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Spectra Group (UK) Ltd signs contract with UK marketing and communications agency, Chamois Consulting

December 7, 2017

Spectra Group (UK) Ltd, a world leading solutions provider of high grade information security and communication capabilities, signs contract with UK marketing and communications agency, Chamois Consulting Ltd.

Spectra, a company trusted by the world’s best to deliver secure mission critical information and communication capabilities through a range of secure, end-to-end solutions ranging from tactical communications to secure networks. One of Spectra’s best-known products is SlingShot®, which adds BLOS COTM (Beyond Line of Sight Communications On The Move) to in-service tactical VHF and UHF radios. With reduced cost compared to traditional TACSAT, increased channel availability and almost no increase in the training burden, SlingShot is redefining tactical communications. Spectra has strategic relationships with both Inmarsat, whose L-TAC™ service uses SlingShot and Airbus which brands SlingShot as TREx services.

Under this contract, the team at Chamois will provide an integrated, out-sourced marketing, communications and advertising service. Already firmly established in the global defence market, Spectra Group (UK) Ltd has appointed Chamois to support an ever-expanding footprint. With continued international sales, Spectra plans to raise its global profile. The agreement between the two organisations means that Spectra can continue to focus on the ongoing delivery of its secure voice, data and satellite communications to its consistently growing portfolio of customers, whilst the Chamois team will enhance brand awareness for Spectra, helping to ensure that the Spectra brand is a world-leader.

Simon Davies, CEO at Spectra Group (UK) Ltd said:

“Working with an external marketing and PR agency is a logical way for Spectra to raise its global profile as we continue to expand our international footprint. We’ve taken on Chamois to assist us as we’ve been impressed by how they work to improve brand awareness and effectively market products and services into the international defence sector. Our strategy for growth will need us to be seen and understood by more and more people, world-wide. We’re confident that Chamois is the right choice for Spectra and we’re particularly looking forward to receiving their help as we expand in the global marketplace”.

Jamie Clarke, Director and Founder at Chamois said: “We’re delighted to be working with Spectra and we are very much looking forward to helping them get to where they want to be in the future”. He added: “Spectra is an amazing company with incredible products, such as SlingShot”.

Specialist motorsport brake and clutch manufacturer, Alcon, announces multi-million GBP investment plan focussed on defence and security sector expansion

December 5, 2017

Alcon Components Ltd, the acclaimed global motorsport brake and clutch company, has today announced a major continued investment plan focussed on significant future expansion of their existing defence and security sector business. The investment plan aims to service emerging market demands in the USA, as well as facilitating continued growth in the UK, Europe and Middle East.

The investment, valued at over £2 million, will fund further refinement of Alcon’s recently commissioned dedicated UK defence machining centre. As well, following recent acquisitions, Alcon will be establishing a similar dedicated assembly line in the USA where two new additional machines will be installed, doubling global production capacity. Each cell consists of a Doosan HP4000 Horizontal machining centre complete with 170 position ATC, a Doosan DNM350-5AX machine, a dedicated de-burring station and a hot wash.

The HP4000 is used for the majority of the caliper machining and has 2 x 400mm2 pallets allowing machining to continue on one pallet while castings are loaded on the second pallet. The second machine in the cell is a DNM350-5AX, its primary function is the drilling of the compound angled hydraulic fluid galleries which are commonly found in two-piece iron calipers. Integrating a dedicated deburring station and hot wash ensures that parts can be completely finished within the cell. Together, the elements of the cell deliver shorter TAKT times, greater component throughput, increased capacity and improved efficiency leading to shorter lead times for Alcon’s customers.

Also included in the investment plan is the recruitment of defence and security specialist Business Development staff, the funding of a strategic marketing and PR campaign and various other key infrastructure and management measures to enable future growth.

The investment decision comes off the back of some recent milestone successes in the defence and security sector. Earlier this month, Alcon delivered a batch of Toyota LC200 armoured vehicle upgrade kits that took the total full (front and rear) kits sold since 2009 to over 3000. Additionally, Alcon successfully launched the new CIR55 heavy armoured vehicle caliper at the DSEi and AUSA exhibitions in September and October, working together with AxleTech International.

