Airbus Helicopters has recently completed a ballistic development test of an HForce weapon system on a H145M on Pápa air base in Hungary. The tested system included FN Herstal HMP400 gun system, Thales FZ231 unguided rockets and Nexter NC621 cannons as well as L-3 Wescam MX15 electro-optical payload and Thales Scorpion helmet mounted sight display.

The qualification of HForce solution on the H145M helicopter is planned for end 2018.

Next steps prior to the qualification of HForce on the H145M are the development testing of laser-guided rockets in Sweden before the end of the year as well as additional live-firing trials in summer 2018.

Qualification of the core HForce system is on track for end of 2017; following an extensive flight-test campaign carried out on a H225M helicopter testbed.

(H145M, Airbus Helicopters).

(H145M, Airbus Helicopters).

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Airbus Defence and Space is showcasing its C295 Armed ISR aircraft version at the Dubai Airshow flanked by a wide range of weapons which have been selected to be integrated onto this versatile platform.

Since the previously announced memorandum of understanding with Roketsan, similar arrangements have been reached with Expal, Escribano, Equipaer, Rheinmetall, Nobles Worldwide and US Ordnance.

Aircraft have already been delivered to an unidentified customer including two 12.7mm light machine guns and mounts, supplied by Nobles Worldwide and US Ordnance, to be mounted in theparatroop side doors.

The next weapon to undergo airborne carriage trials is planned to be Roketsan’s L-UMTAS anti-tank missile. Roketsan is also providing the Cirit laser-guided missile and Teber-82 laser bomb-guidance kit.

Rheinmetall’s BK 27 autocannon provides a heavier door-mounted option, targeted by Escribano’s door gun system.. Expal is displaying its CAT-70 70mm rockets and Mk 82 warhead, and Equipaer has its CAT 70 multiple rocket launcher in the exhibition.

(C295 Armed ISR, Airbus Defence and Space).

(C295 Armed ISR, Airbus Defence and Space).

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Meprolight will launche at Milipol 2017, a new additional version of its MEPRO M5 RDS red dot sight. The new version has a Bullseye reticle that allows extended operating time while providing quick acquisition of a target using a large display window.

The MEPRO M5 RDS (known in The US Market as Mepro RDS PRO) is an energy-efficient, compact sight that provides thousands of operating hours while utilizing a single “AA” commercial battery.

Featuring battle-proven LED technology and rugged MIL-STD design, the sight assures reliability under the harshest environmental conditions. With its large display window and clearly-defined red dot, the MEPRO M5 RDS ensures rapid target acquisition with both eyes open. To facilitate night operations and long-range target engagement, the MEPRO M5 RDS is compatible with GEN II and GEN III NVGs as well as with magnifying scopes.

(MEPRO M5 RDS, Meprolight).

(MEPRO M5 RDS, Meprolight).

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The ACMAT Defense Bastion-series 4×4 protected high-mobility vehicle has been suplied to numerous African nations, Renault Trucks Defense recently revealed.

African users of the 4×4 include Mali, Côte d’Ivoire, Tchad, Burkina Faso, Togo, Niger, Bénin, Congo, Cameroun, Botswana and Gabon. More than 250 vehicles weres delivered in Africa.

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) have agreed to purchase two Gowind multi-mission corvettes from (believed to be type Gowind 2500) French shipbuilder Naval Group. The surface fleet will be manufactured by Naval Group and shipbuilder Abu Dhabi Ship Building Company (ADSB). The agreement also includes the construction of additional two corvettes as option.

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Thales Nederland SMART-L 3D naval search radar detected and tracked a Terrier Oriole ballistic missile well outside the earth’s atmosphere. The event took place during Formidable Shield 2017 air and missile defence exercise organized by the US Navy’s Sixth Fleet in the Hebrides test range in the Atlantic Ocean.

On the 15th of October, the ballistic missile reached an altitude of 300 km and a velocity of more than 3 km/second. SMART-L radar on board of De Ruyter combat vessel of the Royal Netherlands Navy detected and tracked the ballistic missile and made the data real-time available to a US Navy’s ship, via the designated NATO communications network.

The SMART-L radar on De Ruyter frigate was temporarily modified to include the latest technology that Thales Nederland recently developed for ballistic missile defence purposes. This technology is used in the SMART-L Multi Mission radar that Thales Nederland is building for the four Royal Netherlands Navy’s LCF frigates and for two land-based versions for the Royal Netherlands Air Force.

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Saab and Raytheon Land Warfare Systems are teaming up to cooperate on the development of new weapons systems for infantry forces to meet near-term U.S. and international requirements. The companies will look into bringing new capabilities to Saab’s Carl-Gustaf reloadable and AT4 disposable and shoulder launched weapon systems.

(Carl-Gustaf, Saab).

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