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Author: DFNS

Army Robots: Two Contracts Forward, One Contract Back

Textron won the Robotic Combat Vehicle-Medium and Qinetiq the RCV-Light, but General Dynamics’ award for the S-MET “mule” must be recompeted. …read more Read more here:: Breaking Defense (Land)

Israel orders Iron Fist APS

Elbit Systems announced on 7 January that it has been awarded an initial contract from the Israeli Ministry of Defense (MoD) to provide Iron Fist active protection systems (APS) for the Eitan wheeled armoured...

GDELS to keep working on new Spanish IFV despite setbacks

General Dynamics European Land Systems-Santa Bárbara Sistemas (GDELS-SBS) is set to continue looking for ways to win the contract for Spain’s new 8×8 Dragon infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), although the project is insufficiently funded,...

V-280 Tiltrotor Can Fly Unmanned, Bell Says

The Army is skeptical that early models of the Future Vertical Lift aircraft will be able to fly unmanned. But Bell says it’s already flight-tested all the essential automation. …read more Read more here::...

Rheinmetall Awarded Order Package Worth EUR54 M

Rheinmetall has been awarded orders for additional equipment for the Bundeswehr’s Puma infantry fighting vehicle. The Düsseldorf-based technology group is to supply spare parts and special tools worth a total of around €54 million,...

Turkey modernises ACV-15 armoured combat vehicles

Turkey’s Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) announced on its website on 2 January that it had signed a TRY900 million (USD151.3 million) contract with Aselsan to upgrade Turkish Land Forces Command (TLFC) ACV-15 armoured...

China aiming to procure airborne laser-based weapon pod

China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has issued an invitation to tender for the procurement of a laser-based weapon pod, as reflected in an entry on the Chinese military and weapon procurement website: weain.mil.cn. The...

PLAGF, PAP special forces broadening use of small UAVs

Special forces and scout units within China’s People’s Liberation Army Ground Force (PLAGF) and People’s Armed Police (PAP) appear to be increasing the use of small reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to help them...

Carbon Nanotubes & Quantum Dots: Army Thinks VERY Small

Some 80 percent of Army science funding supports the service’s Big Six modernization drive — but the 20 percent left for long-term basic research could transform military and civilian electronics. …read more Read more...

The Mistaken Memo That Turned The Pentagon On Its Side

While withdrawal from Iraq isn’t happening today, the existence of the draft memo — clearly states that the US military is making plans to move troops within Iraq in preparation for leaving the country...

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