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Jane's Defence Weekly

  • Video confirms Yemeni attack on Abu Dhabi’s airport in 2018
    The Yemeni rebel group Ansar Allah (Houthis) released a video on 23 May that seemingly confirmed that it attacked Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) on 26 July 2018 as previously claimed. The video included what appeared to be CCTV footage showi…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • US Senate defence policy bill bans F-35 transfers to Turkey
    Key Points The SASC FY 2020 defence bill bans F-35 transfers to Turkey if the nation moves forward with acquiring the Russian S-400 system This is the first step in a process that, if approved by the president, could formally ban sending F-35s to T…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Palestinian security forces receive more Al-Jawad vehicles
    The Palestinian Authority᾿s (PA᾿s) National Security Forces (NSF) have received a second batch of five Al-Jawad armoured vehicles, Palestinian security sources told Jane’s on 22 May. Based on the Ford F-550 chassis, the Al-Jawad is made by Jor…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Syria offensive raises chemical attack fears
    The apparent lack of progress that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces are making in a new offensive has raised concerns that they will resort to using chemical weapons. “Unfortunately, we continue to see signs that the Assad regime may b…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • SOUTHCOM commander stresses need for more naval, aerial assets
    US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) needs additional platforms to properly carry out its multiple missions, according to Admiral Craig Faller, the new SOUTHCOM commander. “We need more ships [and] we need more intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaiss…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • NATO, EU military brass duck the transatlantic bullets flying over PESCO and the EDF
    Profusions of ‘warm and close’ co-ordination of their respective capability development agendas by NATO and the European Union’s (EU's) top brass belie the growing concern within European government and industry circles about the current tense…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • US to send ‘less’ than 1,000 additional troops to USCENTCOM
    The Trump administration is moving out with plans to send fewer than 1,000 additional troops, as well as additional military assets, into the US Central Command (USCENTCOM) region to curtail what it deems a threat from Iran, according to Pentagon off…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Malaysia’s Boustead posts defence sales decline
    Malaysia’s Boustead Heavy Industries Corporation (BHIC) posted declines in revenues and earnings during the first quarter of 2019, the company said on 23 May. BHIC said in a filing to the Bursa Malaysia stock exchange that its revenues in the qua…
    - 2 days ago 23 May 19, 11:00pm -
  • HII cuts first steel for Columbia submarine
    Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) made the first steel cut on 23 May to officially begin advance construction for USS Columbia , the first-of-class ballistic-missile submarine (SSBN) slated to replace the ageing Ohio-class ships performing nuclear…
    - 2 days ago 23 May 19, 1:00am -
  • Brazilian budget freeze not expected to affect naval modernisation
    Despite public predictions to the contrary, Brazilian naval operations and proposed modernisation projects will likely be unaffected by the “freeze” of 44% Brazil’s non-discretionary defence budget, or approximately BRL5.8 billion (USD1.4 billi…
    - 2 days ago 23 May 19, 1:00am -
  • Five companies competing for contract to up-gun US Army Strykers
    The US Army is moving out with plans to field its first brigade of up-gunned Strykers in 2022, and has selected five companies to participate in a design integration study. On 22 May, the service announced it was kicking off its two-phased plan by…
    - 2 days ago 23 May 19, 1:00am -
  • RAF trials BriteCloud decoy from Typhoon
    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has disclosed the first trials of the BriteCloud expendable active decoy (EAD) from a Royal Air Force (RAF) Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 multirole fighter. The MoD announced on 23 May that the first such trials took pla…
    - 2 days ago 23 May 19, 1:00am -
  • Turkey looks set to defy US and proceed with Russian S-400 acquisition
    Key Points There are increased signs that Turkey will not scrap its Russian S-400 deal despite the US threat of sanctions If Ankara continues with the deal the F-35s it had on order could be stopped and the country could also be subject to Counte…
    - 2 days ago 23 May 19, 1:00am -
  • Ukrainian army forms its first Jager brigade
    Ukraine has formed its first Jager infantry brigade to operate in heavily wooded regions on the East European country’s northern borders with Russia and Belarus. The conversion of the 61st Separate Infantry Brigade from the Ukrainian Army Reserve…
    - 3 days ago 23 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Erdogan announces Turkey will co-produce S-500s with Russia
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on 18 May at a youth rally in Istanbul the future joint production with Russia of the S-500 Prometey (‘Prometheus’)/55R6M Triumfator-M (‘Triumphant-M’) fifth-generation air defence system, the…
    - 3 days ago 23 May 19, 12:00am -
  • As PESCO projects grow, the real challenge emerges: co-ordinated defence planning
    Key Points MoDs within the EU need to embed cross-border co-ordination within their PESCO projects, an IRIS conference in Brussels has heard Failure to do this could adversely affect the results of PESCO initiatives As the pace of the EU’s Pe…
    - 3 days ago 23 May 19, 12:00am -
  • French Air Force introduces new UAV pilot training scheme
    The French Air Force is ramping up the recruitment and training of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) crews to cope with the service’s expanding air vehicle inventory. While the 1/33 Belfort UAV squadron currently flies five GA-ASI MQ-9 Reaper medium-…
    - 3 days ago 23 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Mauritania receives CN-235 transport aircraft from UAE
    The Mauritanian military announced on 13 May that it had received a transport aircraft from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The aircraft could be identified as one of the CASA/IPTN CN-235M-110 transport aircraft that the UAE acquired from Indonesia…
    - 3 days ago 23 May 19, 12:00am -
  • LNA announces naval blockade of western Libya
    The Libyan National Army (LNA) faction has announced it will impose a naval blockade on ports in west Libya to prevent any more shipments of military equipment reaching forces aligned with the internationally recognised Government of National Accord…
    - 3 days ago 23 May 19, 12:00am -
  • RAF’s C-130J fleet needs more resources to operate safely, says crash report
    Additional aircrew, flying hours, and engineering support are needed to sustain the UK Royal Air Force (RAF’s) fleet of Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules transport aircraft beyond 2019, according to a safety investigation into the loss of one its air…
    - 3 days ago 23 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Milestones: India’s Integrated Air Command and Control System (IACCS)
    Latest developments India’s Integrated Air Command and Control System (IACCS) is an automated air-defence command-and-control (C2) centre designed for controlling and monitoring Indian Air Force (IAF) operations throughout the country. To achieve…
    - 3 days ago 23 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Hyundai launches Philippine’s first José Rizal-class frigate, lays keel for second
    Key Points South Korea has launched the first HDF-3000 frigate on order for the Philippine Navy The vessel is on track to be delivered in September 2020 South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has launched the first José Rizal-…
    - 3 days ago 22 May 19, 11:00pm -
  • RAF F-35Bs decamp to Cyprus for first overseas deployment
    Key Points Six RAF F-35Bs have flown to RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus The training mission is the type’s first overseas deployment in UK service British Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning combat aircraft flew to the Royal Air Force (RAF) base on Cyprus…
    - 3 days ago 22 May 19, 2:00am -
  • McSally leads charge for Trump to nominate Barrett as next US Air Force secretary
    Key Points An influential senator led the charge for Barbara Barrett to be the next USAF secretary Barrett is a businessperson who has also served as ambassador to Finland US Senator Martha McSally of Arizona pushed for months for Barbara Barre…
    - 3 days ago 22 May 19, 2:00am -
  • US expands on rare earth capabilities
    Australian rare-earth mining firm Lynas announced on 20 May that it would be expanding into the US market through a joint venture (JV) with Texas-based Blue Line. Under the new JV, the two companies will establish a rare-earths separation facility…
    - 3 days ago 22 May 19, 2:00am -

International Defence Review

  • Raytheon receives contract for HARM Replace Exchange In Kind
    Raytheon Missile Systems has been contracted by the US Air Force (USAF) for the AGM-88B High Speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM) Replace Exchange In Kind (REIK) programme. Under the terms of a USD355.5 million contract awarded on 23 May, the compan…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Babcock highlights SIGRID5 C2 system
    Babcock International has showcased its SIGRID5 command and control (C2) system at the Electronic Warfare Europe (EWE) 2019 exhibition in Stockholm in May. SIGRID5 leverages commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software and is based on US company Priori…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Autocomplete: US Army pursues the ultimate manned-unmanned teaming
    Key Points The US Army is researching technologies to anticipate individuals’ behaviour as part of an effort to boost manned-unmanned teaming Recent work focused on the ways in which different brains process information, with the goal of developi…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Patria showcases ARIS variant
    Patria has showcased a variant of its Advanced Real-Time Intelligence System (ARIS) wideband electronic intelligence (ELINT) receiver at the 2019 EWE exhibition, which was held in Stockholm from 13 to 15 May. ARIS, which has been in operational use…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Saab reveals Sirius passive sensor system
    Saab has unveiled a new passive sensor system called Sirius at the Electronic Warfare Europe (EWE) 2019 exhibition in Stockholm in May. The system uses existing Saab sensor technology but includes new sensor management, information fusion and datab…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • SOFIC 2019: L3 Technologies unveils the Fused GPNVG
    L3 Technologies launched a new variant of its Ground Panoramic Night Vision Goggles (GPNVGs) at the 2019 SOFIC, which was held in Florida from 20 to 23 May. The Fused GPNVG (F-Pano) solution, which also features four image intensification (I2) tubes…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • AerialX unveils intuitive CUAS development
    AerialX is finalising the development of DroneBullet: an intuitive, high-speed multi-rotor kinetic energy interceptor solution designed to counter small multirotor and fixed-wing unmanned aerial system (UAS) threats. In development for the past 18…
    - 2 days ago 23 May 19, 11:00pm -
  • Raytheon conducts first arena test of DeepStrike warhead
    Raytheon Missile Systems has conducted a successful arena test of the intended advanced warhead for its DeepStrike surface-to-surface missile (SSM). DeepStrike is the Raytheon solution for the US Army’s Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) requirement…
    - 2 days ago 23 May 19, 1:00am -
  • Indian Air Force test fires BrahMos-A from Su-30MKI
    The Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully test fired the BrahMos-A (Air) supersonic cruise missile from a Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighter on 22 May against a land target off the country’s east coast in the Bay of Bengal. The 2.5-tonne, two-stage,…
    - 3 days ago 23 May 19, 12:00am -
  • KMW’s Remote Controlled Howitzer 155 moves ahead
    Germany’s Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) is continuing to invest in developing its private venture remote-controlled Artillery Gun Module (AGM) that, when integrated onto the rear of the Boxer 8×8 Multi-Role Armoured Vehicle (MRAV), is now being refe…
    - 3 days ago 22 May 19, 11:00pm -
  • US Army and UK MoD move out with plans to acquire Elbit Systems’ Iron Fist Light Decoupled APS
    Elbit Systems is slated to receive two coveted contracts for its Iron Fist Light Decoupled (IF-LD) active protection system (APS), one from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) and another from the US Army. Both countries recently detailed plans to acq…
    - 3 days ago 22 May 19, 2:00am -
  • Roketsan unveils urban combat support weapon developments
    Roketsan of Turkey has disclosed company-funded development of two new lightweight guided support weapon systems for combat operations in an urban environment: CIDA and Yatagan. The company classifies the CIDA Weapon System as a cost-effective, low…
    - 4 days ago 22 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Sea Viper achieves first kill against Firejet target
    The UK Royal Navy (RN) has successfully completed a first test of its GWS 45 Sea Viper anti-air guided missile system against an MQM-178 Firejet target. Undertaken on 19 May at the conclusion of NATO Exercise ‘Formidable Shield 2019’, the firin…
    - 4 days ago 22 May 19, 12:00am -
  • NAVAIR contracts BAE Systems for Dual Band Decoy demonstration phase
    The US Navy (USN) has selected BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems to develop a new towed offboard radio frequency (RF) countermeasures system to protect the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter aircraft against RF threat radars. Known as the…
    - 4 days ago 21 May 19, 2:00am -
  • US Army looking for ways to fold AI research into expeditionary manoeuvre, air, and ground reconnaissance technologies
    At a time when the Pentagon is wading deeper into the artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) research arenas, the US Army is asking to harness the two as it develops new expeditionary manoeuvre, air, and ground reconnaissance technolo…
    - 5 days ago 20 May 19, 2:00am -
  • Turkey’s Tubitak Bilgem invests in continuous wave laser technology
    Turkey’s Tubitak Bilgem has developed and tested two laser systems that could potentially be deployed by the Turkish Land Forces Command (TLFC). Both systems use a continuous wave laser and operate in the 1,070 nm (±10 nm) wavelength. A spokespe…
    - 6 days ago 20 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Siemens unveils new FLEX PM modular submarine propulsion motors
    Siemens premiered its new generation of modular scalable permanent magnet submarine propulsion motors at the Underwater Defence Technology (UDT) 2019 exhibition in Stockholm. To provide solutions across a wider range of applications, Siemens is evo…
    - 6 days ago 20 May 19, 12:00am -
  • US, Croatia trial USV-UUV teaming capabilities
    A combined US-Croatia research and development (R&D) programme is assessing the use of unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) to monitor and potentially alter navigational positioning of unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs). The concept is based on using US…
    - 6 days ago 19 May 19, 11:00pm -
  • Mecar’s M929 APFSDS-T ammunition undergoes trials in Slovakia
    Belgium’s Mecar and Slovakia’s ZTS-Special conducted validation trials in late April in Slovakia with new M929 armor piercing fin-stabilised discarding sabot-tracer (APFSDS-T) ammunition developed specially for the 2A42 family of 30x165 mm calibr…
    - 8 days ago 17 May 19, 2:00am -
  • IMDEX 2019: Singapore navy confirms 16 m-class USVs aboard future unmanned vehicle ‘mothership’
    The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) will field 16 m-class unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) on its future Multi-role Combat Vessels (MRCVs), a senior RSN official confirmed during a media briefing on the sidelines of the IMDEX 2019 exhibition held in…
    - 8 days ago 17 May 19, 2:00am -
  • IMDEX 2019: Zycraft expands Vigilant IUSV capabilities
    Zycraft, a Singapore-based technology company specialising in the design and manufacture of unmanned surface vessels (USVs) for commercial and government applications, is continuing to push development of its Vigilant Independent Unmanned Surface Ves…
    - 9 days ago 17 May 19, 12:00am -
  • IMDEX 2019: Controp debuts upgraded ISea-25HD EO/IR payload
    Israel’s Controp Precision Technologies took the opportunity at the IMDEX 2019 exhibition, held in Singapore from 14 to 16 May, to unveil an improved version of its iSea-25HD electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) payload. Although only launched recent…
    - 9 days ago 16 May 19, 11:00pm -
  • IMDEX 2019: Yunzhou Tech unveils L80 USV development
    China’s Yunzhou Intelligence Technology (Yunzhou Tech), a Zhuhai-based company specialising in the design and manufacture of unmanned surface vehicles (USVs), has debuted a new armed USV development at the IMDEX 2019 maritime and defence exhibition…
    - 9 days ago 16 May 19, 1:00am -
  • IMDEX 2019: Harris debuts UAV-borne sonobuoy dispenser concept
    Harris Corporation has taken the opportunity to showcase its pylon-mounted sonobuoy dispenser concept at the International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference (IMDEX) 2019 being held in Singapore from 14 to 16 May, for the first time in public.…
    - 10 days ago 16 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Dynetics to build 100 kW laser for US Army
    The US Army’s Space and Missile Defense Command has selected a Dynetics-led team to develop an experimental 100 kW laser weapon system for its Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV). On 15 May, the company announced that it had beat out Raythe…
    - 10 days ago 15 May 19, 2:00am -

Navy International

  • Chile ready to finalise frigate acquisitions
    The Chilean Navy is set to finalise the procurement of two Adelaide-class frigates by the end of May. HMAS Melbourne and HMAS Newcastle , built in Australia in the early 1990s, would be acquired as a stop-gap measure to replace two of three Dutch- a…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • US Navy establishes new command for USVs, Zumwalt destroyer development
    The US Navy officially established the Surface Development Squadron ONE (SURFDEVRON ONE) on 22 May to integrate unmanned surface vessels (USV) and support fleet experimentation, especially for the guided-missile destroyer (DDG 1000) Zuwmalt-class fle…
    - 2 days ago 23 May 19, 1:00am -
  • Technical issues push back delivery of first Yasen-M nuclear submarine
    Technical problems emerging from recent trials appear set to delay the entry into service of Kazan , the first Project 885M Yasen-M class nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN), until late 2020 at the earliest, the head of United Shipbuilding Corpora…
    - 3 days ago 23 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Future Frigate prime considers options for Air Warfare Destroyer replacement
    As preproduction work on the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) Hunter-class frigates continues to meet a demanding schedule, designer and shipbuilder BAE Systems Australia is already considering its next major role in the country’s long-term Nava…
    - 3 days ago 22 May 19, 2:00am -
  • US approves Mk 54 torpedo sale for Canada
    Canada is set to recapitalise its lightweight torpedo inventory through a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) deal with the US government. The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) advised on 17 May that the State Department had approved an FMS ca…
    - 3 days ago 22 May 19, 2:00am -
  • South Korea’s second Dokdo-class helicopter carrier begins sea trials
    Key Points South Korea has begun sea trials for its second Dokdo-class helicopter carrier The amphibious vessel is on track to be delivered by end-2020 The Republic of Korea Navy’s (RoKN’s) second Dokdo-class helicopter carrier, which will…
    - 4 days ago 21 May 19, 11:00pm -
  • Lacroix positions variant of Sylena decoy system for Singapore’s MRCV
    Following its success with recent naval programmes of Malaysia, Egypt and Qatar, French defence company Lacroix is building on this momentum and positioning a ‘fitted-for-purpose’ variant of its Sylena decoy launching systems for Singapore’s up…
    - 4 days ago 21 May 19, 11:00pm -
  • Sweden’s Defence Commission report underscores deterrent role of navy
    Key Points Increased naval capability will strengthen Sweden’s deterrent posture, according to Defence Commission The Commission’s report recommends augmentations to the Swedish navy’s surface ship, submarine, mine warfare, helicopter, and…
    - 4 days ago 21 May 19, 2:00am -
  • Italy advances EU maritime surveillance and protection effort
    The Italian Navy has outlined the development roadmap for a four-country EU initiative to deliver a deployable maritime security ‘system of systems’ incorporating multiple unmanned platforms and sensors. Intended to safeguard vessels and critic…
    - 5 days ago 21 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Norway set to write off salvaged frigate
    Norway is set to write-off the damaged Fridtjof Nansen-class frigate KNM Helge Ingstad after a report found that repairing the salvaged ship would cost more than buying a new-build replacement. Released on 15 May, the analysis prepared by the Norwe…
    - 6 days ago 20 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Russian Navy opts for underwater weapon and sensor upgrades
    Newly developed torpedoes, torpedo defence systems, and mine countermeasures systems are to be fitted to Russian Navy warships, according to a series of announcements by an executive of the JSC Tactical Missiles Corporation. The Russian Navy’s tw…
    - 8 days ago 17 May 19, 2:00am -
  • UDT 2019: BAE Systems posits new approach to unmanned underwater systems on submarines
    BAE Systems presented a paper at the 2019 Undersea Defence Technology (UDT) exhibition, which was held in Stockholm from 13 to 15 May, that hopes to provoke thought before decisions on next-generation weapons handling and stowage systems and layouts…
    - 8 days ago 17 May 19, 2:00am -
  • UDT 2019: Swedish navy chief outlines future equipment priorities
    Sweden’s naval chief has spelled out his ambitions for the future fleet as the government weighs its priorities for the forthcoming 2021-2025 defence bill. Speaking at the UDT Europe conference in Stockholm on 13 May, Rear Admiral Jens Nykvist, c…
    - 8 days ago 17 May 19, 1:00am -
  • Spain withdraws frigate from US Gulf mission

