Almaz-Antey - A Russian joint undertaking in the arms industry, a result of a merger of Antey Corporation and NPO Almaz, unifying some of the national military enterprises, in particular, the developers of anti-aircraft defence systems. The organisation is headquartered in Moscow.
ATK - One of the largest aerospace and defense companies in the United States.
Aurora Flight Sciences - A leader in the development and manufacturing of advanced unmanned systems and aerospace vehicles.
BAE Systems - A global defence and security company with approximately 100,000 employees worldwide. Delivers a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and support services.
DynCorp International - A global government services provider in support of U.S. national security and foreign policy objectives, delivering support solutions for defense, diplomacy, and international development.
Elbit Systems - Develop, manufacture and integrate advanced, high-performance defense electronic and electro-optic systems for customers throughout the world. The company focuses on designing, developing, manufacturing and integrating command, control, communication, computer, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) network centric systems, including unmanned vehicles, for defense and homeland security applications. Also see Wikipedia.
European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) - A global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. The group includes the aircraft manufacturer Airbus, the world's largest helicopter supplier Eurocopter and EADS Astrium, the European leader in space programmes from Ariane to Galileo. EADS is the major partner in the Eurofighter consortium, develops the A400M military transport aircraft, and holds a stake in the joint venture MBDA, the international leader in missile systems.
General Dynamics - Business aviation and aircraft services, land and amphibious combat systems, mission-critical information systems and technologies, and shipbuilding and marine systems. General Dynamics has four main business segments: Aerospace, Combat Systems, Information Systems and Technology, and Marine Systems. Also see General Dynamics G4 Systems.
General Dynamics: Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GD-OTS) - A business unit within the Combat Systems Group of General Dynamics, a leader in the manufacture of large and medium caliber ammunition, bomb bodies, and Ball Poweder propellant. GD-OTS also manufactures precision metal components; provides explosive load, assemble and pack services for a variety of tactical missile and rocket programs, designs and produces shaped charge warheads and control actuation systems.
Harris Corporation - An international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 125 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $5 billion of annual revenue and about 14,000 employees - including 6,000 engineers and scientists.
Honeywell - The world's largest supplier of aircraft engines, equipment, systems and services for commercial transport, regional, general aviation and military aircraft.
IHS Jane's - Intelligence gathering, reporting and analysis in the n the specialist fields of defence, security, public safety, transport and law enforcement.
Insitu - A division of Boeing, delivering and supporting best-in-class unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), including the ScanEagle and Integrator systems.
Israel Military Industries (IMI) - The first defense equipment manufacturer in Israel: small arms and ammunition to armor, airborne equipment to heavy ammunition, electronics and system engineering, rockets and advanced systems.
ITT - A provider of mission-critical products and services that support the United States military and its allies. Develops space-based technologies that enable Global Positioning Satellite systems to communicate precise locations.
Kaman Corporation - Employs more than 4,000 people worldwide, operates from more than 200 locations, and has sales in excess of $1.4 billion across seven divisions in the aerospace and industrial distribution markets.
Karem Aircraft - Specializes in development of advanced fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft, including prototyping and flight testing of high-efficiency tiltrotors, both manned and unmanned.
Krauss-Maffei Wegmann - At locations in Germany, Brazil, Greece, Mexico, the Netherlands, Singapore, the United Kingdom, the USA and Turkey some 3500 employees develop, manufacture and support a product portfolio ranging from air-transportable, highly protected wheeled vehicles through reconnaissance, antiaircraft and artillery systems to main battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and bridgelaying systems. In addition, KMW has wide-ranging system competence in the area of civil and military simulation, as well as in command and information systems and remote-controlled weapon stations with reconnaissance and observation equipment for day and night missions.
L-3 Communications Holdings - A leading merchant supplier of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems and products, secure communications systems and products, avionics and ocean products, training devices and services, microwave components and telemetry, instrumentation, space and navigation products.
Lockheed Martin Corporation - Research, design, development, manufacture and integration of advanced technology systems, products and services: Aeronautics, Electronic Systems, Integrated Systems and Solutions. Space Systems, Technology Services. Also see:
Northrup Gruman Corporation - Provides technologically advanced, innovative products, services and solutions in defense electronics, systems integration, information technology, advanced aircraft, shipbuilding, and space technology.
