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09 Sep 19. Dutch MoD awards new helmet contract. Protective equipment specialist Revision has been selected by the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) to supply its Batlskin Viper P6N helmet systems to Dutch military forces.
The contract for approximately 48,000 combat helmets, with a 15-year maintenance and support agreement, was established with an estimated completion date of 2034. The new helmet systems represent the first major advancement in helmet technology for the Dutch military forces in over 20 years.
‘We are extremely proud of the helmet suite that we developed for the Dutch MoD,’ said Jonathan Blanshay, CEO of Revision.
‘The Dutch MoD’s move to Revision’s Viper P6N system follows the trend started by Denmark and the UK to upgrade their programmes to Revision’s next generation helmets and we expect other NATO countries will follow suit. Our continued investment in cutting-edge materials and efficient, high-volume manufacturing processes cement Revision’s position to meet the growing global demand for customised advanced military helmet systems.’
The Viper P6N helmet shell utilises materials such as ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene, and more than 55,000 helmet covers in Dutch camouflage will be supplied. Revision will begin delivering helmet systems to the Dutch MoD later in 2019. (Source: Shephard)
09 Sep 19. Chemring Defence Ltd rebranded as PW Defence Ltd. Following the decision by Chemring Group to exit the commoditised Energetics businesses, the sale of Chemring Defence UK Ltd to PWD Group Ltd is now complete. As a result of the sale, Chemring Defence Ltd has now rebranded as PW Defence Ltd.
PW Defence Ltd make military pyrotechnics primarily used for illumination, signalling, screening, battlefield simulation and training, at their site in Draycott, Derby. PW Defence Ltd has been involved in the production of military pyrotechnics since its incorporation as Haley and Weller Limited in 1949 and have undergone a number of rebrands since. Despite their latest rebrand, the team remains unchanged and PW Defence Ltd continue to strive to be the leading manufacturer of pyrotechnics for the UK and world military and security markets, with safety and quality at the core.
Scott Wilson, Head of Sales at PW Defence Ltd said: “This very positive development places PW Defence Ltd in a strong position to respond to the needs of customers and end users of their products and services.”
PW Defence Ltd’s stand at DSEI is S2-175
About PW Defence Ltd
PW Defence Ltd is the centre of excellence for the design, development and production of military pyrotechnics. With more than 100 years’ experience, PW Defence Ltd have built up a worldwide reputation, exporting to more than 40 countries. The product range covers illumination, signalling, search and rescue, screening, training, security and high-energy products.
BATTLESPACE Comment: This is a hugely significant announcement for the Editor in particular! The Editor represented Astra Holdings in the 1980s and many senior managers and directors came from Pains Wessex and Halley & Weller! Astra called in the receivers in 1990 in a nasty night of the long knives and Chris Gumbley went to prison for a spurious offence. In fact Astra purchased PRB in Belgium, a year earlier and the senior Technical Director, Dr John Pike, went to the government and said he had found some strange propellant he didn’t recognise. It was in fact the propellant for the Supergun! The rest, as they say, is history!
09 Sep 19. Northrop Grumman Demonstrates Expertise as a Mission Solutions Provider at DSEI. Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) will demonstrate multi-domain capabilities that support the defence and security of the U.K., Europe and allies at the 20th Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI) event on September 10-13.
The Northrop Grumman stand (S5-200) will feature interactive demonstrations of next generation mission and aerospace systems, maritime situational awareness and integrated air and missile defence. Some of the advanced systems on display include the Fire Scout, Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) and Bushmaster® Chain Gun®, showcasing the company’s long standing expertise in autonomous systems and defence solutions.
“Northrop Grumman offers innovative capabilities and solutions to our customers around the globe, and here in the U.K. and Europe we continue to invest and build key industrial partnerships and capabilities, as we deepen our supply chain,” said Nick Chaffey, chief executive, Northrop Grumman U.K. and Europe. “We are pleased to showcase our game-changing solutions at DSEI, in particular our expanded portfolio in space, logistics and advanced weapons.”
Northrop Grumman operates from locations across the U.K. and Europe as well as the U.S., providing solutions and whole life support. Visit www.northropgrumman.com/DSEI for a complete list at the company’s capabilities on display at DSEI.
09 Sep 19. Case for SMGs and SBRs. At DSEI Explorer Cases will present the latest addition to its rifle case line: the7814.
“The requirement for compact and maneuverable weapon systems in the modern battlefield has expanded the popularity of short barreled firearms in many defence applications,” the company states. The external dimensions of 846x427x167mm allow the 7814 case to fit sideways in the trunk of most civilian vehicles, a much appreciated capability among counter terrorism teams during operations in urban environments. In addition the Explorer Cases 7814 meet the following standards: IP67 Certification, STANAG 4280 (ed. 2), and DEF STAN 81-41 (lev. J). The company named following features as special features: “1) Two integral lifting points molded on both sides allow to comfortably carry heavier loads. 2) Lid reinforcements provide rigidity to the case, especially when stacking cases. 3) Polymer material designed to perform both in high/low temp environments. 4) Padlocking provision for securing equipment with lock or zip ties. 5) Lid features with 4 hinges” The 7814 Case is available in Black, Desert Sand and Military Green. Stand S5-156. (Source: ESD Spotlight)
06 Sep 19. FN Herstal unveils new ammo cartridges. FN Herstal will showcase four new small calibre ammunitions at DSEI 2019 with the aim of meeting both new threats faced by militaries and recent trends like environmental regulations. The new cartridges are being introduced to FN Herstal’s 5.56 and .50 calibres, delivering a wider small calibre ammunition range.