    - 9 days ago 17 May 19, 12:00am -
  • IMDEX 2019: Indonesia to reinstate missile capabilities on KCR-60M fast attack craft
    Key Points Indonesia plans to reinstate missile capabilities on two of its KCR-60M vessels in the long term First- and second-of-class were earlier stripped of their missile launchers after receiving Chinese-made CIWS turrets Slightly more than…
    - 9 days ago 17 May 19, 12:00am -
  • US Navy secretary says USN will soon be using unmanned systems for logistics
    Unmanned aerial systems will soon be delivering parts and logistical supplies for US Navy (USN) and US Marine Corps (USMC) operations, USN Secretary Richard Spencer said. “I saw some of the exercises they [USMC operators] are doing in unmanned ae…
    - 9 days ago 16 May 19, 11:00pm -
  • IMDEX 2019: Israel Shipyards integrates SPIKE ER missile system on Shaldag Mk II
    Key Points The Shaldag Mk II fast interceptor craft has been integrated with missile capabilities The vessel is now one of the most capable interceptor types within its class in terms of firepower The Shaldag Mk II fast patrol craft can now be…
    - 9 days ago 16 May 19, 11:00pm -
  • IMDEX 2019: ST Engineering offers naval simulation system for international customers
    Key Points ST Engineering is offering an integrated naval ship simulator system to international customers for the first time The system incorporates virtual reality headsets, which allow for greater depth perception and situational awareness A…
    - 9 days ago 16 May 19, 11:00pm -
  • IMDEX 2019: ST Engineering introduces Super Swift series of air-cavitating boats
    The marine division of ST Engineering unveiled a new series of high-speed patrol boats for maritime interdiction, and law enforcement operations at the IMDEX 2019 exhibition. The line-up is known as the Super Swift series and each vessel in the fam…
    - 9 days ago 16 May 19, 11:00pm -
  • Update: Russia appoints new commander-in-chief for navy
    Admiral Nikolay Anatolyevich Evmenov, a career submariner, has been appointed commander-in-chief of the Russian Navy. His promotion by President Vladimir Putin was announced by defence minister Sergei Shoigu on 8 May. Adm Evmenov commanded the Ru…
    - 9 days ago 16 May 19, 11:00pm -
  • IMDEX 2019: ST Engineering unveils Vanguard 130 multi-role combatant concept
    Key Points ST Engineering has unveiled a new variant in its Vanguard series of modular naval ships The concept has been optimised for unmanned vehicle operations The marine division of ST Engineering has unveiled the latest iteration of its Van…
    - 9 days ago 16 May 19, 11:00pm -
  • UDT 2019: DRASS Defence presents compact affordable submarine options
    Italy’s DRASS Defence has entered the submarine market and aims to deliver compact and affordable solutions for smaller navies in particular. DRASS, with a long history of building diving systems, presented its range of small submarines, comprisi…
    - 10 days ago 16 May 19, 12:00am -
  • UDT 2019: Type 26 sonar domes take shape
    Tods Defence has commenced initial production of sonar domes for the UK Royal Navy’s (RN’s) Type 26 City-class frigates, the company told Jane’s at UDT 2019. The contract for three domes was awarded in 2016, and delivery is expected from mid-…
    - 10 days ago 16 May 19, 12:00am -
  • USN seeks path for unmanned systems operational concepts
    While the US Navy (USN) is investing more heavily in unmanned systems the service is seeking to develop operational concepts for how those systems can be integrated into service operations and be counted as USN assets, said Vice Admiral William Merz,…
    - 10 days ago 15 May 19, 11:00pm -
  • UDT 2019: Lockheed Martin touts ExLS success
    Lockheed Martin’s Extensible Launcher System (ExLS) three-cell stand-alone launcher has been selected for two naval surface combatant programmes, the company has confirmed. Speaking to Jane’s at Undersea Defence Technology 2019 (UDT 2019), a co…
    - 10 days ago 15 May 19, 2:00am -

Jane's Defence

  • Saab reveals Sirius passive sensor system
    Saab has unveiled a new passive sensor system called Sirius at the Electronic Warfare Europe (EWE) 2019 exhibition in Stockholm in May. The system uses existing Saab sensor technology but includes new sensor management, information fusion and datab…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Patria showcases ARIS variant
    Patria has showcased a variant of its Advanced Real-Time Intelligence System (ARIS) wideband electronic intelligence (ELINT) receiver at the 2019 EWE exhibition, which was held in Stockholm from 13 to 15 May. ARIS, which has been in operational use…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Babcock highlights SIGRID5 C2 system
    Babcock International has showcased its SIGRID5 command and control (C2) system at the Electronic Warfare Europe (EWE) 2019 exhibition in Stockholm in May. SIGRID5 leverages commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software and is based on US company Priori…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Palestinian security forces receive more Al-Jawad vehicles
    The Palestinian Authority᾿s (PA᾿s) National Security Forces (NSF) have received a second batch of five Al-Jawad armoured vehicles, Palestinian security sources told Jane’s on 22 May. Based on the Ford F-550 chassis, the Al-Jawad is made by Jor…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Chile ready to finalise frigate acquisitions
    The Chilean Navy is set to finalise the procurement of two Adelaide-class frigates by the end of May. HMAS Melbourne and HMAS Newcastle , built in Australia in the early 1990s, would be acquired as a stop-gap measure to replace two of three Dutch- a…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Raytheon receives contract for HARM Replace Exchange In Kind
    Raytheon Missile Systems has been contracted by the US Air Force (USAF) for the AGM-88B High Speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM) Replace Exchange In Kind (REIK) programme. Under the terms of a USD355.5 million contract awarded on 23 May, the compan…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • SOFIC 2019: L3 Technologies unveils the Fused GPNVG
    L3 Technologies launched a new variant of its Ground Panoramic Night Vision Goggles (GPNVGs) at the 2019 SOFIC, which was held in Florida from 20 to 23 May. The Fused GPNVG (F-Pano) solution, which also features four image intensification (I2) tubes…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • US Senate defence policy bill bans F-35 transfers to Turkey
    Key Points The SASC FY 2020 defence bill bans F-35 transfers to Turkey if the nation moves forward with acquiring the Russian S-400 system This is the first step in a process that, if approved by the president, could formally ban sending F-35s to T…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Autocomplete: US Army pursues the ultimate manned-unmanned teaming
    Key Points The US Army is researching technologies to anticipate individuals’ behaviour as part of an effort to boost manned-unmanned teaming Recent work focused on the ways in which different brains process information, with the goal of developi…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • SOUTHCOM commander stresses need for more naval, aerial assets
    US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) needs additional platforms to properly carry out its multiple missions, according to Admiral Craig Faller, the new SOUTHCOM commander. “We need more ships [and] we need more intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaiss…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • US to send ‘less’ than 1,000 additional troops to USCENTCOM
    The Trump administration is moving out with plans to send fewer than 1,000 additional troops, as well as additional military assets, into the US Central Command (USCENTCOM) region to curtail what it deems a threat from Iran, according to Pentagon off…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • AerialX unveils intuitive CUAS development
    AerialX is finalising the development of DroneBullet: an intuitive, high-speed multi-rotor kinetic energy interceptor solution designed to counter small multirotor and fixed-wing unmanned aerial system (UAS) threats. In development for the past 18…
    - 2 days ago 23 May 19, 11:00pm -
  • Raytheon conducts first arena test of DeepStrike warhead
    Raytheon Missile Systems has conducted a successful arena test of the intended advanced warhead for its DeepStrike surface-to-surface missile (SSM). DeepStrike is the Raytheon solution for the US Army’s Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) requirement…
    - 2 days ago 23 May 19, 1:00am -
  • US Navy establishes new command for USVs, Zumwalt destroyer development
    The US Navy officially established the Surface Development Squadron ONE (SURFDEVRON ONE) on 22 May to integrate unmanned surface vessels (USV) and support fleet experimentation, especially for the guided-missile destroyer (DDG 1000) Zuwmalt-class fle…
    - 2 days ago 23 May 19, 1:00am -
  • RAF trials BriteCloud decoy from Typhoon
    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has disclosed the first trials of the BriteCloud expendable active decoy (EAD) from a Royal Air Force (RAF) Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 multirole fighter. The MoD announced on 23 May that the first such trials took pla…
    - 2 days ago 23 May 19, 1:00am -
  • Turkey looks set to defy US and proceed with Russian S-400 acquisition
    Key Points There are increased signs that Turkey will not scrap its Russian S-400 deal despite the US threat of sanctions If Ankara continues with the deal the F-35s it had on order could be stopped and the country could also be subject to Counte…
    - 2 days ago 23 May 19, 1:00am -
  • HII cuts first steel for Columbia submarine
    Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) made the first steel cut on 23 May to officially begin advance construction for USS Columbia , the first-of-class ballistic-missile submarine (SSBN) slated to replace the ageing Ohio-class ships performing nuclear…
    - 2 days ago 23 May 19, 1:00am -
  • Milestones: India’s Integrated Air Command and Control System (IACCS)
    Latest developments India’s Integrated Air Command and Control System (IACCS) is an automated air-defence command-and-control (C2) centre designed for controlling and monitoring Indian Air Force (IAF) operations throughout the country. To achieve…
    - 3 days ago 23 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Technical issues push back delivery of first Yasen-M nuclear submarine
    Technical problems emerging from recent trials appear set to delay the entry into service of Kazan , the first Project 885M Yasen-M class nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN), until late 2020 at the earliest, the head of United Shipbuilding Corpora…
    - 3 days ago 23 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Mauritania receives CN-235 transport aircraft from UAE
    The Mauritanian military announced on 13 May that it had received a transport aircraft from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The aircraft could be identified as one of the CASA/IPTN CN-235M-110 transport aircraft that the UAE acquired from Indonesia…
    - 3 days ago 23 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Indian Air Force test fires BrahMos-A from Su-30MKI
    The Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully test fired the BrahMos-A (Air) supersonic cruise missile from a Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighter on 22 May against a land target off the country’s east coast in the Bay of Bengal. The 2.5-tonne, two-stage,…
    - 3 days ago 23 May 19, 12:00am -
  • RAF’s C-130J fleet needs more resources to operate safely, says crash report
    Additional aircrew, flying hours, and engineering support are needed to sustain the UK Royal Air Force (RAF’s) fleet of Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules transport aircraft beyond 2019, according to a safety investigation into the loss of one its air…
    - 3 days ago 23 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Hyundai launches Philippine’s first José Rizal-class frigate, lays keel for second
    Key Points South Korea has launched the first HDF-3000 frigate on order for the Philippine Navy The vessel is on track to be delivered in September 2020 South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has launched the first José Rizal-…
    - 3 days ago 22 May 19, 11:00pm -
  • KMW’s Remote Controlled Howitzer 155 moves ahead
    Germany’s Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) is continuing to invest in developing its private venture remote-controlled Artillery Gun Module (AGM) that, when integrated onto the rear of the Boxer 8×8 Multi-Role Armoured Vehicle (MRAV), is now being refe…
    - 3 days ago 22 May 19, 11:00pm -
  • RAF F-35Bs decamp to Cyprus for first overseas deployment
    Key Points Six RAF F-35Bs have flown to RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus The training mission is the type’s first overseas deployment in UK service British Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning combat aircraft flew to the Royal Air Force (RAF) base on Cyprus…
    - 3 days ago 22 May 19, 2:00am -

Intelligence Review

Platforms

  • SOFIC 2019: L3 Technologies unveils the Fused GPNVG
    L3 Technologies launched a new variant of its Ground Panoramic Night Vision Goggles (GPNVGs) at the 2019 SOFIC, which was held in Florida from 20 to 23 May. The Fused GPNVG (F-Pano) solution, which also features four image intensification (I2) tubes…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • SOUTHCOM commander stresses need for more naval, aerial assets
    US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) needs additional platforms to properly carry out its multiple missions, according to Admiral Craig Faller, the new SOUTHCOM commander. “We need more ships [and] we need more intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaiss…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • US Senate defence policy bill bans F-35 transfers to Turkey
    Key Points The SASC FY 2020 defence bill bans F-35 transfers to Turkey if the nation moves forward with acquiring the Russian S-400 system This is the first step in a process that, if approved by the president, could formally ban sending F-35s to T…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • US to send ‘less’ than 1,000 additional troops to USCENTCOM
    The Trump administration is moving out with plans to send fewer than 1,000 additional troops, as well as additional military assets, into the US Central Command (USCENTCOM) region to curtail what it deems a threat from Iran, according to Pentagon off…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Chile ready to finalise frigate acquisitions
    The Chilean Navy is set to finalise the procurement of two Adelaide-class frigates by the end of May. HMAS Melbourne and HMAS Newcastle , built in Australia in the early 1990s, would be acquired as a stop-gap measure to replace two of three Dutch- a…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • US Navy establishes new command for USVs, Zumwalt destroyer development
    The US Navy officially established the Surface Development Squadron ONE (SURFDEVRON ONE) on 22 May to integrate unmanned surface vessels (USV) and support fleet experimentation, especially for the guided-missile destroyer (DDG 1000) Zuwmalt-class fle…
    - 2 days ago 23 May 19, 1:00am -
  • HII cuts first steel for Columbia submarine
    Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) made the first steel cut on 23 May to officially begin advance construction for USS Columbia , the first-of-class ballistic-missile submarine (SSBN) slated to replace the ageing Ohio-class ships performing nuclear…
    - 2 days ago 23 May 19, 1:00am -
  • Technical issues push back delivery of first Yasen-M nuclear submarine
    Technical problems emerging from recent trials appear set to delay the entry into service of Kazan , the first Project 885M Yasen-M class nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN), until late 2020 at the earliest, the head of United Shipbuilding Corpora…
    - 3 days ago 23 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Milestones: India’s Integrated Air Command and Control System (IACCS)
    Latest developments India’s Integrated Air Command and Control System (IACCS) is an automated air-defence command-and-control (C2) centre designed for controlling and monitoring Indian Air Force (IAF) operations throughout the country. To achieve…
    - 3 days ago 23 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Mauritania receives CN-235 transport aircraft from UAE
    The Mauritanian military announced on 13 May that it had received a transport aircraft from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The aircraft could be identified as one of the CASA/IPTN CN-235M-110 transport aircraft that the UAE acquired from Indonesia…
    - 3 days ago 23 May 19, 12:00am -
  • RAF’s C-130J fleet needs more resources to operate safely, says crash report
    Additional aircrew, flying hours, and engineering support are needed to sustain the UK Royal Air Force (RAF’s) fleet of Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules transport aircraft beyond 2019, according to a safety investigation into the loss of one its air…
    - 3 days ago 23 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Hyundai launches Philippine’s first José Rizal-class frigate, lays keel for second
    Key Points South Korea has launched the first HDF-3000 frigate on order for the Philippine Navy The vessel is on track to be delivered in September 2020 South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has launched the first José Rizal-…
    - 3 days ago 22 May 19, 11:00pm -
  • KMW’s Remote Controlled Howitzer 155 moves ahead
    Germany’s Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) is continuing to invest in developing its private venture remote-controlled Artillery Gun Module (AGM) that, when integrated onto the rear of the Boxer 8×8 Multi-Role Armoured Vehicle (MRAV), is now being refe…
    - 3 days ago 22 May 19, 11:00pm -
  • RAF F-35Bs decamp to Cyprus for first overseas deployment
    Key Points Six RAF F-35Bs have flown to RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus The training mission is the type’s first overseas deployment in UK service British Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning combat aircraft flew to the Royal Air Force (RAF) base on Cyprus…
    - 3 days ago 22 May 19, 2:00am -
  • Turkey to develop air defence laser system
    Turkish companies Aselsan, Roketsan, Ermeksan, and Saver, along with the Informatics and Information Security Research Center (Bilgem) within the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (Tubitak) and Gebze Technical University, have j…
    - 3 days ago 22 May 19, 1:00am -
  • Update: Bell completes final V-280 key performance parameter test
    Key Points Bell completed its final V-280 key performance parameter testing by demonstrating low-speed agility manoeuvres This demonstrates the aircraft’s agility beyond a minimum US Army standard In early May, Bell completed its final V-280…
    - 3 days ago 22 May 19, 1:00am -
  • MILEX 2019: Belarus upgrades mid-range MRL inventory
    The Belarusian military has launched an initiative to modernise its inventory of 9P140 Uragan (Whirlwind) 220 mm medium-range multiple rocket launchers (MRLs), a source from the country’s defence industry told Jane’s at the MILEX 2019 show, which…
    - 4 days ago 22 May 19, 12:00am -
  • South Korea’s second Dokdo-class helicopter carrier begins sea trials
    Key Points South Korea has begun sea trials for its second Dokdo-class helicopter carrier The amphibious vessel is on track to be delivered by end-2020 The Republic of Korea Navy’s (RoKN’s) second Dokdo-class helicopter carrier, which will…
    - 4 days ago 21 May 19, 11:00pm -
  • Greek P-3B re-enters service
    The Hellenic Navy (HN) received its first refurbished Lockheed P-3B Orion maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) from Hellenic Aerospace Industry (HAI) in Tanagra on 17 May, effectively regenerating the HN’s airborne maritime patrol capability after a deca…
    - 4 days ago 21 May 19, 2:00am -
  • France’s ALSR programme moves forward at last
    Delivery of France’s first Lightweight Surveillance and Reconnaissance Aircraft (Avion léger de surveillance et de reconnaissance – ALSR), a Beechcraft King Air 350 modified into a surveillance platform similar to the British Shadow R1, is now e…
    - 4 days ago 21 May 19, 2:00am -
  • Update: Sikorsky HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter makes first flight
    Key Points Sikorsky’s HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter achieved first flight This enables the company to start flight tests towards a critical Milestone C decision The Sikorsky HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH), which the company is develo…
    - 4 days ago 21 May 19, 1:00am -
  • Indian Navy demonstrates co-operative engagement firing capability
    The Indian Navy (IN) has carried out its first successful “co-operative engagement firing” trials using the Medium-range Surface-to Air-Missile (MRSAM) version of the Barak-8 missile system. IN Kolkata-class guided-missile destroyers INS Kochi…
    - 4 days ago 21 May 19, 1:00am -
  • RNZN’s future hydrography ship arrives in New Zealand
    The Royal New Zealand Navy’s (RNZN’s) future hydrographic and diving support vessel has arrived in New Zealand following a 46 day-long journey from Denmark. The service announced in mid-May that the 84.7 m-long vessel, which will be known as HM…
    - 5 days ago 21 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Greece receives 70 OH-58Ds and a Chinook from United States
    Greece received 70 Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior armed reconnaissance helicopters and a Boeing CH-47D Chinook heavy-lift helicopter at the port of Volos on 16 May. The US-sourced rotorcraft package is intended to significantly boost the capabilities of t…
    - 5 days ago 21 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Delivery of Russia’s newest SSN delayed
    Technical problems have delayed the entry into service of the Russian Navy’s newest nuclear-powered attack/cruise missile submarine (SSN/SSGN) until late in 2020 at the earliest, according to Russian state news agency TASS on 17 May. TASS reporte…
    - 5 days ago 20 May 19, 2:00am -