Oshkosh Defense - Designs, tests and manufactures heavy, medium, light and highly protected military vehicles and technologies.
Pratt & Whitney - A United Technologies Corp. company and a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, industrial gas turbines and space propulsion systems.
Rafael Israel Armament Development Authority - Weapons systems for fighter aircraft and helicopters, air to air missiles, precision guided air to surface weapons,. Integrated combat systems for surface vessels, patrol boats and submarines. Tank and AFV survivability enhancements. Anti-armor guided missiles, air defense systesm, mine breaching systems. Satellite systems, air launchers, satellite propulsion systems.
Raytheon - Ballistic missle defense, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance systems, Predator, Global Hawk.
Rostec - A Russian state corporation (a non-profit entity type) established in late 2007 to promote development, production and export of hi-tech industrial products for civil and defense sectors. Also see Wikipedia.
Saab - Defence systems and force protection technology; electronic defense systems; security and defense solutions and trianing; aeronautics, including the Gripen Fighter System. Also see Wikipedia.
Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) - Specialists in full ship systems support: command and control systems, combat systems, communications, information warfare, main propulsion systems, hull & deck systems, auxiliary systems. Also, a leading provider of communications software, engineering, and professional services.
Siemens - Headquartered in Berlin and Munich. One of the world's largest electrical engineering and electronics companies.
Sequa - Aerospace, automotive, metal coating, specialty chemicals, industrial machinery.
Sikorsky - Flight solutions from light, two person helicopters, to heavy helicopters capable of lifting 35,000 pounds, to fixed wing aircraft for surveillance, transport and more.
SimPhonics - Audio simulation and training software, high performance military and commercial flight simulators.
Sky Sapience - Design and development, manufacturing and marketing of autonomous hovering systems (aka drones).
Space Systems/Loral (SSL) - Integrated space technologies, delivering advanced systems for communications, exploration, data gathering, and next-generation services.
TAR Ideal Concepts - Focuses on military equipment, hightech surveillance and intelligence solutions to access control, perimeter and gate solutions to ancillary installation materials, all integrated with leading edge Command & Control intelligence systems. Offers training solutions and programs devised to meet the needs of its clients.
Textron - World's leader in commercial helicopter production and is the pioneer of tiltrotor aircraft development. Lycoming provides piston aircraft engines and replacement parts for general aviation. Textron Systems provides and manufactures advanced systems for defense and aerospace applications, sensor-based, autonomous, real-time control systems, and specialty marine and land vehicles. Strong brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO and Greenlee.
Titan - Information and communications products, solutions, and services for National Security.
United Defense - A leader in the design, development and production of combat vehicles, artillery, naval guns, missile launchers and precision munitions used by the U.S. Department of Defense and allies worldwide and America's largest non-nuclear ship repair, modernization, overhaul and conversion company.
Active Denial System - Active Denial Technology uses a transmitter to send a narrow beam of energy towards an identified subject. Traveling at the speed of light, the energy reaches the subject and penetrates less than 1/64 of an inch into the skin, quickly heating up the skin's surface. Within seconds, an individual feels an intense heating sensation that stops when the transmitter is shut off or when the individual moves out of the beam. Humans and animals are being used in the test program. Two primary organizations are executing this program: the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate at Quantico Marine Corps Base, Virginia, and the Air Force Research Laboratory, headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
Air Force Technology - Provides military air force equipment, defense defence products services catalogue, military aerospace contractors suppliers, defence industry exhibitions conferences events.
Air Force Technology: Industry Projects - International coverage of bombers, fighters, surveillance and patrol aircraft, training aircraft, tankers and transporters, attack, support and Naval helicopters.
American Logistics Association - Trade association of manufacturers, their representatives, brokers, distributors, publishers and others who sell or provide products and services to military resale and MWR activities.
Armor Systems International - Develops advanced anti-weapon technology, including the Aztik Peel & Stick Instant Armoring System, which offers lightweight, cost-effective ballistic protection in a variety of environments.
