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Jane's Defence Weekly

  • IAV 2020: Elbit’s Iron Fist engages kinetic energy round
    Key Points An Iron Fist Light Kinetic (IFLK) round has successfully intercepted an APFSDS projectile in tests It is unclear how interchangeable the IFLK is with the Iron Fist Light Decoupled (IFLD) system ordered by the US and Israeli militaries…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 2:00am -
  • IAV 2020: Rafael integrates Firefly loitering munition with vehicles
    Rafael displayed a more refined version of its Spike Firefly loitering munition during the International Armoured Vehicles (IAV) 2020 conference held in London on 20-23 January, and revealed it has been integrated with vehicles. When it was unveile…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • India’s DRDO selects Israeli-made EO/IR system
    Israel’s Controp Precision Technologies has won a tender to supply its iSKY-50HD electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) system for fitment onto unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) being developed by India’s state-owned Defence Research and Development Orga…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • India’s OFB set to begin series production of upgraded M46 field guns
    India’s state-owned Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) is about to begin series production of an upgraded variant of the Indian Army’s M46 towed field gun (IA) following successful user trials. Official sources told Jane’s on 24 January that the OF…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • Indian government to sell off stake in missile manufacturer BDL
    The government of India is preparing to sell off another stake in missile specialist Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL), a notice published recently by the Ministry of Finance’s Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM), has confirmed…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • First HSI32 fast interceptors arrive at Saudi naval base
    The first two HSI32 high-speed interceptors have arrived at Royal Saudi Naval Forces’ (RSNF’s) Ras Mishab base in the Gulf, the Saudi Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 23 January. It was announced in April 2018 that 39 CMN boats will be del…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • EU preparing to expand training to Burkina Faso as security deteriorates
    Burkina Faso faces a collapse similar to the one in northern Mali in 2012 if Europe does not substantially step up its military presence and aid, according to senior EU and national military officers and officials. Speaking during a 22 January hear…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • ANDSF casualty rate increased ‘slightly’ from June to October 2019, says US DoD
    The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) suffered “slightly” more casualties between 1 June and 31 October 2019 than during the same period the previous year, according to the US Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) latest semi-annu…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Harwar’s Zhanfu H16-V12 UAV possibly in service with Chinese military
    Chinese unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer Harwar has released images of its Zhanfu (Tomahawk) H16-V12 multi-rotor, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) platform being used in what appear to be training exercises with the People’s Liberatio…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Bird demos OSCAR maritime data fusion system in Africa
    Bird Aerosystems, an Israeli company that develops special-mission aircraft solutions and airborne missile protection systems, announced on 14 January that it had completed a successful trial of its Ocean Surveillance Control and Reconnaissance (OSCA…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • BAE Systems receives US Army order for 160 additional AMPVs
    The US Army has awarded BAE Systems a USD400 million contract modification to cover the purchase of additional Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicles (AMPVs). The service announced on 21 January that it is buying an additional 160 AMPVs with funds from the…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • German Panzergrenadierbrigade 37 prepares for digitalisation
    The German Army’s Panzergrenadierbrigade (Armoured Infantry Brigade) 37 is training on off-the-shelf software to prepare for its digitalisation so it can lead the NATO Response Force Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) in 2023, the Bundeswe…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • IAV 2020: GDLS-UK expects Ajax IOC this year despite delivery delay
    The UK’s Ajax armoured fighting vehicle family is progressing through its trials and is on schedule to reach its initial operational capability (IOC) in 2020, the executive programme director for Ajax at General Dynamics Land Systems-UK (GDLS-UK),…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • Malian forces unveil new vehicles and weapons
    The Malian Armed Forces (FAMa) displayed recently delivered vehicles during their 59th anniversary parade at the Kati military camp, the main base of the 3rd Military Region, on 20 January. These included Streit Typhoon mine-resistant ambush protec…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jan 20, 2:00am -
  • Industry warned US Army officials it could not meet OMFV requirements, concerns went unanswered
    US Army officials are picking up the metaphorical pieces of their derailed Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) prototyping competition and charting a new path forward. However, despite multiple attempts by industry to question the army’s OMFV…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jan 20, 2:00am -
  • Kenya commissions MD 530F helicopters
    The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) announced on 23 January that its chief, General Samson Mwathethe, had commissioned its “next-generation” MD 530F light attack helicopters at the Embakasi base in Nairobi. The United States approved the sale of 12…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • EU countries want only defensive militarisation of space
    Key Points The EU and its member states oppose the uncontrolled militarisation of space France is setting up a space command and Italy is considering doing so EU and national officials say there must be no ‘wild west’ militarisation of spac…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Update: Leonardo secures USN training helo requirement
    Leonardo has secured the US Navy’s (USN’s) TH-XX training helicopter replacement requirement, with a USD176.5 million contract awarded on 13 January. The award by the US Department of Defense (DoD) covers 32 of the Italian company’s AW119-der…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Australian navy launches centralised Maritime Warfare Centre to support current and future capabilities
    The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has launched a centralised warfighting agency to provide expanded test and evaluation, tactical development and operational analysis throughout the capability life cycle. The Sydney-based Maritime Warfare Centre (MWC…
    - 4 days ago 22 Jan 20, 11:00pm -
  • RNLAF air operations control station receives SMART-L radar
    The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) air operations control station (AOCS) in Nieuw Milligen received the Signaal Multibeam Acquisition Radar for Targeting-Long range (SMART-L) in Wier, Friesland, on 16 January, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) annou…
    - 5 days ago 22 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • Germany extends service life of Marder IFV
    The Bundeswehr awarded Rheinmetall a EUR110 million (USD122 million) contract in December to extend the service life of the Marder infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), the company announced in a press release on 20 January. The company said the drivetr…
    - 5 days ago 22 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • Gen McConville: US Army ready to ‘negotiate’ OMFV requirements, schedule with industry
    The US Army may be taking a ‘tactical pause’ to reassess plans to acquire a replacement for its M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle fleet, but the service’s revamped approach will look markedly different and include more industry input, according to US…
    - 5 days ago 22 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • Pentagon announces replacement for F-35’s ALIS
    Key Points The US Department of Defense (DoD) will replace the F-35’s Autonomic Logistics Information System with a new effort A Pentagon watchdog believes the DoD is paying Lockheed Martin to fix something it should have properly provided earl…
    - 5 days ago 22 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • Japan to launch space operations squadron in coming months
    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced on 20 January that the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s (JASDF’s) space operations squadron will be officially set up “this spring” as part of a move by the government in Tokyo to put a stronger emph…
    - 5 days ago 22 Jan 20, 2:00am -
  • Chinese navy trialling new search radar
    China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is undertaking trials on a new search radar that may be intended for use on a future class of surface combatant or for retrofitting to current frigates and some destroyers. The radar has been install…
    - 5 days ago 22 Jan 20, 1:00am -

International Defence Review

  • Tomahawk recertification/modernisation line starts ramp up
    The US Navy is planning to begin fielding the modernised and recertified Tomahawk Block V cruise missile from 2021, with the Block Va Maritime Strike Tomahawk (MST) variant to debut two years later, according to the Naval Air Systems Command’s (NAV…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • BAE Systems Bofors begins trials for HX2-based Archer
    A Swedish BAE Systems Bofors Archer 155 mm/52 artillery system integrated onto a German Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) HX2 (8×8) platform – aimed at the export market – has begun initial firing trials at the Bofors Test Center in Karls…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • UK awards contracts to explore Intelligent Ship technologies
    The UK’s Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is seed funding nine companies – including Frazer-Nash Consultancy (FNC), Roke Manor Research, and Thales UK – to explore and mature artificial intelligence (AI) techniques and automation technol…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • US Navy explores new Advanced Electronic Warfare suite options
    The US Navy (USN) has begun to explore options for a next-generation Advanced Electronic Warfare (ADVEW) suite to equip in-service F/A-18E/F Super Hornet carrier-borne strikefighters and a follow-on naval tactical aircraft. In a request for informa…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jan 20, 2:00am -
  • US Air Force performs first Advanced Battle Management System demonstration
    The US Air Force (USAF) on 16–18 December performed its first demonstration of the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) Internet-of-Things (IoT) combat concept. The demonstration was one full day’s worth of demonstrations spread out over th…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • DARPA, Dynetics move Gremlins focus to aerial recovery
    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Dynetics are shifting their focus in the Gremlins programme to aerial recovery of the X-61A demonstrator after completing the device’s first flight test in November 2019. The goal of th…
    - 5 days ago 22 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Ukraine trials 2S22 Bogdana wheeled artillery
    The Ukrainian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has started trials of the 2S22 Bogdana, a wheeled self-propelled howitzer (SPH) armed with a 155 mm ordnance. The first trials were conducted with wooden blocks, as opposed to a munition, which is designed to t…
    - 6 days ago 21 Jan 20, 4:00am -
  • Surface Navy 2020: MIDS on Ship programme poised for full-rate production
    MIDS on Ship (MOS) programme, a BAE System platform designed to enable US Navy warships to employ Link 16 tactical datalink communications across domains through Data Link Solutions’ Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Ra…
    - 6 days ago 21 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • US Marine Corps set sights on info ops with new command-level units
    The US Marine Corps (USMC) hopes to enhance its new cadre of command-level information operations (IO) units among component commands throughout the US armed forces’ regional combatant commands, as part of a wider Pentagon effort to gain the upper…
    - 6 days ago 21 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • Falco Xplorer UAV makes maiden flight
    Leonardo flew its Falco Xplorer unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the first time on 15 January, the company announced. The approximately one-hour flight saw the medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) UAV depart Trapani Air Force Base on Sicily befor…
    - 7 days ago 20 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Gremlins demonstrator makes maiden flight
    Dynetics, Inc flew its X-61A Gremlins demonstrator for the first time in late 2019, it was announced on 17 January. A video of the maiden flight released by the company showed the Gremlins Air Vehicle (GAV) separate from a Lockheed Martin C-130A He…
    - 7 days ago 20 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Russia to trial Drozd-2 active protection system on T-72BK
    The Russian Ministry of Defence has contracted the KBP Instrument Design Bureau (Shipunov) to integrate the TKB-0252 Drozd-2 hard kill active protection system (APS) onto a T-72BK for trials, according to a contract (number 52/23/19) published on the…
    - 11 days ago 16 Jan 20, 2:00am -
  • SimCentric develops new range-planning software
    Training with live ammunition is a critical element of ground forces training, but live-fire training has an inescapable risk factor and there is a small but steady worldwide casualty rate from live-fire training accidents. The risks can be mitigated…
    - 11 days ago 16 Jan 20, 2:00am -
  • Lockheed Martin awarded OpFires Phase 3 integration contract
    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) on 14 January announced the award to Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control of a USD31.9 million contract for the Phase 3 Integrated Weapon System component of the Operational Fires (OpFires)…
    - 11 days ago 16 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • Surface Navy 2020: Potential USN ammo could turn LCS into counter-drone ship
    A new kind of ammunition round being pursued by Northrop Grumman for the on-board Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) gun system could help the US Navy (USN) counter drone attacks, according to Kevin Knowles, the head of business development for LCS/Unmanned…
    - 12 days ago 15 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • US AROC approves Spike NLOS acquisition
    The US Army Requirements Oversight Council (AROC) has approved the acquisition of an undisclosed number of Rafael Advanced Defence System Spike NLOS (non-line-of-sight) air-to-surface missiles (ASMs) to equip the service’s AH-64E Apache Guardian at…
    - 13 days ago 14 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • US braces for possible follow-on cyber attacks from Iran
    US cyber officials remain on alert for additional retaliatory strikes against key government or civilian networks, as tensions between Washington and Iran simmer over the killing of Major General Qasem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s Quds Force, by a…
    - 18 days ago 9 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • Northrop Grumman completes initial trials of AQS-24B aboard MCM USV
    Northrop Grumman has completed initial at-sea testing of its AQS-24B minehunting sonar using a new deploy and retrieval (D&R) payload, the company announced on 6 January. The sonar and the associated D&R system were installed on a prototype Mine Co…
    - 18 days ago 9 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Update: CASC expands domestic UAV testing and production capabilities
    The China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics (CAAA) – the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) development arm of defence prime China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) – has expanded its domestic production capabilities with a newly com…
    - 19 days ago 8 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • SitaWare 6.10 introduces maritime add-on features
    Denmark’s Systematic is releasing a maritime add-on module as part of the latest 6.10 release of its SitaWare Headquarters command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence (C4I) software product. The development, which the company sa…
    - 20 days ago 7 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • DroneShield’s C-UAS AI in US Army focus
    DroneShield has been shortlisted through the US Army’s Expeditionary Technology Search (xTechSearch) programme to collaborate on artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) algorithms. The xTechSearch programme provides funding to smal…
    - 20 days ago 7 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Robotic Research unveils Pegasus Mini hybrid UAS/UGV
    Robotic Research, a Maryland-based developer of autonomy and robotic technologies catering to commercial and government customers, has taken the opportunity at the CES 2020 exhibition being held in Las Vegas from 7 to 10 January to unveil the Pegasus…
    - 20 days ago 7 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Germany selects Enforcer
    Following a competitive evaluation, the German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) has selected the MBDA Enforcer weapon system to meet the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) ‘Leichtes Wirkm…
    - 21 days ago 6 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Indonesia reveals armed reconnaissance UAV development programme
    PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI), a state-owned Indonesian aerospace company, has unveiled the first prototype of an indigenously developed medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to the public at its Bandung headquarters o…
    - 21 days ago 6 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Pentagon deploys new command cells for electromagnetic spectrum ops
    The US Department of Defense has created a new cadre of forward deployed, operational teams specifically tasked with aiding combat commanders in waging war across the electromagnetic spectrum, a top US general said. The Joint Electromagnetic Spectr…
    - 25 days ago 2 Jan 20, 3:00am -

