remah International Group LLC, the US-based company announced on Feb. 19 at IDEX 2017. Read more
Orbital ATK eyes expanded operations in UAE

IDEX 2017: Bertin showcases its FusionSight night and day vision enhancer

For the first time, the French company Bertin is displaying its FusionSight at IDEX 2017. It's a lightweight night and day vision enhancer combining colour low-light and thermal cameras, for use separartely or using the device’s smart fusion technology.  Read more
Bertin's new FusionSight lightweight night and day vision enhancer
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RADIOBARRIER launches new UTMS system at IDEX 2017

RADIOBARRIER is launching its new UTMS (Unattended Terrain Monitoring System), a one-of-a-kind UGS (Unattended Ground Sensor) solution for unattended surveillance and statistics gathering in remote locations with data storage capability. Read more
RADIOBARRIER's Unattended Terrain Monitoring System introduced at IDEX 2017

FN Herstal showcases the FN Expert Marksmanship training solution at IDEX 2017

Belgium-based FN Herstal, one of the world’s leading firearms manufacturers, exhibit its FN® Expert marksmanship training system at IDEX trade show, Abu Dhabi. For the first time, FN's Expert training system is introduced outside of United States. Read more
FN Herstal's Expert marksman training system showcased for the first time outside USA

IDEX 2017: ECA Group launches new subsidiary dedicated to Middle-Eastern market

At the occasion of IDEX/NAVDEX exhibitions, ECA Group is pleased to announce the creation of its subsidiary ECA Middle East in Abu Dhabi. ECA Group wins the trust of new customers in the region and the GCC countries in particular, and identifies numerous business and partnership opportunities in the area. Therefore, in order to be closer to its customers and to better support them, ECA Group creates a new subsidiary in Abu Dhabi: ECA Middle East. Read more
ECA's booth at IDEX 2017

Saturday, 18 February 2017

UAE Navy Procures Raytheon RAM Block 2 Missile to Enhance Baynunah-class Corvette Protection

Raytheon announced on Day 1 of IDEX / NAVDEX 2017 that the United Arab Emirates Navy awarded Raytheon a multi-million direct commercial sale for an undisclosed amount of Rolling Airframe Missiles (RAMs) Block 2, associated equipment, training and support.
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French Nuclear Deterrent, Episode 2: The SSBN, a "System of Systems"

Designer, prime contractor and whole warship architect for nuclear-powered ballistic-missile submarines (SSBNs) at all stages of the vessel’s lifecycle, DCNS is developing know-how and critical competencies within an economic model that has been shaped by the significant constraints encountered in the field of nuclear deterrent. Discover the second episode of our summary of the study¹ published in October 2016 by the FRS (Foundation for Strategic Research).  Read More

UAC, Russia likely to sign contract for 30 production MiG-35 fighter jets by 2019

The Russian defense ministry and the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) are likely to sign a contract for the serial production of over 30 latest MiG-35 fighter jets already in 2018, a source in the military-defense complex told TASS. Read more
UAC unveiled the new MiG-35 fighter jet in late January 2017
(Credit: UAC)
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New joint venture of Russia and India to develop 300mm rockets for Smerch MLRS.

Russia and India intend to establish a joint venture to manufacture 300mm projectiles for the Smerch multiple-launch rocket system (MLRS), Vladimir Drozhzhov, deputy director, Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, has said at the Aero India 2017 air show in Bengaluru. Read full news at this link ...
BM-30 Smerch 300mm MLRS Multiple Launch Rocket System of Indian army
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Lockheed Martin to provide Polish Air Force with ELGTR Training Rounds

Lockheed Martin was awarded a $1.9 million contract from Megmar Logistics & Consulting Ltd. of Poland for production of Enhanced Laser Guided Training Rounds (ELGTRs) for the Polish Ministry of Defence (MoD), the US-based defense giant announced on Feb. 17, 2017. Read more
Lockheed's Enhanced Laser Guided Training Round
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Friday, 17 February 2017

US Navy MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft Systems to be Deployed From Florida

The U.S. Navy has selected Naval Station (NS) Mayport in Florida as the East Coast Forward Operating Base (FOB) for the MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), Feb. 15, 2017. Mayport will be a permanent duty station for about 400 Triton UAS personnel and will support rotational deployments outside the continental United States. Facility construction will begin this year with the first Triton UAS scheduled to arrive in 2020. 

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Company UMS Skeldar has deliver Skeldar V-200 VTOL UAV to Indonesia.

UMS SKELDAR announces first customer with delivery of the SKELDAR V-200 to the Republic of Indonesia. Europe's only fixed wing and rotary UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) provider, UMS Skeldar, has completed delivery and acceptance tests for Indonesia of the Skeldar V-200 VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) UAV. The deal is the world's first delivery of the only heavy fuel platform in its class.  Read full news at this link ...
The Skeldar V-200's major mission capabilities include surveillance, reconnaissance, target attainment and transfer of target data. 
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GDEB Awarded $126 Million by U.S. Navy for Virginia-Class Block V Long Lead Time Material

General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded a $126.5 million contract by the U.S. Navy for long lead time material for the first two Block V Virginia-class submarines, SSN-802 and SSN-803. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics.

