• North Korea on 'inevitable' pathway to nuclear ICBM if left unchecked, says DIA chief

    The director of the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), Marine Corps Lieutenant General Vincent R Stewart, has warned that if North Korea is left on its current trajectory, the northeast Asian country will succeed in obtaining an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of posing a direct

  • Brazil plans to phase out M108 howitzers

    The Brazilian Army plans to deactivate its 105 mm M108 self-propelled howitzers (SPHs), the service recently announced. It reportedly has 72 systems in inventory with the 3rd, 5th, and 22th Self-propelled Field Artillery Groups located at Santa Maria, Curitiba, and Uruguaiana, respectively,

  • DIA chief refers to China as 'near-peer US competitor'

    The director of the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), Marine Corps Lieutenant General Vincent R Stewart, has identified China as one of the top five global military threats facing the United States, saying that the East Asian country "now stands firmly as a near-peer US competitor".

  • Indian, Pakistani armies locked in cross-border shelling in Kashmir

    The Indian Army (IA) has for the first time released video footage of what it described as "fire assaults' against Pakistan Army (PA) border posts in the disputed northern region of Kashmir amid heightened tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbours. Taken on 9 May, the video footage

  • LACS launches new TES system

    Italy's Laser Advanced Combat System (LACS) has developed an eponymous laser-based tactical engagement simulation (TES) for live force-on-force training. The system - which was launched at the 2017 International Training and Education Conference (ITEC) in Rotterdam - has the usual configuration of

  • Lockheed Martin Canada confirmed for Chilean Type 23 upgrade

    Key Points The CMS 330 system at the core of the Chilean Type 23 frigate upgrade was originally developed for the Royal Canadian Navy's Halifax-class modernisation programme The Hensoldt TRS-4D G-band radar and MBDA Sea Ceptor local area anti-air missile system will also form part of the upgrade

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  • Kaiman recon vehicle enters Belarusian service

    The Kaiman (Cayman) armoured reconnaissance vehicle has entered service with Belarusian armed forces, a source in the company told Jane's at the MILEX 2017 defence show, held in Minsk from 20-22 May. "The Kaiman is a new vehicle. It has successfully passed state trials and the military has

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  • Belarus to develop new long-range MRL

    The Belarusian defence industry is developing a multiple rocket launcher (MRL) with a range of up to 300 km, an official spokesperson for the State Military Industry Committee (GKVP) told Jane's at MILEX 2017, which took place in Minsk from 20-22 May. "In accordance with an order by GKVP, the

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  • Saudi completes radar upgrade for AWACS fleet

    The final Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning And Control System (AWACS) aircraft has now completed its major radar upgrade, the manufacturer Boeing announced on 23 May. The last of five RSAF E-3As has completed the Radar System Improvement Program (RSIP) that has already been

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  • ECA examines unmanned teaming, RC mine clearance

    France's ECA Group is working on teaming concepts of operation (CONOPS) for its IT180 series of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and Iguana E unmanned ground vehicle (UGV); the company is also developing a remote-control (RC) system to enable stand-off mine clearance. One teaming concept aims to

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Industry Industry

  • Pentagon budget 2018: UH-72A funding rebounds with 13 aircraft

    US Army's fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) budget request marks return after brief procurement hiatus for EADS North America UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopters. The budget request, released on 23 May, asks Congress for USD108.383 million to buy 13 UH-72As in FY 2018. In FY 2017 the army did not