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Leonardo’s AW609 to take central stage at Dubai Airshow 2021
Leonardo’s participation at the air show is centered on the future of flight and advanced
electronics. Leonardo is a leader in military pilot training, offering a turnkey training solution
including platforms, systems and services that guarantees the highest standards of quality at
every stage of training to customers worldwide. In the UAE, Leonardo has provided more than 100
helicopters, advanced naval technologies, secure communications, space technologies and
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Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries (SAEI) and Leonardo sign
maintenance services MOA as the AW139 helicopter fleet grows further in
the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Through the Memorandum of Agreement SAEI will start the qualification process to
be a Leonardo Authorized Service Centre for basic maintenance of AW139s in the
 The MOA also includes the addition of the AW169 helicopter and the AW609 TiltRotor
in the future.
 The AW139 is the world’s most successful helicopter in its intermediate category with
over 1,200 units sold, more than 290 customers in over 70 nations worldwide for the
widest range of applications Read More
Russia introduces deadly 300 mm Tornado-S rocket launcher to market
Russia is unleashing marketing of the Tornado-S 300 mm MRL – the country's latest and most potent rocket artillery system incorporating new technologies and vast historical experience.
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Orion-E combat drone to be unveiled to the Middle Eastern customers at the Dubai Airshow 2021
The Orion-E MALE drone in the reconnaissance/strike configuration will have its global premiere at the Dubai Airshow 2021 on 14th November, reports its developer and producer the Kronshtadt company .
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NAZAR, One of the Most Curious Projects of Turkish Defence Industry, Will Be Displayed for the First Time at IDEF 2021
Electro-optic (EO) and Infrared (IR) guided missiles are increasingly becoming threats to military bases, ammunition depots and civilian strategic facilities due to advancing technologies. On the one hand, while missile technologies are developing rapidly, innovative technologies in terms of countermeasures continue to be developed in all over the world.
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MILSAR SAR/MTI Radar Enables UAV Platforms to Operate even Over-the-Cloud
As a long-endurance intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance system in the sky, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) will have an unblinded eye during adverse weather conditions where electro-optical sensors fall short. MILSAR SAR/MTI Radar of Meteksan Defence, having significantly small size, weight and power consumption figures even for the tactical UAVs, will be on stage in IDEF’21 first as a flight-tested system.
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Meteksan Defence Strengthens Submarine Platforms with Sonar Systems It Developed