Two Project 11356 Frigates Built for Russia Black Sea Fleet Will Be Transferred to the Indian Navy

Two Project 11356 (NATO reporting name: Admiral Grigorovich-class) ASW Frigates hulls built for the Russian Black Sea fleet will be transfered to India, Deputy Director of the Russian Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation (FSVTS) Vladimir Drozhzhov told TASS. 

Kelvin Hughes SharpEye Radars for Royal Malaysian Navy Gowind Frigates & MMEA Patrol Vessels

Kelvin Hughes continues to enjoy considerable success in exporting its maritime systems to Malaysia. Kelvin Hughes was contracted by Boustead Naval Shipyard (via their in-country representative D’Aquarian Services Sdn Bhd) to supply a pair of type-approved, upmast I-Band (X-Band) and E/F-Band (S-Band) SharpEye™ Doppler radars for each new ship in the Royal Malaysian Navy’s Second Generation Patrol Vessel (SGPV) programme. Also known as Littoral Combat Ships (LCS), these six new vessels are of a stealth frigate design with a displacement of 3,100 tonnes. The first radar sets were delivered in July 2016 together with a system for the Shore Integration Facility (SIF) to enable the integration of combat management and other systems to be further developed and tested onshore prior to on-board installation.

Belgium, Germany, Norway to take part in European joint tanker fleet

NATO has taken another important step forward to improve its ability to refuel aircraft in mid-air, with three Allies looking to join a European programme to acquire new refuelling aircraft. Today, 16 February 2017, Defence Ministers from Belgium, Germany, and Norway signed a Declaration of Intent to join a European multinational fleet of Airbus tankers, created by the Netherlands and Luxembourg. Read more
An artists’ impression of an A330MRTT multirole tanker-transport aircraft from the future pooled European fleet refueling an F-35 fighter jet
(Credit: Airbus D&S)
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UMS SKELDAR announces 1st customer with delivery of the SKELDAR V-200 VTOL UAV to Indonesia

Europe’s only fixed-wing and rotary UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) provider, UMS SKELDAR, has completed delivery and acceptance tests for Indonesia of the SKELDAR V-200 VTOL (Vertical Take-off and Landing) UAV. The deal is the world’s first delivery of the only heavy fuel UAV platform in its class.

Australia Ministry for Defence will deliver 10 Bushmaster 4x4 protected vehicles to Fiji.

Australian Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, February 9, 2017, welcomed the sale of 10 refurbished Australian Defence Force Bushmaster 4x4 Protected Mobility Vehicles to Fiji to support the Republic of Fiji Military Forces’ United Nations peacekeeping missions at the Golan Heights and in Syria. Read full news at this link ...
Australian Army Bushmaster 4x4 protected vehicle (Soure photo Australian MoD)
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Hungarian National Police takes delivery of 5 MD902 Explorer helicopters

In late January, MD Helicopters (MDHI) and the Hungarian National Police celebrated the addition of five MD902 Explorer helicopters to their fleet at Liszt Ferenc Airport in Budapest. The five MD 902s join a historically robust air support unit that also includes three MD 500E helicopters. The MD902s have been acquired to replace an aging Mi-2 fleet. Read more
A Hungarian National Police MD500E flying along one of the five new MD902 helicopters delivered by MD Helicopters
(Credit: MD Helicopters)
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Thales to supply Continuous Wave Illumination transmitters to the Royal Danish Navy

On 31 January 2017, Thales has been awarded a contract by the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization for the delivery of 14 Continuous Wave Illumination (CWI) transmitters to be integrated in the current ESSM fire control systems on-board the Absalon and Iver Huitfeldt class vessels of the Royal Danish Navy. Read More

NATO eyes follow-on capability for its fleet of E-3A AWACS aircraft

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced yesterday that North Atlantic Council agreed to develop a follow-on capability of its fleet of 16 E-3A AWACS aircraft. Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance capability "is key for our ability to anticipate and prevent crises. It brings together data from sources like NATO AWACS aircraft, as well as national assets on land, in the air, at sea, and in space," Stoltenberg declared. Read more
A NATO E-3A AWACS aircraft
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U.S. army engineers have designed a new muzzle break LBOP for M119 105mm towed howitzer.