Navy International

  • USN conducts more successful EMALS and AAG tests on carrier Ford
    With a roar, the F/A-18F Super Hornet zipped down the front of the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) on 22 January, the first full afterburner catapult shot off the ship of an aircraft in what that US Navy calls a ‘5-w…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • Russia to build five more auxiliary tankers
    Five more replenishment tankers are to be built for the Russian Navy to support warships on long-range missions. The announcement by Sergey Epifanov, Chief of the Auxiliary Fleet Service in the Russia Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) Transport Sup…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • South Korea sharpens ASW interoperability with allies amid SLBM threats
    In a bid to improve anti-submarine warfare (ASW) interoperability with its partner services, the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) has deployed a P-3C maritime patrol aircraft to ‘Sea Dragon’ – a US-led multilateral ASW exercise that began in 2019.…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • LCS 3 gets set for key ASW mission module tests
    The US Navy (USN) Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) will sail to Hawaii in February to begin developmental testing (DT) of the LCS anti-submarine warfare (ASW) mission package. Testing in the waters of the Pacific Mi…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • ReCAAP urges mariners to avoid Sulu, Celebes seas after crew abduction
    The Regional Co-operation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) has again called on mariners to re-route their journeys to avoid the Sulu and Celebes seas where possible. The call was reiterated in the wake…
    - 5 days ago 22 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • Indonesia completes diving trials on first locally assembled submarine
    Indonesia’s first indigenously assembled Nagapasa-class diesel-electric submarine, Alugoro (405) , has successfully completed the nominal diving depth (NDD) phase of its sea trials. The trial phase was conducted on 20 January in waters off Banyuw…
    - 5 days ago 22 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • Bell-Boeing flies first Osprey for US Navy
    The first Bell-Boeing CMV-22B Osprey carrier on-board delivery (COD) tiltrotor aircraft for the US Navy (USN) made its maiden flight on 21 January. The aircraft, serial number 9435, flew out of Bell’s Amarillo Assembly Center in Texas ahead of de…
    - 5 days ago 22 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • US Navy kicks off with mine modernisation effort
    The US Navy (USN) is embarking on a major recapitalisation of its offensive mining portfolio to deny freedom of movement to adversary forces in a future high-end conflict. Speaking at the Surface Navy Association annual symposium on 16 January, Cap…
    - 6 days ago 21 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • Russian ship designers show latest advanced naval platforms
    Russian shipyards displayed scale models of new project developments during a meeting of Russian military officials and navy commanders in Sevastopol in early January. Among the items on display was a scale model of a Kalibr-armed version of the Pr…
    - 7 days ago 20 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • Surface Navy 2020: USN expects Ford weapons elevators work to be done next year
    The four operational Advanced Weapons Elevators (AWEs) on aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78) have performed 5,000 cycles and the US Navy (USN) expects work on all 11 to be done in the first half of 2021, according to Captain Ron Rutan, CVN 7…
    - 10 days ago 17 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Surface Navy 2020: USN to start search for new Medium Unmanned Underwater Vehicle
    The US Navy (USN) is set to kick off a competition to acquire a new Medium Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (MUUV) designed to support both mine countermeasures and oceanographic/environmental data gathering missions. To be deployed from both surface sh…
    - 10 days ago 17 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • New Russian amphibious ship prepares for acceptance trials
    Shipbuilders and state acceptance trials for Russia’s latest amphibious ship are to be combined to speed the vessel’s entry into navy service. The Project 11711 large landing ship Pyotr Morgunov completed the first phases of its builder’s tri…
    - 11 days ago 16 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • Finnish Navy receives first FAC missile boat Tornio after MLU
    The first of four Hamina-class missile fast attack craft (FAC), FRNS Tornio , has been delivered to the Finnish Navy following the completion of its Squadron 2000 mid-life upgrade (SQ2000 MLU) programme. Work was carried out under a contract awarde…
    - 11 days ago 16 Jan 20, 2:00am -
  • France orders eight diving tenders
    France’s Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA) has ordered eight new diving tenders from Merré Shipyard for operation by the French Navy, the French Ministry of the Armed forces announced on 15 January. Under the terms of the contract, whic…
    - 11 days ago 16 Jan 20, 2:00am -
  • ReCAAP reports uptick in Asian piracy cases as concerns emerge over Singapore Strait
    The Asian region saw a slight increase in piracy cases throughout 2019, but the number of incidences in the Singapore Strait increased significantly compared with 2018. According to figures released by the intergovernmental body, Regional Cooperati…
    - 11 days ago 16 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Surface Navy 2020: Lockheed Martin picks up CSEA role for SSDS after GAO denies protest
    Lockheed Martin has commenced Combat System Engineering Agent (CSEA) activity for the US Navy’s (USN’s) Ship Self Defense System (SSDS) after a protest filed by rival company Raytheon was denied. The SSDS Mk 2, which is fitted to USN aircraft c…
    - 11 days ago 16 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Block 2 IRST flies on Super Hornet
    The US Navy (USN) and Boeing have flown the new Block 2 infrared search and track (IRST) long-range passive targeting pod on the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet combat aircraft. The flight, which was announced by Boeing on 15 January, took place in late 201…
    - 12 days ago 15 Jan 20, 4:30am -
  • Surface Navy 2020: Radar upgrades could make US Navy DDGs suitable for air warfare command
    With the increased capability and potential provided by the AN/SPY-6(V) radar suite slated for the DDG 51 Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers (DDGs), the US Navy (USN) is looking at DDGs for air warfare command roles. Currently, guided-mi…
    - 12 days ago 15 Jan 20, 3:10am -
  • Surface Navy 2020: Insitu to outfit entire USCG national security cutter fleet with ScanEagles by end of year
    Insitu is on pace to supply its ScanEagle endurance mini-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to the US Coast Guard’s (USCG’s) entire national security cutter (NSC) fleet by the end of 2020, according to a company official. Ron Tremain, Insitu senior…
    - 12 days ago 15 Jan 20, 12:30am -
  • Indonesian Navy requests anti-submarine, surface kits for five more Panthers
    Key Points The Indonesian Navy has submitted requests to equip five more Panther helicopters with anti-submarine, surface warfare capabilities The service has thus far received 10 of the 11 helicopters it ordered in 2014 The Indonesian Navy (Te…
    - 12 days ago 15 Jan 20, 12:00am -

Jane's Defence

  • IAV 2020: Elbit’s Iron Fist engages kinetic energy round
    Key Points An Iron Fist Light Kinetic (IFLK) round has successfully intercepted an APFSDS projectile in tests It is unclear how interchangeable the IFLK is with the Iron Fist Light Decoupled (IFLD) system ordered by the US and Israeli militaries…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 2:00am -
  • French Navy pilots complete Dauphin N3 conversion training
    The first full-scale conversion course of five French Navy helicopter pilots graduated on 17 January at Lanvéoc-Poulmic Air Base in a ceremony that confirms that the fleet of four leased Airbus Helicopters Dauphin N3s is now fully up to speed. The…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 2:00am -
  • India’s DRDO selects Israeli-made EO/IR system
    Israel’s Controp Precision Technologies has won a tender to supply its iSKY-50HD electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) system for fitment onto unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) being developed by India’s state-owned Defence Research and Development Orga…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • IAV 2020: Rafael integrates Firefly loitering munition with vehicles
    Rafael displayed a more refined version of its Spike Firefly loitering munition during the International Armoured Vehicles (IAV) 2020 conference held in London on 20-23 January, and revealed it has been integrated with vehicles. When it was unveile…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • Australia proves out aviation training vessel’s disaster relief capabilities
    The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is proving out the humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) capabilities of its aviation training vessel, MV Sycamore , during its deployment with Operation 'Bushfire Assist'. The operation is the Australia…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • India’s OFB set to begin series production of upgraded M46 field guns
    India’s state-owned Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) is about to begin series production of an upgraded variant of the Indian Army’s M46 towed field gun (IA) following successful user trials. Official sources told Jane’s on 24 January that the OF…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • UK Royal Navy gets set to start Wilton MCM route survey task
    The UK Royal Navy (RN) plans to start operations in March with a new unmanned autonomous capability for peacetime mine countermeasures (MCM) tasks. Operating from HM Naval Base Clyde, the new capability – being delivered under Project Wilton –…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • US revamps gun export oversight
    The US federal government has finalised new rules aimed at making it easier for US gun manufacturers to export some of their wares. For firearms and ammunition that do not perform an “inherently military function” or give US forces an advantage,…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • First USMC operational unit receives F-35C
    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has received into service its first operational carrier variant (CV) Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). The aircraft, tail number 301, arrived at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar, Califo…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Bird demos OSCAR maritime data fusion system in Africa
    Bird Aerosystems, an Israeli company that develops special-mission aircraft solutions and airborne missile protection systems, announced on 14 January that it had completed a successful trial of its Ocean Surveillance Control and Reconnaissance (OSCA…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • First HSI32 fast interceptors arrive at Saudi naval base
    The first two HSI32 high-speed interceptors have arrived at Royal Saudi Naval Forces’ (RSNF’s) Ras Mishab base in the Gulf, the Saudi Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 23 January. It was announced in April 2018 that 39 CMN boats will be del…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Fincantieri, Qatar to jointly study naval technology
    Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri and the Qatari Ministry of Defence have agreed to jointly study and evaluate new technologies that could lead to the acquisition of new vessels. The topics they will examine include naval base design, ship fleet manag…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Head of Saab Kockums departing
    Gunnar Wieslander, the head of Saab’s Kockums naval business area for the past four years, is leaving the Swedish defence company. With Kockums entering “a significant production phase”, Wieslander and Micael Johansson, Saab’s president and…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • ANDSF casualty rate increased ‘slightly’ from June to October 2019, says US DoD
    The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) suffered “slightly” more casualties between 1 June and 31 October 2019 than during the same period the previous year, according to the US Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) latest semi-annu…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Tomahawk recertification/modernisation line starts ramp up
    The US Navy is planning to begin fielding the modernised and recertified Tomahawk Block V cruise missile from 2021, with the Block Va Maritime Strike Tomahawk (MST) variant to debut two years later, according to the Naval Air Systems Command’s (NAV…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Harwar’s Zhanfu H16-V12 UAV possibly in service with Chinese military
    Chinese unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer Harwar has released images of its Zhanfu (Tomahawk) H16-V12 multi-rotor, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) platform being used in what appear to be training exercises with the People’s Liberatio…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Russia to build five more auxiliary tankers
    Five more replenishment tankers are to be built for the Russian Navy to support warships on long-range missions. The announcement by Sergey Epifanov, Chief of the Auxiliary Fleet Service in the Russia Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) Transport Sup…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • BAE Systems receives US Army order for 160 additional AMPVs
    The US Army has awarded BAE Systems a USD400 million contract modification to cover the purchase of additional Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicles (AMPVs). The service announced on 21 January that it is buying an additional 160 AMPVs with funds from the…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • USN conducts more successful EMALS and AAG tests on carrier Ford
    With a roar, the F/A-18F Super Hornet zipped down the front of the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) on 22 January, the first full afterburner catapult shot off the ship of an aircraft in what that US Navy calls a ‘5-w…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • IAV 2020: GDLS-UK expects Ajax IOC this year despite delivery delay
    The UK’s Ajax armoured fighting vehicle family is progressing through its trials and is on schedule to reach its initial operational capability (IOC) in 2020, the executive programme director for Ajax at General Dynamics Land Systems-UK (GDLS-UK),…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • BAE Systems Bofors begins trials for HX2-based Archer
    A Swedish BAE Systems Bofors Archer 155 mm/52 artillery system integrated onto a German Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) HX2 (8×8) platform – aimed at the export market – has begun initial firing trials at the Bofors Test Center in Karls…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • UK awards contracts to explore Intelligent Ship technologies
    The UK’s Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is seed funding nine companies – including Frazer-Nash Consultancy (FNC), Roke Manor Research, and Thales UK – to explore and mature artificial intelligence (AI) techniques and automation technol…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • Industry warned US Army officials it could not meet OMFV requirements, concerns went unanswered
    US Army officials are picking up the metaphorical pieces of their derailed Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) prototyping competition and charting a new path forward. However, despite multiple attempts by industry to question the army’s OMFV…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jan 20, 2:00am -
  • Malian forces unveil new vehicles and weapons
    The Malian Armed Forces (FAMa) displayed recently delivered vehicles during their 59th anniversary parade at the Kati military camp, the main base of the 3rd Military Region, on 20 January. These included Streit Typhoon mine-resistant ambush protec…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jan 20, 2:00am -
  • US Navy explores new Advanced Electronic Warfare suite options
    The US Navy (USN) has begun to explore options for a next-generation Advanced Electronic Warfare (ADVEW) suite to equip in-service F/A-18E/F Super Hornet carrier-borne strikefighters and a follow-on naval tactical aircraft. In a request for informa…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jan 20, 2:00am -

Intelligence Review

Platforms

  • French Navy pilots complete Dauphin N3 conversion training
    The first full-scale conversion course of five French Navy helicopter pilots graduated on 17 January at Lanvéoc-Poulmic Air Base in a ceremony that confirms that the fleet of four leased Airbus Helicopters Dauphin N3s is now fully up to speed. The…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 2:00am -
  • Australia proves out aviation training vessel’s disaster relief capabilities
    The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is proving out the humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) capabilities of its aviation training vessel, MV Sycamore , during its deployment with Operation 'Bushfire Assist'. The operation is the Australia…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • IAV 2020: Rafael integrates Firefly loitering munition with vehicles
    Rafael displayed a more refined version of its Spike Firefly loitering munition during the International Armoured Vehicles (IAV) 2020 conference held in London on 20-23 January, and revealed it has been integrated with vehicles. When it was unveile…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • Harwar’s Zhanfu H16-V12 UAV possibly in service with Chinese military
    Chinese unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer Harwar has released images of its Zhanfu (Tomahawk) H16-V12 multi-rotor, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) platform being used in what appear to be training exercises with the People’s Liberatio…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • US revamps gun export oversight
    The US federal government has finalised new rules aimed at making it easier for US gun manufacturers to export some of their wares. For firearms and ammunition that do not perform an “inherently military function” or give US forces an advantage,…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • First HSI32 fast interceptors arrive at Saudi naval base
    The first two HSI32 high-speed interceptors have arrived at Royal Saudi Naval Forces’ (RSNF’s) Ras Mishab base in the Gulf, the Saudi Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 23 January. It was announced in April 2018 that 39 CMN boats will be del…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • ANDSF casualty rate increased ‘slightly’ from June to October 2019, says US DoD
    The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) suffered “slightly” more casualties between 1 June and 31 October 2019 than during the same period the previous year, according to the US Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) latest semi-annu…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Fincantieri, Qatar to jointly study naval technology
    Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri and the Qatari Ministry of Defence have agreed to jointly study and evaluate new technologies that could lead to the acquisition of new vessels. The topics they will examine include naval base design, ship fleet manag…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Head of Saab Kockums departing
    Gunnar Wieslander, the head of Saab’s Kockums naval business area for the past four years, is leaving the Swedish defence company. With Kockums entering “a significant production phase”, Wieslander and Micael Johansson, Saab’s president and…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • First USMC operational unit receives F-35C
    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has received into service its first operational carrier variant (CV) Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). The aircraft, tail number 301, arrived at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar, Califo…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • BAE Systems Bofors begins trials for HX2-based Archer
    A Swedish BAE Systems Bofors Archer 155 mm/52 artillery system integrated onto a German Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) HX2 (8×8) platform – aimed at the export market – has begun initial firing trials at the Bofors Test Center in Karls…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • BAE Systems receives US Army order for 160 additional AMPVs
    The US Army has awarded BAE Systems a USD400 million contract modification to cover the purchase of additional Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicles (AMPVs). The service announced on 21 January that it is buying an additional 160 AMPVs with funds from the…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • Russia to build five more auxiliary tankers
    Five more replenishment tankers are to be built for the Russian Navy to support warships on long-range missions. The announcement by Sergey Epifanov, Chief of the Auxiliary Fleet Service in the Russia Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) Transport Sup…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • IAV 2020: GDLS-UK expects Ajax IOC this year despite delivery delay
    The UK’s Ajax armoured fighting vehicle family is progressing through its trials and is on schedule to reach its initial operational capability (IOC) in 2020, the executive programme director for Ajax at General Dynamics Land Systems-UK (GDLS-UK),…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • Industry warned US Army officials it could not meet OMFV requirements, concerns went unanswered
    US Army officials are picking up the metaphorical pieces of their derailed Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) prototyping competition and charting a new path forward. However, despite multiple attempts by industry to question the army’s OMFV…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jan 20, 2:00am -
  • Malian forces unveil new vehicles and weapons
    The Malian Armed Forces (FAMa) displayed recently delivered vehicles during their 59th anniversary parade at the Kati military camp, the main base of the 3rd Military Region, on 20 January. These included Streit Typhoon mine-resistant ambush protec…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jan 20, 2:00am -
  • Kenya commissions MD 530F helicopters
    The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) announced on 23 January that its chief, General Samson Mwathethe, had commissioned its “next-generation” MD 530F light attack helicopters at the Embakasi base in Nairobi. The United States approved the sale of 12…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Germany extends service life of Marder IFV
    The Bundeswehr awarded Rheinmetall a EUR110 million (USD122 million) contract in December to extend the service life of the Marder infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), the company announced in a press release on 20 January. The company said the drivetr…
    - 5 days ago 22 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • Indonesia completes diving trials on first locally assembled submarine
    Indonesia’s first indigenously assembled Nagapasa-class diesel-electric submarine, Alugoro (405) , has successfully completed the nominal diving depth (NDD) phase of its sea trials. The trial phase was conducted on 20 January in waters off Banyuw…
    - 5 days ago 22 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • Saab begins T-X assembly
    Saab has started assembly of the first aft-fuselage section of the T-7A Red Hawk for the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase of the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) T-X trainer aircraft replacement programme. The Swedish manufacturer s…
    - 5 days ago 22 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • Bell-Boeing flies first Osprey for US Navy
    The first Bell-Boeing CMV-22B Osprey carrier on-board delivery (COD) tiltrotor aircraft for the US Navy (USN) made its maiden flight on 21 January. The aircraft, serial number 9435, flew out of Bell’s Amarillo Assembly Center in Texas ahead of de…
    - 5 days ago 22 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • DARPA, Dynetics move Gremlins focus to aerial recovery
    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Dynetics are shifting their focus in the Gremlins programme to aerial recovery of the X-61A demonstrator after completing the device’s first flight test in November 2019. The goal of th…
    - 5 days ago 22 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • UK orders more Jupiter training helos
    The United Kingdom has ordered a further four Airbus Helicopters H145 Jupiter training helicopters to add to the three already received, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 21 January. The new helicopters, along with 29 smaller H135 Junos, a…
    - 5 days ago 22 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Ukraine trials 2S22 Bogdana wheeled artillery
    The Ukrainian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has started trials of the 2S22 Bogdana, a wheeled self-propelled howitzer (SPH) armed with a 155 mm ordnance. The first trials were conducted with wooden blocks, as opposed to a munition, which is designed to t…
    - 6 days ago 21 Jan 20, 4:00am -
  • Polish paratroopers receive airdrop-capable vehicles
    Polish Minister of National Defence Mariusz Blaszczak handed 15 airdrop-capable 4×4 vehicles to the Polish 6th Airborne Brigade in Krakow on 15 January, his ministry reported on its website the same day. KAFAR, the company supplying the vehicles,…
    - 6 days ago 21 Jan 20, 3:00am -

