• Ukraine developing new tactical missiles Thunder-2

    Ukraine developing new tactical missiles “Thunder-2″ Ukraine has finished the first stage of the project on the creation of “Thunder-2” multifunctional missile operational tactical complex. Ukrainian company Yuzhnoye Design Bureau is holding negotiations with several countries to participate in the MOTC program.
  • Italy Looks To Poland As Meads Production Partner

    MEADS (c) Lockheed Martin
    ROME — Italy’s top military brass is hopeful that Poland, and possibly Japan, will step in to fill the vacuum left by the U.S. after it abandoned plans to produce a next-generation air and missile defense system with Rome and Berlin. The U.S. plans to continue funding the Medium Extended Air Defense System (Meads) through fiscal 2013, but its support will end with the completion of development of the ambitious project in fiscal 2014. Washington has contributed 58% of the funding, with Germany providing 25% and the remaining 17% coming from Italy. The U.S. supported the completion of development, but was unable to move into production as the economic downturn pinched defense spending. The U.S. Army ultimately chose upgrading its legacy Patriot system over buying Meads. This has left Berlin and Rome without a partner for producing the system. Lt. Gen. Claudio Debertolis, secretary general of defense and national armaments director for Italy, told Aviation Week May 8 that Poland is “very interested” in joining the Meads partnership. “Two international customers are interested, and have started discussions with us about getting involved in development and production,” says Rick Edwards, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control, which is leading development of Meads. “They are interested in the 360-degree performance of Meads and industrial participation, and the ‘noble’ work share that would result from getting involved at the front end,” he says, indicating that one of the nations is Poland. Though Italy’s political leadership has implemented austerity plans and cut defense spending, Debertolis says he wants to buy at least one Meads battery for the defense of Rome. Poland, he says, is also interested in purchasing the entire system. Because Italy cannot afford a layered missile defense system like Washington, its armed forces see Meads as the solution it can afford with the most capability, said Brig. Gen. Alberto Rosso, logistics branch chief for the Italian air force, also interviewed by Aviation Week. The military here cannot afford to invest in both Meads and an upper-tier system such as the U.S. Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system or Israel’s Arrow. If the Meads team cannot find a new partner, defense officials here hope to at least use some of the hardware produced during the development phase for a “minimum engagement capability.” Through Meads, the Lockheed-led team has developed “plug-and-play” systems including a 360-deg. radar, new launcher, upgraded PAC-3 missile interceptor and command-and-control element. Meads was designed to interoperate with legacy missile defense systems such as the Patriot and be quickly deployable. Late this year, Meads is slated to counter its first theater ballistic missile target, its most taxing test to date, in a development graduation exercise. The system last year successfully destroyed an MQM-107 air-breathing target after the PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) interceptor performed a 180-deg. maneuver for a so-called over-the-shoulder kill. “We will do another full-up system demonstration this fall,” Edwards says. This will complete the so-called “proof of concept” phase. “We could go into low-rate initial production pretty quickly, depending on the customer,” he says, noting the remaining work involves formal qualification of all system elements except the PAC-3 MSE, which is already qualified and entering production. Debertolis and Rosso did not say when Poland or Japan may sign up. However, it is likely that a successful test at year’s end will generate more support for the program. By Amy Butler, Graham Warwick Source: Aerospace Daily & Defense Report
  • Lenco Industries Completes 88 Unit Morocco Tactical Vehicle Contract

