MBDA’s Sea Venom/ANL helicopter-launched missile system has completed its second development firing from a French defence procurement agency (DGA, Direction Générale de l’Armement) Panther test helicopter at Ile Du Levant in southeast France.

The firing, which took place on 18 April 2018, highlighted Sea Venom/ANL’s lock on after launch capabilities. It also validated its aptitude for low-altitude, sea-skimming flight, the effectiveness of the data link between the missile and helicopter and Sea Venom/ANL’s autonomous guidance capability, using images from its infrared seeker.

In United Kingdom service the missile will be used from the AW159 Wildcat helicopter, while France will operate the missile from its future HIL (Hélicoptère Interarmées Léger).

MBDA was awarded the production contract for Sea Venom/ANL in March 2014.

(Sea Venom missile, MBDA).

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MBDA’s Land Ceptor mobile air defence system has successfully destroyed its target during an end-to-end system demonstration firing at the Vidsel Test Range in Sweden, an important milestone for the project prior to entry to service with the British Army. The truck-mounted weapon system was linked to SAAB Giraffe AMB radar system.

Land Ceptor utilises the CAMM (Common Anti-air Modular Missile) missile system currently in production and delivering a common stockpile to meet the air defence needs of both the British Army and the Royal Navy (as Sea Ceptor). In British Army service Land Ceptor will replace the current Rapier air defence system.

Land Ceptor with CAMM is the latest generation of air defence system, providing capability from very short ranges below 1 km into the medium range air defence tier beyond 25 km.

The demonstration in Vidsel coincides with the transition into production of the Land Ceptor weapon system, which will now undergo system-of-system integration and test as part of the British Army’s Sky Sabre air defence architecture.

(Land Ceptor mobile air defence, MBDA).

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Iveco Defence Vehicles will unveil the new MUV (Military Utility Vehicle) 4×4 vehicle at Eurosatory 2018 defence industry exhibition.

The new MUV, on display in chassis cab and van version, is a purpose built military vehicle specifically designed to undertake a variety of roles, such as logistic support, in-land operations & training, humanitarian aid and homeland security missions.

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Elbit Systems announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary in Canada, GeoSpectrum Technologies was awarded a contract from STX Engine Co., to deliver a full end-to-end underwater sound source System and software package to the Republic of Korea Navy. The systems will be supplied by the end of 2018.

It consists of an acoustic projector body, winch, handling package and power amplifier and will be used to test sonar systems for the Republic of Korea Navy’s Harbor Underwater Surveillance System.

(Underwater Sound Source System, Elbit Systems).

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Elbit Systems of Australia has closed out the delivery phase of the Land 125 Phase 3C contract supplying XACTth65 thermal weapon sights to the Australian Defence Force (ADF). The Maintenance phase of Land 125 Phase 3C continues until mid-2020.

Since delivery commenced in September 2016, nearly 4,800 XACTth65 thermal sights have been supplied to the Australian Army.

(XACTth65 thermal sights, Elbit Systems of Australia).

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The United Kingdom took delivery of first AW101 Commando Merlin Mk4 helicopter from Leonardo Helicopters. The event marks a major milestone for Leonardo’s Merlin Life Sustainment Programme (MLSP) contract to convert 25 former Royal Air Force helicopters to fully marinised amphibious support Commando Merlin helicopters for use by the UK’s Commando Helicopter Force.

The aircraft are fitted cockpit featuring five 10” x 8” integrated display units, two touch screen units for controlling the aircraft’s systems and mission equipment, as well as two cursor control devices to control the tactical displays and defensive aids system

The Commando Merlin aircraft will be fully supported through the existing Integrated Merlin Operational Support (IMOS) contract

Leonardo has also been contracted to deliver a range of Commando Merlin synthetic training devices comprising two flight training devices , a flight navigation procedures trainer and a rear crew trainer . These will be delivered during 2018 and 2019.

The MLSP contract, valued at £388 million, was awarded to Leonardo in January 2014 Phase One comprised the delivery of seven Merlin Mk3 interim aircraft and this was completed on schedule in March 2016. Phase Two will see the delivery of 25 Commando Merlin Mk4/4A aircraft from now through to the end of 2020.

(AW101 Commando Merlin Mk4, Leonardo Helicopters).

(AW101 Commando Merlin Mk4, Leonardo Helicopters).

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BAE Systems has been awarded a £1.5 billion contract by the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence for delivery of the seventh Astute-class nuclear-powered attach submarine HMS Agincourt and a further £900 million for the next phase of the Dreadnought-class submarine programme.

Construction on the first of four new Dreadnought-class submarines started in October 2016.

The first three submarines in the Astute-class HMS Astute, HMS Ambush and HMS Artful are already in service with the Royal Navy, while the fourth, fifth and sixth submarines are under various stages of construction.

Dreadnought-class is the programme to replace the four Vanguard-class submarines.

(Astute-class, BAE Systems).

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