U.S. Engineers from Watervliet Arsenal have designed a 105 mm low blast overpressure muzzle brake, or LBOP. It's the first large caliber muzzle brake designed specifically for an existing gun system. Muzzle brake designs for large caliber have historically been for brand new cannon designs, but the LBOP was designed around the existing M119 howitzer platform. Read full article at this link ...
The M119 105mm howitzer, outfitted with the LBOP muzzle brake, ready for live-fire testing at the Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona. (Photo Credit: US Army website)
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Russian Navy Chief: Admiral Kuznetsov showed good working condition in Syria mission

The long voyage of Russia’s sole Project 11435 aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov to Syria has shown its good working condition and combat readiness, Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief Admiral Vladimir Korolyov said.  Read More

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

U.S. Navy Christens Austal-built Independence-class Littoral Combat Ship USS Tulsa (LCS 16)

The U.S. Navy celebrated the christening of the future USS Tulsa Littoral Combat Ship (LCS 16) on February 11, 2017 as ship sponsor, Kathy Taylor, broke the ceremonial champagne bottle on the bow of the ship at a shipyard in Mobile, Alabama. The USS Tulsa is scheduled for delivery in 2018 and has a maximum speed of more than 40 knots, a 28,000 square foot mission bay, and a flight deck capable of simultaneously holding two H-60 helicopters. Built by by shipbuilder Austal USA, the USS Tulsa is one of the Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) that is built on General Dynamics Mission Systems’ open architecture computing infrastructure (OPEN CI).

IDEX and NAVDEX to Start on Sunday with Over 1,200 Defense & Naval Industry Exhibitors

The 13th edition of the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX 2017) and the fourth edition of the Naval Defence Exhibition (NAVDEX 2017) are set to draw the participation of 1,235 specialised local and international companies in the defence industry. This represents a three per cent growth compared to 2015, when 1,200 companies attended. Read More

More than 1,200 security & defense industry to attend IDEX & NAVDEX 2017

The 13th edition of the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX 2017) and the fourth edition of the Naval Defence Exhibition (NAVDEX 2017) are set to draw the participation of 1,235 specialised local and international companies in the defence industry. This represents a three per cent growth compared to 2015, when 1,200 companies attended. Read more...
Press conference held today at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre

Thales, Bharat Dynamics sign MoU for possible Technology transfert for STARStreak missile to India

At Aero India 2017, Thales and Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL), a Government of India enterprise, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to assess the opportunity for the transfer of technology of the STARStreak missile capability to India with the support of the Government of the United Kingdom (UK). The MoU was signed in the presence of UK Government representatives on the UK Government stand. Click here to read the full news
Emmanuel de Roquefeuil, VP & Country Director for India, Thales, exchanging MoU with K Divakar, Director - Technical, Bharat Dynamics Ltd (BDL) at AeroIndia 2017 (Photo Thales)

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Russian Prime Minister approves AHL development project with China

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has approved the Russian-Chinese agreement on co-developing the advanced heavylift helicopter in his order signed on February 7 and published on the governmental legal information website, TASS announced today, Feb. 15, 2017. Read more
A scale model of Aviation Corporation of China’s (AVIC) 10t-class Advanced Heavy Lift (AHL) helicopter displayed at Zhuhai Air Show 2016
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HAL unveils Indian Multi Role Helicopter full scale model

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), India’s largest aerospace and defence major emerged as a show stopper during the inaugural day of the 11th edition of Aero India inaugurated by the Defence Minister Mr. Manohar Parrikar at Yelahanka yesterday, Feb. 14. Mr Parrikar unveiled the full scale mock-up of Indian Multi Role Helicopter (IMRH) in the presence of Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Paresekar, Mr. T. Suvarna Raju, CMD, HAL and other key officials. Read more
HAL yesterday unveiled a full scale model of its IMRH project
(Credit: Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd)
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Saab offers advanced sensor package for India's Tejas LCA Mk1A fighter jet

The Swedish defence and security company Saab offers a fighter sensor package for the Indian Tejas LCA Mk1A fighter aircraft, it announced today Feb. 15. The package consist of a state-of-the-art Saab AESA fighter radar closely integrated with a compact electronic warfare suite using Gallium Nitride based AESA technology. Read more
A IAF's Tejas LCA Mk1A fighter jet taking off during Aero India 2017
(Credit: Ministry of Defence of India)
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First shooting tests of new HK416F 5.56mm assault rifle by French Army soldiers.

First French Army soldiers performed shooting tests with the HK416F 5.56mm assault rifle manufactured by the German Company Heckler & Koch (HK) that will replace the old FAMAS bullpup assault rifles in service with the French Armed Forces since 1979. According to the French Ministry of Defense 93,080 pieces of Heckler & Koch 416F will be delivered between 2017 and 2028. Read full news at this link ...
A French soldier performs first shooting tests with HK416F, the future standard assault rifle of French Army. (Source French Army)

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Brazil Gives Up Modernization Plans for Aircraft Carrier Sao Paulo, Prepares for Decommissioning

According to Brazilian daily newspaper Estado, the Brazilian Navy (Marinha do Brasil) has just decided to decommission its sole aircraft carrier Sao Paulo (hull number A12) acquired from France in 2000. Brazil has long been considering a modernization plan for the aircraft carrier with French naval shipbuilding group DCNS, but according to Estado, "modernization costs were considered excessive by the admiralty". Read More