The French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA - Direction générale de l’armement) explores the possibilities offered by the use of surface and undersea unmanned vehicles to counter the threat of the naval mines. The innovative concept of "a drone carrying drones" studied in the research study "Espadon (Swordfish)" offers particularly promising solutions. Experiments have been conducted at sea since 2011, in favor of the DGA and the French Navy, off Brest.
Wednesday, 31 October 2012
The Chief of Naval Operation's Expeditionary Warfare Division and the Naval Sea Systems Command's Naval Special Warfare Program Office successfully launched six Rafael Spike missiles from an unmanned surface vessel precision engagement module (USV PEM) on Oct. 24th, the first time the Navy has shot a Spike missile from an unmanned surface vessel.
Brazil is pushing ahead its armored personnel carrier production program both to modernize its army and to create a new defense export market. Argentina is the first foreign customer to indicate interest in acquiring at least 14 of the six-wheel Guarani APC that Brazil is developing in a joint venture with Italy's Iveco S.p.A., which has headquarters in Turin.
|The new Brazilian Guarani 6x6 armoured vehicle personnel carrier equipped with an UT30 turret.|
Commander of the Iranian Army Ground Force Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan said his forces are using the latest home-made weaponries in the ongoing exercises in the country's Western province of Kermanshah.
|Iranian armed forces are using the latest home-made weaponries during the military exercises Zolfaqar 91|
The Spanish Company Expal demonstrates the capacity of its mortar systems EIMOS to representatives of foreign and Spanish armed forces. The demonstration, which took place at the Spanish Army’s San Gregorio National Training Center, consisted of a theoretical presentation of the products, followed shortly thereafter by five dynamic tests.
|EXPAL EIMOS mortar system mounted on a light tactical vehicle URO Vamtac 4x4 during the live demonstration at the Spanish Army’s San Gregorio National Training Center.|
Rheinmetall AG (XETRA: RHM) and Textron Systems Canada Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today October 31, 2012, announced that they have signed a €160 million ($205 million CAD) contract for work on the Canadian Forces Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAPV) project, performed by Rheinmetall Canada Inc., Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec.
|Textron TAPV Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle for Canadian army|
For 50 years, the French Company Sillinger designs and manufactures foldable and semi rigid boats especially for professional of military, security, defence sectors and for civilian use. At Euronaval 2012, the International Maritime and Naval Defence Exhibition of Paris, Sillinger showed its 1200 RIB UM semi-rigid inflatable boat in military configuration, one of the largest boats of the SILLINGER range.
Recently, the third and last of the Royal Moroccan Navy’s new Sigma class frigates was subjected to its Sea Acceptance Trials (SAT). All Thales systems on board of the ship as well as the functional chains for Anti Air Warfare, Anti Surface Warfare and Electronic Warfare performed flawlessly. Tacticos, Thales’s Combat Management System is the first CMS in the world to have been successfully teamed with the MBDA VL MICA. The ship was commissioned in September 2012.Read More
Tuesday, 30 October 2012
China's military exchanges with other countries will see a small upsurge at the end of 2012. The only exception is Japan, which is involved in a dispute with China over the Diaoyu Islands. Experts said China can deepen understanding with other countries by increasing military exchanges and cooperation. They also urged Japan to correct its mistake on the Diaoyu Islands issue.
Ukraine and Malaysia pledged to boost military cooperation as senior defence officials from the two countries met here Tuesday, October 30, 2012.
|Ukraine was willing to work with Malaysia to further enhance cooperation in shipbuilding, developing high-tech weaponry and advanced radar technology|
India is to soon offer American aircraft manufacturer Boeing a deal to supply 15 heavy-lift helicopters to the Indian Air Force, local media reported Tuesday, October 30, 2012. The Press Trust of India reported that unidentified Indian Defense Ministry officials said talks on the price of the aircraft and procurement details are the result of Boeing emerging as the low bidder in a helicopter procurement competition.
|The CH-47D is an American twin-engine, tandem rotor heavy-lift helicopter designed and manufactured by the Company Boeing.|
At Euronaval 2012, iXBlue, specializing in navigation and acoustic systems, showcased its GAPS USBL (Ultra Short BaseLine) positioning system. The company was also the recipient of this year's Euronaval Export Trophy.