Army Technology - Website for the military and civil defense industries. Provides defence technology news, current military project information, armed forces products and services catalogue, global organisation directory and defence contractor profiles.
Association of Old Crows (AOC) - An international professional association with over 14,500 members and 111 corporate members engaged in the science and practice of Electronic Warfare (EW), Information Operations (IO), and related disciplines.
BTR-80 Armored Personnel Carrier - FAS backgrounder: The BTR-80 is a modern, lightly armored vehicle with a diesel power plant. It is manufactured at the Gorkiy Automobile Factory in Nizhniy Novgorod and has been in service since the early 1980s. The BTR-80 is a lightly armored amphibious vehicle with a collective chemical-biological-radiological (CBR) protective system. Operated by a crew of three, the vehicle can carry a squad of seven infantry troops.
C-17 Globemaster III - The C-17 is capable of rapid strategic delivery of troops and all types of cargo to main operating bases or directly to forward bases in the deployment area. The aircraft is also able to perform theater airlift missions when required. Maximum payload capacity of the C-17 is 170,900 pounds, and its maximum gross takeoff weight is 585,000 pounds. With a payload of 130,000 pounds and an initial cruise altitude of 28,000 feet, the C-17 has an unrefueled range of approximately 5,200 nautical miles. Its cruise speed is approximately 450 knots (.77 Mach).
CL289 Reconnaissance System - An unmanned airborne reconnaissance vehicle for use at corps and divisional level. The system has been in service with the German and French armies since 1992 and has been deployed in peace-keeping operations in Bosnia and Kosovo by both the French and German armed forces. The 7th Artillery Regiment of the French Army has 4 PIVER batteries with 54 CL 289 drones in service.
Combatism - The web's largest resource of professionally-written articles and news about military combat simulations and strategy games.
CVN-21 (formerly CVNX) - CVNX, the centerpiece of the Navy's next generation carrier fleet, will be a large-deck, nuclear-powered ship. This next generation aircraft carrier will be achieved at an affordable, evolutionary pace beginning with CVN 77. CVN 77 will have a newly designed and integrated combat system that eliminates rotating antennas. CVNX 1 will incorporate this new CVN 77 integrated combat system, and will add both a new nuclear propulsion plant and a new electrical power and distribution system. The new nuclear propulsion plant will provide immediate warfighting enhancements, immediate life cycle cost reductions, and will enable future warfighting enhancements and further life cycle cost reductions. Subsequent carriers will feature additional new technologies including an Electromagnetic Aircraft Launching System (EMALS), an Electromagnetic Aircraft Recovery System (EARS), improved crew habitability, survivability improvements, performance improvements, and new functional arrangements and distributed systems.
Defense Technology: Army - International coverage of main battle tanks, armoured fighting vehicles, artillery systems, missile systems, attack and support helicopters; military equipment, products and services catalogue; civil defence, security and law enforcement products and services; defence contractors and suppliers; defence industry exhibitions, conferences and events.
Defense Technology: Air Force - International coverage of bombers, fighters, surveillance and patrol aircraft, training aircraft, tankers and transporters, attack, support and naval helicopters; military aerospace equipment, products and services catalogue; military aerospace contractors and suppliers; defence industry exhibitions, conferences and events.
Defense Technology: Naval - International coverage of submarines, aircraft carriers, amphibious ships, destroyers, frigates, mcmvs, corvettes, auxiliaries and naval aircraft; naval defence equipment products and services catalogue; naval defence contractors and suppliers; defence industry exhibitions, conferences and events.
F-22 Raptor - The Lockheed Martin/Boeing F-22 Raptor is a fifth-generation fighter aircraft that uses stealth technology. It is primarily an air superiority fighter, but has multiple capabilities that include ground attack, electronic warfare, and signals intelligence roles.
F-35 Lightning II - The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a fifth-generation, single-seat, single-engine, stealth-capable military strike fighter, a multirole aircraft that can perform close air support, tactical bombing, and air defense missions. The F-35 has three different models; one is the conventional takeoff and landing variant, the second is short takeoff and vertical-landing variant, and the third is a carrier-based variant. The F-35 is intended to be the world's premier strike aircraft through 2040, with close- and long-range air-to-air capability second only to that of the F-22 Raptor.