    BearCat armored vehicles to the Moroccan Auxiliary Forces
    Lenco Industries, Inc., the global leader in the design and manufacture of armored police vehicles, recently completed delivery of 88 BearCat® armored vehicles to the Moroccan Auxiliary Forces. The BearCat® is part of Lenco’s line of light and medium armored response vehicles, which are used by hundreds of Specialized Tactical teams in the United States and abroad. With military grade armor materials, an open floor plan and a powerful 4×4 system, the BearCat® can easily accommodate 10 to 12 operators across rugged terrain. The BearCat can also reach speeds up to 90 Mph (145 Kph) for rapid response in critical incidents. Due to its ease of use, low maintenance costs, and innovative designs, the BearCat® is becoming an increasingly popular alternative to up-armored military vehicles around the globe. The Moroccan Auxiliary Forces order included 5 different BearCat® variants, designed to address a variety of mission profiles. The BearCat® Riot Control model, which is specifically designed for international police forces, was among the variants. This BearCat® model is equipped with a heavy-duty hydraulic plow capable of moving cars, debris, and other barriers. The BearCat Riot Control variant also has protective screens on all windows and lights, fire suppression capabilities and several non-lethal options for hostile riot conditions. The remaining BearCat variants delivered to Morocco included Troop Transport, Communications, Convoy Protection and SWAT. The Lenco BearCat APC is built on a commercially available chassis, which allows for warranty-covered repairs with maintenance and parts replacement through OEM dealers and truck centers. This greatly reduces lifecycle maintenance costs and training expenses when compared with specialized military vehicles. The armored trucks for the order were manufactured at Lenco’s primary facility in Pittsfield, MA. www.lencoarmor.com
  • Textron Marine & Land Systems presented Tiger Light Protected Vehicle for Slidell Police Department

    (c) Textron Marine & Land Systems
    Textron Marine & Land Systems presented the Slidell Police Department with the Tiger Light Protected Vehicle it donated last month to the City of Slidell. Textron Marine & Land Systems (TM&LS) Senior Vice President and General Manager Tom Walmsley gave the keys to the armored vehicle, valued at $225,000, to Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith during Thursday’s presentation at the company’s 1010 Gause Blvd. headquarters  
  • Armored F-550 SWAT Truck Boxer®

    Armored F-550 SWAT Truck Boxer®
    Armored F-550 SWAT Truck Boxer® Engine: 6.7L V8 Turbo Diesel Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic Power: 400 hp @ 2,800 rpm Tire: 225/70R19 (run-flat inserts) Height: 96 in. (244 cm) Length: 312 in. (792 cm) Width: 96 in. (244 cm) Wheelbase: 212 in. (538 cm) Final Weight: 14,700 lb (6,674 kg)
  • ARCA is developing a high performance unmanned aerial vehicle

    ARCA UAV Air Array
    The aircraft is named Air Strato and is part of a larger UAV family that will carry out various missions for ARCA and our partners. The first prototype is completed and is already in testing. This is the largest version having a wingspan of 16m (52 ft) and is intended for stratospheric flights up to an altitude of 18 km. The aircraft is electrically powered and has autonomy of 7 hours on internal batteries and 3 days using solar panels. It can carry a payload of 30 kg consisting of aerial photography and surveillance equipment, scientific instruments or other payloads for various tasks including additional battery pods for extended autonomy. The second prototype is already under construction and it will have a retractable landing gear and improved avionics. The other versions of Air Strato have a smaller wingspan and lower flight ceiling but higher maximum speed and larger payloads. “Our activity requires that we perform stratospheric missions for our partners and clients, and solar and helium balloons we used until now, although capable of lifting heavier payloads to higher altitudes, are more expensive and time consuming in construction, are dependent on calm weather conditions and require aerial safety zones to be established. “Air Strato can fill their roles much cheaper and reliable for an extended period of time and perform additional tasks for clients such as surveillance over a fixed area, telemetry testing and scientific experiments for extended period of time or other missions. It will make our entire aerospace activity much easier and less expensive.” – Dumitru Popescu, ARCA, CEO. If tests are successful ARCA is considering developing commercial versions of Air Strato and other UAV in the family. www.suasnews.com  
  • Photo shows U.S. E-4B doomsday plane on the ground at Incirlik, Turkey

