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Thales Collaborates With Edge Group’s EPI for Precision Engineering

The Thales Group and EPI, an entity under the Edge Group, have signed a letter of intent to explore procurement opportunities for industrial parts and engineering services.  EPI is a precision engineering company supporting the aerospace, defense and oil and gas industries across the United Arab Emirates. The company provides manufacturing engineering, surface treatment, coating, repairing and...


Saab Books $76M Deal to Support South Korea’s Arthur Weapon Locating Systems

Saab has received a $76.2 million contract to provide support services for South Korea’s Arthur mobile weapon locating systems. Signed with the South Korean Defense Acquisition Program Administration, the five-year deal also requires the Swedish defense company to deliver spare parts for Arthur. According to Carl-Johan Bergholm, head of surveillance business at Saab, the agreement...


Elbit to Equip Canada’s New Refueling Planes With Missile Shield

Airbus Defense and Space has awarded Elbit Systems a five-year contract for the installation of Direct Infrared Counter Measures and Infrared Missile Warning Systems on Canada’s Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport refueling aircraft. Elbit did not disclose the value of the contract it announced Monday but noted that the missile protection systems have been...


Thales Surveillance Tech to Secure New French Navy Patrol Ships

The French Defence Procurement Agency or DGA has awarded a contract for Thales to supply the French Navy’s seven new offshore patrol vessels with surveillance solutions. The company’s contract announcement did not specify its value but said the sensors for delivery include Thales’ Bluewatcher hull sonar, the new NS50 compact multi-mission surveillance radar and the...


Idemia Showcases Biometric System at Redstone Arsenal

Redstone Arsenal hosted a recent demonstration of Idemia National Security Solutions’ new biometric access control technology, ID2Access, for the U.S. Army and the Department of Defense. The pilot project, awarded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Engineer Research and Development Center, includes testing remote enrollment capabilities. This allows the facility to verify visitors’ identities...


Arctic Extends Broadband Connectivity With Completed Viasat Spacecraft Test

Thermal vacuum testing has been completed on the second satellite for Viasat’s forthcoming Arctic Satellite Broadband Mission, which aims to provide high-speed broadband to the Arctic region by the second half of 2024. Viasat announced the test completion on Tuesday, saying that the two satellites will be deployed in the mission led by Space Norway’s...


Marine Corps Veteran Chris Tsirlis Joins Airbus DS-GS as VP of Business Development, Product Innovation

Chris Tsirlis has taken on the role of vice president of business development and product innovation at Airbus DS Government Solutions.  The U.S. Marine Corps veteran confirmed his new position on LinkedIn.  Prior to his appointment, Tsirlis served as a technical product manager at Microsoft. He also worked as a solutions architect with a focus on...


UK’s Virtual ‘Hangar’ for Tactical Aircraft Concepts Enters Beta Testing

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory said Tuesday that it will start conducting initial operational analysis of the Aviation Concepts Environment in December. The ACE was developed in collaboration with QinetiQ Training and Simulation to provide a virtual “hanagar” as a centralized repository of concepts from across the Ministry of Defence and industry to address challenges...


Sopra Steria, Idemia to Develop Modern Fingerprint Management System for French Government

European tech companies Sopra Steria and Idemia will update the French government’s fingerprint database.  The two companies secured the contract to redesign and install a fingerprint management system for France’s ministries of Justice and the Interior.  The project is dubbed FAED 3 to replace the nation’s existing fingerprint database that has been in use since...


QinetiQ Appoints William Blamey as UK Defense Interim Chief Executive

QinetiQ, headquartered in Hampshire, London, has appointed William Blamey as interim chief executive for the defense sector.  In his new role, Blamey will lead the defense technology company’s efforts to meet the needs of the U.K. Ministry of Defence and international allies.  Blamey, who announced his transition to the new role on LinkedIn, is an...

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