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Defence Vehicle Dynamics (DVD) 2016

A DVD is a key event for all those involved in UK Land Forces equipment and support. The well-established two-day event was held on 7 – 8 September at Millbrook Proving Ground jointly sponsored by Army Headquarters and the Defence Equipment & Support (Land Equipment) organisation – the section of the MOD responsible for equipping and supporting the UK’s Armed Forces for current and future operations. 

One of the contenders for the UK MIV programme at DVD 2016 was the Nexter VBCI with rear-wheel steering.
One of the contenders for the UK MIV programme at DVD 2016 was the Nexter VBCI with rear-wheel steering.

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Česká zbrojovka Uherský Brod: an 80 years-old young company

By Paolo Valpolini & Joseph Roukoz

In the mid-1930s the tension in Europe was mounting. Having one of the major national armaments factories at a few tens of kilometers from the German border, in Strakonice, was a concern for Czechoslovack authorities. In 1936 it was thus decided to move the production further inland, a green area having been identified in Uherský Brod, a small town 50 km west of Brno. 

The plant buildings dating from 1936 were built in a village-house style to lure air reconnaissance in case of conflict; the factory was never targeted. (P. Valpolini)
The plant buildings dating from 1936 were built in a village-house style to lure air reconnaissance in case of conflict; the factory was never targeted. (P. Valpolini)

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French Minister of Defence Jean-Yves Le Drian, inaugurates iXcampus, iXblue’s new technological centre near Paris

By Joseph Roukoz

A high-keyed French independent industrial group, iXblue is recognised worldwide for the design, development and manufacture of high-tech equipment for the areas of navigation , positioning, imaging and oceanographic measurements for both military markets (naval and land defence) for civilian markets (oceanic and space exploration ).

Jean-Yves Le Drian, French Minister of Defence, (at left) and Philippe Debaillon-Vesque, iXblue President and CEO, pictured during the inauguration of iXcampus at Saint Germain-en-Laye near Paris on 1 September 2016. © J. Roukoz
Jean-Yves Le Drian, French Minister of Defence, (at left) and Philippe Debaillon-Vesque, iXblue President and CEO, pictured during the inauguration of iXcampus at Saint Germain-en-Laye near Paris on 1 September 2016. © J. Roukoz

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Seen at Farnborough

By Paolo Valpolini

Farnborough 2016 marked the first appearance of Leonardo, the new One Company born from Finmeccanica which new name was announced last May. Prior the FIAS opening Leonardo detailed the evolution of its M-346 from AJT (Advanced Jet Trainer) into FT (Fighter Trainer).

Leonardo is proposing its M-346 in the Fighter Trainer version, which can also be used in a variety of combat and support roles. (Leonardo)
Leonardo is proposing its M-346 in the Fighter Trainer version, which can also be used in a variety of combat and support roles. (Leonardo)

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Farnborough 2016

David Oliver

A deluge that flooded exhibition halls, caused power cuts and the cancellation of the flying display hit the first day of Farnborough International Airshow 2016. It was not a good start to the United Kingdom’s aerospace shop window only days after the country voted for Brexit. With its economy under threat, there had been warning’s that the United Kingdom would suffer a backlash with contract delays, and uncertainty about the future but at Farnborough it was very much business as usual.

Airbus announced a new agreement to arm the C295W with Roketsan weapons and showed an air refueling variant. (David Oliver)
Airbus announced a new agreement to arm the C295W with Roketsan weapons and showed an air refueling variant. (David Oliver)

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