Air Platforms

  • French Navy pilots complete Dauphin N3 conversion training
    The first full-scale conversion course of five French Navy helicopter pilots graduated on 17 January at Lanvéoc-Poulmic Air Base in a ceremony that confirms that the fleet of four leased Airbus Helicopters Dauphin N3s is now fully up to speed. The…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 2:00am -
  • IAV 2020: Rafael integrates Firefly loitering munition with vehicles
    Rafael displayed a more refined version of its Spike Firefly loitering munition during the International Armoured Vehicles (IAV) 2020 conference held in London on 20-23 January, and revealed it has been integrated with vehicles. When it was unveile…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • First USMC operational unit receives F-35C
    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has received into service its first operational carrier variant (CV) Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). The aircraft, tail number 301, arrived at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar, Califo…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • First HSI32 fast interceptors arrive at Saudi naval base
    The first two HSI32 high-speed interceptors have arrived at Royal Saudi Naval Forces’ (RSNF’s) Ras Mishab base in the Gulf, the Saudi Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 23 January. It was announced in April 2018 that 39 CMN boats will be del…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Harwar’s Zhanfu H16-V12 UAV possibly in service with Chinese military
    Chinese unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer Harwar has released images of its Zhanfu (Tomahawk) H16-V12 multi-rotor, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) platform being used in what appear to be training exercises with the People’s Liberatio…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • US revamps gun export oversight
    The US federal government has finalised new rules aimed at making it easier for US gun manufacturers to export some of their wares. For firearms and ammunition that do not perform an “inherently military function” or give US forces an advantage,…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Kenya commissions MD 530F helicopters
    The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) announced on 23 January that its chief, General Samson Mwathethe, had commissioned its “next-generation” MD 530F light attack helicopters at the Embakasi base in Nairobi. The United States approved the sale of 12…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Saab begins T-X assembly
    Saab has started assembly of the first aft-fuselage section of the T-7A Red Hawk for the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase of the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) T-X trainer aircraft replacement programme. The Swedish manufacturer s…
    - 5 days ago 22 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • UK orders more Jupiter training helos
    The United Kingdom has ordered a further four Airbus Helicopters H145 Jupiter training helicopters to add to the three already received, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 21 January. The new helicopters, along with 29 smaller H135 Junos, a…
    - 5 days ago 22 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • DARPA, Dynetics move Gremlins focus to aerial recovery
    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Dynetics are shifting their focus in the Gremlins programme to aerial recovery of the X-61A demonstrator after completing the device’s first flight test in November 2019. The goal of th…
    - 5 days ago 22 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Bell-Boeing flies first Osprey for US Navy
    The first Bell-Boeing CMV-22B Osprey carrier on-board delivery (COD) tiltrotor aircraft for the US Navy (USN) made its maiden flight on 21 January. The aircraft, serial number 9435, flew out of Bell’s Amarillo Assembly Center in Texas ahead of de…
    - 5 days ago 22 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Hermes 900 MALE UAV enters service with Philippine Air Force
    The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has begun operating the Elbit Systems Hermes 900 medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Images of two of the nine Hermes 900 platforms ordered from Israel have been circulating on social…
    - 6 days ago 21 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • Three-engined variant of China’s Tengden TB001 UAV makes maiden flight
    Images have emerged of a three-engined variant of the Sichuan Tengden Technology Company (also spelled Tengoen) TW328/TB001 strike-capable, reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) conducting what Chinese media have said was the platform’s firs…
    - 6 days ago 21 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Nigerian Air Force receives two AW109 helicopters
    The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) announced on 18 January that it has received two new Leonardo AW109 helicopters. The helicopters are part of an order for six that was announced in 2018, with a first batch of two arriving in April 2019. The NAF said…
    - 7 days ago 20 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • Indian Air Force commissions first squadron of Su-30MKI fighters armed with the BrahMos-A missile
    The Indian Air Force (IAF) commissioned on 20 January its first squadron of Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighter aircraft armed with the BrahMos-A (Air) supersonic cruise missile. IAF officials told Jane’s that the recently re-activated No. 222 ‘T…
    - 7 days ago 20 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • Gremlins demonstrator makes maiden flight
    Dynetics, Inc flew its X-61A Gremlins demonstrator for the first time in late 2019, it was announced on 17 January. A video of the maiden flight released by the company showed the Gremlins Air Vehicle (GAV) separate from a Lockheed Martin C-130A He…
    - 7 days ago 20 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Falco Xplorer UAV makes maiden flight
    Leonardo flew its Falco Xplorer unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the first time on 15 January, the company announced. The approximately one-hour flight saw the medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) UAV depart Trapani Air Force Base on Sicily befor…
    - 7 days ago 20 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • New helo sees Honduras become first Central American nation to field naval aviation
    Honduras has become the first Central American nation to field naval aviation, with the arrival of a surplus Eurocopter BO 105 helicopter. The helicopter, received on 15 January, will operate from the recently acquired General Cabañas off-shore pa…
    - 7 days ago 20 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Spain takes delivery of last Tiger helicopter
    Spain has taken delivery of the last of 24 Tiger helicopters, an HAD-E (Helicóptero de Apoyo y Destrucción) attack version. Known as the Tigre in Spain, it was handed over at Airbus Helicopters’ Albacete plant on 14 January at a ceremony attend…
    - 10 days ago 17 Jan 20, 2:00am -
  • Boeing flies Advanced Chinook Rotor Blade for first time
    Boeing has flown a Block 2-standard CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopter for the first time with the Advanced Chinook Rotor Blade (ACRB), the company announced on 16 January. The flight came some 10 months after the first Block 2 helicopter made it…
    - 10 days ago 17 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Deliveries to Eurofighter partner nations near conclusion
    The programme-of-record (PoR) for the four Eurofighter partner nations will shortly be concluded, with the final two air forces set to receive their last aircraft imminently, a company spokesperson told Jane’s on 17 January. With the United Kingd…
    - 10 days ago 17 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Israel stands-up second F-35 unit
    The Israeli Air Force (IAF) formally stood up a second unit to field the Lockheed Martin F-35I Adir combat aircraft, the service announced on 16 January. 116 Squadron ‘Defenders of the South’ will join the already established 140 Squadron ‘Go…
    - 10 days ago 17 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Apache and Chinook helicopters to participate in India’s annual Republic Day parade
    The Indian Air Force’s (IAF’s) newly inducted ‘AH-64E(I)’ Apache Guardian attack helicopters and Chinook CH-47F heavy-lift helicopters will participate in a fly-past at India’s annual Republic Day parade in New Delhi on 26 January. Offici…
    - 11 days ago 16 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • RAAF transfers F-35 training to Australia
    Australia has transferred pilot and maintainer training for Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft from the United States to home territory. The move, which took place in December 2019 and was announced by the US Air…
    - 11 days ago 16 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • Uzbekistan receives Mi-35M helo
    Uzbekistan has received into service at least one of a batch of Mil Mi-35M ‘Hind-E’ assault helicopters that were ordered from Russia in early 2018. Footage aired on the national O’Zbekiston24 news channel on 14 January showed the two helicop…
    - 11 days ago 15 Jan 20, 11:00pm -

Land Platforms

  • Harwar’s Zhanfu H16-V12 UAV possibly in service with Chinese military
    Chinese unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer Harwar has released images of its Zhanfu (Tomahawk) H16-V12 multi-rotor, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) platform being used in what appear to be training exercises with the People’s Liberatio…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • ANDSF casualty rate increased ‘slightly’ from June to October 2019, says US DoD
    The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) suffered “slightly” more casualties between 1 June and 31 October 2019 than during the same period the previous year, according to the US Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) latest semi-annu…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • BAE Systems receives US Army order for 160 additional AMPVs
    The US Army has awarded BAE Systems a USD400 million contract modification to cover the purchase of additional Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicles (AMPVs). The service announced on 21 January that it is buying an additional 160 AMPVs with funds from the…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • BAE Systems Bofors begins trials for HX2-based Archer
    A Swedish BAE Systems Bofors Archer 155 mm/52 artillery system integrated onto a German Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) HX2 (8×8) platform – aimed at the export market – has begun initial firing trials at the Bofors Test Center in Karls…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • IAV 2020: GDLS-UK expects Ajax IOC this year despite delivery delay
    The UK’s Ajax armoured fighting vehicle family is progressing through its trials and is on schedule to reach its initial operational capability (IOC) in 2020, the executive programme director for Ajax at General Dynamics Land Systems-UK (GDLS-UK),…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • Malian forces unveil new vehicles and weapons
    The Malian Armed Forces (FAMa) displayed recently delivered vehicles during their 59th anniversary parade at the Kati military camp, the main base of the 3rd Military Region, on 20 January. These included Streit Typhoon mine-resistant ambush protec…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jan 20, 2:00am -
  • Industry warned US Army officials it could not meet OMFV requirements, concerns went unanswered
    US Army officials are picking up the metaphorical pieces of their derailed Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) prototyping competition and charting a new path forward. However, despite multiple attempts by industry to question the army’s OMFV…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jan 20, 2:00am -
  • Germany extends service life of Marder IFV
    The Bundeswehr awarded Rheinmetall a EUR110 million (USD122 million) contract in December to extend the service life of the Marder infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), the company announced in a press release on 20 January. The company said the drivetr…
    - 5 days ago 22 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • Ukraine trials 2S22 Bogdana wheeled artillery
    The Ukrainian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has started trials of the 2S22 Bogdana, a wheeled self-propelled howitzer (SPH) armed with a 155 mm ordnance. The first trials were conducted with wooden blocks, as opposed to a munition, which is designed to t…
    - 6 days ago 21 Jan 20, 4:00am -
  • Polish paratroopers receive airdrop-capable vehicles
    Polish Minister of National Defence Mariusz Blaszczak handed 15 airdrop-capable 4×4 vehicles to the Polish 6th Airborne Brigade in Krakow on 15 January, his ministry reported on its website the same day. KAFAR, the company supplying the vehicles,…
    - 6 days ago 21 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • Russia hands over second batch of T-72 tanks, BRDM-2M ARVs to Laos
    Russia has delivered a second batch of T-72 main battle tanks (MBTs) and BRDM-2M 4×4 armoured reconnaissance vehicles (ARVs) to the Lao People’s Armed Forces (LPAF). The Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) said that the handover took place during…
    - 6 days ago 21 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • Netherlands deploys PzH 2000 SPHs to Lithuania for first time
    The Royal Netherlands Army has deployed Panzerhaubitze (PzH) 2000 self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) to Lithuania for the first time as part of the German-led NATO Enhanced Forward Presence (EFP) battlegroup, the Dutch Ministry of Defence announced on i…
    - 6 days ago 21 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Malian Army receives new armour
    The Malian Armed Forces (FAMa) received a batch of seven Streit Typhoon mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles that were delivered by an An-124-100 transport aircraft on 16 January. A Malian government statement said the vehicles are the f…
    - 7 days ago 20 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • US Army scraps Bradley replacement competition, revisiting requirements
    The third time is not the charm for US Army’s effort to replace the M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle. The service is cancelling its Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) prototyping competition in order to revisit the requirements and acquisition ti…
    - 11 days ago 16 Jan 20, 2:00am -
  • L&T delivers over half of K9 Vajra-T SPHs to Indian Army ahead of schedule
    India’s private-sector defence contractor Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has delivered ahead of schedule more than half of the 100 K9 Vajra-T 155 mm/52 cal tracked self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) ordered by the Indian Army (IA). The company handed over th…
    - 11 days ago 16 Jan 20, 2:00am -
  • Ajax deliveries to British Army delayed
    Key Points GDLS-UK has missed the target to deliver the first squadron set of Ajax vehicles by the end of 2019 This will delay training on the new vehicle by the Household Cavalry Regiment Deliveries of production standard Ajax armoured vehicle…
    - 11 days ago 16 Jan 20, 2:00am -
  • Russia to trial Drozd-2 active protection system on T-72BK
    The Russian Ministry of Defence has contracted the KBP Instrument Design Bureau (Shipunov) to integrate the TKB-0252 Drozd-2 hard kill active protection system (APS) onto a T-72BK for trials, according to a contract (number 52/23/19) published on the…
    - 11 days ago 16 Jan 20, 2:00am -
  • Malaysian Army issues tenders for special forces vehicles
    The Malaysian Army has issued requests for bids from locally registered companies for the supply of vehicles for its special forces regiment. The two tenders, which were issued on 9 January, are for 16 special operations vehicles (SOVs) and four ra…
    - 13 days ago 14 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • US Army selects QinetiQ for RCV-L and Textron for RCV-M
    The US Army has finished evaluating Robotic Combat Vehicle light and medium (RCV-L and RCV-M) proposals, and has selected QinetiQ North America (QNA) and Textron Systems to move forward. The service announced on 9 January that it will award QNA wit…
    - 13 days ago 14 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • Russian Ground Forces to receive upgraded BMPs and BMPTs in 2020
    The Russian Ground Forces will receive BMP-2 and BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) upgraded with the unmanned Epokha and Berezhok combat modules, respectively, as well as BMPT Terminator fire support vehicles later this year, the Ministry of De…
    - 17 days ago 10 Jan 20, 4:00am -
  • Russia’s 2S35 Koalitsiya-SV SPH completes preliminary trials
    The first batch of Russia’s 2S35 Koalitsiya-SV 152 mm self-propelled howitzer (SPH) has completed its preliminary company trials ahead of factory tests and official trials with the Russian Ground Forces, the Ministry of Defence’s TV Zvezda report…
    - 17 days ago 10 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • GDELS to keep working on new Spanish IFV despite setbacks
    General Dynamics European Land Systems-Santa Bárbara Sistemas (GDELS-SBS) is set to continue looking for ways to win the contract for Spain’s new 8×8 Dragon infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), although the project is insufficiently funded, according…
    - 18 days ago 9 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • Israel orders Iron Fist APS
    Elbit Systems announced on 7 January that it has been awarded an initial contract from the Israeli Ministry of Defense (MoD) to provide Iron Fist active protection systems (APS) for the Eitan wheeled armoured fighting vehicle that is being developed…
    - 18 days ago 9 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • France blocks missile development with Turkey, Altay MBT delayed by lack of powerpack, SSB head says
    France is blocking missile development with Turkey while production of the Altay main battle tank (MBT) has been delayed because of the lack of an engine, Ismail Demir, head of Turkey’s Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB), told a press conferenc…
    - 19 days ago 8 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • Turkey modernises ACV-15 armoured combat vehicles
    Turkey’s Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) announced on its website on 2 January that it had signed a TRY900 million (USD151.3 million) contract with Aselsan to upgrade Turkish Land Forces Command (TLFC) ACV-15 armoured combat vehicles. FNSS…
    - 19 days ago 8 Jan 20, 3:00am -

