Elbit Systems has completed the acquisition of the assets and operations of the privately-owned U.S. company Universal Avionics Systems Corporation for a purchase price of approximately USD120 million.

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The Czech Air Force has completed the MS20 capability upgrade to its fleet of SAAB Gripen fighter aircraft.

The MS20 upgrade brings a number of improvements. The upgrade greatly enhances Gripen’s ability to engage ground targets by incorporating unguided and laser-guided bombs into the aircraft payload and the air-to-air capability is enhanced by introduction of new radar modes.

Another key element will be the integration of the targeting electro-optical pod Litening III. The upgrade also implements the Link 16 datalink capability as well as cryptomodules for covert communication.

The capability upgrade involves both hardware and software upgrades.

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An international customer has contracted with Rheinmetall Defence to supply it with artillery and tank ammunition worth a total of round EUR380 million; the order intake was booked in first quarter of 2018. The calibre of the artillery ammunition ordered is 155mm, the tank ammunition, 120mm. The contract is set to run for 42 months.

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Aero Vo¬dochody has sold four L-39NG aircraft to Senegal. The order comprises four aircraft in the light attack version. The contract will also provide training of pilots, including conversion, instructor and combat training, maintenance personnel training, spa¬re parts, ground support equipment and logistic support services.

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The first Thales Nederland Goalkeeper close-in weapon system of the Royal Netherlands Navy equipped with the upkeep modifications contracted in 2012 was subjected to the sea acceptance trials on HNLMS Johan de Witt combat ship.

The tests included detection, tracking and elimination of Qinetiq Banshee and Sprite II aerial targets.

The upkeep modification consists of new algorithms and electro-optic tracking capabilities.

(Goalkeeper, Thales Nederland).

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The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence has appointed an alliance team led by BAE Systems Maritime Services to deliver its Type 45 Power Improvement Project (PIP).

BAE Systems Maritime Services joined with shipbuilding and conversion specialist Cammell Laird and naval design and technical support expert BMT Defence and Security to win the contract.

The project will improve resilience in the Royal Navy’s Daring-class Type 45 combat ship power and propulsion system by replacing the existing two diesel generators, fitting an additional diesel generator and modifying the high voltage system on each ship.

The scope of the competition was split into two lots, comprising major procurement, design and integration of the solution, and the physical installation and replacement of equipment onboard the Type 45 vessels.

(Royal Navy’s Daring-class Type 45, United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence).

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The United Kingdom has awarded MBDA a £400 million contract for the capability sustainment programme of the Brimstone air-to-surface missile, to extend its service life beyond 2030.

Under the capability sustainment programme effort, MBDA will manufacture new Brimstone missiles for the United Kingdom in order to replenish the country’s inventory.

The new-build missiles will incorporate all of the improved functionalities offered by the spiral upgrades of Brimstone that have taken place over recent years in order to meet British operational requirements. These include the highly capable dual-mode SAL/millimetric wave seeker, enhanced autopilot, and the new insensitive munition compliant rocket motor and warhead.

The effort will also include a significant memory and processing update to the missile in order to enable all of Brimstone’s functionalities and to future-proof the missile.

Brimstone will be carried by the Royal Air Force’s Typhoon fighter aircraft and is expected in the future to be carried by the Royal Air Force’s new Protector unmanned air systems and the British Army’s new Apache attack helicopters.

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