Already firmly established in the light to medium military vehicle marketplace, Alcon braking solutions have been sought out by some of the world’s finest Special Forces vehicle manufacturers. Amongst other key defence players, Supacat, the designers of the Jackal vehicle, BAe, Ricardo and Jankel have turned to Alcon to obtain bespoke, tailored braking systems that fully meet the demanding requirements of the challenging, high-performance, modern-day battlefield. Alcon’s brake kits improve performance and reduce weight; key requirements for any armoured defence and security vehicle.

Jonathan Edwards, Sales Director at Alcon said: “As you can see from today’s announcement, we’re taking the defence sector very seriously. Defence already makes up 25% of our turnover and our plan is to expand that to over 50% within the next 3 to 5 years – and that is bearing in mind the fact that the rest of the business is also growing. This investment will form the foundation for that growth”. He added: “As well as our wider global market aspirations, given the numbers of vehicles involved, the US defence market is of particular interest to us. As a result, our plans include the establishment of the capability and infrastructure needed to offer US-based volume production of our wide range of defence and security products, as well as our products on offer in other sectors”.

Marketing and PR Agency, Chamois, sponsors Motorcycle Racing Team, RSF Racing

November 29, 2017


The Southwest, UK based Marketing and PR Agency, Chamois Consulting Ltd has today agreed a deal to support the British Championship Motorcycle Racing Team, RSF Racing, in 2018. Under this agreement, Chamois will assist RSF Racing with the provision of sponsorship acquisition and management services, strategic advice and ongoing PR support throughout the 2018 season.

RSF Racing is a UK based, amateur motorcycle racing team competing at British Championship level, in association with the Army Road Race Team. In 2018, RSF Racing will be entering a bike in the Ducati TriOptions Cup riding a Ducati 959 Panigale. This is a popular and prestigious one-make series, held in exceptionally high regard within the motorsport community. The Ducati TriOptions Cup will continue to feature as a support race at MCE British Superbike Championship events in 2018, with an agreement in place between Ducati UK and series organisers MSVR to extend their current partnership. The agreement strengthens the presence of the iconic Ducati brand on the MCE British Superbike (BSB) programme as the one make Cup continues to grow. The MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship (BSB) continues to assert itself as the greatest domestic bike series in the world and a producer of some of the sport’s hottest properties.

RSF Racing’s manager and rider, Richard Spencer-Fleet said: “this is fantastic news for our team and we’re delighted to have secured Chamois as our first major sponsor, this early in our campaign. Jamie and his team at Chamois are experts in their field and obtaining their help will be fundamental in assisting us to generate, manage and support our other key sponsors throughout the year”.

Jamie Clarke, Director and Founder at Chamois said: “we selected RSF Racing as we’ve spotted a real opportunity for top-quality brand exposure at a fraction of the price you’d expect when compared to many other motorsport opportunities. The fact that they’re running in the TriOptions Cup alongside the prestigious British Superbike Championship means that their sponsors will enjoy something quite special, in my opinion”. Jamie added: “On a personal level, I’ve seen something I like in their rider, Richard, too. The fact he’s in the Army, has been a member of the Army Ski Team and is now racing a motorbike at British Championship level has brought back some distant yet fond memories for me! I know first-hand what is required to compete in a campaign such as this and I wish Richard and his team the very best of luck for 2018. It’s a real pleasure to be helping them”.

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Supacat exhibits at the NIDV Symposium and Exhibition in Rotterdam, 30 November 2017

November 24, 2017


Supacat, the acclaimed UK designer and manufacturer of special forces vehicles, is exhibiting at the Netherlands Industries for Defence and Security (NIDV) Symposium and Exhibition on Thursday 30 November 2017. Having recently been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise (International Trade, for Outstanding Short-Term Growth), the NIDV event forms part of a global marketing effort aimed to capitalise on recent export successes.

