• Fourth OPV for Portugal floated out

    Portuguese shipbuilder West Sea-Estaleiros Navais floated out a fourth new Viana do Castelo-class NPO (Navio de Patrulha Oceanica) offshore patrol vessel (OPV) on 13 September. The OPV, designated Setúbal (P363) , is the second of an additional two OPVs under construction in a contract worth

  • Bundeswehr sends invitations to tender for G36 assault rifle replacement

    The Bundeswehr has sent invitations to tender for the assault rifle, which will replace the G36. Germany’s Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology, and In-Service Support (Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr: BAAINBw)

  • CASC unveils next generation USV concepts

    China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) outlined its plans for a new family of unmanned surface vessels (USVs) at the 2017 International Ocean Science and Technology (OST) exhibition in Qingdao. The platforms are aimed at addressing a range of maritime security and naval

  • DSEI 2017: BAE outlines Challenger 2 LEP bid

    BAE Systems has outlined further details of its bid to upgrade the British Army’s Challenger 2 main battle tank (MBT). Speaking to Jane's on 14 September at DSEI 2017 in London, Simon Jackson, the campaign leader for BAE’s Challenger 2 Mark 2 Life Extension Project (LEP) bid, detailed

  • French Army receives last upgraded VBCIs

    The French Army took delivery of the last upgraded Nexter Véhicule Blindé de Combat d'Infanterie (VBCI) 8x8 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), the service’s spokesperson recently told Jane’s . Ninety-five out of a total of 520 29.3-tonne Véhicule de Combat d'Infanterie

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  • Rheinmetall demonstrates infantry system concept

    Rheinmetall held the first dynamic field demonstration of its infantry system concept at its Unterlüss test centre in northern Germany on 19 September. The system consists of the Infanterist der Zukunft - Erweitertes System (Future Soldier - Expanded System, IdZ-ES), the RS556 assault rifle
  • DSEI 2017: X-2 UGV emerges from agricultural role

    Digital Concepts Engineering unveiled its X-2 unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) at DSEI 2017 in London. The X-2 is a medium, tracked UGV that has been developed for CBRNE applications but is also designed for EOD, search and rescue (SAR), perimeter patrol, communications relay, mine detection and


  • Mk 20 Electro-Optical Sensor System (EOSS)

    Type Naval Fire-Control System (FCS). Development In 2005, following a competitive procurement process, Kollmorgen Electro-Optical (acquired by L-3 Communications in February 2012 and now operating as L-3 KEO) was chosen to provide the US Navy (USN) with an EOSS as part of the CG-47