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Jane's Defence Weekly

  • Nigerian Army receives new indigenous MRAP
    The Nigerian Army has taken delivery of five improved Proforce Ara mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles in early March, an industry source told Jane’s . These are now deployed in northeast Nigeria as part of the ongoing counter-insurge…
    - 3 days ago 22 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Denel looking for T5-52 howitzer sale in Asia
    Denel Land Systems is in negotiations with an Asian country to purchase the company’s latest T5-52 wheeled self-propelled artillery system, a company source told Jane’s . The source said negotiations with the undisclosed country were ongoing and…
    - 3 days ago 22 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Russian helicopters receive new NVG system
    Russia’s military rotary-wing aircraft fleet has been fully refitted with new night vision goggles (NVG), a source from the country’s aerospace industry has told Jane’s . “Following an incident on 12 April 2016, when a Mil Mi-28N attack heli…
    - 3 days ago 22 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Indian MoD approves INR2.5 billion worth of procurements
    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) approved procurements and projects worth INR2.5 billion (USD36.4 million) for the Indian armed forces on 20 March. Official sources said the bulk of the allocation by the MoD’s Defence Acquisition Council (DAC),…
    - 3 days ago 22 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Norway orders Leopard 2-based Leguan AVLBs
    The Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) signed an agreement with Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) on 21 March for the procurement of six Leguan armoured vehicle-launched bridge (AVLB) systems based on the Leopard 2 chassis, the company disclosed on 2…
    - 3 days ago 22 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Smiths Group to spin off medical business
    British engineering and technologies company Smiths Group released results for the first half of its financial year on 22 March and revealed plans to form a separate company from one of its business lines. In a statement published alongside the comp…
    - 3 days ago 22 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Bolivian Air Force to upgrade UH-1H helicopters
    The Bolivian government has authorised a budgetary increase of BOB47.7 million (USD6.8 million) to upgrade the air force’s Bell UH-1H ‘Huey’ helicopters for counter-narcotics operations. The funding, which was approved on 19 March, is in addi…
    - 3 days ago 22 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • UK signs for E-7 AEW&C aircraft
    The UK has signed for five Boeing E-7 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft for USD1.98 billion, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 22 March. The E-7 (also known as the E-737) aircraft are being procured to replace the Royal A…
    - 3 days ago 22 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • US Navy awards Boeing multi-year contract for F/A-18 production
    The US Navy (USN) on 20 March awarded Boeing a three-year contract potentially worth USD4 billion for 78 F/A-18 Block III Super Hornets, according to a company statement. Boeing spokesperson Justin Gibson said on 21 March that the multi-year contrac…
    - 3 days ago 22 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Defiant makes maiden flight
    The Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 Defiant co-axial compound helicopter made its maiden flight on 21 March. The flight, which took place at Sikorsky’s West Palm Beach facility in Florida, came some three months after the aircraft was rolled out in late Dec…
    - 3 days ago 21 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • MBDA test fires Brimstone 3
    European missile house MBDA completed the first firing trial of the Brimstone 3 precision strike missile at the Vidsel Test Range in Sweden last month, the company has disclosed. Conducted in temperatures below -30°, the missile was surface launch…
    - 4 days ago 21 Mar 19, 2:00am -
  • Philippines signals procurement reform
    The Philippines Department of National Defence (DND) has outlined a commitment to introduce additional reforms to improve the country’s military procurement processes. The DND said the emphasis of new measures will be to enhance transparency and…
    - 4 days ago 21 Mar 19, 2:00am -
  • USCG looks to accelerate ScanEagle deployments
    The US Coast Guard (USCG) wants to get more ScanEagle unmanned aerial systems (UASs) into the fleet and deploy the systems more quickly. “ScanEagle is truly a game-changer for our crews,” Admiral Karl Schultz, USCG commandant, said on 21 March…
    - 4 days ago 21 Mar 19, 2:00am -
  • Top US general: Russian military capabilities would challenge US forces in Europe
    If US forces deployed to Europe to defend NATO allies, the Russian military would pose significant challenges but it wouldn’t be a showstopper, according to Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Joe Dunford. During a 21 March appearance at the A…
    - 4 days ago 21 Mar 19, 2:00am -
  • Houthi UAVs infiltrate Saudi airspace
    An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operated by Yemen’s Ansar Allah rebel group (popularly known as the Houthis) has penetrated more than 120 km into Saudi airspace to film a desalination plant on the kingdom’s Red Sea coast. The confirmation of t…
    - 4 days ago 21 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • Russia moves more strike assets to Eastern Mediterranean
    Russia appears to be moving additional air and naval assets into Syria and the Eastern Mediterranean, giving its military commanders more options in the theatre. A Project 636.3 ‘Kilo’-class diesel-electric submarine was seen transiting the Bos…
    - 4 days ago 21 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • USCG enforces North Korea sanctions in the East China Sea
    The US Coast Guard (USCG) National Security Cutter Bertholf (WMSL-750) has finished patrols in the East China Sea to help enforce United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCR) intended to stop countries from avoiding North Korean sanctions thro…
    - 4 days ago 21 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • Brazil joins US National Guard’s State Partnership Programme
    The New York National Guard (NYNG) is teaming up with the Brazilian military under the umbrella of the US National Guard’s State Partnership Programme. As part of the partnership, which was signed on 14 March, a NYNG “bilateral relations office…
    - 4 days ago 21 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Final tranche of EUR525 million for EU-funded pilot defence projects to be released soon
    The European Commission announced on 19 March how it will spend the remaining balance of EUR525 million (almost USD600 million) from its three-year pilot European Defence Fund (EDF) for co-financing defence capability and research projects with the m…
    - 4 days ago 20 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • Australia to extend service life of Anzac-class frigates amid concerns about sustainment
    The Anzac-class frigates of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) are to have their service life extended by up to 10 years amid potential concerns about their future seaworthiness and capability. According to a report on sustainment of the eight-ship cl…
    - 4 days ago 20 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • Update: BAE begins Meteor and SPEAR integration for F-35
    BAE Systems has begun integrating the next tranche of UK-specific weapons onto the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning combat aircraft. The company announced on 18 March that it had been sub-contracted by Lockheed Martin to begin integrating the MBDA Me…
    - 4 days ago 20 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • Rheinmetall Mission Master UGV qualified for firing 70 mm rockets
    Rheinmetall Canada’s Mission Master unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) fired Thales 70 mm rockets during Rheinmetall Denel Munition’s Ammunition Capability Demonstration (ACD) 2019 at Denel’s Overberg test range on 20 March. The UGV, which is cont…
    - 4 days ago 20 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • Defence partners with SYPAQ to innovate battlefield logistics unmanned aerial system for army
    The Australian Army in partnership with the Defence Innovation Hub has awarded SYPAQ an innovation contract to develop and demonstrate a next generation battlefield logistics small unmanned aircraft system (UAS). The Australian Ministry of Defence…
    - 4 days ago 20 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • RUAG unbundling plans take shape
    The Swiss government has crystallised its plans for the future of defence firm RUAG, following a meeting of the country’s Federal Council. Under plans submitted by RUAG and approved by the government, RUAG Holdings will be split into two organisa…
    - 5 days ago 20 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • Turkey carries out vertical test fire of Hisar-A SAM
    Turkey has successfully vertically test fired missiles for the locally developed short-range Hisar-A surface-to-air missile (SAM) system, the Presidency of the Turkish Defence Industries (SSB) announced on 20 March. “Hisar-A, during its first ver…
    - 5 days ago 20 Mar 19, 1:00am -

International Defence Review

  • QinetiQ wins US Army CRS(I) contract
    QinetiQ North America has been selected by the US Department of Defense (DoD) to fulfil the US Army’s requirement for small unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) under the Common Robotic System (Individual) (CRS[I]) programme. The seven-year indefinite…
    - 3 days ago 21 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • ST Engineering positions Bronco to meet Bv206 requirements
    Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering) is positioning its Bronco 3 to address the potential emerging requirements of current Bv206 users, according to Dominic Phoon, vice-president and product director of the Programme Management Office.…
    - 4 days ago 21 Mar 19, 2:00am -
  • French/UK Future Cruise/Anti-Ship Weapon programme passes Key Review
    The joint French/UK Future Cruise/Anti-Ship Weapon (FC/ASW) programme has successfully completed a milestone review intended to identify the most promising missile concepts and narrow down the list of potential technical solutions. Work will now fo…
    - 4 days ago 20 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • UK planning Army Warfighting Experiment 19 and 20, eyes MUM-T and C3
    The British Army has begun planning activities for the 2019 and 2020 iterations of its Army Warfighting Experiment (AWE), Lieutenant Colonel Nick Serle, commanding officer of the Infantry Trials and Development Unit (ITDU), said at the SMi Future Sol…
    - 5 days ago 19 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • Belarus to adopt extended-range missile for V-300 Polonez-M MRL system
    The Belarusian armed forces are set to adopt an extended-range missile for the new V-300-M Polonez multiple rocket launch (MRL) system, a source from the Belarusian defence industry told Jane’s . “The development of a longer-range missile for t…
    - 6 days ago 19 Mar 19, 2:00am -
  • Northrop Grumman awarded AARGM-ER EMD contract
    The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has awarded Northrop Grumman a USD322.5 million contract for the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase of the Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile-Extended Range (AARGM-ER) development progr…
    - 6 days ago 19 Mar 19, 2:00am -
  • Australia to field four special mission Peregrine aircraft
    Australia is to field a new modified Gulfstream G550 business jet known as the MC-55A Peregrine, the Department of Defence (DoD) disclosed. The announcement that the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is to receive four such aircraft was made by Min…
    - 6 days ago 18 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • Raytheon awarded TBG concept maturation contract
    As the United States continues to ramp up its efforts to field a hypersonic weapons capability – and close the gap with its peer adversaries – the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded Raytheon a follow-on contract to m…
    - 7 days ago 18 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • Brazilian Navy works to grow its aviation wing
    Brazil is upgrading or buying a series of new aviation assets as it has commissioned new amphibious ships and aspires to grow its navy’s reach. The Brazilian Navy commissioned NDM Bahia (G40) landing platform dock in 2016 and PHM Atlantico (A140)…
    - 7 days ago 18 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • Lacroix modifies Galix for integrated vehicle survivability
    France’s Lacroix has integrated a laser warning system into a Galix grenade launcher vehicle-based survivability system. No sales are yet booked, but the system has been integrated on the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE’s) Nimr Ajban 477A 4×4 vehic…
    - 7 days ago 18 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • German MoD introduces Elettronica’s EW/Radar scenario simulator for naval application
    The German Ministry of Defence (MoD) has purchased Elettronica GmbH’s self-contained integrated solution for validating, testing, and calibrating radar and electronic warfare (EW) systems, including operator training. The container-based system for…
    - 7 days ago 18 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • Kongsberg Maritime readies HUGIN Superior AUV
    Norway’s Kongsberg Maritime is expecting to complete development of its HUGIN Superior multirole autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) by the end of 2019, company officials told Jane’s . The HUGIN Superior will be the newest and largest member of…
    - 7 days ago 18 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • UK begins integrating next-gen weapons for F-35
    BAE Systems has begun integrating the next tranche of UK-specific weapons onto the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning combat aircraft. The company announced on 18 March that it had been subcontracted by Lockheed Martin to begin integrating the MBDA Met…
    - 7 days ago 18 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • USSOCOM, AFSOC test Block 1 GBU-69/B SGM datalink variant
    The US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) and the US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), in collaboration with Dynetics, have conducted a series of tests of the Block 1 variant of the Dynetics GBU-69/B Small Glide Munition (SGM) – an en…
    - 10 days ago 15 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • Arexis escort jamming pod begins testing ahead of flight trials
    Saab has commenced ground qualification of a prototype low-band escort jamming pod being developed as part of its Arexis family of fast jet electronic warfare (EW) systems and plans to begin flight testing the prototype before the end of this year.…
    - 10 days ago 15 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Boeing contracted to integrate LRSO cruise missile with the B-52H bomber
    The US Air Force (USAF) Nuclear Weapons Center has awarded Boeing a USD250 million contract to integrate the Long Range Stand-Off (LRSO) cruise missile weapon system with the B-52H large-payload multirole strategic bomber aircraft. Under the provis…
    - 10 days ago 15 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • France to integrate FELIN soldier system into overall Scorpion update
    The French Army will integrate its existing Fantassin à Équipements et Liaisons Intégrés (FELIN) dismounted soldier system into its Scorpion modernisation programme and is investigating capabilities to add even more, including an augmented realit…
    - 10 days ago 15 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Thales UK marketing SquadNet soldier radios with frequency-hopping
    Thales UK has added a frequency-hopping capability to its SquadNet mesh networking soldier radio and revealed this at the SMi Future Soldier Technology conference in March 2019 in London. The SquadNet radio, which operates in the 860–890 MHz rang…
    - 10 days ago 15 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Secubit offering small arms-hosted situational awareness system
    US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) is integrating weaponry readiness and maintenance enhancement solutions into its Android Tactical Assault Kit (ATAK), industry sources told Jane’s at SMi’s Future Soldier Technology conference in London on…
    - 11 days ago 14 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • UAE debuts ‘weaponised’ UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter
    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Joint Aviation Command showcased UH-60M helicopters upgraded to Armed Black Hawk standard for the first time in public during the IDEX 2019 exhibition held in Abu Dhabi in February. Developed by Lockheed Martin’s Si…
    - 11 days ago 14 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • Sudan reveals ‘Shareef-3’ upgrade to BTR-70
    Sudan’s Military Industry Corporation (MIC) has expanded its range of wheeled armoured personnel carriers (APC) with an upgraded Russian BTR-70 8×8 called the Shareef-3. Shareef-3 replaces BTR-70’s original two ZMZ-4905 engines with a more fue…
    - 11 days ago 14 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • British Army restarts Dismounted Situational Awareness programme
    The British Army will receive funding to restart its Dismounted Situational Awareness (DSA) programme formally in April after it was paused in 2017, although in the interim progress has been made through an experimental project. The DSA system woul…
    - 11 days ago 14 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • European land forces pursue UGV technologies for future infantry operations
    European armed forces should collaborate further to explore concepts of operation, tactics, techniques, and procedures associated with emerging unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) technology, defence sources told Jane’s . Addressing delegates at SMi’…
    - 11 days ago 14 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • BEL-led team unveils new airborne weapon prototypes
    A collaborative Indian industry team led by Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) has unveiled an array of new air-launched precision-guided weapons and lightweight cruise missiles. The team disclosed the development of a family of three prototype airborne…
    - 12 days ago 13 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Pentagon budget 2020: MDA plans to boost Pacific missile defence radar
    The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is requesting USD274.7 million in fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020) to continue development of the Home Defense Radar in Hawaii (HDR-H), which is scheduled to be available in 2023, USD6.7 million for a Pacific Discriminat…
    - 13 days ago 12 Mar 19, 1:00am -

