• Afghan National Army to receive more Commando Select 4x4s

    The Afghan National Army (ANA) is to receive more Textron Commando Select 4x4 armoured vehicles. Through the US Foreign Miltary Sales (FMS) programme the company was awarded a USD56.2 million firm-fixed-price contract for 55 more Commando Select platforms, Textron announced in late September. This

  • Boeing gets development deal for USAF F-15 EW suite

    Key Points The USAF has selected Boeing as the prime contractor on a new digital EW suite for the F-15 Eagle EPAWSS will replace TEWS, which has been in service since the 1980s The US Air Force (USAF) selected Boeing as the prime contractor on a new digital electronic warfare suite for its F-15

  • Finland begins Squadron 2020 OPV programme

    Finland has begun its 'Laivue 2020' (Squadron 2020) programme to build a new class of four multipurpose offshore patrol vessels (OPVs). The new vessels are intended to replace the Finnish Navy's four Rauma-class fast-attack missile boats, and its two Hämeenmaa-class minelayers. Both of these

  • Russia begins airstrikes in Syria

    Key Points Russian aircraft began combat operations against various Syrian rebel groups on 30 September The US and Russia have yet to announce a formal mechanism for deconflicting their operations in Syrian airspace Russia launched its first combat operation outside the former Soviet Union since

  • Sweden receives first series-produced Archer SPA

    Sweden has begun receiving series-produced FH-77 BW L52 Archer 155 mm (6x6) self-propelled artillery (SPA) systems from BAE Systems. The first delivery on 28 September comes two years after the first pre-series production vehicles were delivered in September 2013. Sweden has 24 Archer systems on

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  • Czech MoD recommends Nexter Titus MRAP purchase

    The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) has recommended the government selects the Nexter Systems Titus 6x6 armoured vehicle to fulfil a CZK2.7 billion (USD111 million) requirement for 42 mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) platforms for the Army of the Czech Republic (ACR). MoD sources leaked
  • Suspected Iranian missile shipment seized in Arabian Sea

    The first evidence has emerged that Iran is shipping weapons to its allies in Yemen in the form of a shipment of anti-tank guided missiles seized off Oman. The seizure was first announced on 29 September, when Saudi Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed al-Jubeir told the Al-Arabiya news channel that,
  • Kongsberg debuts new ADC console

    Key Points Kongsberg expects to complete qualification of the ADC by the end of 2015 The company sees additional applications for the same FDC architecture in other roles, including coastal defence, artillery/fire support, and high-echelon command-and-control Kongsberg Defence Systems has


  • 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