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DDI for Fri. June 22, 2018, Vol. 20, Issue 25

Report: Switching From Russian To U.S. Helicopters Undercuts Afghan Capability

Afghanistan’s military is fielding UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters that lack the lift capacity and flight capabilities of the Russian Mi-17s it currently flies, which are also simpler to fly and maintain than the U.S.-made aircraft, according to a U.S. Defense Department watchdog report.The Defense Department is replacing the Mi-17 with Black Hawks to provide additional…

Rheinmetall Launches UGV Paving Way For ‘Robotic Ground Task Forces’

Rheinmetall Canada’s new unmanned ground vehicle, launched the week of June 10, is expected to pave the way for future “robotic ground task force capabilities” following testing with the Germany Army this fall and first deliveries to a Middle East customer by the end of 2018.The updated Mission Master Cargo UGV is intended to offer more…

Saab Competing For Brazilian Corvette Program

Sweden’s Saab and the Netherland’s Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding said on June 18 they are working together to jointly compete for four Brazilian Navy Tamandaré-class corvettes (CCTs).If the Brazilian Navy chooses the team, Saab would provide the complete combat system, including the company’s 9LV Combat Management System (CMS). Saab said 9LV is an open architecture CMS that can integrate third-party…

Rheinmetall Wins Canada Frigate Countermeasure Expansion

The Canadian Navy awarded Rheinmetall a $14 million order to expand the multi ammunition softkill system (MASS) on its cruisers, the company said June 20.The Canadian Navy’s Halifax-class frigates currently feature the twin-launcher automated MASS decoy system to protect it from anti-ship missiles. The Canadian order will upgrade its frigate MASSs to be a triple launcher system.Rheinmetall noted…

Elbit Receives Approvals From Israel Government In Deal For IMI Systems

Israel’s Elbit Systems [ESLT] on June 19 said it has reached agreement with the Israeli government for the tender of state shares related to the company’s pending $495 million acquisition of IMI Systems Ltd., which is also based in Israel.Elbit said completion of the deal is still subject to further government approvals, including by Israel’s antitrust authority.In addition…