Navy International

  • Thales builds up UK naval combat facility in support of Type 31e bid
    Thales is to open a UK centre of excellence to develop its TACTICOS naval combat management system (CMS) in support of the Royal Navy’s (RN’s) future Type 31e frigate programme. As part of the Babcock-led Team 31, which is proposing the Arrowhea…
    - 3 days ago 22 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Arleigh Burke destroyer life extensions accelerate US Navy’s shipbuilding plan
    The US Navy (USN) plan to extend the lives of its guided-missile Arleigh Burke-class destroyers (DDGs) anchors the service’s efforts to reach its 355-ship-fleet goal decades ahead of initially scheduled. The USN’s 2020 30-year shipbuilding plan,…
    - 3 days ago 22 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Brazil launches the second locally developed anti-ship missile
    The Brazilian Navy successfully launched the second prototype of the MANSUP (Míssil Antinavio Nacional de Superfície) surface-to-surface anti-ship missile from Niterói-class frigate Independência (F44) on 20 March. The corvette Barroso (V34) lau…
    - 3 days ago 22 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • US Marine Corps modifies weapons loader adapter for F-35B
    The US Marine Corps (USMC) modified support equipment to allow the guided bomb unit (GBU)-49 munition to be used on the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) variant. When the USMC…
    - 4 days ago 21 Mar 19, 2:00am -
  • Brazil considers helicopter carrier modernisation
    The Brazilian Navy has started initial studies for the installation of new systems meant to improve its PHM Atlantico (A140) multipurpose helicopter carrier. The potential modernisation would improve key capabilities of the navy’s flagship vessel…
    - 6 days ago 19 Mar 19, 2:00am -
  • Malaysia revises contract for Littoral Mission Ships
    Key Points Malaysia has revised its four warship contract with a Chinese shipbuilder The revision is latest in a series of Sino-Malaysia emendations undertaken by the new government since taking power in mid-2018 A contract to build Littoral Mi…
    - 7 days ago 18 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Elbit Systems wins Hellenic Coast Guard patrol vessels combat systems contract
    Elbit Systems has been awarded a contract from Italian shipyard Cantiere Navale Vittoria SpA to supply combat suites and systems integration on three new patrol vessels for the Hellenic Coast Guard, the Israeli company said. The contract calls for…
    - 10 days ago 15 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • US Navy awards contract to Raytheon for three AN/SPY-6(V)1 radar systems
    US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) awarded Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems a USD402.7 million fixed-price-incentive, firm-target contract modification, exercising options for the Air and Missile Defense Radar Program (AMDR) for low-rate initia…
    - 10 days ago 15 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Naval Group team selected for BE/NL MCM programme
    An industry team led by France’s Naval Group has been selected to provide Belgium and the Netherlands (BE/NL) with a next generation stand-off mine countermeasures (MCM) capability based on mother ships employing a ‘toolbox’ of offboard MCM sys…
    - 10 days ago 15 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Brazil to modernise CMS of three frigates
    The Brazilian Navy will significantly improve the command-and-control capability of three of its six Niterói-class Mk 10 frigates as part of the strategic Achieving Full Operational Capacity project. The local privately owned company CONSUB Defesa…
    - 10 days ago 15 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Indonesia to receive ZOKA torpedo countermeasures for Nagapasa submarines
    Key Points Indonesia’s Nagapasa-class submarines will be equipped with jammers and decoys from Turkish company Aselsan The equipment will provide the vessels with protection and deception capabilities against hostile torpedoes Turkish defence…
    - 10 days ago 14 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • Japan, US, UK navies further strengthen ASW interoperability in Western Pacific
    The navies of Japan, the US, and the UK have taken steps to further enhance anti-submarine warfare (ASW) interoperability between the three services by conducting another trilateral exercise in the Western Pacific region. The drills, which are only…
    - 10 days ago 14 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • Singapore, Malaysia suspend overlapping maritime claims in waters off Tuas
    Key Points The governments of Malaysia and Singapore have agreed to not anchor any government vessels in the disputed maritime region However, Malaysia has yet to withdraw a buoy-laying tender from the area as of 15 March, casting uncertainties o…
    - 10 days ago 14 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • New Zealand’s future hydrography ship begins sea trials
    Key Points A hydrographic and diving support vessel meant for the Royal New Zealand Navy has begun trials to validate its naval equipment The service is on track to operate the ship by November The Royal New Zealand Navy’s (RNZN’s) future h…
    - 10 days ago 14 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • Brazil plans to acquire a new support vessel to expand Antarctic operations
    The Brazilian Navy has issued a request for information for a support vessel that will assist the nation’s Antarctic operations, according to a recent announcement in the Brazilian government’s Diário Oficial da União (DOU). Brazil’s Antarc…
    - 11 days ago 14 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • Pentagon budget 2020: USN spending plan sets course for unmanned surface vehicles
    The proposed US Navy (USN) fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020) budget kicks off the purchasing plan for the USN’s planned new fleet of unmanned surface vehicles (USVs), which is part of the new vision for the service highlighted relatively recently for Admi…
    - 12 days ago 13 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • Indonesia leans towards Iver Huitfeldt class for frigate acquisition
    Key Points A variant of Denmark’s Iver Huitfeldt class has emerged as a front-runner in Indonesia’s USD720 million two-frigate acquisition programme Development follows a defence industry co-operation agreement signed between Denmark’s Oden…
    - 12 days ago 12 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • Pentagon budget 2020: USN carrier budget decision sparks criticism
    The US Navy (USN) plan to delay – and possibly eliminate – the refuelling of a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier has already elicited criticism in Washington. In its fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020) budget proposal released on 12 March, the USN said, “…
    - 13 days ago 12 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • Thales ships first modular cylindrical array for Collins submarine sonar upgrade
    Thales UK has shipped the first replacement bow sonar array for Australia’s Collins-class submarine upgrade programme. The new modular cylindrical array (MCA) will be installed on HMAS Waller as part of the Collins Sonar Capability Assurance Progr…
    - 13 days ago 12 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • UK sets sights on Harpoon missile replacement
    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is set to move forward with the competitive acquisition of an interim ship-launched heavyweight anti-ship missile system to succeed the current GWS 60/Harpoon Block 1C system in Royal Navy (RN) service. A prior infor…
    - 14 days ago 11 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Japan launches third Shikishima-class vessel
    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) launched a 6,500-tonne patrol vessel for the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) on 8 March. The 150 m vessel, which has been named Reimei , will be the third Shikishima-class ship in service with the JCG once it is commission…
    - 14 days ago 10 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • Philippine awards contract to equip José Rizal class with anti-air missiles
    Key Points Manila has awarded a USD12 million contract to MBDA for surface-to-air missiles Weapons will provide the new José Rizal-class frigates with short-range defences against aerial, and small surface threats The Philippine Department of…
    - 14 days ago 10 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • NAVAIR to test Autonomous Cargo UAS payload requirement
    The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) plans to conduct an ‘Autonomous Cargo UAS (unmanned aircraft system) Experiment’ to identify and evaluate proposed UAS systems’ ability to autonomously deliver payloads weighing up to 50 lb (23 kg) betw…
    - 17 days ago 8 Mar 19, 2:00am -
  • Indonesia begins installation of Millennium Gun, VL MICA on lead Martadinata frigate
    Key Points Indonesia’s first Martadinata-class frigate is being equipped with close-range air defence capabilities Installation of these weapons on both vessels is expected to complete this year Indonesian state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL has b…
    - 17 days ago 7 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • Plans to deploy four Littoral Combat Ships in Singapore unchanged, says PACOM commander
    The US Navy (USN) still plans to operate up to four of its Littoral Combat Ships out of Singapore, a senior service official has confirmed. In response to questions from Jane’s on 7 March, Admiral Phil Davidson, commander of the US Indo-Pacific C…
    - 17 days ago 7 Mar 19, 11:00pm -

Jane's Defence

  • Norway orders Leopard 2-based Leguan AVLBs
    The Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) signed an agreement with Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) on 21 March for the procurement of six Leguan armoured vehicle-launched bridge (AVLB) systems based on the Leopard 2 chassis, the company disclosed on 2…
    - 3 days ago 22 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Indian MoD approves INR2.5 billion worth of procurements
    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) approved procurements and projects worth INR2.5 billion (USD36.4 million) for the Indian armed forces on 20 March. Official sources said the bulk of the allocation by the MoD’s Defence Acquisition Council (DAC),…
    - 3 days ago 22 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Bolivian Air Force to upgrade UH-1H helicopters
    The Bolivian government has authorised a budgetary increase of BOB47.7 million (USD6.8 million) to upgrade the air force’s Bell UH-1H ‘Huey’ helicopters for counter-narcotics operations. The funding, which was approved on 19 March, is in addi…
    - 3 days ago 22 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Denel looking for T5-52 howitzer sale in Asia
    Denel Land Systems is in negotiations with an Asian country to purchase the company’s latest T5-52 wheeled self-propelled artillery system, a company source told Jane’s . The source said negotiations with the undisclosed country were ongoing and…
    - 3 days ago 22 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Brazil launches the second locally developed anti-ship missile
    The Brazilian Navy successfully launched the second prototype of the MANSUP (Míssil Antinavio Nacional de Superfície) surface-to-surface anti-ship missile from Niterói-class frigate Independência (F44) on 20 March. The corvette Barroso (V34) lau…
    - 3 days ago 22 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Nigerian Army receives new indigenous MRAP
    The Nigerian Army has taken delivery of five improved Proforce Ara mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles in early March, an industry source told Jane’s . These are now deployed in northeast Nigeria as part of the ongoing counter-insurge…
    - 3 days ago 22 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Russian helicopters receive new NVG system
    Russia’s military rotary-wing aircraft fleet has been fully refitted with new night vision goggles (NVG), a source from the country’s aerospace industry has told Jane’s . “Following an incident on 12 April 2016, when a Mil Mi-28N attack heli…
    - 3 days ago 22 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Arleigh Burke destroyer life extensions accelerate US Navy’s shipbuilding plan
    The US Navy (USN) plan to extend the lives of its guided-missile Arleigh Burke-class destroyers (DDGs) anchors the service’s efforts to reach its 355-ship-fleet goal decades ahead of initially scheduled. The USN’s 2020 30-year shipbuilding plan,…
    - 3 days ago 22 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Thales builds up UK naval combat facility in support of Type 31e bid
    Thales is to open a UK centre of excellence to develop its TACTICOS naval combat management system (CMS) in support of the Royal Navy’s (RN’s) future Type 31e frigate programme. As part of the Babcock-led Team 31, which is proposing the Arrowhea…
    - 3 days ago 22 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • UK signs for E-7 AEW&C aircraft
    The UK has signed for five Boeing E-7 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft for USD1.98 billion, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 22 March. The E-7 (also known as the E-737) aircraft are being procured to replace the Royal A…
    - 3 days ago 22 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Defiant makes maiden flight
    The Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 Defiant co-axial compound helicopter made its maiden flight on 21 March. The flight, which took place at Sikorsky’s West Palm Beach facility in Florida, came some three months after the aircraft was rolled out in late Dec…
    - 3 days ago 21 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • QinetiQ wins US Army CRS(I) contract
    QinetiQ North America has been selected by the US Department of Defense (DoD) to fulfil the US Army’s requirement for small unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) under the Common Robotic System (Individual) (CRS[I]) programme. The seven-year indefinite…
    - 3 days ago 21 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • ST Engineering positions Bronco to meet Bv206 requirements
    Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering) is positioning its Bronco 3 to address the potential emerging requirements of current Bv206 users, according to Dominic Phoon, vice-president and product director of the Programme Management Office.…
    - 4 days ago 21 Mar 19, 2:00am -
  • USCG looks to accelerate ScanEagle deployments
    The US Coast Guard (USCG) wants to get more ScanEagle unmanned aerial systems (UASs) into the fleet and deploy the systems more quickly. “ScanEagle is truly a game-changer for our crews,” Admiral Karl Schultz, USCG commandant, said on 21 March…
    - 4 days ago 21 Mar 19, 2:00am -
  • US Marine Corps modifies weapons loader adapter for F-35B
    The US Marine Corps (USMC) modified support equipment to allow the guided bomb unit (GBU)-49 munition to be used on the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) variant. When the USMC…
    - 4 days ago 21 Mar 19, 2:00am -
  • MBDA test fires Brimstone 3
    European missile house MBDA completed the first firing trial of the Brimstone 3 precision strike missile at the Vidsel Test Range in Sweden last month, the company has disclosed. Conducted in temperatures below -30°, the missile was surface launch…
    - 4 days ago 21 Mar 19, 2:00am -
  • Houthi UAVs infiltrate Saudi airspace
    An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operated by Yemen’s Ansar Allah rebel group (popularly known as the Houthis) has penetrated more than 120 km into Saudi airspace to film a desalination plant on the kingdom’s Red Sea coast. The confirmation of t…
    - 4 days ago 21 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • Update: BAE begins Meteor and SPEAR integration for F-35
    BAE Systems has begun integrating the next tranche of UK-specific weapons onto the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning combat aircraft. The company announced on 18 March that it had been sub-contracted by Lockheed Martin to begin integrating the MBDA Me…
    - 4 days ago 20 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • Australia to extend service life of Anzac-class frigates amid concerns about sustainment
    The Anzac-class frigates of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) are to have their service life extended by up to 10 years amid potential concerns about their future seaworthiness and capability. According to a report on sustainment of the eight-ship cl…
    - 4 days ago 20 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • French/UK Future Cruise/Anti-Ship Weapon programme passes Key Review
    The joint French/UK Future Cruise/Anti-Ship Weapon (FC/ASW) programme has successfully completed a milestone review intended to identify the most promising missile concepts and narrow down the list of potential technical solutions. Work will now fo…
    - 4 days ago 20 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • Defence partners with SYPAQ to innovate battlefield logistics unmanned aerial system for army
    The Australian Army in partnership with the Defence Innovation Hub has awarded SYPAQ an innovation contract to develop and demonstrate a next generation battlefield logistics small unmanned aircraft system (UAS). The Australian Ministry of Defence…
    - 4 days ago 20 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • Rheinmetall Mission Master UGV qualified for firing 70 mm rockets
    Rheinmetall Canada’s Mission Master unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) fired Thales 70 mm rockets during Rheinmetall Denel Munition’s Ammunition Capability Demonstration (ACD) 2019 at Denel’s Overberg test range on 20 March. The UGV, which is cont…
    - 4 days ago 20 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • Turkey carries out vertical test fire of Hisar-A SAM
    Turkey has successfully vertically test fired missiles for the locally developed short-range Hisar-A surface-to-air missile (SAM) system, the Presidency of the Turkish Defence Industries (SSB) announced on 20 March. “Hisar-A, during its first ver…
    - 5 days ago 20 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • US awards USD2.5 billion for submarine programmes
    With the proposed US Navy (USN) fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020) budget calling for a ramp-up in submarine funding, the service has awarded about USD2.5 billion in recent submarine programme contracts. The largest deal is a USD2 billion contract modifica…
    - 5 days ago 20 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • Japan to develop long-range air-to-surface cruise missiles
    Key Points Japan will extend the range of its ASM-3 air-launched anti-ship missile The weapon will be used to extend Japan’s ability to defend its remote southwestern islands Tokyo is planning to develop long-range air-to-surface cruise missi…
    - 5 days ago 20 Mar 19, 12:00am -

Intelligence Review

Platforms

  • Russian helicopters receive new NVG system
    Russia’s military rotary-wing aircraft fleet has been fully refitted with new night vision goggles (NVG), a source from the country’s aerospace industry has told Jane’s . “Following an incident on 12 April 2016, when a Mil Mi-28N attack heli…
    - 3 days ago 22 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Nigerian Army receives new indigenous MRAP
    The Nigerian Army has taken delivery of five improved Proforce Ara mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles in early March, an industry source told Jane’s . These are now deployed in northeast Nigeria as part of the ongoing counter-insurge…
    - 3 days ago 22 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Bolivian Air Force to upgrade UH-1H helicopters
    The Bolivian government has authorised a budgetary increase of BOB47.7 million (USD6.8 million) to upgrade the air force’s Bell UH-1H ‘Huey’ helicopters for counter-narcotics operations. The funding, which was approved on 19 March, is in addi…
    - 3 days ago 22 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • UK signs for E-7 AEW&C aircraft
    The UK has signed for five Boeing E-7 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft for USD1.98 billion, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 22 March. The E-7 (also known as the E-737) aircraft are being procured to replace the Royal A…
    - 3 days ago 22 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Brazil launches the second locally developed anti-ship missile
    The Brazilian Navy successfully launched the second prototype of the MANSUP (Míssil Antinavio Nacional de Superfície) surface-to-surface anti-ship missile from Niterói-class frigate Independência (F44) on 20 March. The corvette Barroso (V34) lau…
    - 3 days ago 22 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Arleigh Burke destroyer life extensions accelerate US Navy’s shipbuilding plan
    The US Navy (USN) plan to extend the lives of its guided-missile Arleigh Burke-class destroyers (DDGs) anchors the service’s efforts to reach its 355-ship-fleet goal decades ahead of initially scheduled. The USN’s 2020 30-year shipbuilding plan,…
    - 3 days ago 22 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Denel looking for T5-52 howitzer sale in Asia
    Denel Land Systems is in negotiations with an Asian country to purchase the company’s latest T5-52 wheeled self-propelled artillery system, a company source told Jane’s . The source said negotiations with the undisclosed country were ongoing and…
    - 3 days ago 22 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Thales builds up UK naval combat facility in support of Type 31e bid
    Thales is to open a UK centre of excellence to develop its TACTICOS naval combat management system (CMS) in support of the Royal Navy’s (RN’s) future Type 31e frigate programme. As part of the Babcock-led Team 31, which is proposing the Arrowhea…
    - 3 days ago 22 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Norway orders Leopard 2-based Leguan AVLBs
    The Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) signed an agreement with Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) on 21 March for the procurement of six Leguan armoured vehicle-launched bridge (AVLB) systems based on the Leopard 2 chassis, the company disclosed on 2…
    - 3 days ago 22 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Defiant makes maiden flight
    The Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 Defiant co-axial compound helicopter made its maiden flight on 21 March. The flight, which took place at Sikorsky’s West Palm Beach facility in Florida, came some three months after the aircraft was rolled out in late Dec…
    - 3 days ago 21 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • QinetiQ wins US Army CRS(I) contract
    QinetiQ North America has been selected by the US Department of Defense (DoD) to fulfil the US Army’s requirement for small unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) under the Common Robotic System (Individual) (CRS[I]) programme. The seven-year indefinite…
    - 3 days ago 21 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • ST Engineering positions Bronco to meet Bv206 requirements
    Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering) is positioning its Bronco 3 to address the potential emerging requirements of current Bv206 users, according to Dominic Phoon, vice-president and product director of the Programme Management Office.…
    - 4 days ago 21 Mar 19, 2:00am -
  • USCG looks to accelerate ScanEagle deployments
    The US Coast Guard (USCG) wants to get more ScanEagle unmanned aerial systems (UASs) into the fleet and deploy the systems more quickly. “ScanEagle is truly a game-changer for our crews,” Admiral Karl Schultz, USCG commandant, said on 21 March…
    - 4 days ago 21 Mar 19, 2:00am -
  • Houthi UAVs infiltrate Saudi airspace
    An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operated by Yemen’s Ansar Allah rebel group (popularly known as the Houthis) has penetrated more than 120 km into Saudi airspace to film a desalination plant on the kingdom’s Red Sea coast. The confirmation of t…
    - 4 days ago 21 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • Australia to extend service life of Anzac-class frigates amid concerns about sustainment
    The Anzac-class frigates of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) are to have their service life extended by up to 10 years amid potential concerns about their future seaworthiness and capability. According to a report on sustainment of the eight-ship cl…
    - 4 days ago 20 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • Rheinmetall Mission Master UGV qualified for firing 70 mm rockets
    Rheinmetall Canada’s Mission Master unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) fired Thales 70 mm rockets during Rheinmetall Denel Munition’s Ammunition Capability Demonstration (ACD) 2019 at Denel’s Overberg test range on 20 March. The UGV, which is cont…
    - 4 days ago 20 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • US awards USD2.5 billion for submarine programmes
    With the proposed US Navy (USN) fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020) budget calling for a ramp-up in submarine funding, the service has awarded about USD2.5 billion in recent submarine programme contracts. The largest deal is a USD2 billion contract modifica…
    - 5 days ago 20 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • Qatar receives first Apache attack helicopter
    Qatar has received the first of its recently ordered Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters, the US Embassy in Doha disclosed on 20 March. The first of 24 helicopters for the Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) was handed over during a formal de…
    - 5 days ago 20 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Turkey receives first two Bombardier aircraft to be fitted with airborne stand-off jammers
    Two Bombardier Global 6000 business jets have arrived in Turkey to be fitted with airborne stand-off jammers (Air SOJ) developed by Aselsan. The Air SOJ, also known as the Remote Electronic Support/Electronic Attack Ability in Air Platform Project,…
    - 5 days ago 20 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Update: Italy begins Typhoon deployment to Iceland
    The Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare Italiana: AMI) has deployed an undisclosed number of Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft to Keflavik Airbase to conduct NATO air policing and training duties over Iceland. The deployment for NATO’s ‘A…
    - 5 days ago 19 Mar 19, 10:00pm -
  • Romanian F-16s reach initial operational capability
    Romania has declared initial operational capability for its first 12 F-16s. During the ceremony at the 86th Air Force Base ‘Lieutenant Aviator Gheorghe Mociornita’ in Borcea on 14 March, Romanian Defence Minister Gabriel Les said, “Today we are…
    - 6 days ago 19 Mar 19, 2:00am -
  • Brazil considers helicopter carrier modernisation
    The Brazilian Navy has started initial studies for the installation of new systems meant to improve its PHM Atlantico (A140) multipurpose helicopter carrier. The potential modernisation would improve key capabilities of the navy’s flagship vessel…
    - 6 days ago 19 Mar 19, 2:00am -
  • Ethiopian Pantsyr-S1 revealed
    Ethiopia is operating at least one Russian-made Pantsyr-S1 short-range air defence system, local television news footage has revealed. The system was displayed during an event marking Defense Force Day in February, but its presence only became appa…
    - 6 days ago 19 Mar 19, 2:00am -
  • Qatar planning to buy Altay tanks
    Qatar is planning to order 100 Altay main battle tanks, Turkish officials have revealed. Ali Ihsan Yavuz, the vice chairman of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party, told the media on 12 March that the order had been placed, saying the fi…
    - 6 days ago 19 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • Australia to field four special mission Peregrine aircraft
    Australia is to field a new modified Gulfstream G550 business jet known as the MC-55A Peregrine, the Department of Defence (DoD) disclosed. The announcement that the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is to receive four such aircraft was made by Min…
    - 6 days ago 18 Mar 19, 11:00pm -

