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Dr. Alix Valenti

Dr. Alix Valenti
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Defence and security freelance journalist.

USMC MRZR-D4 Expected to be fielded in April 2017

The United States Marine Corps (USMC) expects to conclude the fielding of its new Polaris Defence MRZR-D4 four-wheel drive vehicles by April 2017, the USMC has told armadainternational.com. The news follows Polaris Defence’s announcement on 10 November 2016 that the USMC will order 144...

The Double WAMI

US-based ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) specialists Logos Technologies expects its new Kestrel Block-2 Wide Area Motion Imagery (WAMI) ISR sensor to be ready for delivery within eight months of a customer contract, the company has revealed. The Kestrel WAMI is an optronics system mounted...

CERBERE Is Watching You

Thales plans to commence deliveries of its CERBERE land warfare simulation system to the French Army from 2019, the firm has told armadainternational.com. The news follows the announcement on 19th January that the firm had been awarded the contract to upgrade the instrumentation for the...

Print me a UAV!

As the Royal Navy seeks to replace its Boeing/Insitu ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), armadainternational.com talks to experts from the University of Southampton, about 3D (Three Dimensional) printed UAVs, and what they can bring to military operations. In the second quarter of 2016, Southampton University,...

There’s a Spy Ranger waiting in the sky

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Thales plans to deliver 70 of its new Spy Ranger Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to the French Army between 2018 and 2019, the firm has told armadainternational.com. Pascal Sécretin, responsible for UAV products at Thales, argues that this new aircraft is particularly suited to supporting...

Norwegian Frigate Modernisation

Fridtjof Nansen class
Kongsberg will perform an overarching upgrade of the Combat Management Systems (CMSs) equipping the Sjøforsvaret (Royal Norwegian Navy) ‘Fridtjof Nansen’ class frigates. Following the announcement by the company in November 2016 that it would modernise the CMSs onboard these ships, Kongsberg shared details with...

Camcopter to the Rescue

S-100 Camcopter
In November, Schiebel’s S-100 Camcopter Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) finished its third mission with the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) charity assisting the rescue of stranded refugees in the Mediterranean fleeing war-torn North African and Middle Eastern areas. The S-100 has been providing support...

Autonomy under the Waves

At the Euronaval show held in Paris this October, Thales revealed its Autonomous Unmanned Underwater System (AUSS). Combining a number of innovative technologies, the AUSS functions both as an underwater and surface vehicle with high manoeuvrability. Thales refers to its AUSS as a hybrid drone...

Cleaning up the Sea Bed

mine-counter-measures
The recent Euronaval exhibition held this October in Paris saw France and the UK officially launch the Maritime Mine Counter Measures (MMCM) project. The project is being managed under the auspices of OCCAR (Organisation Conjointe de Cooperation en Matiere d’Armement/Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation) which...

Poland’s Leopard Upgrade Advances

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Rheinmetall expects to complete its programme to upgrade Poland’s Rheinmetall Leopard-2A4 Main Battle Tanks by October 2020, the company has disclosed. On 28 December 2015, Rheinmetall signed a contract with Poland for the upgrade of 128 Leopard-2A4 MBTs which will include the option for an...

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