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Argentina receives Bell 412EP helos

Jane's Defense News - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 03:00
Argentina has received four new Bell helicopter 412EP platforms that were first approved by the US State Department in late 2015. The medium-twin helicopters were handed over to the Argentinian Air Force (Fuerza Aerea Argentina: FAA) during a ceremony at Bell’s Fort Worth facility in Texas on
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Poland to upgrade T-72 tanks and Dana SPHs

Jane's Defense News - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 02:00
Poland’s Armament Inspectorate has begun a market analysis on the possible upgrade of the T-72M1/M1D tank. “We want to modernise the T-72,” Deputy Defence Minister Bartosz Kownacki told the Gazeta Polska Codziennie daily on 8 December. “Upgrading a tank costs around PLN4
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Czechoslovak Group acquires ELDIS Pardubice

Jane's Defense News - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 01:00
Radar manufacturer ELDIS Pardubice has been acquired by holding company Czechoslovak Group (CSG), it was announced on 11 December. A 100% stake was purchased by CSG from ELDIS Pardubice’s owners and founders, transferring the company’s airport radar technology to the holding group that
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Draken acquires Cheetah fighters for ‘Red Air’ training

Jane's Defense News - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 01:00
Draken International has incorporated a number of newly acquired Denel Aviation (Atlas) Cheetah fighter aircraft into its fleet of ‘Aggressor’ platforms, the ‘Red Air’ trainer provider announced on 12 December. The Florida-based company has received 12 of the former South
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IAI outlines Kfir developments for Colombia, Sri Lanka, ATAC

Jane's Defense News - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 01:00
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has noted a number of developments for its Kfir fighter, including the conclusion of an upgrade programme for Colombia, plans to upgrade and return to service aircraft for Sri Lanka, and ongoing efforts to sell additional aircraft to a US ‘Red Air’
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IED attack kills one civilian in Iraq's Baghdad

Jane's Defense News - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 01:00
ONE civilian was killed when unidentified militants detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) near his vehicle in al-Jihad district in Iraq's Baghdad province on 9 December, Iraqi News reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.
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IED attack one person in Iraq's Baghdad

Jane's Defense News - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 01:00
ONE person was killed and four others wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated near a market in al-Tarmiyah in Iraq's Baghdad province on 9 December, Iraqi News reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.
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IED attack wounds three people in Iraq's Baghdad

Jane's Defense News - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 01:00
THREE people were wounded when unidentified militants detonated an improvised explosive device (IED), near shops in al-Wardiya in the town of al-Mada'in in Iraq's Baghdad province on 9 December, Iraqi News reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.
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In latest test, IBCS creates integrated air picture

Jane's Defense News - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 01:00
Key Points Test shows army can create high-quality actionable air picture In 2018, IBCS will participate in another SCOE and Red Flag event Northrop Grumman completed three weeks of live-air testing of the Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS) in which soldiers
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India pushes public-private partnerships in aerospace

Jane's Defense News - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 01:00
The Indian government will support the development of indigenous aerospace capability through public-private partnerships (PPPs) involving state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Subhash Bhamre, India’s Minister of State for Defence, has said. In line with this strategy, HAL will
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JTIC Brief: Reported death of Chechen Islamic State militant in Georgia’s Tbilisi raises questions over relationships with militant groups and authorities

Jane's Defense News - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 01:00
Key Points On 1 December, Georgia’s State Security Service (SSSG) announced that the Chechen Islamic State militant Akhmed Chataev had blown himself up in an apartment in the capital Tbilisi during a counter-terrorism operation on 22 November. Chataev, who was formerly Imarat Kavkaz’s
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Naval Group issues RFIs in support of Australian submarine programme

Jane's Defense News - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 01:00
Naval Group (formerly DCNS) has issued a raft of tender notices in support of efforts to identify Australian companies that can support its SEA 1000 programme to build 12 next-generation submarines for Royal Australian Navy (RAN). In request for information (RFI) documents calling for responses by
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Peru kicks off submarine modernisation programme