Air Platforms

  • US to send ‘less’ than 1,000 additional troops to USCENTCOM
    The Trump administration is moving out with plans to send fewer than 1,000 additional troops, as well as additional military assets, into the US Central Command (USCENTCOM) region to curtail what it deems a threat from Iran, according to Pentagon off…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Chile ready to finalise frigate acquisitions
    The Chilean Navy is set to finalise the procurement of two Adelaide-class frigates by the end of May. HMAS Melbourne and HMAS Newcastle , built in Australia in the early 1990s, would be acquired as a stop-gap measure to replace two of three Dutch- a…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Milestones: India’s Integrated Air Command and Control System (IACCS)
    Latest developments India’s Integrated Air Command and Control System (IACCS) is an automated air-defence command-and-control (C2) centre designed for controlling and monitoring Indian Air Force (IAF) operations throughout the country. To achieve…
    - 3 days ago 23 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Mauritania receives CN-235 transport aircraft from UAE
    The Mauritanian military announced on 13 May that it had received a transport aircraft from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The aircraft could be identified as one of the CASA/IPTN CN-235M-110 transport aircraft that the UAE acquired from Indonesia…
    - 3 days ago 23 May 19, 12:00am -
  • RAF’s C-130J fleet needs more resources to operate safely, says crash report
    Additional aircrew, flying hours, and engineering support are needed to sustain the UK Royal Air Force (RAF’s) fleet of Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules transport aircraft beyond 2019, according to a safety investigation into the loss of one its air…
    - 3 days ago 23 May 19, 12:00am -
  • RAF F-35Bs decamp to Cyprus for first overseas deployment
    Key Points Six RAF F-35Bs have flown to RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus The training mission is the type’s first overseas deployment in UK service British Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning combat aircraft flew to the Royal Air Force (RAF) base on Cyprus…
    - 3 days ago 22 May 19, 2:00am -
  • Update: Bell completes final V-280 key performance parameter test
    Key Points Bell completed its final V-280 key performance parameter testing by demonstrating low-speed agility manoeuvres This demonstrates the aircraft’s agility beyond a minimum US Army standard In early May, Bell completed its final V-280…
    - 3 days ago 22 May 19, 1:00am -
  • France’s ALSR programme moves forward at last
    Delivery of France’s first Lightweight Surveillance and Reconnaissance Aircraft (Avion léger de surveillance et de reconnaissance – ALSR), a Beechcraft King Air 350 modified into a surveillance platform similar to the British Shadow R1, is now e…
    - 4 days ago 21 May 19, 2:00am -
  • Greek P-3B re-enters service
    The Hellenic Navy (HN) received its first refurbished Lockheed P-3B Orion maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) from Hellenic Aerospace Industry (HAI) in Tanagra on 17 May, effectively regenerating the HN’s airborne maritime patrol capability after a deca…
    - 4 days ago 21 May 19, 2:00am -
  • Update: Sikorsky HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter makes first flight
    Key Points Sikorsky’s HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter achieved first flight This enables the company to start flight tests towards a critical Milestone C decision The Sikorsky HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH), which the company is develo…
    - 4 days ago 21 May 19, 1:00am -
  • Greece receives 70 OH-58Ds and a Chinook from United States
    Greece received 70 Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior armed reconnaissance helicopters and a Boeing CH-47D Chinook heavy-lift helicopter at the port of Volos on 16 May. The US-sourced rotorcraft package is intended to significantly boost the capabilities of t…
    - 5 days ago 21 May 19, 12:00am -
  • India delivers first two Mi-24 attack helicopters to Afghanistan
    India has delivered the first two of four refurbished Russian-built Mil Mi-24 ‘Hind’ attack helicopters it had promised the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) in early 2018 to boost their counter-insurgency capabilities. Purcha…
    - 5 days ago 20 May 19, 1:00am -
  • Angola receives all 12 Sukhoi fighters
    The delivery of all 12 Sukhoi Su-30K fighters ordered by Angola has been completed, the Tass news agency reported on 16 May. It cited an official from Belarus’ 558th Aviation Repair Plant, which modernised the aircraft, as saying the last two air…
    - 6 days ago 20 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Cameroonian Z9 helicopter crashes
    A Cameroonian Air Force (CAF) HAIG Z9WE attack helicopter crashed on 13 May, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed. The helicopter, which belonged to the 51st Air Squadron, took off from Air Base 501 at Bamenda to transport three government offic…
    - 9 days ago 17 May 19, 12:00am -
  • NORAD F-16A crashes in California
    A North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Lockheed Martin F-16A Flying Falcon crashed in southern California on 16 May. The aircraft was from the Air National Guard (ANG) and was assigned to the 114th Fighter Wing based in Sioux Falls, Sou…
    - 9 days ago 17 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Russia to acquire more Su-57s and Mi-28NMs
    The Russian Air Force is to acquire 76 Su-57 fifth generation multi-role aircraft and 100 modernised Mi-28N helicopters, designated Mi-28NM, by 2028, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during a meeting on defence-related issues held in Sochi on 15…
    - 9 days ago 17 May 19, 12:00am -
  • US Air Force confirms plan to buy six light attack aircraft
    Key Points The US Air Force has settled on purchasing six light attack aircraft for further experimentation It will also perform additional international market research for turbojet and turbofan aircraft, among others The US Air Force (USAF) h…
    - 9 days ago 16 May 19, 11:00pm -
  • US Navy secretary says USN will soon be using unmanned systems for logistics
    Unmanned aerial systems will soon be delivering parts and logistical supplies for US Navy (USN) and US Marine Corps (USMC) operations, USN Secretary Richard Spencer said. “I saw some of the exercises they [USMC operators] are doing in unmanned ae…
    - 9 days ago 16 May 19, 11:00pm -
  • Boeing to offer AH-6i for Australian SOF role
    Boeing has confirmed it is to bid its AH-6i Little Bird light-attack and observation helicopter for Australia’s special forces requirement. Speaking at Boeing’s rotorcraft production facility in Philadelphia, David Koopersmith, vice-president a…
    - 9 days ago 16 May 19, 1:00am -
  • IMDEX 2019: Harris debuts UAV-borne sonobuoy dispenser concept
    Harris Corporation has taken the opportunity to showcase its pylon-mounted sonobuoy dispenser concept at the International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference (IMDEX) 2019 being held in Singapore from 14 to 16 May, for the first time in public.…
    - 10 days ago 16 May 19, 12:00am -
  • USN seeks path for unmanned systems operational concepts
    While the US Navy (USN) is investing more heavily in unmanned systems the service is seeking to develop operational concepts for how those systems can be integrated into service operations and be counted as USN assets, said Vice Admiral William Merz,…
    - 10 days ago 15 May 19, 11:00pm -
  • Boeing touts light attack, Aggressor potential for T-X trainer
    Boeing sees significant potential in securing light attack and Aggressor sales for the T-X trainer aircraft it has developed with Saab, having factored the required growth capacity into the basic design of the aircraft. Speaking at the company’s…
    - 10 days ago 15 May 19, 1:00am -
  • Pakistan Air Force prepares for arrival of final Block II JF-17 and JF-17B fighter aircraft
    The final three Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) JF-17 Thunder Block II multirole combat aircraft are set to be delivered to the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) by late June, the service has told Jane’s . The aircraft are part of an order placed by t…
    - 11 days ago 15 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Boeing offers to fast-track F-15EX deliveries to USAF
    Boeing is offering to expedite deliveries of F-15EX Advanced Eagle combat aircraft to the US Air Force (USAF) by two years, should the service request it. Speaking at the company’s St Louis facility in Missouri, Prat Kumar, Boeing’s vice-presid…
    - 11 days ago 14 May 19, 11:00pm -
  • Belarus receives four more Yak-130 aircraft
    The Belarusian Air Force and Air Defence Forces (BAFADF) received their third consignment of four Russian-made Yakovlev Yak-130 operational trainers, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced. “Under an agreement between the Belarusian MoD and…
    - 12 days ago 14 May 19, 12:00am -

Land Platforms

  • SOFIC 2019: L3 Technologies unveils the Fused GPNVG
    L3 Technologies launched a new variant of its Ground Panoramic Night Vision Goggles (GPNVGs) at the 2019 SOFIC, which was held in Florida from 20 to 23 May. The Fused GPNVG (F-Pano) solution, which also features four image intensification (I2) tubes…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • KMW’s Remote Controlled Howitzer 155 moves ahead
    Germany’s Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) is continuing to invest in developing its private venture remote-controlled Artillery Gun Module (AGM) that, when integrated onto the rear of the Boxer 8×8 Multi-Role Armoured Vehicle (MRAV), is now being refe…
    - 3 days ago 22 May 19, 11:00pm -
  • Turkey to develop air defence laser system
    Turkish companies Aselsan, Roketsan, Ermeksan, and Saver, along with the Informatics and Information Security Research Center (Bilgem) within the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (Tubitak) and Gebze Technical University, have j…
    - 3 days ago 22 May 19, 1:00am -
  • MILEX 2019: Belarus upgrades mid-range MRL inventory
    The Belarusian military has launched an initiative to modernise its inventory of 9P140 Uragan (Whirlwind) 220 mm medium-range multiple rocket launchers (MRLs), a source from the country’s defence industry told Jane’s at the MILEX 2019 show, which…
    - 4 days ago 22 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Hungary to receive Edjer Yalçin and NMS vehicles under Zrínyi 2026 programme
    The Edjer Yalçin and NMS (Yörük) protected mobility vehicles were displayed among Leopard 2A7 main battle tanks and other equipment due to enter service with Hungary at the Hungarian National Defence Day events held at Budaörs Airport on 18 May.…
    - 5 days ago 20 May 19, 2:00am -
  • Turkey’s Tubitak Bilgem invests in continuous wave laser technology
    Turkey’s Tubitak Bilgem has developed and tested two laser systems that could potentially be deployed by the Turkish Land Forces Command (TLFC). Both systems use a continuous wave laser and operate in the 1,070 nm (±10 nm) wavelength. A spokespe…
    - 6 days ago 20 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Pratt & Miller’s EMAV put through its paces at US Army RCV rodeo
    Two examples of the Expeditionary Modular Autonomous Vehicle (EMAV) from Pratt & Miller have been assessed at the US Army’s Next Generation Combat Vehicle (NGCV) Robotic Combat Vehicle (RCV) Phase II Demonstration and Assessment Event, held at the…
    - 8 days ago 17 May 19, 2:00am -
  • Tokyo resumes plans to replace JGSDF’s Type 96 armoured vehicles
    The Japan Ministry of Defense’s (MoD’s) Acquisition, Technology, & Logistics Agency (ATLA) has resumed plans to acquire a new wheeled armoured vehicle to replace the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s (JGSDF’s) ageing fleet of Komatsu Type 96…
    - 10 days ago 16 May 19, 12:00am -
  • IDEF 2019: Turkish Army rolls out new Firtina howitzer
    The Turkish Land Forces Command (TLFC) has for several years developed the Firtina 155 mm/52 calibre self-propelled howitzer (SPH), which is a further development of the South Korean K9 Thunder SPH. Design changes to meet the TLFC’s future requir…
    - 13 days ago 13 May 19, 12:00am -
  • IDEF 2019: Koluman rolls out LSA4 4×4 LSV
    Turkey’s Koluman Otomotiv Endustri AS revealed a LSA4 4×4 light strike vehicle (LSV) that is being marketed in several different configurations. The first model has a crew of four and is fitted with an open roof with roll-over bar protection, and…
    - 13 days ago 13 May 19, 12:00am -
  • First batch of assault vehicles for Philippine Marine Corps arrives home
    The first batch of four Korean amphibious assault vehicles (KAAVs) procured for the Philippine Marine Corps has arrived in-country, a source from within the Philippine Navy confirmed with Jane’s on 10 May. The vehicles arrived just days after the…
    - 16 days ago 10 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Rheinmetall revisits RH503 50 mm cannon as potential option for US OMFV
    Rheinmetall is revisiting the RH503 50 mm cannon that it developed in the 1980s so that its KF41 Lynx can carry a 50 mm weapon as part of its bid for the US Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) programme. Philipp Tomio, Rheinmetall’s vice…
    - 16 days ago 10 May 19, 12:00am -
  • IDEF 2019: Otokar’s electrically powered Akrep IIe charges up
    Otokar revealed an electrically powered Akrep IIe weapons carrier technology demonstrator at the 2019 IDEF exhibition held in Istanbul from 30 April to 3 May. In a statement, general manager Serdar Görgüç said that “the Akrep II is a successor…
    - 16 days ago 9 May 19, 2:00am -
  • China claims development of UAV-launching armoured vehicle
    China claims to have developed a “highly mobile” armoured vehicle capable of launching up to 12 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and loitering munitions, according to an 8 May report published by the state-owned Global Times newspaper. Developed…
    - 16 days ago 9 May 19, 1:00am -
  • Images emerge of DT-30PM based Magnolia artillery system
    Images emerged on the internet on 7 May of what appears to be Russia’s developmental Magnolia self-propelled howitzer based on the DT-30PM articulated tracked vehicle. The images show a DT-30PM, a large tracked articulated vehicle designed for us…
    - 17 days ago 9 May 19, 12:00am -
  • IDEF 2019: FNSS showcases Pars 8×8 engineering vehicle
    FNSS revealed its combat engineering variant of the Pars III 8×8 armoured vehicle, which was developed specifically to meet the requirements of Oman, at the 2019 IDEF exhibition. The vehicle is undergoing qualification tests for Oman and is expect…
    - 17 days ago 8 May 19, 11:00pm -
  • Dutch Korps Mariniers receive final Anaconda light vehicles
    Dutch armed forces received the final 11 of 46 Anaconda light tactical vehicles on 7 April. The first 35 were delivered to troops in the Dutch Antilles on 31 January, about six months after the contract was signed. The formal light tactical vehicle…
    - 17 days ago 8 May 19, 2:00am -
  • Uzbekistan parades recently acquired Taifun-K MRAPs
    The Uzbek armed forces displayed their new Russian-made Taifun-K K-53949 4×4 mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles at a military parade held on 5 May at the Chirchik range in Uzbekistan’s northeastern Tashkent Region. Four of these MR…
    - 17 days ago 8 May 19, 1:00am -
  • Pratt & Miller Engineering debuts Light Flexible Robotic Platform
    Pratt & Miller Engineering (PME) has developed a family of three unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) comprising the Light, Heavy, and Extreme Flexible Robotic Platforms. The company displayed the Light Flexible Robotic Platform for the first time in pu…
    - 20 days ago 6 May 19, 12:00am -
  • IDEF 2019: FNSS reveals completed Marine Assault Vehicle
    FNSS has revealed the first complete prototype of its marine assault vehicle (MAV), or ZAHA (Zirhli Amfibi Hücum Araçlari), at the International Defence Industry Fair 2019 (IDEF 2019) exhibition held in Istanbul from 30 April to 3 May. The MAV is…
    - 22 days ago 3 May 19, 1:00am -
  • IDEF 2019: Nero Industries to supply active protection systems to Ukraine
    Nero Industries has signed a contract to supply the Ukrainian government with 90 of its Umay soft-kill active protection systems, the Turkish company announced during the 14th IDEF exhibition held in Istanbul between 30 April and 3 May. The Umay sy…
    - 22 days ago 3 May 19, 1:00am -
  • IDEF 2019: Zaha Marine Assault Vehicle makes debut
    Key Points The Zaha Marine Assault Vehicle (MAV) was unveiled at this year's IDEF exhibition Zaha MAVs will be deployed from the future Turkish LPD Anadolu Unveiled at the International Defence Industry Fair 2019 (IDEF 2019) was the first examp…
    - 23 days ago 2 May 19, 3:00am -
  • IDEF 2019: Best Group reveals latest Koralp remote weapon station
    Turkey’s Best Group is evolving its Koralp remote weapon station (RWS), now in service with the Turkish National Police. The RWS can be fitted as a traditional roof-mounted system or on a mount that can be lowered into the platform so the platfor…
    - 23 days ago 2 May 19, 2:00am -
  • IDEF 2019: FNSS to supply Turkish Army with its first wheeled AFVs
    Key Points FNSS is to supply the Turkish Army with 95 Pars III AFVs The vehicles will be the first wheeled AFVs procured by the service FNSS has signed a contract with the Turkish Presidency of the Defence Industries (SSB) for Pars III series v…
    - 23 days ago 2 May 19, 2:00am -
  • IDEF 2019: Nurol Makina showcases new developments
    Nurol Makina has presented the first production standard NMS vehicle and announced two new designs based on existing ones at the 14th International Defence Industry Fair (IDEF 2019) being held in Istanbul between 30 April and 3 May. The company ann…
    - 23 days ago 2 May 19, 2:00am -

