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INTERMITTENT PRODUCTION OF CIS 40 AGL CONTINUES FOR SINGAPORE ARMED FORCES
Thursday, April 2, 2020
NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Intermittent procurement of the CIS 40 AGL by the Singapore Armed Forces will continue to support low-rate serial production. The SAF mounts the CIS 40 AGL on the M113 armored personnel carrier and Bionix mechanized infantry combat vehicle.

In 1986, the Chartered Firearms Industries component of Chartered Industries of Singapore (CIS) developed the 40mm CIS 40 AGL to fire U.S.-pattern 40x53mm semi-rimmed grenades. CIS first offered the weapon on the international market in 1989.

In 1998, Ordnance Development and Engineering absorbed Chartered Firearms Industries. In 2000, Chartered Industries of Singapore changed its name to Singapore Technologies Kinetics.

The Indonesian-licensed CIS 40 AGL production run is complete. We forecast no further production of this line.

Beyond Singapore and Indonesia, at least 20 other countries employ the CIS 40 AGL.

Regardless of when domestic procurement for the SAF is completed, the Forecast International Weapons Group believes CIS 40 AGL production will continue for export.

Although it remains a relatively minor player on the international market compared with the 40mm Mark 19, the CIS 40 AGL continues to be a proven moneymaker for ST Kinetics.

Source:  Forecast International
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Author: D. Lockwood, Weapons Systems Analyst 

 
HYPERSONIC SURFING
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
PARIS -- Simulating the test flight of a hypersonic glider, being developed through the international HEXAFLY-INT collaboration, involving partners across Europe, Russia, Australia and Brazil and supported by the European Commission and ESA.

The aim of the project is to develop and fly a waverider-based vehicle above seven times the speed of sound, designed to surf on the shock waves generated by its own high-speed flight. HEXAFLY-INT's Experimental Flight Test Vehicle (EFTV) will be launched by a Brazilian sounding rocket before being deployed for its test glide.

At 3.29 m long, and 1.24 m wide, the EFTV is slightly smaller than a compact car, with a flat nose tip and wings. A detailed study of its aerodynamic performance was recently performed by Italy's Centro Italiano Ricerche Aerospaziali, funded through ESA’s Technology Development Element.

Source:  ESA
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INTERNATIONAL DEMAND HELPS DRIVE SAFRAN OPTRONIC MAST PRODUCTION
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Although it may be too early to tell how the COVID-19 crisis might slow things down, the next several years should still see steady production of the Safran line of optronic masts, primarily for installation on Franco-Spanish Scorpene class submarines. If recent business activity is any indication, the systems are also likely to continue to have strong potential beyond this application.

The integrated periscope forms the optical and electronic sensor suite for nuclear-powered attack submarine classes, incorporating a thermal imager usable both in day and night. The optical and infrared channels are fully gyro-stabilized and the base of the search periscope mast contains a sextant, a high resolution camera, and the IR monitor.

In October 2015, Swedish shipyard Saab Kockums selected then Sagem to supply optronic masts for four submarines to be deployed by the Swedish Navy. The contract provides for Series 30 optronic surveillance masts to outfit two A26 class submarines and two Gotland class submarines.

In October 2019, Lockheed Martin Australia announced the appointment of Safran to design three major Combat System components for Australia's Future Submarine Program. The contract will see Safran deliver the preliminary and detailed designs for the combat system's optronics search and attack mast, navigation radar and navigation data distribution components.

Source:  Forecast International
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Author: A. Dardine, Defense Electronics 

 

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