• AUSA Global 2015: Unmanned combat vehicles still elusive

    The US Army is interested in robotic combat vehicles, but the technology does not yet factor into force planning, according to Brigadier General David Bassett, the army's programme executive officer for ground combat systems. Most ground robotics projects have been moved under the programme office

  • Israel upgrading older Dolphin subs

    Israel has recently upgraded the weapons and communications systems of its first three German-manufactured Dolphin submarines to bring them up to the same standard as the three new submarines, which have air-independent propulsion systems, an Israeli Navy source told journalists on 29 March.

  • Israeli Navy 'assumes' Hizbullah has Yakhont missiles

    The Israeli Navy is operating under the assumption that the Lebanese Shia group Hizbullah has Russian-made Yakhont land-based anti-ship missile systems, a senior Israeli Navy source told journalists on 29 March. The source did not say whether this assumption was based on reliable intelligence or

  • Jordanian air force to get more Sniper pods

    The Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) is set to get 10 more Lockheed Martin AN/AAQ-33 Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods under a USD8.9 million contract announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 27 March. The Sniper pods were the ones fitted to UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Harrier GR.9

  • Oman accepts first Al-Ofouq patrol vessel, names second

    Key Points The Royal Navy of Oman has accepted its first Al-Ofouq patrol vessel The ship will replace the first of four Seeb-class patrol craft commissioned in the early 1980s The Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) has taken interim acceptance of its first Al-Ofouq-class patrol vessel from Singapore

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  • Pakistan in talks with China 'for eight submarines'

    The Pakistani government has approved the purchase of eight new submarines from China, senior Pakistan Navy officers told the National Assembly's defence committee on 31 March. In 2011 the government revealed that the navy had begun discussions with China to buy six submarines, with the number of
  • OneSKY points the way for civil-military harmonisation

    Thales is working with Airservices Australia and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) on the development of the Civil Military Air Traffic Management System (CMATS) under the OneSKY programme. The three principal delivery partners argue that CMATS, which costs around AUD600 million (USD468.9
  • CBO releases new triad upgrade estimate

    The United States will have to spend USD348 billion on nuclear weapons modernisation over the next 10 years if it wants to maintain a triad of nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), submarines, and bomber aircraft, according to a 22 January report from the Congressional Budget

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