• India and Russia revive FGFA talks

    The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has revived negotiations with Russia to resolve the long-stalled developmental cost issues with the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA), jointly approved as an equally shared programme under an inter-governmental agreement in 2007. A cost negotiation

  • Indonesian Super Tucano lost in training accident

    An Embraer EMB-314 Super Tucano light attack aircraft operated by the Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU) crashed into a house on the island of Java on 10 February, killing the two crew members. The turboprop aircraft came down close to its homebase of

  • Mitsubishi reveals industrial strategy behind X-2 development project

    Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has revealed to IHS Jane's details about the industrial strategy behind its programme to develop the fifth-generation X-2 fighter aircraft. A prototype of the X-2 - also known as an Advanced Technology Demonstrator - Experimental (ATD-X) aircraft - was

  • MBDA ships first batch of ASRAAM integration assets for UK F-35B

    Key Points ASRAAM will be the first UK missile to arm the F-35 Missile will be qualified only for external carriage on UK F-35Bs MBDA Missile Systems, in conjunction with United Kingdom F-35 weapons integration lead BAE Systems, has begun deliveries of a consignment of Advanced Short-Range

  • Pentagon budget 2017: LRS-B next-gen bomber would double R&D

    The US Air Force (USAF) has doubled its research and development (R&D) request for a new nuclear-capable bomber fleet as the programme hopes to ramp up in fiscal year 2017 (FY 2017). For the Long-Range Strike Bomber (LRS-B) the service asked for USD1.358 billion in research, development, test,

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  • Turkey's Anka UAV makes operational debut

    The Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) Anka unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) made its operational debut in early February, the Foundation to Strengthen the Turkish Armed Forces (TSKGV) announced. The mission, which took place on 5 February, saw a modified version of the Anka A medium-altitude
  • USAF reveals 2014 nuclear 'mishap' that damaged ICBM

    The US Air Force (USAF) stripped personnel of their nuclear certification following a mishap in which a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) was damaged, it was revealed on 23 January. The incident, which occurred in 2014 but is only now being publically acknowledged by the USAF,


  • Agusta-Bell 212.

    Operational speed: 120 kt (222 km/h). Service ceiling: 15,000 ft (4,373 m). Range: 270 n miles (500 km). Role/Weapon systems: Assault (seven aircraft) and ASW/ASUW (11 aircraft); mainly deployed to escorts, but also shore-based. Sensors (ASW/ASUW): APS-705 radar; ASQ 13-B sonar; STAR SAFIRE II

  • Multipurpose Patrol Ships

    Fleetlist Programmes: The Pattugliatore Polivalente d'Altura (PPA) programme is for a class of six multipurpose offshore patrol vessels, with an option for a further four ships. Five are to be in a low-end configuration (patrol) and one in high-end configuration (combat). A modular design approach

  • AM-35 and AM-50 (humanitarian anti-mine boots)

    Development Zeman's mine resistant boots are designed to provide leg protection against Anti-Personnel (AP) mines containing up to 35 g (AM-35 type) and 50 g (AM-50 type) high explosives (TNT) and have been developed by Zeman in cooperation with Aall Jiri Chladek explosives consultants (see


    Type Penetration warhead. Development In 1994 Britain's Royal Ordnance (later BAE Systems Royal Ordnance Defence, BAE Systems Land and Armaments and now BAE Global Combat Systems Munitions) released details of a new penetrating tandem warhead concept suitable for both bombs and air-to-surface