Sea Platforms

  • Australia proves out aviation training vessel’s disaster relief capabilities
    The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is proving out the humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) capabilities of its aviation training vessel, MV Sycamore , during its deployment with Operation 'Bushfire Assist'. The operation is the Australia…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • Head of Saab Kockums departing
    Gunnar Wieslander, the head of Saab’s Kockums naval business area for the past four years, is leaving the Swedish defence company. With Kockums entering “a significant production phase”, Wieslander and Micael Johansson, Saab’s president and…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Fincantieri, Qatar to jointly study naval technology
    Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri and the Qatari Ministry of Defence have agreed to jointly study and evaluate new technologies that could lead to the acquisition of new vessels. The topics they will examine include naval base design, ship fleet manag…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • First HSI32 fast interceptors arrive at Saudi naval base
    The first two HSI32 high-speed interceptors have arrived at Royal Saudi Naval Forces’ (RSNF’s) Ras Mishab base in the Gulf, the Saudi Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 23 January. It was announced in April 2018 that 39 CMN boats will be del…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Russia to build five more auxiliary tankers
    Five more replenishment tankers are to be built for the Russian Navy to support warships on long-range missions. The announcement by Sergey Epifanov, Chief of the Auxiliary Fleet Service in the Russia Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) Transport Sup…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jan 20, 3:00am -

Unmanned Platforms

  • IAV 2020: Rafael integrates Firefly loitering munition with vehicles
    Rafael displayed a more refined version of its Spike Firefly loitering munition during the International Armoured Vehicles (IAV) 2020 conference held in London on 20-23 January, and revealed it has been integrated with vehicles. When it was unveile…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • First HSI32 fast interceptors arrive at Saudi naval base
    The first two HSI32 high-speed interceptors have arrived at Royal Saudi Naval Forces’ (RSNF’s) Ras Mishab base in the Gulf, the Saudi Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 23 January. It was announced in April 2018 that 39 CMN boats will be del…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Harwar’s Zhanfu H16-V12 UAV possibly in service with Chinese military
    Chinese unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer Harwar has released images of its Zhanfu (Tomahawk) H16-V12 multi-rotor, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) platform being used in what appear to be training exercises with the People’s Liberatio…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • DARPA, Dynetics move Gremlins focus to aerial recovery
    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Dynetics are shifting their focus in the Gremlins programme to aerial recovery of the X-61A demonstrator after completing the device’s first flight test in November 2019. The goal of th…
    - 5 days ago 22 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Hermes 900 MALE UAV enters service with Philippine Air Force
    The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has begun operating the Elbit Systems Hermes 900 medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Images of two of the nine Hermes 900 platforms ordered from Israel have been circulating on social…
    - 6 days ago 21 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • Three-engined variant of China’s Tengden TB001 UAV makes maiden flight
    Images have emerged of a three-engined variant of the Sichuan Tengden Technology Company (also spelled Tengoen) TW328/TB001 strike-capable, reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) conducting what Chinese media have said was the platform’s firs…
    - 6 days ago 21 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Falco Xplorer UAV makes maiden flight
    Leonardo flew its Falco Xplorer unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the first time on 15 January, the company announced. The approximately one-hour flight saw the medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) UAV depart Trapani Air Force Base on Sicily befor…
    - 7 days ago 20 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Gremlins demonstrator makes maiden flight
    Dynetics, Inc flew its X-61A Gremlins demonstrator for the first time in late 2019, it was announced on 17 January. A video of the maiden flight released by the company showed the Gremlins Air Vehicle (GAV) separate from a Lockheed Martin C-130A He…
    - 7 days ago 20 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Surface Navy 2020: USN to start search for new Medium Unmanned Underwater Vehicle
    The US Navy (USN) is set to kick off a competition to acquire a new Medium Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (MUUV) designed to support both mine countermeasures and oceanographic/environmental data gathering missions. To be deployed from both surface sh…
    - 10 days ago 17 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Surface Navy 2020: Potential USN ammo could turn LCS into counter-drone ship
    A new kind of ammunition round being pursued by Northrop Grumman for the on-board Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) gun system could help the US Navy (USN) counter drone attacks, according to Kevin Knowles, the head of business development for LCS/Unmanned…
    - 12 days ago 15 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • Surface Navy 2020: Insitu to outfit entire USCG national security cutter fleet with ScanEagles by end of year
    Insitu is on pace to supply its ScanEagle endurance mini-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to the US Coast Guard’s (USCG’s) entire national security cutter (NSC) fleet by the end of 2020, according to a company official. Ron Tremain, Insitu senior…
    - 12 days ago 15 Jan 20, 12:30am -
  • France launches concept study for a Stratobus type HAPS
    The French defence procurement agency Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA) has signed a contract with Thales and Thales Alenia Space to conduct a concept study regarding intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) applications for a St…
    - 12 days ago 15 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • UK targets April for ‘swarming drones’ development unit
    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) expects to stand-up an experimental unit dedicated to developing an operational ‘swarming drones’ capability in the coming months, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) told Jane’s on 13 January. 216 Squadron will be reac…
    - 14 days ago 13 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Brazil to operate UAS from ships
    The Brazilian Navy will field its INSITU ScanEagle long-endurance fixed-wing unmanned aircraft system (UAS) from the Niterói-class frigates and Amazonas-class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs), the service told Jane’s . The UAS will be initially us…
    - 18 days ago 9 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • Northrop Grumman completes initial trials of AQS-24B aboard MCM USV
    Northrop Grumman has completed initial at-sea testing of its AQS-24B minehunting sonar using a new deploy and retrieval (D&R) payload, the company announced on 6 January. The sonar and the associated D&R system were installed on a prototype Mine Co…
    - 18 days ago 9 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • UK ‘swarming drone’ timeline in doubt as development unit delayed
    The UK’s ambitious plans to field an operational ‘swarming drone’ capability by the middle of this year looks to be in doubt as the experimental unit dedicated to developing the concept has yet to be stood-up. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) to…
    - 19 days ago 8 Jan 20, 4:00am -
  • PLAGF, PAP special forces broadening use of small UAVs
    Special forces and scout units within China’s People’s Liberation Army Ground Force (PLAGF) and People’s Armed Police (PAP) appear to be increasing the use of small reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to help them locate and engage po…
    - 19 days ago 8 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • Update: CASC expands domestic UAV testing and production capabilities
    The China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics (CAAA) – the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) development arm of defence prime China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) – has expanded its domestic production capabilities with a newly com…
    - 19 days ago 8 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Robotic Research unveils Pegasus Mini hybrid UAS/UGV
    Robotic Research, a Maryland-based developer of autonomy and robotic technologies catering to commercial and government customers, has taken the opportunity at the CES 2020 exhibition being held in Las Vegas from 7 to 10 January to unveil the Pegasus…
    - 20 days ago 7 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Pakistan Navy inducts LUNA NG UAVs and second ATR-72 MPA
    The Pakistan Navy (PN) inducted several aerial platforms on 4 January in a ceremony held at Naval Air Station PNS Mehran in Karachi that was also attended by Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi. Among the new platforms is the seco…
    - 21 days ago 6 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • Indonesia reveals armed reconnaissance UAV development programme
    PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI), a state-owned Indonesian aerospace company, has unveiled the first prototype of an indigenously developed medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to the public at its Bandung headquarters o…
    - 21 days ago 6 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Karayel UAV lost over Yemen
    The Yemeni rebel group Ansar Allah (the Houthis) claimed on 30 December that it shot down a Turkish-developed Karayel unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) over Al-Hudaydah province as part of an escalated air defence campaign. The group’s website cited…
    - 25 days ago 2 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • Indonesia unveils prototype of indigenously developed strike-capable UAV
    Indonesian state-owned aerospace company PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) has unveiled a prototype of an indigenously developed medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The strike-capable UAV, which has been dubbed Elang…
    - 27 days ago 31 Dec 19, 2:00am -
  • Russian Gibka-S VSHORAD system completes state trials
    Russia’s new Gibka-S self-propelled very short-range air defence (VSHORAD) system has completed its state trials, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced in a press release on 25 December. “State trials of the [Gibka-S] system were successfully…
    - 27 days ago 31 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • Turkish Aerospace opens Pakistan office
    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has launched an office in Pakistan to boost its profile in the South Asian country. TAI announced the opening of the office on 24 December. The ceremony was attended by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. TAI said…
    - 27 days ago 31 Dec 19, 12:00am -

Weapons

  • IAV 2020: Elbit’s Iron Fist engages kinetic energy round
    Key Points An Iron Fist Light Kinetic (IFLK) round has successfully intercepted an APFSDS projectile in tests It is unclear how interchangeable the IFLK is with the Iron Fist Light Decoupled (IFLD) system ordered by the US and Israeli militaries…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 2:00am -
  • India’s OFB set to begin series production of upgraded M46 field guns
    India’s state-owned Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) is about to begin series production of an upgraded variant of the Indian Army’s M46 towed field gun (IA) following successful user trials. Official sources told Jane’s on 24 January that the OF…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • Harwar’s Zhanfu H16-V12 UAV possibly in service with Chinese military
    Chinese unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer Harwar has released images of its Zhanfu (Tomahawk) H16-V12 multi-rotor, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) platform being used in what appear to be training exercises with the People’s Liberatio…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Bird demos OSCAR maritime data fusion system in Africa
    Bird Aerosystems, an Israeli company that develops special-mission aircraft solutions and airborne missile protection systems, announced on 14 January that it had completed a successful trial of its Ocean Surveillance Control and Reconnaissance (OSCA…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Tomahawk recertification/modernisation line starts ramp up
    The US Navy is planning to begin fielding the modernised and recertified Tomahawk Block V cruise missile from 2021, with the Block Va Maritime Strike Tomahawk (MST) variant to debut two years later, according to the Naval Air Systems Command’s (NAV…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • US revamps gun export oversight
    The US federal government has finalised new rules aimed at making it easier for US gun manufacturers to export some of their wares. For firearms and ammunition that do not perform an “inherently military function” or give US forces an advantage,…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Civil Aviation Organization of Iran confirms Tor-M1s fired at airliner
    The Civil Aviation Organization of Iran (CAOI) has confirmed that a Tor-M1 launched two missiles at Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 (PS752) before it crashed soon after taking off from Tehran’s international airport on 8 January. The To…
    - 6 days ago 21 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • Expal Systems to provide ammo, mortars for Philippine Navy
    Spain’s Expal Systems has been awarded two separate contracts to supply the Philippine Navy (PN) with naval gun ammunition and mortars. Under a USD1.2 million contract Expal is set to deliver 720 training and 748 high-explosive, point-detonating…
    - 6 days ago 21 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • US Navy kicks off with mine modernisation effort
    The US Navy (USN) is embarking on a major recapitalisation of its offensive mining portfolio to deny freedom of movement to adversary forces in a future high-end conflict. Speaking at the Surface Navy Association annual symposium on 16 January, Cap…
    - 6 days ago 21 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • Philippines developing remote weapon station for naval vessels
    The Philippines is developing its own remote weapon station (RWS) for potential use on its warships and patrol vessels. The RWS is being developed by the Philippine Navy (PN), the Department of Science and Technology’s Metals Industry Research an…
    - 7 days ago 20 Jan 20, 2:00am -
  • India test-fires locally developed K-4 SLBM
    India’s government-run Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully test-fired on 19 January its locally developed, nuclear-capable K-4 intermediate-range submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) off the country’s east coa…
    - 7 days ago 20 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • Turkey tests air-to-air missiles
    Turkey’s Gokdogan (Peregrine) beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile has been test-fired for the first time, the Defence Industries Research and Development Institute (SAGE) of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBITAK)…
    - 10 days ago 17 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • Surface Navy 2020: Boeing promotes its Compact Laser Weapon System for US Navy use
    Key Points Boeing is offering its Compact Laser Weapon System to the US Navy The weapon comes in both 2 and 5 kW configurations Boeing is promoting its Compact Laser Weapon System (CLWS) at the 2020 National Surface Navy Association Symposium a…
    - 11 days ago 16 Jan 20, 2:00am -
  • Lockheed Martin awarded OpFires Phase 3 integration contract
    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) on 14 January announced the award to Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control of a USD31.9 million contract for the Phase 3 Integrated Weapon System component of the Operational Fires (OpFires)…
    - 11 days ago 16 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • Surface Navy 2020: USN, USMC eye shore-based Naval Strike Missile
    The US Navy (USN) and US Marine Corps (USMC) are considering a shore-based version of the Naval Strike Missile (NSM), said James Geurts, assistant secretary of the Navy for Research, Development & Acquisition (RD&A). “It’s certainly something w…
    - 11 days ago 16 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Italian Army orders new weapon systems to offset recent funding woes
    The Italian Army signed several contracts in late December 2019 for the acquisition of new high-tech weapon systems. This follows the launch by army chief Lieutenant General Salvatore Farina of five challenges, the fourth of which is ‘capabilities…
    - 12 days ago 15 Jan 20, 2:00am -
  • US AROC approves Spike NLOS acquisition
    The US Army Requirements Oversight Council (AROC) has approved the acquisition of an undisclosed number of Rafael Advanced Defence System Spike NLOS (non-line-of-sight) air-to-surface missiles (ASMs) to equip the service’s AH-64E Apache Guardian at…
    - 13 days ago 14 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Israel announces laser breakthrough
    The Israel Ministry of Defense announced on 8 January that its investment in laser technology has led to a breakthrough that paves the way for the development of weapons that “will prompt a strategic change in the defence capabilities of the state…
    - 17 days ago 10 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • USAF issues RFI for F-35A SiAW missile
    The US Air Force (USAF) has issued a request for information (RFI) to develop the Stand In Attack Weapon (SiAW) to equip the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). The sources sought solicitation issued on 8 January calls fo…
    - 18 days ago 9 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • China aiming to procure airborne laser-based weapon pod
    China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has issued an invitation to tender for the procurement of a laser-based weapon pod, as reflected in an entry on the Chinese military and weapon procurement website: weain.mil.cn. The website, which lists a…
    - 19 days ago 8 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • CV90 tested with Spike LR
    A CV90 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) has test fired a Spike long-range (LR) anti-tank missile for the first time, BAE Systems announced in a press release on 7 January. The company added that this was the first time an integrated long-range anti-ta…
    - 20 days ago 7 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • Serbia unveils upgraded M-80 IFV
    The Serbian Ministry of Defence (MoD) published photos of the prototype of the upgraded M80AB1 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) at a demonstration at the Nikinci testing centre on 30 December, nearly two years after the Serbian Armed Forces (VS) annou…
    - 20 days ago 7 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • France awards pistol and sniper rifle contracts
    The French Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced in a press release on 6 January the award of a EUR44 million (USD49 million) contract to Glock for the provision of 74,596 semi-automatic pistols. The ministry also confirmed the choice of the FN SCAR H…
    - 20 days ago 7 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Germany selects Enforcer
    Following a competitive evaluation, the German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) has selected the MBDA Enforcer weapon system to meet the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) ‘Leichtes Wirkm…
    - 21 days ago 6 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Serbia begins testing indigenous weapons on new H145M attack helicopters
    Serbia began live firing trials of indigenously developed weapons on its new HForce H145M attack helicopters at the Nikinci testing centre on 19 December, the Serbian Ministry of Defence (MoD) reported on its website the same day. Lieutenant Colone…
    - 24 days ago 3 Jan 20, 1:00am -