Air Platforms

  • Bolivian Air Force to upgrade UH-1H helicopters
    The Bolivian government has authorised a budgetary increase of BOB47.7 million (USD6.8 million) to upgrade the air force’s Bell UH-1H ‘Huey’ helicopters for counter-narcotics operations. The funding, which was approved on 19 March, is in addi…
    - 3 days ago 22 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Russian helicopters receive new NVG system
    Russia’s military rotary-wing aircraft fleet has been fully refitted with new night vision goggles (NVG), a source from the country’s aerospace industry has told Jane’s . “Following an incident on 12 April 2016, when a Mil Mi-28N attack heli…
    - 3 days ago 22 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • UK signs for E-7 AEW&C aircraft
    The UK has signed for five Boeing E-7 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft for USD1.98 billion, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 22 March. The E-7 (also known as the E-737) aircraft are being procured to replace the Royal A…
    - 3 days ago 22 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Defiant makes maiden flight
    The Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 Defiant co-axial compound helicopter made its maiden flight on 21 March. The flight, which took place at Sikorsky’s West Palm Beach facility in Florida, came some three months after the aircraft was rolled out in late Dec…
    - 3 days ago 21 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • USCG looks to accelerate ScanEagle deployments
    The US Coast Guard (USCG) wants to get more ScanEagle unmanned aerial systems (UASs) into the fleet and deploy the systems more quickly. “ScanEagle is truly a game-changer for our crews,” Admiral Karl Schultz, USCG commandant, said on 21 March…
    - 4 days ago 21 Mar 19, 2:00am -
  • Houthi UAVs infiltrate Saudi airspace
    An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operated by Yemen’s Ansar Allah rebel group (popularly known as the Houthis) has penetrated more than 120 km into Saudi airspace to film a desalination plant on the kingdom’s Red Sea coast. The confirmation of t…
    - 4 days ago 21 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • Qatar receives first Apache attack helicopter
    Qatar has received the first of its recently ordered Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters, the US Embassy in Doha disclosed on 20 March. The first of 24 helicopters for the Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) was handed over during a formal de…
    - 5 days ago 20 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Turkey receives first two Bombardier aircraft to be fitted with airborne stand-off jammers
    Two Bombardier Global 6000 business jets have arrived in Turkey to be fitted with airborne stand-off jammers (Air SOJ) developed by Aselsan. The Air SOJ, also known as the Remote Electronic Support/Electronic Attack Ability in Air Platform Project,…
    - 5 days ago 20 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Update: Italy begins Typhoon deployment to Iceland
    The Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare Italiana: AMI) has deployed an undisclosed number of Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft to Keflavik Airbase to conduct NATO air policing and training duties over Iceland. The deployment for NATO’s ‘A…
    - 5 days ago 19 Mar 19, 10:00pm -
  • Romanian F-16s reach initial operational capability
    Romania has declared initial operational capability for its first 12 F-16s. During the ceremony at the 86th Air Force Base ‘Lieutenant Aviator Gheorghe Mociornita’ in Borcea on 14 March, Romanian Defence Minister Gabriel Les said, “Today we are…
    - 6 days ago 19 Mar 19, 2:00am -
  • Australia to field four special mission Peregrine aircraft
    Australia is to field a new modified Gulfstream G550 business jet known as the MC-55A Peregrine, the Department of Defence (DoD) disclosed. The announcement that the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is to receive four such aircraft was made by Min…
    - 6 days ago 18 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • Estonia receives first of two donated C-145As
    Estonia has received the first of two former US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) C-145A tactical transport aircraft to replace its two Soviet-era Antonov An-2 ‘Colt’ platforms. The US Embassy in Talli…
    - 6 days ago 18 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • Brazilian Navy works to grow its aviation wing
    Brazil is upgrading or buying a series of new aviation assets as it has commissioned new amphibious ships and aspires to grow its navy’s reach. The Brazilian Navy commissioned NDM Bahia (G40) landing platform dock in 2016 and PHM Atlantico (A140)…
    - 7 days ago 18 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • US Air Force reveals additional KC-46A FOD containment details
    Key Points Boeing is performing, on average, five sweeps per KC-46A aircraft among other FOD containment procedures The US Air Force recently halted deliveries due to FOD concerns Boeing is performing, on average, five sweeps per KC-46A Pegasus…
    - 10 days ago 14 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • UAE debuts ‘weaponised’ UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter
    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Joint Aviation Command showcased UH-60M helicopters upgraded to Armed Black Hawk standard for the first time in public during the IDEX 2019 exhibition held in Abu Dhabi in February. Developed by Lockheed Martin’s Si…
    - 11 days ago 14 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • Russian military to receive medium-range UCAVs in 2019
    The Russian armed forces will commission medium-range unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs) for the first time in 2019, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu announced during a session of the State Duma’s defence committee on 11 March. Shoigu…
    - 11 days ago 14 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • US Air Force resumes KC-46A acceptance
    Key Points The US Air Force resumed accepting KC-46A aircraft after a brief pause owing to foreign object debris issues A key USAF official said close inspections of Boeing processes could continue for at least another year The US Air Force (US…
    - 11 days ago 13 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • Refurbishment of IAF’s Mi-26 helicopters faces delay
    The Indian Air Force (IAF) is facing delays in its plans to overhaul its fleet of three Mil Mi-26 ‘Halo’ heavy-lift helicopters and extend the platforms’ total technical life (TTL). Official sources told Jane’s on 13 March that the Ministry…
    - 12 days ago 13 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • US Air Force to buy handful of light attack aircraft
    Key Points The US Air Force will buy two to three aircraft from each of its previous Light Attack Experiment participants The service was previously non-committal on procuring aircraft The US Air Force (USAF) will buy two to three aircraft each…
    - 12 days ago 13 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • Romania to buy additional F-16s
    Romania has launched the procedure for the acquisition of an additional 36 F-16 fighters to replace its obsolete MiG-21 Lancer fleet, Defence Minister Gabriel Les told national television station TVR 1 on 6 March. Les spoke of “a further 36 F-16…
    - 12 days ago 13 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • Pentagon budget 2020: US Air Force plans Light Attack Experiment expansion
    The US Air Force (USAF) is planning to expand its Light Attack Experiment (LAE) in fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020) to other aircraft classes such as rotary wing, unmanned, or turbojet, but what exactly the experiment will look like is still to be determin…
    - 13 days ago 12 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • Pentagon budget 2020: DoD eyes buying 144 total F-15EXs over time
    Key Points The US Air Force plans to buy eight F-15EX aircraft in FY 2020 The service wants to buy 144 F-15EXs over time to help lower its average fighter aircraft age The Pentagon wants to buy eight Boeing F-15EX fighters in fiscal year 2020 (…
    - 13 days ago 12 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • PLAAF operating ECM variant of Y-9 aircraft
    State-owned broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) has shown images of an electronic countermeasures (ECM) variant of the Shaanxi Y-9 four-engined, turboprop aircraft painted in the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) colour scheme: an…
    - 13 days ago 12 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Delivery of China’s heavy-lift helicopter forecast for 2032
    The joint Sino-Russian project to develop and build a 40-tonne helicopter is expected to deliver the first aircraft in 2032, Chinese state-owned newspaper Global Times reported on 10 March. The paper quoted comments made by Wu Ximing, chief helicopt…
    - 13 days ago 12 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Subaru hands over UH-X helicopter prototype to Japanese MoD
    The Subaru Corporation handed over a prototype of its new UH-X multirole medium helicopter to the Japan Ministry of Defense (MoD) at the company’s Utsunomiya plant in Tochigi Prefecture on 28 February. The move comes after the prototype, which is…
    - 13 days ago 12 Mar 19, 12:00am -

Land Platforms

  • Denel looking for T5-52 howitzer sale in Asia
    Denel Land Systems is in negotiations with an Asian country to purchase the company’s latest T5-52 wheeled self-propelled artillery system, a company source told Jane’s . The source said negotiations with the undisclosed country were ongoing and…
    - 3 days ago 22 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Nigerian Army receives new indigenous MRAP
    The Nigerian Army has taken delivery of five improved Proforce Ara mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles in early March, an industry source told Jane’s . These are now deployed in northeast Nigeria as part of the ongoing counter-insurge…
    - 3 days ago 22 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Norway orders Leopard 2-based Leguan AVLBs
    The Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) signed an agreement with Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) on 21 March for the procurement of six Leguan armoured vehicle-launched bridge (AVLB) systems based on the Leopard 2 chassis, the company disclosed on 2…
    - 3 days ago 22 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • QinetiQ wins US Army CRS(I) contract
    QinetiQ North America has been selected by the US Department of Defense (DoD) to fulfil the US Army’s requirement for small unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) under the Common Robotic System (Individual) (CRS[I]) programme. The seven-year indefinite…
    - 3 days ago 21 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • ST Engineering positions Bronco to meet Bv206 requirements
    Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering) is positioning its Bronco 3 to address the potential emerging requirements of current Bv206 users, according to Dominic Phoon, vice-president and product director of the Programme Management Office.…
    - 4 days ago 21 Mar 19, 2:00am -
  • Rheinmetall Mission Master UGV qualified for firing 70 mm rockets
    Rheinmetall Canada’s Mission Master unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) fired Thales 70 mm rockets during Rheinmetall Denel Munition’s Ammunition Capability Demonstration (ACD) 2019 at Denel’s Overberg test range on 20 March. The UGV, which is cont…
    - 4 days ago 20 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • Ethiopian Pantsyr-S1 revealed
    Ethiopia is operating at least one Russian-made Pantsyr-S1 short-range air defence system, local television news footage has revealed. The system was displayed during an event marking Defense Force Day in February, but its presence only became appa…
    - 6 days ago 19 Mar 19, 2:00am -
  • Qatar planning to buy Altay tanks
    Qatar is planning to order 100 Altay main battle tanks, Turkish officials have revealed. Ali Ihsan Yavuz, the vice chairman of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party, told the media on 12 March that the order had been placed, saying the fi…
    - 6 days ago 19 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • Pentagon budget 2020: US Army eyes AMPV LRIP-3 buy
    The US Army intends to purchase 131 additional Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicles (AMPVs) in 2020, some of which will fall under a third low-rate initial production (LRIP-3) buy. According to fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020) budget planning documents, the se…
    - 6 days ago 18 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • Pentagon budget 2020: US Army details five-year, USD703 million NGCV prototyping plans
    Over the next five years, US Army leaders want to spend USD703 million to develop and evaluate Next Generation Combat Vehicle (NGCVs) prototypes. In the Trump administration’s fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020) budget request to Congress, the army laid o…
    - 7 days ago 18 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • France to integrate FELIN soldier system into overall Scorpion update
    The French Army will integrate its existing Fantassin à Équipements et Liaisons Intégrés (FELIN) dismounted soldier system into its Scorpion modernisation programme and is investigating capabilities to add even more, including an augmented realit…
    - 10 days ago 15 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Sudan reveals ‘Shareef-3’ upgrade to BTR-70
    Sudan’s Military Industry Corporation (MIC) has expanded its range of wheeled armoured personnel carriers (APC) with an upgraded Russian BTR-70 8×8 called the Shareef-3. Shareef-3 replaces BTR-70’s original two ZMZ-4905 engines with a more fue…
    - 11 days ago 14 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • Iraq takes first steps to producing its own military vehicles
    Iraq’s Samar Alkhair factory, a subsidiary of the Iraqi State Military Industries Company, unveiled an indigenously produced, lightly armoured 4×4 vehicle at the IQDEX exhibition, which was held in Baghdad from 9–12 March. Called the Hajjam 1,…
    - 11 days ago 14 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • European land forces pursue UGV technologies for future infantry operations
    European armed forces should collaborate further to explore concepts of operation, tactics, techniques, and procedures associated with emerging unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) technology, defence sources told Jane’s . Addressing delegates at SMi’…
    - 11 days ago 14 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Pentagon budget 2020: More funding proposed for USMC ACVs
    The proposed fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020) US Navy budget includes about USD395.3 million for the US Marine Corps (USMC) to begin the full-rate production of lot 3 for Increment 1.1 of 56 Amphibious Combat Vehicles (ACVs). The FY 2019 budget included…
    - 12 days ago 13 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Canada receives final TAPVs
    The Department of National Defence of the Government of Canada recently confirmed to Jane’s the receipt of all 500 Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicles (TAPVs) under order. The last vehicle was delivered in December 2018. The government of Canada had…
    - 14 days ago 11 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Poland seeks new tank destroyers
    On 27 February Poland’s Armament Inspectorate announced a technical dialogue (a request for information) regarding the procurement of an anti-tank ‘battalion module’ to replace the Polish land forces’ 9K14P Malyutka-P self-propelled anti-tank…
    - 18 days ago 7 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Norinco marketing SH-15 155 mm artillery system for export
    China North Industries Corporation (Norinco) is marketing a 155 mm self-propelled (SP) gun-howitzer (GH) called the SH-15. The system’s builder is unconfirmed. It is based on a 6×6 chassis that has a four-door fully enclosed cab at the front, wi…
    - 19 days ago 6 Mar 19, 2:00am -
  • Russia’s FPI unveils Marker armed UGV
    Video footage of Russia’s new combat-capable Marker unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) emerged in early February. The Marker UGV is a joint project between the Foundation for Advanced Studies (FPI), Russia’s equivalent to the US Defense Advanced Res…
    - 19 days ago 6 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • US deploys THAAD to Israel for first time
    The US military has deployed a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to Israel for the first time, US European Command (EUCOM) and the Israeli Air Force (IAF) announced on 4 March. EUCOM said the system was from the Texas-based 11th Ai…
    - 20 days ago 5 Mar 19, 2:00am -
  • Ukraine details latest T-80 upgrades, announces plans to produce T-84s this year
    The Ukrainian armed forces have received upgraded T-80BV main battle tanks, according to a 1 March press release from state-owned company UkrOboronProm. The new vehicles have been delivered to Ukraine’s Airborne Assault Force as well as its Marin…
    - 20 days ago 5 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Singapore’s next-generation AFV seen with missile-capable remote weapons station
    A possible missile-armed variant of the Singapore Army’s 29-tonne tracked Next-Generation Armoured Fighting Vehicle (NGAFV), a troop carrying variant of the service’s Next Generation Armoured Vehicle (NGAV) family of tracked vehicles, has been re…
    - 21 days ago 3 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • US Army awaiting Stryker upgunning decision
    US Army leaders are continuing to prepare for a potential move to upgun their Strykers with a 30 mm cannon, but a final decision has not yet been made. In a late-February notice on the Federal Business Opportunities website, the service said that a…
    - 24 days ago 1 Mar 19, 2:00am -
  • Russian T-90M MBT expected to finish trials in 2019
    Russia’s new T-90M Proryv-3 (Breakthrough-3) main battle tank (MBT) may finish its state trials this year, Jane’s has learned. “Having confirmed the main specifications drafted in its technical terms of reference, the [T-90M] vehicle is now c…
    - 24 days ago 1 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • US Army lays out plans to compete ISV contract, acquire 651 vehicles
    The US Army Requirements Oversight Council (AROC) has given the service approval to move out an Infantry Squad Vehicle (ISV) competition and produce 651 vehicles by the end of 2024. In a recent announcement on the Federal Business Opportunities web…
    - 25 days ago 28 Feb 19, 2:00am -

