World military update

 

 
Elbit wins deal to supply ANVIS/HUD for IDF helicopters

 

The Israel Defence Force (IDF) has contracted Elbit Systems to supply its Aviator Night-Vision Imaging System/Head-Up Display (ANVIS/HUD) for its UH-60 and CH-53 transport helicopter fleet, the company announced on 4 November. Under the contract, the value of which Elbit declined to specify, the company will supply its ANVIS/HUD with a line-of-sight (LoS) tracker to enable the helicopter pilot to fly “head out of the cockpit” during day and night, while having all the flight data projected onto the helmet

 

 

 

 

 
UK watchdog calls for MoD to determine service life of Vanguards

 

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) must establish “with greater certainty” how far it can extend the life of the Royal Navy’s Vanguard-class ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs), a public spending watchdog has warned. In a report entitled ‘The United Kingdom’s Future Strategic Deterrent Capability’, published on 5 November, the National Audit Office (NAO) pinpoints concerns about the “challenging timetable” set for transitioning the Trident D5 nuclear missile system from the four in-service boats to a future submarine class

 

 

 
West African forces schedule logistics training exercise

 

Hoping to move beyond past logistical failures, West African troops are set to participate in a 10-day field training exercise in June 2009 as part of their progress towards establishing a standby force, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has announced. The USD3 million exercise is to be held in Burkina Faso for an estimated 1,250 troops representing all 15 countries in the regional bloc, enabling the force to test its “logistic concept and standard operating procedure”

 

 

 

 

Thales sets out strategy to become European hub in UAV market
France-based systems house Thales is looking to position itself as the hub of a European counterweight to US dominance in the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market. Key to the strategy will be addressing French and Spanish requirements for a medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) UAV capability. Speaking to journalists in Paris on 3 November, Pierre-Yves Chaltiel, senior vice president for the government sector within Thales’ Aerospace Division, said the company’s aim is to “keep European capabilities in Europe”

 

 

 

 

Almaz-Antey reveals plans for wheeled Buk-M2E
The Almaz-Antey Air Defence Concern released details of a new version of the Buk-M2E air-defence missile system at the October Defendory 2008 exhibition in Athens. The present production version is tracked, but the new variant will be installed on wheeled vehicles

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