    Everybody know E-4Bs are extremely important. In the event of a war, a terrorist attack, an alien invasion and so on (hence the “doomsday plane” nickname), these aircraft are destined to keep the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and other “decision makers” alive to direct nuclear (and conventional) forces, by receiving, verifying and relaying EAM (Emergency Action Messages). One aircraft is usually airborne every 12 hours, with another one ready for departure with a 5-minute notice. If national command centers on the ground are attacked or unavailable, an E-4B is immediately scrambled: that’s why a “doomsday plane” was seen orbiting above Washington DC minutes after a hijacked plane had crashed into the Pentagon on 9/11. The E-6B Mercury, whose mission could be a sign that the Syria air war has just started, can do the same job. Anyway, an E-4B was on the ground at Incirlik on Aug. 27. What was the doomsday plane doing in Turkey? Update: Hagel visited Malaysia on Aug. 24 and later was in Jordan to discuss about Syria. Maybe his plane made a stopover on its way back to the U.S. Image courtesy of Kokpit.Aero website
  • Canada’s new CH-147F Chinook Helicopter

    CH-147F Chinook

    Canada’s new CH-147F Chinook Helicopter

    As part of the Government’s commitment to strengthening the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), the Department of National Defence is acquiring 15 advanced, multi-mission, medium- to heavy-lift helicopters, or more specifically the Canadian version of the F-model Chinook (also known as CH-147F). The delivery of Canada’s first of these versatile workhorse aircraft was marked with a ceremony held at the Canada Reception Centre in Ottawa on June 27, 2013.

  • The new Polish PL-01 stealth light tank could enter in service in 2018.

    PL-01 Concept
    The PL-01 prototype of stealth light tank, developed by Polish Defence Company Obrum and Britain’s BAE Systems that uses stealth technology thanks to thermal painting camouflage to blend in with its surroundings could enter in service in 2018. At MSPO 2013 (International Defense Industry Exhibition in Poland), the Polish Defence Company Obrum (a subdivision of Polish Defence Holding) has unveiled a new concept of direct fire support combat vehicle, the PL-01. The new vehicle is created at the OBRUM sp. z o.o. Research and Development Centre of Mechanical Devices in Gliwice. The goal of the PL-01 project is to create a light combat vehicle with the mobility and the fire power of the latest generation of main battle tank. A modern main battle tank has a total weight from 50 to 60 tonnes while the PL-01 has a weight of 35 tons. A real advantage to be quickly deploys by military transport aircraft. The layout of the PL-01 is very similar to a standard main battle tank with the driver at the front of the hull, with an unmanned turret mounted at the rear. The PL-01 has been designed with lot of angles to reduce its radar signature. It used also a cooled wafers mounted on the hull and turret to increase its stealth technology camouflage. These technologies allow the PL-01 to match the infrared signature of its environment to confuse the tracking systems of weapons that use infrared. The PL-01 is also fitted with external infrared sensors to create an infrared suitable camouflage on the field. The tank can also create effects to its temperature controlled wafers to look like a car or another common object, an effective countermeasure against radar, infrared and visual signature detection equipment. The PL-01 is fitted with an unmanned turret which can be armed with a 105 mm or 120mm caliber cannon adapted to fire with classic ammunitions or anti-tank guided missiles. Loading is carried out by using an autoloader unit located in the rear part of the turret, with 16 rounds ready to fire in the turret autoloader and 29 rounds stored in the chassis. www.armyrecognition.com
  • Vietnamese Army Upgraded BTR-152

