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Denel plans to roll out first SANDF’s Badger vehicle in 2015

Denel Land Systems (DLS)

Denel Land Systems (DLS) is planning to roll out the first Badger infantry combat vehicle (ICV) intended for the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) in October 2015.

Around 238 8×8 Badger vehicles were ordered by the Armaments Corporation of South Africa (Armscor) from Denel under a multibillion contract for the replacement of SANDF’s 30-year old Ratel 6×6 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) fleet, in October 2013.

Denel Land Systems CEO Stephan Burger said the company has already started industrialisation at its facilities in Lyttelton, with plans to commence production in early 2015.

Canadian DND issues RFP for satellite communications equipment

The Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to companies for the supply of mobile satellite communication terminals for the national army vehicles.

The RFP was released under the land command support system life extension (LCSS LE) project on behalf of the Department of National Defence (DND), following extensive consultations and engagement with the industry.

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Public Works and Government Services minister Diane Finley said the government is committed to providing the Canadian Army personnel with the best possible equipment required for missions at home and abroad.

Almaz-Antey develops new Tor-2 air defence system variant

Almaz-Antey develops new Tor-2 air defence system variant

Almaz-Antey has manufactured an advanced variant of the Tor-M2 short-range surface-to-air anti-aircraft missile system, the company’s research and development head Sergei Druzin has announced.

Druzin was quoted by RIA Novosti as saying the new 9M338 missiles equipped variant features enhanced precision, an extended firing range, increased ammunition-carrying capacity and has already completed successful testing in October 2013.

"We carried out five launches targeting highly maneuverable drones. Three of the targets were hit head-on, while the other two were destroyed by shrapnel from exploding warheads," Druzin said.

Thailand’s DTI and Ricardo to continue work on Black Widow Spider vehicle

Thailand’s Defence Technology Institute (DTI) has collaborated with Ricardo to continue development of the Black Widow Spider 8×8 armoured vehicle programme for the Royal Thai Army.

The two organisations will now work on the next phase of development of the Black Widow vehicle, which has been designed to offer protected firepower and extreme mobility in reconnaissance, command and control and fire support roles.

Ricardo and DTI have already completed the initial phase of technology development (TD) for the vehicle.

UK MoD to receive new land and maritime satcom terminals from Astrium

UK Ministry of Defence (MoD)

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) will receive new land and maritime X-band satcom terminals from Astrium, designed to enable secure communications during overseas combat operations.

Based on Astrium Services’s new IP core based modular infrastructure, the terminals will help UK Army securely connect users to one core defence infrastructure, which supports all voice and data traffic with encryption from worldwide tactical, land and maritime operations, eliminating the need to recreate a network of services.

Astrium Services will deliver 25 Mantis terminals and lightweight Snapper baseband equipment, as part of a managed service package, to help address the UK Armed Forces’ land and tactical requirements.

Russia to equip two additional Yars regiments by year’s end

The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) is planning to equip additional two strategic missile forces (SMF) regiments with Yars mobile ballistic missile systems by the end of 2013, the country’s defence minister Sergei Shoigu has revealed.

Shoigu was quoted by RIA Novosti as saying the missiles will initially be tested in the Novosibirsk Missile Division, based in Siberia.

”We are facing an important task – to preserve the balance of the strategic deterrence system, which makes the maintenance and timely re-equipment of the strategic nuclear forces a key area of military development,” Shoigu said.

Rockwell Collins to develop DVEPS solution for US Army helicopters

US Army helicopters

Rockwell Collins has been awarded a contract for development of a degraded visual environment pilotage system (DVEPS) for installation onboard the US Army’s Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR) helicopters.

The contract covers work on the first of the three phased programme, which seeks to develop and qualify a DVE solution for fielding by 2018.

Rockwell Collins airborne solutions vice-president and general manager, Troy Brunk, said the programme will provide the pilots with an ability to see through DVE obscurants, such as dust, fog and snow and successfully avoid hazards in the landing zone.

SwRI to develop facial skin regeneration technology

Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) scientists are developing new technologies to treat facial injuries as part of the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine II (AFIRM II) consortium.

Code-named ‘Biomask for Skin Regeneration’, the SwRI-led project is set to secure $1m under AFIRM II for the generation of a biomask of full-thickness skin, as a potential repair for combat-related facial burns and trauma.

The project aims to achieve high-quality, full-thickness skin restoration using a combination of sequential application of 3D custom negative-pressure wound therapy, custom facial neodermis or collagen-based artificial skin and cell-based therapy using epithelium and stem-cell-enriched fatty tissue.