Sea Platforms

  • Arleigh Burke destroyer life extensions accelerate US Navy’s shipbuilding plan
    The US Navy (USN) plan to extend the lives of its guided-missile Arleigh Burke-class destroyers (DDGs) anchors the service’s efforts to reach its 355-ship-fleet goal decades ahead of initially scheduled. The USN’s 2020 30-year shipbuilding plan,…
    - 3 days ago 22 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Brazil launches the second locally developed anti-ship missile
    The Brazilian Navy successfully launched the second prototype of the MANSUP (Míssil Antinavio Nacional de Superfície) surface-to-surface anti-ship missile from Niterói-class frigate Independência (F44) on 20 March. The corvette Barroso (V34) lau…
    - 3 days ago 22 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Thales builds up UK naval combat facility in support of Type 31e bid
    Thales is to open a UK centre of excellence to develop its TACTICOS naval combat management system (CMS) in support of the Royal Navy’s (RN’s) future Type 31e frigate programme. As part of the Babcock-led Team 31, which is proposing the Arrowhea…
    - 3 days ago 22 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Australia to extend service life of Anzac-class frigates amid concerns about sustainment
    The Anzac-class frigates of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) are to have their service life extended by up to 10 years amid potential concerns about their future seaworthiness and capability. According to a report on sustainment of the eight-ship cl…
    - 4 days ago 20 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • US awards USD2.5 billion for submarine programmes
    With the proposed US Navy (USN) fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020) budget calling for a ramp-up in submarine funding, the service has awarded about USD2.5 billion in recent submarine programme contracts. The largest deal is a USD2 billion contract modifica…
    - 5 days ago 20 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • Brazil considers helicopter carrier modernisation
    The Brazilian Navy has started initial studies for the installation of new systems meant to improve its PHM Atlantico (A140) multipurpose helicopter carrier. The potential modernisation would improve key capabilities of the navy’s flagship vessel…
    - 6 days ago 19 Mar 19, 2:00am -
  • Brazil seeks to upgrade Barroso corvette
    The Brazilian Navy plans to extend the life of one of its front-line combat ships, Barroso (V34). The modernisation will significantly increase the ship’s capabilities and extend its service life, although the navy has not indicated how much addi…
    - 6 days ago 18 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • Japan commissions 10th Soryu-class submarine
    Key Points The JMSDF has commissioned its 10th Soryu-class SSK The Soryu-class boats are Japan’s first submarines to feature AIP, which enables them to stay submerged for extended periods The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) commissi…
    - 7 days ago 18 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Kongsberg Maritime readies HUGIN Superior AUV
    Norway’s Kongsberg Maritime is expecting to complete development of its HUGIN Superior multirole autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) by the end of 2019, company officials told Jane’s . The HUGIN Superior will be the newest and largest member of…
    - 7 days ago 18 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Brazil to modernise CMS of three frigates
    The Brazilian Navy will significantly improve the command-and-control capability of three of its six Niterói-class Mk 10 frigates as part of the strategic Achieving Full Operational Capacity project. The local privately owned company CONSUB Defesa…
    - 10 days ago 15 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Naval Group team selected for BE/NL MCM programme
    An industry team led by France’s Naval Group has been selected to provide Belgium and the Netherlands (BE/NL) with a next generation stand-off mine countermeasures (MCM) capability based on mother ships employing a ‘toolbox’ of offboard MCM sys…
    - 10 days ago 15 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • New Zealand’s future hydrography ship begins sea trials
    Key Points A hydrographic and diving support vessel meant for the Royal New Zealand Navy has begun trials to validate its naval equipment The service is on track to operate the ship by November The Royal New Zealand Navy’s (RNZN’s) future h…
    - 10 days ago 14 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • Brazil plans to acquire a new support vessel to expand Antarctic operations
    The Brazilian Navy has issued a request for information for a support vessel that will assist the nation’s Antarctic operations, according to a recent announcement in the Brazilian government’s Diário Oficial da União (DOU). Brazil’s Antarc…
    - 11 days ago 14 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • Brazil receives BAFOs for its corvette project
    The four consortiums led by international shipbuilders vying to win the construction contract for four Tamandaré-class multi-purpose combat corvettes for the Brazilian Navy delivered their best and final offer (BAFO) on 8 March. The winner of the co…
    - 11 days ago 14 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Pentagon budget 2020: USN spending plan sets course for unmanned surface vehicles
    The proposed US Navy (USN) fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020) budget kicks off the purchasing plan for the USN’s planned new fleet of unmanned surface vehicles (USVs), which is part of the new vision for the service highlighted relatively recently for Admi…
    - 12 days ago 13 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • Pentagon budget 2020: More funding proposed for USMC ACVs
    The proposed fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020) US Navy budget includes about USD395.3 million for the US Marine Corps (USMC) to begin the full-rate production of lot 3 for Increment 1.1 of 56 Amphibious Combat Vehicles (ACVs). The FY 2019 budget included…
    - 12 days ago 13 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Indonesia leans towards Iver Huitfeldt class for frigate acquisition
    Key Points A variant of Denmark’s Iver Huitfeldt class has emerged as a front-runner in Indonesia’s USD720 million two-frigate acquisition programme Development follows a defence industry co-operation agreement signed between Denmark’s Oden…
    - 12 days ago 12 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • Pentagon budget 2020: USN augments surface force with new frigate and destroyers
    The proposed US Navy (USN) fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020) budget includes about USD1.3 billion for its proposed guided-missile frigate (FFG[X]) programme as the service continues to refine its cost estimates to support a detail design and construction (D…
    - 13 days ago 12 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • Pentagon budget 2020: USN carrier budget decision sparks criticism
    The US Navy (USN) plan to delay – and possibly eliminate – the refuelling of a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier has already elicited criticism in Washington. In its fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020) budget proposal released on 12 March, the USN said, “…
    - 13 days ago 12 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • Pentagon budget 2020: USN spending plan bolsters its logistical fleet with new-class ship funding
    The plan includes USD1.1 billion for two John Lewis-class fleet replenishment oilers (T-AO) and USD150.3 million for two towing, salvage, and rescue ships (T-ATS). The double-hulled T-AOs represent a new class of oilers to provide fuel and cargo de…
    - 13 days ago 12 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • STM signs contract amendment for Pakistan Navy’s Khalid-class submarine upgrades
    Turkish defence engineering company STM (Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret) has signed another contract amendment with the Pakistani government, in relation to mid-life upgrades on the latter’s three Khalid (Agosta 90B)-class diesel-ele…
    - 13 days ago 12 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Japan launches third Shikishima-class vessel
    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) launched a 6,500-tonne patrol vessel for the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) on 8 March. The 150 m vessel, which has been named Reimei , will be the third Shikishima-class ship in service with the JCG once it is commission…
    - 14 days ago 10 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • India signs USD3 billion SSN lease agreement with Russia
    India has signed a USD3 billion inter-governmental agreement (IGA) with Russia to lease another Project 971 ‘Akula’-class nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN) for the Indian Navy (IN) for 10 years from 2025 to augment the service’s capabiliti…
    - 17 days ago 8 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Admiral Gorshkov departs for first long-range cruise
    Russia’s newest frigate, first-in-class Admiral Gorshkov , passed through the English Channel on 5 March and headed out into the Bay of Biscay on its first long-range operational cruise. Admiral Gorshkov, which formally entered service with the Rus…
    - 18 days ago 7 Mar 19, 2:00am -
  • Poseidon-armed Russian submarine to be operational next year
    Russia’s first submarine equipped to launch the new Poseidon nuclear-armed underwater vehicle/torpedo will enter fleet service next year, according to state news agency TASS. The modified ‘Oscar’-class submarine Belgorod will be launched from…
    - 18 days ago 7 Mar 19, 2:00am -

Unmanned Platforms

  • QinetiQ wins US Army CRS(I) contract
    QinetiQ North America has been selected by the US Department of Defense (DoD) to fulfil the US Army’s requirement for small unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) under the Common Robotic System (Individual) (CRS[I]) programme. The seven-year indefinite…
    - 3 days ago 21 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • USCG looks to accelerate ScanEagle deployments
    The US Coast Guard (USCG) wants to get more ScanEagle unmanned aerial systems (UASs) into the fleet and deploy the systems more quickly. “ScanEagle is truly a game-changer for our crews,” Admiral Karl Schultz, USCG commandant, said on 21 March…
    - 4 days ago 21 Mar 19, 2:00am -
  • Houthi UAVs infiltrate Saudi airspace
    An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operated by Yemen’s Ansar Allah rebel group (popularly known as the Houthis) has penetrated more than 120 km into Saudi airspace to film a desalination plant on the kingdom’s Red Sea coast. The confirmation of t…
    - 4 days ago 21 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • Rheinmetall Mission Master UGV qualified for firing 70 mm rockets
    Rheinmetall Canada’s Mission Master unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) fired Thales 70 mm rockets during Rheinmetall Denel Munition’s Ammunition Capability Demonstration (ACD) 2019 at Denel’s Overberg test range on 20 March. The UGV, which is cont…
    - 4 days ago 20 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • Kongsberg Maritime readies HUGIN Superior AUV
    Norway’s Kongsberg Maritime is expecting to complete development of its HUGIN Superior multirole autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) by the end of 2019, company officials told Jane’s . The HUGIN Superior will be the newest and largest member of…
    - 7 days ago 18 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Russian military to receive medium-range UCAVs in 2019
    The Russian armed forces will commission medium-range unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs) for the first time in 2019, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu announced during a session of the State Duma’s defence committee on 11 March. Shoigu…
    - 11 days ago 14 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • European land forces pursue UGV technologies for future infantry operations
    European armed forces should collaborate further to explore concepts of operation, tactics, techniques, and procedures associated with emerging unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) technology, defence sources told Jane’s . Addressing delegates at SMi’…
    - 11 days ago 14 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Pentagon budget 2020: USN spending plan sets course for unmanned surface vehicles
    The proposed US Navy (USN) fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020) budget kicks off the purchasing plan for the USN’s planned new fleet of unmanned surface vehicles (USVs), which is part of the new vision for the service highlighted relatively recently for Admi…
    - 12 days ago 13 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • Latvia acquires Penguin C long-endurance UAVs
    UAV Factory has been selected to supply the Latvian National Armed Forces (LNAF) with an undisclosed number of its latest Penguin C long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), the company’s CEO, Konstantin Popiks, recently told Jane’s . UAV…
    - 13 days ago 12 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Ukraine receives Bayraktar armed UAVs from Turkey
    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced on 6 March the delivery of a batch of Bayraktar TB2 armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Turkey. “Now, exercises with the new, powerful Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicle will be carried out,…
    - 14 days ago 11 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • British Army to deploy robotic and autonomous systems operationally
    Following the success of Army Warfighting Experiment (AWE18) Autonomous Warrior (Land), held on Salisbury Plain in November–December, UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced at the Autonomous Exploitation Conference in London on 5 March 201…
    - 14 days ago 11 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • US Air Force’s unmanned XQ-58A Valkyrie performs first flight
    Key Points The US Air Force performed its debut flight of the rocket-assisted, unmanned XQ-58A The testing could provide insights into how the service plans to use attritable aircraft for a next-generation combat system The US Air Force’s (US…
    - 17 days ago 8 Mar 19, 3:00am -
  • NAVAIR to test Autonomous Cargo UAS payload requirement
    The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) plans to conduct an ‘Autonomous Cargo UAS (unmanned aircraft system) Experiment’ to identify and evaluate proposed UAS systems’ ability to autonomously deliver payloads weighing up to 50 lb (23 kg) betw…
    - 17 days ago 8 Mar 19, 2:00am -
  • USAFE declares Polish Reaper detachment to be fully operational
    The USAF in Europe (USAFE) has declared its Polish-based detachment of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to be fully operational. The announcement on 7 March came some 10 months after the…
    - 17 days ago 8 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Russia’s FPI unveils Marker armed UGV
    Video footage of Russia’s new combat-capable Marker unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) emerged in early February. The Marker UGV is a joint project between the Foundation for Advanced Studies (FPI), Russia’s equivalent to the US Defense Advanced Res…
    - 19 days ago 6 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Chinese navy deploys new VTOL UAV
    An image released by Chinese media shows what appears to be a Sea Cavalry SD-40 vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) being deployed with the People’s Liberation’s Army Navy (PLAN): a development that suggests the pla…
    - 20 days ago 5 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • BQM-177A SSAT target achieves IOC
    The US Navy’s (USN’s) new BQM-177A Subsonic Aerial Target (SSAT) has achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC), the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) announced on 28 February. Designed to initially augment, and eventually replace, the serv…
    - 21 days ago 4 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • Colombia and Spain to develop new UAV
    The governments of Colombia and Spain signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in mid-February to jointly manufacture an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that will be utilised by the armed forces of both nations by early in the next decade. The Colo…
    - 21 days ago 3 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • Avalon 2019: Global Hawk appearance marks first for an airshow
    A Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has landed during the operational hours of an airshow for the first time. The US Air Force (USAF) high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) UAV landed at the 2019 Avalon Airshow on of 28 F…
    - 25 days ago 28 Feb 19, 2:00am -
  • Avalon 2019: Optionally manned Firebird set to enter service
    Northrop Grumman expects to deliver its first optionally manned Firebird aircraft to a US government customer before mid-2019. The company will demonstrate the aircraft in Europe and the Middle East in 2019 and in Australia in 2020. Northrop Grumma…
    - 25 days ago 28 Feb 19, 12:00am -
  • Avalon 2019: Zephyr ‘pseudo satellite’ to seek new world endurance record
    Airbus Defence and Space (DS) hopes to set a new world record later this year, with its revolutionary Zephyr ‘pseudo satellite’ unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) seeking to stay aloft for 100 days without refuelling. The previous longest duration f…
    - 25 days ago 28 Feb 19, 12:00am -
  • UAVOS introduces tropicalised UVH-170E VTOL UAV
    UAVOS has developed a tropicalised version of its UVH-170E vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) optimised for operations in hot and humid environments. Jane’s understands from UAVOS officials that development and modif…
    - 26 days ago 27 Feb 19, 3:00am -
  • Avalon 2019: Boeing to partner with Australia on development of multimission unmanned aircraft system
    Boeing and Australia’s Department of Defence (DoD) are to partner in developing a concept demonstrator for a large unmanned aircraft system (UAS) that will support and protect air combat missions. Called the Boeing Airpower Teaming System (BATS)…
    - 26 days ago 27 Feb 19, 12:00am -
  • Turkey details Akinci armed UAV programme
    The Presidency of the Turkish Defence Industries (SSB) has revealed fresh details of its Akinci (Raider) armed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which is under development by local enterprise Baykar Makina. The Akinci UAV will have a wingspan of 20 m…
    - 27 days ago 26 Feb 19, 1:00am -
  • Avalon 2019: Australian Army launches Shadow replacement effort
    The Australian Army expects to begin the procurement for the replacement of its Textron RQ-7 Shadow 200 unmanned aircraft system (UAS) shortly with the declaration of Gate 1 in the contracting process and the beginning of acquisition effort. The in…
    - 27 days ago 25 Feb 19, 11:00pm -