Jane's Defense News - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 01:00
Peru’s state-run shipyard Servicios Industriales de la Marina (SIMA) has begun modernising the Peruvian Navy’s Angamos-class (U209/1200) submarines. BAP Chipana (SS 34) has been placed on the shipyard’s new syncrolift, acquired from TTS Syncrolift AS, at SIMA’s Callao
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Security services' increased anti-terrorism effort likely to decrease risks of successful attacks in Russia

Jane's Defense News - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 01:00
Event On 12 December 2017, Alexander Bortnikov, the head of the Russian Federal Security Service (Federalnaya Sluzhba Bezopasnosti; FSB) said that it had foiled a terrorist attack planned for the New Year celebrations in Moscow. According to Bortnikov, on 11 December in the Moscow region the FSB
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Trump enacts FY 2018 defence authorisation legislation

Jane's Defense News - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 01:00
The fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) National Defense Authorization Act has been signed into law, boosting the US military’s size, adding strategic missile defence requirements, changing rules for buying commercial off-the-shelf goods, and more. The legislation, signed on 12 December by President
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Turkish special forces receive loitering munitions

Jane's Defense News - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 01:00
Turkey’s special forces have received a first batch of loitering munitions, Jane's has learned at the Gulf Defence & Aerospace exhibition in Kuwait City. The two types of loitering munitions, both developed by the country’s STM, were delivered two months ago for training purposes.
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US Air Force awards Boeing contract for AWACS avionics upgrade

Jane's Defense News - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 01:00
The US Air Force (USAF) on 7 December awarded Boeing a USD46 million contract modification to upgrade the avionics in its Boeing E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft, according to a Pentagon statement. The contract modification is a firm-fixed-price and
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US Army awards Northrop Grumman contract to upgrade fixed-wing airborne ISR fleet

Jane's Defense News - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 01:00
The US Army on 30 August awarded Northrop Grumman a USD750 million contract to provide contractor lifecycle services for the Army’s Special Electronic Mission Aircraft (SEMA) fleet, according to a company statement. The award is a base year contract with eight option years, extending to 2027.
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EDA study to assess graphene potential for defence

EDA News - Mon, 11/12/2017 - 17:27

The European Defence Agency (EDA) today hosted the kick-off meeting for a new study to be carried out over the next 12 months on possible future applications of graphene in the military domain and its expected impact on the European defence industry. 

Among the materials with the highest potential for revolutionizing defence capabilities in the next decade, graphene comes high up on the list. Light and flexible and yet 200 times stronger than steel, its electrical conductivity is extraordinary (better than silicon) as is its thermal conductivity. Graphene also has remarkable properties in the so-called ‘signature management’ field, meaning it can be used to produce radar absorbent coatings making military vehicles, planes, submarines or vessels almost undetectable.  All this makes of graphene an extremely attractive material not only for civil industries but also for military applications in the land, air and maritime domains. 

To explore the latter, the EDA launched the graphene study which, following a Europe-wide call for tenders, was assigned to Fundacion Tecnalia Research and Innovation (Spain) who will collaborate with two partners, the Technical University of Cartagena (Spain) and Cambridge Nanomaterial Technology Ltd (United Kingdom). All consortium members have proven experience in graphene research and also in the defence sector.
 

Main objectives

The study has three main objectives:

  • to analyse and evaluate to what extent graphene is already used in dual-use or military areas and what the prospects of future defence applications are;
  • to develop an ambitious yet realistic roadmap for the development of graphene in the defence domains, backed and supported by the EDA’s ‘Materials’ CapTech;
  • to demonstrate graphene’s defence-related potential through a series of practical experiments the results of which will be published in a scientific journal 

Denis Roger, the EDA’s European Synergies & Innovation (ESI) Director, commented: “The European defence research landscape certainly stands to benefit substantially from graphene and its potential future applications in the military domain. The EDA’s study launched today could open the way towards new exciting research and capability development opportunities. We are very much looking forward to its results”. 

The study findings are expected to be published in December 2018/January 2019.
 

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