Sea Platforms

  • Chile ready to finalise frigate acquisitions
    The Chilean Navy is set to finalise the procurement of two Adelaide-class frigates by the end of May. HMAS Melbourne and HMAS Newcastle , built in Australia in the early 1990s, would be acquired as a stop-gap measure to replace two of three Dutch- a…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • SOUTHCOM commander stresses need for more naval, aerial assets
    US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) needs additional platforms to properly carry out its multiple missions, according to Admiral Craig Faller, the new SOUTHCOM commander. “We need more ships [and] we need more intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaiss…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • US Senate defence policy bill bans F-35 transfers to Turkey
    Key Points The SASC FY 2020 defence bill bans F-35 transfers to Turkey if the nation moves forward with acquiring the Russian S-400 system This is the first step in a process that, if approved by the president, could formally ban sending F-35s to T…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • HII cuts first steel for Columbia submarine
    Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) made the first steel cut on 23 May to officially begin advance construction for USS Columbia , the first-of-class ballistic-missile submarine (SSBN) slated to replace the ageing Ohio-class ships performing nuclear…
    - 2 days ago 23 May 19, 1:00am -
  • US Navy establishes new command for USVs, Zumwalt destroyer development
    The US Navy officially established the Surface Development Squadron ONE (SURFDEVRON ONE) on 22 May to integrate unmanned surface vessels (USV) and support fleet experimentation, especially for the guided-missile destroyer (DDG 1000) Zuwmalt-class fle…
    - 2 days ago 23 May 19, 1:00am -
  • Technical issues push back delivery of first Yasen-M nuclear submarine
    Technical problems emerging from recent trials appear set to delay the entry into service of Kazan , the first Project 885M Yasen-M class nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN), until late 2020 at the earliest, the head of United Shipbuilding Corpora…
    - 3 days ago 23 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Hyundai launches Philippine’s first José Rizal-class frigate, lays keel for second
    Key Points South Korea has launched the first HDF-3000 frigate on order for the Philippine Navy The vessel is on track to be delivered in September 2020 South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has launched the first José Rizal-…
    - 3 days ago 22 May 19, 11:00pm -
  • South Korea’s second Dokdo-class helicopter carrier begins sea trials
    Key Points South Korea has begun sea trials for its second Dokdo-class helicopter carrier The amphibious vessel is on track to be delivered by end-2020 The Republic of Korea Navy’s (RoKN’s) second Dokdo-class helicopter carrier, which will…
    - 4 days ago 21 May 19, 11:00pm -
  • Indian Navy demonstrates co-operative engagement firing capability
    The Indian Navy (IN) has carried out its first successful “co-operative engagement firing” trials using the Medium-range Surface-to Air-Missile (MRSAM) version of the Barak-8 missile system. IN Kolkata-class guided-missile destroyers INS Kochi…
    - 4 days ago 21 May 19, 1:00am -
  • RNZN’s future hydrography ship arrives in New Zealand
    The Royal New Zealand Navy’s (RNZN’s) future hydrographic and diving support vessel has arrived in New Zealand following a 46 day-long journey from Denmark. The service announced in mid-May that the 84.7 m-long vessel, which will be known as HM…
    - 5 days ago 21 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Delivery of Russia’s newest SSN delayed
    Technical problems have delayed the entry into service of the Russian Navy’s newest nuclear-powered attack/cruise missile submarine (SSN/SSGN) until late in 2020 at the earliest, according to Russian state news agency TASS on 17 May. TASS reporte…
    - 5 days ago 20 May 19, 2:00am -
  • Damen launches first of two corvettes for Pakistan Navy
    The first of two corvettes on order for the Pakistan Navy (PN) has been launched at the facilities of Dutch shipbuilder Damen in Galati, Romania. The service announced on its Facebook page that the 2,300-ton vessel, which had been previously descri…
    - 6 days ago 20 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Norway set to write off salvaged frigate
    Norway is set to write-off the damaged Fridtjof Nansen-class frigate KNM Helge Ingstad after a report found that repairing the salvaged ship would cost more than buying a new-build replacement. Released on 15 May, the analysis prepared by the Norwe…
    - 6 days ago 20 May 19, 12:00am -
  • US, Croatia trial USV-UUV teaming capabilities
    A combined US-Croatia research and development (R&D) programme is assessing the use of unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) to monitor and potentially alter navigational positioning of unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs). The concept is based on using US…
    - 6 days ago 19 May 19, 11:00pm -
  • IMDEX 2019: Singapore navy confirms 16 m-class USVs aboard future unmanned vehicle ‘mothership’
    The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) will field 16 m-class unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) on its future Multi-role Combat Vessels (MRCVs), a senior RSN official confirmed during a media briefing on the sidelines of the IMDEX 2019 exhibition held in…
    - 8 days ago 17 May 19, 2:00am -
  • UDT 2019: BAE Systems posits new approach to unmanned underwater systems on submarines
    BAE Systems presented a paper at the 2019 Undersea Defence Technology (UDT) exhibition, which was held in Stockholm from 13 to 15 May, that hopes to provoke thought before decisions on next-generation weapons handling and stowage systems and layouts…
    - 8 days ago 17 May 19, 2:00am -
  • IMDEX 2019: Indonesia to reinstate missile capabilities on KCR-60M fast attack craft
    Key Points Indonesia plans to reinstate missile capabilities on two of its KCR-60M vessels in the long term First- and second-of-class were earlier stripped of their missile launchers after receiving Chinese-made CIWS turrets Slightly more than…
    - 9 days ago 17 May 19, 12:00am -
  • IMDEX 2019: Zycraft expands Vigilant IUSV capabilities
    Zycraft, a Singapore-based technology company specialising in the design and manufacture of unmanned surface vessels (USVs) for commercial and government applications, is continuing to push development of its Vigilant Independent Unmanned Surface Ves…
    - 9 days ago 17 May 19, 12:00am -
  • PLAN decommissions four Type 051 destroyers
    China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) decommissioned four Type 051 (Luda)-class destroyers in a ceremony held at the North Sea Fleet base in Lushun, formerly known as Port Arthur, on 16 May. Named Kaifeng (with pennant number 109), Dalia…
    - 9 days ago 17 May 19, 12:00am -
  • IMDEX 2019: ST Engineering introduces Super Swift series of air-cavitating boats
    The marine division of ST Engineering unveiled a new series of high-speed patrol boats for maritime interdiction, and law enforcement operations at the IMDEX 2019 exhibition. The line-up is known as the Super Swift series and each vessel in the fam…
    - 9 days ago 16 May 19, 11:00pm -
  • IMDEX 2019: ST Engineering unveils Vanguard 130 multi-role combatant concept
    Key Points ST Engineering has unveiled a new variant in its Vanguard series of modular naval ships The concept has been optimised for unmanned vehicle operations The marine division of ST Engineering has unveiled the latest iteration of its Van…
    - 9 days ago 16 May 19, 11:00pm -
  • US Navy secretary says USN will soon be using unmanned systems for logistics
    Unmanned aerial systems will soon be delivering parts and logistical supplies for US Navy (USN) and US Marine Corps (USMC) operations, USN Secretary Richard Spencer said. “I saw some of the exercises they [USMC operators] are doing in unmanned ae…
    - 9 days ago 16 May 19, 11:00pm -
  • IMDEX 2019: Yunzhou Tech unveils L80 USV development
    China’s Yunzhou Intelligence Technology (Yunzhou Tech), a Zhuhai-based company specialising in the design and manufacture of unmanned surface vehicles (USVs), has debuted a new armed USV development at the IMDEX 2019 maritime and defence exhibition…
    - 9 days ago 16 May 19, 1:00am -
  • IMDEX 2019: Harris debuts UAV-borne sonobuoy dispenser concept
    Harris Corporation has taken the opportunity to showcase its pylon-mounted sonobuoy dispenser concept at the International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference (IMDEX) 2019 being held in Singapore from 14 to 16 May, for the first time in public.…
    - 10 days ago 16 May 19, 12:00am -
  • UDT 2019: DRASS Defence presents compact affordable submarine options
    Italy’s DRASS Defence has entered the submarine market and aims to deliver compact and affordable solutions for smaller navies in particular. DRASS, with a long history of building diving systems, presented its range of small submarines, comprisi…
    - 10 days ago 16 May 19, 12:00am -

Unmanned Platforms

  • US to send ‘less’ than 1,000 additional troops to USCENTCOM
    The Trump administration is moving out with plans to send fewer than 1,000 additional troops, as well as additional military assets, into the US Central Command (USCENTCOM) region to curtail what it deems a threat from Iran, according to Pentagon off…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • US Navy establishes new command for USVs, Zumwalt destroyer development
    The US Navy officially established the Surface Development Squadron ONE (SURFDEVRON ONE) on 22 May to integrate unmanned surface vessels (USV) and support fleet experimentation, especially for the guided-missile destroyer (DDG 1000) Zuwmalt-class fle…
    - 2 days ago 23 May 19, 1:00am -
  • Milestones: India’s Integrated Air Command and Control System (IACCS)
    Latest developments India’s Integrated Air Command and Control System (IACCS) is an automated air-defence command-and-control (C2) centre designed for controlling and monitoring Indian Air Force (IAF) operations throughout the country. To achieve…
    - 3 days ago 23 May 19, 12:00am -
  • US, Croatia trial USV-UUV teaming capabilities
    A combined US-Croatia research and development (R&D) programme is assessing the use of unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) to monitor and potentially alter navigational positioning of unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs). The concept is based on using US…
    - 6 days ago 19 May 19, 11:00pm -
  • IMDEX 2019: Singapore navy confirms 16 m-class USVs aboard future unmanned vehicle ‘mothership’
    The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) will field 16 m-class unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) on its future Multi-role Combat Vessels (MRCVs), a senior RSN official confirmed during a media briefing on the sidelines of the IMDEX 2019 exhibition held in…
    - 8 days ago 17 May 19, 2:00am -

Weapons

  • Palestinian security forces receive more Al-Jawad vehicles
    The Palestinian Authority᾿s (PA᾿s) National Security Forces (NSF) have received a second batch of five Al-Jawad armoured vehicles, Palestinian security sources told Jane’s on 22 May. Based on the Ford F-550 chassis, the Al-Jawad is made by Jor…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Raytheon receives contract for HARM Replace Exchange In Kind
    Raytheon Missile Systems has been contracted by the US Air Force (USAF) for the AGM-88B High Speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM) Replace Exchange In Kind (REIK) programme. Under the terms of a USD355.5 million contract awarded on 23 May, the compan…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • SOFIC 2019: L3 Technologies unveils the Fused GPNVG
    L3 Technologies launched a new variant of its Ground Panoramic Night Vision Goggles (GPNVGs) at the 2019 SOFIC, which was held in Florida from 20 to 23 May. The Fused GPNVG (F-Pano) solution, which also features four image intensification (I2) tubes…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Chile ready to finalise frigate acquisitions
    The Chilean Navy is set to finalise the procurement of two Adelaide-class frigates by the end of May. HMAS Melbourne and HMAS Newcastle , built in Australia in the early 1990s, would be acquired as a stop-gap measure to replace two of three Dutch- a…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • AerialX unveils intuitive CUAS development
    AerialX is finalising the development of DroneBullet: an intuitive, high-speed multi-rotor kinetic energy interceptor solution designed to counter small multirotor and fixed-wing unmanned aerial system (UAS) threats. In development for the past 18…
    - 2 days ago 23 May 19, 11:00pm -
  • Turkey looks set to defy US and proceed with Russian S-400 acquisition
    Key Points There are increased signs that Turkey will not scrap its Russian S-400 deal despite the US threat of sanctions If Ankara continues with the deal the F-35s it had on order could be stopped and the country could also be subject to Counte…
    - 2 days ago 23 May 19, 1:00am -
  • Raytheon conducts first arena test of DeepStrike warhead
    Raytheon Missile Systems has conducted a successful arena test of the intended advanced warhead for its DeepStrike surface-to-surface missile (SSM). DeepStrike is the Raytheon solution for the US Army’s Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) requirement…
    - 2 days ago 23 May 19, 1:00am -
  • Indian Air Force test fires BrahMos-A from Su-30MKI
    The Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully test fired the BrahMos-A (Air) supersonic cruise missile from a Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighter on 22 May against a land target off the country’s east coast in the Bay of Bengal. The 2.5-tonne, two-stage,…
    - 3 days ago 23 May 19, 12:00am -
  • US approves Mk 54 torpedo sale for Canada
    Canada is set to recapitalise its lightweight torpedo inventory through a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) deal with the US government. The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) advised on 17 May that the State Department had approved an FMS ca…
    - 3 days ago 22 May 19, 2:00am -
  • Sea Viper achieves first kill against Firejet target
    The UK Royal Navy (RN) has successfully completed a first test of its GWS 45 Sea Viper anti-air guided missile system against an MQM-178 Firejet target. Undertaken on 19 May at the conclusion of NATO Exercise ‘Formidable Shield 2019’, the firin…
    - 4 days ago 22 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Roketsan unveils urban combat support weapon developments
    Roketsan of Turkey has disclosed company-funded development of two new lightweight guided support weapon systems for combat operations in an urban environment: CIDA and Yatagan. The company classifies the CIDA Weapon System as a cost-effective, low…
    - 4 days ago 22 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Turkey’s STM delivering Kargu loitering munitions to TSK
    Turkish state-owned defence technology, engineering, and trade company STM has delivered close to 150 Kargu rotary-wing loitering munitions to the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) so far and has also operated more than 20 Kargus together in a swarm, accord…
    - 4 days ago 21 May 19, 2:00am -
  • Indian Army looking to procure LMGs
    A team of Indian Army (IA) officers is evaluating 7.62 mm (7.62×51) light machine guns (LMGs) manufactured by vendors in Bulgaria, Israel, and South Korea to meet the force’s immediate requirement for 16,400 LMGs. Official sources told Jane’s…
    - 5 days ago 21 May 19, 12:00am -
  • US Department of State approves possible sale of 160 additional AIM-120C-7 AMRAAMs to Japan
    The US Department of State has approved a possible USD317 million Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Japan of a further batch of Raytheon AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs) along with related equipment and services, the US Def…
    - 6 days ago 20 May 19, 12:00am -
  • US Department of State approves possible sale of additional SM-2MR Block IIIB missiles to South Korea
    The US Department of State has approved a possible USD313.9 million Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to South Korea of a further batch of Raytheon Standard Missile-2 Medium Range (SM-2MR) Block IIIB (RIM-66M-5) surface-to-air missiles along with related e…
    - 6 days ago 20 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Mecar’s M929 APFSDS-T ammunition undergoes trials in Slovakia
    Belgium’s Mecar and Slovakia’s ZTS-Special conducted validation trials in late April in Slovakia with new M929 armor piercing fin-stabilised discarding sabot-tracer (APFSDS-T) ammunition developed specially for the 2A42 family of 30x165 mm calibr…
    - 8 days ago 17 May 19, 2:00am -
  • Japan awards contract extension for development of new ship-launched SAM system
    The Japan Ministry of Defense’s (MoD’s) Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) announced on 10 May that it awarded a contract extension to Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (Melco) for the development of a ship-launched surface-to-air mi…
    - 8 days ago 17 May 19, 1:00am -
  • MILEX 2019: Belarus begins to export Konkurs-RB ATGM launcher
    Belarus has begun exporting the 9P135M1(RB) anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) launcher, a source from the country’s defence industry told Jane’s at the MILEX 2019 exhibition being held in Minsk on 15–18 May. “In 2016–2017, JSC TsNIP conduct…
    - 8 days ago 17 May 19, 1:00am -
  • IMDEX 2019: Israel Shipyards integrates SPIKE ER missile system on Shaldag Mk II
    Key Points The Shaldag Mk II fast interceptor craft has been integrated with missile capabilities The vessel is now one of the most capable interceptor types within its class in terms of firepower The Shaldag Mk II fast patrol craft can now be…
    - 9 days ago 16 May 19, 11:00pm -
  • Norway seeks 12.7 mm rapid-fire heavy machine guns
    The Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) published a request for information on 13 May for a 12.7 mm rapid-fire weapon system. The agency is seeking a heavy machine gun (HMG) in 12.7×99 mm calibre using the M9 link, with a minimum rate of fire o…
    - 10 days ago 15 May 19, 2:00am -
  • US services step up loitering munition requirements
    The United States armed services are seeking options for new stand-off loitering munition capabilities. In April the US Army Contracting Command issued a request for information (RFI) for a potential Lethal Miniature Aerial Missile System (LMAMS) l…
    - 10 days ago 15 May 19, 1:00am -
  • Indian Army expresses concern over ‘faulty’ OFB-supplied ammunition
    The Indian Army (IA) has expressed concern to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) over what it described as “faulty and poor quality” assorted ammunition supplied by the state-owned Ordnance Factory Board (OFB). Official sources told Jane’s that th…
    - 10 days ago 15 May 19, 1:00am -
  • Russia begins serial production of APR-3M anti-submarine warfare missile
    The Russian State Research and Production Enterprise Region ‘GNPP Region’, part of JSC Tactical Missiles Corporation, has completed trials and will soon begin serial production of its new APR-3M air-launched anti-submarine warfare missile. “A…
    - 10 days ago 15 May 19, 1:00am -
  • First S-350 Vityaz medium-range SAMs to be deployed to Siberia
    The first S-350 Vityaz medium-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems will be deployed in central Siberia to protect strategically important facilities in the Krasnoyarsk Territory, according to local media quoting the Ministry of Defence on 13 Ma…
    - 11 days ago 15 May 19, 12:00am -
  • NAVAIR awards APKWS II ‘upgrade’ contract
    The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has awarded BAE Systems Information and Electronics Systems a USD10.9 million contract to upgrade the guidance section of the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II (APKWS II) 70 mm (2.75 inch) guided rocke…
    - 11 days ago 15 May 19, 12:00am -