Meteksan Defence, which was assigned by the Defence Industries Presidency of the Republic of Turkey with the approach of "Turkey's Underwater Center of Excellence", transfers its sonar capabilities for surface platforms to submarine platforms.
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KAPAN Counter Drone System Provides Complete Protection Against Mini/Micro UAV Threats
KAPAN Counter Drone System, developed by Meteksan Defence, will be exhibited at IDEF 2021 with its new subsystems and command control software.
Radar Systems stand out as the most effective solution for detecting drones that have become an up-to-date and asymmetric threat in critical facility and border security applications. Moving from this point, Meteksan Defence developed the KAPAN Counter Drone System using its own resources and launched it in 2018. At IDEF 2021, KAPAN Drone Defence System is on the scene with its new subsystems and command control software that raise its performance much higher.
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Over the last few decades multi-role aircraft have become essential platforms for air forces determined to gain maximum flexibility from their air fleets. The choices available have been spread across a very wide range of airframe designs, encompassing military versions of commercial turbo-prop and jet air transports, former large bombers, business jets and utility aircraft, as well as specialised variants developed from fighter-bombers and, increasingly, unmanned air systems. Read More
Elettronica and Rohde & Schwarz cooperate for German RCESM/RECM systems
Elettronica (ELT) and Rohde & Schwarz RCESM/RECM technology solution brings high reliability and strong situational awareness to the fore. Both companies have signed a cooperation agreement for the conception and delivery of radar and communication electronic support measures (RCESM)/radar electronic countermeasures (RECM) in Germany, with a focus on German naval programs. ELT and Rohde & Schwarz will continue their significant R&D spending in this area to offer customers the most modern and reliable technology in the future. Under the cooperation agreement, both companies have agreed to seek complementing contributions based on their existing solutions within their portfolios.
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Active Protection System for tactical ground vehicles
Andrew White
As armed forces, particularly within the NATO Alliance, pivot towards conducting operations below the threshold of open conflict against near peer and peer adversaries, commanders are considering how best to protect main battle tanks and armoured vehicles.
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Telespazio and Leonardo to launch #T-TeC 2021, the Open Innovation contest
which will be stopping at Expo 2020 Duba
#T-TeC is dedicated to students and researchers from around the world with the aim of
promoting technological innovation in the Space industry to the young generations
 The Space-dedicated Open Innovation contest this year will have as stage the Italy
Pavilion at the Expo 2020 Dubai exposition
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UAVs for Small Naval Vessels
Tim Ripley reviews the robot “eyes in the sky” that are available to operate from small naval vessels
Providing small naval vessels – fast patrol boats, mine counter-measures ships and small corvettes – with their own unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is a cost effective way to enhance both their fighting power and survivability.
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Leonardo delivers HH-139B helicopter to the Italian Air Force in the presence
of Italian Minister of Defence Guerini and Italian Air Force Chief of Staff Gen.
Rosso in Vergiate
An acceptance ceremony took place in the presence of Italian Minister of Defence
Lorenzo Guerini, Italian Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Alberto Rosso, Leonardo CEO
Alessandro Profumo, Leonardo General Manager Lucio Valerio Cioffi and Leonardo
Helicopters’ MD Gian Piero Cutillo.
 Minister Guerini: “National sovereignty, from a military and technological point of
view, is preserved today also thanks to this level of excellence and to the synergies
among institutions, Defence and industry. Italy has prime industrial capabilities and
Leonardo symbolises a nation, which can leverage a top world-class Aerospace,
Defence and Security industry.”
 Profumo: “We are proud to represent world-class rotorcraft technology excellence,
which is able to maintain Leonardo and Italy at the forefront of innovation in an
increasingly strategic, highly competitive sector.” Read More
Leonardo’s naval systems demonstrate technology leadership at exercise Formidable Shield 2021
Formidable Shield, NATO’s main air defence and anti-missile exercise, saw the involvement of naval, air and land assets from 10 countries

 Several Leonardo technologies were trialled including the Kronos MFRA radar, multi data link communications system and Mode-5-capable Identification Friend/Foe system

 Leonardo’s Combat Management System facilitated the coordination of operations, processing data from sensors and presenting a real-time picture of the scenario to aid decision making and interventions
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Leonardo’s contribution to Dubai HeliConference 2021
Leonardo is sponsoring and presenting the HeliConference event taking place in Dubai today and tomorrow. Leonardo – a global aerospace and defence company headquartered in Italy – is one of the world's leading manufacturers of advanced high performance helicopters for commercial, parapublic and military operators worldwide. The Company manufactures rotorcraft that encompass all principal weight categories, from the 1.8 tonne single engine to the 16 tonne three engines.
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Innovative 5G mmWave Test Systems See Broad Industry Adoption
Marvin Test Solutions, Inc., a trusted provider of globally-deployed innovative test solutions for military, aerospace, and manufacturing organizations announced that its TS900e-5G production test system for 5G mmWave semiconductor devices is now in use by multiple leading semiconductor manufacturers. Read More
Leonardo’s solutions for cyber resilience at Cybertech conference in Dubai
As one of the major players in the security global sector, Italian-headquartered aerospace and defence giant Leonardo has given its contribution at the Cybertech Global conference which is taking place in Dubai.
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Today, the logistic support ship LSS “Vulcano”, ordered to Fincantieri within the renewal plan of the Italian Navy’s fleet, was delivered by the Naval Integrated shipyard in Muggiano.
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FEINDEF Foundation organizes the international business meeting FEINDEF360 on February 24th and 25th.
FEINDEF360 will highlight FEINDEF 2021 as a catalyst for defense programs in Spain and as an opportunity to boost the defense industry, employment, talent, innovation and digital transformation.
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Turkey's First Indigenous Armed Unmanned Surface Vehicle "ULAQ AUSV" Launched

ARES Shipyard and Meteksan Defence, which had initiated Turkey’s first indigenous Armed Unmanned Surface Vehicle (AUSV) program in October 2020, announced that the prototype vessel, ULAQ AUSV has been launched and sea trials have been started. Read More
Russia develops HQ (C2) simulation system for training in ground, naval and air combat warfare

One of the eye catching features of the ARMY 2020 expo in Russia was the presentation by the Russian defense industry of the latest simulation systems intended for recreating the complex environment of warfare both at the command and ground levels. Read More
Rafael extends SPICE 250 range with new turbojet engine
At the Aero India 2021 exhibition, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. is unveiling a new variant of its SPICE 250 air-to-surface munition, with the addition of an integrated turbojet engine.

