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Saturday, 1 October 2016

FTI Mid-Size Frigates: Latest Rumors Until the Design is Revealed at Euronaval

The FTI (Frégate de Taille Intermédiaire or Midsize/intermediate Frigate) is set to be one of the focus point for this year's Euronaval. But with less than a month to go until the world's largest naval defense exhibition kicks off, many details on this next generation frigate designed by DCNS are still unknown. During the Euronaval 2016 press tour held last week, a few elements emerged. Here is some of the fragmented information we managed to gather. All this will be confirmed (or not...) during Euronaval.

Friday, 30 September 2016

Raytheon starts transition to production planning of Gallium Nitride technology for AN/TPY-2 radars

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency has awarded Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) a contract modification to develop a transition to production process to incorporate Gallium Nitride, or GaN, components into existing and future AN/TPY-2 radars. This initial effort will support the transition from Gallium Arsenide to GaN technology, which would further modernize the ballistic missile defense radar and drive down system obsolescence.

A critical element in the ballistic missile defense system, Raytheon's AN/TPY-2 continually searches the sky for ballistic missiles. (Photo Raytheon Company)
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Australian army will receive new back-pack electronic surveillance system

Australian Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP announced Thursday, September 29, 2016, that Defence has signed a contract that will provide Australian soldiers with a back-pack electronic surveillance system. The system use the assault back-packs designed by Army’s innovative Diggerworks. The transport and storage systems for the new back-pack systems will be provided by Victorian company Trimcast Pty Ltd.
Australian and New Zealand soldiers are training members of the Iraqi Army to defeat the Daesh terrorist group. 
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Azerbaijan's Ministry of Defence Industry unveils Tufan MRAP APC project

Among many new defense projects showcased at ADEX 2016, the Ministry of Defense Industry of Azerbaijan (MODIAR) is presenting a new type of 4x4 MRAP armoured personnel carrier dubbed “Tufan”. According to the MODIAR, the first prototype could be rolled out before year end.

A mock up of the future Tufan MRAP armoured personnel carrier unveiled by the Azerbaijan MoD
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Havelsan introduces new parachute simulator system in Azerbaijan

The Turkish defense contractor Havelsan presents for the first time a new parachute simulator at ADEX 2016 exhibition in Baku. According to Havelsan, the Turkish Armed Forces already bought five systems to train its Special Forces.

Havelsan's new parachute simulator at ADEX 2016
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Ukraine-made Malyuk assault rifle makes first public appearance at ADEX 2016

The Malyuk automatic assault rifle made its first official public appearance here in Baku, at the second edition of Azerbaijan International Defence Exhibition. These new rifle is a locally-made bullpup conversion of the AK-74 design.
Krasilov Aggregate Plant's Malyuk bullpup assault rifle at ADEX 2016
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ADEX 2016: AZCAN presents ISR variant of its Sentry APC

The defense contractor AZCAN combined its strong experience in vehicle manufacturing with Israel defense industry’s know-how to propose a new variant of its Sentry armoured personnel carrier dedicated to ISR missions.

AZCAN's new Sentry ISR variant at ADEX 2016
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SAFARI Weapon Locating Radar enters in service with the Singapore Armed Forces.

The SAFARI Weapon Locating Radar (WLR) was commissioned on September 28, 2016, with the Singapore Army. Highly mobile and responsive, the SAFARI WLR enhances Army’s force protection against indirect fires.
The new SAFARI Weapon Locating Radar of Singapore Army mounted on rear section of Bronco tracked all-terrain vehicle. (Photo Facebook Singapore Army)
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TOR-M2U new generation of TOR-M2 air defense missile system is now operational in Russian army

The Tor-M2U (NATO reporting name: SA-15 Gauntlet) air defense missile system has been proven to be operationally capable in the wake of its trials at a Defense Ministry missile range, Igor Ivanov, director for military-technical cooperation, Kupol Izhevsk Electromechanical Plant, told TASS. 
TOR-M2U short-range air defense missile system at Army-2016 International Military Technical Forum exhibition near Moscow, Russia. (September 8, 2016)
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Australia chooses Lockheed Martin as Combat System Integrator for DCNS Submarines

Australia's Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne and the Minister for Defence Industry, The Hon Christopher Pyne MP announced that Lockheed Martin Australia has been selected as the preferred Combat System Integrator for Australia’s Future Submarine Program, subject to further discussion on commercial matters.