Spanish shipbilder Navantia has floated out the ninth LLC fast landing craft of the series of 12 that is building for the Royal Australian Navy. The design of these ships is based in the LCM-1E fast landing crafts earlier built for the Spanish Navy.

The contract for the construction of the series of 12 LLC was signed in September 2011 with the Australian Defence Management Organization (DMO). The landing crafts are destined to operate with the “Canberra” and “Adelaide” multi-purpose vessels BAE Systems is building in cooperation with Navantia, Saab and L-3 Communications for the RAN.

First ship is scheduled for official delivery on November 28. Last ship will be delivered by summer of 2015.

LLC ship feature lenght of 23.3m, width of 6.4m, top speed of more than 20kts and maximum autonomy of 190 miles at full load. Propulsion consists of two 809 kW diesel engines and two waterjets propellers. It can load personnel, tactical trucks, armoured vehicles and other equipment.

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Turkish military wheeled vehicles specialist BMC Otomotiv Sanayi ve Ticaret AŞ is to complete in 2015 the delivery of 141 Kirpi tactical wheeled highly-protected vehicles to the Turkish Land Forces Command (TLFC). The vehicles were earlier ordered by the country’s procurement arm SSM.

Under a 2009 contract with the SSM, the company supplied the TLFC with initial 473 similar 4×4 armoured vehicles. Kirpi also is available in a 6×6 configuration.

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The British Ministry of Dedence announced it signed a contract with Lockheed Martin of the United States to procure the first of 14 F-35B Lightning II fighters.

The four combat aircraft will operate from the two aircraft carriers British companies are building for the Royal Navy (RN), and will also arm the Royal Air Force (RAF).

Another ten aircraft are due to be ordered by Britain over the next five years.

The first batch is expected to be delivered in 2016.

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The Indian Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) invited bids for a US$2.4 billion worth program intended to procure several artillery systems for the country’s army branch.

The Indian Ministry of Defence headed by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar is looking to acquire hundreds of self-propelled and towed systems and to modernize current 105mm towed howitzers.

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The Japanese authorities have officially decided to procure the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey multi-role transport aircraft, as well as two the Northrop Grumman Global Hawk unmanned surveillance aircraft system and Northrop Grumman E-2D Hawkeye airborne command and control aircraft.

The V-22 Osprey aircraft is currently fielded by the United States Marine Corps (USMC) as MV-22 Osprey and by the United States Air Force Special Forces as CV-22 Osprey.

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The French shipbuilder (CMN) part of Privinvest company, has recently unveiled two new surface ship designs, C Sword 90 stealth corvette and COMBATTANTE FS46 fast attack craft.

C Sword 90 was designed to undertake missions such as ASW, ASuW, surveillance, protection and patrol. It offer a length of 95m, beam of 15.7m, top speed of 28kts and maximum autonomy of 7000nm, and is manned by 65.

Main equipment and auxiliaries comprise three main generation sets, one emergency generating set, two diesel engines and two controlled pitch propellers. Typical mission systems of the ship include combat management system with tactical data link, air and surface search radar (4 fixed array panels based system), eight anti-ship missiles, 16 vertically-launched surface-to-air missiles, two short range surface-to-air missiles systems on remote turret, one fire control radar, one electro-optical fire control system, electronic warfare suite consisting of R-ESM and C-ESM equipment, one 57 or 76mm main artillery gun, two remote weapon stations armed with 20 or 30mm automatic guns, one decoy launcher, towed and hull-mounted sonar systems, integrated communications system, integrated bridge control system, two triple-tube torpedo launchers, dedicated davits for two 11m long RHIBs, and platform capable to accommodate one 10t class helicopter. The ship also is capable to support UUV, UAS and USV operations.

The COMBATTANTE FS46 ship was designed with the aim to provide fast strike against surface and coastal targets, coastal and offshore patrol, EEZ monitoring and surveillance , interception of enemy forces, air self-defence, support to land forces actions and naval and law enforcement application. It has a length of 46m, beam of 7.45m, top speed of 35kts and maximum autonomy of 2000nm, and is manned by 24.

The ship feature a panoramic bridge, space to accommodate one 5.5m long RHIB, two main generation sets, one emergency generating set, three diesel engines and three controlled pitch propellers. Mission systems can include combat management system with tactical data link, one surveillance radar, one 40mm artillery, one electro-optical fire control unit, 4 surface-to-surface missiles, one short range surface-to-air missiles system or one secondary 40mm gun system, two remote weapon stations armed with gun up to 30mm, one decoy launcher, integrated navigation suite, integrated communications system and GMDSS.

Specifically the ship can be outfitted out with MBDA Exocet MM40 missiles, MBDA SIMBAD-RC remote turret armed with two ready-to-fire MBDA MISTRAL 2 missiles, Lacroix SYLENA decoy launchers, Thales Nederland TACTICOS combat management system and Nexeya LYNCEA mission management system.

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French company Sagem (part of Safran group) announced it has just completed a series of flight tests demonstrating the feasibility of a drone being integrated in a shared manned/unmanned aircraft airspace, in compliance with civil aviation regulations and air control procedures.

The series of about 20 flights used the company’s Patroller unmanned aircraft system, and took place near Toulouse, France from October 26 to November 7. It was carried out within the scope of Europe’s SESAR program (Single European Sky ATM Research).

Sagem is teaming up with France´s Air Navigation and Safety Agency DSNA (Direction de la Sécurité de la Navigation Aérienne) and National Civil Aviation School ENAC (Ecole Nationale d’Aviation Civile), as well as the company Rockwell Collins France through the ODREA project (Operational Demonstration of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems).

Sagem demonstrated a complete anti-collision function during these flights, one of the keys to integrating drones in a civilian airspace shared with manned aircraft.

The “see and avoid” system developed integrated in the unmanned aircraft´s control system, combines traffic detection sensors, including an infrared optronic (electro-optical) sensor, and an automatic risk collision estimation and avoidance flightpath generation module.

The series of demonstration flights, a real first in Europe, followed a major simulation validation project by the ODREA consortium.

Because of its modular design, Patroller tactical drone can carry a payload of up to 350 kg, in the fuselage or in pods, and offers 20-hour endurance with a ceiling of 20,000 ft.

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