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Rafael at AERO INDIA 2021

Rafael is deeply committed to India and is sending a significant delegation to Aero India 2021 which is taking place in Bengaluru, Karnataka, from 3-5 February 2021.
Rafael has demonstrated its ability to respond quickly and effectively to emerging needs, without making any quality compromises, as a result of its flexibility, its ability to make swift adjustments, and due to its vast experience in customer requirement analysis and tailor-made solutions.

Among its wide variety of solutions, at Aero India 2021, Rafael will showcase the following systems and capabilities:
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U.S. Army Conducts Operational Assessment of Fire Weaver Sensor-to-Shooter System
Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. and Rafael Systems Global Sustainment (RSGS), its new U.S. subsidiary, jointly demonstrated Fire Weaver, an advanced sensor-to-shooter system leveraging AI decision-aid software and 3D terrain data for the U.S. Army, as part of the Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiment 21 (AEWE) in Fort Benning, GA.
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Meteksan Defence Completed Development of New Global Positioning Systems for Military Platforms

The Turkish defense and aerospace industry, which has started to become popular in the international market with the platforms it has developed in recent years, continues to develop critical subsystems nationally. Becoming one of the largest defense companies of Turkey by having developed the systems for military platforms, Meteksan Defence completed antenna and receivers for Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). Read More
Leonardo to provide a cyber test and training system tailored for Qatar
Leonardo will support the Qatar Computing Research Institute in the training of cyber security operators by supplying a Cyber Range & Training system
 The platform can simulate cyber-attack scenarios, allowing customers to assess the resilience of their systems against such incidents
 Leonardo already partners with Qatar in multiple sectors including air traffic management, helicopters, naval and air surveillance and for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Read More
Falco Xplorer team firmly focused on military certification

Despite some disruption from the covid-19 pandemic, Leonardo’s Falco Xplorer surveillance drone is moving towards military certification, with a schedule of flight activities planned for the second half of 2021. Read More
Rafael at AERO INDIA 2021

Rafael is deeply committed to India and is sending a significant delegation to Aero India 2021 which is taking place in Bengaluru, Karnataka, from 3-5 February 2021.
Rafael has demonstrated its ability to respond quickly and effectively to emerging needs, without making any quality compromises, as a result of its flexibility, its ability to make swift adjustments, and due to its vast experience in customer requirement analysis and tailor-made solutions.
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Rafael's SPIKE missile successfully integrated and fired from RWS Slovenian Oshkosh JLTV
The SPIKE LR missiles firing was performed by the Slovenia Armed Forces

Tel Aviv , January 25, 2021 – The SAF (Slovenian Armed Forces) has completed a successful firing of Rafael's SPIKE LR missiles in a demonstration that took place in Slovenia, December 2020, in front of representatives of the Ministry of Defence and members of the Slovenian Armed Forces. Read More

Latest SOSA Aligned Backplanes from Elma Feature 6 or 8 Slots, Each with 25 GB Throughput

Provides essential backbone for common, modular architecture across critical C5ISR and EW systems
As The Open Group® Sensor Open Standards Architecture™, or SOSA™ initiative continues to move towards completion, Elma Electronic Inc. has added two 3U backplanes to its growing family of products aligned to Snapshot 3 of the SOSA Technical Standard. Available populated with or without VITA 67.3 connectors for timing and RF connectivity, the 6-slot and 8-slot backplanes provide the foundation for complex, high speed signal processing systems.
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Sikorsky-Boeing Team Reveals Advanced Assault Helicopter Designed to Revolutionize U.S. Army Capabilities

