• USN commissions 12th Virginia-class submarine

    A 12th Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarine was placed into service with the US Navy (USN) on 1 August. USS John Warner (SSN 785) was commissioned in its homeport at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia. As the second of eight Block III Virginia submarines that feature a redesigned bow, the

  • Russian An-140 production halted by Ukrainian sanctions

    Russia has been forced to suspend manufacture of the Antonov An-140 transport aircraft as a result of sanctions imposed by the Ukrainian government, national media reported on 3 August. Production of the twin-turboprop aircraft at Samara JSC Aviacor (also known as Aviakor), which is located

  • UK retires Lynx AH.7 from service

    The British Army retired from service the last of its AgustaWestland Lynx AH.7 utility helicopters during a ceremony on 31 July. The ceremony at the Army Air Corps' (AAC) operating base at Middle Wallop saw 671 Lynx Conversion Squadron perform a final flypast of the type that has been operational

  • Crash reveals ELINT role for Colombian CN235M

    A Colombian Air Force (FAC) Airbus Defence and Space (DS) CN235M aircraft crashed on 31 July killing all 11 on board. The aircraft reported an engine malfunction before it crashed over Agustin Codazzi, Cesar. The aircraft is understood to have been undertaking an intelligence operation. In response

  • Damen launches Royal Bahamas Defence Force's transport ship in Vietnam

    A multi-purpose transport and landing ship being built for the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) has been launched at Damen's Halong Shipyard in Vietnam, the company announced in a release on 30 July. The vessel, which Damen refers to as the RoRo 5612, is being supplied as part of the RBDF's

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  • Picking up the pieces: Putting Project SEA 4000 back on course

    Australia's Air Warfare Destroyer programme has been blighted by schedule slippage, cost escalation, and dysfunctional management. Julian Kerr finds out how and why plans have gone awry, and looks at the efforts to put Project SEA 4000 back on an even keel
  • Asian gains

    With Asia-Pacific countries increasingly looking to develop their defence industrial capabilities through offset, the demands being placed on foreign contractors are rising to an unprecedented level. Jon Grevatt reports
  • Strike out: unmanned systems set for wider attack role

    Unmanned strike has for the most part been the preserve of larger systems, but now weapons are set to be rolled out across a range of UASs. Huw Williams examines the options
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  • UK extends reformed Tornado unit for operations over Iraq

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) is to sustain in service the reformed 12 (Bomber) Squadron for a further year in order to continue air strikes against the Islamic State, the defence secretary announced on 3 August. The squadron, which is currently conducting strikes over Iraq from its forward
  • Pentagon awards JAGM development contract

    Key Points Lockheed Martin has received a USD66 million EMD contract for JAGM The missile will be integrated onto the Apache and Viper attack helicopters while the production line is qualified The US Army and the US Navy on 31 July awarded Lockheed Martin a USD66 million engineering and
  • 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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    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

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    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

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