Air Launched

  • Raytheon receives contract for HARM Replace Exchange In Kind
    Raytheon Missile Systems has been contracted by the US Air Force (USAF) for the AGM-88B High Speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM) Replace Exchange In Kind (REIK) programme. Under the terms of a USD355.5 million contract awarded on 23 May, the compan…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Raytheon conducts first arena test of DeepStrike warhead
    Raytheon Missile Systems has conducted a successful arena test of the intended advanced warhead for its DeepStrike surface-to-surface missile (SSM). DeepStrike is the Raytheon solution for the US Army’s Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) requirement…
    - 2 days ago 23 May 19, 1:00am -
  • Indian Air Force test fires BrahMos-A from Su-30MKI
    The Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully test fired the BrahMos-A (Air) supersonic cruise missile from a Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighter on 22 May against a land target off the country’s east coast in the Bay of Bengal. The 2.5-tonne, two-stage,…
    - 3 days ago 23 May 19, 12:00am -
  • US Department of State approves possible sale of 160 additional AIM-120C-7 AMRAAMs to Japan
    The US Department of State has approved a possible USD317 million Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Japan of a further batch of Raytheon AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs) along with related equipment and services, the US Def…
    - 6 days ago 20 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Russia begins serial production of APR-3M anti-submarine warfare missile
    The Russian State Research and Production Enterprise Region ‘GNPP Region’, part of JSC Tactical Missiles Corporation, has completed trials and will soon begin serial production of its new APR-3M air-launched anti-submarine warfare missile. “A…
    - 10 days ago 15 May 19, 1:00am -
  • NAVAIR awards APKWS II ‘upgrade’ contract
    The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has awarded BAE Systems Information and Electronics Systems a USD10.9 million contract to upgrade the guidance section of the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II (APKWS II) 70 mm (2.75 inch) guided rocke…
    - 11 days ago 15 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Russia adopts new-generation guided bomb
    The Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) began receiving deliveries of new extended-range 500 kg and 1,500 kg guided bombs from Russia’s leading developer of guided bombs and torpedoes, GNPP Region, a subsidiary of the Tactical Missiles Corporation (KTRV…
    - 17 days ago 8 May 19, 1:00am -
  • Missile shootdown marks programme milestone for AFRL’s SHiELD.
    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) disclosed on 3 May that its Self-Protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHiELD) Advanced Technology Demonstrator (ATD) programme achieved a major milestone with the shootdown of multiple missiles in flight…
    - 19 days ago 7 May 19, 12:00am -
  • DARPA preparing to test fly two hypersonic weapons
    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is eyeing flight tests later this year for two hypersonic weapons, and it is teaming up with the US Army on developing such a ground-launched capability. However, at the same time, army leaders…
    - 22 days ago 3 May 19, 1:00am -
  • Lockheed Martin ‘Sidekick’ development offers six internal AIM-120s for F-35A/C variants
    Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control has disclosed development of a new internal weapons rack to increase the AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) internal loadout on the A and C variant F-35 Lightning Joint Strike Fighter mul…
    - 23 days ago 2 May 19, 1:00am -
  • Qatar to arm F-15QAs with Harpoon Block 2 anti-shipping missile
    Qatar is to equip its recently procured Boeing F-15QA Advanced Eagle combat aircraft with the Boeing AGM-84L Harpoon Block 2 anti-shipping missile, it was disclosed on 29 April. The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Precision Strike Weapons Pro…
    - 26 days ago 30 Apr 19, 12:00am -
  • US Air Force provides X-60A hypersonic flight test details
    The US Air Force (USAF) plans to use the first two test flights of its X-60A GOLauncher1 (GO1) hypersonic flight research vehicle as capability demonstrations before using further test flights for experimentation, according to a key official. Doug…
    - 29 days ago 26 Apr 19, 2:00am -
  • MBDA discloses development of SPEAR variants
    MBDA in the UK has disclosed details on the development of two prospective air-launched missile variants evolved from its baseline SPEAR stand-off, air-to-surface developmental weapon system: SPEAR-EW (electronic warfare) and SPEAR-Glide. Still in…
    - 38 days ago 18 Apr 19, 12:00am -
  • Yemen’s rebels unveil air-bursting missile
    Ansar Allah, the Yemeni rebel group popularly known as the Houthis, unveiled a new version of its Badr series of surface-to-surface projectiles that has an airburst warhead on 16 April. “Our missile power, which you once claimed you were able to…
    - 39 days ago 17 Apr 19, 12:00am -
  • Brazilian AEQ develops 2,000 lb penetrator bomb
    The Brazilian privately owned company AEQ is in the final phase of completing the development of its BPEN 2000 air-launched ground penetration bomb for use by tactical combat aircraft. The development, which was initiated in early 2017 is scheduled…
    - 46 days ago 10 Apr 19, 12:00am -
  • US Army poised to begin JAGM full-rate production
    The US Army is to begin full-rate production (FRP) of the Lockheed Martin Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM), with a pre-solicitation issued by the service on 9 April. The notification issued by the US Army Contracting Command-Redstone (ACC-RSA) co…
    - 46 days ago 9 Apr 19, 1:00am -
  • Australia to buy weapons and decoys for F-35As and Super Hornets for use in ‘densely contested’ environments
    Australia will acquire a range of weapons and countermeasures costing AUD110 million (USD78 million) for use in “densely contested” environments by its Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters and Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet multi…
    - 48 days ago 8 Apr 19, 12:00am -
  • French Air Force, Navy conduct technical-operational evaluation firings of Meteor
    The French Air Force and French Navy (Marine Nationale: MN), supported by the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), have completed initial technical and operational evaluation firings of the MBDA Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (B…
    - 50 days ago 5 Apr 19, 2:00am -
  • LAAD 2019: Companies promote armament upgrades for regional utility helicopters
    Key Points Contractors are offering armament upgrades and kits for utility helicopters Companies see opportunities to make utility aircraft multi-mission Sikorsky and Rafael are offering armament upgrades to utility helicopters fielded by Latin…
    - 54 days ago 1 Apr 19, 10:00pm -
  • US to award AARGM integration contract for German Tornados
    Germany is moving ahead with plans to integrate the AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) onto its fleet of Panavia Tornado combat aircraft, with a software development contract disclosed by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 21 M…
    - 62 days ago 24 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • Update: BAE begins Meteor and SPEAR integration for F-35
    BAE Systems has begun integrating the next tranche of UK-specific weapons onto the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning combat aircraft. The company announced on 18 March that it had been sub-contracted by Lockheed Martin to begin integrating the MBDA Me…
    - 66 days ago 20 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • Japan to develop long-range air-to-surface cruise missiles
    Key Points Japan will extend the range of its ASM-3 air-launched anti-ship missile The weapon will be used to extend Japan’s ability to defend its remote southwestern islands Tokyo is planning to develop long-range air-to-surface cruise missi…
    - 67 days ago 20 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Belarus to adopt extended-range missile for V-300 Polonez-M MRL system
    The Belarusian armed forces are set to adopt an extended-range missile for the new V-300-M Polonez multiple rocket launch (MRL) system, a source from the Belarusian defence industry told Jane’s . “The development of a longer-range missile for t…
    - 67 days ago 19 Mar 19, 2:00am -
  • Northrop Grumman awarded AARGM-ER EMD contract
    The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has awarded Northrop Grumman a USD322.5 million contract for the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase of the Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile-Extended Range (AARGM-ER) development progr…
    - 67 days ago 19 Mar 19, 2:00am -
  • Raytheon awarded TBG concept maturation contract
    As the United States continues to ramp up its efforts to field a hypersonic weapons capability – and close the gap with its peer adversaries – the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded Raytheon a follow-on contract to m…
    - 68 days ago 18 Mar 19, 1:00am -

Infantry Weapons

  • Palestinian security forces receive more Al-Jawad vehicles
    The Palestinian Authority᾿s (PA᾿s) National Security Forces (NSF) have received a second batch of five Al-Jawad armoured vehicles, Palestinian security sources told Jane’s on 22 May. Based on the Ford F-550 chassis, the Al-Jawad is made by Jor…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • SOFIC 2019: L3 Technologies unveils the Fused GPNVG
    L3 Technologies launched a new variant of its Ground Panoramic Night Vision Goggles (GPNVGs) at the 2019 SOFIC, which was held in Florida from 20 to 23 May. The Fused GPNVG (F-Pano) solution, which also features four image intensification (I2) tubes…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Roketsan unveils urban combat support weapon developments
    Roketsan of Turkey has disclosed company-funded development of two new lightweight guided support weapon systems for combat operations in an urban environment: CIDA and Yatagan. The company classifies the CIDA Weapon System as a cost-effective, low…
    - 4 days ago 22 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Indian Army looking to procure LMGs
    A team of Indian Army (IA) officers is evaluating 7.62 mm (7.62×51) light machine guns (LMGs) manufactured by vendors in Bulgaria, Israel, and South Korea to meet the force’s immediate requirement for 16,400 LMGs. Official sources told Jane’s…
    - 5 days ago 21 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Mecar’s M929 APFSDS-T ammunition undergoes trials in Slovakia
    Belgium’s Mecar and Slovakia’s ZTS-Special conducted validation trials in late April in Slovakia with new M929 armor piercing fin-stabilised discarding sabot-tracer (APFSDS-T) ammunition developed specially for the 2A42 family of 30x165 mm calibr…
    - 8 days ago 17 May 19, 2:00am -
  • MILEX 2019: Belarus begins to export Konkurs-RB ATGM launcher
    Belarus has begun exporting the 9P135M1(RB) anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) launcher, a source from the country’s defence industry told Jane’s at the MILEX 2019 exhibition being held in Minsk on 15–18 May. “In 2016–2017, JSC TsNIP conduct…
    - 8 days ago 17 May 19, 1:00am -
  • Norway seeks 12.7 mm rapid-fire heavy machine guns
    The Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) published a request for information on 13 May for a 12.7 mm rapid-fire weapon system. The agency is seeking a heavy machine gun (HMG) in 12.7×99 mm calibre using the M9 link, with a minimum rate of fire o…
    - 10 days ago 15 May 19, 2:00am -
  • Indian Army expresses concern over ‘faulty’ OFB-supplied ammunition
    The Indian Army (IA) has expressed concern to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) over what it described as “faulty and poor quality” assorted ammunition supplied by the state-owned Ordnance Factory Board (OFB). Official sources told Jane’s that th…
    - 10 days ago 15 May 19, 1:00am -
  • EOS Defence to commence T2000 turret firing trials in fourth quarter 2019
    EOS Defence Systems of Australia is set to conduct initial live-fire trials of its prototype T2000 modular medium calibre turret in the fourth quarter of 2019. Launched in February 2019, the T2000 is a co-development with Elbit Systems that combine…
    - 12 days ago 13 May 19, 2:00am -
  • IDEF 2019: Koluman rolls out LSA4 4×4 LSV
    Turkey’s Koluman Otomotiv Endustri AS revealed a LSA4 4×4 light strike vehicle (LSV) that is being marketed in several different configurations. The first model has a crew of four and is fitted with an open roof with roll-over bar protection, and…
    - 13 days ago 13 May 19, 12:00am -
  • IDEF 2019: MKEK’s Boran 105 mm howitzer heads for qualification
    Turkey’s MKEK said it has completed company design and verification tests of its Boran 105 mm Air Transportable Light Towed Howitzer (ATLTH), which was developed to meet requirements for the Turkish Land Forces Command (TLFC). So far the company…
    - 13 days ago 13 May 19, 12:00am -
  • IDEF 2019: Turkey’s MKEK enters remote weapon station market
    Turkey’s Makina ve Kimya Endüstrisi Kurumu (MKEK) is internally developing a family of four remote weapon stations (RWSs) that it expects to send through company trials soon. The smallest of these is a 5.56 mm Ultralight RWS that is being market…
    - 17 days ago 8 May 19, 11:00pm -
  • IDEF 2019: Turkey’s MKEK reveals new 120 mm mortar system
    Turkey’s Makina ve Kimya Endustrisi Kurumu (MKEK) has developed to the prototype stage a new 120 mm smoothbore mortar system that is expected to be formally named in the future. The first example was completed in April, using internal research an…
    - 22 days ago 3 May 19, 1:00am -
  • IDEF 2019: Roketsan develops Tanok tank ammunition
    Turkish company Roketsan exhibited Tanok, a 120 mm laser-guided tank ammunition it has developed, at the 14th International Defence Industry Fair (IDEF), held in Istanbul between 30 April and 3 May. Designed to meet the Turkish Armed Forces’ (TSK)…
    - 23 days ago 3 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Armadillo TA-2 70 mm rocket launcher set for qualification trials
    A prototype of the Armadillo TA-2 70 mm mobile tactical rocket launch system, which was developed by Brazilian privately owned company Mac Jee Indústria de Defesa, will undergo qualification at the Brazilian Army Evaluations Center (CAEx) in Rio de…
    - 23 days ago 2 May 19, 2:00am -
  • IDEF 2019: Alkar 120 mm mortar enters Turkish service
    The Aselsan 120 mm Alkar rifled mortar system has now entered production and been deployed by the Turkish Gendarmarie, installed in the rear of the BMC Vuran 4×4 mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicle, Jane’s has confirmed. The turntable…
    - 23 days ago 2 May 19, 2:00am -
  • Dutch army acquires new mortars
    The Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) published a request for information (RFI) for the procurement of 81 mm mortars on 23 April. A long-term framework agreement is to be signed covering the entire operational life of the weapon system for about 20 y…
    - 25 days ago 30 Apr 19, 2:00am -
  • Belarus develops new surface-to-air missile system
    Belarus has developed a new surface-to-air missile (SAM) system, dubbed TRIO, to reinforce its air force’s strike capabilities and to combat unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), the Belorussian state military and industrial committee announced on 22 Ap…
    - 31 days ago 25 Apr 19, 12:00am -
  • Raytheon completes static test of DeepStrike rocket motor
    Raytheon disclosed on 23 April that it has successfully completed the first static test of the new solid rocket motor for its DeepStrike hypersonic surface-to-surface missile. The test, conducted at Allegany Ballistics Laboratory in West Virginia o…
    - 31 days ago 25 Apr 19, 12:00am -
  • S-350 SAM production begins in Russia
    Serial production of the Almaz-Antey 50R6 S-350 Vityaz medium-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) system has begun after successful certification tests were completed last month, according to the Russian Ministry of Defence. This opens the way for d…
    - 40 days ago 16 Apr 19, 12:00am -
  • Saudi Arabia takes delivery of TOS-1A MRLs
    Saudi Arabia has received an initial batch of TOS-1A Solntsepek multiple rocket launchers (MRLs), Russia’s Interfax news agency cited an informed source as saying on 10 April. On the previous day photographs began circulating on social media chan…
    - 46 days ago 10 Apr 19, 12:00am -
  • Indian Army receives first six of 114 Dhanush howitzers
    The Indian Army (IA) has taken delivery of the first six of 114 Dhanush 155 mm/45-calibre towed howitzers ordered from the state-owned Ordnance Factory Board (OFB). Officials said the OFB’s Gun Carriage Factory (GCF) at Jabalpur, central India, h…
    - 47 days ago 9 Apr 19, 12:00am -
  • SOFINS 2019: Thales integrates induction rocket launcher into protected vehicle
    Thales showed a Hawkei tactical vehicle with its induction rocket launcher for four ready-to-fire 68 mm guided or unguided rockets during the 2019 Special Operations Forces Innovation Network Seminar (SOFINS) exhibition, held at Camp de Souge, France…
    - 51 days ago 5 Apr 19, 12:00am -
  • Switzerland ready to buy Cobra 120 mm mortar systems
    Following extensive trials, the Swiss Army is expected to place a contract for a new 120 mm self-propelled (SP) mortar system in the next 6–12 months, according to Captain Lars Kristian Lehman of the Swiss Armed Forces. Capt Lehman revealed the f…
    - 53 days ago 2 Apr 19, 10:00pm -
  • LAAD 2019: Secubit promotes smart inventory weaponry management system in region
    Key Points Secubit is showing its smart weapon management system for the first time at LAAD The system uses artificial intelligence and a weapon-mounted counter to asses the health of weapons Secubit is presenting its WeaponLogic advanced weapo…
    - 54 days ago 1 Apr 19, 10:00pm -