    BTR-152 of the Vietnamese People’s Army
    Council technical acceptance Military Region 2 recently conducted test improved , upgraded armored vehicles BTR – 152. BTR – 152 armored cars produced by the Soviet Army and Vietnam are now widely used, however, because the BTR – 152 has gone through many years of use, this does not fit the requirements, training duties and maneuverability, the Military Zone 2 command has directed a series of improvements focused on vehicle equipment. Vehicle BTR – 152 engine was fitted to diesel instead of gasoline engines before, clutch assembly, new gearbox, steering system to convert hydraulic power assist; mounting system signals, lights, horn priority, rearview mirror, upgraded drivetrain, brakes, suspension runs, roof, upgraded bodywork repair, brushed rain, fire, ventilation, communication, padded seat, tire pump, maintenance contracts set, change oil, grease clusters . After improvements, upgrade the car has been running tests on different types of roads, has been tested specifically in sports coaching in schools and perform mobility tasks. Through activities, vehicles have good technical condition, the cluster system on the car stable synchronous operation … Through direct and organize test for driving in different terrain, the council accepted technical improvements Military Zone 2 rated outcomes and quality of content upgrades, improvements of vehicles BTR – 152 and agreed to vehicles in operation serving coaching duties, SSCD . Soviet BTR – 152 was designed in 1946 and mass production started in 1950-1962 with 15,000 units shipped, serving in 25 countries around the world as of this moment . BTR – 152 chassis designed on the basis of ZiS – 151 truck, the engine is mounted in front, the cabin was located shortly thereafter and troop transport compartment located in the rear. Several variations later used ZIL – 157 chassis. Body structure is steel welding type, armor thickness from 15 – 9mm, located at the thinnest part of the floor, 4mm. Cabin has two doors, the windshield is protected by two iron plates have slots look, have private open bar. Rear passenger compartment troops capable of carrying 1.9 tons of cargo or 18 troops. Soldiers in vehicles with guns can fight through personal loophole on both sides of the car, on/off via car by climbing through the roof because the car does not smell. BTR – 152 armored vehicles were also armed with a machine gun and a 12.7mm air defense machine gun 7.62 mm. Originally BTR – 152 is mounted petrol engine cooled 11.1 horsepower ZIS – 123 allows speed 75km/h (300 liter fuel tank).
  • Plasan unveils new Yagu lightweight protected vehicle at Expo Seguridad 2018

    Israeli armoured vehicle specialist Plasan has unveiled at the Expo Seguridad 2018 exhibition in Mexico City the new  Yagu lightweight protected vehicle. According to the Plasan announce, the new vehicle is designed to behave like an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) but offers its crew of three persons the all-around 360 ballistic protection at a level of B6+ (similar to STANAG 4569 Level II) effective against 5.56X45, 7.62X39 and 7.62×51 threats. WIth front and side windows and all-round cameras the protected capsule provides excellent situational awareness and response, using an overhead ultra-light remotely operated weapon, that mounts a 5.56 or 7.62 machine gun and EO sensors operated by the crew from within the air-conditioned, armored capsule. More: Plasan signed a contract with BAE Systems for the armouring of Type 26 Combat Ships The vehicle can also be equipped with a drone launching system, that can operate airborne for 27 minutes. With automatic target tracking features the drone provides enhanced situational awareness for the crew. The air-transportable Yagu is positioned to meet the needs of special operations, border patrols, urban warfare as well as special missions in crime-fighting, where light and agile platforms are required. According to Plasan, Yagu provides such high protection level at an exceptionally low weight. More: Azerbaijan showcase new «SandCat» armored vehicles purchased from Israeli Plasan company As its outdoors sibbling, Yagu can move on rocky and muddy terrain, on sand dunes and in forest environments, climbing extreme sloping roads. In urban scenes Yagu’s compact size comes handy, as it is able to move through narrow passages (its width is merely 162 cm), crossing jammed or blocked roads on sidewalks and stairss.
  • New Korsar UAV to take part in Russia’s Victory Day parade for the first time