Weapons

  • Arleigh Burke destroyer life extensions accelerate US Navy’s shipbuilding plan
    The US Navy (USN) plan to extend the lives of its guided-missile Arleigh Burke-class destroyers (DDGs) anchors the service’s efforts to reach its 355-ship-fleet goal decades ahead of initially scheduled. The USN’s 2020 30-year shipbuilding plan,…
    - 3 days ago 22 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Brazil launches the second locally developed anti-ship missile
    The Brazilian Navy successfully launched the second prototype of the MANSUP (Míssil Antinavio Nacional de Superfície) surface-to-surface anti-ship missile from Niterói-class frigate Independência (F44) on 20 March. The corvette Barroso (V34) lau…
    - 3 days ago 22 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Indian MoD approves INR2.5 billion worth of procurements
    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) approved procurements and projects worth INR2.5 billion (USD36.4 million) for the Indian armed forces on 20 March. Official sources said the bulk of the allocation by the MoD’s Defence Acquisition Council (DAC),…
    - 3 days ago 22 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • MBDA test fires Brimstone 3
    European missile house MBDA completed the first firing trial of the Brimstone 3 precision strike missile at the Vidsel Test Range in Sweden last month, the company has disclosed. Conducted in temperatures below -30°, the missile was surface launch…
    - 4 days ago 21 Mar 19, 2:00am -
  • French/UK Future Cruise/Anti-Ship Weapon programme passes Key Review
    The joint French/UK Future Cruise/Anti-Ship Weapon (FC/ASW) programme has successfully completed a milestone review intended to identify the most promising missile concepts and narrow down the list of potential technical solutions. Work will now fo…
    - 4 days ago 20 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • Update: BAE begins Meteor and SPEAR integration for F-35
    BAE Systems has begun integrating the next tranche of UK-specific weapons onto the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning combat aircraft. The company announced on 18 March that it had been sub-contracted by Lockheed Martin to begin integrating the MBDA Me…
    - 4 days ago 20 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • Turkey carries out vertical test fire of Hisar-A SAM
    Turkey has successfully vertically test fired missiles for the locally developed short-range Hisar-A surface-to-air missile (SAM) system, the Presidency of the Turkish Defence Industries (SSB) announced on 20 March. “Hisar-A, during its first ver…
    - 5 days ago 20 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • Japan to develop long-range air-to-surface cruise missiles
    Key Points Japan will extend the range of its ASM-3 air-launched anti-ship missile The weapon will be used to extend Japan’s ability to defend its remote southwestern islands Tokyo is planning to develop long-range air-to-surface cruise missi…
    - 5 days ago 20 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Pentagon budget 2020: US Army outlines Strategic Long-Range Cannon investment
    The US Army has laid out plans to spend USD228 million over the next three years to develop a Strategic Long-Range Cannon programme that will increase the reach of its artillery forces. In fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020) budget documents, the service br…
    - 6 days ago 19 Mar 19, 2:00am -
  • Northrop Grumman awarded AARGM-ER EMD contract
    The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has awarded Northrop Grumman a USD322.5 million contract for the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase of the Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile-Extended Range (AARGM-ER) development progr…
    - 6 days ago 19 Mar 19, 2:00am -
  • Belarus to adopt extended-range missile for V-300 Polonez-M MRL system
    The Belarusian armed forces are set to adopt an extended-range missile for the new V-300-M Polonez multiple rocket launch (MRL) system, a source from the Belarusian defence industry told Jane’s . “The development of a longer-range missile for t…
    - 6 days ago 19 Mar 19, 2:00am -
  • Raytheon awarded TBG concept maturation contract
    As the United States continues to ramp up its efforts to field a hypersonic weapons capability – and close the gap with its peer adversaries – the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded Raytheon a follow-on contract to m…
    - 7 days ago 18 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • UK begins integrating next-gen weapons for F-35
    BAE Systems has begun integrating the next tranche of UK-specific weapons onto the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning combat aircraft. The company announced on 18 March that it had been subcontracted by Lockheed Martin to begin integrating the MBDA Met…
    - 7 days ago 18 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • USSOCOM, AFSOC test Block 1 GBU-69/B SGM datalink variant
    The US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) and the US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), in collaboration with Dynetics, have conducted a series of tests of the Block 1 variant of the Dynetics GBU-69/B Small Glide Munition (SGM) – an en…
    - 10 days ago 15 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • Boeing contracted to integrate LRSO cruise missile with the B-52H bomber
    The US Air Force (USAF) Nuclear Weapons Center has awarded Boeing a USD250 million contract to integrate the Long Range Stand-Off (LRSO) cruise missile weapon system with the B-52H large-payload multirole strategic bomber aircraft. Under the provis…
    - 10 days ago 15 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Indonesia to receive ZOKA torpedo countermeasures for Nagapasa submarines
    Key Points Indonesia’s Nagapasa-class submarines will be equipped with jammers and decoys from Turkish company Aselsan The equipment will provide the vessels with protection and deception capabilities against hostile torpedoes Turkish defence…
    - 10 days ago 14 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • Secubit offering small arms-hosted situational awareness system
    US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) is integrating weaponry readiness and maintenance enhancement solutions into its Android Tactical Assault Kit (ATAK), industry sources told Jane’s at SMi’s Future Soldier Technology conference in London on…
    - 11 days ago 14 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • US Department of State approves possible sale of AIM-120C-7 AMRAAMs to Australia
    The US Department of State has approved a possible USD240.5 million foreign military sale of ground-launched Raytheon AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs) and related equipment to Australia, the US Defense Security Cooperati…
    - 11 days ago 14 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • BEL-led team unveils new airborne weapon prototypes
    A collaborative Indian industry team led by Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) has unveiled an array of new air-launched precision-guided weapons and lightweight cruise missiles. The team disclosed the development of a family of three prototype airborne…
    - 12 days ago 13 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Russian MoD reinforces VSHORAD
    The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said that it is reinforcing its land forces’ very short-range air defence (VSHORAD). “State trials of the Derivatsiya-PVO 57 mm self-propelled anti-aircraft gun [SPAAG] system are set to be completed th…
    - 13 days ago 12 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • Kongsberg awarded contract to supply JSMs for Japanese F-35s
    Norwegian company Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace announced on 11 March that it has signed a contract to provide “the initial deliveries” of precision-guided Joint Strike Missiles (JSMs) for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s (JASDF’s) growing…
    - 13 days ago 12 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • X-60A hypersonic flight research programme completes CDR
    Key Points A major US Air Force hypersonic research effort completed a key milestone The X-60A is an air-dropped liquid rocket designed for hypersonic flight The US Air Force’s (USAF’s) X-60A GOLauncher1 (GO1) hypersonic flight research pro…
    - 14 days ago 11 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • UK sets sights on Harpoon missile replacement
    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is set to move forward with the competitive acquisition of an interim ship-launched heavyweight anti-ship missile system to succeed the current GWS 60/Harpoon Block 1C system in Royal Navy (RN) service. A prior infor…
    - 14 days ago 11 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Philippine awards contract to equip José Rizal class with anti-air missiles
    Key Points Manila has awarded a USD12 million contract to MBDA for surface-to-air missiles Weapons will provide the new José Rizal-class frigates with short-range defences against aerial, and small surface threats The Philippine Department of…
    - 14 days ago 10 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • Russia’s 6V7M anti-materiel rifle cleared for export
    Russia’s newest 6V7M 12.7 mm anti-materiel rifle (AMR), a part of the Ratnik soldier modernisation suite, has been cleared for export sales, a source from Rostec’s High-Precision Weapons (HPW) business told Jane’s . “The 6V7M AMR has alread…
    - 17 days ago 8 Mar 19, 3:00am -

Air Launched

  • Update: BAE begins Meteor and SPEAR integration for F-35
    BAE Systems has begun integrating the next tranche of UK-specific weapons onto the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning combat aircraft. The company announced on 18 March that it had been sub-contracted by Lockheed Martin to begin integrating the MBDA Me…
    - 4 days ago 20 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • Japan to develop long-range air-to-surface cruise missiles
    Key Points Japan will extend the range of its ASM-3 air-launched anti-ship missile The weapon will be used to extend Japan’s ability to defend its remote southwestern islands Tokyo is planning to develop long-range air-to-surface cruise missi…
    - 5 days ago 20 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Northrop Grumman awarded AARGM-ER EMD contract
    The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has awarded Northrop Grumman a USD322.5 million contract for the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase of the Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile-Extended Range (AARGM-ER) development progr…
    - 6 days ago 19 Mar 19, 2:00am -
  • Belarus to adopt extended-range missile for V-300 Polonez-M MRL system
    The Belarusian armed forces are set to adopt an extended-range missile for the new V-300-M Polonez multiple rocket launch (MRL) system, a source from the Belarusian defence industry told Jane’s . “The development of a longer-range missile for t…
    - 6 days ago 19 Mar 19, 2:00am -
  • Raytheon awarded TBG concept maturation contract
    As the United States continues to ramp up its efforts to field a hypersonic weapons capability – and close the gap with its peer adversaries – the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded Raytheon a follow-on contract to m…
    - 7 days ago 18 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • UK begins integrating next-gen weapons for F-35
    BAE Systems has begun integrating the next tranche of UK-specific weapons onto the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning combat aircraft. The company announced on 18 March that it had been subcontracted by Lockheed Martin to begin integrating the MBDA Met…
    - 7 days ago 18 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • USSOCOM, AFSOC test Block 1 GBU-69/B SGM datalink variant
    The US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) and the US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), in collaboration with Dynetics, have conducted a series of tests of the Block 1 variant of the Dynetics GBU-69/B Small Glide Munition (SGM) – an en…
    - 10 days ago 15 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • Boeing contracted to integrate LRSO cruise missile with the B-52H bomber
    The US Air Force (USAF) Nuclear Weapons Center has awarded Boeing a USD250 million contract to integrate the Long Range Stand-Off (LRSO) cruise missile weapon system with the B-52H large-payload multirole strategic bomber aircraft. Under the provis…
    - 10 days ago 15 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • US Department of State approves possible sale of AIM-120C-7 AMRAAMs to Australia
    The US Department of State has approved a possible USD240.5 million foreign military sale of ground-launched Raytheon AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs) and related equipment to Australia, the US Defense Security Cooperati…
    - 11 days ago 14 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • BEL-led team unveils new airborne weapon prototypes
    A collaborative Indian industry team led by Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) has unveiled an array of new air-launched precision-guided weapons and lightweight cruise missiles. The team disclosed the development of a family of three prototype airborne…
    - 12 days ago 13 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Kongsberg awarded contract to supply JSMs for Japanese F-35s
    Norwegian company Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace announced on 11 March that it has signed a contract to provide “the initial deliveries” of precision-guided Joint Strike Missiles (JSMs) for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s (JASDF’s) growing…
    - 13 days ago 12 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • India likely to induct air-launched BrahMos-A by early 2020
    The air-launched BrahMos cruise missile developed by the Indo-Russian joint venture (JV) BrahMos Aerospace is likely to be inducted with the Indian Air Force (IAF) in early 2020, a JV official told Jane’s during the 20–24 February Aero India 2019…
    - 28 days ago 25 Feb 19, 12:00am -
  • Estonia concludes investigation of AMRAAM air-to-air missile incident
    Estonia has concluded its investigation into the accidental firing of an AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) by a Spanish Eurofighter Typhoon in Estonian airspace on 7 August 2018. Nobody was reported killed or injured by the ac…
    - 31 days ago 22 Feb 19, 2:00am -
  • Update: US Air Force chief of staff unconcerned with F-35A gun inaccuracy
    Key Points The US Air Force chief of staff is not concerned with the F-35A gun’s inaccuracy He said the aircraft’s primary task is to fuse information and adjust combat strategies on the fly The US Air Force’s (USAF’s) top officer is no…
    - 31 days ago 21 Feb 19, 11:00am -
  • Rafael unveils Rocks air-to-surface missile
    Rafael Advanced Defence Systems has unveiled a new, advanced stand-off high-speed air-to-surface missile (ASM) designed to engage high-value stationary and re-locatable targets in heavily GPS-denied environments. Designated ‘Rocks’, the new mis…
    - 32 days ago 21 Feb 19, 8:36am -
  • French Rafales conduct first Meteor firings
    French Air Force (FAF) and navy Rafale combat aircraft conducted the first test firings of the Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile on 13 February, the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), the French defence procurement agency, announ…
    - 33 days ago 20 Feb 19, 8:34am -
  • Aero India 2019: Tejas Mk 1 aircraft receives final operational clearance
    India’s state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has handed over a final operational capability (FOC) certification to the Indian Air Force (IAF) for the Mk 1 variant of the indigenously developed Tejas Light Combat Aircraft…
    - 33 days ago 20 Feb 19, 12:00am -
  • IDEX 2019: Mirach 40 conducts first live training missions
    Leonardo announced in a press release on 17 February that its Mirach 40 (M-40) target drone had flown its first live missions during a recent training exercise, simulating missile attacks against naval vessels and fighter jets in air-to-air combat sc…
    - 33 days ago 19 Feb 19, 11:03am -
  • IAI announces new Mini Harpy loitering munition
    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced a new tactical loitering munition called Mini Harpy on 18 February. The system combines capabilities from IAI's two previous flagship loitering munitions, the Harop and Harpy, bringing together the abilit…
    - 34 days ago 19 Feb 19, 12:00am -
  • Lebanon receives first APKWS rockets
    Lebanon has received its first consignment of BAE Systems’ Advanced Precision Kill Weapon Systems (APKWS) air-to-surface rockets for use on its ground attack aircraft and helicopters. The delivery, which was announced by the US Embassy in Beirut…
    - 39 days ago 14 Feb 19, 12:00am -
  • Thales conducts first laser-guided BAT-120LG shot
    Thales, in collaboration with the French Directorate General of Armaments (Direction Générale de l’Armement: DGA), has conducted the first guided targeting shot of its prototype 120mm BAT-120 LG unpowered, lightweight, laser-guided, air-to-surfac…
    - 41 days ago 12 Feb 19, 2:00am -
  • Raytheon to be awarded TMRR and EMD contracts for JSOW-ER missile
    The US Navy (USN) is to award Raytheon a sole-source contract for the technology maturation risk-reduction (TMRR) and engineering, manufacturing, and development (EMD) phase of the extended-range (ER) variant of the AGM-154 Joint Stand-Off Weapon (JS…
    - 45 days ago 8 Feb 19, 1:00am -
  • Nigerian APKWS order announced
    The Nigerian Air Force will receive the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS), the US Department of Defense (DoD) confirmed in a 6 February contract announcement. The USD225 million contract awarded to BAE Systems covers APKWSs for all four…
    - 46 days ago 7 Feb 19, 12:00am -
  • Brimstone, Paveway to equip UK Protector RPAS
    MBDA and Raytheon UK have been awarded separate contracts by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) to respectively integrate the Brimstone 3 precision strike missile and Paveway IV precision-guided munition with the UK Royal Air Force’s…
    - 49 days ago 4 Feb 19, 1:00am -
  • DOT&E says F-35A gun accuracy issues remain
    Key Points The F-35A continues to have issues with gun accuracy as identified in last year’s DOT&E report The programme is considering options for re-boresighting and correcting gun alignments The Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Stri…
    - 52 days ago 1 Feb 19, 2:00am -

