French MoD procurement agency DGA (Direction Générale de l’Armement) has ordered to Cassidian Systems (part of EADS) additional Tracker small tactical unmanned aircraft systems according a contract placed in April 5.

With the French Army, the unmanned aircraft is called DRAC (Drone de Renseignement Au Contact). The package which includes ground based command and control terminals and aircraft systems is to be delivered between the summer 2011 and early 2013.

Some of the 60 DRAC systems already in service with the French Army are fielded in Afghanistan since October 2010. The aircraft has a range of 10 km and autonomy of 90 minutes. Missions include the transmission in real time of images gathered in the terrain.


Embraer Defense and Security will participate at LAAD Defence & Security 2011 exhibition with two systems developed by the company: C4I, which focuses on the communications, computation, command, control and intelligence segments and as well with the TOSS (Training and Operation Support System) training system.

On next April 12, the Portuguese Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas (ISCSP) will held a conference about piracy in the maritime domain under the name of “O recrudescimento da pirataria marítima”.


“Partners not just Suppliers” is the key message from the United Kingdom (UK) as they send a strong delegation to LAAD Defence & Security 2011 exhibition led by Gerald Howarth MP, UK Minister for International Security Strategy, and Baroness Pauline Neville-Jones, Minister for Security and Counter Terrorism and as well as a high level team from UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) headed by Richard Paniguian to highlight the important strategic, defence and trade relationship between the UK and Brazil.  

The UK Government delegation will be accompanied by over 25 UK companies who will be displaying and demonstrating a range of defence and security technologies. 

Defence exports in 2009 were worth £7.2 Billion making the UK the second highest defence exporter.

UK and Brazil firmed in September 2010 a defence co-operation treaty.

Oshkosh Defense will deliver more than 400 underbody armor protection kits for the HEMTT A4 (Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck) vehicles following its first order for the armor from the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC).

The armor was developed in response to an urgent need in the field to increase protection for HEMTT wreckers and Light Equipment Transporters (LET) recovering Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles used in Afghanistan.

Additionally, more than 15 up-armored LVSR (Logistics Vehicle System Replacement) wheeled tactical recovery vehicles were ordered by the Marine Corps Systems Command (MARCORSYSCOM) to protect Marines recovering MRAP type vehicles in theater.

Deliveries of the HEMTT underbody kits for the U.S. Army order are scheduled to be completed in July 2011. Deliveries of the LVSR vehicles are scheduled to take place between June and September 2011.

(Oshkosh Defense).

Turkish company ASELSAN Elektronik Sanayi ve Ticaret AŞ is going to exhibit its wide range of products in the fields of command, control, communication-computer & intelligence (C4I), weapon systems, electro-optics and electronic warfare during LAAD Defence & Security 2011 to be held next week in Brazil.

The company has been pursuing projects and cooperation opportunities in procurement, modernization and development plans of armed forces in South America for the last decade, especially in regards to air defence, communications, electro optics and tank modernization.

Uruguay has procured several quantities of tactical communication systems and a agreement has been set up with FAMAE in Chile to propose the Volkan fire control system to upgrade battle tanks.

Israel based company Elisra Electronic Systems Ltd will present its new portable ground surveillance radar System at LAAD Defence & Security 2011.

The system called FOXTRACK was designed to provide surveillance at medium to long ranges (8 km for soldier and 15 km for small vehicles). Intended to identify both people and vehicles, the system differentiates individuals and/or vehicles from their surroundings, while identifying vehicle types by their characteristics. The new rugged Foxtrac portable radar is deployed for the protection of sensitive installations, airports, or along borders, and is designed to cope with challenging terrains, including coastal environments.

The lightweight, compact, man-portable radar is carried by two operators which can be soldiers, special operations forces or security personnel. It functions in a tripod-mounted configuration or installed on board a vehicle.

(Elisra Electronic Systems Ltd).