Naval Weapons

  • Chile ready to finalise frigate acquisitions
    The Chilean Navy is set to finalise the procurement of two Adelaide-class frigates by the end of May. HMAS Melbourne and HMAS Newcastle , built in Australia in the early 1990s, would be acquired as a stop-gap measure to replace two of three Dutch- a…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • US approves Mk 54 torpedo sale for Canada
    Canada is set to recapitalise its lightweight torpedo inventory through a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) deal with the US government. The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) advised on 17 May that the State Department had approved an FMS ca…
    - 3 days ago 22 May 19, 2:00am -
  • Sea Viper achieves first kill against Firejet target
    The UK Royal Navy (RN) has successfully completed a first test of its GWS 45 Sea Viper anti-air guided missile system against an MQM-178 Firejet target. Undertaken on 19 May at the conclusion of NATO Exercise ‘Formidable Shield 2019’, the firin…
    - 4 days ago 22 May 19, 12:00am -
  • US Department of State approves possible sale of additional SM-2MR Block IIIB missiles to South Korea
    The US Department of State has approved a possible USD313.9 million Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to South Korea of a further batch of Raytheon Standard Missile-2 Medium Range (SM-2MR) Block IIIB (RIM-66M-5) surface-to-air missiles along with related e…
    - 6 days ago 20 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Japan awards contract extension for development of new ship-launched SAM system
    The Japan Ministry of Defense’s (MoD’s) Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) announced on 10 May that it awarded a contract extension to Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (Melco) for the development of a ship-launched surface-to-air mi…
    - 8 days ago 17 May 19, 1:00am -
  • IMDEX 2019: Israel Shipyards integrates SPIKE ER missile system on Shaldag Mk II
    Key Points The Shaldag Mk II fast interceptor craft has been integrated with missile capabilities The vessel is now one of the most capable interceptor types within its class in terms of firepower The Shaldag Mk II fast patrol craft can now be…
    - 9 days ago 16 May 19, 11:00pm -
  • USN to establish GQM-163 launch site on UK range
    The US Navy (USN) has revealed plans to establish a launch facility for the GQM-163A Coyote supersonic sea skimming target on the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) Hebrides range to support future live fire exercise events. Lying off the northwest coast…
    - 13 days ago 13 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Navy League 2019: US Marine Corps procures Naval Strike Missile
    Raytheon will integrate Kongsberg’s Naval Strike Missile (NSM) into the US Marine Corps’ (USMC’s) existing force structure under an Other Transaction Authority (OTA) agreement with the Marine Corps Systems Command, the company announced on 7 Ma…
    - 17 days ago 9 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Navy League 2019: Raytheon tests rocket motor for MAD-FIRES interceptor
    Raytheon Missile Systems announced the successful completion of a hot fire rocket motor for US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA’s) Multi-Azimuth Defense Fast Intercept Round Engagement System (MAD-FIRES) on 6 May. The MAD-FIRE…
    - 18 days ago 7 May 19, 11:00pm -
  • Navy League 2019: Raytheon test fires Excalibur N5 for USN
    Raytheon announced that it test fired its Excalibur N5 munition for the US Navy (USN) last year at Yuma Proving Grounds, and the service is now analysing the data to determine how to proceed. John Hobday, with Raytheon missile systems, briefed repo…
    - 20 days ago 6 May 19, 12:00am -
  • IDEF 2019: Aselsan reveals Gökdeniz naval close-in weapon system
    Aselsan unveiled its new close-in weapon system (CIWS) for naval platforms at the International Defence Industry Fair 2019 (IDEF 2019) exhibition, held in Istanbul from 30 April to 3 March. The CIWS carried the designation ‘Gökdeniz’, although…
    - 24 days ago 1 May 19, 2:00am -
  • Ukraine’s Neptune anti-ship cruise missile ready for service
    Ukraine has completed one of the final trials of its Neptune land-based cruise missile, designed for coastal defence, and plans to soon field it to Ukraine’s naval and land forces, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced in April. Accordin…
    - 31 days ago 24 Apr 19, 2:00am -
  • Pakistan Navy flexes land attack capabilities in Arabian Sea
    Key Points The Pakistan Navy has conducted another test-firing of an indigenously developed cruise missile The weapon is being tested amid heightened tensions with India over the long-standing Kashmir dispute The Pakistan Navy has conducted ano…
    - 32 days ago 23 Apr 19, 11:00pm -
  • Brazil eyes first MANSUP missile acquisition
    The Brazilian Navy is looking to purchase a pre-production batch of 10 MANSUP (Míssil Antinavio Nacional de Superfície) combat surface-to-surface anti-ship missiles, an industry source familiar with the programme recently told Jane’s . The navy…
    - 37 days ago 18 Apr 19, 2:00am -
  • USN details desire for additional HELIOS funding in 2020
    If the US Navy (USN) receives an additional USD80 million above its budget request for the High Energy Laser and Integrated Optical-dazzler with Surveillance (HELIOS) initiative, the service would be able to accelerate development plans, according to…
    - 40 days ago 15 Apr 19, 1:00am -
  • Chinese navy trials laser weapon
    Chinese media have reported that a prototype laser weapon is being tested by the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). An article published on 5 April on the Sina news website contains several screengrabs taken from footage broadcast by China Cen…
    - 45 days ago 10 Apr 19, 1:00am -
  • Thailand flexes anti-ship missile capabilities in Andaman Sea with C-802A firing
    Key Points Thailand has demonstrated its anti-ship missile capabilities in the Andaman Sea by firing the C-802A The firing comes amid an increase in naval activities and developments in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands region The Royal Thai Navy…
    - 47 days ago 8 Apr 19, 11:00pm -
  • Kalibr cruise missile fired from Northern Fleet port
    A Kalibr cruise missile has been successfully test fired for the first time from a Russian submarine moored in a port. The test launch of the Novator 3M-14 Kalibr land-attack cruise missiles from the Project 885 Yasen-class submarine Severodvinsk w…
    - 50 days ago 5 Apr 19, 1:00am -
  • LAAD 2019: United Kingdom’s SEA signs MOU with Brazilian SIATT for Tamandaré-class corvette torpedo tubes
    The United Kingdom’s SEA, part of the Cohort Group, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Brazil’s SIATT-Engenharia, Indústria e Comércio for torpedo tubes for the Brazilian Navy’s Tamandaré-class corvette project. The partne…
    - 52 days ago 3 Apr 19, 10:00pm -
  • Kongsberg NSM to equip Indian MH-60R helicopters
    The Indian Navy appears poised to become the first customer for the Kongsberg Naval Strike Missile (NSM) in a helicopter-launched application. According to US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) documentation, the missile will be integrated…
    - 52 days ago 3 Apr 19, 2:00am -
  • Australia’s second AWD undergoes weapons trials
    Key Points Australia’s second Hobart-class destroyer has undergone a series of trials to verify the integrity of selected weapon systems Trials pave the way for further evaluations of its co-operative combat capabilities, in higher tempo settin…
    - 59 days ago 27 Mar 19, 10:00pm -
  • Brazil launches the second locally developed anti-ship missile
    The Brazilian Navy successfully launched the second prototype of the MANSUP (Míssil Antinavio Nacional de Superfície) surface-to-surface anti-ship missile from Niterói-class frigate Independência (F44) on 20 March. The corvette Barroso (V34) la…
    - 64 days ago 22 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • French/UK Future Cruise/Anti-Ship Weapon programme passes Key Review
    The joint French/UK Future Cruise/Anti-Ship Weapon (FC/ASW) programme has successfully completed a milestone review intended to identify the most promising missile concepts and narrow down the list of potential technical solutions. Work will now fo…
    - 66 days ago 20 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • Indonesia to receive ZOKA torpedo countermeasures for Nagapasa submarines
    Key Points Indonesia’s Nagapasa-class submarines will be equipped with jammers and decoys from Turkish company Aselsan The equipment will provide the vessels with protection and deception capabilities against hostile torpedoes Turkish defence…
    - 72 days ago 14 Mar 19, 11:00pm -
  • UK sets sights on Harpoon missile replacement
    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is set to move forward with the competitive acquisition of an interim ship-launched heavyweight anti-ship missile system to succeed the current GWS 60/Harpoon Block 1C system in Royal Navy (RN) service. A prior infor…
    - 76 days ago 11 Mar 19, 12:00am -

C4ISR

  • Saab reveals Sirius passive sensor system
    Saab has unveiled a new passive sensor system called Sirius at the Electronic Warfare Europe (EWE) 2019 exhibition in Stockholm in May. The system uses existing Saab sensor technology but includes new sensor management, information fusion and datab…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Babcock highlights SIGRID5 C2 system
    Babcock International has showcased its SIGRID5 command and control (C2) system at the Electronic Warfare Europe (EWE) 2019 exhibition in Stockholm in May. SIGRID5 leverages commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software and is based on US company Priori…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Autocomplete: US Army pursues the ultimate manned-unmanned teaming
    Key Points The US Army is researching technologies to anticipate individuals’ behaviour as part of an effort to boost manned-unmanned teaming Recent work focused on the ways in which different brains process information, with the goal of developi…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Patria showcases ARIS variant
    Patria has showcased a variant of its Advanced Real-Time Intelligence System (ARIS) wideband electronic intelligence (ELINT) receiver at the 2019 EWE exhibition, which was held in Stockholm from 13 to 15 May. ARIS, which has been in operational use…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • RAF trials BriteCloud decoy from Typhoon
    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has disclosed the first trials of the BriteCloud expendable active decoy (EAD) from a Royal Air Force (RAF) Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 multirole fighter. The MoD announced on 23 May that the first such trials took pla…
    - 2 days ago 23 May 19, 1:00am -
  • Milestones: India’s Integrated Air Command and Control System (IACCS)
    Latest developments India’s Integrated Air Command and Control System (IACCS) is an automated air-defence command-and-control (C2) centre designed for controlling and monitoring Indian Air Force (IAF) operations throughout the country. To achieve…
    - 3 days ago 23 May 19, 12:00am -
  • US Army and UK MoD move out with plans to acquire Elbit Systems’ Iron Fist Light Decoupled APS
    Elbit Systems is slated to receive two coveted contracts for its Iron Fist Light Decoupled (IF-LD) active protection system (APS), one from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) and another from the US Army. Both countries recently detailed plans to acq…
    - 3 days ago 22 May 19, 2:00am -
  • India launches radar-imaging satellite
    The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has launched a radar-imaging Earth-observation satellite capable of capturing and relaying high-resolution images to enhance the Indian military’s surveillance capabilities. Officials said the locally…
    - 3 days ago 22 May 19, 1:00am -
  • Belgium Naval & Robotics secures contract for Dutch/Belgian MCM programme
    Key Points Belgium Naval & Robotics is to provide the Belgian and Dutch navies with their future MCM capabilities The two nations will each procure six MCM mother ships that will control multiple offboard MCM assets The Belgium Naval & Robotics…
    - 4 days ago 22 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Lacroix positions variant of Sylena decoy system for Singapore’s MRCV
    Following its success with recent naval programmes of Malaysia, Egypt and Qatar, French defence company Lacroix is building on this momentum and positioning a ‘fitted-for-purpose’ variant of its Sylena decoy launching systems for Singapore’s up…
    - 4 days ago 21 May 19, 11:00pm -
  • NAVAIR contracts BAE Systems for Dual Band Decoy demonstration phase
    The US Navy (USN) has selected BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems to develop a new towed offboard radio frequency (RF) countermeasures system to protect the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter aircraft against RF threat radars. Known as the…
    - 4 days ago 21 May 19, 2:00am -
  • US Air Force awards Northrop Grumman Joint Threat Emitter delivery order
    Key Points The US Air Force awarded Northrop Grumman a delivery order for additional Joint Threat Emitter units This includes delivery of eight wideband variants, which simulate a greater set of threats than the baseline version The US Air Forc…
    - 4 days ago 21 May 19, 2:00am -
  • Italy advances EU maritime surveillance and protection effort
    The Italian Navy has outlined the development roadmap for a four-country EU initiative to deliver a deployable maritime security ‘system of systems’ incorporating multiple unmanned platforms and sensors. Intended to safeguard vessels and critic…
    - 5 days ago 21 May 19, 12:00am -
  • US Army looking for ways to fold AI research into expeditionary manoeuvre, air, and ground reconnaissance technologies
    At a time when the Pentagon is wading deeper into the artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) research arenas, the US Army is asking to harness the two as it develops new expeditionary manoeuvre, air, and ground reconnaissance technolo…
    - 5 days ago 20 May 19, 2:00am -
  • Siemens unveils new FLEX PM modular submarine propulsion motors
    Siemens premiered its new generation of modular scalable permanent magnet submarine propulsion motors at the Underwater Defence Technology (UDT) 2019 exhibition in Stockholm. To provide solutions across a wider range of applications, Siemens is evo…
    - 6 days ago 20 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Russian Navy opts for underwater weapon and sensor upgrades
    Newly developed torpedoes, torpedo defence systems, and mine countermeasures systems are to be fitted to Russian Navy warships, according to a series of announcements by an executive of the JSC Tactical Missiles Corporation. The Russian Navy’s tw…
    - 8 days ago 17 May 19, 2:00am -
  • Dstl develops open-source framework to enhance military tracking technology
    The UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) announced on 14 May the launch of an open-source software framework named Stone Soup, which is intended to help improve military tracking technology. The new software framework will allow…
    - 8 days ago 17 May 19, 1:00am -
  • Raytheon, for the first time, performs complete JPALS expeditionary setup and demo
    Key Points Raytheon performed a setup and demonstration of its JPALS expeditionary variant for the first time during the week of 6 May The company eventually wants to demonstrate the system with multiple runways and multiple approaches Raytheon…
    - 8 days ago 17 May 19, 1:00am -
  • New ‘high-frequency’ laboratory to enhance Australia’s JORN radar network
    BAE Systems Australia has opened what it described as a “high-frequency [HF] laboratory” to develop new technologies to further enhance the capabilities of Australia’s over-the-horizon Jindalee Operational Radar Network (JORN). The laboratory…
    - 9 days ago 17 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Cameroonian Z9 helicopter crashes
    A Cameroonian Air Force (CAF) HAIG Z9WE attack helicopter crashed on 13 May, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed. The helicopter, which belonged to the 51st Air Squadron, took off from Air Base 501 at Bamenda to transport three government offic…
    - 9 days ago 17 May 19, 12:00am -
  • IMDEX 2019: Controp debuts upgraded ISea-25HD EO/IR payload
    Israel’s Controp Precision Technologies took the opportunity at the IMDEX 2019 exhibition, held in Singapore from 14 to 16 May, to unveil an improved version of its iSea-25HD electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) payload. Although only launched recent…
    - 9 days ago 16 May 19, 11:00pm -
  • IMDEX 2019: ST Engineering offers naval simulation system for international customers
    Key Points ST Engineering is offering an integrated naval ship simulator system to international customers for the first time The system incorporates virtual reality headsets, which allow for greater depth perception and situational awareness A…
    - 9 days ago 16 May 19, 11:00pm -
  • UDT 2019: Type 26 sonar domes take shape
    Tods Defence has commenced initial production of sonar domes for the UK Royal Navy’s (RN’s) Type 26 City-class frigates, the company told Jane’s at UDT 2019. The contract for three domes was awarded in 2016, and delivery is expected from mid-…
    - 10 days ago 16 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Dynetics to build 100 kW laser for US Army
    The US Army’s Space and Missile Defense Command has selected a Dynetics-led team to develop an experimental 100 kW laser weapon system for its Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV). On 15 May, the company announced that it had beat out Raythe…
    - 10 days ago 15 May 19, 2:00am -
  • Raytheon to begin installation of GPS OCX modernised monitoring station receivers
    Raytheon has announced on 13 May that its next-generation global positioning system operational control system (GPS OCX) has completed its final qualification testing of the system’s modernised monitor station receivers, and is now ready for instal…
    - 10 days ago 15 May 19, 2:00am -