    The new Russian Korsar tactical surveillance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) will take part in the Victory Day military parade at Red Square in Moscow on May 9. Russia’s advanced weaponry will be demonstrated for the first time at Moscow’s military parade to mark the 73th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945, Defense Minister Army General Sergei Shoigu said on Wednesday. During military parade for the first time will unveil the new Korsar tactical surveillance unmanned aerial vehicles developed by the Russian research and development company Lutch, part of JSC Vega Radio Engineering Corporation. The Korsar (Corsair) is a designed for reconnaissance, surveillance, target acquisition and battle damage assessment. The UAV can operate up to 100 km from its brigade tactical operations center, and recognize tactical vehicles up to 2,000 m above the ground at more than 2.0 km slant range. More: U.S. Marine Corps tests IXI’s counter-UAV system The development of this complex of UAVs was of a closed nature. For the first time, the information that one of the enterprises of the Vega concern received a corresponding contract from the Russian Defense Ministry appeared in the Russian media in 2013. Representatives of the concern then refused to confirm or deny the existence of such work. More: Russian company release photos of new Orion UAV The Korsar unmanned aircraft system is of a high-wing, constant chord pusher configuration with a twin-tailboom empennage and an inverted v-tail and looks like a AAI RQ-7 Shadow. The new unmanned aerial vehicle scheduled to enter serial production and Russian service later this year.
  • CONTROP USA to demonstrate T-STAMP- XR: a unique, compact payload for small UAS

    CONTROP USA Inc – a subsidiary of CONTROP Precision Technologies Ltd. specializing in electro-optics and IR defense and homeland security solutions – is demonstrating its recently-introduced T-STAMP-XR at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2018 in Denver. Weighing only 3.5kg, the T-STAMP-XR includes a cooled thermal imaging camera with extremely narrow Field-of-View, and outstanding gyro-stabilization, enabling superb day and night surveillance capabilities on small UAS. This newest member of the CONTROP STAMP family also has a high sensitivity HD day camera and an optional laser designator or laser pointer.   “Since launching the T-STAMP-XR at the 2017 Paris Air Show, we have sold almost 100 systems,” says Mr. Hagay Azani, CONTROP’s VP Marketing and Sales. “It has exceeded all our expectations to become one of our most popular UAS payloads, and we expect many more orders in the coming months.” More: CONTROP USA to present a wide range of advanced EO/ IR solutions The T-STAMP-XR’s built-in INS on the Line-of-Sight provides precise and accurate target coordinates, geolocation, hold-to-coordinate and point-to-coordinate capabilities.  Additional features include onboard automatic video tracker, image enhancement, local automatic gain control (AGC), picture-in-picture (PIP), digital video output, and optional H.264 video output. The T-STAMP-XR enables tactical interoperability with other platforms in the theatre, and has low lifecycle costs, due to a unique and high endurance cooled TI detector. More: CONTROP introduces new SWIR and HD thermal capabilities for airborne and naval EO/IR systems “An ultra-small low SWaP payload, the T-STAMP-XR can provide the optical performance of much larger payloads, significantly saving operational resources,” continues Azani. “It also has the highest level of stabilization, thanks to its three-gimbal configuration, making the use of Laser Designation a feasible option.” STAMP is a family of gyro-stabilized miniature payloads, especially designed for day and night tactical over-the-hill reconnaissance missions on small aerial platforms. Lightweight yet ruggedized, STAMPs provide precise geolocation and can withstand high-shock landings. With low power consumption, they are made up of only one LRU and provide the most cost-effective solution of their type for small manned and unmanned systems.
  • UkrOboronProm released video of Duplet’s live-fire tests

    Ukraine’s state-owned defence agency UkrOboronProm has released video footage demonstrating the live-fire tests of advanced DUPLET turret system is armed with a two 30mm automatic cannons. According to the UkrOboronProm, the combat module “Duplet” is equipped with two automatic 30mm automatic cannons and can deliver fire of double density. “Duplet” can create a curtain with 30 mm projectiles by shooting alternately from each barrel. The main armament has a maximum rate of fire – about 1000 rounds per minute. That is, “Duplet” in just one second is able to send 16 shells at once to the enemy. More: HDT Global to deliver unmanned ground vehicles for U.S. Army evaluation Also, “Duplet” is equipped with guided anti-tank missiles, allowing to destroy enemy armored vehicles at distances up to 5 kilometers. The combat module is armed with automatic grenade and two guns caliber 7.62 mm. Computerized fire control, thermal imager, laser rangefinder and laser-guided missiles channel are responsible for weapon guidance. More: Armenia confirms Kornet-E anti-tank missile system delivery Computerized fire control system, thermal imager, laser rangefinder and missile guidance laser channel are responsible for targeting. Automatic grenade launcher power pack – enhancing not only simultaneous target handling capacity, but also allowing to refuse using the same sight for weapons with different ballistics – is the peculiarity of the given targeting system. The advanced Duplet turret developed by SE “Zhytomyr Armored Plant.”
  • Rheinmetall to provide Skyshield air defence systems to Asian customer

