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ATK Offers Miniature Precision Guided Weapon for Unmanned Aerial Systems

Lockheed Martin Gyrocam Wins Additional Order for VOSS

Silver Shadow Gilboa
Gilboa – Debut of a new Israeli Assault Rifle

Roni Pistol
Converting Pistols into Carbines

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Through the Wall Radar Sensors at ISDEF 2010

Land Systems report

Defense Update Land Systems Channel - October 2010

Photo Above: Israel’s Defense Ministry has awarded General Dynamics a contract to build 600 Namer (leopard in Hebrew) armored personnel carriers (APC) over the next eight years. (read more...)

Distributed Aperture System Tracks Ballistic Missiles from 1,300 km Away

Manned and unmanned aircraft equipped with omni-directional ‘Distributed Aperture System’ (DAS) imaging infrared systems could be used effectively to provide early warning on missile launches. Such systems covering a full hemisphere, can spot missiles as they break over the horizon and automatically track their hot flame from long distance, throughout their ascent phase. (Read More...)

ATK guided weaponsATK Offers Miniature Precision Guided Weapon for Unmanned Aerial Systems

The U.S. Navy is expecting proposals from industry for groundbreaking operational support services, employing unmanned helicopters as ‘Cargo-Unmanned Aerial Sy ATK is developing a lightweight precision guided munition, compact and light enough to be carried by the dozens or even hundreds by unmanned aerial aircraft. The new glide weapon is packed into a conformal container launcher carried under the wing of the Shadow, fitted on top of the strut root. Upon release the weapon’s fins are extracted and three airfoils pop into place, as the weapon glides on its path to the ground. (Read More...)

Lockheed Martin VOSSLockheed Martin Gyrocam Wins Additional Order for VOSS

Lockheed Martin has received delivery orders totaling $138 million from the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command Acquisition Center for additional 200 Vehicle Optics Sensor Systems (VOSS). These delivery orders are new releases against a multi-year Indefinite Delivery-Indefinite Quantity contract awarded to Gyrocam in 2008. The company was acquired by Lockheed Martin in 2009. (Read More...)


Namer APCGDLS Selected to develop Namer Armored Personal Carriers for Israel

Israel’s Defense Ministry has awarded General Dynamics a contract to build 600 Namer (leopard in Hebrew) armored personnel carriers (APC) over the next eight years.The competitive procurement process was for the production of Merkava APC hulls, material kit sets and integration of the kits to the vehicle chassis. General Dynamics expects to complete contract negotiations by the end of this year. (Read More...)

HMMVWIndustry Preparing for the HMMWV recap

Among the heavier tactical vehicles on display were new versions of the BAE Systems’ Caiman Multi-Terrain Vehicle (MTV), configured to support Command and Control On-the-Move (C2OTM) assignments and ambulatory operations. Oshkosh displayed the latest reconnaissance version of the MRAP All Terrain Vehicle (MATV) . This vehicle carries crew of six plus gunner. The recce variant is equipped with mission specific technologies designed for missions such as route, zone and area reconnaissance. (Read More...)

Tacticam 3DStryker Turns Stealthy with Armorworks’ TactiCam 3D camouflage

ArmorWorks is introducing at AUSA an innovative 3D camouflage applique called TactiCam that has the potential to reduce vehicle signature in radar, infrared and visual spectrum.
The new material has already demonstrated effective signature reduction in tests and is undergoing optimization. The outer layer of the TactiCam material is shaped in randomly generated three-dimensional pattern displaying varying geometric shapes, in different depth levels. This digitally generated random pattern surface reflects energy from the vehicle in an irregular pattern, disrupting the detection of the vehicle by electro-optical and millimeter-wave radar sensors. (Read More...)

M113BAE Systems offer Bradley Variants for M113 Replacement

After more than five decades in service, the M113 is finally reaching the point where the Army looks for the replace this aging fleet. While originally the Manned Ground Vehicle (MGV) and Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) were considered as possible platforms, BAE Systems is offering a new solution – the Bradley family of vehicles. The company has developed mission specific Bradley variants to fulfill and enhance the combat mission role of the M113. (Read More...

ISDEF 2010ISDEF 2010 – First Impressions

ISDEF 2010 exhibition opened in Tel Aviv Conventions Center today provided an impressive hub for new and innovative defense and security technologies from different countries some are making their first appearance out of their countries. On our first impressions report Defense Update we are focusing on several new systems including new weapons and accessories, casualty evacuation, and sensors. (Read More...)


