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Weekly Round Up
07 December 2016
Latest Companies

T.J. Clark International - Fuel Management and Storage Solutions

ARPA - Field Logistic Solutions for the Defence Industry

DST Defence Service Tracks - Armoured Vehicle Tracks

Omnetics Connector Corporation - Rugged Miniature and Ultra-Miniature Connectors and Interconnect Systems for Defence Applications

Ricardo - Defence Support Services and Innovative Technology for the Military Industry

Press Releases

Xplore Receives Second Rugged Tablet Follow-On Order This Year from Top Ten US Electric Power and Natural Gas Utility Company
Xplore Technologies today announced that one of the nation's top ten electric power and natural gas utility companies has placed a $1.7m follow-on order for XSLATE B10 fully rugged tablets, bringing the customer's total investment in Xplore solutions to more than $2.7 million in 2016.

Recadata Fills Higher Capacity Gap in Industrial Grade Military SSD Line
Recadata recently added higher capacity 1TB to its MO-300 mSATA SSD of military SSDs for high-end industrial embedded applications requiring high-capacity and smaller form factor.

EXPAL Successfully Demonstrated its ʻOne-Stop Shopʼ for Mortar Systems
The demonstration took place on 16 November in the Spanish Army firing and training range 'Álvarez de Sotomayor', located in Almeria (Spain). During the different exercises performed on the field, EXPAL showed all the products and systems involved in this proposal.

Curtiss-Wright Raises the Bar on Ultra-Small Mission Computer Performance with new Teraflop+ Supercomputer-Class ARMv8-based Architecture
Industry’s most powerful, compact COTS Mission Computer weighs only 1.5lb yet features a 4-core 64-bit ARMv8 processor, 256-core GPU and comprehensive base I/O (including Ethernet, serial, USB, DIO and video ports).

Spindle Drives in Aircraft Maintenance Platforms
Customised work platforms with a high safety standard are used for the maintenance of modern aircraft fleets.

White Papers

PERLUCOR® Transparent Ceramics for Ballistic and Optronic Protection Applications
Not many companies are able to offer a product that creates a new trend or an entirely new approach to a given problem. Ceramics' manufacturer CeramTec is the first European company to...

SATCOM Helical Antenna Upgrade

R08 Mortar Sight
The R08 Mortar Sight is simple and reliable. It can be used for most types of mortars....

Fully Integrated Ground Vehicle Computing and Video Solution
The customer required a powerful mission computer capable of running their own software applications in a standard Intel Linux environment, to be fit to an existing ground vehicle...

Oerlikon Skyshield® MOOTW / C-RAM System
The opponent side using rockets, artillery and mortar (RAM) in asymmetric warfare is highly mobile and very difficult to identify and to distinguish. The Oerlikon Skyshield® MOOTW / C-RAM System...


Rolls-Royce row: could a weak UK defence budget force a British icon to leave the sector?
Rolls-Royce has warned that continued pressure on the UK defence budget could force the company to reduce investment in its highly-skilled defence workforce, with a worst-case scenario of the company pulling out of UK defence sector altogether. The heavy-handed warning did, however, come hot on the heels of a government review of whether or not the company overstated costs on a Hawk trainer contract. So does the threat hold weight? Claire Apthorp reports.

As autonomous technology emerges, are the days of the soldier numbered?
A huge amount of pressure on the UK MoD to reduce costs has resulted in plans to cut the number of regular soldiers. Meanwhile new operational requirements, combined with media and public opinion, are also pushing the MoD to better equip soldiers and, where possible, remove them from high-threat environments altogether. Aled Catherall, defence & security technology lead at Plextek, considers whether technology has the ability to completely replace soldiers one day.

Build and rebuild: Germany's future defence strategy
The German Federal Ministry of Defence’s 2016 White Paper came with some sober assessments on the state of European and wider international security challenges. As Claire Apthorp finds out, peace and stability are no long a matter of course, even in Europe.

Global Defence Technology: Issue 69
In this issue: Could Russia gain a technological edge over Britain? Plus: the benefits of base sharing, protecting GPS guided weapons from spoofing, the next step in electric vehicles, contenders for the T-X jet trainer programme, lessons learned from DCNS’ data breach, and more.

It's DARPA’s Tern: new UAV software masters the roughest seas
DARPA is ready to move to a full scale demonstrator of TERN, a technology that will allow UAVs to take off and land from confined spaces in rough seas to achieve efficient long-duration flight. With phase 3 now awarded to a team from Northrop Grumman, Claire Apthorp caught up with the programme to find out what it could offer.


RKhM-6 CBRN Reconnaissance Vehicle
The RKhM-6 Povozka is a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) reconnaissance vehicle produced by Arzamas Machinery Plant of Military Industrial Company (VPK), for the Russian Army.

Fort Benning, Alabama
Fort Benning is one of the largest army bases situated near Columbus, US. The base extends from Muscogee and Chattahoochee counties in Georgia, to Russel County, Alabama.

Uran-9 Unmanned Ground Combat Vehicle
The Uran-9 multipurpose unmanned ground combat vehicle was unveiled by Russian military equipment manufacturer JSC 766 UPTK during the Army-2016 International Miltary-Technical Forum held in Russia in September 2016.

Polonez Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS), Belarus
Polonez is a new Belarusian multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) developed by state-owned Foreign Trade Unitary Enterprise (SFTUE) BelSpetsVneshTechnika (BSVT).

T7 Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Robot
T7 explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) robot was unveiled during the Raven's Challenge held in Hua Hin, Thailand, in September.

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