    German land systems specialist Rheinmetall AG has been selected to supply Skyshield air defence systems to the unnamed Asian customer. An Asian nation has contracted with Rheinmetall to supply it with advanced air defence technology. In a competitive bidding process, Rheinmetall Air Defence won the order to supply the customer with the latest generation of its Skyshield systems. The contract, booked in April of this year, is worth over €100 million. Production of the systems is already under way. Shipment will take place over the course of the next three years. Besides reconnaissance sensors, 35mm fire units and the accompanying command and control equipment, the contract includes a comprehensive logistics and service package. More: Rheinmetall wins order for new air defence systems Rheinmetall will be providing complete training for operators and maintenance personnel as well as technical assistance and live fire exercise support in the customer country. Moreover, local companies will take part in the project, including construction of buildings and vehicle procurement. Rheinmetall attaches great commercial importance to this contract, with follow-up orders already on the horizon.
  • Russia launched tests of new model of remote-piloted helicopter

    VR-Technologies design bureau, part of Russian Helicopters (part of Rostec State Corporation) started bench tests of the main systems and assemblies of VRT300 unmanned helicopter,  the company’s press service has announced. According to the announce, the new VRT30 remote-piloted helicopter flight tests are scheduled to begin by the end of 2018. Among the priority tasks for VRT300 Arctic Supervision drone are the development of the Northern Sea Route transportation system and Arctic exploration assistance. To aid those purposes the machine is equipped with in-board side looking X-band radio locator of high resolution that enables to efficiently monitor the ice conditions. More: General Dynamics showcases remotely controlled smoke generator capabilities in Germany “To date, we have defined configuration and technical requirements for this helicopter, and carried out an extensive work to select suppliers of the main systems and assemblies of VRT300. The start of bench tests serves as a reference point, and if everything goes as planned, by the end of this year we will start flight tests. Technical solutions of VRT300 will ensure the level of failure-free operation, reliability and safety that is required for the operation in the international market of civil UAVs”, – Alexander Okhonko, VR-Technologies director general, said. More: Belarus develops remote controlled anti-tank system Due to a big payload of 70 kilograms the aircraft can transport various cargoes, such as food and medical supplies, can be engaged in search-and-rescue operations and used to determine the size of ice fields suitable for scientific Polar stations. VRT300 in Opticvision configuration is designed to improve the diagnostic system, prevent and eliminate emergency situations in the area of energy sources development and transporting. Its other missions include: diagnostics of overhead power lines, mapping, cargo transportation, exploration works, as well as monitoring of environmental situation, roads and road-side infrastructure.
  • Airbus Helicopters and Schiebel tested MUM-T capabilities between H145 and S-100 UAS

