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Thales has been awarded a US$37 million contract from the U.S. Army to equip the new rapidly deployable security force assistance brigades (SFAB) with the AN/PRC-148C IMBITR (Improved Multiband Inter-Intra Team Radio) radio system.

(IMBITR, Thales).

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BAE Systems and the Government of the State of Qatar have entered into a contract, valued at approximately £5 billion, for the supply of 24 Typhoon combat aircraft to the Qatar Emiri Air Force along with a bespoke support and training package

The contract is subject to financing conditions and receipt by the company of first payment, which are expected to be fulfilled no later than mid-2018.

Delivery is expected to commence in late 2022. Qatar becomes the ninth country in the world to choose Typhoon jet.

(Typhoon combat aircraft, BAE Systems).


WEW Container Systems delivered 167 low-profile water tank modules to the U. S. Army for integration into the Camel II unit water pod system. This system includes the 800 US gal (3 m³) Camel II tank, which is integrated in a frame and mounted on the M1095 trailer. The trailers are either newly manufactured or overhauled by Choctaw Defense.

WEW Container Systems delivered the original 327 Camel II tank systems to Choctaw Defense in 2013/2014. The thin-walled water tank is insulated and sheathed and equipped with specially developed baffles to reduce water movements in rough terrain.


The Mexican Navy has received its final two Airbus Helicopters AS565 MBe Panther helicopters. With their order for ten units in 2014, the Mexican Navy became the launch customer of this new version. The first four helicopters were delivered in 2016 and the remaining six during the course of 2017.

Stationed at three naval bases in the Mexican states of Veracruz, Sonora and Michoacan, the helicopters perform an average of 300 flight hours for reconnaissance, patrol missions and training flights

(AS565 MBe Panther, Airbus Helicopters).


The first Boeing KC-46A multi-role tanker aircraft that will be delivered to the U.S. Air Force in 2018 completed its first flight and airborne tests on 5 December 2017.

The newest tanker is the KC-46 program’s seventh aircraft to fly to date. The previous six are being used for testing and certification and to date have completed 2,200 flight hours and more than 1,600 “contacts” during refueling flights with F-16, F/A-18, AV-8B, C-17, A-10, KC-10 and KC-46 aircraft.

The KC-46, derived from Boeing’s commercial B767 airframe. Boeing is currently on contract for the first 34 of an expected 179 tankers for the U.S. Air Force.


Thales announced the renewing of its partnership agreement with Colombian state-owned shipbuilder and naval systems specialist Cotecmar (Corporación de Ciencia y Tecnología para el Desarrollo de la Industria Naval Marítima y Fluvial) to strengthen cooperation with the Colombian defence industry.

The partnership was first signed in 2015 and both companies wish to reinforce this commitment today to develop Colombian defence capabilities through the combinations of synergies of both portfolios.


Safran Electronics & Defense is to supply its JIM Compact lightweight multifunction infrared binoculars to a NATO country.

The system has been selected by seven NATO nations.

Is is equipped with low-light sensor, cooled infrared and daytime sensors, pointer and laser designator displays, rechargeable battery, eye-safe laser rangefinder, DMC, inclinometers and embedded GPS.

The binoculars offer long-range and battlefield connectivity, image stabilization, continuous e electronic zoom, multi-mode image fusion, image or video storage and streaming, as well as fast data hand over.

(JIM Compact lightweight multifunction infrared binoculars).