Silver Shadow Gilboa
Gilboa – Debut of a new Israeli Assault Rifle

The Gilboa employs the proven lower receiver of the M-16/M4 design, coupled with a new upper receiver designed by Silver Shadow. The weapon is designed to enable operators to employ the weapon effectively at all combat ranges, from zero to 300 m. The mechanism developed by Silver Shadow uses a proprietary gas operated piston driven system, enabling cleaner and cooler running of the rifle under extreme conditions. (Read More...)

Timna RifleSilver Shadow’s AK-47 Kalashnikov Makeover

Silver Shadow, an Israeli weapon modification and customization expert unveiled two of its latest weapons the Gilboa 5.56mm compact assault rifle and Silenced Timna high precision sniper rifle at ISDEF 2010. (Read More...)


Pistol CarabinConverting Pistols into Carbines

CAA Tactical displayed the new RONI shell kit at ISDEF 2010. Roni enables the conversion of standard handguns and pistols into an accurate carbine. With the new kit, standard targets can be engaged at 50-70 meters, as the kit significantly improves the shooter’s grip, accuracy and therefore, the probability of the shooters’ hitting the target at extended range. RONI shell kits are available for Glock, SIG Sauer, Springfield and Beretta firearms. (Read More...)

New Casualty Evacuation System Introduced by Easy Rescue

Easy Rescue unveiled their latest innovation in casualty rescue and evacuation, introducing a new method to transfer wounded persons from areas under engagement or where movement or access are challenged by terrain, design (narrow paths), man made or natural obstacles. An operational study of such system conducted by the IDF Home Front Command indicated that such system can contribute to personnel saving by a factor of 5 – 10, compared to evacuation techniques employing only stretchers and gurneys. (Read More...)


IDFIDF Demonstrates Joint Ground/Air Capabilities in Live Fire Exercise

The IDF conducted today, October 12, 2010 an impressive demonstration of a battalion-size joint air ground combined arms operation which summarizes the training of officers for the land forces. The exercise takes place at the Shizafon training grounds in the Southern Negev desert, north of the city of Eilat. (Read More...)

New Super-Strong Fiber Designed to Meet Threats in Former-Soviet Markets

Composite fibers manufacturer DSM Dyneema unveiled today the SB51, a new fiber optimized for use in ballistic vests that combine minimum weight with high protection performance against handgun ammunition, fragments and knives. It was designed specifically to provide protection against the prevalent threats in Central and Eastern Europe and Asia Pacific, namely the 7.62x25mm Tokarevbullet, widely used in former Soviet states and neighboring countries as well as the Chinese P54 pistol ammunition. (Read More...)

Darpa TransformersDARPA Selects AAI, Lockheed Martin for Transformer (TX) Program

To meet much of transportation needs of today’s deployed Warfighter, either highly mobile multipurpose wheeled vehicles (HMMWV) are used, or helicopters, which have limited availability, are used. DARPA’s Transformer (TX) program seeks to combine the advantages of ground vehicles and helicopters into a single vehicle equipped with flexibility of movement. (Read More...)

Elbit Systems to Upgrade Asian Tanks with BMS, Optronics

Elbit Systems Ltd. announced today that it was awarded an approximately $56 million tank upgrade contract from a customer in Asia. The tank upgrade project will span over 24 months and include the installation of battle management systems (BMS), and optronic observation and surveillance systems. The current program is a follow-on upgrade Elbit Systems is conducting with this specific customer (the identity of the customer was not released). (Read More...)

Leopard CandaCanada to Deploy 20 Recently Upgraded Leopard 2A4M to Afghanistan

Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) is modernizing the Canadian Leopard 2A4 CAN tanks previously acquired from Dutch Army surplus. The first batch of 20 tanks was handed back to the Canadian Armed Forces yesterday (October 7, 2010) at the Bergen training ground in northern Germany. The modernized tanks are scheduled to deploy with the Canadian tank squadron positioned near Kandahar, southern Afghanistan. (Read More...)


APS RPGPentagon Tests U.S., Foreign Active Protection Systems in Search for a Mature Solution Against RPGs

The U.S. Office of Secretary of Defense (OSD) is testing seven Active protection Systems, mostly from international vendors, to determine the maturity and potential of such systems, protecting U.S. forces against Rocket Propelled Grenades and other Anti-Armor weapons. The Active Protection Systems Live Fire Test and Evaluation effort, which was mandated by Congress in 2008 provides U.S. with comparative insight into potential defenses readily available to protect U.S. forces. (Read More...)