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Swiss DDPS Taps Elbit Hermes 900 HFE Over IAI Super Heron For New UAS Model

The Swiss Federal Department of Defense, Civil Protection and Sports (DDPS) has chosen the Israeli Elbit Systems Hermes 900 HFE over the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Super Heron as its new unmanned aerial system.  The Hermes 900 HFE will replace the ADS 95 Ranger reconnaissance drone system produced by Switzerland’s RUAG Aerospace. As of October 2013, there were 15 of […]

Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland, Havelsan Sign Training MoU

Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland and Turkey’s Havelsan said June 3 they signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate and jointly market and sell their complementary training products and capabilities. Witnessed by the Turkish Undersecretary for Defense Industry, Ismail Demir, the MoU was signed by Sadik Yamac, CEO of Havelsan, and Ross Kelly, AgustaWestland Head of Region for Turkey. “Havelsan wishes […]

MBDA’s Newest MMP Missile Slated For French Army, Special Forces

MBDA is taking its latest missile–the MMP (Missile Moyenne Portée)–that the company calls the first and only fifth generation land combat missile to the Eurosatory trade show in Paris next week. Initially intended for dismounted troops, MMP will replace the Milan and Javelin anti-tank missiles in service with the French Army and special forces from 2017. […]

House Appropriators Approve $39.2 Billion DHS Bill

The House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday marked up its version of the FY ’15 Homeland Security spending bill, allocating $39.2 billion in discretionary spending, an $887.8 million increase to the Obama administration’s request. The committee’s version of the bill is essentially the same as that marked up by its Homeland Security Subcommittee in May (Defense […]

Swiss DDPS Taps Elbit Hermes 900 HFE Over IAI Super Heron For New UAS Model

The Swiss Federal Department of Defense, Civil Protection and Sports DDPS has chosen the Israeli Elbit Systems Hermes 900 HFE over the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Super Heron as its new unmanned aerial system in a program likely to cost some $278 million. The Hermes 900 HFE will replace the ADS 95 Ranger reconnaissance drone […]

Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland, Havelsan Sign Training MoU

Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland and Turkey’s Havelsan said June 3 they signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate and jointly market and sell their complementary training products and capabilities. Witnessed by the Turkish Undersecretary for Defense Industry, Ismail Demir, the MoU was signed by Sadik Yamac CEO of Havelsan and Ross Kelly, AgustaWestland Head of Region for […]

Aerovironment’s Puma First UAS FAA Certified For Commercial Work Over Land

AeroVironment [AVAV] June 10 said BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc., selected the company to provide mapping, Geographic Information System (GIS) and other commercial information services at its Prudhoe Bay oil field, the largest oil field in North America, for five-years. The contract marks the first time unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) will be performing routine commercial services […]

Lockheed Martin’s LCS Follow-On Could Subtract A Helicopter, Executive Says

  Lockheed Martin’s [LMT] offering to the Navy for the follow-on Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) to meet the small surface combatant requirement could remove one of two MH-60 helicopters currently meant to operate off the ship to make room for a vertical launch system, a company executive said June 9. The Lockheed Martin variant of […]

MDA, Northrop Grumman Complete Missile Defense Wargames At Forum

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and Northrop Grumman [NOC] June 9 said they have successfully completed multiple sessions of a missile defense wargame for the second annual Ronald Reagan Missile Defense Forum recently concluded at Fort Belvoir, Va. Wargames are often used to demonstrate future ballistic missile defense system (BMDS) capabilities to the warfighting communities, […]

SpaceX Accuses Aerojet Rocketdyne Of ‘Revolving Door’ Arrangement

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) May 19 accused the rocket engine provider Aerojet Rocketdyne of a “revolving door” arrangement in which a former Air Force procurement official awarded national security launch provider United Launch Alliance (ULA) the “block buy” of launch cores before accepting a position with ULA-supplier Aerojet Rocketdyne. In its amended complaint in […]