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29 March 2017
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SMART High Reliability Solutions Introduces Persistent Memory Capabilities to M Series Highly Ruggedised MLC SSD Product Line
SMART High Reliability Solutions ('SMART HRS'), a provider of current and next-generation, solid-state storage solutions specialising in ruggedised, high-performance and high-capacity solid-state drives (SSDs) for defence, aerospace and industrial markets, today announced its HRS-M2 2.5in SATA 6Gb/s SSD with pFail (power failure) data protection capability.

Rheinmetall Oerlikon Skynex for 'Below Patriot Scenarios'
At IDEX 2017, Rheinmetall, the world's foremost supplier of state-of-the-art air defence systems, showcased its new approach to the below-Patriot threat spectrum in five highly realistic scenarios.

iX Cameras Announces US Distribution Network Expansion
High-speed imaging cameras specialist iX Cameras has announced the expansion of its US distribution network.

Rubb Military Aircraft Shelters Integral in Typhoon Environmental Trial at RAF Coningsby
Rubb Military aircraft shelters played an integral part in the Typhoon aircraft environmental trial at RAF Coningsby, UK.

FN Herstal Introduces Third-Generation Mk3 of FN® FCU
Leading firearms manufacturer Belgium-based FN Herstal is introducing its third-generation Mk3 version of the FN® FCU.

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Oerlikon Skyshield® MOOTW / C-RAM System
The opponent side using rockets, artillery and mortar (RAM) in asymmetric warfare is highly mobile and very difficult to identify and to distinguish. The Oerlikon Skyshield® MOOTW / C-RAM System...

Component Connectivity Systems
HUBER+SUHNER supplies components and systems that deliver electrical and optical connectivity for military operations....

Aeronautical System Maintenance
Experience, know-how and capabilities in the development and manufacture of weapon systems and ammunition, together with a clear vocation of service to the armed forces, strengthens EXPAL's...

High Reliability Power Conversion
When your programme needs true military grade high-reliability DC-DC converters, EMI filters and other power accessories qualified to MIL-PRF-38534 Class H and Class K, count on the proven...

High-Quality Connectivity Solutions
HUBER+SUHNER has many years of experience in the development, production and qualification of cables, connectors and cable systems for airborne...


Certifiable Predator B: a new generation sharpens its claws
Following the news that the UK has ordered a fleet of the new Certifiable Predator B remotely piloted aircraft from the US in a deal worth $1bn, Claire Apthorp took a look at the new technology.

Global Defence Technology: Issue 73
In this issue: The UK’s laser weapons project, US defence under Trump, industry trends for the year ahead, the challenges of maintaining effective land forces, new energy ideas for operating bases, a lesson in air readiness with NATO, and more.

February's top stories: MBDA wins £146m UK MoD contract, Northrop, BAE withdraw joint bid
MBDA wins £146m UK MoD contract, and Northrop and BAE withdraw joint bid for USAF's $16bn T-X trainer programme. Airforce-technology.com wraps up the key headlines from February 2017.

A lesson in air readiness with NATO
To show just how ready NATO is to deploy its counter threat capability, the organisation recently packed up its entire Deployable Air Command and Control Centre (DACCC) moving it via air, land and sea from Poggio Renatico, Italy, to Sardinia, 600km south of the DACCC’s home base. Claire Apthorp finds out how the move went and why the exercise is so important to maintaining NATO’s readiness.

The unmanned wingman: high-speed drones to support fighter aircraft
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions has secured a contract to explore the use of high-speed drones to support fourth and fifth generation fighter aircraft. Simply put such an unprecedented capability would provide fighter jets with a wingman capable of advanced tactical manoeuvrability. Claire Apthorp takes a look at what’s planned.


A-50U Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) Aircraft
The A-50U airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft is an upgraded version of the A-50 AEW&C aircraft. It was developed by PJSC 'Beriev Aircraft' in collaboration with Vega Radio Engineering Corporation, for the Russian Air Force.

Hurkus-C Light Attack and Armed Reconnaissance Aircraft
Hurkus-C is a next-generation armed variant of the Hurkus basic trainer aircraft, designed and developed by Turkish Aerospace Industries. The first prototype of the Hurkus-C was unveiled in February.

MD 6XX Concept Helicopter
The MD 6XX is a next-generation, multi-mission, single-engine helicopter currently being developed by MD Helicopters.

Paragon Direct Attack Munition
Paragon all-weather, dual-mode direct attack munition (previously named Dual Mode Plus laser-guided bomb (LGB)) is designed and developed by Lockheed Martin to provide warfighters of the US and its allied nations with the capability to engage potential targets in a tactical environment.

F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Strike Aircraft
The US Navy F/A-18 E and F Super Hornet maritime strike attack aircraft was manufactured by Boeing, and flew for the first time on 29 November 1995.

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