• Finland's Katanpää-class MCMVs head for operations

    Since their arrival in service in June 2012 and October 2013 respectively, the Finnish Navy's first two Katanpää-class mine countermeasures vessels (MCMVs) Katanpää and Purunpää have been undergoing a full operational work-up. It has involved a series of extensive tests

  • Taiwan says local submarine programme back on drawing board

    Key Points Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense has announced that it is considering a plan to start local production of submarines An MND spokesman admitted that the plan would require help from 'free and democratic countries' Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) announced on 1 October

  • Update: Spain to increase defence spending

    Spain's headline defence budget in 2015 is set to rise for first time in seven years, with a 1% gain to EUR5.71 billion (USD7.2 billion). According to figures presented to parliament on 30 September, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) will receive about EUR57 million in additional funding, in contrast

  • USAF to modernise DCGS into an open architecture system

    Key Points The US Air Force wants to turn its AF DCGS into a non-proprietary capability and add standards for new sensors Modernising AF DCGS was delayed as the service focused instead on supporting operations in Afghanistan and Iraq The US Air Force (USAF) is seeking to make its Distributed

  • USC working on warships for Arctic operations

    United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) is developing a new warship concept for use by Russia's Sever (North) United Strategic Command in the Arctic and is building support and patrol ships for it, USC President Aleksey Rakhmanov said on 24 September. Among the new developments is the Project 21180


  • Army of adaption

    Now redeploying from more than a decade of large-scale counter-insurgency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the US Army is preparing itself for a future that includes new threats and a smaller force, a bigger Pacific presence, possible complex warfare in 'megacities', and a dwindling number of acquisition programmes. Dan Wasserbly reports
  • New model army: delivering reserve capability

    The UK is shaping its reserve forces for a future that will see them train and deploy on operations with the regular component as an integrated part of the 'whole force'. David Reynolds reports
  • Test your military knowledge - name the aircraft pictured here

    Each week we feature an unidentified platform on www.ihsjanes360.com. Test your identification capabilities by working out what is being depicted in the image and then checking to see if you're correct.
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  • First Australian F-35A completes maiden flight

    Key Points Australia's first Lockheed Martin F-35A completed its maiden flight to perform a series of functional checks The RAAF is due to receive its first two F-35s this year Australia's first Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter completed its maiden flight on 29 September,
  • Iran's 23 mm Gatling gun emerges from the shadows

    The Asefeh rotary cannon that Iran says it is developing for use in a close-in weapon system (CIWS) was finally seen in its entirety on 28 September. Iran announced in November 2013 that it was working on the three-barrelled weapon, but only the front of the barrels and their muzzle shroud were
  • US Army chooses teams for DVE mitigation ground testing

    Key Points The army has selected nine participants for ground testing of DVE mitigation sensors DVEs are a leading contributor to rotorcraft accidents and reduced operational effectiveness The US Army has selected nine participants for early 2015 ground testing of sensors designed to help
  • US says 'serious questions' remain over Syrian CW

    The United States has made the strongest indication to date that Syria may have withheld some of its chemical weapons on 18 August, when it said there are still "serious questions" about its declaration to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The White House


  • AN/ALR-56A/C

    Type Airborne Radar Warning Receiver (RWR) Description The AN/ALR-56 RWR is used with the AN/ALQ-135 Internal Countermeasures Set jamming equipment and forms part of the Tactical Electronic Warfare System (TEWS) installed aboard F-15 fighter and strike aircraft. The baseline AN/ALR-56

  • AN/ALR-56M

    Type Airborne Radar Warning System (RWS) Description The AN/ALR-56M RWS is designed to detect and identify search, acquisition and tracking radars that are associated with ground-based and airborne threat weapons systems, provide 'effective' threat warnings (visual and aural) and to act as the

  • AN/APS-508 and AN/APS-143G multi-mission monopulse secondary radar

    Type Imaging Radar and identification friend-or-foe (IFF) interrogator System (IRIS) Development AN/APS-508 was originally developed for use aboard Canada's CP-140 Aurora maritime patrol aircraft and AN/APS-143G is a relabeling and repurposing of the AN/APS-508 Radar System for international

  • AN/WLD-1 RMS

    Type Remote minehunting vehicle (RMV). Development The AN/WLD-1 RMS (remote minehunting system) is under development to meet the US Navy requirements for organic mine countermeasures (MCM) for deployment from surface ships. The system is designed to provide an off-board capability to meet the