DEFIANT X™ to compete for the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft contract, a top modernization priority for the Army
Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company (NYSE: LMT), and Boeing (NYSE: BA) today released details of its advanced helicopter for the U.S. Army’s Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft competition, known as FLRAA. The aircraft, named DEFIANT X, will be the fastest, most maneuverable and most survivable assault helicopter in history Read More
The launching ceremony for the 44-meter fast patrol vessel named “Tenente Petrucci” [Lieutenant Petrucci] built by the Effebi shipyard for the Guardia di Finanza, the Italian finance police, was held on January 26th. The vessel is the unit 1 which will be delivered to the Corps in the early months of 2021 and was built following the award of the tender issued by the Guardia di Finanza, co-financed by the EU as part of the Internal Security Fund (FRONTEX, European Border and Coast Guard Agency) in 2019. Read More
BIRD will customize its RCD (Radar Control and Display) system and MSIS mission management system to enable enhanced user capabilities tailored for the specific operational requirements of HENSOLDT's PrecISR™ advanced multi-mode radar users
BIRD Aerosystems, the leading developer of Airborne Missile Protection Systems (AMPS) and Airborne Surveillance, Information, and Observation (ASIO) solutions, has received a follow-on contract to develop additional advanced capabilities for its RCD (Radar Control and Display) that controls HENSOLDT' PrecISR™ advanced multi-mode radar family. Read More
Special Operations Forces Round Up
Andrew White
As the Middle East and North Africa enters the second decade of the millennium, special operations forces (SOF) witness evolutionary change as operational requirements extend from ongoing counter-insurgency (COIN) campaigns to include mission sets associated with the Great Power Competition (GPC). Read More
Leonardo: first two M-345 jet trainer aircraft delivered to the Italian Air Force
Profumo: “the first delivery of this new aircraft is a significant milestone and a success for the Country”

 The Italian Air Force has a total requirement for up to 45 M-345s. They will gradually replace the 137 MB-339s which have been in service since 1982

 As well as being the future aircraft of the Italian Air Force Frecce Tricolori acrobatic team, the M-345 is a highly-effective military pilot training platform, delivering jet trainer aircraft-like performance and efficiency at the cost of a turboprop Read More
International participants at IDEX and NAVDEX 2021 exempt from quarantine on arrival in UAE
The Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC), the organiser of the International Defence Exhibition (IDEX 2021) and the Naval Defence Exhibition (NAVDEX 2021), held under the patronage of the President of the United Arab Emirates, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, from 21-25 February, has received approval from the Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre for all badge holders to be exempted from the 10-day quarantine procedure on their arrival into Abu Dhabi. Read More
The Higher Organising Committee of IDEX and NAVDEX and the International Defence Conference concludes preparations for the 2021 edition
Preparations for the exhibitions and conference are on schedule, with widespread participation from international decision-makers and official delegations Read More
Navantia San Fernando celebrates the launching of the second corvette for Saudi Arabia
• The latest Royal Saudi Naval Forces corvette NB 547 AL DIRIYAH was launched on the 14th November 2020.
• The event was streamed live from Navantia’s shipyard in Spain to Saudi Arabia where the ribbon was cut.
• Spain’s Minister of Foreign Affairs highlighted this program as strategic and expressed the desire for further collaboration between both countries.
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Russia tests for the first time at sea the naval Pantsir air defense system

The Russian Navy has for the first time conducted from a ship live fire tests of the Pantsir-M surface-to-air missile and anti-aircraft artillery system, a naval version of the Pantsir-S1 system. One of the target regions for the export version Pantsir-ME is the Middle East.
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Rosoboronexport JSC (part of the Rostec State Corporation) presented to its foreign partners weapons for all segments of the global arms market at the Army 2020 International Military-Technical Forum at Kubinka near Moscow.
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Russia tests for the first time at sea the naval Pantsir air defense system
The Russian Navy has for the first time conducted from a ship live fire tests of the Pantsir-M surface-to-air missile and anti-aircraft artillery system, a naval version of the Pantsir-S1 system. One of the target regions for the export version Pantsir-ME is the Middle East. Read More
Leonardo: Alessandro Profumo nominated President of the AeroSpace and
Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD)
 ASD represents the largest companies and over 3,000 SMEs and associations from 18 European countries
 Profumo: “The AD&S sector will be key to many of the priorities identified in the European recovery programme, from digitization, the green deal, cyber security, and competitiveness in Europe as well as a driving force for the education system” Read More
EDGE To Acquire Lockheed Martin Shares in Middle East’s
Leading MRO Provider AMMROC
EDGE, the Abu Dhabi based advanced technology group for defence and beyond, today announced that it has entered into a conditional agreement to acquire the remaining 40 per cent stake currently held by Lockheed Martin Corporation and Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company, in Advanced Military Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Center (“AMMROC”). Read More
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