General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) announced 25 May that the company's Piranha 5 8x8 armoured fighting vehicle was loaded into an Airbus Defence and Space A400M military tactical airlifter. The demonstration took place during an evaluation exercise at the Airbus Defence and Space site near Seville.
In one of the most significant European missile defence developments in recent years, the Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defence facility at the Deveselu facility in Romania was declared operational on 12 May.
French information technology specialist Atos Technologies is working on the development of a multiplatform combat information system that will equip the fleet of new French Army armoured vehicles.
The French Ministry of Defence’s armament procurement agency, the Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA) recently completed qualification testing of the BARAGE (Brouilleur Actif et Réactif avec GoniométriE) smart vehicle-mounted wideband counter-IEDs system developed by Thales Communications & Security.
Thales has been awarded a contract by the Spanish Ministry of Defence's procurement agency the DGAM (Dirección General de Armamento y Material) to deliver 80 Scorpion helmet mounted sight and display systems. These helmet systems will be installed in the Spanish Air Force’s Boeing EF-18A/B Hornet fighter jets throughout 2016 and 2017, once the operational qualification phase and air-to-air and air-to-ground tests have been completed.
Pro-Moscow events and rallies have been staged commemorating Victory in Europe Day, not only in Russia and former Soviet republics, but in more than seven US cities; New York, Seattle, Chicago, Denver, Orlando, Houston and Boston; in London, the Baltic States, Poland, Israel and Argentina.
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The second Unmanned Systems Conference and Exhibition was held as part of the first Abu Dhabi Aerospace and Aviation Week. Defence Industry Bulletin took the opportunity to speak with James “Jim” Thompson, General Atomics’ Regional Vice President in charge of international strategic development for the Middle East and North Africa. DIB also spoke to Robert Walker, Director of Strategic Development, on the development of the company’s latest platform, the Predator XP, and on the work being carried out on the Predator B to conform to STANAG 4671 – the NATO Airworthiness Standard for RPA systems - on lightning and bird strike protection, non-destructive testing, and advanced composite and adhesive materials for extreme environments.
Over the past two weeks, Daesh has come under increasing military pressure in its Libyan bases. From 20 April, its fighters were forced to withdraw from the eastern town of Derna after coming under fire from both rival jihadists and the secular Libyan National Army (LNA). The following week, reports then began to emerge of LNA and Misrata militia forces moving in the direction of Sirte, Daesh’s main Libyan stronghold for the past year. Though Daesh has recently been portrayed as expanding in Libya, the country may not be offering as conducive an environment for the group’s growth as media often portray.