The Turkish missiles and rockets specialist Roketsan has recently presented its pedestal mounted Çirit 70mm laser guided anti-armor missile mounted on an ACV-19 tracked armoured chassis of Turkish FNSS Savunma Sistemleri.
The missile was seen installed on a remotely controlled twin-quad launcher. Along the associated console to operate the missiles launcher, the vehicle was seen outfitted out with telescopic mast-mounted BRITE Star II electro-optical payload of FLIR Systems for surveillance and reconnaissance tasks.
Çirit missile feature mid-course guidance with MEMS-IMU and terminal guidance with semi-active laser seeker and smoke composite solid propellant.
It can be fired from a variety of platforms comprising aircraft (T-129 ATAK, AH1-W Cobra, and UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, AT-802 aircraft and unmanned aircraft), tracked and wheeled armoured vehicles, trailer-mounted mobile launcher, surface vessels (fast patrol boat and corvette) and stationary launchers.
The French shipbuilder DCNS will be marketing its FREMM multi-mission combat frigate at this year’s CANSEC Exhibition in Ottawa, Canada May 27-28.
DCNS created in 2014 a wholly-owned Canadian subsidiary, DCNS Technologies Canada Inc. DCNS proposes its capabilities for the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) programme under the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS). In particular, DCNS will adapt the design of its FREMM frigate to the Canadian requirements.
The French Ministry of Defence has ordered 11 frigates via the OCCAR, two of which will be dedicated anti-air warfare for the French Navy. First-of-class FS Aquitaine (D650) is now fielded by the French Navy. The Royal Moroccan Navy has received one ship and the Egyptian Navy is about to receive the former French FS Normandie unit.
FS Aquitaine fired in May 19 a first MBDA France MdCN land-attack long-range cruise missile from the ship’s SYLVER A70 vertical launcher.
The SARP (Stabilized Advanced Remote weapon Platform) remotely-controlled weapon station of Turkish state-owned company Aselsan Elektronik Sanayi ve Ticaret has been recently seen mounted on the final prototype of Altay main battle tank the local firm Otokar Otomotiv ve Savunma Sanayi (of Turkish conglomerate Koç) is developing for the Turkish Land Forces Command (TLFC) and on Leopard 2NG (modernized Leopard 2A4 of Krauss-Maffei Wegmann) main battle tank developed by Aselsan Elektronik Sanayi ve Ticaret for the TLFC.
On both vehicles the SARP weapon station was seen armed with 12.7mm heavy machine gun and outfitted out with the company’s ATS-40 electro-optical payload.
SARP can be armed with 12.7mm heavy machine gun (M2HB or NSV), 7.62mm light machine gun (MAG58, MG3 or M240) or 40mm Mk 19 Mod 3 automatic grenade launcher.
It also incorporates fired rounds counter, 400 rounds for 12.7mm machine gun, 1000 rounds for 7.62mm machine gun or 96 rounds for 40mm automatic grenade launcher, gyro aided stabilizer, last ammunition warning device, and computer-based fire control functions, The weapon station is remotely controlled from command and control panel located inside the vehicle.
Thales UK Limited has been selected, under the CROWSNEST project, to provide the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy with a new airborne surveillance and control system for AgustaWestland Merlin naval helicopters.
Following an industry competition, Lockheed Martin UK Limited, who act as the U.K. Ministry of Defence’s prime contractor for the helicopter selected a new generation of the Searchwater radar and Cerberus mission system of Thales company to be fitted to specially adapted Merlin helicopters. The new systems will provide the Royal Navy with an advanced airborne surveillance and control capability.
The fleet of modified Merlin helicopters will replace the Royal Navy’s outgoing Sea King Mk 7 ASaC force which is fitted with an earlier version of the Searchwater and Cerberus systems.
The new capability will enter operational service in 2018 when the last of the Sea King Mk 7 ASaC helicopters are retired.
(Thales UK Limited).
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has requested the foreign military sale of 10 Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. MH-60R Sea Hawk multi-mission naval helicopters to the U.S. Government.
The request worth USD1.9 billion was announced by the Defense Services Cooperation Agency (DSCA). The fleet is intended for shipboard operation by the Royal Saudi Navy (RSN).
The deal also included 14 APS-153 V multi-mode radars; 24 T-700 GE 401 C engines; 12 APX-123 identification friend or foe transponders; 14 AN/AAS-44C forward looking infrared sensors; 1,000 AN/SSQ-36/53/62 sonobuoys; 38 AGM-114R Hellfire II missiles; five AGM-114 M36-E9 captive air training missiles, four AGM-114Q Hellfire training missiles; 380 APKWS rockets; as well as 12 M-240D crew served weapons and 12 GAU-21 crew served weapons.
Associated equipment and services including spare engine containers; facilities study and design; spare and repair parts; support and test equipment; communication equipment; aerial refueling services; ferry support; publications and technical documentation; personnel training and training equipment were also requested by Saudi Arabia.
Elbit Systems announced it has signed an agreement to acquire the cyber and intelligence division of NICE Systems for an amount of up to USD157.9 million
NICE Systems’ acquired business will be merged into CYBERBIT, an Elbit Systems subsidiary, recently established, in order to consolidate the company cyber activities
The Brazilian Army (Exército Brasileiro or EB) is currently conducting trials of a VBTP-MR Guarani 6×6 amphibious armoured vehicle with about 60 improvements added by the vehicle´s manufacturer Iveco Veículos de Defesa.
After trials are complete in Rio de Janeiro and Cascavel, State of Paraná, the army is expected to approve the modifications introduced on the 56th vehicle produced at the company’s plant in Sete Lagoas, State of Minas Gerais.
The Brazilian Army is considering retrofitting all the 6×6 vehicles already inducted and future built vehicles.