• India to transfer four Mi-25 'Hind' attack helicopters to ANDSF by early 2016

    India will deliver four refurbished Russian-made Mi-25 'Hind' attack helicopters to the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) by early 2016, official sources have said. The renovated Indian Air Force Mi-25s, armed with YakB four-barrelled 12.7 mm machine guns, rockets, and grenade

  • Qatari SATCOM up and running

    A military satellite communications system that Thales is delivering to the Qatari military has reached the initial operating capability (IOC) stage, the French defence company announced on 24 November. It said the IOC had been achieved 10 months after the contract was awarded and described it as

  • Brazil to open proposals for 4x4 armoured vehicles

    The Brazilian Army's Department of Science and Technology (DCT), by the end of November, is to open 'best and final offers' (BAFOs) from two local contractors, meant to fulfil the service's 4x4 VBMT-LR (Viatura Blindada Multitarefa - Leve de Rodas) lightweight armoured multirole vehicle programme,

  • India expands defence collaboration with Malaysia and Singapore

    India has agreed to expand defence industrial co-operation with Malaysia and Singapore. The accords were announced during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's four-day visit to Southeast Asia, which concluded on 24 November. During Modi's visit to Malaysia he pledged to enhance defence ties across

  • PAC-3 scores two successful tests in November

    Lockheed Martin's Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) interceptor has successfully detected, tracked, and shot down a representative tactical ballistic missile, the second successful test for the PAC-3 in November. On 12 November a PAC-3 intercepted a surrogate cruise missile during the US Army's


  • Back to the future

    As Russia flexes its military muscle, Sweden's air and naval forces find themselves adapting to a changed Baltic security environment with echoes of the Cold War. Gareth Jennings and Richard Scott report
  • Commercial UAVs pose rising security challenge

    Greater accessibility of commercial unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has opened up new security threats. Andrew White surveys the insurgent and criminal groups showing the most interest in this new technology, and assesses the defence industry's response.
  • China's ICBM modernisation alters threat profile

    China's continuing ballistic missile modernisation programme is expanding the range of its targeting options. Sean O'Connor examines the implications for the country's nuclear posture towards the United States, as well as regional states such as Russia and India.
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  • First free-flight test for Harpoon Block II+

    The US Navy (USN) has successfully completed a first free-flight test of the network-enabled AGM-84N Harpoon Block II+ air-launched anti-ship missile in a test on the Point Mugu sea range off the California coast. A modification of the existing AGM-84D Harpoon Block 1C missile, the Block II+ weapon


  • 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