At Euronaval 2012, DCNS displayed for the first time an export version of its FREMM Multi-mission Frigate with various weapons never seen before on this class of ship. The French Shipyard also showcased its range of Gowind Corvette and OPV.
Iran claimed on Monday, October 29, 2012 it has pictures of highly protected sites in Israel, taken from an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) launched by the Lebanese Hezbollah group on October 6, the head of Iran's parliamentary defense commission Esmail Kossari told Arab-language channel Al-Alyam.
|Pieces of a Hezbollah UAV (Unmanned aerial vehicle) that was shot down by the Israeli Air Force.|
Subsea Tech is a designer, manufacturer and supplier of marine and underwater intervention and instrumentation systems. At Euronaval 2012 the Marseille based company displayed solutions for diver detection, ship hull survey, bottom survey and underwater surveillance (sonar and video).
French company Sagem (Safran group), the European leader in navigation technologies and systems, introduced its new BlueNaute™ attitude and heading reference system for shipborne applications at Euronaval 2012.
Textron Marine & Land Systems, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has displaying its new family of COMMANDO™ vehicles last week at 2012 AUSA Meeting and Exposition. Textron Marine & Land Systems (TM&LS) has adopted the name COMMANDO for its armored vehicles.
|The new range of Textron Commando armoured vehicles|
Monday, 29 October 2012
General Dynamics NASSCO on October 24 delivered USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE 14) to the U.S. Navy, marking the completion of a highly successful U.S. shipbuilding program that has spanned more than a decade.
Sunday, 28 October 2012
France and the United States are stepping pressure on Algeria to back a military intervention in Mali, where Islamist fighters have taken control off the northern region. "An intervention in northern Mali is possible without the military backing of Algeria but not without its green light," Pierre Boilley, the head of the Centre of African Studies, a French think-tank, said on Sunday, October 29, 2012.
|Fighters from the Al Qaeda-linked Islamist group MUJWA stand guard in northern Mali.|
Elbit Systems has annonced October 24, 2012, that Ares Aeroespacial e Defensa Ltda. ("Ares"), its Brazilian subsidiary, was awarded an initial production order valued at approximately $25 million to supply 12.7/7.62mm Remote Controlled Weapon Stations (RCWS) to the Brazilian Army. The RCWS, named REMAX, a unique development of Ares, will be supplied within two years.
|The REMAX is a stabilized and servo controlled weapon station for .50” and 7,62 mm machine guns developed according to the requirements of the Brazilian Army.|
French company A PLUS, manufacturer of industrial computers for Defence and Security applications, introduced two new products at Euronaval 2012: The MPS1000 Multi-Protocol Communications Server and the MPR2000 Radar/Sensor Recording, Playback System.
Astrium, Europe’s leading space technology company, presented several products and services at its stand at the 2012 Euronaval show, held at the Paris-Le Bourget Exhibition Centre from 22-26 October, including its new concepts in the field of Ballistic Missile Defence.
The SIGMA 40 shipborne inertial navigation system built by Sagem (Safran group) has passed the mark of 8 million hours of operation in service, demonstrating exceptional reliability as shown by feedback from many of the world's navies.
At the 23rd EURONAVAL show, DCNS unveiled the new FREMM-ER (for Extend Range) Frigate dedicated to Air Defense missions. The new design is based on the Aquitaine class of Frigates therefore retaining all the qualities of the existing multi-mission frigate while bring some extra capabilities to tackle future threats such as ballistic missiles.
Le Bourget, Paris, France, October 2012- Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) presents a new modular surveillance solution named EZ Guard, at the 2012 EuroNaval International Naval Defense and Maritime Exhibition and Conference in Le Bourget, Paris.
