• ASV and QinetiQ team up for target practice

    Defence science and technology company QinetiQ has established a Marine Surface Target Service in partnership with unmanned marine systems manufacturer Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASV). The UK-based venture is intended to "rapidly and effectively meet customer needs for trials and training

  • Australia seeks participation in Kongsberg's JSM

    Australia is seeking expanded engagement in Norway's air-launched anti-ship Kongsberg Joint Strike Missile (JSM) programme, the Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra confirmed to IHS Jane's on 21 July. The collaboration project is framed around both countries' participation in the Lockheed Martin

  • Indian Army completes self-propelled howitzer trials

    The Indian Army has completed trials for two 155 mm/52 calibre howitzer systems and is preparing a report for the Ministry of Defence. Official sources said two competing 155 mm/52 cal towed gun systems and two 155 mm/52 cal self-propelled tracked howitzers recently completed maintainability

  • Saab bows out of Danish fighter procurement competition

    Saab has formally withdrawn its Saab JAS 39 Gripen E/F from Denmark's next-generation fighter aircraft competition, Denmark's Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 21 July. The MoD had set a deadline of 21 July for competing companies to submit their responses to a request for binding information

  • Thales Australia wins RAN support contract extension

    Thales Australia has secured a contract from the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) to extend its support of Royal Australian Navy (RAN) vessels at Sydney Harbour's Garden Island dockyard. The company said on 21 July that the agreement covers dock operations and services as well as ship repair

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  • AgustaWestland funded for FASGW integration on Wildcat

    AgustaWestland has received a GBP90 million (USD153.8 million) contract amendment from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) under which it will integrate the respective 'Light' and 'Heavy' variants of the Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapon (FASGW) onto the Royal Navy's (RN's) new Wildcat HMA.2 small
  • IDF releases Iron Dome interception rate

    Israel's Iron Dome system has successfully intercepted 86% of the Palestinian rockets that it has engaged during Operation 'Protective Edge', according to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). "Since the beginning of the operation, more than 1,260 rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip towards
  • USAF space chief endorses new heavy-lift rocket engine effort

    Key Points The US should begin development of an alternate rocket engine to the Russian-built RD-180 for the Atlas V launch vehicle, the USAF's space chief said He cited the benefit of such an effort to the US industrial base, as well as the 'national security imperative' The United States should
  • Analysis: The strange case of Iraq's missing uranium

    The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militant group made world headlines on 10 June when it rolled into Mosul, routing the security forces that were supposed to defend the city and robbed the bank of some USD400 million in gold. Now there is news that they also took other things:

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