Garda - Garda is a physical security, consulting & investigations, pre-employment screening, and cash handling firms in North America with operations in Europe, Mexico, and the Middle East.
Israel Military Industries Ltd. (IMI) - Israeli defense equipment manufacturer: from small arms and ammunition to armor, from airborne equipment to heavy ammunition, and from electronics and system engineering to rockets and advanced systems.
Kolomna Machinery Design Bureau - Overview from GlobalSecurity.org: A missile design bureau dedicated to military projects, designing surface-to-air missile warheads, anti-tank guided missiles, and an active protective system for armored vehicles. The design bureau has also entered the commercial space market, designing geophysics rockets for use in experimental testing. The Kolomna Engineering Design Office is Russia's leading designer of missile complexes for the ground troops, of anti-tank and portable air-defence complexes.
Marine Mammal Systems (MMS) - The Navy has four operational Marine Mammal Systems (MMS) managed by the Special Operations Community. These systems are comprised of specially trained bottlenose dolphins and sea lions. The use of these animals natural echolocation system to locate objects in the water has proven effective and efficient at meeting many fleet requirements. The Navy will continue to use these systems as long as they are more effective than existing hardware.
MEPROLIGHT - Develops and manufactures a wide array of products for the military, law enforcement and civilian markets. The company's products include electro-optical and optical sights and devices, night sights and marking devices based on tritium technology, security and military products based on LED technology, and night vision devices.
Man Portable Air Defense System (MANPADS) - Global Security.org backgrounder: The Man Portable Air Defense System (MANPADS) missile is a highly effective weapon proliferated worldwide. Typically containing an IR seeker, the missile offers little opportunity for a warning before impact. Impacts are often lethal. Examples of lethality include 1) the Afghan mujahedeen killing of 269 Soviet aircraft with 340 such missiles, 2) Desert Storm evidence that IR missiles produced 56% of the kills and 79% of the Allied aircraft damaged, and 3) civil aircraft experiencing a 70% probability of kill given a MANPADS hit.
Meal, Ready-To-Eat (MRE) Info - Designed to sustain an individual engaged in heavy activity such as military training or during actual military operations when normal food service facilities are not available. The MRE is a totally self-contained operational ration consisting of a full meal packed in a flexible meal bag. The full bag is lightweight and fits easily into military field clothing pockets. Each meal bag contains an entree and a variety of other components.
National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) - 900 companies and 26,000 individuals from defense and national industrial bases, from government and from foreign nations with whom the U.S., through DoD, has a Memorandum of Understanding. Included in the Association's membership are organizations who sell goods and services to the various departments of the executive branch of government.
Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAVAIR) - Works with industry to deliver high quality, affordable products and support to the operating forces. Products and services include: aircraft, avionics, air-launched weapons, electronic warfare systems, cruise missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles, launch and arresting gear, training equipment and facilities, and all other equipment related to Navy and Marine Corps air power.
Naval Technology - Website for Navy defense industry. Provides maritime technology news, current warship project information, naval products and services catalogue, global organisation directory and defence contractor profiles.
Naval Technology: Industry Projects - International coverage of Submarines, Aircraft Carriers, Amphibious Ships, Destroyers, Frigates, MCMVs, Corvettes, Auxiliaries and Naval Aircraft.
Navy Exchange (NEX) Service Command - A part of the Naval Supply Systems Command which provides U.S. Naval Forces with quality supplies and services. Retail stores and services offered by the Navy Exchange benefit active duty, family members, retirees, national guard, and reservists around the world, both ashore and at sea.
RQ-1A Predator - A long endurance, medium altitude unmanned aircraft system for surveillance and reconnaissance missions. Surveillance imagery from synthetic aperture radar, video cameras and a forward looking infra-red (FLIR) can be distributed in real time both to the front line soldier and to the operational commander or worldwide in real time via satellite communication links.