Infantry Weapons

  • Indian MoD approves INR2.5 billion worth of procurements
    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) approved procurements and projects worth INR2.5 billion (USD36.4 million) for the Indian armed forces on 20 March. Official sources said the bulk of the allocation by the MoD’s Defence Acquisition Council (DAC),…
    - 3 days ago 22 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Pentagon budget 2020: US Army outlines Strategic Long-Range Cannon investment
    The US Army has laid out plans to spend USD228 million over the next three years to develop a Strategic Long-Range Cannon programme that will increase the reach of its artillery forces. In fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020) budget documents, the service br…
    - 6 days ago 19 Mar 19, 2:00am -
  • Secubit offering small arms-hosted situational awareness system
    US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) is integrating weaponry readiness and maintenance enhancement solutions into its Android Tactical Assault Kit (ATAK), industry sources told Jane’s at SMi’s Future Soldier Technology conference in London on…
    - 11 days ago 14 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • Russia’s 6V7M anti-materiel rifle cleared for export
    Russia’s newest 6V7M 12.7 mm anti-materiel rifle (AMR), a part of the Ratnik soldier modernisation suite, has been cleared for export sales, a source from Rostec’s High-Precision Weapons (HPW) business told Jane’s . “The 6V7M AMR has alread…
    - 17 days ago 8 Mar 19, 3:00am -
  • PLA set to adopt new tactical missile system
    China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is expected to adopt a land-based, mobile missile system capable of firing Poly Defence’s CM-501GA precision-guided missile and CM-501XA loitering munition, a company source told Jane's at the Abu Dhabi 20…
    - 19 days ago 6 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • EOS, Elbit Systems develop fully integrated medium-calibre turret
    Australian company Electro Optic Systems (EOS) and Israel’s Elbit Systems have developed a modular medium-calibre turret that can be configured for a range of platforms, including lightweight reconnaissance and heavy infantry fighting vehicles. E…
    - 20 days ago 5 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • India, Russia inaugurate manufacturing plant for AK-203 assault rifle
    The Indian government inaugurated a manufacturing facility in the country’s northern state of Uttar Pradesh on 3 March to licence build 750,000 Kalashnikov assault rifles for its military under a joint venture (JV) with Russian companies. Under t…
    - 20 days ago 5 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Aero India 2019: DRDO details short-range MPATGM
    India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has provided details of its man-portable anti-tank guided missile (MPATGM) during the 20–24 February Aero India 2019 exhibition in Bangalore. “The missile is in development and guid…
    - 31 days ago 22 Feb 19, 12:00am -
  • IDEX 2018: Singapore’s ST Engineering launches SRAMS 120 mm Mk II
    Singapore’s ST Engineering Land Systems has completed the development and testing of new version of its 120 mm Super Rapid Advanced Mortar System (SRAMS), called the Mk II, and new ammunition for it. The original 120 mm SRAMS featured hydraulic e…
    - 31 days ago 21 Feb 19, 11:00am -
  • IDEX 2019: Yugoimport unveils RALAS missile
    Serbia’s Yugoimport unveiled the RALAS non-line-of-sight missile at the IDEX show held in Abu Dhabi, UAE, from 17 to 21 February, prominently displaying an eight-round launcher mounted on the company’s Lazar 3 8×8 armoured vehicle. The RALAS i…
    - 32 days ago 20 Feb 19, 10:00am -
  • IDEX 2019: Finland, Sweden interested in NEMO Container
    Finland’s Patria has provided Jane’s with an update on the NEMO Container 120 mm mortar system, following on from extensive testing in the Baltic Sea last year. According to Kari Reunamäki, Patria’s vice-president for Weapon Systems, the des…
    - 33 days ago 20 Feb 19, 8:40am -
  • IDEX 2019: UAE confirms EOS weapon station contract
    The UAE Armed Forces confirmed during the IDEX 2019 show, held from 17 to 21 February in Abu Dhabi, UAE, that it has placed a large contract for remote weapon stations (RWS) with the Australian company EOS Defence Systems. The military spokesperson…
    - 33 days ago 20 Feb 19, 8:35am -
  • IDEX 2019: Aselsan Serdar weapon aims for export market
    Aselsan has completed development and testing of its latest Serdar anti-tank missile launching system (ATMLS) remote weapon station (RWS), and production can commence as soon as orders are placed. This Serdar was developed as a private venture and b…
    - 33 days ago 20 Feb 19, 12:00am -
  • Belarusian special forces receive first Kaiman armoured reconnaissance vehicles
    The Belarusian Special Operations Forces’ (SSO’s) 103rd Airborne Brigade has received its first batch of Kaiman armoured reconnaissance vehicles (ARVs), a Belarusian Ministry of Defence (MoD) source told Jane’s on 16 February. “On 15 Februar…
    - 33 days ago 20 Feb 19, 12:00am -
  • IDEX 2019: UVZ looking at alternative applications for 57 mm gun
    Russia’s Uralvagonzavod (UVZ) is investing in further developing its new rapid-firing 57 mm gun, a source from the company told Jane’s at the IDEX defence show held in Abu Dhabi on 17–21 February. “UVZ’s Burevestnik Institute has laid the…
    - 34 days ago 19 Feb 19, 12:00am -
  • Indian MoD approves local production of 114 Dhanush howitzers
    India’s state-owned Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) has been granted formal approval by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to licence-build 114 Dhanush 155 mm/45-calibre towed howitzers for the Indian Army (IA). Official sources told Jane’s the OFB’s…
    - 34 days ago 19 Feb 19, 12:00am -
  • US Army to acquire Carl-Gustaf M4
    The US Army has signed a three-year framework agreement with Saab Dynamics to acquire the 84 mm Carl-Gustaf M4 (CGM4) lightweight reusable shoulder-fired recoilless weapon system. In September 2017 the Army announced an intention to rapidly acquire…
    - 38 days ago 15 Feb 19, 12:00am -
  • Lebanon receives first APKWS rockets
    Lebanon has received its first consignment of BAE Systems’ Advanced Precision Kill Weapon Systems (APKWS) air-to-surface rockets for use on its ground attack aircraft and helicopters. The delivery, which was announced by the US Embassy in Beirut…
    - 39 days ago 14 Feb 19, 12:00am -
  • India orders 72,400 SIG Sauer rifles for IA
    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed a contract with small arms manufacturer SIG Sauer on 12 February for the supply of 72,400 assault rifles to the Indian Army (IA). IA sources said delivery of the SIG716 7.62 mm rifles, which are being acqu…
    - 40 days ago 13 Feb 19, 1:00am -
  • Indian Army to begin deploying new sniper rifles in Kashmir
    The Indian Army (IA) will soon begin inducting two new types of bolt-action sniper rifle for use along the line of control (LOC) in the disputed mountainous region of Kashmir, which is also claimed by Pakistan. IA sources told Jane’s that 24 new…
    - 42 days ago 11 Feb 19, 1:00am -
  • Rafael launches Spike NLOS from Tomcar buggy
    Rafael Advanced Defense Systems announced on 4 February that it conducted a recent test firing of its Spike Non-Line-Of-Sight (NLOS ) missile from an eight-round launcher carried by a Tomcar light buggy in Israel’s southern desert. The Spike NLOS…
    - 46 days ago 6 Feb 19, 11:00pm -
  • Brazil details M109A5+ BR howitzer delivery
    The Brazilian Army’s field artillery capability is set to improve in mid-May when 32 M109A5+ BR 155 mm self-propelled tracked howitzers are scheduled to arrive at the Rio Grande port, the army told Jane’s . The move comes after the Brazilian Ar…
    - 49 days ago 4 Feb 19, 3:00am -
  • Indian MoD approves procurement of 72,400 SIG Sauer rifles for IA
    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) will acquire 72,400 assault rifles for the Indian Army (IA) from small arms manufacturer SIG Sauer for an estimated USD72 million. Senior IA officers told Jane’s on 3 February that Defence Minister Nirmala Sith…
    - 49 days ago 4 Feb 19, 3:00am -
  • Industry bidding to develop US Army’s Next Generation Squad Weapon prototypes
    The US Army is moving out with development and fieldling of two Next Generation Squad Weapon (NGSW) variants with plans to award three prototyping contracts by the end of September. In a 30 January notice posted on the Federal Business Opportunitie…
    - 53 days ago 31 Jan 19, 2:00am -
  • Nammo’s latest 155 mm ammunition begins production
    Finland’s Nammo has confirmed that, following qualification, production of its latest 155 mm Insensitive Munition High-Explosive Extended Range (IM HE-ER) artillery projectile has commenced. The round has been designated as the NM 269. Compared w…
    - 59 days ago 25 Jan 19, 3:00am -

Naval Weapons

  • Arleigh Burke destroyer life extensions accelerate US Navy’s shipbuilding plan
    The US Navy (USN) plan to extend the lives of its guided-missile Arleigh Burke-class destroyers (DDGs) anchors the service’s efforts to reach its 355-ship-fleet goal decades ahead of initially scheduled. The USN’s 2020 30-year shipbuilding plan,…
    - 3 days ago 22 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Brazil launches the second locally developed anti-ship missile
    The Brazilian Navy successfully launched the second prototype of the MANSUP (Míssil Antinavio Nacional de Superfície) surface-to-surface anti-ship missile from Niterói-class frigate Independência (F44) on 20 March. The corvette Barroso (V34) lau…
    - 3 days ago 22 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • French/UK Future Cruise/Anti-Ship Weapon programme passes Key Review
    The joint French/UK Future Cruise/Anti-Ship Weapon (FC/ASW) programme has successfully completed a milestone review intended to identify the most promising missile concepts and narrow down the list of potential technical solutions. Work will now fo…
    - 4 days ago 20 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • Indonesia to receive ZOKA torpedo countermeasures for Nagapasa submarines
    Key Points Indonesia’s Nagapasa-class submarines will be equipped with jammers and decoys from Turkish company Aselsan The equipment will provide the vessels with protection and deception capabilities against hostile torpedoes Turkish defence…
    - 10 days ago 14 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • UK sets sights on Harpoon missile replacement
    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is set to move forward with the competitive acquisition of an interim ship-launched heavyweight anti-ship missile system to succeed the current GWS 60/Harpoon Block 1C system in Royal Navy (RN) service. A prior infor…
    - 14 days ago 11 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Philippine awards contract to equip José Rizal class with anti-air missiles
    Key Points Manila has awarded a USD12 million contract to MBDA for surface-to-air missiles Weapons will provide the new José Rizal-class frigates with short-range defences against aerial, and small surface threats The Philippine Department of…
    - 14 days ago 10 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • Indonesia begins installation of Millennium Gun, VL MICA on lead Martadinata frigate
    Key Points Indonesia’s first Martadinata-class frigate is being equipped with close-range air defence capabilities Installation of these weapons on both vessels is expected to complete this year Indonesian state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL has b…
    - 17 days ago 7 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • DMO and Thales to develop M-frigate Above Water Warfare System
    The Netherlands Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) and Thales announced in a 28 February press release that they are developing the Above Water Warfare System (AWWS) for Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) and Belgian navy M-frigates. Thales Nederland CEO…
    - 25 days ago 28 Feb 19, 2:00am -
  • ESSM selected for Finland’s Squadron 2020 corvette programme
    Finland has confirmed the selection of the Raytheon RIM-162 Evolved SeaSparrow Missile (ESSM) to equip the four new Pohjanmaa-class multirole corvettes being acquired under the Squadron 2020 programme. The Finnish Ministry of Defence announced on 2…
    - 25 days ago 28 Feb 19, 12:00am -
  • Iran shows submarine-launched missile
    The Islamic Republic of Iran Navy (IRIN) showed an anti-ship missile being launched from one of its Ghadir-class midget submarines on 24 February. The launch apparently took place as part of the ‘Velayet 97’ naval exercise. “Our Ghadir-clas…
    - 26 days ago 27 Feb 19, 2:00am -
  • MBDA Deutschland eyes HELWS opportunity with German Navy
    The German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology, and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) is expected to release a statement of work, and a subsequent request for proposals later this year for integration of a high-energy laser weap…
    - 31 days ago 21 Feb 19, 10:00pm -
  • MBDA offers SPIMM for ‘bolt-on’ ship self-protection
    MBDA has unveiled details of a new self-protection system designed to provide otherwise unarmed containerised ships with a short-range defence capability in high threat zones. Known as SPIMM (Self-Protection Integrated Mistral Module), the new syst…
    - 32 days ago 21 Feb 19, 8:36am -
  • Taiwan to upgrade Hsiung Feng II Block II anti-ship missile
    Taiwan has decided to upgrade its Hsiung Feng II Block II (also referred to as Hsiung Feng IIB or HF-IIB) anti-ship missile and complete mass production of the improved weapon system by 2023, defence officials told Jane’s on 18 February The upgra…
    - 32 days ago 20 Feb 19, 11:00am -
  • IDEX 2019: Escribano expands offerings with larger-calibre Sentinel 30
    Spain’s Escribano has displayed its Sentinel 30 remotely controlled naval weapon system (RCWS) at IDEX 2019 in Abu Dhabi. With the Sentinel 30, Escribano is moving from the light remotely control weapon system design to the 30/40 mm calibre, effe…
    - 35 days ago 18 Feb 19, 12:00am -
  • US Navy to remove hard-kill torpedo defence from carriers
    The US Navy (USN) will remove the prototype ‘hard-kill’ torpedo defence system from nuclear-powered aircraft carriers (CVNs), the Pentagon’s Director, Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) has revealed. Designed to detect, classify, localis…
    - 49 days ago 4 Feb 19, 3:00am -
  • US Navy canvasses industry for GLGP seeker options
    US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) has released an initial Request for Information (RFI) to assess potential seeker options for the US Navy’s (USN’s) next-generation Gun-Launched, Guided Projectiles (GLGP), which are planned to be fired from t…
    - 49 days ago 4 Feb 19, 12:00am -
  • IAI to provide Indian Navy USD93 million worth of missile components
    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has signed deals worth USD93 million with the Indian Navy (IN) and India’s state-owned Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) to provide additional equipment for the IN’s Barak-8 air- and missile-defence systems. The co…
    - 52 days ago 1 Feb 19, 1:00am -
  • USN confirms Block V designation for modernised Tomahawk cruise missile
    The US Navy (USN) is introducing a new Block V designation for modernised and recertified Block IV (Tactical Tomahawk) cruise missiles. New sub-variant designators are also being introduced for Block V weapons receiving the Maritime Strike Tomahawk…
    - 56 days ago 28 Jan 19, 2:00am -
  • Surface Navy 2019: Lockheed Martin readies for LRASM flight tests on board USN’s F/A-18
    Now that the US Air Force (USAF) has declared the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) operational for the B-1B Lancer bomber, weapons prime contractor Lockheed Martin is focusing on getting the LRASM operational for the US Navy’s (USN’s) F/A-18…
    - 68 days ago 16 Jan 19, 3:00am -
  • Surface Navy 2019: HELIOS preliminary design review expected this year
    Lockheed Martin expects to have its High Energy Laser and Integrated Optical-dazzler with Surveillance (HELIOS) system ready for preliminary design review this year, Paul Lemmo, Lockheed Martin vice-president and general manager, Integrated Warfare S…
    - 69 days ago 15 Jan 19, 3:00am -
  • MBDA validates dual-role capability for Mistral missile
    MBDA has validated a dual-role capability with the latest version of its Mistral very short-range surface-to-air missile with a demonstration of a surface-to-surface engagement with effector at an undisclosed range off the Mediterranean coast in late…
    - 70 days ago 14 Jan 19, 3:00am -
  • Update: Russia reported to be developing longer-range Kalibr missile
    Key Points TASS reports that Russia is developing the new Kalibr-M sea-launched cruise missile with a range of 4,500 km The news agency said that the new missile would be “significantly larger” than existing Kalibr missiles Russia is develo…
    - 73 days ago 11 Jan 19, 12:00am -
  • China conducts first JL-3 SLBM launch
    The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has carried out a first flight test of the new JL-3 submarine-launched intercontinental ballistic missile (SLBM). During the test, which was conducted on 24 November 2018, a JL-3 missile was launch…
    - 76 days ago 8 Jan 19, 12:00am -
  • USN eyes ‘energy magazine’ for directed energy weapons
    The US Navy (USN) has kicked off efforts to develop an electrical ‘energy magazine’ to serve high-power shipborne directed energy weapon (DEW) systems. Releasing a request for information (RFI) for Multi-Application Shipboard Energy Magazine Re…
    - 77 days ago 7 Jan 19, 2:00am -
  • Virtual Aegis could provide short-term fix for modernisation delays
    The US Navy (USN) is moving ahead with a plan to create virtual Aegis combat systems – called ‘digital twins’ – on its guided-missile destroyers to upgrade the ships without long modernisation overhauls. “There’s a lot of talk about digi…
    - 88 days ago 27 Dec 18, 12:00am -

C4ISR

  • Russian helicopters receive new NVG system
    Russia’s military rotary-wing aircraft fleet has been fully refitted with new night vision goggles (NVG), a source from the country’s aerospace industry has told Jane’s . “Following an incident on 12 April 2016, when a Mil Mi-28N attack heli…
    - 3 days ago 22 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Thales builds up UK naval combat facility in support of Type 31e bid
    Thales is to open a UK centre of excellence to develop its TACTICOS naval combat management system (CMS) in support of the Royal Navy’s (RN’s) future Type 31e frigate programme. As part of the Babcock-led Team 31, which is proposing the Arrowhea…
    - 3 days ago 22 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Arleigh Burke destroyer life extensions accelerate US Navy’s shipbuilding plan
    The US Navy (USN) plan to extend the lives of its guided-missile Arleigh Burke-class destroyers (DDGs) anchors the service’s efforts to reach its 355-ship-fleet goal decades ahead of initially scheduled. The USN’s 2020 30-year shipbuilding plan,…
    - 3 days ago 22 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • US Marine Corps modifies weapons loader adapter for F-35B
    The US Marine Corps (USMC) modified support equipment to allow the guided bomb unit (GBU)-49 munition to be used on the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) variant. When the USMC…
    - 4 days ago 21 Mar 19, 2:00am -
  • Defence partners with SYPAQ to innovate battlefield logistics unmanned aerial system for army
    The Australian Army in partnership with the Defence Innovation Hub has awarded SYPAQ an innovation contract to develop and demonstrate a next generation battlefield logistics small unmanned aircraft system (UAS). The Australian Ministry of Defence…
    - 4 days ago 20 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • UK planning Army Warfighting Experiment 19 and 20, eyes MUM-T and C3
    The British Army has begun planning activities for the 2019 and 2020 iterations of its Army Warfighting Experiment (AWE), Lieutenant Colonel Nick Serle, commanding officer of the Infantry Trials and Development Unit (ITDU), said at the SMi Future Sol…
    - 5 days ago 19 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • UK cancels ASDOT aggressor programme
    The UK has cancelled its effort to provide air combat training for its pilots using private contractors, with a Ministry of Defence (MoD) spokesperson telling Jane’s that it is re-examining its options. The decision to cancel the Air Support to D…
    - 5 days ago 19 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • Australia to boost EW capabilities with modified Gulfstream G550 business jets
    Australia is to buy four modified examples of the Gulfstream G550 business jet, designated the MC-55A ‘Peregrine’, to strengthen the country’s electronic warfare (EW) capabilities, Defence Minister Christopher Pyne and Minister for Defence Indu…
    - 6 days ago 18 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • German MoD introduces Elettronica’s EW/Radar scenario simulator for naval application
    The German Ministry of Defence (MoD) has purchased Elettronica GmbH’s self-contained integrated solution for validating, testing, and calibrating radar and electronic warfare (EW) systems, including operator training. The container-based system for…
    - 7 days ago 18 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • Lacroix modifies Galix for integrated vehicle survivability
    France’s Lacroix has integrated a laser warning system into a Galix grenade launcher vehicle-based survivability system. No sales are yet booked, but the system has been integrated on the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE’s) Nimr Ajban 477A 4×4 vehic…
    - 7 days ago 18 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • Arexis escort jamming pod begins testing ahead of flight trials
    Saab has commenced ground qualification of a prototype low-band escort jamming pod being developed as part of its Arexis family of fast jet electronic warfare (EW) systems and plans to begin flight testing the prototype before the end of this year.…
    - 10 days ago 15 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Thales UK marketing SquadNet soldier radios with frequency-hopping
    Thales UK has added a frequency-hopping capability to its SquadNet mesh networking soldier radio and revealed this at the SMi Future Soldier Technology conference in March 2019 in London. The SquadNet radio, which operates in the 860–890 MHz rang…
    - 10 days ago 15 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • US Navy awards contract to Raytheon for three AN/SPY-6(V)1 radar systems
    US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) awarded Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems a USD402.7 million fixed-price-incentive, firm-target contract modification, exercising options for the Air and Missile Defense Radar Program (AMDR) for low-rate initia…
    - 10 days ago 15 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • British Army restarts Dismounted Situational Awareness programme
    The British Army will receive funding to restart its Dismounted Situational Awareness (DSA) programme formally in April after it was paused in 2017, although in the interim progress has been made through an experimental project. The DSA system woul…
    - 11 days ago 14 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • Russia’s Pacific Fleet receives new divisional set of Bastion mobile coastal defence missile system
    The Russian Pacific Fleet in the Kamchatka Peninsula has received a new set of the land-based K-300P Bastion-P mobile coastal defence missile system as part of a modernisation programme, the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 12 March.…
    - 11 days ago 14 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Pentagon budget 2020: Space-based Kill Assessment launches ahead
    The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) requested USD27.6 million for its Space-based Kill Assessment (SKA) programme that is meant to report on the success or failure of individual interceptor missions. SKA is an experiment in using a network of fast-…
    - 13 days ago 12 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • Pentagon budget 2020: MDA plans to boost Pacific missile defence radar
    The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is requesting USD274.7 million in fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020) to continue development of the Home Defense Radar in Hawaii (HDR-H), which is scheduled to be available in 2023, USD6.7 million for a Pacific Discriminat…
    - 13 days ago 12 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • Thales ships first modular cylindrical array for Collins submarine sonar upgrade
    Thales UK has shipped the first replacement bow sonar array for Australia’s Collins-class submarine upgrade programme. The new modular cylindrical array (MCA) will be installed on HMAS Waller as part of the Collins Sonar Capability Assurance Progr…
    - 13 days ago 12 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • French Navy awards Airbus-led consortium RIFAN 2.1 contract
    The French Navy is acquiring a secure data network for its vessels from a consortium comprising Naval Group, Rohde & Schwarz, and headed by Airbus. The eight-year contract, awarded on 4 March by France’s Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA)…
    - 14 days ago 11 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • NATO NCI to team with Leonardo for cyber-guarding alliance summit in London
    A team composed of 200 digital security experts from the NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency and Leonardo are to provide cyber defence support to NATO’s London summit in December. The NCI Agency on 13 February renewed a cyber defence…
    - 17 days ago 8 Mar 19, 2:00am -
  • Rafale F4 to get upgraded SPECTRA fire control radar avoidance system
    Dassault’s Rafale F4 multirole combat aircraft is to include an upgraded version of a Thales/MBDA Rafale Fire-Control Radar Protection and Avoidance System (Système de Protection et d‘Évitement des Conduites de Tir du Rafale: SPECTRA) self-prot…
    - 17 days ago 8 Mar 19, 2:00am -
  • Robotic and AI technologies sought for US Army demo
    The US Army is moving out with plans to develop and evaluate robotic and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies that will help soldiers make decisions 10 times faster than they can today. In an early March solicitation posted on the Federal Busi…
    - 17 days ago 8 Mar 19, 2:00am -
  • US Marine Corps releases RFI for optical communication transmission system
    The US Marine Corps (USMC) is seeking industry input to expand its line-of-sight (LOS) replacement communication system with an optical communication transmission system (OCTS). In a recent request for information (RFI) posed on the Federal Busines…
    - 17 days ago 8 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Ford accepts second advanced weapons elevator
    US Navy (USN) aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) recently accepted its second advanced weapons elevator (AWE) as the service works through technological issues identified with the new equipment. The elevators have been the subject of conc…
    - 18 days ago 7 Mar 19, 2:00am -
  • DARPA’s CAML seeks machines that can explain themselves
    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is pursuing technologies that would enable autonomous systems to communicate their capabilities and experiences, with the aim of improving human trust in the systems. DARPA published a broad…
    - 19 days ago 6 Mar 19, 2:00am -

