The French procurement agency DGA (Direction Générale de l’Armement) has accepted the first of 27 NH 90 NFH (NATO Frigate Helicopter) naval helicopters ordered for the French Navy (Marine Nationale). The fleet includes 13 units configured for support tasks and 14 for combat operations. DGA will start trials before to deliver the first unit to the French Navy before the end of 2011. Deliveries are scheduled to be completed in 2021.

(DGA-ECPAD-Sebastien Lafargue).


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At EUROSATORY 2010 event to be held in Paris from June 14 to 18, the Italian company Oto Melara SpA will unveil a new remotely controlled weapon station. Called DRACO, the system role is to engage air, RAM and surface targets, characterized by high performance direct or indirect fire. Note that DRACO will be officially unveiled at the company stand during an event to be held on June 14 late morning.

VBM Freccia 8×8 infantry fighting vehicle, DARDO tracked armoured Infantry fighting vehicle fitted with the OWS (Overhead Weapon System) weapon station and a HITROLE Light weapon station mounted on a Iveco DV SpA M65E19 WM LMV LINCE 4×4 light armoured vehicle they will be also presented.

During EUROSATORY 2010 event, Italian Iveco DV SpA will highlight the new 8 x 8 amphibious vehicle SUPERAV, the new 4×4 Medium Protected Vehicle (MPV) jointly developed with German Krauss Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co KG, three M65E19 WM LMV protected utility vehicle variants and a single TRAKKER 8×8 tactical water tanker truck fitted with a protected cab and currently in service with the Bundeswehr.

SUPERAV has been designed to meet an identified need for an air-portable medium armoured fighting vehicle capable of operating up to Sea State 3. The design is available in a number of variants, all based on a common hull design and drive train. The vehicle can be equipped with a turret armed with gun

up to 30mm. The customer is probably the Italian Army.

(Iveco DV SpA).

(Iveco DV SpA).

(Iveco DV SpA).

(Iveco DV SpA).

(Iveco DV SpA).

Force Protection Europe Ltd has received a contract from the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence (MoD) for the purchase of two OCELOT 4×4 protected multi-purpose vehicles for further testing in respect of the Light Protected Patrol Vehicle (LPPV) program.

(Force Protection Europe Ltd).

(Force Protection Europe Ltd).

EADS Defence & Security has been contracter to equip three Sikorsky S-92 tactical transport helicopters of the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) with its HELLAS (Helicopter Laser Radar) obstacle warning system.

HELLAS ensures the detection of obstacles that are virtually invisible for pilots, such as high-voltage power lines, thus enabling missions to be carried out even under difficult visibility conditions. HELLAS is also installed into RTAF Bell 412 helicopters.

(EADS D&S).

The French procurement agency DGA (Direction Générale de l’Armement) has delivered to the French Navy (Marine Nationale) the first of two EC225 SECMAR (SÉCurité MARitime) helicopters ordered to EADS Eurocopter in December of 2009.

The last helicopter is scheduled to be delivered during next June.

Maintenance of the fleet will be performed by EADS Eurocopter according a MCO (Maintien en Condition Opérationnelle) contract signed on April 21. The type will be based at BAN Lanvéoc and will replace the SA 321G Super Frelon helicopter.

The Portuguese Army (Exército Português) is expecting to receive an additional main battle tanks batch composed by 18 Krauss Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co KG Leopard 2A6 vehicles.

To partially fund the purchase, we would like to sell part of the M60A3 TTS (Thermal Tank Sight) vehicles said the Portuguese Army Chief of Staff General José Luís Pinto Ramalho, on April 22. The M60A3 fleet has been received in the 90´s to replace the M48A5s.

Leopard based armoured recovery vehicles and bridge vehicles are scheduled to be procured to replace M88A1 and M60A1 vehicles. A simulation system is being acquired to train the crews.

From October 2008 to December 2009, Portugal has received 37 Dutch Army surplus Leopard 2A6 and a single Leopard 2A4 Fahrschulpanzer driver training tank ordered through the NAMSA (NATO Maintenance and Supply Agency) to progressively replace the M60A3s with the Mechanised Brigade (Brigada Mecanizada-BrigMec).

On April 22, the Army conducted for the first time firing trials with the Leopard 2A6 vehicle which used UEB-T DM 18A5 120mm training rounds. A firing session has been conducted the day before to regulate the Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH L55 120mm gun.