Supacat will be exhibiting their Light Reconnaissance Vehicle 400 (LRV 400) at the event. The LRV 400 provides a highly versatile tactical capability for special forces; it can be transported centrally inside a CH-47 Chinook fully equipped and loaded, making it immediately and rapidly deployable.  Also, it has the unique feature of being convertible from 4×4 to 6×6 to provide a flexible alternative configuration that increases payload, capacity and range to meet different operational requirements. Supacat intends to offer the LRV into a number of vehicle procurement programmes in the region and the NIDV show is seen as an ideal platform to showcase the capabilities on offer. Supacat has teamed with Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Nederland B.V. to offer the LRV 400 into upcoming procurement programmes in the Netherlands. If an order is received, then RMMV will assemble Supacat vehicles in-country.

With over 1000 specialist, battle-proven vehicles in service across the globe, Supacat designed the LRV400 to fill the gap in the market for an agile off-road vehicle sized between its HMT 400 Series (GVW 7600kg) and quad bikes.  It carries a crew of 3 or 4 supported by an operational payload of 1700kg with a GVW under 5000kg.  It can achieve high speeds on or off road and can operate up to 800km from the point of insertion, offering special forces a true long-range capability.

Phil Applegarth, Head of Supacat said “we have been very successful in winning a number of major export orders for our special forces vehicles in recent years and we would like to capitalise on that success by offering our products more widely”. He added “there are a number of European procurement programmes emerging for vehicles in our capability space and we feel sure our battle-proven products will be highly attractive to the users. Supacat vehicles have already been sought out and purchased by some of the world’s finest units and we would like to add more nation’s armed forces to that list”.

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Arnold Defense Introduces Air Platform-mounted Rocket Launchers to the Middle East Defense Market at the Dubai Airshow 2017

November 9, 2017

 Click here to read and download this press release in ARABIC

Dubai, November 12, 2017:  Arnold Defense, the US St Louis-based international manufacturer and supplier of 2.75-inch rocket launchers, is displaying its new, ultra-light LWL-XII and M260 2.75-inch/70mm Weapon Systems at the Dubai Airshow, United Arab Emirates, November 12-16, 2017.

Arnold Defense is the world’s largest supplier of rocket launchers and the Company has manufactured more than 1.1 million 2.75-inch rocket launchers since 1961 for the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force and many NATO customers. The Company designs and manufactures rocket launchers that can be customized for any size, weight, capacity or form factor for platforms in the air, on the ground or at sea.

Arnold Defense’s rocket launchers are designed and built with combat-proven technology and they comply with stringent U.S. airworthiness and safety standards. The Company’s products include the new, ultra-light LWL-XII (on display on stand 1584) that weighs just over 60 pounds (27 kg) empty . Other core products include the 7-round M260 (on display on stand 945, C13)and 19-round M261 commonly used by U.S. Army helicopters; the thermal coated 7-round LAU-68 variants and LAU-61 Digital Rocket Launcher used by the U.S. Navy; and the 7-round LAU-131 and SUU-25 flare dispenser used by the U.S. Air Force.

Traditionally, 2.75-inch rocket systems have been used as an area suppression weapon, ordinarily deployed by aviation assets. The Arnold Defense team is currently developing the FLETCHER smart, laser-guided 4 round launcher, which will be available in 2018. A special forces vehicle mounted FLETCHER prototype, unveiled at DSEI and AUSA this year, utilizes the advancement of laser guided rocket technology to meet the modern demands of air, land and marine-based, mounted and dismounted asymmetric warfare, for special and conventional forces.

Jim Hager, President and CEO of Arnold Defense said “Arnold Defense is exceedingly well established in the air environment with our rocket systems being used on air platforms globally, so we are very excited to have our combat-proven technology on display at the Dubai Airshow”.

“We are inherently committed to manufacturing the world’s most reliable and affordable rocket launchers. Through our innovation, integrity, dedication, technical expertise and customer-first focus, we continue to produce the very best rocket launchers in the world.

“Working together, we protect today’s warfighters, just as we have for the last half-century.”

See Arnold Defense’s rocket launchers on these stands, where Arnold Defense staff will be on hand to explain their systems to visitors and specific briefings/interviews can be facilitated, by appointment:

  • Arnold Defense M260 LWL is on display on the AAL Group (Airfreight Aviation Limited)/Lima Aviation LLC, stand 945, C13
  • See the Arnold Defense LWL-XII on the Bin Hilal Enterprises, stand 1584