• Afghan National Army to receive more Commando Select 4x4s

    The Afghan National Army (ANA) is to receive more Textron Commando Select 4x4 armoured vehicles. Through the US Foreign Miltary Sales (FMS) programme the company was awarded a USD56.2 million firm-fixed-price contract for 55 more Commando Select platforms, Textron announced in late September. This

  • Czech MoD recommends Nexter Titus MRAP purchase

    The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) has recommended the government selects the Nexter Systems Titus 6x6 armoured vehicle to fulfil a CZK2.7 billion (USD111 million) requirement for 42 mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) platforms for the Army of the Czech Republic (ACR). MoD sources leaked

  • Russia details ambitious effort to modernise nuclear-powered submarines to bolster order of battle

    Key Points Moscow is modernising or repairing 12 nuclear-powered submarines The modernised boats are intended to serve 20 more years, maintaining operational force levels as the new Project 885M Yasen-class boats enter service. The modernisation programme leaves current force levels as low as

  • US C-130 crashes in Afghanistan

    Six US Air Force (USAF) crew members and five passengers were killed when a Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules transport aircraft crashed on 2 October at Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan, according to ta 455th Air Expeditionary Wing statement. The passengers were civilian contractors, USAF spokesman

  • US deploys CSAR aircraft to southern Turkey to support Syria operations

    The United States has deployed aircraft and personnel to Diyarbakir Air Base in Turkey to provide combat search-and-rescue (CSAR) capabilities in support of its operations in Syria and Iraq. The local Dogan news agency reported the arrival of the first US forces at Diyarbakir on 1 October after

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  • Finland begins Squadron 2020 OPV programme

    Finland has begun its 'Laivue 2020' (Squadron 2020) programme to build a new class of four multipurpose offshore patrol vessels (OPVs). The new vessels are intended to replace the Finnish Navy's four Rauma-class fast-attack missile boats, and its two Hämeenmaa-class minelayers. Both of these
  • Suspected Iranian missile shipment seized in Arabian Sea

    The first evidence has emerged that Iran is shipping weapons to its allies in Yemen in the form of a shipment of anti-tank guided missiles seized off Oman. The seizure was first announced on 29 September, when Saudi Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed al-Jubeir told the Al-Arabiya news channel that,
  • Boeing gets development deal for USAF F-15 EW suite

    Key Points The USAF has selected Boeing as the prime contractor on a new digital EW suite for the F-15 Eagle EPAWSS will replace TEWS, which has been in service since the 1980s The US Air Force (USAF) selected Boeing as the prime contractor on a new digital electronic warfare suite for its F-15


  • 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