Air Launched

  • Bird demos OSCAR maritime data fusion system in Africa
    Bird Aerosystems, an Israeli company that develops special-mission aircraft solutions and airborne missile protection systems, announced on 14 January that it had completed a successful trial of its Ocean Surveillance Control and Reconnaissance (OSCA…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Harwar’s Zhanfu H16-V12 UAV possibly in service with Chinese military
    Chinese unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer Harwar has released images of its Zhanfu (Tomahawk) H16-V12 multi-rotor, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) platform being used in what appear to be training exercises with the People’s Liberatio…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Turkey tests air-to-air missiles
    Turkey’s Gokdogan (Peregrine) beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile has been test-fired for the first time, the Defence Industries Research and Development Institute (SAGE) of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBITAK)…
    - 10 days ago 17 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • US AROC approves Spike NLOS acquisition
    The US Army Requirements Oversight Council (AROC) has approved the acquisition of an undisclosed number of Rafael Advanced Defence System Spike NLOS (non-line-of-sight) air-to-surface missiles (ASMs) to equip the service’s AH-64E Apache Guardian at…
    - 13 days ago 14 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • USAF issues RFI for F-35A SiAW missile
    The US Air Force (USAF) has issued a request for information (RFI) to develop the Stand In Attack Weapon (SiAW) to equip the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). The sources sought solicitation issued on 8 January calls fo…
    - 18 days ago 9 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • China aiming to procure airborne laser-based weapon pod
    China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has issued an invitation to tender for the procurement of a laser-based weapon pod, as reflected in an entry on the Chinese military and weapon procurement website: weain.mil.cn. The website, which lists a…
    - 19 days ago 8 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • Serbia begins testing indigenous weapons on new H145M attack helicopters
    Serbia began live firing trials of indigenously developed weapons on its new HForce H145M attack helicopters at the Nikinci testing centre on 19 December, the Serbian Ministry of Defence (MoD) reported on its website the same day. Lieutenant Colone…
    - 24 days ago 3 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • Germany boosts Meteor BVRAAM inventory
    The German Air Force is set to augment its inventory of beyond visual range air-to-air missiles (BVRAAMs) with the award to MBDA Missile Systems for a consignment of additional new-build Meteor effectors. Signed on 16 December, the contract for the…
    - 35 days ago 23 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • BAE Systems lands major APKWS II contract
    The United States Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has awarded BAE Systems a major contract for the supply of additional WGU-59/B Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II (APKWS II) 70 mm/2.75 inch guided rocket systems. The award, announced by t…
    - 35 days ago 23 Dec 19, 2:00am -
  • LRASM achieves early operational capability on F/A-18E/F
    The US Navy (USN) has declared an early operational capability (EOC) for the Lockheed Martin AGM-158C Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) on the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet carrier-borne strike fighter. This milestone, achieved in November, follows the…
    - 38 days ago 20 Dec 19, 4:00am -
  • Indian Air Force declares integration of BrahMos-A onto Su-30MKI complete
    The Indian Air Force (IAF) announced on 17 December that it has completed the integration of the BrahMos-A (Air) supersonic cruise missile onto the Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighter. The announcement was made after the service successfully launched…
    - 40 days ago 18 Dec 19, 1:00am -
  • USAF retires CALCM cruise missile
    The US Air Force (USAF) has retired the Boeing AGM-86C/D Conventional Air-Launched Cruise Missile (CALCM) that has been operational for nearly 35 years. The event, announced on 4 December, saw the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base (AFB) in…
    - 53 days ago 5 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • LM awarded nearly USD1 bn for Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon
    Lockheed Martin has been awarded nearly USD1 billion for the critical design review, test, and production readiness support of the AGM-183A Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) air-to-surface hypersonic weapon. Announced by the US Department o…
    - 55 days ago 3 Dec 19, 2:00am -
  • MBDA to integrate Meteor BVRAAM on RoKAF KF-X
    Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has awarded MBDA a contract, of undisclosed value, to integrate the Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) on the Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) future Korean Fighter eXperimental (KF-X) fifth-gen…
    - 55 days ago 3 Dec 19, 1:00am -
  • MBDA Deutschland pitches air-launched Enforcer missile
    MBDA Deutschland is pitching an air-launched version of its Enforcer missile to Germany and beyond, a senior company representative told Jane’s on 27 November. Speaking at the Berlin Security Conference 2019 in the German capital, Head of Sales a…
    - 61 days ago 27 Nov 19, 3:00am -
  • MBDA to integrate Meteor BVRAAM onto RoKAF’s future KF-X fighter
    MBDA Missile Systems announced on 22 November that it has been awarded a contract by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) for the integration of the Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) onto the Republic of Korea Air Force’s (RoKAF's)…
    - 62 days ago 26 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • Taurus Systems offers KEPD 350E air-to-surface cruise missiles for JASDF’s F-2 and F-15 fighters
    Germany’s Taurus Systems is offering its KEPD 350E air-to-surface cruise missiles for fitment onto the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s (JASDF’s) fleet of F-2 and F-15J Eagle multirole fighters. A company official told Jane’s at the 18–20 D…
    - 69 days ago 19 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • Japan awards Kongsberg follow-on contract for Joint Strike Missiles
    Norwegian company Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace announced on 12 November that it has signed a NOK450 million (USD49.2 million) follow-on contract to provide additional precision-guided Joint Strike Missiles (JSMs) for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force…
    - 76 days ago 12 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • Ugandan air force improves pilot training facilities
    The Ugandan People’s Defence Force - Air Force (UPDF-AF) has upgraded its training facilities at Gulu Air Base in the Northern region, it was revealed when President Yoweri Museveni visited for the graduation of 18 cadet pilots and 20 technicians o…
    - 81 days ago 7 Nov 19, 3:00am -
  • Pentagon intensifies warning over pending programme delays
    With the US House of Representatives set to begin public impeachment hearings for President Donald Trump, the military services are ramping up their warnings of programme delays if lawmakers fail to pass a fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020) defence spending…
    - 81 days ago 7 Nov 19, 3:00am -
  • Chinese air-launched ballistic missile may enter service soon
    An article published in the Chinese bi-monthly magazine Modern Ships illustrating how a Xian H-6N strategic bomber would carry an air-launched ballistic missile (ALBM) may indicate that this capability is in the final stages of development, or may ev…
    - 82 days ago 6 Nov 19, 2:00am -
  • Raytheon to provide Qatari air force with JSOW training
    Raytheon Missile Systems will be awarded a contract to provide the Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) with initial integrated logistics support and training for the AGM-154C Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW), according to a notice released on the US Federal Bus…
    - 83 days ago 5 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • Gap remains between France and UK on FCASW requirements
    France and the United Kingdom remain apart on their respective operational requirements for the projected Future Cruise/Anti-Ship Weapon (FCASW) programme, according to a French parliamentary report. The two governments plan to agree the next phase…
    - 84 days ago 4 Nov 19, 3:00am -
  • US Army looks to boost Hellfire Romeo, JAGM stocks
    The US Army Contracting Command has released a sources sought notice for the production of air-to-ground missiles (AGMs) for the army’s fixed-wing, rotary-wing, and unmanned aircraft system (UAS) assets. According to the notification, “The [US]…
    - 84 days ago 4 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • US Air Force increases potential JASSM, LRASM production quantities
    The US Air Force (USAF) is increasing the potential production quantities of the Lockheed Martin AGM-158A Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) and the AGM-158C Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) and plans a sole-source contract to the prim…
    - 87 days ago 1 Nov 19, 12:00am -

Infantry Weapons

  • IAV 2020: Elbit’s Iron Fist engages kinetic energy round
    Key Points An Iron Fist Light Kinetic (IFLK) round has successfully intercepted an APFSDS projectile in tests It is unclear how interchangeable the IFLK is with the Iron Fist Light Decoupled (IFLD) system ordered by the US and Israeli militaries…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 2:00am -
  • Harwar’s Zhanfu H16-V12 UAV possibly in service with Chinese military
    Chinese unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer Harwar has released images of its Zhanfu (Tomahawk) H16-V12 multi-rotor, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) platform being used in what appear to be training exercises with the People’s Liberatio…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • US revamps gun export oversight
    The US federal government has finalised new rules aimed at making it easier for US gun manufacturers to export some of their wares. For firearms and ammunition that do not perform an “inherently military function” or give US forces an advantage,…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Civil Aviation Organization of Iran confirms Tor-M1s fired at airliner
    The Civil Aviation Organization of Iran (CAOI) has confirmed that a Tor-M1 launched two missiles at Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 (PS752) before it crashed soon after taking off from Tehran’s international airport on 8 January. The To…
    - 6 days ago 21 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • Expal Systems to provide ammo, mortars for Philippine Navy
    Spain’s Expal Systems has been awarded two separate contracts to supply the Philippine Navy (PN) with naval gun ammunition and mortars. Under a USD1.2 million contract Expal is set to deliver 720 training and 748 high-explosive, point-detonating…
    - 6 days ago 21 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • Philippines developing remote weapon station for naval vessels
    The Philippines is developing its own remote weapon station (RWS) for potential use on its warships and patrol vessels. The RWS is being developed by the Philippine Navy (PN), the Department of Science and Technology’s Metals Industry Research an…
    - 7 days ago 20 Jan 20, 2:00am -
  • Lockheed Martin awarded OpFires Phase 3 integration contract
    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) on 14 January announced the award to Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control of a USD31.9 million contract for the Phase 3 Integrated Weapon System component of the Operational Fires (OpFires)…
    - 11 days ago 16 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • Italian Army orders new weapon systems to offset recent funding woes
    The Italian Army signed several contracts in late December 2019 for the acquisition of new high-tech weapon systems. This follows the launch by army chief Lieutenant General Salvatore Farina of five challenges, the fourth of which is ‘capabilities…
    - 12 days ago 15 Jan 20, 2:00am -
  • Serbia unveils upgraded M-80 IFV
    The Serbian Ministry of Defence (MoD) published photos of the prototype of the upgraded M80AB1 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) at a demonstration at the Nikinci testing centre on 30 December, nearly two years after the Serbian Armed Forces (VS) annou…
    - 20 days ago 7 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • CV90 tested with Spike LR
    A CV90 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) has test fired a Spike long-range (LR) anti-tank missile for the first time, BAE Systems announced in a press release on 7 January. The company added that this was the first time an integrated long-range anti-ta…
    - 20 days ago 7 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • France awards pistol and sniper rifle contracts
    The French Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced in a press release on 6 January the award of a EUR44 million (USD49 million) contract to Glock for the provision of 74,596 semi-automatic pistols. The ministry also confirmed the choice of the FN SCAR H…
    - 20 days ago 7 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Germany selects Enforcer
    Following a competitive evaluation, the German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) has selected the MBDA Enforcer weapon system to meet the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) ‘Leichtes Wirkm…
    - 21 days ago 6 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Germany orders Enforcer missiles from MBDA
    The Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw), Germany’s Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support, signed a contract with MBDA on 20 December for Enforcer miss…
    - 25 days ago 2 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • Netherlands seeks designated marksman rifle
    The Dutch Defence Materiel Organisation announced a contract notice on 24 December for semi-automatic designated marksman rifles chambered in .260 Remington/6.5 x 51 mm, plus ammunition, additional rifle equipment, spare parts, training, and document…
    - 25 days ago 2 Jan 20, 2:00am -
  • Hanwha Defense awarded contract for additional K55A1 SPHs for RoKA
    South Korean company Hanwha Defense announced on 30 December that it has been awarded a KRW137.4 billion (USD119 million) contract for the production of the fifth batch of K55A1155 mm tracked self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) for the Republic of Korea…
    - 28 days ago 30 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • India’s DRDO completes development trials of QRSAM weapon system
    India's state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has completed development trials of the indigenously designed Quick-Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile (QRSAM) system, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in New Delhi announced in a 23…
    - 35 days ago 23 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • Portuguese Army seeks new 155 mm howitzer
    The Portuguese Army is considering procuring a new 155 mm artillery system to replace its M114A1 towed howitzers, an army staff source told Jane’s on 11 December. EUR18 million (USD20 million) has been allocated for the effort in the Portuguese 201…
    - 40 days ago 18 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • Indian Army acquires Spike LR ATGMs
    India has procured the Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Spike LR (long-range) anti-tank guided-missile (ATGM) system to meet Indian Army (IA) operational requirements. Indian Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik told parliament on 11 December…
    - 42 days ago 16 Dec 19, 1:00am -
  • Indian Army receives first 10,000 SIG Sauer assault rifles
    The Indian Army (IA) has received the first 10,000 of 72,400 SIG Sauer assault rifles it ordered in February. Officials told Jane’s on 16 December that the SIG716 7.62 mm rifles, which are being acquired for INR6.38 billion (USD90 million), will…
    - 42 days ago 16 Dec 19, 1:00am -
  • Meggitt Training Systems rolls out new immersive marksmanship training system
    Meggitt Training Systems showcased its latest military immersive virtual weapons and tactical training system at the 2019 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando in December. The FATS 180MIL is an imme…
    - 46 days ago 12 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • MAC ramps up production of .50 calibre polymer ammo
    MAC, based in Mississippi, is expected to start delivering its latest .50 calibre (12.7×99 mm) polymer cased ammunition to the US Marine Corps (USMC) in 2020, according to Joe Gibbons, the company’s plant manager. This .50 calibre ammunition was…
    - 56 days ago 2 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • North Korea releases image of 28 November weapon test
    Images released by North Korea’s state-run media shows that the weapon system the country tested on 28 November was the same ‘super-large multiple rocket launcher [MRL]’ it had tested on 31 October, 10 September, and 24 August. Pyongyang’s…
    - 59 days ago 29 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • Turkey test fires OMTAS missiles from moving anti-tank vehicles
    Roketsan medium-range anti-tank missiles that were test fired from moving Pars 4×4 and Kaplan armoured vehicles hit their targets, Turkey’s Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) tweeted on 25 November. Qualification testing is scheduled to be c…
    - 61 days ago 27 Nov 19, 3:00am -
  • Details emerge of Russia’s Sokol-V gun-launched missile
    The next-generation 3UBK25 Sokol-V (Falcon) 125 mm gun-launched missile designed by the Tochmash Nudelman Precision Design Bureau is due to enter its first testing phase, according to information released through Russian sources. The tests will inc…
    - 69 days ago 19 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • Bundeswehr orders more Spike launchers and missiles
    The Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw), Germany’s Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support, ordered 1,500 Spike missiles and hundreds of Integrated Cont…
    - 70 days ago 18 Nov 19, 1:00am -