Two of these rounds – the FN Permax 5.56 and FN Propass 5.56 – are compliant with NATO standards and compatible with all 5.56x45mm NATO weapons chambers, as well as being qualified on FN Herstal weapons such as the FN SCAR-SC.
The FN Permax 5.56 has been designed to meet current European and international environmental regulations, as well as anticipating future ones around the use of lead in weapons. The FN Propass 5.56 is an armour piercing round capable of perforating armoured targets and level IV ballistic protection.
The other two rounds are the FN Aria .50 RR and its tracer variant. These ammunitions are compatible with weapons chambered in 12.7x99mm NATO calibre (.50 calibre), as well as being qualified on some FN machine guns. The FN ARIA .50 RR rounds are designed as reduced range cartridges, intended for ranges below 3.5km. The cartridges do not require re-zeroing or converted weapons, and are intended to be used for training with .50 calibre weapons. FN also proposes ‘an extensive range of .50cal rounds, including the multi-purpose Armour Piercing Explosive Incendiary’. (Source: Shephard)
05 Sep 19. Cutting-edge coverage. Being well-camouflaged is one of the greatest advantages during combat, and in the constantly developing world of sensing technology, it is becoming increasingly difficult for armed forces to act without being observed. Saab Barracuda is responding by developing the latest innovative camouflage solutions that are helping to safeguard people and society.
Claes-Peter Cederlöf, Head of Marketing and Sales for Saab Barracuda, explains that “effective camouflage provides you with the ability to act first. It allows you to stay static when you need to, and creep closer to the enemy when the time comes.”
In today’s complex and turbulent world, Saab remains at the forefront, providing the world’s armed forces with camouflage solutions for almost every conceivable combat configuration – for use in static situations, on moving vehicles such as tanks, and by individuals working in climates ranging from arid deserts, to arctic tundra and tropical jungles.
2D and 3D nets
The static net range includes both two and three-dimensional nets suitable for military use in a diverse range of natural environments. While the 2D nets work most effectively in flat settings such as arid deserts and snow-covered terrain, the 3D nets offer major advantages in areas that are much more complex and textured. “Both types of camouflage are multispectral and have different properties and features,” explains Cederlöf. “While the 2D net is just one layer of material with an added pattern, the 3D net has two layers with a base material providing strength and the second layer creating a leaf-like fringe. This provides far superior coverage in woodland environments.”
Saab’s innovative developments in radar technology closely imitate the colours of nature in the near-infrared part of the spectrum so the nets can blend seamlessly into their surrounding environment.
The most advanced static nets in the range provide protection from detection across the full electromagnetic spectrum – from UV and the visual spectrum through to infrared; short, medium and long-range thermal imaging; and radar from 0 to 100 GHz. The nets are not only multispectral but multifunctional, and are sold as one net without the need to pair it with a separate thermal sheet.
The static nets come in a range of standard sizes that allow them to be easily deployed to protect assets, including tanks, artillery, light armoured vehicles and command centres. With a bank of thousands of camouflage patterns and colours to choose from, the nets can also be tailored to meet specific needs, with very few limits on the types of camouflage that customers can request.
Responding to today’s threats
Today, the newest threat is the development of hyperspectral sensors. These are capable of dividing up the electromagnetic spectrum to actually detect what an object is made of, so they are extremely difficult to evade. As they require a lot of computer power, they are not yet in use, but will reach the field eventually.
Saab is responding to these threats by conducting trials with its own hyperspectral sensor, establishing techniques for deceiving even the most sophisticated detection devices. The innovative creativity and sophisticated excellence of the engineering team is keeping pace with these developments to ensure that Saab’s camouflage systems retain their ability to provide the power of concealment, giving armed forces the confidence and coverage they need in combat. (Source: Armada)
Arnold Defense has manufactured more than 1.25 million 2.75-inch rocket launchers since 1961 for the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force and many NATO customers. They are the world’s largest supplier of rocket launchers for military aircraft, vessels and vehicles. Core products include the 7-round M260 and 19-round M261 commonly used by helicopters; the thermal coated 7-round LAU-68 variants and LAU-61 Digital Rocket Launcher used by the U.S. Navy and Marines; and the 7-round LAU-131 and SUU-25 flare dispenser used by the U.S. Air Force and worldwide.
Today’s rocket launchers now include the ultra-light LWL-12 that weighs just over 60 pounds (27 kg.) empty and the new Fletcher (4) round launcher. Arnold Defense designs and manufactures various rocket launchers that can be customized for any capacity or form factor for platforms in the air, on the ground or even at sea.
Arnold Defense maintains the highest standards of production quality by using extensive testing, calibration and inspection processes.