Elbit Systems divests Ashot Ashkelon holding

by Charles Forrester

Israel's Elbit Systems announced on 21 October that it had signed an agreement to sell its 84.98% stake in component manufacturer Ashot Ashkelon to private equity fund FIMI Opportunity Funds.

The deal is valued at USD88 million and will involve Elbit Systems also selling its capital notes in the firm to FIMI. An expected timeline for the sale was not disclosed, however, it remains subject to regulatory approvals and other closing terms.

The remaining 15.02% of the company stake will be a free-float on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.


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Brazilian Army mulls loitering munitions and armed UAVs

by Victor Barreira

The Brazilian Army uses the hand-launched FT-100 fixed-wing ISTAR tactical UAV for different applications. (FT SISTEMAS S/A)

The Brazilian Army is seeking to adopt unmanned combat tactical effectors such as loitering munitions and armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

The army is conducting preliminary studies that are expected to culminate with the publication of requirements for such systems over the next few years, Lieutenant Colonel Leonardo Gomes Saraiva, Army High-Staff supervisor of the Subprogram Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (SPrg SARP), told Janes .


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AFRL pursues multispectral threat warning under EOS-DEW

by Richard Scott

The US Air Force has launched an effort to develop and demonstrate prototype advanced integrated threat warning system technologies to address multispectral guided missiles, hostile fire, and directed energy weapon systems.


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Images confirm Y-20U aerial tanker is in PLAAF service

by Andreas Rupprecht

A photograph and video footage have emerged on the Weibo social media platform confirming that the aerial refuelling variant of the Xi'an Aircraft Corporation Y-20A transport aircraft has entered service with the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF).

The footage, which was posted on 28 November, shows an example of the Y-20U aerial tanker in flight featuring low-visibility PLAAF markings as well as serial number ‘20241', both of which indicate that the platform is in service within the 13th Transport Division, 37th Air Regiment at Kaifeng under PLA's Central Theater Command.


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