Currently, submarines have no alternative but to flee when detected by helicopters and maritime patrol aircraft. But thanks to a new air defense system developed by DCNS in cooperation with MBDA, the game is about to change.
In the field of Maritime Patrol, Elettronica is delivering the new Elt/800 system (displayed at hall 2 stand k70) for the new MPA of the Italia MoD based on the ATR72 platform, The ELT 800 represents an innovative approach to EW equipment development for fixed and rotary wing applications and provides a superior product based on a Wide Open and SH Digital Receiver architecture through a unique system design and advanced technologies.
As sensor datasets grow by the day, theatres of operations become more complex and the digital revolution advances in leaps and bounds, DCNS is helping client navies to cope with the challenges by developing new systems to display operational information and decision aids. The overriding aim is to put operators fully ‘in the loop’ and to facilitate decision-making in the most complex situations. This new concept is an excellent example of a DCNS naval system designed to deal with new threats while ensuring information supremacy in combat.
At the International Naval Defence & Maritime Exhibition, Euronaval 2012, the Italian Company OTO MELARA presents a full-size model of its 127/64 LW Light Weight Naval Gun Mount. The 127/64LW gun is used on board for the Italian FREMM and the German F125 frigates. This rapid fire gun can be installed on large and medium size ships, for surface fire and naval gunfire support, with anti-aircraft fire as its secondary role.
The Russian state agency of arms export Rosoboronexport announced at Euronaval 2012, the International Naval and Maritime defence exhibition of Paris the potential of enhanced collaboration with South Africa in the field of military technologies, told to RIA Novosti on Wednesday, October 24, 2012, the Director General of Rosoboronexport, Anatoly Issaïkine.
|Rosoboronexport booth at AAD 2012, Africa Aerospace and Defence Exhibition in Pretoria, South Africa.|
The Italian company OTO Melara has delivered two anti-tank armoured vehicles Centauro and two armoured infantry fighting vehicle Centauro Freccia in Russia, the vehicles were delivered for firing tests that will start after the green light by the Russian authorities, announced Wednesday, October 24, 2012, in Paris, representative of OTO Melara at Euronaval 2012, the International naval and maritime defence show.
|Italian OTO Melara Centauro anti-tank armoured vehicle with 120mm cannon and Centauro Freccia with 30mm cannon arrive in Russia for firing tests.|
Russia has successfully completed the firing of a new prototype of intercontinental ballistic missile
Russian Strategic Missile Troops tested Wednesday, October 24, 2012, a prototype of a new intercontinental ballistic missile on the Kapustin Yar polygon located in the Astrakhan region (Volga), announced the press office of the Russian Ministry of Defence.
|The new Russian Intercontinental ballistic missile will replace the ballistic missile R-36M2 Voevoda, known in the West under the name of SS-18 Satan.|
Azerbaijan plans to allocate AZN 1 528 582 000 ($1 947 238 000) for defense expenditures from the next year’s budget. APA reports that it is up 8.6% compared to 2012. AZN 1 407 312 400 was allocated for defense expenses from the state budget in 2012.
Violence in unrest-tormented Syria continued unabatedly Saturday, October 27, 2012, the second day of Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, despite a declared cease-fire. Armed groups targeted five water pumps in Slaiman al-Halabi district in the northern city of Aleppo, the state TV said, adding that it caused water outage in some parts of the city.
|A T-62 tank used by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad is seen during clashes with Free Syrian Army fighters near Marat Al-Numan, October 26, 2012.|
NIITEK, Inc., a subsidiary of the Chemring Group PLC ("Chemring"), announces the Australian Government has awarded NIITEK a $6.9 million firm fixed price contract for the production and delivery of ten (10) Husky Mounted Detection Systems (HMDS) and spare parts for use by the Australian Army. Deliveries under the contract will be made by the end of November 2012.