S300 (missle) - Wikipedia article: "The S-300 is a series of Russian long range surface-to-air missile systems produced by the Almaz Scientific Industrial Corporation all based on the initial S-300P version. The S-300 system was developed to defend against aircraft and cruise missiles for the Soviet Air Defence Forces. Subsequent variations were developed to intercept ballistic missiles."
SA-18 GROUSE, Igla 9K38, SA-N-10 GROUSE, Igla-M - FAS backgrounder: The SA-18 GROUSE (Igla 9K38) is an improved variant in the SA-7 & SA-14 series of manportable SAMs. As with the earlier SA-14, the SA-18 uses of a similar thermal battery/gas bottle, and the SA-18 has the same 2 kilogram high-explosive warhead fitted with a contact and grazing fuse. But the missile of entirely new design with substantially improved range and speed,. The new seeker and aerodynamic improvements extend its effective range, and its higher speed enables it to be used against faster targets. The SA-18 has a maximum range of 5200 meters and a maximum altitude of 3500 meters. The 9M39 missile SA-18 employs an IR guidance system using proportional convergence logic. The new seeker offers better protection against electro-optical jammers; the probability of kill against an unprotected fighter is estimated at 30-48%, and the use of IRCM jammers only degrades this to 24-30%.
Seamos Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, Germany - Seamos is the vertical take-off (VTOL) sea reconnaissance and location drone being developed by Dornier GmbH. The Seamos naval drone, equipped with two counter rotating rotors, is a computer controlled vertical take-off and landing drone equipped with state-of-the-art avionics. The primary mission will be as a reconnaissance drone operating from ships and boats. The maximum take-off weight is over 1000kg with a payload maximum of nearly 150kg. The payloads will be maritime surveillance and target acquisition equipment.
SeabeeCook - Online information source for American military cooks.
TOR-M1 (missle system) - The Tor missile system is a low to medium altitude, short-range surface-to-air missile system designed for engaging airplanes, helicopters, cruise missiles, precision guided munitions, unmanned aerial vehicles and ballistic targets. The Tor was originally developed by the Soviet Union, the GRAU designation of the earliest model is 9K330 and its NATO reporting name is SA-15 "Gauntlet". A navalized variant was developed for the Russian navy under the name 3K95 "Kinzhal"; the NATO reporting name of this version is SA-N-9 "Gauntlet". The system is designed to protect targets from attack day or night in any weather, not only by shooting down attacking aircraft but also by destroying any munitions before they reach their target.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Center - Information and consulting service center about UAV systems' for development, deployment, operation, training, certification and safety.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (DoD) - Backgrounder from the U.S. Department of Defense: Unmanned aerial vehicles commonly referred to as UAV's are defined as powered aerial vehicles sustained in flight by aerodynamic lift over most of their flight path and guided without an onboard crew. They may be expendable or recoverable and can fly autonomously or piloted remotely. UAVs are a key element within the concept of information dominance.
Academi (A Constellis Company) - American private military company founded in 1997 by former Navy SEAL officer Erik Prince as Blackwater, renamed as Xe Services in 2009 and now known as Academi since 2011 after the company was acquired by a group of private investors. The company specializes in client-based training services, including mobile training teams’ deployment, client facilities designing and building, training materials and instructors supply, export compliance requirements oversight, and embedded trainer and mentor services; scenario-based training; and supply chain services, such as sourcing/procurement, manufacturing, required regulation, transportation, warehousing, inventory management, equipment maintenance, and risk analysis services.
Constellis Group - A private security company that provides integrated security, mission support and risk management services to corporate, government and nonprofit clients. Combines the legacy capabilities and experience of ACADEMI, Triple Canopy, Olive Group, Centerra, AMK9, Edinburgh International, Strategic Social and all of their affiliates. Services span a broad range of synergistic solutions, including background investigations, social intelligence tools, advanced training capabilities, logistics and life support, UAV systems, global tracking technology, fire protection and medical services, information security services and crisis response mitigation.
DynCorp International - Provides professional and technical support services outsourced by the United States military, non-military governmental agencies, and foreign governments.
G4S - A British multinational security services company headquartered in Crawley, England. The company offers a range of services, including the supply of security personnel, monitoring equipment, response units and secure prisoner transportation. G4S also works with governments overseas to deliver security.
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