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NEWS IN BRIEF FROM EUROSATORY

12 Jun 06. New MPCV is armed and dangerous. MBDA (Stand V9) has developed, as a private venture, the Multi-Purpose Combat Vehicle (MPCV) to meet user requirements for a mobile weapon system that can be used for air defence or anti-tank missions. This is being shown for the first time at Eurosatory and is expected to undertake firing trials later this year. (Source: Jane’s)

12 Jun 06. Tracking small targets. The Italian arm of Oerlikon Contraves, part of the Rheinmetall Group, has completed design and development of its X-Tar 3D surveillance and tracking radar. This is being shown for the first time at Eurosatory and is now being put through an intensive trials programme, with the system expected to be ready for production early next year. (Source: Jane’s)

12 Jun 06. Software defined radio. Aselsan of Turkey (Stand C18/4) is showcasing its PRC-9651 software defined hand-held radio, claimed to be the only one in its class that supports all the tactical communications functions defined by the NATO Tacoms Post 2000. Perceiving a need for more advanced radios that enable users to operate over a wider frequency band, transferring voice as well as data, while communicating with other radios to co-ordinate ground and airborne units, Aselsan applied a software solution. (Source: Jane’s)

12 Jun 06. Small is beautiful with MicroBat. The MicroBat 2.75in stabilised gimbal payload system seen here is claimed to be the smallest in the world and has been developed by Bental Industries (Stand F-39/7) to satisfy the requirements of mini and micro unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). It has a zoomed electro-optical (EO) sensor, an advanced integration stabilisation system and weighs less than 350g. (Source: Jane’s)

12 Jun 06. Threat detection expands role. Upgraded performance is a notable addition to the capabilities available from some FLIR Systems products, including the company’s ThermoVision Ranger III multisensor imaging system (Stand N19). This can now include force protection among its capabilities, as a result of a strategic alliance with ObjectVideo. (Source: Jane’s)

12 Jun 06. Enhanced night vision monocular. N-Vision Optics (Stand PQ 44) is showcasing the GT-14, an ultra-compact tactical multipurpose night vision monocular. This has been developed to meet the highest expectations of law enforcement and military users worldwide and is offered with high-quality US or European image intensifier tubes.
(Source: Jane’s)

12 Jun 06. Software defined radio. Aselsan of Turkey (Stand C18/4) is showcasing its PRC-9651 software defined hand-held radio, claimed to be the only one in its class that supports all the tactical communications functions defined by the NATO Tacoms Post 2000. Perceiving a need for more advanced radios that enable users to operate over a wider frequency band, transferring voice as well as data, while communicating with other radios to co-ordinate ground and airborne units, Aselsan applied a software solution. (Source: Jane’s)

13 Jun 06. Caterpillar packs new power. Being shown for the first time at Eurosatory this year is the new Caterpillar powerpack, which is being marketed for installation in a number of future wheeled armoured fighting vehicles as well as military tactical trucks. (Source: Jane’s)

13 Jun 06. Image is everything. US company MEI (Stand A32/41) has developed and placed in production a 40mm grenade-launched camera called HUNTIR (High-altitude Unit Navigated Tactical Imaging Round). This can be fired from any 40mm low-velocity grenade launcher, including the M79, M203, Milkor M32 and German Heckler & Koch AG36. Show Daily sources indicate that this has already been used operationally in Iraq by US forces. (Source: Jane’s)
14 Jun 06. Soucy tracks new customers. Soucy International has developed rubber tracks to bestow the ubiquitous M113 APC with significant improvements in performance. The upgrade has just been approved by the Canadian Armed Forces and is in service with the

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