Naval Weapons

  • Expal Systems to provide ammo, mortars for Philippine Navy
    Spain’s Expal Systems has been awarded two separate contracts to supply the Philippine Navy (PN) with naval gun ammunition and mortars. Under a USD1.2 million contract Expal is set to deliver 720 training and 748 high-explosive, point-detonating…
    - 6 days ago 21 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • US Navy kicks off with mine modernisation effort
    The US Navy (USN) is embarking on a major recapitalisation of its offensive mining portfolio to deny freedom of movement to adversary forces in a future high-end conflict. Speaking at the Surface Navy Association annual symposium on 16 January, Cap…
    - 6 days ago 21 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • Philippines developing remote weapon station for naval vessels
    The Philippines is developing its own remote weapon station (RWS) for potential use on its warships and patrol vessels. The RWS is being developed by the Philippine Navy (PN), the Department of Science and Technology’s Metals Industry Research an…
    - 7 days ago 20 Jan 20, 2:00am -
  • India test-fires locally developed K-4 SLBM
    India’s government-run Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully test-fired on 19 January its locally developed, nuclear-capable K-4 intermediate-range submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) off the country’s east coa…
    - 7 days ago 20 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • Surface Navy 2020: Boeing promotes its Compact Laser Weapon System for US Navy use
    Key Points Boeing is offering its Compact Laser Weapon System to the US Navy The weapon comes in both 2 and 5 kW configurations Boeing is promoting its Compact Laser Weapon System (CLWS) at the 2020 National Surface Navy Association Symposium a…
    - 11 days ago 16 Jan 20, 2:00am -
  • Surface Navy 2020: USN, USMC eye shore-based Naval Strike Missile
    The US Navy (USN) and US Marine Corps (USMC) are considering a shore-based version of the Naval Strike Missile (NSM), said James Geurts, assistant secretary of the Navy for Research, Development & Acquisition (RD&A). “It’s certainly something w…
    - 11 days ago 16 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Surface Navy 2020: Potential USN ammo could turn LCS into counter-drone ship
    A new kind of ammunition round being pursued by Northrop Grumman for the on-board Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) gun system could help the US Navy (USN) counter drone attacks, according to Kevin Knowles, the head of business development for LCS/Unmanned…
    - 12 days ago 15 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • Indonesia commissions shore-based 76 mm naval gun
    Key Points The Indonesian Navy has commissioned a shore-based 76 mm naval gun It is the first of several weapon types that will be featured at the newly constructed range at Paiton The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan La…
    - 28 days ago 30 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • China hands over two ex-PLAN frigates to Bangladesh Navy
    Two Type 053H3 (Jiangwei II)-class frigates decommissioned by the China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) have been handed over to the Bangladesh Navy (BN). The BN said in a statement that the 2,200-ton diesel-powered ships, formerly known…
    - 38 days ago 20 Dec 19, 4:00am -
  • US approves sale of 13 Mk 45 naval guns to Indian Navy
    The United States has approved the sale of 13 BAE Systems 127 mm Mk 45 naval gun systems (NGSs) to the Indian Navy (IN) for an estimated USD1.021 billion via the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) route. The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA)…
    - 67 days ago 21 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • NAVSEA to solicit for SM-6 Block IB rocket motor development
    The US Navy (USN) has set out plans for solid-propellent rocket motor prototyping and engineering development for a new extended range version of the Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) missile. Intended to achieve initial capability in fiscal year 2023 (FY…
    - 69 days ago 19 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • Turkish Naval Forces conduct first ship-launched Atmaca ASM test firing
    The Turkish Naval Forces (Türk Deniz Kuvvetleri – TDK) on 3 November conducted the first ship-launched firing of the Atmaca (Hawk) anti-ship missile (ASM) from the TDK Ada-class (MILGEM) corvette TCG Kinaliada (F-514) at an undisclosed location in…
    - 76 days ago 12 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • Gap remains between France and UK on FCASW requirements
    France and the United Kingdom remain apart on their respective operational requirements for the projected Future Cruise/Anti-Ship Weapon (FCASW) programme, according to a French parliamentary report. The two governments plan to agree the next phase…
    - 84 days ago 4 Nov 19, 3:00am -
  • US Air Force increases potential JASSM, LRASM production quantities
    The US Air Force (USAF) is increasing the potential production quantities of the Lockheed Martin AGM-158A Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) and the AGM-158C Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) and plans a sole-source contract to the prim…
    - 87 days ago 1 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • UK receives first Poseidon MRA1
    The United Kingdom took formal delivery of its first Boeing P-8A Poseidon MRA1 maritime multi-mission aircraft at the manufacturer’s production facility near Seattle, Washington, on 29 October. Aircraft ZP801 was turned over to senior officers fr…
    - 89 days ago 30 Oct 19, 2:00am -
  • MADEX 2019: South Korea aims to deploy Tiger Shark torpedo by 2020
    South Korea is expected to deploy the Tiger Shark torpedo on its naval submarines by 2020, a South Korean government agency has told Jane’s . The weapon, which has been designed for the KSS-2 and KSS-3 classes of submarines, was showcased at the…
    - 95 days ago 24 Oct 19, 12:00am -
  • Russia’s Ka-52M combat helicopter to receive AESA radar
    Russia’s new Ka-52M combat helicopter will receive new targeting sensors instead of upgraded versions of present systems. The new V006 Rezets (Cutter) active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar is being developed by the St Petersburg-based…
    - 98 days ago 21 Oct 19, 2:00am -
  • Philippines equips lead Parola-class vessel with Israeli-made weapon system
    The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has equipped its lead Parola-class patrol vessel, BRP Tubbataha (4401), with a stabilised remote-controlled weapon station (RCWS) from Israeli company Elbit Systems. The system, which has been incorporated with a 12…
    - 13 Oct 19, 11:00pm -
  • Thales and Nexter developing 40 mm CTAS RAPIDFireNaval
    Thales and Nexter Systems are teamed to develop a new multi-role weapon system, called RAPIDFireNaval, to meet potential French Navy requirements and are eyeing DGA funding in the first half of 2020, according to Sylvain Richy, managing director of C…
    - 11 Oct 19, 2:00am -
  • Arms and Security 2019: Ukraine’s Yuzhnoye introduces new supersonic ASM development
    Key Points Design bureau Yuzhnoye has detailed its progress on a new Ukrainian ASM called the Bliskavka The missile is designed to exceed the performance of the Russian Kh-31 ASM Ukrainian design bureau Yuzhnoye has revealed the next phase of a…
    - 10 Oct 19, 2:00am -
  • Finland receives interim Torpedo System 45
    Finland has received Torpedo System 45 lightweight torpedo assets on loan from Sweden for installation on board the Hamina-class strike craft FNS Tornio . The loan arrangement forms part of a wider bilateral co-operation, formalised by Sweden’s D…
    - 9 Oct 19, 11:00pm -
  • USN completes first GQM-163A Coyote east coast target launch
    The US Navy (USN) has undertaken first launches of the GQM-163A Coyote Supersonic Sea Skimming Target (SSST) from an east coast range facility. Performed on 12 September from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility (WFF) in Virginia, the launch of two GQM…
    - 8 Oct 19, 2:00am -
  • Pakistan’s MoDP reveals orders for MANPADSs and other weapon systems in 2017–18
    Pakistan’s Ministry of Defence Production (MoDP) revealed in its recently released yearbook for 2017–18 that the country ordered 52 9K129 Kornet-E anti-tank guided missile weapon systems and 295 FN-16 man-portable air-defence systems (MANPADSs) d…
    - 8 Oct 19, 12:00am -
  • North Korea says it test-fired a new type of submarine-launched ballistic missile
    North Korea announced on 3 October that the missile it had test-launched the previous day from waters off its eastern coast was a new type of submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) called the Pukguksong-3 (also spelled Pukkuksong-3). Pyongyang…
    - 3 Oct 19, 2:00am -
  • North Korea test-fires possible SLBM
    North Korea test-fired what appeared to be a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) from waters off its eastern coast on 2 October. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said that same day that the missile, which it believed to be a type…
    - 2 Oct 19, 12:00am -

C4ISR

  • UK Royal Navy gets set to start Wilton MCM route survey task
    The UK Royal Navy (RN) plans to start operations in March with a new unmanned autonomous capability for peacetime mine countermeasures (MCM) tasks. Operating from HM Naval Base Clyde, the new capability – being delivered under Project Wilton –…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • India’s DRDO selects Israeli-made EO/IR system
    Israel’s Controp Precision Technologies has won a tender to supply its iSKY-50HD electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) system for fitment onto unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) being developed by India’s state-owned Defence Research and Development Orga…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • Fincantieri, Qatar to jointly study naval technology
    Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri and the Qatari Ministry of Defence have agreed to jointly study and evaluate new technologies that could lead to the acquisition of new vessels. The topics they will examine include naval base design, ship fleet manag…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Bird demos OSCAR maritime data fusion system in Africa
    Bird Aerosystems, an Israeli company that develops special-mission aircraft solutions and airborne missile protection systems, announced on 14 January that it had completed a successful trial of its Ocean Surveillance Control and Reconnaissance (OSCA…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • UK awards contracts to explore Intelligent Ship technologies
    The UK’s Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is seed funding nine companies – including Frazer-Nash Consultancy (FNC), Roke Manor Research, and Thales UK – to explore and mature artificial intelligence (AI) techniques and automation technol…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • USN conducts more successful EMALS and AAG tests on carrier Ford
    With a roar, the F/A-18F Super Hornet zipped down the front of the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) on 22 January, the first full afterburner catapult shot off the ship of an aircraft in what that US Navy calls a ‘5-w…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • US Navy explores new Advanced Electronic Warfare suite options
    The US Navy (USN) has begun to explore options for a next-generation Advanced Electronic Warfare (ADVEW) suite to equip in-service F/A-18E/F Super Hornet carrier-borne strikefighters and a follow-on naval tactical aircraft. In a request for informa…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jan 20, 2:00am -
  • LCS 3 gets set for key ASW mission module tests
    The US Navy (USN) Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) will sail to Hawaii in February to begin developmental testing (DT) of the LCS anti-submarine warfare (ASW) mission package. Testing in the waters of the Pacific Mi…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • RNLAF air operations control station receives SMART-L radar
    The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) air operations control station (AOCS) in Nieuw Milligen received the Signaal Multibeam Acquisition Radar for Targeting-Long range (SMART-L) in Wier, Friesland, on 16 January, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) annou…
    - 5 days ago 22 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • Pentagon announces replacement for F-35’s ALIS
    Key Points The US Department of Defense (DoD) will replace the F-35’s Autonomic Logistics Information System with a new effort A Pentagon watchdog believes the DoD is paying Lockheed Martin to fix something it should have properly provided earl…
    - 5 days ago 22 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • Chinese navy trialling new search radar
    China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is undertaking trials on a new search radar that may be intended for use on a future class of surface combatant or for retrofitting to current frigates and some destroyers. The radar has been install…
    - 5 days ago 22 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • Surface Navy 2020: MIDS on Ship programme poised for full-rate production
    MIDS on Ship (MOS) programme, a BAE System platform designed to enable US Navy warships to employ Link 16 tactical datalink communications across domains through Data Link Solutions’ Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Ra…
    - 6 days ago 21 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • US Marine Corps set sights on info ops with new command-level units
    The US Marine Corps (USMC) hopes to enhance its new cadre of command-level information operations (IO) units among component commands throughout the US armed forces’ regional combatant commands, as part of a wider Pentagon effort to gain the upper…
    - 6 days ago 21 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • Leonardo to provide RAT 31 DL/M radar system to Indonesian Air Force
    Italian defence group Leonardo has signed a contract with Indonesian company PT Len Industri (Persero) to provide an RAT 31DL/M long-range, 3D air-defence radar system for the Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Udara: TNI-A…
    - 6 days ago 21 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • Chinese Type 052D destroyer fitted with possible anti-ship missile decoy launchers
    Images have emerged of a Chinese Type 052D (Luyang III)-class destroyer fitted with what appears to be an anti-ship missile countermeasures system. The photographs, which were taken during the nine-day ‘Sea Guardian 2020’ maritime exercise betw…
    - 6 days ago 20 Jan 20, 11:00pm -
  • Pentagon seeks proposals for future Pilot Training Next prototypes
    Key Points The Pentagon has issued a solicitation to further its Pilot Training Next work Desired technologies include network and data architecture and simulation environment The Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) is soli…
    - 10 days ago 17 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • Surface Navy 2020: USN expects Ford weapons elevators work to be done next year
    The four operational Advanced Weapons Elevators (AWEs) on aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78) have performed 5,000 cycles and the US Navy (USN) expects work on all 11 to be done in the first half of 2021, according to Captain Ron Rutan, CVN 7…
    - 10 days ago 17 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • IronVision trialled on Challenger 2 Streetfighter II
    The IronVision situational awareness system has been trialled on a modified Challenger 2 Streetfighter II for the first time, according to Elbit Systems. The trials were conducted in early December 2019 and began with familiarisation for the crew a…
    - 11 days ago 16 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • SimCentric develops new range-planning software
    Training with live ammunition is a critical element of ground forces training, but live-fire training has an inescapable risk factor and there is a small but steady worldwide casualty rate from live-fire training accidents. The risks can be mitigated…
    - 11 days ago 16 Jan 20, 2:00am -
  • Belgium receives Squire radar from Netherlands
    Belgium has received nine Squire battlefield surveillance radar from the Netherlands Ministry of Defence (MoD), the Belgian MoD announced on its website 10 January. The ministry said the radar will replace Belgium’s current EL-1205 battlefield su…
    - 11 days ago 16 Jan 20, 2:00am -
  • Surface Navy 2020: Lockheed Martin picks up CSEA role for SSDS after GAO denies protest
    Lockheed Martin has commenced Combat System Engineering Agent (CSEA) activity for the US Navy’s (USN’s) Ship Self Defense System (SSDS) after a protest filed by rival company Raytheon was denied. The SSDS Mk 2, which is fitted to USN aircraft c…
    - 11 days ago 16 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Block 2 IRST flies on Super Hornet
    The US Navy (USN) and Boeing have flown the new Block 2 infrared search and track (IRST) long-range passive targeting pod on the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet combat aircraft. The flight, which was announced by Boeing on 15 January, took place in late 201…
    - 12 days ago 15 Jan 20, 4:30am -
  • Indonesian Navy requests anti-submarine, surface kits for five more Panthers
    Key Points The Indonesian Navy has submitted requests to equip five more Panther helicopters with anti-submarine, surface warfare capabilities The service has thus far received 10 of the 11 helicopters it ordered in 2014 The Indonesian Navy (Te…
    - 12 days ago 15 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Surface Navy 2020: AN/SPY-6(V)4 ready for backfit installations