C4ISR Air

  • Russian helicopters receive new NVG system
    Russia’s military rotary-wing aircraft fleet has been fully refitted with new night vision goggles (NVG), a source from the country’s aerospace industry has told Jane’s . “Following an incident on 12 April 2016, when a Mil Mi-28N attack heli…
    - 3 days ago 22 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • US Marine Corps modifies weapons loader adapter for F-35B
    The US Marine Corps (USMC) modified support equipment to allow the guided bomb unit (GBU)-49 munition to be used on the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) variant. When the USMC…
    - 4 days ago 21 Mar 19, 2:00am -
  • Defence partners with SYPAQ to innovate battlefield logistics unmanned aerial system for army
    The Australian Army in partnership with the Defence Innovation Hub has awarded SYPAQ an innovation contract to develop and demonstrate a next generation battlefield logistics small unmanned aircraft system (UAS). The Australian Ministry of Defence…
    - 4 days ago 20 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • UK cancels ASDOT aggressor programme
    The UK has cancelled its effort to provide air combat training for its pilots using private contractors, with a Ministry of Defence (MoD) spokesperson telling Jane’s that it is re-examining its options. The decision to cancel the Air Support to D…
    - 5 days ago 19 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • Australia to boost EW capabilities with modified Gulfstream G550 business jets
    Australia is to buy four modified examples of the Gulfstream G550 business jet, designated the MC-55A ‘Peregrine’, to strengthen the country’s electronic warfare (EW) capabilities, Defence Minister Christopher Pyne and Minister for Defence Indu…
    - 6 days ago 18 Mar 19, 11:00pm -

C4ISR Land

  • IDEX 2019: General Dynamics pitches new vehicle networking architecture
    General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) has developed a new version of its vehicle networking architecture, called MESHnet V6, and showcased it at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi in February 2019. Richard Faw…
    - 31 days ago 21 Feb 19, 10:00pm -
  • IDEX 2019: AIO develops integrated soldier-worn display for Egyptian special forces
    Arab International Optronics (AIO) has developed the Egyptian Integrated Soldier System (EISS) and showcased it at the IDEX exhibition in Abu Dhabi in February. AIO is owned 49% by Thales Group and 51% by the Egyptian government. The EISS is an int…
    - 31 days ago 21 Feb 19, 10:00pm -
  • IDEX 2019: Sudan displays mobile ground surveillance system
    Sudan’s Military Industry Corporation (MIC) unveiled its Al-Kinaniya land surveillance system during the IDEX show held in Abu Dhabi, UAE, from 17–21 February. The system consists of a mast-mounted X-band ground surveillance radar with a planar…
    - 33 days ago 20 Feb 19, 8:36am -
  • Netherlands orders Thales MMR
    The Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 11 February that it had awarded Thales a contract for the delivery of nine Multi Mission Radars (MMRs). The radars are designed for artillery, air surveillance, air defence, and security applications,…
    - 41 days ago 12 Feb 19, 2:00am -
  • Canada awards contracts for R&D to beef up Arctic surveillance
    Matteo Natalucci, London The Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) has awarded two contracts for a total of CAN46.2 million (USD34.9 million) to Raytheon Canada Limited and the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies’ Space…
    - 46 days ago 7 Feb 19, 1:00am -
  • USMC rifle squads to receive new night vision devices
    The US Marine Corps (USMC) is upgrading the helmet-mounted night vision system used by its marine rifle squads to enhance lethality and situational awareness in reduced visibility. The Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) accelerated the acquisition…
    - 59 days ago 24 Jan 19, 11:00pm -
  • USMC developing next-generation hand-held targeting system
    The US Marine Corps (USMC) is seeking to develop a new hand-held targeting system that will replace the current legacy systems and enable marines to quickly acquire targets, perform guidance against targets, and generate target location data during c…
    - 67 days ago 17 Jan 19, 2:00am -
  • Serbian Army receives first Lazar III 8×8 MRCVs
    The Serbian Ministry of Defence (MoD) reported on 20 December that the indigenously developed Lazar III (8x8) Multi-Role Armoured Combat Vehicle (MRACV) has entered service with the Serbian Armed Forces (Vojska Srbije: VS). The Lazar III was introdu…
    - 77 days ago 7 Jan 19, 12:00am -
  • US Army moves IMI Systems’ Iron Fist into next testing phase, prepares for fielding
    The US Army confirmed on 12 December that testing of IMI Systems’ Iron Fist active protection system (APS) on M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles will move forward to the next phase following an assessment of the technology by the service’s Req…
    - 14 Dec 18, 3:00am -
  • USMC begins the search for updated MADIS weapon systems
    In response to the US military’s increasing concern with adversary unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), the US Marine Corps (USMC) is moving forward with its Marine Air Defense Integrated System (MADIS) initiative and soliciting industry’s help to ru…
    - 13 Dec 18, 12:00am -
  • US Army seeking APS technology for Bradley vehicles
    Once again the US army is looking for new active protection systems (APSs) to equip on its family of M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles. Whether this is a positive or negative for IMI Systems’ Iron Fist remains unclear. On 11 December, the ser…
    - 12 Dec 18, 2:00am -
  • Bidders emerge for US Army’s recompeted Common Driver Trainer programme
    A number of bidders for the US Army’s recompeted Common Driver Trainer (CDT) programme emerged at the 2018 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando in November. The CDT is a full-motion driver trai…
    - 6 Dec 18, 3:00am -
  • MyDefence to showcase vehicle-based C-UAS system for NATO
    Danish company MyDefence has disclosed that its newly integrated vehicle-based counter-unmanned aircraft system (C-UAS) solution will undergo evaluation at the NATO Non-Lethal Technology Exercise (NNTEX-18) in December. The news follows an announce…
    - 4 Dec 18, 2:00am -
  • Russia trials second Container radar ahead of operations in 2019
    Russia has stood up its second ‘Container’ long-range ground-based radar system for operational trials ahead of its real-world activation next year, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) disclosed on 3 December. The 29B6 Container air-defence (AD) and…
    - 3 Dec 18, 12:00am -
  • SODA-v counter sniper detection system to enter production
    South Korea’s Jain Technology has completed development of its SODA-v counter sniper detection system (CSDS), and it is scheduled to enter production in 2019 for an undisclosed customer. For ground-based applications, the CSDS sensor array is ins…
    - 12 Nov 18, 3:00am -
  • Fibrotex selected to produce US Army’s Next-Generation Ultra-Light Camouflage Netting System
    The US Army has selected Fibrotex USA Inc to manufacture the services Next-Generation Ultra-Light Camouflage Netting System (ULCANS) to protect soldiers from electromagnetic threats. In a 7 November announcement, the company said it had secured a 1…
    - 9 Nov 18, 1:00am -
  • USN eyes infrastructure upgrades for refuelled Los Angeles-class submarines
    The US Navy (USN) is preparing to upgrade pier facilities to accommodate refuelled Los Angeles (SSN 688)-class nuclear-powered attack submarines (SSNs), Admiral Frank Caldwell, Director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion, said on 7 November during the Naval…
    - 8 Nov 18, 2:00am -
  • US Army gears up for Laser Warning Receiver competition
    The US Army is laying the groundwork to test and equip its fleet of ground combat vehicles with a capability to detect incoming laser-guided threats. In a 1 November notice posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website, the service said that…
    - 7 Nov 18, 1:00am -
  • US Army moves out with Modular Active Protection Systems testing
    While the US Army continues onward with plans to equip land vehicles with currently available Active Protection Systems (APS), it is also pressing forward with the development of a longer-term Modular Active Protection Systems (MAPS) to shoot down in…
    - 29 Oct 18, 11:00pm -
  • Czech Army introduces new mobile ELINT system
    The Czech Army has unveiled a prototype of a new mobile electronic intelligence (ELINT) system called the (Direction Finding and Measuring Radar Searcher SRTP). The fully passive system, developed by military research institute VVÚ Brno, provides…
    - 24 Oct 18, 12:00am -

C4ISR Maritime

  • Thales ships first modular cylindrical array for Collins submarine sonar upgrade
    Thales UK has shipped the first replacement bow sonar array for Australia’s Collins-class submarine upgrade programme. The new modular cylindrical array (MCA) will be installed on HMAS Waller as part of the Collins Sonar Capability Assurance Progr…
    - 13 days ago 12 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Ford accepts second advanced weapons elevator
    US Navy (USN) aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) recently accepted its second advanced weapons elevator (AWE) as the service works through technological issues identified with the new equipment. The elevators have been the subject of conc…
    - 18 days ago 7 Mar 19, 2:00am -
  • UK reveals plans to buy new N-POD floating offboard decoy for soft-kill defence
    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has disclosed plans to procure a new passive offboard decoy system to provide soft-kill anti-ship missile defence for Royal Navy (RN) ships. Known as the Naval Passive Off-Board Decoy (N-POD) system, the new equipme…
    - 21 days ago 3 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • IDEX 2019: Systematic expanding Sitaware C2 software into maritime domain
    Systematic is developing a new maritime capability to add to its Sitaware command-and-control (C2) software suite, and showcased it for the first time at the IDEX exhibition in Abu Dhabi, 17– 21 February 2019. Sitaware, used by about 40 countries…
    - 31 days ago 21 Feb 19, 11:00am -
  • Russia wraps up trials of Poliment-Redut SAM system on Project 22350 frigates
    The Russian Navy (VMF) has completed trials of the Poliment-Redut shipborne surface-to-air missile (SAM) system for Project 22350 frigates, navy commander-in-chief Admiral Vladimir Korolyov told Russian media on 11 February. The system comprises th…
    - 32 days ago 21 Feb 19, 8:31am -
  • TRS-4D radar on order for new K 130 corvettes
    German systems and sensors house Hensoldt has been contracted to provide the rotating version of its TRS-4D G-band active electronically scanned array (AESA) multifunction air/surface surveillance radar for the German Navy’s second batch of five K…
    - 39 days ago 13 Feb 19, 11:00pm -
  • US completes final developmental ballistic missile flight test for AN/SPY-6(V) radar
    The US Navy (USN) AN/SPY-6(V)1 Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) successfully tracked a ballistic missile target on 31 January during the final developmental test in a series of ballistic missile defence flight tests. During this 15th live missi…
    - 45 days ago 8 Feb 19, 2:00am -
  • Canada awards contracts for R&D to beef up Arctic surveillance
    Matteo Natalucci, London The Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) has awarded two contracts for a total of CAN46.2 million (USD34.9 million) to Raytheon Canada Limited and the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies’ Space…
    - 46 days ago 7 Feb 19, 1:00am -
  • USN CNO says carrier defence systems make it military’s most survivable airfield
    US aircraft carriers’ defence systems make them less vulnerable targets than in previous decades, Admiral John Richardson, chief of naval operations (CNO), said on 5 February during an appearance at the Atlantic Council. Technological advances wi…
    - 47 days ago 6 Feb 19, 2:00am -
  • German Navy eyes new sensors, BMD for air-defence frigates
    Germany has officially begun a tender to replace the long-range SMART-L search radars fitted to the navy’s three in-service Sachsen-class (F 124) air-defence frigates, with the service also looking to introduce an expanded ballistic missile defence…
    - 49 days ago 4 Feb 19, 3:00am -
  • NATO to receive NASMDEF facility for soft-kill countermeasures assessment
    An industry team led by Leonardo is to provide NATO with a new capability to evaluate the performance of soft-kill countermeasures used to defend ships against radar-guided anti-ship cruise missiles. The new system – to be known as the NATO Anti-…
    - 49 days ago 4 Feb 19, 3:00am -
  • DOT&E highlights weaknesses in US Navy EW system testing
    The 2018 report from the Pentagon’s Director, Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) has called on the US Navy (USN) to address critical gaps in its ability to realistically simulate anti-ship cruise missile (ASCM) seeker performance and approach…
    - 52 days ago 1 Feb 19, 1:00am -
  • US Navy to equip E-2D with MUOS satcom
    The US Navy (USN) is looking to equip the Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft with an upgraded satellite communications (satcom) suite. The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) announced on 24 Ja…
    - 59 days ago 25 Jan 19, 2:00am -
  • Japan releases audio file in ‘final statement’ on radar lock-on dispute with South Korea
    The Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) has released an 18 second audio file containing what Tokyo claims is the sound – converted from radio waves – recorded when a Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) destroyer locked its fire-control radar onto a Japa…
    - 63 days ago 21 Jan 19, 2:00am -
  • Thales details POLA role
    Thales has revealed the full scope of the mission suite it is supplying for the Mexican Navy’s new Patrullera Oceánica de Largo Alcance (POLA) vessel ARM Reformador . Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) was awarded a contract for the POLA pr…
    - 67 days ago 17 Jan 19, 1:00am -
  • Surface Navy 2019: BAE Systems investing in software-defined SIGINT systems
    BAE Systems is investing in making its signals intelligence (SIGINT) systems software-defined and open architecture (OA) to enable customers to rapidly pursue new threat signals. Joshua Niedzwiecki, director of the company’s adaptive sensors busin…
    - 68 days ago 16 Jan 19, 12:00am -
  • Surface Navy 2019: USN set to receive first Raytheon EASR for testing
    Raytheon will deliver an Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar (EASR) to the Surface Combat Systems Center Wallops Island, Virginia in early 2019, for developmental testing (DT). That testing is set to begin in the March to June 2019 timeframe. Addit…
    - 69 days ago 15 Jan 19, 2:00am -
  • Indian Navy tests air-droppable logistics containers
    The Indian Navy (IN) announced on 10 January that it has successfully tested locally developed Sahayak air-droppable containers off the coast of Goa in the Arabian Sea. In a statement the IN said that on 8 January an Ilyushin Il-38 maritime patrol…
    - 73 days ago 11 Jan 19, 1:00am -
  • USN moots alternative strategies for SEWIP Block 3 production competition
    The US Navy (USN) is exploring options to compete the production of hardware for its next-generation Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 3 electronic attack (EA) system. Procurement strategies being considered for the Fisca…
    - 75 days ago 9 Jan 19, 1:00am -
  • BAE Systems looks to introduce AI decision support into naval combat systems
    BAE Systems’ Naval Ships – Combat Systems business is exploring the application of artificial intelligence (AI) techniques into its INTeACT family of surface ship combat management systems (CMS) as part of a wider innovation activity known as Pro…
    - 80 days ago 4 Jan 19, 2:00am -

