• ATK and Orbital merger may slip to January

    The merger between ATK and Orbital Sciences Corporation may be delayed until the beginning of 2015, Orbital chairman, president, and chief executive officer David Thompson told investors at the company's third quarter 2014 results on 17 October. The companies expect to be ready to commence business

  • Oman retires Jaguars

    The Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) has held a ceremony to mark the retirement of its fleet of SEPECAT Jaguar attack aircraft at the Al-Shafaq Club in Seeb, the Oman News Agency reported on 16 October. It added that the Jaguars, which had been in RAFO service for nearly 37 years, were being replaced

  • Brazilian anti-tank weapon matures for international market

    The Brazilian Army's new light anti-tank weapon Arma Leve Anti-Carro (ALAC) is to be exported to four countries, according to 14 October Brazilian media reports. These countries have so far been identified as one in Africa, one in Asia, and two in the Middle East. COMMENT ALAC is a shoulder-fired

  • India successfully tests Nirbhay cruise missile

    India's Nirbhay (Fearless) long-range cruise missile successfully completed a test-flight for the first time on 14 October, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) said in a statement. The 1,000 km-class cruise missile, which the DRDO describes as "India's first indigenously

  • MANEX UUV trials provide data for NATO MCM work

    NATO's Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) in Italy is compiling sensor data from four unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) in an effort to spur the development of autonomous mine countermeasures (MCM) technology. Equipped with high-resolution sonar payloads, the UUVs were


  • Thinking big

    The arrival of the Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers will require a mindset change in the Royal Navy. Richard Scott reports
  • Choosing sides - Islamic State's influence in South Asia

    Islamic State's presence in South Asia is on the rise, as an increasing number of young people are being radicalised and joining the group. Bibhu Prasad Routray examines Islamic State's expansion and the rising threat it poses to the region.
  • Indonesian intent

    Shifting power in the Asia-Pacific region requires Indonesia to reassess its military modernisation programme, writes Jon Grevatt
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  • PLAN fleet auxiliaries being fitted out at Guangzhou

    Images have been posted online of two Chinese fleet auxiliaries being fitted out at Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI). One is the fifth Type 903/Fuchi class underway replenishment ship. The first two Type 903s were commissioned in 2004, with a further two 23,000-tonne Type 903As were
  • USN bolsters Laser Maverick stockpile

    Key Points The USN is purchasing more AGM-65E2/L laser-guided Maverick close-air-support missiles The out-of-production laser-guided Maverick was recently reconstituted by the USAF as a result of operational experience during Operation 'Iraqi Freedom' The US Navy (USN) has awarded Raytheon a
  • US Army chooses teams for DVE mitigation ground testing

    Key Points The army has selected nine participants for ground testing of DVE mitigation sensors DVEs are a leading contributor to rotorcraft accidents and reduced operational effectiveness The US Army has selected nine participants for early 2015 ground testing of sensors designed to help
  • Satellite imagery shows Parchin explosion aftermath

    Satellite imagery indicates that there was an explosion at Iran’s Parchin military research, development, and production facility on 5 October, raising fears about safety precautions at a site where nuclear weapons research allegedly has been carried out. The Iranian opposition website


  • AAT Mle 52/F1 general-purpose machine gun

    Development The Arme Automatique Transformable (AAT) Modèle (Mle) 52 was designed for ease of production, using stampings wherever possible. The receiver of the gun is made of fabricated semi-cylindrical shells welded together. In its original form, it fired the French 7.5 × 54 mm Mle

  • Advanced tethered vehicle (ATV)

    Type Remotely controlled vehicle Description ATV is a tethered, unmanned vehicle system designed for operation at depths to 6,000 m. The ATV work package includes a pair of TV cameras arranged on a pan/tilt to provide a stereo or three-dimensional view of the work area. Two master-slave

  • AN/PVS-22 Universal Night Sight (UNS)

    Type Weapon sight - image-intensified Development Initially developed by Optical Systems Technology, Inc. (part of OmniTech Partners Inc.), the AN/PVS-22 Universal Night Sight (UNS), (also known as the MilSight T105 UNS in FLIR Systems nomenclature) is a clip-on device designed to be placed in

  • AN/PVS-27 Magnum Universal Night Sight (MUNS)

    Type Weapon sight - image-intensified Development Initially developed by Optical Systems Technology, Inc. (OSTI - part of OmniTech Partners Inc.), the Magnum Universal Night Sight (UNS), also known as the MilSight S135 MUNS under FLIR Systems nomenclature, is a clip-on device designed to be