    - 13 days ago 14 Jan 20, 2:00am -
  • Egypt demonstrates aerial refuelling for combat aircraft
    Egypt now has the capability to aerial refuel combat aircraft, with an official video released by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) showing ‘buddy-buddy’ systems fitted to air force MiG-29M ‘Fulcrum’ fighters. The video, which was released on 1…
    - 13 days ago 14 Jan 20, 12:00am -

C4ISR Air

  • India’s DRDO selects Israeli-made EO/IR system
    Israel’s Controp Precision Technologies has won a tender to supply its iSKY-50HD electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) system for fitment onto unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) being developed by India’s state-owned Defence Research and Development Orga…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • Bird demos OSCAR maritime data fusion system in Africa
    Bird Aerosystems, an Israeli company that develops special-mission aircraft solutions and airborne missile protection systems, announced on 14 January that it had completed a successful trial of its Ocean Surveillance Control and Reconnaissance (OSCA…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • US Navy explores new Advanced Electronic Warfare suite options
    The US Navy (USN) has begun to explore options for a next-generation Advanced Electronic Warfare (ADVEW) suite to equip in-service F/A-18E/F Super Hornet carrier-borne strikefighters and a follow-on naval tactical aircraft. In a request for informa…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jan 20, 2:00am -
  • Pentagon announces replacement for F-35’s ALIS
    Key Points The US Department of Defense (DoD) will replace the F-35’s Autonomic Logistics Information System with a new effort A Pentagon watchdog believes the DoD is paying Lockheed Martin to fix something it should have properly provided earl…
    - 5 days ago 22 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • Leonardo to provide RAT 31 DL/M radar system to Indonesian Air Force
    Italian defence group Leonardo has signed a contract with Indonesian company PT Len Industri (Persero) to provide an RAT 31DL/M long-range, 3D air-defence radar system for the Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Udara: TNI-A…
    - 6 days ago 21 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • Pentagon seeks proposals for future Pilot Training Next prototypes
    Key Points The Pentagon has issued a solicitation to further its Pilot Training Next work Desired technologies include network and data architecture and simulation environment The Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) is soli…
    - 10 days ago 17 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • Indonesian Navy requests anti-submarine, surface kits for five more Panthers
    Key Points The Indonesian Navy has submitted requests to equip five more Panther helicopters with anti-submarine, surface warfare capabilities The service has thus far received 10 of the 11 helicopters it ordered in 2014 The Indonesian Navy (Te…
    - 12 days ago 15 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Egypt demonstrates aerial refuelling for combat aircraft
    Egypt now has the capability to aerial refuel combat aircraft, with an official video released by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) showing ‘buddy-buddy’ systems fitted to air force MiG-29M ‘Fulcrum’ fighters. The video, which was released on 1…
    - 13 days ago 14 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • UK to receive F-35 DAS upgrade
    The United Kingdom is to upgrade its Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) combat aircraft with the new Distributed Aperture System (DAS) announced in 2018, in line with other international customers. The Ministry of Defence…
    - 19 days ago 8 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Russia receives systems to ‘heavy drop’ armoured vehicles with crews inside

    - 20 days ago 7 Jan 20, 2:00am -
  • Tempest radar receiver technology demonstrated
    Leonardo UK, as part of Team Tempest, has demonstrated a new miniaturised digital radar warning receiver technology as part of the company’s ongoing development work for the next-generation Tempest future combat air system (FCAS). In an 18 Decemb…
    - 40 days ago 18 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • Terma introduces T-OPS software for airborne self-protection
    Danish systems and sensors house Terma has launched a new configurable ‘honeycomb’ electronic warfare (EW) software structure for airborne self-protection systems. Known as T-OPS (Terma Operational Software), the new software structure is desig…
    - 47 days ago 11 Dec 19, 2:00am -
  • MDHI reveals Block II advancement for MD 530G helo
    MD Helicopters Inc (MDHI) has announced an improved Block II (2) variant of the MD 530G armed reconnaissance/light attack rotorcraft that it has developed in partnership with Elbit Systems of Israel. The enhanced version of the ‘Little Bird’-va…
    - 52 days ago 6 Dec 19, 1:00am -
  • KAI to update Link 16 datalink for RoKAF’s FA-50 aircraft
    South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has signed a contract with Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) to update the Link 16 tactical datalink system for the Republic of Korea Air Force’s (RoKAF’s) fleet of FA-50 light atta…
    - 52 days ago 6 Dec 19, 1:00am -
  • Infrared countermeasures on RAAF’s C-130J transports achieve FOC
    The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) announced on 4 December that the infrared countermeasures system on the Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF's) fleet of Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules tactical transport aircraft has achieved final ope…
    - 54 days ago 4 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • Expodefensa 2019: Sikorsky experiencing record interest in Colombian Black Hawk simulator
    Key Points Sikorsky is experiencing a surge in usage of its six-axis Black Hawk full motion simulator based in Colombia It is cheaper to use this high fidelity simulator than it is to fly an actual Black Hawk aircraft Sikorsky is experiencing r…
    - 55 days ago 3 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • Safran, MTU agree framework for future fighter engine
    Safran and MTU have agreed details on the development of a next-generation aircraft engine to power the New Generation Fighter (NGF) for France, Germany and Spain. The agreement, announced on 3 December, sees Safran Aircraft Engines of France and M…
    - 55 days ago 3 Dec 19, 2:00am -
  • Russia develops multilayered C-UAS system
    Russian defence equipment exporter Rosoboronexport, a subsidiary of the state-owned Rostec group, has developed a four-stage/dual-use counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) capability and is now actively marketing it globally, Director General Alexan…
    - 59 days ago 29 Nov 19, 3:00am -
  • France launches realisation phase of SIGINT aircraft programme
    The French ministry for the armed forces has officially launched the realisation phase of the ARCHANGE Programme on 18 November. Under this project, Dassault Aviation and Thales will deliver three Falcon 8X aircraft equipped with a signals intellig…
    - 66 days ago 22 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • Dubai Airshow 2019: Diamond Aircraft adds TS-80 radar to DA62 MSA options
    Austrian aircraft manufacturer Diamond Aircraft and Italy’s Leonardo announced at the Dubai Airshow that the two companies were now offering the Leonardo Gabbiano Ultra-Light TS-80 radar as an option on the Diamond Aircraft DA62 MSA. Integration…
    - 68 days ago 20 Nov 19, 4:00am -
  • Russian military focuses on C-UAV capabilities
    Russia’s Aerospace Forces (VKS) are focusing on counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) missions, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced in a press release published on its website on 14 November. “During this year’s training, VKS air defenc…
    - 69 days ago 19 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • Australia orders vehicle-mounted, active phased-array radars for NASAMS air-defence system
    Australia’s Department of Defence (DoD) has awarded an AUD137 million (USD93 million) contract to local company CEA Technologies for the supply of vehicle-mounted, active phased-array tactical radars for the country’s future short-range, ground-b…
    - 73 days ago 15 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • Japan to outfit Kawasaki P-1 MPAs with AI technology
    Japan plans to equip an undisclosed number of its Kawasaki P-1 maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) with artificial intelligence (AI) to boost the platform’s intelligence gathering capabilities, an official at the Ministry of Defense’s Acquisition, Tec…
    - 75 days ago 13 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • Germany sets out ‘challenging’ airborne electronic attack timeline for NATO
    The German Air Force (Luftwaffe) is waiting on a government decision to launch a programme to field a dedicated airborne electronic attack (EA) capability for NATO by the mid-2020s, a senior officer said on 13 November. Speaking in Berlin, Luftwaff…
    - 75 days ago 13 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • FCAS partners defining concepts and capabilities ahead of demo phase
    France, Germany, and Spain are looking to define the nature of the first tranche of capabilities and platforms to be developed for the Future Combat Air System (FCAS)/Système de Combat Aérien Futur (SCAF) programme as they prepare to launch the dem…
    - 76 days ago 12 Nov 19, 3:00am -

C4ISR Land

  • Turkish Aerospace opens Pakistan office
    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has launched an office in Pakistan to boost its profile in the South Asian country. TAI announced the opening of the office on 24 December. The ceremony was attended by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. TAI said…
    - 27 days ago 31 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • Robotic Research providing footwear sensors to US Army
    The US Army is moving out with plans to outfit soldiers’ footwear with sensors designed to monitor their location, even in GPS-denied environments. Robotic Research announced on 19 December that it had secured a USD16.5 million contract with the…
    - 38 days ago 20 Dec 19, 3:10am -
  • I/ITSEC 2019: Doron Precision Systems reveals JLTV trainer
    Doron Precision Systems has developed a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) driver training simulator and revealed it at the 2019 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando in December. Michael Stricek,…
    - 53 days ago 5 Dec 19, 2:00am -
  • DSEI Japan 2019: Rafael unveils new mobile fire detection and location system
    Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems unveiled a new vehicle-mounted passive electro-optical hostile fire detection and location system at the 18-20 November DSEI Japan 2019 exhibition held in Chiba. Called Land Spotter, the system, which can…
    - 69 days ago 19 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • DSEI Japan 2019: Mitsubishi Electric‘s JTPS-P80 coastal surveillance radar enters service with JGSDF
    The Mitsubishi Electric JTPS-P80 coastal surveillance radar has entered service with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF). A JGSDF official told Jane’s at 18-20 November DSEI Japan 2019 exhibition in Chiba that the radar, which can also be…
    - 69 days ago 19 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • DSEI Japan 2019: Excelitas Technologies showcases Merlin-LR 2 weapon-mounted night sight
    Excelitas Technologies showcased the newest addition to its Merlin family of weapon-mounted night sights at the 18-20 November DSEI Japan 2019 defence exhibition in Chiba. Called Merlin-LR 2, the new sight is described by the company as an image-in…
    - 69 days ago 19 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • Australia orders vehicle-mounted, active phased-array radars for NASAMS air-defence system
    Australia’s Department of Defence (DoD) has awarded an AUD137 million (USD93 million) contract to local company CEA Technologies for the supply of vehicle-mounted, active phased-array tactical radars for the country’s future short-range, ground-b…
    - 73 days ago 15 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • Slon wind tunnel test model revealed
    Russia’s Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI) announced on 5 November that it had completed the manufacture of an aerodynamic model of its proposed heavy-lift transport aircraft known as “Slon” (Elephant). The model, made of aluminium a…
    - 82 days ago 6 Nov 19, 3:00am -
  • US Army to trial TITAN in 2020 to counter A2/AD
    The US Army is to trial elements of its Tactical Intelligence Targeting Access Node (TITAN) during the ‘Defender-Europe 20’ exercise in April–May 2020 to provide actionable intelligence for its long-range fires in anti-access/area denial (A2/AD…
    - 83 days ago 5 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • Bangladesh Air Force orders Leonardo’s Kronos Land radar
    Italian company Leonardo announced on 29 October that it has signed a contract for the supply of an undisclosed number of Kronos Land 3D radar systems to the Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) to provide air surveillance. Leonardo, which announced the cont…
    - 90 days ago 29 Oct 19, 1:00am -
  • Rafael’s Trophy APS delivered to US Army for Abrams integration
    Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has delivered its first Trophy Active Protection Systems (APSs) to the US Army for integration on the M1 Abrams main battle tank. In mid-October the company announced that its first Trophy APSs had been delivered to…
    - 96 days ago 23 Oct 19, 1:00am -
  • Collins Aerospace showcases US Army’s new MAPS Gen II solution
    Collins Aerospace revealed details of its system selected by the US Army for the service’s next-generation Mounted Assured Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (APNT) System (MAPS) for manned ground vehicles. The system was showcased at the Associat…
    - 97 days ago 22 Oct 19, 2:00am -
  • AUSA 2019: Raytheon wins US Army’s LTAMDS prototyping contract
    There was a question looming in the air during this year’s Association of the US Army 2019 (AUSA 2019) annual conference: which company would win the coveted contract to replace the Patriot air and missile defence radar? Just hours after the show e…
    - 17 Oct 19, 2:00am -
  • AUSA 2019: L3Harris delivers new handheld combat radio to USSOCOM
    L3Harris has begun low-rate initial production (LRIP) deliveries of the AN/PRC-163 two-channel handheld combat radio to US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), with company officials anticipating deliveries of full production models to begin within…
    - 16 Oct 19, 3:00am -
  • AUSA 2019: CAE reveals MBT engine maintenance trainer availability
    CAE announced at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) annual meeting in Washington, DC, in October that it was ready to deliver the first Abrams M1A2 main battle tank (MBT) engine maintenance trainer to the Manoeuvre Centre of Excellence…
    - 16 Oct 19, 1:00am -
  • AUSA 2019: NIWC finishes JLTV communications integration a year ahead of schedule
    The US Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) has completed its communications equipment integration work on the US Marine Corps (USMC) Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) nearly a year ahead of schedule, US Navy (USN) officials confirmed on 15 Octo…
    - 16 Oct 19, 12:00am -
  • AUSA 2019: US Army awards infrared weapon sights to Leonardo DRS
    The US Army awarded Leonardo DRS a USD89 million contract to produce advanced infrared weapon sights, the company confirmed on 15 October. The follow-on delivery order is part of an existing Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity contract to suppl…
    - 15 Oct 19, 11:00pm -
  • AUSA 2019: US Army looks to ‘componentise’ Israel’s Iron Dome for on-the-move defence
    The US Army is purchasing two Iron Dome air-defence batteries from Israel and will evaluate the systems to see if it can ‘componetise’ any of the elements for a more permanent programme, according to Brigadier General Brian Gibson, head of the ar…
    - 15 Oct 19, 3:00am -
  • AUSA 2019: US Army soldiers getting new hot-weather uniform, new protective equipment
    The US Army’s Program Executive Office Soldier (PEO Soldier) is fielding a new hot-weather uniform and new soldier protective equipment meant to scale for varying threat levels. The Improved Hot-Weather Combat Uniform, designed for hot and tropic…
    - 15 Oct 19, 3:00am -
  • Ricardo delivers drives to keep CVR(T) in UK service
    The British Army Training Unit Suffield (BATUS) has received the first four replacement final drives for the United Kingdom’s Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked) (CVR[T]) family from Ricardo Performance Products, the company announced in a pres…
    - 15 Oct 19, 1:00am -

C4ISR Maritime

  • UK Royal Navy gets set to start Wilton MCM route survey task
    The UK Royal Navy (RN) plans to start operations in March with a new unmanned autonomous capability for peacetime mine countermeasures (MCM) tasks. Operating from HM Naval Base Clyde, the new capability – being delivered under Project Wilton –…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • Bird demos OSCAR maritime data fusion system in Africa
    Bird Aerosystems, an Israeli company that develops special-mission aircraft solutions and airborne missile protection systems, announced on 14 January that it had completed a successful trial of its Ocean Surveillance Control and Reconnaissance (OSCA…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Fincantieri, Qatar to jointly study naval technology
    Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri and the Qatari Ministry of Defence have agreed to jointly study and evaluate new technologies that could lead to the acquisition of new vessels. The topics they will examine include naval base design, ship fleet manag…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • UK awards contracts to explore Intelligent Ship technologies
    The UK’s Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is seed funding nine companies – including Frazer-Nash Consultancy (FNC), Roke Manor Research, and Thales UK – to explore and mature artificial intelligence (AI) techniques and automation technol…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • USN conducts more successful EMALS and AAG tests on carrier Ford
    With a roar, the F/A-18F Super Hornet zipped down the front of the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) on 22 January, the first full afterburner catapult shot off the ship of an aircraft in what that US Navy calls a ‘5-w…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jan 20, 3:00am -