C4ISR Air

  • RAF trials BriteCloud decoy from Typhoon
    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has disclosed the first trials of the BriteCloud expendable active decoy (EAD) from a Royal Air Force (RAF) Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 multirole fighter. The MoD announced on 23 May that the first such trials took pla…
    - 2 days ago 23 May 19, 1:00am -
  • NAVAIR contracts BAE Systems for Dual Band Decoy demonstration phase
    The US Navy (USN) has selected BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems to develop a new towed offboard radio frequency (RF) countermeasures system to protect the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter aircraft against RF threat radars. Known as the…
    - 4 days ago 21 May 19, 2:00am -
  • Cameroonian Z9 helicopter crashes
    A Cameroonian Air Force (CAF) HAIG Z9WE attack helicopter crashed on 13 May, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed. The helicopter, which belonged to the 51st Air Squadron, took off from Air Base 501 at Bamenda to transport three government offic…
    - 9 days ago 17 May 19, 12:00am -
  • UK to buy second-hand 737s for Wedgetail AEW&C project
    Two of the five Boeing 737NG airframes for the UK’s future E-7 Wedgetail airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) project will be second-hand former airliners, according to correspondence between Defence Procurement Minister Stuart Andrew and the…
    - 10 days ago 15 May 19, 2:00am -
  • Pentagon detailing C-UAS options to combatant commanders
    US combatant commanders continue to grapple with evolving drone threats, and senior Pentagon leaders are now working to provide them with a comprehensive list of available technologies to meet the challenge. Earlier this year, the US Department of…
    - 12 days ago 13 May 19, 2:00am -
  • Navy League 2019: Pentagon’s EGI-M programme impels new positioning, navigation systems
    As assured access to position, navigation, and timing data (A-PNT) grows as a military concern, Northrop Grumman is updating its product line to create drop-in replacements for legacy aircraft PNT systems. This effort is ongoing under the Embedded…
    - 17 days ago 8 May 19, 2:00am -
  • Persistent Systems updates Rugged Display
    Persistent Systems took the opportunity during the 2019 Xponential exhibition held in Chicago from 30 April to 2 May to highlight the enhancements made to its Rugged Display handheld control unit, which can be used for various applications including…
    - 18 days ago 7 May 19, 1:00am -
  • Bahrain approved for F-16V weapons procurement
    Bahrain has been cleared to procure weapons to support its recent contract for Lockheed Martin’s Block F-16V Fighting Falcon combat aircraft. The US State Department has cleared the Foreign Military Sales purchase of air-to-air and air-to-surface…
    - 19 days ago 6 May 19, 11:00pm -
  • IDEF 2019: Aselsan’s iHTAR counter-UAV system breaks cover
    Aselsan unveiled a modular iHTAR counter unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system at the International Defence Industry Fair 2019 (IDEF 2019) exhibition held in Istanbul from 30 April to 3 May. iHTAR is a modular system designed to detect and classify…
    - 22 days ago 3 May 19, 2:00am -
  • Harris Corporation wins contract modification for supply of F/A-18 electronic jammers
    Harris Corporation has been awarded a USD212 million contract modification to supply the next production lot of electronic jammers to protect US Navy (USN) and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet combat aircraft against electr…
    - 22 days ago 3 May 19, 2:00am -
  • IDEF 2019: Aselsan to produce low-altitude radar systems for Turkish Air Force
    Turkey’s Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) tweeted on 1 May that it had signed a contract with Aselsan to produce five low-altitude radar systems (AIR) for the Turkish Air Force Command (TAFC). The contract was signed on 1 May at the 14th Int…
    - 23 days ago 3 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Australia’s EA-18G electronic attack capability achieves IOC
    Initial operating capability (IOC) has been achieved by the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF’s) 11-strong fleet of Boeing EA-18G Growler electronic attack (EA) aircraft, the Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Leo Davies, announced on 30 April. A…
    - 26 days ago 29 Apr 19, 11:00pm -
  • China claims development of new heat-resistant material for hypersonic aircraft
    Chinese scientists have developed a new heat-resistant material for hypersonic aircraft that can endure more than 3,000°C from heating caused by its passage through the atmosphere at speeds between Mach 5 and Mach 20, state-owned newspaper Global Ti…
    - 26 days ago 29 Apr 19, 2:00am -
  • Belarus unveils Groza-P2 mobile counter UAV system
    Belarus-based defence industrial group KB Radar has announced the development of the Groza-P2 mobile counter unmanned aerial vehicles (C-UAVs) jammer. The system, which will be showcased at the defence technology expo MILEX 2019 in Minsk in May, is…
    - 27 days ago 28 Apr 19, 11:00pm -
  • RAAF to equip some C-130Js with upgraded satcom suite
    The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) will equip half of its fleet of Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules airlifters with an upgraded satellite communications (satcom) suite. Under the upgrade, which was announced by the Department of Defence (DoD) on…
    - 27 days ago 28 Apr 19, 11:00pm -
  • ONR lays down markers for long-endurance soft-kill decoy
    The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is launching a concept design effort intended to address US Navy (USN) needs for a next-generation expendable offboard decoy system able to stay airborne on station for at least one hour. Known as the Long Enduran…
    - 29 days ago 26 Apr 19, 2:00am -
  • US Air Force develops ‘EAGLE’ ESPA satellite ring with propulsion capability
    The US Air Force (USAF) has developed an ‘ESPA’ ring that is traditionally used to attach secondary payloads to upper stages on space launches and turned it into a completely independent and functional satellite. The Evolved Expendable Launch V…
    - 30 days ago 25 Apr 19, 11:00pm -
  • DoD contracts Iridium for enhanced mobile satellite service gateway
    The US Defence Information Systems Agency (DISA) has awarded Iridium Communications a contract to continue supporting the Department of Defense (DoD) enhanced mobile satellite service (EMSS) gateway for four and a half years, the company announced on…
    - 31 days ago 24 Apr 19, 1:00am -
  • US Navy to roll out further E-2D upgrades
    The US Navy (USN) is looking to equip the Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft with beyond line-of-sight (BLOS) networking and GPS-protection capabilities for operating in an electronic attack (EA…
    - 31 days ago 24 Apr 19, 1:00am -
  • NAVAIR eyes magnetic anomaly detector fit for MH-60R
    Plans are being developed to introduce magnetic anomaly detection equipment onto US Navy (USN) and Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Lockheed Martin/Sikorsky MH-60R helicopters, the US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has revealed. In a sources sought…
    - 31 days ago 24 Apr 19, 1:00am -
  • New Chinese combat aircraft engine designed and tested in 18 months
    China’s Gas Turbine Research Institute (GTRI) has within 18 months designed and tested a prototype of a new turbofan engine for fighter aircraft, according to a 17 April report published in the state-owned Global Times newspaper. This suggests th…
    - 33 days ago 23 Apr 19, 12:00am -
  • US Air Force seeks A-10C central interface control unit redesign
    The US Air Force (USAF) is seeking a redesigned central interface control unit (CICU) for the Fairchild-Republic A-10C Thunderbolt II close air support (CAS) aircraft and hopes to have it integrated onto the aircraft by the mid-2020s. The CICU is t…
    - 33 days ago 22 Apr 19, 1:00am -
  • Uruguayan Naval Aviation develops and builds Beechcraft T-34C-1 simulator
    After months of development and modifications, the Uruguayan Naval Aviation unit publicly unveiled its own Beechcraft T-34C-1 Turbo Mentor simulator recently. The system was built using an old T-34A airframe, modified to perfectly simulate the cock…
    - 34 days ago 22 Apr 19, 12:00am -
  • Russia to field Polye-21 EW system capable of defeating PGMs and UAVs
    Russian electronic warfare (EW) units are set to receive the Polye-21 (‘Field-21’) EW system designed to counter unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and reduce the effectiveness of cruise missiles, according to a 15 April report from Russian state-ow…
    - 40 days ago 16 Apr 19, 12:00am -
  • AAAA 2019: US Army seeks virtual reality to faster produce helicopter pilots
    Key Points The US Army is looking to use virtual reality to faster develop helicopter pilots The US Air Force is also working on a similar effort The US Army is taking a page from the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) pilot training playbook by infus…
    - 40 days ago 15 Apr 19, 1:00am -

C4ISR Land

  • US Army and UK MoD move out with plans to acquire Elbit Systems’ Iron Fist Light Decoupled APS
    Elbit Systems is slated to receive two coveted contracts for its Iron Fist Light Decoupled (IF-LD) active protection system (APS), one from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) and another from the US Army. Both countries recently detailed plans to acq…
    - 3 days ago 22 May 19, 2:00am -
  • Dynetics to build 100 kW laser for US Army
    The US Army’s Space and Missile Defense Command has selected a Dynetics-led team to develop an experimental 100 kW laser weapon system for its Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV). On 15 May, the company announced that it had beat out Raythe…
    - 10 days ago 15 May 19, 2:00am -
  • SwRI develops GPS cyber security testing technique
    Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has developed a US federal regulation-compliant tool to test for cyber vulnerabilities in automated vehicles and other systems that rely on GPS receivers for positioning, navigation, and timing. “Before we star…
    - 17 days ago 9 May 19, 12:00am -
  • IDEF 2019: Pulat APS displayed on M60 main battle tank
    To meet a Turkish Land Forces Command (TLFC) urgent operational requirement, Aselsan has developed the Pulat hard-kill active protection system (APS) that leverages technology from the Zaslon – Light (Zaslon-L) APS developed in Ukraine. Pulat APS…
    - 17 days ago 8 May 19, 11:00pm -
  • IDEF 2019: UltraLYNX aims to provide power, data management to dismounts
    UK-based Ultra Electronics Precision Control Systems (PCS) presented its UltraLYNX smart hub, designed to manage advanced mission systems for dismounted infantry, at the IDEF 2019 exhibition held in Istanbul. UltraLYNX is meant to provide a dismoun…
    - 17 days ago 8 May 19, 11:00pm -
  • US Army receives first production-representative IBCS engagement ops centre
    Northrop Grumman has delivered the first production-representative engagement operations centre (EOC) for the Integrated Air and Missile Defence (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS) to the US Army, the company announced on 1 May. IBCS is an integrat…
    - 17 days ago 8 May 19, 2:00am -
  • Persistent Systems updates Rugged Display
    Persistent Systems took the opportunity during the 2019 Xponential exhibition held in Chicago from 30 April to 2 May to highlight the enhancements made to its Rugged Display handheld control unit, which can be used for various applications including…
    - 18 days ago 7 May 19, 1:00am -
  • IDEF 2019: Menatek reveals new Sur armouring solution
    Turkey’s Menatek has developed a new Sur armour designed to provide advanced ballistic protection to armoured vehicles, and it unveiled the system at the International Defence Industry Fair 2019 (IDEF 2019) exhibition. At the event, Menatek prese…
    - 23 days ago 2 May 19, 3:00am -
  • Argentina’s INVAP develops new radars
    Argentine company INVAP is developing two new families of radars for which it expects to have prototypes tested before the end of 2020. The first of these is the RVT series of three portable radars for land and coastal surveillance, which have been…
    - 24 days ago 2 May 19, 12:00am -
  • India restarts work on coastal radars in Maldives
    India has resumed the installation of coastal surveillance radar stations across the Maldives to enhance the Indian Navy’s (IN’s) maritime domain awareness (MDA) in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). Official sources in New Delhi said India had res…
    - 25 days ago 30 Apr 19, 1:00am -
  • Russia to develop CTAS for combat vehicles
    The Russian defence industry has begun working on a cased telescoped armament system (CTAS) for light- and medium-armoured combat vehicles, a domestic defence industry source has told Jane’s . “Rostec design bureau, TsNIITochMash, has already l…
    - 27 days ago 29 Apr 19, 12:00am -
  • Belarus unveils Groza-P2 mobile counter UAV system
    Belarus-based defence industrial group KB Radar has announced the development of the Groza-P2 mobile counter unmanned aerial vehicles (C-UAVs) jammer. The system, which will be showcased at the defence technology expo MILEX 2019 in Minsk in May, is…
    - 27 days ago 28 Apr 19, 11:00pm -
  • US Army solicits industry help with APS tracking and fire control sensor
    As the US Army moves forward with its multipronged approach for fielding active protection systems (APSs) on its fleet of ground combat vehicles, it is now seeking industry proposals for a tracking and fire control sensor that can operate with a hard…
    - 29 days ago 26 Apr 19, 1:00am -
  • Ukraine develops new command vehicle
    Ukrainian state-owned defence industrial holding group Ukroboronprom announced on 15 April that its Kiev Armoured Plant subsidiary has completed the development of new command vehicle BTR-3KS. The vehicle features an automated battle management sys…
    - 37 days ago 18 Apr 19, 1:00am -
  • Iceni Labs offering militaries a handheld radar to detect breathing rates
    At a time when military forces are preparing for an era of urban combat, Iceni Labs is touting a new handheld radar designed to help troops detect the movement, position, and breathing rates of people behind walls and doors. The company announced e…
    - 38 days ago 17 Apr 19, 1:00am -
  • RoKAF begins deploying locally developed precision approach radar
    The Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) has deployed a new, locally developed phased-array radar designed to help aircraft land safely in adverse conditions, including bad weather or when dealing with faulty instrumentation. The Precision Approach…
    - 40 days ago 15 Apr 19, 1:00am -
  • Jamaica orders Thales’s coastal surveillance system
    The Jamaican Government has ordered several Thales’s Coast Watcher 100 coastal surveillance systems to strengthen its capabilities. Under the USD30 million contract, the company will supply the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) with a turnkey system bu…
    - 44 days ago 11 Apr 19, 1:00am -
  • US Army awards CACI sensor systems acquisition services task contract
    US information services group CACI has secured a five-year USD71 million task order to provide support to the US Army’s Program Executive Office (PEO). Under the contract, CACI will provide sensor systems acquisition services, such as engineering…
    - 45 days ago 10 Apr 19, 11:00pm -
  • As China claims terahertz radar advances, experts see potential, pitfalls
    In March, China renewed claims regarding its development of powerful new ‘terahertz’ radar technology for ground-based air defence. Although the claims could not be substantiated, some experts believe the technology is feasible, albeit more so fo…
    - 47 days ago 9 Apr 19, 12:00am -
  • Airbus aims to boost SOF readiness with virtual sandbox
    Airbus Defence and Space used the Special Operations Forces Innovation Network Seminar (SOFINS) exhibition in Camp de Souge on 2–4 April to launch the Holographic Tactical Sandbox (HTS). The HTS employs augmented reality (AR) headsets and geospat…
    - 47 days ago 9 Apr 19, 12:00am -
  • NVLS launches QuadEye panoramic NVGs
    Night Vision Lasers Spain (NVLS)used the Special Operations Forces Innovation Network Seminar (SOFINS) to launch its QuadEye panoramic night-vision goggles (NVGs), designed to enhance the situational awareness of special operations forces (SOF) durin…
    - 51 days ago 4 Apr 19, 1:00am -
  • Lacroix modifies Galix for integrated vehicle survivability
    France’s Lacroix has integrated a laser warning system into a Galix grenade launcher vehicle-based survivability system. No sales are yet booked, but the system has been integrated on the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE’s) Nimr Ajban 477A 4×4 vehic…
    - 68 days ago 18 Mar 19, 1:00am -
  • Russia’s Pacific Fleet receives new divisional set of Bastion mobile coastal defence missile system
    The Russian Pacific Fleet in the Kamchatka Peninsula has received a new set of the land-based K-300P Bastion-P mobile coastal defence missile system as part of a modernisation programme, the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 12 March.…
    - 73 days ago 14 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • Turkey and South Korea consider procuring IDS electromagnetic measurement radar
    Turkey and South Korea have shown interest in buying the Flying Aircraft Radar signature Acquisition and Determination (FARAD), an electromagnetic measurement radar system produced by IDS Ingegneria Dei Sistemi SpA, the company told Jane’s . FARA…
    - 82 days ago 5 Mar 19, 12:00am -
  • AFA Winter 2019: New ground control station controls MQ-9 for the first time
    Key Points GA-ASI’s new ground control station recently controlled a MQ-9 Reaper UAV for the first time The company is expected to deliver seven stations to the US Air Force before May 2021 The US Air Force’s (USAF’s) new Block 50 Ground…
    - 86 days ago 28 Feb 19, 11:00pm -

