• Finland selects FN SCAR-L for its special forces

    Finland's special forces have selected the Belgian FN SCAR-L assault rifle as a new standard firearm. The FN SCAR-L will be the first 5.56x45 mm NATO calibre firearm introduced to the Finnish Defence Forces (FDF). It will supplement the current RK 95 TP assault rifle chambered in the Russian

  • Australia confirms participation in Norway's Joint Strike Missile programme

    Key Points Australia is to co-operate with Norway on the Joint Strike Missile Australia's participation is aimed at ensuring the weapon's availability, if required, for the Royal Australian Air Force's future JSF fleet Australia is to co-operate with the Norwegian Ministry of Defence on Norway's

  • IDEX 2015: China reveals 'new' LPD concept

    The China Shipbuilding and Trading Company (CSTC) used the IDEX show in Abu Dhabi to reveal a model of a new landing platform dock (LPD) that it could build for export. A CSTC official told IHS Jane's that the concept was not developed to meet any current customer requirement, but was done to

  • IRGC attacks replica carrier in latest exercise

    Key Points The mock aircraft carrier that Iran was seen constructing in 2014 has been used as a target in an IRGC exercise The exercise appears to have been an expensive propaganda effort that failed to demonstrate Iran's ability to engage major naval vessels with over-the-horizon weapons Iran's

  • IDEX 2015: CETC's O-Shield updates Bodyguard

    The China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC) used the IDEX show in Abu Dhabi to provide new details about a counter-precision guided munition (PGM) system that updates the nearly 20-year old Bodyguard system. CETC's O-Shield Comprehensive Electro-Optical Defence System was first

  • Poland seeks VIP transport aircraft

    The Polish military is planning to buy two small aircraft for VIP transportation in 2015. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has accepted a proposal to purchase two used long-range business jets for the Polish Air Force. They are due to be able to transport 12-14 passengers and to conduct transatlantic

  • Aegis BMD test demonstrates automatic engagement co-ordination between ships

    Key Points US Navy ships tracked and engaged three short-range missile targets Distributed Weighted Engagement Scheme helped ships avoid launching multiple missiles to counter threats The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) on 24 February demonstrated the ability of Aegis destroyers to co-ordinate

  • Australia's DSTO and Airbus form technology alliance

    Australia's Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) has signed an agreement with Airbus Group Australia Pacific - the Airbus Group's Australian subsidiary - to collaborate on military aerospace technologies, the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) announced on 26 February. The DoD

  • IDEX 2015: UAE orders nine AW139 helicopters

    A spokesman for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) military announced at the IDEX show in Abu Dhabi that it had ordered nine helicopters from AgustaWestland: six of them for search-and-rescue purposes and three for VIP transport. AgustaWestland told IHS Jane's that all the helicopters would be its

  • Israeli Arrow 2 upgrade back on track after 'near miss'

    Some six months after the Israeli Ministry of Defense (MoD) carried out a trial of an upgraded version of the Arrow 2 ballistic missile defense (BMD) system, defence official confirmed on 24 February that the interceptor narrowly missed its target. Immediately after the trial was carried out on 9

  • Raytheon to develop AMRAAM-ER for air defence

    Raytheon has begun development of an extended range (ER) variant of its AIM-120 advanced medium-range air-to-air missile (AMRAAM) for ground-based air defence, the company announced on 24 February. "The new missile will be even faster and more manoeuverable than the current AMRAAM,"

  • RT hopeful on first customer for Skystar 100 mini-aerostat

    Israeli defence firm RT has already lined up several customers for its new Skystar 100 miniature aerostat and expects to sign production contracts soon, the company has revealed. Major Rami Shmueli (retd), the CEO of RT, said "We identified the need for an immediate and portable intelligence

  • Seeker 400 completes final flight tests

    The Denel Dynamics Seeker 400 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) completed its final flight tests earlier this year in the presence of observers from the unidentified launch customer, the South African company has announced. The third round of flight tests verified the aircraft's performance, including

  • Avalon 2015: Bell touts AH-1Z as maritime attack platform for Australia

    Bell Helicopter is pitching its AH-1Z Viper helicopter to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to be utilised as a maritime attack platform aboard its two landing helicopter dock (LHD) amphibious assault ships, a company representative told IHS Jane's at the Avalon Airshow yesterday (24 February).

  • Germany ends NH90 grounding

    Germany has lifted a grounding order on its NH90 Tactical Transport Helicopter (TTH) fleet, the country's ministry of defence said on 23 February. "The Armed Forces Aviation Office recommended to the inspector of the army the gradual resumption of NH90 operations," the ministry said.

  • UPDATE: IDEX 2015: Blue Arrow 9 further expands Chinese UAV weapon options

    China's promotion of domestic weapons competition has resulted in customers getting a wider choice of missiles for their unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The two Chinese companies leading this competition are Norinco and the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), which have

  • Avalon 2015: ATK sees increased Asia-Pacific interest in gunship conversions

    ATK has received significant interest in its gunship and light attack aircraft conversions from a number of Asia-Pacific countries, a company official told IHS Jane's at the Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition 2015. Interest in ATK's tactical transport gunship

  • IDEX 2015: FNSS lifts wraps on new Saber 25 turret

    Turkey's FNSS Savunma Sistemleri launched its latest Saber 25 one-man medium-calibre turret at IDEX 2015. Saber 25 has been in private development since late 2013, pulling through experience from the Sharpshooter Mk 1 and Mk 2 one-person turrets supplied to customers including Malaysia for some of

  • Avalon 2015: Australia seeks co-operative development with US on Triton UAV

    The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is looking at entering into a co-operative development programme with the US Navy (USN) on the Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton maritime surveillance high altitude long endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), according to a senior service official. Group

  • IDEX 2015: Hydra undertakes first sea trials

    Al Seer Marine has conducted the first at-sea trials of its new Hydra unmanned surface vessel (USV). The trials were held at the company's facilities in the United Arab Emirates. Abu Dhabi-based Al Seer has developed the Hydra and other USVs in partnership with 5G International, a specialist in