• AUVSI 2015: MUM-T and interoperability key to US Army's tactical UAS plans

    The US Army is targeting improved interoperability, commonality between platforms, and a growth in manned-unmanned teaming (MUM-T) as it develops its tactical unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) capabilities. Speaking at AUVSI 2015 in Atlanta, Lieutenant Colonel Tory Burgess, the service's product

  • IDEF 2015: Dearsan completes Turkish patrol boat contract, moves ahead with exports

    Key Points Turkey's Dearsan handed over final New Type Patrol Boat to the Turkish Navy in February The company also remains on track to complete first export order, to Turkmenistan, this year Turkish shipbuilder Dearsan handed over its 16th and final New Type Patrol Boat (NTPB) to the Turkish

  • IDEF 2015: Otokar launches Tulpar-S weapons carrier

    Otokar unveiled its Tulpar-S weapons carrying vehicle at the IDEF defence exhibition in Istanbul on 5 May. Weighing 15 tonnes and designed to address the Turkish Land Forces' Anti-Tank Vehicle requirement, the Tulpar-S is the latest member of the Tulpar family, following on from the 33-tonne Tulpar

  • India, France announce 'time-bound' talks to conclude Rafale deal

    India and France undertook on 6 May to conclude negotiations on the purchase of 36 Dassault Rafale fighters for the Indian Air Force (IAF) in a "time-bound manner". "The two sides decided to set up teams to work out the details in a time-bound manner," a joint statement declared

  • Indian parliament slams MoD for delays to army procurement

    Key Points The Indian parliament's defence committee has said army modernisation is hindered by shortage of funds, limited local production, and bureaucratic delays to procurement The committee highlighted delays to body armour acquisition that it said was 'alarming and needs an explanation'

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  • IDEF 2015: FNSS unveils Pars 4x4 vehicle

    FNSS unveiled its Pars 4x4 armoured combat vehicle at the IDEF 2015 defence exhibition in Istanbul on 5 May. The vehicle is the first-ever 4x4 developed by FNSS and has been designed as a company venture for the wheeled component of the Turkish Land Forces' Anti-Tank Vehicle requirement. The cab of
  • Images show J-11D variant with possible new radar

    Chinese online forums have reported that the prototype of a new variant of the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation's (SAC) J-11 made its first flight in late April. Images posted online on 30 April showed an aircraft with serial number D1101 and the J-11D designation. The J-11 is one of a number of
  • 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


  • Agusta-Bell 212.

    Operational speed: 120 kt (222 km/h). Service ceiling: 15,000 ft (4,373 m). Range: 270 n miles (500 km). Role/Weapon systems: Assault (seven aircraft) and ASW/ASUW (11 aircraft); mainly deployed to escorts, but also shore-based. Sensors (ASW/ASUW): APS-705 radar; ASQ 13-B sonar; STAR SAFIRE II

  • Multipurpose Patrol Ships

    Fleetlist Programmes: The Pattugliatore Polivalente d'Altura (PPA) programme is for a class of six multipurpose offshore patrol vessels, with an option for a further four ships. Five are to be in a low-end configuration (patrol) and one in high-end configuration (combat). A modular design approach

  • AM-35 and AM-50 (humanitarian anti-mine boots)

    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


    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