    Airbus Helicopters and Schiebel have tested Manned Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T) capabilities between an H145 platform and a CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS), thus becoming the first European helicopter manufacturers to demonstrate this technology with the highest level of interoperability (LOI°5). The companies carried out test flights with the support of the Austrian Armaments and Defence Technology Agency. The two aircraft jointly flew different scenarios including the detection of objects hidden in places not accessible by traditional helicopters. The S-100 was controlled and piloted by an operator sitting in the helicopter. During the flights, the control was also temporarily handed over to a ground-based control station by the pilot in order to simulate the return of the manned helicopter for refueling. The trials carried out by Airbus Helicopters and Schiebel went up to MUM-T LOI 5. This allows the manned platform to exercise full control of the UAS including its take-off and landing. LOI 1, the lowest level, is the indirect receipt and /or transmission of sensor data obtained by the UAS to the manned aircraft. More: Schiebel delivers mine detectors to Ecuador “Manned-Unmanned Teaming multiplies the capabilities of both systems”, said Mark R. Henning, Program Manager at Airbus Helicopters. “Smaller UAS with vertical take-off and landing capabilities can, for example, fly around obstacles as trees or buildings closer than a helicopter could. They are able to explore unknown territory and deliver information to the helicopter crew which is operating from a safe position and which can then step in with the helicopter’s superior effects, having received a clear picture from the UAS. Our airborne MUM-T management system will become a highly attractive feature for our entire product range including the NH90, NFH, and theTiger together with the H145 as it adds an extremely valuable operational capability. The MUM-T capability can be implemented in any kind of helicopter and can interact with all types of unmanned systems, in particular Airbus Helicopters’ new VSR 700 UAS. More: Austrian-made UAV Schiebel Camcopter S-100 Shot Down in Libya In the framework of the test, the challenges of data transfer interference and electromagnetic compatibility of the UAS with the helicopter as well as the integration of a complete UAS mission planning and control system into the helicopter’s architecture were successfully managed. The S-100 mission planning and control system was provided by Schiebel. The next step will be to optimize the human machine interface based on a thorough analysis of the crew workload using the results of the flight tests. The H145 is a tried-and-tested, twin-engine H145 civil helicopter that was first delivered in 2014. It is a rugged workhorse and best in its class for rough EMS and police missions. The H145M is the helicopter’s military version.
  • ILA 2018: Team Eurofighter presents offer to Germany

    On the eve of the ILA Berlin Air Show 2018, Airbus and Eurofighter GmbH have submitted their offer to the German Ministry of Defence for a replacement of the Bundeswehr’s ageing Tornado combat aircraft, which was developed in the 1960s, and have established the Eurofighter as its ideal successor. Currently, the German Air Force is planning to phase out the Tornado from 2025 onwards and to transfer capabilities to another weapon system. As the Eurofighter system is already in use by Germany, this system could seamlessly adopt the capabilities of the Tornado aircraft. In addition, increased use of the same type of aircraft would result in considerable cost savings in terms of support services and training costs due to economies of scale, which would also reduce per-hour flying costs within the German Armed Forces. “The Eurofighter is already the backbone of the German Air Force and is therefore the logical option to adopt the capabilities of the Tornado in the medium term,” said Bernhard Brenner, Head of Marketing & Sales at Airbus Defence and Space. “We have an excellent aircraft, its production secures important aircraft construction know-how in Germany and, at the same time, strongly supports European sovereignty in defence. The successful continuation of Eurofighter production could also lead to further cooperation with other European nations such as Switzerland, Belgium and Finland.” More: Lockheed Martin promotes its F-35 fighter jet for Germany Air Force Volker Paltzo, Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH CEO, said: “I am confident that Eurofighter Typhoon can provide a cost effective and attractive solution for Germany, which will deliver every capability and perform every mission the German Air Force needs.” In the medium term, the further development of the Eurofighter will provide the technological basis for the next generation of European combat aircraft. The intent of collaboration was agreed between France and Germany in July 2017 and these aircraft are currently expected to enter into service around 2040. More: Germany looks to develop its own sixth generation stealth fighter jet In the UK, Eurofighter is already increasingly taking over the tasks of the Tornado, as the Royal Air Force has decided to retire its Tornado fleet in 2019. The Bundeswehr currently operates 130 Eurofighters and 90 Tornados. The German Air Force’s fleet of combat aircraft is used both for missions to secure airspace sovereignty over Germany and in international NATO alliance missions around the world.
  • Peruvian new amphibious assault ship begins initial sea trials

