• Russia to start testing Pantsir-SM

    Key Points The Pantsir-SM will use a new high-speed SAM with improved capabilities against cruise missile and UAV targets Provision for the naval version of the Pantsir-SM system will be incorporated into new-construction Project 20380 Buyan-class missile-armed corvettes from 2017 The KBP

  • Airbus teams with DCNS to develop VTOL UAV for French Navy

    Airbus Helicopters and French naval shipbuilder DCNS are to offer a clean-sheet vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to the French Navy (Marine Nationale : MN). The collaboration, announced on 20 October, will see the unmanned helicopter developed in response to the

  • Another North Korean IRBM launch fails

    North Korea conducted another unsuccessful launch of what appeared to be a Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) on 20 October, according to US, Japanese, and South Korean officials. "US Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) systems detected what we assess was a failed North Korean

  • BAE Systems anticipates US Navy's APKWS contract to boost production numbers

    Key Points The company has been producing upwards of 2,500 units annually An initial delivery under a new ID/IQ contract will be for more than 20,000 systems BAE Systems has been awarded a new contract for its Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) laser-guided rockets that is likely to

  • Chilean Navy to modernise ageing Orion maritime patrol aircraft

    IMP Aerospace of Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 17 October announced it was contracted by the Chilean Navy to provide service-life extension, depot maintenance, and avionics upgrades for the service's two Lockheed UP-3A Orion maritime patrol aircraft under the Orion III programme. The project entails a

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  • Euronaval 2016: French Navy's new frigate design unveiled

    The concept design for the new Fr├ęgate de Taille Interm├ędiaire (FTI) for the French Navy was unveiled by the French defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on 18 October. The minister was joined at the Euronaval exhibition in Paris by Laurent Collet-Billon, head of France's defence


  • Mk 20 Electro-Optical Sensor System (EOSS)

    Type Naval Fire-Control System (FCS). Development In 2005, following a competitive procurement process, Kollmorgen Electro-Optical (acquired by L-3 Communications in February 2012 and now operating as L-3 KEO) was chosen to provide the US Navy (USN) with an EOSS as part of the CG-47