|NIITEK Mounted Detection Systems mounted HMDS on Husky mine/IED's detection vehicle|
Saturday, 27 October 2012
The elite Close Protection Unit of the British Army Royal Military Police (RMP) is tasked with protecting VIPs. In order to become part of this unit soldiers who have already spent time as regular Military Police, must undergo an intensive selection process, before they can become part of the unit (with video).
|British Army Royal Military Police soldiers during training course|
Lockheed Martin's (NYSE: LM) Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System, Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile and Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Weapon System successfully engaged in the first-ever test of all three systems demonstrating the integrated capabilities of today's U.S. regional missile defense systems.
|A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor is launched from Meck Island on its way to intercept of a ballistic missile target during MDA's historic flight test on Oct. 24, 2012.|
At the invitation of Doru Costea, Romanian ambassador to China, reporters with the PLA Daily visited to the Romanian Embassy in China on the eve of the Romanian Army Day, which falls on October 25, 2012, where Ambassador Costea and Antonio Marinescu, Romanian military attaché to China, received interviews given by PLA Daily reporters and talked about their impressions of China and the relations between the two countries and the two militaries.Read More
Friday, 26 October 2012
Following successes with various platforms such as the PANGOLIN Armoured Public Order Vehicle for the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the CAMELEON Multi-Mission Vehicle, OVIK embarked upon a strategy to design and build a complete, new, multi-role vehicle - from the ground up, the STAGG.
|STAGG Urban in Police Armoured Public Order Role|
Northrop Grumman and partners unveil their submission for the Special Forces GMV 1.1 competition at AUSA 2012 with the MAV-L, Medium Assault Vehicle-Light. Northrop Grumman has partnered with BAE Systems and Pratt & Miller Engineering to make our latest innovation a reality: the MAV-L. The MAV-L is another example of industry leaders joining forces to establish innovative technology and tools for the warfighter.
|Northrop Grumann MAV-L Medium Assault Vehicle-Light|
The MEADS (Medium Extended Air Defense Missile Systems) surveillance radar appears at the AUSA 2012 Annual Meeting & Exposition in Washington, D.C., on 22 October. MEADS is a mobile Air and Missile Defense System that is easily transportable, tactically mobile and uses the hit-to-kill PAC-3 MSE Missile to defeat tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles and aircraft, providing full 360-degree engagement.
|The MEADS Surveillance Radar (Low Frequency Sensor) appears at the AUSA Annual Meeting & Exposition in Washington, D.C., on 22 October. The rotating radar drew crowd attention at the opening of the show.|
Iran's Army is planning to hold a major drill in the western part of the country in late October, Press TV reported on Thursday, October 25, 2012. "This maneuver will be one of a kind and among the most spectacular drills ever held by the Iranian Army," an Iranian Army commander, Brigadier General Saeed Arablou, was quoted as saying.
|Iranian army conducts regular military exercises to show their military power.|
Pearson Engineering unveiled the Pearson Engineering Route Opening and Clearing Capability (PEROCC) at the 2012 AUSA Annual Meeting & Exposition. Managing Director John Crompton, said "Pearson Engineering has long espoused the concept of a single vehicle solution for tactical counter IED solutions.
|The Pearson Engineering Route Opening and Clearing Capability (PEROCC) at the 2012 AUSA Annual Meeting & Exposition|
Thursday, 25 October 2012
Successful first end to end firing of MBDA naval cruise missile (MdCN) in its submarine configuration
The French DGA (Direction Générale de l’Armement) has successfully carried out the first end to end firing of the MdCN (Missile de Croisière Naval or naval cruise missile) in its submarine version.
PARIS, France (October 25, 2012) – GE Marine reports today at Euronaval 2012 that its hybrid electric systems for military and commercial marine customers based on its LM aeroderivative gas turbines, motors and drives. These systems help reduce noise and improve fuel economy. By teaming with a variety of industry players, GE can provide customers unmatched gas turbine hybrid electric and all electric propulsion systems integration experience.
