Safran Electronics & Defense recently unveiled the COLD IPC target distance measurement and pointing system for assault and precision rifles.

COLD IPC compact lightweight system consists of clip-on laser range finder, visible and invisible pointer, inclination sensor and illuminator.

(COLD IPC compact lightweight system).

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Saab has received an order for 155mm explosive training artillery ammunitions. The order value amounts to SEK 118 million and deliveries will take place during 2018 and 2019.

Work on this order will be performed by Saab Bofors Dynamics Switzerland (SBDS) , and the scope of work consists of the conversion from live rounds into training rounds whereas SBDS will perform the technical alteration, the filling of the target marking and explosive components as well as final assembling. The order is as a result of a former contract that was executed for the customer during the years 2015 and 2016.

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Russian Helicopters (part of Rostec State Corporation) started flight tests of the Mi-171E multipurpose helicopter with upgraded power unit and rotor system at Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant (UUAP). It is planned to conclude testing activity by the end of the 2017.

Mi-171E helicopter is equipped with a new rotor and X-shaped tail rotor with blades made of polymer composite materials, upgraded swash plate, VK-2500PS-03 engine with a FADEC-type digital control system, and with modified stabilizer and keel beam.

(Mi-171E, UUAP).

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Indra and Lockheed Martin recently signed a Heads of Agreement that extends their exclusive relationship in the development of a state-of-the-art S-band active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar for the Spanish Navy’s F-110 frigate program and establishes a framework for the commercialization of this solid-state radar for other anti-air warfare opportunities worldwide.

The F-110 frigate is the Spanish Navy’s future multi-mission surface vessel, due to see operations in the next decade. With production expected to begin in 2018, the first F-110 frigate would be commissioned in 2023 equipped with the first AEGIS weapon system integrating the new S-band radar.

Spain operates five AEGIS-equipped Álvaro de Bazán-class F-100 frigates equipped with the Lockheed Martin AEGIS combat system and SPY-1 radar.

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The Belgian small arms specialist FN Herstal has expanded its SCAR assault rifles range with the SCAR-SC subcompact carbine. It comes with a telescopic buttstock as standard. Optional buttstocks include fixed, foldable, adjustable (length and height) with either concave or convex butt plate and a foldable offset buttstock for aiming and shooting with anti-riot or bulletproof helmet visor.

(SCAR assault rifles).

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Elbit Systems announced that it was selected by the Israeli Ministry of Defense to provide and operate flight simulators for the upgraded C-130H Hercules and C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft of the Israeli Air Force (IAF). The contract value will be in an amount of USD74 million dollars for a thirteen-year period which includes a set up phase of approximately three years and a ten-year operating period.

Elbit Systems will set up and operate the IAF upgraded C-130H Hercules and C-130J Super Hercules training center, providing two inter-connected flight simulators that enable both single and squadron training and a ground crews simulator that enables high fidelity training of aircraft maintenance procedures.

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Elbit Systems and Babcock International Group announced that the two companies are entering a partnering agreement to pursue the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence’s next generation of “aggressor air” capability under the air support to defence operational training (ASDOT) programme.

The two companies will establish a specific programme company in order to propose a delivery to the customer.

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