The Parachute Infantry Brigade (Brigada de Infantaria Paraquedista) of the Brazilian Army (Exército Brasileiro) presented several of its latest small arms and equipment at the LAAD Defence & Security 2017 exhibition held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 4-7 April.

The force displayed the IMBEL IA2 assault rifle, Forjas Taurus SMT9 submachine gun, Firearms Manufacturing M107A1 precision rifle, Firearms Manufacturing MRAD (Multi-Role Adaptive Design) precision rifle, Remington Arms Company MSR (Modular Sniper Rifle) precision rifle, FN Herstal MINIMI light machine gun and Forjas Taurus PT 24/7 PRO pistol.

Geocontrol CPM 1EB tactical compter, RF 7800 V-HH Falcon III VHF radio system, and Newcon Optik LRB 12KNIGHT handheld day/night laser rangefinder binocular, also were on display.

(Multi-Role Adaptive Design precision rifle).

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The European mission specialist MBDA announced it has received a £175 million contract from the Unite Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence for further in-service support to the Sea Viper weapon system. Sea Viper weapon system arms T45 combat frigates of the Royal Navy.

Called ‘Sea Viper Unified Support Environment Period 1’, the contract will cover the continuing in-service support to the Sea Viper weapon system, including the Aster surface-to-air missile for the next 5 years.

(Aster surface-to-air missile, MBDA).

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The Brazilian privately-owned firm FT Sistemas has recently unveiled the FT-200FH rotary-wing unmanned aircraft system. FT-200FH system offers 100 km of autonomy, 10 h of endurance and payload of 50 kg. It was designed for military, homeland security and civilian applications.
The system is being considered as part of a local program for acquisition of unmanned air systems.

FT Sistemas has supplied the Brazilian Armed Forces and foreign armed forces with the company’s fixed-wing mini-unmanned air system FT-100 Hórus.

(FT-200FH rotary-wing).

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The Brazilian Army displayed a range of new tactical trucks during the LAAD Defence & Security 2017 exhibition held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 4-7 April.

The new vehicles on display included 4×4 Oribi multi-role utility truck from DCD Protected Mobility configured for CBRN defence, as well as 6×4 Mercedes-Benz Axor 2831 palletized load truck system equipped with Hammar Maskin HAMMAR 195 S/HS sideloader system.

(6×4 Mercedes-Benz Axor 2831).

(4×4 Oribi multi-role utility truck).

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Thales just announced it will supply Sea Fire search radar, CAPTAS-4 Compact towed sonar, Aquilon integrated communications system and Sentinel electronic warfare suite for FTI (Frégates de Taille Intermédiaire) combat frigates of the French Navy (Marine Nationale).

The French armament procurement agency, the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA) ordered five of the BELH@RRA surface ship to French shipbuilder DCNS as part of FTI program. First unit is scheduled for delivery in 2023.

(FTI, Thales).

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MBDA UK was awarded a £323 million deal for next batch of CAMM (Common Anti-air Modular Missile) air defence missiles for United Kingdom’s British Army and Royal Navy.

The CAMM will be deployed using the Sea Ceptor and Land Ceptor weapon systems. The Sea Ceptor system will replace the Sea Wolf system on the Type 23 frigates and provide the anti-air defence capability on the Type 26 frigates for the Royal Navy. The Land Ceptor system will replace the Rapier system in service with the British Army.


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Saab Dynamics announced it has received an order from the Naval Port Gdynia, Poland, for the maintenance and logistic support of the Polish Navy’s RBS15 Mk3 surface-to-surface anti-ship missile system with deliveries taking place 2017-2018.

Contracted in 2006, the RBS15 Mk3 is in service on-board the Polish Navy’s 

Orkan-class fast attack craft. Included in the contract is scheduled maintenance of the missile system and additional integrated logistics support in the form of training and additional tool sets.

(Orkan-class fast attack craft, Saab Dynamics).

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