C4ISR Maritime

  • Milestones: India’s Integrated Air Command and Control System (IACCS)
    Latest developments India’s Integrated Air Command and Control System (IACCS) is an automated air-defence command-and-control (C2) centre designed for controlling and monitoring Indian Air Force (IAF) operations throughout the country. To achieve…
    - 3 days ago 23 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Belgium Naval & Robotics secures contract for Dutch/Belgian MCM programme
    Key Points Belgium Naval & Robotics is to provide the Belgian and Dutch navies with their future MCM capabilities The two nations will each procure six MCM mother ships that will control multiple offboard MCM assets The Belgium Naval & Robotics…
    - 4 days ago 22 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Lacroix positions variant of Sylena decoy system for Singapore’s MRCV
    Following its success with recent naval programmes of Malaysia, Egypt and Qatar, French defence company Lacroix is building on this momentum and positioning a ‘fitted-for-purpose’ variant of its Sylena decoy launching systems for Singapore’s up…
    - 4 days ago 21 May 19, 11:00pm -
  • Italy advances EU maritime surveillance and protection effort
    The Italian Navy has outlined the development roadmap for a four-country EU initiative to deliver a deployable maritime security ‘system of systems’ incorporating multiple unmanned platforms and sensors. Intended to safeguard vessels and critic…
    - 5 days ago 21 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Siemens unveils new FLEX PM modular submarine propulsion motors
    Siemens premiered its new generation of modular scalable permanent magnet submarine propulsion motors at the Underwater Defence Technology (UDT) 2019 exhibition in Stockholm. To provide solutions across a wider range of applications, Siemens is evo…
    - 6 days ago 20 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Russian Navy opts for underwater weapon and sensor upgrades
    Newly developed torpedoes, torpedo defence systems, and mine countermeasures systems are to be fitted to Russian Navy warships, according to a series of announcements by an executive of the JSC Tactical Missiles Corporation. The Russian Navy’s tw…
    - 8 days ago 17 May 19, 2:00am -
  • IMDEX 2019: ST Engineering offers naval simulation system for international customers
    Key Points ST Engineering is offering an integrated naval ship simulator system to international customers for the first time The system incorporates virtual reality headsets, which allow for greater depth perception and situational awareness A…
    - 9 days ago 16 May 19, 11:00pm -
  • IMDEX 2019: Controp debuts upgraded ISea-25HD EO/IR payload
    Israel’s Controp Precision Technologies took the opportunity at the IMDEX 2019 exhibition, held in Singapore from 14 to 16 May, to unveil an improved version of its iSea-25HD electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) payload. Although only launched recent…
    - 9 days ago 16 May 19, 11:00pm -
  • UDT 2019: Type 26 sonar domes take shape
    Tods Defence has commenced initial production of sonar domes for the UK Royal Navy’s (RN’s) Type 26 City-class frigates, the company told Jane’s at UDT 2019. The contract for three domes was awarded in 2016, and delivery is expected from mid-…
    - 10 days ago 16 May 19, 12:00am -
  • UDT 2019: Navies develop data analytics technology to boost operational availability
    Navies are using data analysis technology to augment platform and weapon system availability to underpin requirements for greater presence and output at sea, naval officials said on 13 May at the 2019 Undersea Defence Technology (UDT) conference bein…
    - 12 days ago 14 May 19, 12:00am -
  • GeoSpectrum Technologies prepares for new TRAPS sonar trials
    Canada-based marine acoustics house GeoSpectrum Technologies is preparing to conduct new at-sea trials of its Towed Reelable Active Passive Sonar (TRAPS) anti-submarine warfare (ASW) sonar system with the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). Trials from a Ki…
    - 12 days ago 14 May 19, 12:00am -
  • IMDEX 2019: Terma to supply Indonesia’s KCR-60M class with C-Series Combat Suite
    Key Points Indonesia has awarded Terma a contract to supply the C-Series Combat Suite for the KCR-60M fast attack craft Procurement marks a further evolution of combat systems found on the vessel type Terma has received a contract to supply the…
    - 12 days ago 14 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Navy League 2019: USMC pushes ahead with AI experimentation, integration
    The US Marine Corp (USMC) is taking steps to better understand artificial intelligence (AI) technology and how it could be integrated into the service’s weapon systems, with numerous experiments currently under way, according to the commander of th…
    - 15 days ago 10 May 19, 1:00am -
  • Navy League 2019: Northrop Grumman gears up for SEWIP Block 3 production
    Northrop Grumman has begun work on two low-rate initial production (LRIP) Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 3 electronic-attack systems for the US Navy (USN). Speaking to Jane’s on 8 May at the 2019 Navy League’s Sea-…
    - 15 days ago 10 May 19, 1:00am -
  • Navy League 2019: Lockheed Martin anticipates HELIOS CDR in early 2020
    The critical design review (CDR) for the Lockheed Martin High-Energy Laser and Integrated Optical-dazzler with Surveillance (HELIOS) system is planned for the first quarter of 2020, the company confirmed on 1 May during a press briefing in advance of…
    - 18 days ago 7 May 19, 11:00pm -
  • Kongsberg to supply additional bridge simulators for RAN
    The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has awarded Kongsberg Digital a contract for the delivery of two new K-Sim Full Mission Bridge simulators at the HMAS Watson Bridge Simulator Facility in Watsons Bay, Sydney, according to a 2 May statement by the Norwa…
    - 18 days ago 7 May 19, 1:00am -
  • Navy League 2019: Arctic operations continue to be hampered by lack of sufficient observational data
    Operational capability in the Arctic will remain “extremely limited” until the number of atmospheric observations across the region is increased, the commander of the US Naval Meterorology and Oceanography Command has warned. Speaking at the Na…
    - 18 days ago 7 May 19, 1:00am -
  • Navy League 2019: Northrop Grumman launches SeaFind
    Northrop Grumman unveiled a new compact next-generation maritime inertial navigation system at the Sea-Air-Space symposium. The Sea Fiber Optic Inertial Navigation with Data Distribution (SeaFind) system features enhanced fibre-optic gyro technolog…
    - 19 days ago 6 May 19, 11:00pm -
  • Navy League 2019: LCS to soon get variable depth sonar for ASW testing
    An AN/SQS-62 variable depth sonar (VDS) is to soon be installed on Littoral Combat Ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) and is slated to start developmental testing in September 2019, Randy Brandenburg, Raytheon’s seapower business development executive, to…
    - 19 days ago 6 May 19, 10:00pm -
  • Navy League 2019: AMDR flexibility, scalability touted as components readied for first ship
    As Raytheon readies to transport the first below-deck equipment for AN/SPY-6(V)1 Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) to be installed in the guided-missile destroyer Flight III Arleigh Burke-class DDG 125, the company is developing ways to tap the ra…
    - 20 days ago 6 May 19, 12:00am -
  • ONR frames requirement for Advanced Targeting Concepts Development
    The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is canvassing industry for ideas and concepts to help the US Navy (USN) develop future over-the-horizon (OTH) targeting networks. Study activity is intended to inform the ONR and USN on how to best overcome techno…
    - 23 days ago 3 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Thales selected by UK for ORCA upgrade
    Thales UK has won out in the race to replace the command information facilities fitted to the UK Royal Navy’s (RN’s) mine countermeasures (MCM) fleet, beating off competition from incumbent BAE Systems and a QinetiQ/Saab team. Under the Oceanog…
    - 24 days ago 1 May 19, 11:00pm -
  • India restarts work on coastal radars in Maldives
    India has resumed the installation of coastal surveillance radar stations across the Maldives to enhance the Indian Navy’s (IN’s) maritime domain awareness (MDA) in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). Official sources in New Delhi said India had res…
    - 25 days ago 30 Apr 19, 1:00am -
  • ONR lays down markers for long-endurance soft-kill decoy
    The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is launching a concept design effort intended to address US Navy (USN) needs for a next-generation expendable offboard decoy system able to stay airborne on station for at least one hour. Known as the Long Enduran…
    - 29 days ago 26 Apr 19, 2:00am -
  • The Bahamas commissions new radar to improve maritime security
    The Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) commissioned a new radar on 17 April as part of its new maritime security strategy, which focuses on decentralising the RBDF and acquiring new technologies to improve monitoring and surveillance operations. Th…
    - 30 days ago 25 Apr 19, 1:00am -

C4ISR Joint Comm Equip

  • Saab reveals Sirius passive sensor system
    Saab has unveiled a new passive sensor system called Sirius at the Electronic Warfare Europe (EWE) 2019 exhibition in Stockholm in May. The system uses existing Saab sensor technology but includes new sensor management, information fusion and datab…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Babcock highlights SIGRID5 C2 system
    Babcock International has showcased its SIGRID5 command and control (C2) system at the Electronic Warfare Europe (EWE) 2019 exhibition in Stockholm in May. SIGRID5 leverages commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software and is based on US company Priori…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Autocomplete: US Army pursues the ultimate manned-unmanned teaming
    Key Points The US Army is researching technologies to anticipate individuals’ behaviour as part of an effort to boost manned-unmanned teaming Recent work focused on the ways in which different brains process information, with the goal of developi…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Patria showcases ARIS variant
    Patria has showcased a variant of its Advanced Real-Time Intelligence System (ARIS) wideband electronic intelligence (ELINT) receiver at the 2019 EWE exhibition, which was held in Stockholm from 13 to 15 May. ARIS, which has been in operational use…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • India launches radar-imaging satellite
    The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has launched a radar-imaging Earth-observation satellite capable of capturing and relaying high-resolution images to enhance the Indian military’s surveillance capabilities. Officials said the locally…
    - 3 days ago 22 May 19, 1:00am -

CBRNE & EOD Defence

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

Security

  • US Senate defence policy bill bans F-35 transfers to Turkey
    Key Points The SASC FY 2020 defence bill bans F-35 transfers to Turkey if the nation moves forward with acquiring the Russian S-400 system This is the first step in a process that, if approved by the president, could formally ban sending F-35s to T…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • SOUTHCOM commander stresses need for more naval, aerial assets
    US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) needs additional platforms to properly carry out its multiple missions, according to Admiral Craig Faller, the new SOUTHCOM commander. “We need more ships [and] we need more intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaiss…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Autocomplete: US Army pursues the ultimate manned-unmanned teaming
    Key Points The US Army is researching technologies to anticipate individuals’ behaviour as part of an effort to boost manned-unmanned teaming Recent work focused on the ways in which different brains process information, with the goal of developi…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Syria offensive raises chemical attack fears
    The apparent lack of progress that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces are making in a new offensive has raised concerns that they will resort to using chemical weapons. “Unfortunately, we continue to see signs that the Assad regime may b…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • US to send ‘less’ than 1,000 additional troops to USCENTCOM
    The Trump administration is moving out with plans to send fewer than 1,000 additional troops, as well as additional military assets, into the US Central Command (USCENTCOM) region to curtail what it deems a threat from Iran, according to Pentagon off…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -

Country Risk

Military Capabilities

  • Autocomplete: US Army pursues the ultimate manned-unmanned teaming
    Key Points The US Army is researching technologies to anticipate individuals’ behaviour as part of an effort to boost manned-unmanned teaming Recent work focused on the ways in which different brains process information, with the goal of developi…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Syria offensive raises chemical attack fears
    The apparent lack of progress that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces are making in a new offensive has raised concerns that they will resort to using chemical weapons. “Unfortunately, we continue to see signs that the Assad regime may b…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • US to send ‘less’ than 1,000 additional troops to USCENTCOM
    The Trump administration is moving out with plans to send fewer than 1,000 additional troops, as well as additional military assets, into the US Central Command (USCENTCOM) region to curtail what it deems a threat from Iran, according to Pentagon off…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Video confirms Yemeni attack on Abu Dhabi’s airport in 2018
    The Yemeni rebel group Ansar Allah (Houthis) released a video on 23 May that seemingly confirmed that it attacked Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) on 26 July 2018 as previously claimed. The video included what appeared to be CCTV footage showi…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Ukrainian army forms its first Jager brigade
    Ukraine has formed its first Jager infantry brigade to operate in heavily wooded regions on the East European country’s northern borders with Russia and Belarus. The conversion of the 61st Separate Infantry Brigade from the Ukrainian Army Reserve…
    - 3 days ago 23 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Erdogan announces Turkey will co-produce S-500s with Russia
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on 18 May at a youth rally in Istanbul the future joint production with Russia of the S-500 Prometey (‘Prometheus’)/55R6M Triumfator-M (‘Triumphant-M’) fifth-generation air defence system, the…
    - 3 days ago 23 May 19, 12:00am -
  • French Air Force introduces new UAV pilot training scheme
    The French Air Force is ramping up the recruitment and training of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) crews to cope with the service’s expanding air vehicle inventory. While the 1/33 Belfort UAV squadron currently flies five GA-ASI MQ-9 Reaper medium-…
    - 3 days ago 23 May 19, 12:00am -
  • As PESCO projects grow, the real challenge emerges: co-ordinated defence planning
    Key Points MoDs within the EU need to embed cross-border co-ordination within their PESCO projects, an IRIS conference in Brussels has heard Failure to do this could adversely affect the results of PESCO initiatives As the pace of the EU’s Pe…
    - 3 days ago 23 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Milestones: India’s Integrated Air Command and Control System (IACCS)
    Latest developments India’s Integrated Air Command and Control System (IACCS) is an automated air-defence command-and-control (C2) centre designed for controlling and monitoring Indian Air Force (IAF) operations throughout the country. To achieve…
    - 3 days ago 23 May 19, 12:00am -
  • LNA announces naval blockade of western Libya
    The Libyan National Army (LNA) faction has announced it will impose a naval blockade on ports in west Libya to prevent any more shipments of military equipment reaching forces aligned with the internationally recognised Government of National Accord…
    - 3 days ago 23 May 19, 12:00am -
  • McSally leads charge for Trump to nominate Barrett as next US Air Force secretary
    Key Points An influential senator led the charge for Barbara Barrett to be the next USAF secretary Barrett is a businessperson who has also served as ambassador to Finland US Senator Martha McSally of Arizona pushed for months for Barbara Barre…
    - 3 days ago 22 May 19, 2:00am -
  • China protests US FONOP in South China Sea
    China’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has accused a US Navy (USN) warship of having entered “without permission” what it claims to be the “adjacent waters of its islands and reefs” in the disputed South China Sea (SCS). In an MND sta…
    - 4 days ago 22 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Sweden’s Defence Commission report underscores deterrent role of navy
    Key Points Increased naval capability will strengthen Sweden’s deterrent posture, according to Defence Commission The Commission’s report recommends augmentations to the Swedish navy’s surface ship, submarine, mine warfare, helicopter, and…
    - 4 days ago 21 May 19, 2:00am -
  • Yemeni rebels deny ballistic missile attack
    Yemen’s Ansar Allah (Houthi) rebel group denied that it carried out a ballistic missile attack against Saudi Arabia on 20 May. In a statement posted on its website, the group said its armed forces “did not carry out any military operation towar…
    - 4 days ago 21 May 19, 2:00am -
  • US Army to detail hypersonic and directed-energy weapons plans
    US Army leaders will meet with industry in mid-June to layout their plans for developing a host of new technologies including hypersonic and directed-energy weapons, as well as space technologies in efforts to better compete with Russia and China, wh…
    - 4 days ago 21 May 19, 2:00am -
  • Number of IS-K fighters in Afghanistan on the rise, states Pentagon report
    The number of Islamic State-Khorasan (IS-K) fighters operating in Afghanistan may have increased fivefold within a year, according to a 17 May report to the US Congress by the Lead Inspector General at the Pentagon for the United States’ Operation…
    - 4 days ago 21 May 19, 2:00am -
  • Bulgaria to establish Joint Special Operations Command
    The Bulgarian Parliament has approved changes in the Defence and Armed Forces law to enable the establishment of a Joint Special Operations Command. It will be directly subordinated to the Chief of Defence of the Bulgarian armed forces, General Andre…
    - 4 days ago 21 May 19, 1:00am -
  • Indian Army seeking to increase number of officers
    The Indian Army (IA) is planning to launch the Young Leaders Course (YLC) to annually instruct 400 enlisted soldiers into becoming officers. IA sources told Jane’s that the five months-long YLC, which will start in September and be run by the Off…
    - 5 days ago 21 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Belarus weighs acquiring Russian air defence systems
    Belarus is considering acquiring Russian-made air defence systems, including Pantsir-S self-propelled hybrid gun/missile air-defence systems and the Tor-M2 self-propelled surface-to-air missile (SAM) system, the head of Russia’s state arms exporter…
    - 8 days ago 17 May 19, 1:00am -
  • UDT 2019: Swedish navy chief outlines future equipment priorities
    Sweden’s naval chief has spelled out his ambitions for the future fleet as the government weighs its priorities for the forthcoming 2021-2025 defence bill. Speaking at the UDT Europe conference in Stockholm on 13 May, Rear Admiral Jens Nykvist, c…
    - 8 days ago 17 May 19, 1:00am -
  • US military deploys more assets to Middle East
    The US military has announced that an amphibious assault ship and a Patriot air defence battery are being sent to the Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility, but President Donald Trump has dismissed reports that 120,000 troops could be depl…
    - 8 days ago 17 May 19, 1:00am -
  • LNA claims it has been attacked by Turkish UAVs
    The Libyan National Army (LNA) has claimed that Turkish-made unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are being used to carry out attacks against the forces it has deployed to capture Tripoli from forces aligned with the internationally recognised Government…
    - 9 days ago 17 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Cameroonian Z9 helicopter crashes
    A Cameroonian Air Force (CAF) HAIG Z9WE attack helicopter crashed on 13 May, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed. The helicopter, which belonged to the 51st Air Squadron, took off from Air Base 501 at Bamenda to transport three government offic…
    - 9 days ago 17 May 19, 12:00am -
  • European allies contradict US assessment of Iranian threat
    Apparent tensions between NATO allies over an imminent Iranian threat were exposed after a two-star UK general briefed journalists on 14 May. Major General Chris Ghika, the second in command of the Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resol…
    - 9 days ago 17 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Spain withdraws frigate from US Gulf mission

    - 9 days ago 17 May 19, 12:00am -

CBRN Assessment

  • Syria offensive raises chemical attack fears
    The apparent lack of progress that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces are making in a new offensive has raised concerns that they will resort to using chemical weapons. “Unfortunately, we continue to see signs that the Assad regime may b…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • US Senate defence policy bill bans F-35 transfers to Turkey
    Key Points The SASC FY 2020 defence bill bans F-35 transfers to Turkey if the nation moves forward with acquiring the Russian S-400 system This is the first step in a process that, if approved by the president, could formally ban sending F-35s to T…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:00am -
  • Images reveal further details of North Korean missile launch
    Images released by North Korea's state-run media show that the two missiles the country launched on 9 May were of the same type as the close/short-range ballistic missile it test-fired on 4 May. The firings were part of a "strike drill of defence u…
    - 16 days ago 10 May 19, 12:00am -
  • China on faster pace to develop nuclear triad, according to Pentagon, analysts
    Thanks to an accelerated development of its Jin-class nuclear ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) fleet, China is closer to creating a nuclear triad force than had been previously believed, according to the Pentagon and defence analysts. “We’re…
    - 22 days ago 3 May 19, 2:00am -
  • North Korea announces test of ‘new tactical guided weapon’
    North Korea’s state-run media announced on 18 April that the country recently conducted a test-firing of what it described as a “a new tactical guided weapon”: a move that comes amid stalled talks with the United States over Pyongyang’s nucle…
    - 38 days ago 18 Apr 19, 12:00am -

Terrorism & Insurgency