Wednesday, 24 October 2012
With more than 50 years experience in delivering systems, equipment and services to naval forces, Thales offers unrivalled and proven expertise with tangible benefits for client navies around the world. More than 50 navies place their trust in Thales to support their anti-air, surface and underwater combat capabilities and provide effective maritime safety and security solutions for tomorrow. With a total surface area of more than 600 square meters, Thales’s stand (H65 G66) is organised around 5 areas : Above Water Warfare, Underwater Warfare, Information Superiority, Maritime Surveillance System and Services.
Russia would spend 7.7 trillion rubles (some 250 billion U.S. dollars) for national defense in the next three years, a high-ranking member of the State Duma said Wednesday, October 24, 2012. By 2020 some 645 billion dollars would be used to develop and procure modern weapons, said Vladimir Komoyedov, head of the Defense Committee of the State Duma.
|Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly urged the Russian military to increase the country's defense capability.|
Tuesday, 23 October 2012
Lt. Gen. Qi Jianguo, deputy chief of general staff of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), held talks with Arto Räty, permanent secretary of the Finnish Ministry of Defense (MOD), who came to China for an official good-will visit, in Beijing on the morning of October 22, 2012.
|Lt. Gen. Qi Jianguo, deputy chief of General Staff of the PLA, meets with Lt. Gen. Arto Räty (L), permanent secretary of the Finnish Ministry of Defense in Beijing, October 22, 2012.|
Thales is launching its new Radar Electronic Surveillance system VIGILE DPX for worldwide export at Euronaval 2012, International Naval Defence and Maritime Exhibition in Paris, France. VIGILE DPX is a revolutionary system offering multi-signal capability which means high-power signals cannot mask threats and other signals of interest.
Monday, 22 October 2012
Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), has begun production of its Light Combat Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle (L-ATV). The L-ATV was selected for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) phase, and it will be exhibited at AUSA 2012, Oct. 22-24 in Washington, D.C.
|Oshkosh Defense L-ATV Light Combat Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle|
Underwater mines are readily obtainable by large numbers of armed groups and remain a formidable threat in asymmetric warfare. They can block access to harbours and cause serious economic harm to an entire country. To respond to these new threats, the French Company Thales has developed with several partners, the ASEMAR an autonomous underwater unmanned vehicle for maritime surveillance and security.
Rheinmetall presents for the first time at Euronaval 2012 its new naval countermeasure MAAS_DUERAS,an enhanced optional version of MASS. In the realm of active protection, Rheinmetall supplies high-performance “soft kill” solutions for ground vehicles, fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters and ships. Smoke/obscurant protection systems like ROSY render vehicles invisible to the enemy if attacked, while Rheinmetall’s Multi Ammunition Softkill System (MASS) naval countermeasures system now sets the standard worldwide.
PARIS, Euronaval (Oct. 22, 2012) — Raytheon Company’s Rolling Airframe Missile Block 2 successfully completed its third guided test vehicle flight, further demonstrating the system’s upgraded kinematic performance, guidance system and airframe capabilities. The test also verified the use of RAM production-representative hardware.
The newest amphibious assault ship America (LHA 6) was christened Oct. 20 at a ceremony in Pascagoula, Miss. "When America joins the fleet, we'll be a stronger, more flexible, and a better Marine Corps team. We need this ship," said Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mark Ferguson during the ceremony.
Sunday, 21 October 2012
Boeing Corporation has started the second phase of tests of the prototype of HEL MD mobile laser gun. During the tests, specialists will shoot the 10-kW solid-state laser. The power of the laser can be increased. All tests of the HEL MD laser gun are to be finished within three years. Afterwards, the military will launch the experimental use of the laser gun, CNews reports.
|The Boeing mobile self-propelled laser gun HEL MD is mounted on the chassis of heavy HEMMT truck.|
Eurocopter’s extensive range of helicopters for naval and maritime missions will take pride of place at Euronaval 2012, the 23rd Naval, Defense and Maritime Exhibition and Conference, with the company displaying models of the NH90 NFH, the AS365 N3+ and the AS565 MB/Panther (Hall 2A – Stand G70).