• AUSA Global 2015: Army 'warfighting challenges' meant to spur innovation

    Key Points Service planners are to use Army Warfighting Assessments to trail new systems and concepts Officials hope these can help focus industry IRAD funding The US Army hopes to spur military innovation less through systems requirements and capability gaps and more through broad 'warfighting

  • AUSA Global 2015: Army eyes light vehicles for early entry operations

    US Army planners are showing an increased interest in lighter vehicles for early entry operations, as they seek to attain 'mobile protected firepower' across all formations. The army must provide a "quick, fast, [and] light capability that can do forced entry anywhere in the world", but

  • USN awards FY 2015 LCS contracts

    Key Points USN is providing funding for three LCS plus advanced procurement for a second Freedom variant hull to be funded in FY 2016 Austal USA and Lockheed Martin also receiving priced options for an additional LCS apiece in FY 2016 The US Navy (USN) has awarded a total of USD1.053 billion to

  • 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

  • US Army to modify MC-12W into EMARSS-M multirole platform

    The US Army is to modify a government-owned Quick Reaction Capability Liberty Project aircraft into an Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System - Multi-Intelligence (EMARSS-M) platform under a USD31.8 million contract it was announced on 31 March. The contract, which was

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  • Analysts cast doubt on Russian plans for supercarrier

    Key Points The commander of the Russian Navy has announced plans for a 'supercarrier' exceeding 85,000 tonnes Analysts from both East and West believe that Russia is unlikely to be able to build - or indeed meaningfully operate - such a ship Russian Navy commander Admiral Viktor Chirkov's claim
  • 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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    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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