17 juin 2022 | International, Naval

HII develops unmanned launch and recovery system for amphib ships

The Marine Corps wants the option to covertly launch unmanned boats out the back of its amphibious ships. HII has tested that enabler for the first time.

https://www.defensenews.com/miltech/2022/06/13/hii-develops-uuv-launch-and-recovery-system-for-amphib-ships/

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    La France poursuit activement sa campagne afin de convaincre la Belgique d'opter pour le Rafale et ainsi moderniser son aviation de combat, composée de F-16 américains vieillissants. Rafale International, le GIE qui regroupe Dassault Aviation*, le constructeur de l'avion de combat français, Thales, son électronicien, et Safran, son motoriste, a signé, mardi 12 juin, un accord de partenariat avec Thales Belgique. L'objectif est d'ouvrir un centre d'excellence industriel en cybersécurité outre-Quiévrain. http://www.lefigaro.fr/societes/2018/06/12/20005-20180612ARTFIG00301-rafale-international-et-thales-s-allient-en-belgique.php

  • Contract Awards by US Department of Defense - July 11, 2019

    15 juillet 2019 | International, Aérospatial, Naval, Terrestre, C4ISR, Sécurité, Autre défense

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