• US officials confirm sixth Chinese hypersonic manoeuvring strike vehicle test

    Key Points The sixth Chinese test of its DF-ZF hypersonic manoeuvring strike vehicle was "successful" China may be planning such warheads to perform non-nuclear precision strike missions A sixth test of China's hypersonic manoeuvring strike vehicle, the DF-ZF (previously designated the

  • Chinese army commissions new logistics ship to bolster South China Sea presence

    Key Points The Chinese army has commissioned a new logistics support ship The vessel will bolster the People's Liberation Army logistics capabilities in the South China Sea The People's Liberation Army (PLA) has commissioned a new logistics support ship and plans to station the vessel in the

  • Denmark restarts artillery purchase

    Denmark has restarted its plans to purchase a new artillery system, the country's defence minister has announced. According to Peter Christensen, "An efficient and modern artillery is important for the army and the tasks they must solve. Therefore, it has been very important to me to make the

  • Elbit announces Hermes 900 deal for Switzerland

    Elbit Systems has been awarded an approximately USD200 million contract by the Swiss government for the procurement of its Hermes 900 unmanned aircraft systems (UASs), the company announced on 26 November. The contract, which was placed by the Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection

  • Indonesian air force selects AW101 for presidential duties

    The Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU) has selected the AgustaWestland AW101 multirole medium helicopter to meet its requirement for a presidential transport aircraft, the Indonesian Air Force chief of staff, Air Vice Marshal Agus Supriatna, has told state-run news agency Antara. In comments reported on


  • New cyber platforms offer criminal potential

    As cyber innovations change the operating environment for terrorists and criminals, Cameron Colquhoun assesses how new advances are likely to appeal to law-breakers.
  • 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.
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  • SDSR 2015: British Army reform plans left vague

    Key Points A lack of detail in UK's 2015 SDSR has raised a question mark over the future of one of the British Army's three MBT-equipped armoured cavalry regiments Meanwhile, the Ajax reconnaissance vehicles purchased to support British Army's three current armoured infantry brigades are now to be


  • 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