C4ISR Joint Comm Equip

  • USN conducts more successful EMALS and AAG tests on carrier Ford
    With a roar, the F/A-18F Super Hornet zipped down the front of the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) on 22 January, the first full afterburner catapult shot off the ship of an aircraft in what that US Navy calls a ‘5-w…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • RNLAF air operations control station receives SMART-L radar
    The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) air operations control station (AOCS) in Nieuw Milligen received the Signaal Multibeam Acquisition Radar for Targeting-Long range (SMART-L) in Wier, Friesland, on 16 January, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) annou…
    - 5 days ago 22 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • Leonardo to provide RAT 31 DL/M radar system to Indonesian Air Force
    Italian defence group Leonardo has signed a contract with Indonesian company PT Len Industri (Persero) to provide an RAT 31DL/M long-range, 3D air-defence radar system for the Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Udara: TNI-A…
    - 6 days ago 21 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • Pentagon seeks proposals for future Pilot Training Next prototypes
    Key Points The Pentagon has issued a solicitation to further its Pilot Training Next work Desired technologies include network and data architecture and simulation environment The Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) is soli…
    - 10 days ago 17 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • Belgium receives Squire radar from Netherlands
    Belgium has received nine Squire battlefield surveillance radar from the Netherlands Ministry of Defence (MoD), the Belgian MoD announced on its website 10 January. The ministry said the radar will replace Belgium’s current EL-1205 battlefield su…
    - 11 days ago 16 Jan 20, 2:00am -
  • SimCentric develops new range-planning software
    Training with live ammunition is a critical element of ground forces training, but live-fire training has an inescapable risk factor and there is a small but steady worldwide casualty rate from live-fire training accidents. The risks can be mitigated…
    - 11 days ago 16 Jan 20, 2:00am -
  • Block 2 IRST flies on Super Hornet
    The US Navy (USN) and Boeing have flown the new Block 2 infrared search and track (IRST) long-range passive targeting pod on the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet combat aircraft. The flight, which was announced by Boeing on 15 January, took place in late 201…
    - 12 days ago 15 Jan 20, 4:30am -
  • Russian Airborne Troops to receive new C4 system in 2021
    Russian Airborne Troops (VDV) are completing development of a new command, control, communications and computer (C4) system in 2021 for their BTR-MDM, BMD-4M, and KamAZ-63968 armoured fighting vehicles, the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) reported…
    - 17 days ago 10 Jan 20, 4:00am -
  • US braces for possible follow-on cyber attacks from Iran
    US cyber officials remain on alert for additional retaliatory strikes against key government or civilian networks, as tensions between Washington and Iran simmer over the killing of Major General Qasem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s Quds Force, by a…
    - 18 days ago 9 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • Iranian navy upgrades Alborz frigate with new combat systems
    The Islamic Republic of Iran Navy has equipped one of its ageing Alvand-class (Vosper Mk 5) frigates with new indigenously developed combat systems. Imagery of IRIS Alborz (72) from the recently concluded Iranian joint naval exercise with the navie…
    - 19 days ago 8 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • SitaWare 6.10 introduces maritime add-on features
    Denmark’s Systematic is releasing a maritime add-on module as part of the latest 6.10 release of its SitaWare Headquarters command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence (C4I) software product. The development, which the company sa…
    - 20 days ago 7 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • DroneShield’s C-UAS AI in US Army focus
    DroneShield has been shortlisted through the US Army’s Expeditionary Technology Search (xTechSearch) programme to collaborate on artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) algorithms. The xTechSearch programme provides funding to smal…
    - 20 days ago 7 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • DHS warns of Iranian cyberattacks in wake of Soleimami strike
    The US Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS's) top cybersecurity official sounded the alarm on a possible uptick in Iranian cyberattacks against government and civilian networks, in the wake of recent US airstrikes that killed General Qassem Sole…
    - 24 days ago 3 Jan 20, 2:00am -
  • Khulna Shipyard lays keel for five more Padma-class patrol vessels for Bangladeshi Navy
    Bangladesh’s Khulna Shipyard Ltd has begun construction of a second batch of five Padma-class patrol vessels on order for the Bangladeshi Navy (BN). The navy said in a 3 December statement that a keel-laying ceremony for the 50.4 m-long vessels,…
    - 25 days ago 2 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • US developing new electromagnetic spectrum strategy amid Russian, Chinese competition
    The United States is at risk of relinquishing its combat advantage in the realm of electromagnetic warfare (EW) to competitors such as China and Russia, which could put US and allied armed forces at a distinct disadvantage in future conflicts waged o…
    - 25 days ago 2 Jan 20, 2:00am -
  • Australia to invest in advanced geospatial support capability to obtain ‘vital terrain and navigation data’
    The Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra will invest AUD150 million (USD102 million) in the first tranche of an advanced geospatial support capability for the Australian Army, Defence Minister Linda Reynolds announced in a 24 December statement.…
    - 31 days ago 27 Dec 19, 1:40am -
  • Hanwha Systems to supply third batch of TICN systems for South Korean military
    South Korea’s Hanwha Systems announced on 26 December that it was awarded a KRW468.6 billion (USD403 million) contract to supply additional equipment for the Republic of Korea Armed Forces’ Tactical Information Communication Network (TICN). The…
    - 32 days ago 26 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • DARPA awards BAE Systems development deal for AI-enhanced battle management tools
    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected a BAE Systems-led team to develop a new battle management application for US armed forces, designed to leverage artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to consolidate and co-ordi…
    - 41 days ago 17 Dec 19, 2:00am -
  • Pentagon, NATO to ink long-term MOU for digital modernisation
    US Department of Defense (DoD) officials and their NATO counterparts are expected to sign a long-term agreement to integrate the Pentagon’s initiative to modernise its digital infrastructure with similar efforts being taken by European allies. Th…
    - 41 days ago 17 Dec 19, 1:00am -
  • UK eyes Dismounted Joint Fires Integrator contract in 2021
    The future Dismounted Joint Fires Integrator (D-JFI) for UK joint terminal attack controllers (JTACs) and artillery fire support teams (FSTs) is on track for a main gate business case approval in September 2020, officials have said. The D-JFI equip…
    - 42 days ago 16 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • Collins Aerospace showcases expanded ERV system
    Collins Aerospace showcased its recently expanded Enhanced Reality Vision (ERV) system at the 2019 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando in December. Eileen Leonhardy, associate director, mission s…
    - 47 days ago 11 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • Quantadyn reveals training solutions for UK’s JFST
    Quantadyn showcased some of the solutions it has developed for the UK’s Joint Fires Synthetic Trainer (JFST), the five-year, GPB41.1 million contract awarded to Elbit Systems UK, at the 2019 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education…
    - 47 days ago 11 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • Saab reveals non line-of-sight laser to simulate indirect fires
    Saab has showcased new capabilities to blend live and virtual environments to enhance live training, as well as announced new live training contracts, at the 2019 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orland…
    - 48 days ago 10 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • Bohemia Interactive Simulations unveil latest version of virtual training tool
    Bohemia Interactive Simulations (BISim) unveiled the first customers for the latest version of its virtual training environment, Virtual Battlespace 4 (VBS4), at the 2019 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC)…
    - 49 days ago 9 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • Czech Republic orders eight ELTA MADRs
    Czech Undersecretary of Defence Filip Ríha and the director of the International Defense Cooperation Directorate in the Israel Ministry of Defense (SIBAT), Yair Kulas, signed an intergovernmental agreement on the procurement of eight 3D mobile air d…
    - 49 days ago 9 Dec 19, 3:00am -

CBRNE & EOD Defence

  • New contracts awarded to support Australian CBRN training capabilities
    Contracts worth AUD24.4 million (USD17 million) have been awarded to two Australian companies to supply equipment as part of a major chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) defence project for the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Mini…
    - 13 days ago 14 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • Hyundai Rotem awarded contracts for K600 CEVs, K1E1 MBTs
    South Korean company Hyundai Rotem announced on 26 December that it has been awarded contracts for the mass production of the K600 combat engineer vehicle (CEV) for the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) as well as for the upgrade of additional K1 main ba…
    - 32 days ago 26 Dec 19, 1:50am -
  • Ukraine starts work on new CBRN reconnaissance vehicle
    Ukraine has started development of a new chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) reconnaissance vehicle based on the Kozak-2M protected mobility vehicle, according to a 10 December report from Army Inform, the Ukrainian Ministry of Def…
    - 42 days ago 16 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • Bacteria take the strain for undersoil explosives detection
    Researchers in the United States are developing a modular system for detecting buried TNT at source, by blending genetic engineering, electrical engineering, and computer science. In the 18-month Bioreporters for Subterranean Surveillance programme…
    - 62 days ago 26 Nov 19, 2:00am -
  • US State Department approves sale of counter-IED systems to Australia
    The US Department of State has approved a potential USD245 million Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Australia of up to 850 Joint Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare Increment 1 Block 1 (JCREW I1B1) systems, the US De…
    - 62 days ago 26 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • DSEI Japan 2019: IHI unveils autonomous underwater mine-detection system
    Japanese company IHI unveiled an autonomous underwater mine-detection system at the 18–20 November DSEI Japan 2019 defence exhibition in Chiba. The system, which comprises two different unmanned vehicles, is designed to acquire, process, classify…
    - 70 days ago 18 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • US MCM systems eyed for international forces
    The countermine systems being developed by the US Navy (USN), especially for the USN Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) mission module (MM), are being sought by other international naval forces as the USN continues to successfully test and employ those syste…
    - 76 days ago 12 Nov 19, 4:00am -
  • Chile, Ecuador, and Peru continue demining operations
    The armed forces of Chile, Ecuador, and Peru are continuing to remove mines and other unexploded ordnance from their borders. A total of 1,092 mines have been destroyed from an area encompassing 26,740 m 2 along Peru’s border with Ecuador, the Pe…
    - 11 Oct 19, 2:00am -
  • US Navy stretches modular MCM mindset with T-ESB 4 tests
    The US Navy (USN) has further expanded its modular concept for countermine (MCM) operations with recent MCM equipment testing aboard the Military Sealift Command’s Expeditionary Sea Base USNS Hershel Williams (T-ESB 4). The MCM equipment and syst…
    - 24 Sep 19, 3:00am -
  • Ecuador seeks to remove 95% of mines from border with Peru by 2021
    The Ecuadorian Ministry of Defence wants to remove up to 95% of land mines along its border with Peru by 2021, according to the Ministry of National Defence’s newly released strategy plan that spans 2017–21 (Plan Sectorial de Defensa 2017–2021)…
    - 22 Aug 19, 1:00am -
  • New defence group to start operations in late 2019, says AirBoss
    Canada-based AirBoss expects to complete the formation of AirBoss Defense Group (ADG) in the fourth quarter of 2019 by merging its defence activities with privately run US company Critical Solutions International (CSI). AirBoss announced the deal i…
    - 14 Aug 19, 12:00am -
  • OPEC Systems to supply new lightweight ensemble as part of CBRN protection contract
    Australian company Oil Pollution and Environmental Control (OPEC) Systems announced on 19 June that it has signed an AUD23 million (USD15.8 million) contract with Leidos Australia to provide a range of equipment, including a newly developed protectiv…
    - 20 Jun 19, 12:00am -
  • Thales targets April 2020 delivery for MMCM demonstrators
    Thales is working to complete integration, testing, and qualification of Maritime Mine Countermeasures (MMCM) demonstrator systems planned to be delivered to France and the UK in April 2020. Being jointly funded by the two nations, the MMCM program…
    - 14 Jun 19, 12:00am -
  • Japan mulls acquiring early warning satellite capability to detect ballistic missiles
    Japan is considering acquiring its own early warning satellite capability to detect ballistic missiles launched from North Korea and elsewhere, government officials said on 12 June. To explore such possibilities the Ministry of Defense (MoD) in Tok…
    - 12 Jun 19, 1:00am -
  • German Army to receive Mungo reconnaissance nuclear/chemical variant
    The German Ministry of Defence (MoD) plans to procure nine air-transportable Mungo armoured multirole transport nuclear/chemical (A/C) reconnaissance vehicles from Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) for EUR51 million (USD57 million), including training and…
    - 29 May 19, 1:00pm -
  • Navy League 2019: Raytheon mine clearance package moves ahead with AQS-20C sonar, Barracuda effector
    The US Navy (USN) now has 10 production Raytheon AQS-20C mine-hunting sonar units in the fleet, as the service hopes these can help shift to single sortie detect-to-engage (SSDTE) mine clearance missions. The AQS-20C has gone through testing but Ra…
    - 6 May 19, 11:00pm -
  • MoD transformation fund primes RN autonomy initiatives
    The UK Royal Navy (RN) has secured a GBP75 million (USD98 million) injection from the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) Defence Transformation Fund to advance initiatives intended to ‘mainstream’ the introduction of autonomous technologies into t…
    - 11 Apr 19, 12:00am -
  • L3-Micreo awarded contract to supply additional Silvershield C-IED systems for ANDSF
    The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has awarded Brisbane-based company L3-Micreo a contract to manufacture and deliver more than 14,000 additional Silvershield counter-improvised explosive device (C-IED) systems to the Afghan National Defense…
    - 10 Apr 19, 1:00am -
  • Indian Navy commissions facility to train against NBC contamination
    The Indian Navy (IN) inaugurated its first facility designed to train personnel in detecting, monitoring, and cleansing nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) contamination on its platforms on 25 March. Built by Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL), the NBC…
    - 26 Mar 19, 2:00pm -
  • 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…
    - 7 Feb 19, 3:00pm -
  • North Korean nuclear programme advances
    North Korea's nuclear weapons programme, based on the simultaneous development of a weaponisable nuclear device and ballistic missile delivery systems, appears to have advanced incrementally in early 2016. Following Pyongyang's claimed - although w…
    - 30 Mar 16, 12:09pm -
  • Saudi Arabia requests USD500 million ammo replenishment
    The US State Department has approved the sale of a large amount of ammunition to Saudi Arabia to replenish stocks depleted by the ongoing conflict in Yemen, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 29 July. The DSCA said the propo…
    - 31 Jul 15, 12:00am -
  • China slams sale of six MCMVs to Taiwan
    Key Points China has protested at the inclusion of foreign components and systems in six MCMVs to be built for RoCN The MCMVs will likely form a key component of Taiwan's defence against China's possible use of increasingly sophisticated naval mine…
    - 3 Nov 14, 12:00am -
  • Satellite imagery shows Parchin explosion aftermath
    Satellite imagery indicates that there was an explosion at Iran’s Parchin military research, development, and production facility on 5 October, raising fears about safety precautions at a site where nuclear weapons research allegedly has been carri…
    - 9 Oct 14, 1:00am -
  • Brazil adds BAE Systems' RG32M to VBMT-LR competition
    The Brazilian Army has begun evaluating BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa's RG32M LTV (Light Tactical Vehicle) 4x4. The army's Evaluations Center (CAEx) is studying the vehicle as part of the VBMT-LR (Viatura Blindada Multitarefa-Leve de Rodas)…
    - 31 Jul 14, 12:00am -

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