ThalesRaytheonSystems and Lockheed Martin have signed a MoU to develop territorial ballistic missile defence capabilities for NATO’s Air Command and Control System (ACCS).

This partnership will offer reinforced protection capabilities to help NATO manage ballistic missile attacks for all the European nations of the Alliance.

ThalesRaytheonSystems will be prime contractor and system integrator for the defence solution, which will combine operational experience and components coming from different partners.  Lockheed Martin developed the ballistic missile defence planning capability through its defense design system..

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Saab Dynamics has delivered Carl-Gustaf M4 multi-role portable, shoulder-launched, multi-role weapon systems to Slovakia. Delivery took place in mid July 2017.

The Slovak Armed Forces are currently equipped with several units of the Carl-Gustaf M3 multi-role weapon.

(Carl-Gustaf M4, Saab Dynamics).

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Rheinmetall has entered a framework agreement to supply the German Army’s Leopard 2 battle tanks with 120 x 570 mm high-explosive DM11 ammunition.

German armament procurement office, the BAAINBw has placed an order for 5,000 DM11 rounds worth around 45EUR million. Delivery will take place in 2017 and 2018.

The DM11 round is programmed after loading. This means that the fuse programming can be altered at any time. It can be used in impact fuse mode/point detonation, point detonation with delay and air burst modes.

(DM11, Rheinmetall).

(DM11 effect, Rheinmetall).

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PIRIOU NAVAL SERVICES has just completed the refit of the Rais Bargach (318), a 65 meter-long ocean patrol vessel built in 1995 for the Royal Moroccan Navy. First-of-class Rais Bargach of OPV-64 type displaces 600 tones and was built by STX France. Five identical ships were built for Morocco.

Following arrival at the shipyard in February 2016, this vessel benefited from an exhaustive refit programme that was comprised of hull and structure overhaul; coating and painting of all the vessel (hull, superstructure, tanks and technical rooms stripped and painted); refurbishment and modernization of all premises; and all installations inspected and replaced when necessary.

(Rais Bargach, PIRIOU NAVAL SERVICES).

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As part of a Turkish government reshuffle by Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım and following a meeting with the country’s head of state Recep Tayyip Erdoğan tha took place on 19 July, it was announced Deputy Prime Minister Nurettin Canikli will replace Fikri Işık as Turkish new Minister of National Defense.

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Airbus Defence and Space announced it has successfully tested a new type of aircraft that will aid the development of future unmanned aerial vehicles for series production.

The unmanned jet-propelled demonstrator with the project name SAGITTA flew completely autonomously for around seven minutes over the test site in Overberg, South Africa, on a pre-programmed course.

The demonstrator is the product of the ‘Open Innovation’ / SAGITTA national initiative launched by Airbus in 2010. The project sees Airbus working together with institutes from the technical universities of Munich and Chemnitz, the University of the Federal Armed Forces (Universität der Bundeswehr) in Munich, the Ingolstadt University of Applied Sciences and the German Aerospace Centre DLR to jointly develop advanced technologies for unmanned flight. The project started with a feasibility study of the flying-wing configuration.

(SAGITTA, Airbus Defence and Space).

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Solent LEP has awarded BAE Systems a grant of £457,000 to design and deliver the UK’s first dedicated autonomous systems testing service.

Systems together with ASV Global, Blue Bear Systems Research, Marine Electronic Systems (MES), SeeByte and the University of Southampton, will work together to provide the service’s infrastructure, with other organisations set to join later this year. Together the Solent LEP and partner organisations are investing £1.5 million in this project.

In October 2016, BAE Systems and the test service partners showcased their autonomous maritime capabilities in the Royal Navy’s ‘Unmanned Warrior’ exercise. One of the unmanned boats used in the Unmanned Warrior exercise was BAE Systems Pacific Class 950 unmanned rigid inflatable boat.

(Pacific Class 950, BAE Systems).

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