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Monday, 16 January 2017

Fincantieri to Upgrade Armed Forces of Malta Offshore Patrol Vessel P61

Fincantieri, one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups and number one by diversification and innovation, was awarded the contract by the Armed Forces of Malta for the upgrading of P61, an Offshore Patrol Vessel, built by Fincantieri over 10 years ago. 

Japanese Ministry of Defense unveils new 8x8 APC armoured vehicle personnel carrier.

According a statement on the Japanese Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency website (ATLA), Japan has developed a new generation of 8x8 armoured vehicle personnel carrier (APC) to replace the Type 96 8x8 APC in service with the Japanese Armed Forces since 1996. Read full news at this link ...
New Japanese 8x8 armoured vehicle (Source photo Japanese MOD)
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Thales contracted to deliver Royal Navy's new airborne surveillance and control capability

Thales and Lockheed Martin announce the contract award to deliver the Royal Navy’s new airborne surveillance and control system, under the ‘CROWSNEST’ programme. Lockheed Martin, who acts as the Ministry of Defence’s prime contractor for the Merlin helicopter, selected a new generation of the Thales Searchwater radar and Cerberus mission system to be fitted to existing Merlin Mk2s helicopters to provide the Navy with an airborne surveillance and control capability (ASaC).
CROWSNEST FlightTrials
(Credit: Leonardo Helicopters)
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Canadian army continues research about latest laser technologies.

In the late 1960s, Canadian researchers working at the Defence Research Establishment in Valcartier, Quebec made a game-changing advance in laser technology with the development of a laser known as the CO2-TEA, which continues to have many industrial applications. Today, the Canadian Army (CA) continues to take a serious look at the latest in laser technology and is finding plenty of promise. Read full article at this link ...
A close-up of the beam expander system used with DRDC’s high energy laser (HEL). Researchers at 2nd Canadian Division Support Base Valcartier are currently evaluating HELs, which have strong potential as battlefield tools. Photo provided by: Defence Research and Development Canada. ©2016 DND/MDN Canada. 
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Russia eyes automatic ejection seat for its 6th generation fighter jet

The manned version of the sixth-generation fighter, which development has kicked off in Russia, will be able to eject its pilot in automatic mode, if he is in danger, Sergei Pozdnyakov, director general/chief designer of NPO Zvezda, told TASS in an interview. Zvezda is a manufacturer of life support systems for air crews and cosmonauts. Read more
A new automatic ejection seat could be fitted on Russia's T-50 PAK FA fighter jet
(Credit: Sukhoi)
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Russia developing Khishchnik high-speed torpedo to replace VA-111 Shkval supercavitating torpedo

The Elektropribor Design Bureau in Saratov is developing a high-speed torpedo dubbed Khishchnik (Russian for ‘raptor’) and designed to replace the Shkval, expert Vladimir Tuchkov writes in an article with the Svobodnaya Pressa online news agency. The blog of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies (CAST) has reported that Elektropribor is soon to complete the development of a sophisticated high-speed torpedo. The weapon is designed for replacing the famous Shkval capable of accelerating to 200 knots under water. CAST learnt about that when Elektropribor applied for participating in the 2015 Aircraft Maker of the Year Competition held by the Union of Aviation Industrialists of Russia (UAIR). 

Italy orders initial batch of five M-345 jet trainer aircraft

Besides the Next Exploration and Escort helicopter (NEES) development program, Leonardo has recently signed, with the Italian National Armaments Directorate of the Italian Defence Ministry, a contract for an initial batch of five Aermacchi M-345 trainer aircraft. The combined value of the NEES and M-345 contracts is in excess of 500 million euro (US$530 mn). Read more
Leonardo's M-345 HET jet trainer aircraft
(Credit: Leonardo)
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Russian Helicopters promotes full range of rotary-wing platforms for foreign market - Part 1

Helicopters are often named the workhorses of modern war. They transport troops and various cargoes, evacuate wounded personnel, conduct air support and reconnaissance, etc. The reliable, easy-to-operate, combat- and cost-effective rotor-wing aircraft are indispensable components of armed forces. Russia`s Rosoboronexport company (a subsidiary of the Rostec state corporation) offers a wide range of modern helicopters that meet the strictest requirements to this type of military hardware. Read more
A Russian Air Force Mi-26 heavy lift helicopter
(Credit: Russian Helicopters)
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Taifun-M anti-commando vehicle fully operational in Russian Strategic Missile Forces.

The development and testing of the Taifun-M anti-commando vehicle designed for security and defense of the missile systems operated by Russia’s Strategic Missile Force have been completed, and the Taifun-M is fielding to the divisions converting to the Yars (NATO reporting name: SS-29) ground-mobile intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) systems, according to the press office of the Russian Defense Ministry. Read full news at this link ...
Russian Taifun-M anti-commando vehicle at defense exhibition near Moscow in 2014.
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Sunday, 15 January 2017

SNA 2017: L3 KEO Completes Initial Integration Testing of the new MK20 Mod 1 Electro-Optial Sensor System

L3 KEO announced during SNA 2017 the successful completion of initial integration and performance testing of its new MK20 Mod 1 Electro-Optical Sensor System (EOSS) on U.S. Navy land-based test facilities. L3’s MK20 Mod 1 was tested at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division and Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division over an array of conditions and scenarios. The MK20 EOSS is a critical element of the
MK34 and MK48 Gun Weapon Systems that provide accurate gun engagement capabilities against air and surface threats. The improved MK20 Mod 1 is currently planned to be installed aboard U.S. Navy Cruisers/Destroyers and U.S. Coast Guard Cutters.