• Italy deploys latest Mangusta attack helo variant to Afghanistan

    Italy has deployed the latest version of the AgustaWestland Mangusta attack helicopter, the AW129D, to Afghanistan. Task Force 'Fenice', the Italian Army Aviation component of Train Advise Assist Command West (TAAC-W) in Afghanistan, started testing the new version of the helicopter in early

  • GA-ASI tests ABSAA system and Due Regard Radar

    Key Points GA-ASI has tested an ABSAA system aboard an MQ-9 UAV and a Due Regard Radar aboard a Beechcraft King Air If successful, the two systems would allow UAVs to operate safely in civilian airspace without fear of collisions General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) has tested an

  • Ghana to get Super Tucanos

    The Ghanaian Air Force will receive Embraer EMB-314 Super Tucano turboprop aircraft and additional Mil Mi-17 helicopters, President John Dramani Mahama revealed when he inaugurated a new hangar at the Accra air force base. According to a statement released by the Ghana Armed Forces on 20 November,

  • Sagem in talks on Venezuelan submarine upgrade

    Sagem (part of the Safran group) is currently negotiating with the Venezuelan Navy (Armada Bolivariana de Venezuela) and the country's state-owned shipbuilder DIANCA (Diques y Astilleros Nacionales Compañía Anónima) over the installation of Sagem's Sigma 40XP inertial navigation

  • UK orders first operational F-35 combat aircraft

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed for its first four operational Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft as part of the Low-Rate Initial Production (LRIP 8) production lot, it was announced on 21 November. The order marks an initial buy from the MoD's Main

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  • Laser weapon breaks cover on USS Ponce

    Key Points The LaWS prototype is being deployed on USS Ponce to demonstrate a SSL-QRC The results of the demonstration will inform a follow-on SSL-TM programme The US Navy (USN) has released the first high-quality images showing a Laser Weapon System (LaWS) demonstrator installed on board the
  • UWSA fielding Chinese FN-6 MANPADS

    Myanmar's largest and best-armed insurgent force, the United Wa State Army (UWSA), has carried out a broad upgrade of its anti-aircraft defences with the induction of Chinese third-generation FN-6 manportable air defence systems (MANPADS). According to a reliable military source in northeastern


  • 2A42 30 mm cannon

    Development The 2A42 30 mm cannon forms the main armament of the BMP-2 Mechanised Infantry Combat Vehicle (MICV), BTR-80A and BTR-90 Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) as well as the BMD-2 and BMD-3 airborne combat vehicles. In 2001, it was announced as the main armament of the 2T Stalker combat

  • 2A42 30 mm cannon

    Type 30-mm cannon. Development In the early 1970s Russian gun and cannon designers were commissioned to design a 30 mm cannon to increase the combat effectiveness of the BMP-1 combat vehicle (which was primarily armed with the 2A20 73-mm main gun). Development proceeded along two lines. To begin

  • ADEN 30 mm cannon

    Type 30-mm cannon system. Development During the late 1940s, some members of the German Mauser team, that had developed the successful Mk 213C 30 mm cannon during the Second World War, moved to the UK. Friedrich Linder and Werner Jungermann went to the UK in 1946, where they assisted a UK team to

  • Aerea 7.62 mm gun pods

    Type 7.62-mm machine gun system. Development Beginning in 1970, Aerea SpA developed the Twin Pod carrying a pair of 7.62 mm machines guns, to equip aircraft and helicopters. The Twin Pod incorporates two FN MAG-58 7.62 mm guns mounted side-by-side. The pods are designed with standard NATO 356 mm