C4ISR Joint Comm Equip

  • Thales builds up UK naval combat facility in support of Type 31e bid
    Thales is to open a UK centre of excellence to develop its TACTICOS naval combat management system (CMS) in support of the Royal Navy’s (RN’s) future Type 31e frigate programme. As part of the Babcock-led Team 31, which is proposing the Arrowhea…
    - 3 days ago 22 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • UK planning Army Warfighting Experiment 19 and 20, eyes MUM-T and C3
    The British Army has begun planning activities for the 2019 and 2020 iterations of its Army Warfighting Experiment (AWE), Lieutenant Colonel Nick Serle, commanding officer of the Infantry Trials and Development Unit (ITDU), said at the SMi Future Sol…
    - 5 days ago 19 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • Thales UK marketing SquadNet soldier radios with frequency-hopping
    Thales UK has added a frequency-hopping capability to its SquadNet mesh networking soldier radio and revealed this at the SMi Future Soldier Technology conference in March 2019 in London. The SquadNet radio, which operates in the 860–890 MHz rang…
    - 10 days ago 15 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Arexis escort jamming pod begins testing ahead of flight trials
    Saab has commenced ground qualification of a prototype low-band escort jamming pod being developed as part of its Arexis family of fast jet electronic warfare (EW) systems and plans to begin flight testing the prototype before the end of this year.…
    - 10 days ago 15 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • British Army restarts Dismounted Situational Awareness programme
    The British Army will receive funding to restart its Dismounted Situational Awareness (DSA) programme formally in April after it was paused in 2017, although in the interim progress has been made through an experimental project. The DSA system woul…
    - 11 days ago 14 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • Pentagon budget 2020: Space-based Kill Assessment launches ahead
    The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) requested USD27.6 million for its Space-based Kill Assessment (SKA) programme that is meant to report on the success or failure of individual interceptor missions. SKA is an experiment in using a network of fast-…
    - 13 days ago 12 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • Pentagon budget 2020: MDA plans to boost Pacific missile defence radar
    The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is requesting USD274.7 million in fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020) to continue development of the Home Defense Radar in Hawaii (HDR-H), which is scheduled to be available in 2023, USD6.7 million for a Pacific Discriminat…
    - 13 days ago 12 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • French Navy awards Airbus-led consortium RIFAN 2.1 contract
    The French Navy is acquiring a secure data network for its vessels from a consortium comprising Naval Group, Rohde & Schwarz, and headed by Airbus. The eight-year contract, awarded on 4 March by France’s Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA)…
    - 14 days ago 11 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • NATO NCI to team with Leonardo for cyber-guarding alliance summit in London
    A team composed of 200 digital security experts from the NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency and Leonardo are to provide cyber defence support to NATO’s London summit in December. The NCI Agency on 13 February renewed a cyber defence…
    - 17 days ago 8 Mar 19, 2:00am -
  • Robotic and AI technologies sought for US Army demo
    The US Army is moving out with plans to develop and evaluate robotic and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies that will help soldiers make decisions 10 times faster than they can today. In an early March solicitation posted on the Federal Busi…
    - 17 days ago 8 Mar 19, 2:00am -
  • US Marine Corps releases RFI for optical communication transmission system
    The US Marine Corps (USMC) is seeking industry input to expand its line-of-sight (LOS) replacement communication system with an optical communication transmission system (OCTS). In a recent request for information (RFI) posed on the Federal Busines…
    - 17 days ago 8 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • DARPA’s CAML seeks machines that can explain themselves
    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is pursuing technologies that would enable autonomous systems to communicate their capabilities and experiences, with the aim of improving human trust in the systems. DARPA published a broad…
    - 19 days ago 6 Mar 19, 2:00am -
  • IAI unveils new anti-jammer for ground GNSS systems
    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) on 4 March unveiled a new version of its ADA system that prevents GNSS signals being jammed. ADA-O is designed for armoured vehicles and other larger land and sea platforms, a company representative said, adding th…
    - 20 days ago 5 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • US Army and Lockheed Martin partner to develop rapid prototyping methods
    The US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) and Lockheed Martin have signed a five-year co-operative agreement to develop new prototyping methods using bioproduction and self-assembly to create the building blocks of novel materials that have applications…
    - 21 days ago 4 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • US Army National Guard buying FlexTrain instrumented live training system
    The US Army National Guard is buying two additional sets of Ravenswood Solutions’ FlexTrain instrumented live training system under a USD39.9 million contract that includes a five-year licence to use the Ravenswood ORION exercise control (EXCON) so…
    - 21 days ago 4 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • Avalon 2019: Australia’s JORN enhancement proceeds on track
    A major 10-year upgrade to Australia’s Jindalee Over the Horizon Radar Network (JORN) is proceeding on schedule, and the first of the network’s three far-flung radar sites is due to be taken offline in 2022. The AUD1.2 billion (US806 million) u…
    - 24 days ago 1 Mar 19, 2:00am -
  • DARPA seeks to equip small ground units with up-to-date counter-A2/AD capabilities
    In preparation for US ground troops operating in austere environments against larger forces equipped with the latest technologies, the Pentagon’s research and development organisation is moving on with a programme to equip small units with the capa…
    - 24 days ago 1 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • Avalon 2019: Next Generation Jammer on track for US Navy IOC in 2022
    The US Navy (USN) will receive the initial Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) Mid-Band pods in May for chamber testing, Captain Michael Orr, Airborne Electronic Attack Systems and EA-6B Programmes Office (PMA-234) programme manager in the US Naval Air Syst…
    - 25 days ago 28 Feb 19, 1:00am -
  • AFA Winter 2019: Collins Elbit Vision Systems plans new capabilities for F-35 helmet
    Key Points CEVS is looking to bring additional colour capabilities to its F-35 HMDS The company is targeting 2026 for this new configuration Collins Elbit Vision Systems (CEVS) is planning to use microdisplay technology to bring additional colo…
    - 25 days ago 28 Feb 19, 12:00am -
  • Denmark orders containerised military offices from Marshall
    The Danish armed forces have awarded Marshall Aerospace and Defence a contract to provide containerised office and storage systems, the latest in a series of such orders for the company. The contract was announced in late February and will see the…
    - 26 days ago 27 Feb 19, 2:00am -
  • EDA aims for Cyber Situation Awareness Package prototype in a year
    The European Defence Agency (EDA)’s Cyber Situation Awareness Package (CySAP) is expected to produce a functional prototype within the next year, the agency has told Jane’s . CySAP aims to develop a software-based solution integrated onto a pla…
    - 26 days ago 27 Feb 19, 2:00am -
  • USMC trials Lockheed Martin’s deployable internet protocol router
    An upgraded variant of Lockheed Martin’s Universal Communications Platform (UCP) Tactical Deployable Unit (TDU) has been evaluated by the US Marine Corps (USMC) in Norway’s Arctic Circle. In January, Marine Forces Europe and Africa (MARFOREUR/A…
    - 26 days ago 27 Feb 19, 2:00am -
  • Indian Air Forces seeks locally developed hyperspectral imaging system
    The Indian Air Force (IAF) has commissioned the indigenous development of a hyperspectral imaging system for an estimated INR130 million (USD1.83 million) to monitor ‘suspicious movement’ under dense foliage domestically and along the country’s…
    - 28 days ago 25 Feb 19, 2:00am -
  • OAS’s Inter-American Defense Board pushes for better regional cyber collaboration
    Cyber defence is a growing issue in Latin American and the Caribbean, and the Inter-American Defense Board is hosting a cyber defence conference in Bogota in May that officials believe can help drive better regional collaboration and education for th…
    - 28 days ago 25 Feb 19, 2:00am -
  • Raytheon to compete in the US Army’s LTAMDS ‘sense-off’
    Raytheon announced that later this year it will be competing in the US Army’s Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor (LTAMDS) programme’s ‘sense-off’. It was the first to step forward for the event. Bob Kelly, Raytheon’s director for i…
    - 28 days ago 25 Feb 19, 2:00am -

CBRNE & EOD Defence

  • Arleigh Burke destroyer life extensions accelerate US Navy’s shipbuilding plan
    The US Navy (USN) plan to extend the lives of its guided-missile Arleigh Burke-class destroyers (DDGs) anchors the service’s efforts to reach its 355-ship-fleet goal decades ahead of initially scheduled. The USN’s 2020 30-year shipbuilding plan,…
    - 3 days ago 22 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Indian Navy orders additional mine countermeasure systems
    The Indian Navy (IN) signed an INR3.06 billion (USD42.8 million) deal in early February with Thales Australia for the supply of eight additional underwater mine countermeasure systems for fitment onto the service’s fast-attack craft. IN spokesman…
    - 45 days ago 7 Feb 19, 3:00pm -
  • Surface Navy 2019: Raytheon prepares to demonstrate its Barracuda MCM in 2019
    Raytheon is seeking to test an early prototype of its Barracuda mine neutralisation system later in 2019 as well as demonstrate aspects of the system during the US Navy’s (USN’s) 2019 Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX). “We have early…
    - 69 days ago 15 Jan 19, 2:00am -
  • South Korea details five-year spending plan
    South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has disclosed more details about its proposed defence spending plan for 2019–23 during which time it is pushing through major reforms to modernise the country’s armed forces. The MND confirmed…
    - 70 days ago 14 Jan 19, 12:00am -
  • Australia completes deliveries of Silvershield C-IED systems to Afghanistan
    The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has completed delivery of Silvershield counter-improvised explosive device (C-IED) systems to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF). Australian Defence Minister Christopher Pyne announced on 7 De…
    - 12 Dec 18, 12:00am -
  • Russian deploys new CBRN vehicle to Syria
    Russia has deployed its newest chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) reconnaissance vehicle to Syria to operate with military police units patrolling the Idlib de-escalation zone. An RKhM-6 vehicle was seen in footage shown by the…
    - 15 Nov 18, 12:00am -
  • Japan developing vehicle-mounted IED detection system
    Japan is developing a vehicle-mounted system designed to remotely detect improvised explosive devices (IEDs) along roads in urban and suburban areas. The Ground Systems Research Center (GSRC) of the Ministry of Defense’s (MoD’s) Acquisition, Te…
    - 16 Oct 18, 12:00am -
  • Spain to buy IED jammers
    Spain is preparing to spend up to EUR85 million (USD98.5 million) on fitting new improvised explosive device (IED) jammers on military vehicles under a framework agreement up to 2021, the government announced on 11 October. The programme will be sp…
    - 16 Oct 18, 12:00am -
  • Three bid for BE/NL MCM replacement programme
    Three industry teams have bid to provide Belgium and the Netherlands (BE/NL) with a next-generation stand-off mine countermeasures (MCM) capability based on mother ships employing a ‘toolbox’ of unmanned MCM systems. Being led by Belgium, the B…
    - 10 Oct 18, 2:00am -
  • AUSA 2018: Harris Corporation passes qualification testing for T7 robot
    Harris Corporation’s T7 robot passed qualification tests in July and is expected to announce the completion of user trials later this year for the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) Project Starter programme, the company announced on 8 October at…
    - 9 Oct 18, 1:00am -
  • AUSA 2018: IAI announces new SAHAR C-IED unmanned ground vehicle
    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has revealed a new autonomous improvised explosive device (IED) detection system based on its SAHAR family of unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs). The system is “a robotic engineering scout” that “integrates a co…
    - 8 Oct 18, 2:00am -
  • USN starts programme for mine warfare instructors
    Acknowledging the growing importance of mine countermeasures (MCM) operations with the increasing focus on littoral missions, the Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) has started a new Mine Warfare (MIW) Warfare Tactics Instr…
    - 19 Sep 18, 9:00am -
  • DX Korea 2018: RoKA unveils new CBRN reconnaissance vehicles
    The Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) has unveiled its enhanced chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) defence capabilities at the 2018 edition of the DX Korea land forces exhibition held from 12-16 September. Fielded in 2017, the servi…
    - 13 Sep 18, 2:00am -
  • Four-nation PESCO proposal aims for cross-service CBRN surveillance system
    Lead-country Austria and three central European countries are proposing to create a new modular-based CBRN surveillance capability that mixes manned and unmanned elements for operational deployment across aerial, ground, and maritime domains. To be…
    - 4 Sep 18, 11:00pm -
  • Russian CBRN protection troops receive 30 TOS-1A MRLs
    The Russian chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) protection troops (RKhBZ) have received 30 TOS-1A Solntsepyok (Sunburn) 220 mm multiple rocket launchers (MRLs) in 2018, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at a Ministry of Defence (…
    - 3 Sep 18, 11:00pm -
  • UGV designs shifting towards CBRNE missions
    Unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) technology, which was once mainly focused on explosive ordnance disposal, appears to be shifting somewhat towards addressing chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive (CBRNE) threats. The shift could b…
    - 5 Aug 18, 11:00pm -
  • Naval, merchant navigation experts develop first joint ‘RIMPAC’ SOCAL maritime domain picture
    Naval and merchant maritime experts partnered to deliver enhanced maritime domain awareness (MDA) for the first time during the ‘Rim of the Pacific’ (‘RIMPAC’) exercise 2018 drills during the month of July, US Navy (USN) officials said. MDA…
    - 1 Aug 18, 11:00pm -
  • Czech MoD to procure light CBRN defence vehicles
    The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 31 July that it plans to procure 80 4x4 light armoured vehicles for the Army of the Czech Republic's (ACR's) 31st Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Defence Regiment based in Libere…
    - 1 Aug 18, 2:00am -
  • IAI and DOK-ING to partner to create a CBRNE platform
    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced on 26 July that it had signed a collaboration agreement with Croatian rugged mine-clearing vehicle manufacturer DOK-ING to produce a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive (CBRNE) unmann…
    - 31 Jul 18, 1:00am -
  • Militaries eye second-generation Husky mine-detection vehicles
    DCD Protected Mobility (PM) and its partners in July 2018 demonstrated to South Africa-based foreign military attachés its second-generation Husky 2G vehicle-mounted mine detection (VMMD) system, which continues to draw notable international interes…
    - 17 Jul 18, 11:00pm -
  • USN hones modular MCM mindset
    The US Navy (USN) is developing operational concepts for a more modular approach for mine countermeasures (MCM) mission packages initially scheduled for its Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) fleet that expands those missions across a greater range of platfo…
    - 10 Jul 18, 3:00am -
  • Aquabotix providing USN with unexploded ordnance detection system
    The US Navy (USN) has awarded Aquabotix a contract for an unexploded ordnance detection system that will enable the USN to both find and neutralise underwater threats. The navy will eventually incorporate the capability into Aquabotix’s SwarmDive…
    - 27 Jun 18, 1:00am -
  • Aselsan successfully tests laser defence system
    Aselsan has successfully tested the Lazer Savunma Sistemi'nin (LSS) laser defence system mounted on a BMC Amazon armoured vehicle, the Turkish company reported on 10 June. “The LSS is being developed to detect and destroy suspicious objects, impr…
    - 15 Jun 18, 10:00am -
  • Japan displays new NBC decontamination set
    The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) unveiled a new truck-mounted nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) decontamination set on 27 May at Camp Omiya in Saitama Prefecture, where the service’s Central NBC Weapon Defense Unit is based. Mount…
    - 15 Jun 18, 10:00am -
  • KADEX 2018: Orlan-10E makes international debut
    The Orlan-10E (E for export) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by Russian industry has made its international debut at the KADEX 2018 defence show in Astana, Kazakhstan. The Orlan-10 system comprises two to four UAVs and a catapult launcher. E…
    - 24 May 18, 12:00am -

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  • Arleigh Burke destroyer life extensions accelerate US Navy’s shipbuilding plan
    The US Navy (USN) plan to extend the lives of its guided-missile Arleigh Burke-class destroyers (DDGs) anchors the service’s efforts to reach its 355-ship-fleet goal decades ahead of initially scheduled. The USN’s 2020 30-year shipbuilding plan,…
    - 3 days ago 22 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Top US general: Russian military capabilities would challenge US forces in Europe
    If US forces deployed to Europe to defend NATO allies, the Russian military would pose significant challenges but it wouldn’t be a showstopper, according to Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Joe Dunford. During a 21 March appearance at the A…
    - 4 days ago 21 Mar 19, 2:00am -
  • USCG enforces North Korea sanctions in the East China Sea
    The US Coast Guard (USCG) National Security Cutter Bertholf (WMSL-750) has finished patrols in the East China Sea to help enforce United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCR) intended to stop countries from avoiding North Korean sanctions thro…
    - 4 days ago 21 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • Russia moves more strike assets to Eastern Mediterranean
    Russia appears to be moving additional air and naval assets into Syria and the Eastern Mediterranean, giving its military commanders more options in the theatre. A Project 636.3 ‘Kilo’-class diesel-electric submarine was seen transiting the Bos…
    - 4 days ago 21 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • Brazil joins US National Guard’s State Partnership Programme
    The New York National Guard (NYNG) is teaming up with the Brazilian military under the umbrella of the US National Guard’s State Partnership Programme. As part of the partnership, which was signed on 14 March, a NYNG “bilateral relations office…
    - 4 days ago 21 Mar 19, 12:00am -

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