• M261 rocket launcher to be tested with a digital interface

    The US Army plans to conduct a market analysis to identify organisations capable of developing the planned Modernized Rocket Launcher Increment 1 (MRL Inc1) for the 70 mm Hydra unguided rocket. This new variant will consist of a minimally modified 19-tube M261 Hydra launcher incorporating a Hydra

  • Colombian Armed Forces continue modernising, seeking new roles

    Colombian Minister of Defence Juan Carlos Pinzon met with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in New York on 26 January to highlight Colombia's advanced military capabilities and then sign a framework agreement for Colombia's participation in international peacekeeping operations, as the Andean state

  • Details emerge for Argentina's 3-D radar programme

    The Argentine Air Force (FAA) will install a long-range Argentine Primary 3-D Radar (RPA) in San Pedro sometime during 2015 following an agreement reached between the FAA and the provincial government of Misiones. The agreement, which was reportedly reached in mid-January, will allow the FAA to

  • Malaysia mulls air defences for submarine base near South China Sea

    Key Points Submarine base defences are being considered against a backdrop of rising regional maritime tensions The base is home to Malaysia's only dedicated submarine facility Malaysia is looking to equip its naval base at Teluk Sepanggar with an air defence system as a pre-emptive measure

  • Ukraine looks at rebuilding naval industry after Crimea annexation

    The Ukrainian naval industry will redeploy its assets in the south of the country in Kherson and Mykolayiv, the head of Ukroboronprom Roman Romanov announced during a working visit to Kherson on 26 January. "Today we see the great potential of the southern region, in particular, Kherson and


  • Future proofing: European AFVs evolve for road ahead

    To meet constantly evolving operational requirements and increasingly complex tasks Europe's armies are demanding more from their armoured fighting vehicles. Christopher F Foss assesses key programmes under way
  • Skimming the surface: Unmanned maritime systems target new roles

    The development of the USV market has stuttered in comparison with its airborne counterpart, with only target drones keeping many industry players involved. However, initial efforts in the MCM and force protection domains seem to be providing impetus to the market, with some commentators identifying significant potential for USVs in the future. Andrew White reports
  • The Islamic State grows its grassroots network

    The possible connection between the Islamic State and the Paris attacks highlights how the group's media outlets reach out to its worldwide support base. Ezzeldeen Khalil examines their effectiveness in inciting individuals to carry out terrorist attacks abroad.
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  • Boeing awarded Indonesian AH-64E contract

    Boeing has been awarded a USD295.8 million firm-fixed-price foreign military sales contract for eight AH64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters for Indonesia, the Department of Defence (DoD) disclosed on 27 January. The contract will be complete by 28 February 2018. When the deal was first
  • F-35 weapons certification on track for this year

    The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter is expected to complete full weapons certification this year after conducting several significant milestones since September 2014, the Pentagon said in a 15 January statement. "The weapons development programme continues to track
  • SpaceX drops lawsuit against USAF over launch vehicle contract

    Key Points SpaceX has dropped a lawsuit against the USAF over a 2014 EELV contract Although the block buy from ULA will proceed, the USAF did pledge to re-examine its certification process for new competitors SpaceX has agreed to drop its lawsuit relating to the US Air Force's (USAF's) Evolved
  • 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


  • P-S-1

    Description P-S-1 is a tripwire-operated anti-personnel (AP) bounding fragmentation mine. The body, housed within a smooth outer sheet-steel sleeve, contains a propelling charge, a tether wire, an integral pull fuze and a main charge with booster. The design is very similar to that of the Russian

  • PROM-1

    Description PROM-1 is an anti-personnel (AP) bounding fragmentation mine capable of being initiated by pressure or tripwire. The smooth bottle-shaped body has a threaded fuze well at the top and has internal horizontal grooves to enhance the fragmentation effect. Down the centre of the mine is a

  • PSM-1

    Description PSM-1 is a small anti-personnel (AP) bounding fragmentation mine which can be initiated by tripwire, pressure or electrically. The body is made from zinc alloy, into which approximately 1,200 steel balls of 6 mm diameter are cast. Inside the body is the main charge, with a central

  • S-MINE 35

    Description The 'Schrapnellmine', known as S-Mine 35, is an obsolete bounding fragmentation anti-personnel (AP) mine used extensively during the Second World War. The mine body is housed within a steel pot, with a waterproof seal around the top edge. The upper surface has a central fuze well, with