21 septembre 2022 | International, Terrestre

MBDA unveils Land Precision Fires family

September 21, 2022 - MBDA’s ‘Land Precision Fires Family’ comprising Surface-Launched Brimstone and Land Precision Strike (LPS) are weapons that provide precision at layered ranges, operating 24/7 with low collateral...


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    11 février 2021 | International, C4ISR

    DISA awards managed services contract to Perspecta

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  • Raytheon Unveils Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile Project

    16 septembre 2019 | International, Aérospatial

    Raytheon Unveils Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile Project

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    25 novembre 2019 | International, Aérospatial, Naval

    U.S. Navy orders 48 retrofit redesign kits in support of Super Hornet aircraft

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