    Peru’s new domestically constructed landing platform dock BAP Pisco (AMP 156) has successfully begun sea trials. According to the Peruvian navy, on April 19, 2018, sea trials of the AMP 156 Pisco landing platform dock (LPD), built at the company of the Peruvian naval shipbuilding and ship repair association, Servicio Industrial de la Marina de Guerra del Perú (SIMA) in Callao (SIMA Callao) ). The BAP Pisco multi-mission LPD is scheduled to be commissioned into the Peruvian Navy by the end of 2018. According to the Naval Technology, the multi-purpose vessel is intended for the rapid transport and landing of the forces in support of amphibious warfare missions. It can conduct operations within the national maritime domain or operate as part of an international task force to provide humanitarian and logistic assistance during natural disasters. The landing platform dock is being constructed by SIMA with assistance from South Korean company Dae Sun Shipbuilding and Engineering, which is responsible for providing design drawings, certifications and technical assistance for the construction of two LPDs. The vessel measures 122m-long and 22m-wide, and has a draft of 4.5m and displacement of approximately 11,390t, making it one of the biggest ships in the Peruvian Navy.
  • CONTROP USA to present a wide range of advanced EO/ IR solutions

    CONTROP USA Inc – a subsidiary of CONTROP Precision Technologies Ltd. specializing in electro-optics and IR defense and homeland security solutions – will present its extensive range of EO/ IR end-to-end solutions for unmanned vehicles for air, land and maritime platforms, at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2018 in Denver. “CONTROP is one of a few companies in the unmanned systems world that can trace their activity back to the 1980s. We have been working in this field for over 30 years, and we are proud of our large range of payloads, which combine minimal SWaP, high electro-optical performance and a very high level of stabilization,” says Mr. Hagay Azani, CONTROP’s VP Marketing and Sales. “In the R&D process, we take into account all relevant requirements regarding the missions and environmental conditions that the Unmanned Systems must withstand, i.e. the need for the platform to move independently in the field, sometimes at a great distance from the operator, very often under harsh conditions, and provide advanced technology solutions for these issues. For decades, our systems have been installed successfully on dozens of unmanned platforms –airborne, ground and naval – to the great satisfaction of our customers.” CONTROP’s line of unmanned systems payloads includes: The STAMP family of gyro-stabilized miniature payloads – specially designed for day and night tactical over-the-hill reconnaissance missions on small aerial unmanned platforms. Lightweight yet ruggedized, the STAMPs provide precise geolocation and can withstand high-shock landings. With low power consumption, the STAMPs provide the most cost-effective solution of their type. The iSky family of aerial payloads – uniquely developed to be installed on unmanned aerial platforms to provide solutions for most medium and long-range aerial surveillance missions in the challenging and often turbulent aerial environment. The iSky systems all feature real-time image enhancement features, built-in INS and automatic target tracking. The Land-based family of Scanning and Observation systems includes the SPIDER, MEOS and SPEED-ER systems. Ideal for Counter-UAS applications, those systems incorporate a unique and highly sensitive panoramic scanning technology enabling automatic detection of very small and low flying drones. The systems integrate a thermal imaging camera with advanced electro-optics, and a day camera. SPEED-ER’s 3 channels – Visible, Thermal and SWIR (Short-Wave Infrared) – ensures sharp, clear and high resolution pictures, even in conditions of haze, dust, rain or high humidity, and at any hour of the day or night. The combination of the continuous zoom lens of the IR camera, and the full-color live video cameras, allows the systems to automatically perform wide area surveillance, providing highly accurate real-time day and night UAS detection and tracking capabilities. The iSea family of maritime payloads are specially designed to withstand the unique and harsh environmental conditions at sea. A line of six (6) gyro-stabilized full size multi sensor EO/IR payloads, these systems are perfect fit for any Unmanned Surface Vehicle. All of the CONTROP iSea day/night camera payloads have an easy interface to Radar for slewing the EO/IR camera to the detected target. The iSea payloads are operated by CONTROP’s proprietary Electronics Box, which includes a Video Tracker as well as Video Enhancement algorithms and a Picture-in-Picture feature.
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