Robust military aircraft sales offset decline in commercial aircraft sales, as US aerospace industry sales [PDF] reach a record $216.5 billion in sales this year.
Royal Navy to withdrawHMS Illustrious strike carrier from service in 2014, eliminating all carriers from the fleet. HMS Ocean amphibious helicopter carrier will provide long-term helicopter landing capability. The LPD ship HMS Albion takes over from Ark Royal as the navy’s flagship, and all 4 remaining Type 22 frigates will be withdrawn from service in 2011.
German government okays defense minister’s proposal to end conscription from July 1, 2011.
Patria’s twin-barreled AMOS 120mm mortar turret is about to begin production, thanks to an order from the Finnish government for an initial set of 18 systems, for fielding in 2013. The EUR 120 million development contract was signed in 2003, and the most recent amendment begins series production. Patria.
AMOS has a range of just 10 km, which is typical for mortars but short for artillery. It makes up for that shorter reach by using the same ammunition as infantry mortar teams; and by traveling on an armored vehicle that can move into range, under fire, without ever exposing the crew. Firing can commence within 30 seconds of reaching the desired position, and the combination of twin barrels and modern system allow it to fire multiple rounds that all land in the target area at the same time (MRSI). To date, AMOS has been integrated with Patria’s AMV wheeled APC(Armored Personnel Carrier), BAE’s popular CV90 tracked IFV(Infantry Fighting Vehicle), and small boats. Patria has also developed a lighter, less expensive single-barrel version called NEMO, which has already received orders from some export customers.