• Navantia and SIMA to collaborate on Peruvian navy programmes

    Navantia has signed a collaboration deal with Peruvian Shipyard Marine Industrial Services (Servicios Industriales de la Marina - SIMA), aimed at helping "renovate and modernise" the country's navy (the Marina de Guerra del Perú, or MGP), the Spanish company announced on 23 January.

  • PT PAL cuts steel on first Philippine Navy sealift vessel

    Key Points Work on the Philippine Navy's first strategic sealift vessel has started, with 2016 delivery planned Shipbuilder PT PAL expects to cut steel on the second vessel by mid-2015 Indonesian state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL has begun building the first of two strategic sealift vessels (SSVs)

  • Russian Gorshkov frigate build may slow without Ukrainian gas turbines

    Key Points The first four of six Admiral Gorshkov-class frigates under contract with Severnaya Verf are slated for the Russian Navy's Northern Fleet The timetable for completing the third and fourth ships may stretch thanks to loss of access to Ukrainian-produced gas turbine engines The build

  • Four vehicles to compete for Brazilian 4x4 programme

    Four armoured vehicle manufacturers have answered a Brazilian Army request for proposals (RfP) issued in October 2014 for the service's VBMT-LR lightweight wheeled multirole armoured vehicle programme. VBMT-LR is part of the army's Strategic Project Guarani. The bidding process, managed by the

  • Greek F-16 crashes in Spain

    A Hellenic Air Force F-16D Block 50 crashed while taking off from Llos Llanos/Albacete Air Base, Spain, on 26 January to participate in NATO's Tactical Leadership Programme 2015. Press reports from Spain indicate that the crash, which took place at 1530 h local time, killed both pilots and injured


  • Future proofing: European AFVs evolve for road ahead

    To meet constantly evolving operational requirements and increasingly complex tasks Europe's armies are demanding more from their armoured fighting vehicles. Christopher F Foss assesses key programmes under way
  • Skimming the surface: Unmanned maritime systems target new roles

    The development of the USV market has stuttered in comparison with its airborne counterpart, with only target drones keeping many industry players involved. However, initial efforts in the MCM and force protection domains seem to be providing impetus to the market, with some commentators identifying significant potential for USVs in the future. Andrew White reports
  • The Islamic State grows its grassroots network

    The possible connection between the Islamic State and the Paris attacks highlights how the group's media outlets reach out to its worldwide support base. Ezzeldeen Khalil examines their effectiveness in inciting individuals to carry out terrorist attacks abroad.
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  • Bulgaria may switch MiG support from Russia to Poland

    Bulgarian MiG-29 'Fulcrum' combat aircraft may in future be serviced and maintained in Poland rather than Russia, national media disclosed on 23 January. The Bulgarian Air Force's (BuAF's) 12 remaining MiG-29 'Fulcrum-A' fighters and three 'Fulcrum-B' operational trainers could be sustained in
  • F-35 weapons certification on track for this year

    The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter is expected to complete full weapons certification this year after conducting several significant milestones since September 2014, the Pentagon said in a 15 January statement. "The weapons development programme continues to track
  • SpaceX drops lawsuit against USAF over launch vehicle contract

    Key Points SpaceX has dropped a lawsuit against the USAF over a 2014 EELV contract Although the block buy from ULA will proceed, the USAF did pledge to re-examine its certification process for new competitors SpaceX has agreed to drop its lawsuit relating to the US Air Force's (USAF's) Evolved
  • CBO releases new triad upgrade estimate

    The United States will have to spend USD348 billion on nuclear weapons modernisation over the next 10 years if it wants to maintain a triad of nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), submarines, and bomber aircraft, according to a 22 January report from the Congressional Budget


  • DeepLinkā„¢ LPI acoustic communication network

    Type Subsurface communications equipment Description DeepLink is a low-probability-of-intercept (LPI) acoustic communication network that is suitable for use in the underwater acoustic channel (UWAC). Based on code division multiple access (CDMA) technology, it enables communication between

  • IMPI multipurpose microprocessor-controlled secure GPS tracking modem

    Type Global positioning system Development IMPI is a multipurpose microprocessor-controlled secure GPS tracking modem. It was the first-ever product of its kind developed within the Saab portfolio and it is designed to support a range of secure communication capabilities for military and civilian

  • PTP 45600 and PTP 48600 broadband radios

    Type Point-to-point radio equipment, SHF Development The PTP 45600 and PTP 48600 are Point-To-Point (PTP) wireless broadband systems developed to meet the needs of US Government and NATO agencies. Description The PTP 45600 operates in the 4.4 to 4.6 GHz licensed radio frequencies and the PTP

  • SS 2030

    Type High-frequency multibeam hull-mounted anti-submarine warfare (ASW) sonar Description The SS 2030 is a lightweight active multibeam ASW sonar that features a hull unit housing a fixed, cylindrical array protected by a glass-reinforced plastic dome. The sonar can also be fitted within a