• AUSA 2015: Bell emphasises affordable tiltrotor tech in US Army FVL offering

    Key Points Bell Helicopter is working to make next-generation tiltrotor technology more affordable The company wants to end its JMR technology demonstration at a high enough technology readiness level to enter production by 2025 Bell Helicopter is working to make next-generation tiltrotor

  • AUSA 2015: US Army prepares for Chinook Block 2 RfP release

    Key Points The army plans to release a solicitation for a Block 2 Chinook next year While Block 2 enhancements are still being defined, survivability and performance upgrades will largely be based on existing technologies The US Army plans to release a request for proposals (RfP) in early 2016

  • DCNS reaches deal with Egypt for Mistrals

    DCNS has reached an agreement with the Egyptian government for two Mistral-class ships that had originally been destined for Russia, the company announced on 12 October. In a press release the company said that a deal had been reached on 10 October that would send the two Mistrals to Egypt, after

  • North Korea unveils new version of KN-08 ICBM

    North Korea revealed a modified version of its liquid-fuelled KN-08 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) with an apparent smaller nuclear warhead in its 10 October parade celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Workers' Party of Korea. First seen in North Korea's 15 April 2012 military parade,

  • Sagem to supply optronic masts for Swedish submarines

    Saab Kockums has selected French sensor and navigation systems house Sagem (part of the Safran group) to supply the optronic mast system for the Royal Swedish Navy's two new A 26 submarines, and for the mid-life upgrade (MLU) of two A 19 Gotland-class boats. Sagem, which won out in competition with

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  • Arab coalition deploys Patriot to Yemen

    Key Points The Arab coalition has deployed two Patriot fire units to defend its base in Yemen's Marib province The deployment corroborates claims that the base was hit by a ballistic missile on 4 September ANALYSIS The Arab coalition fighting to reinstall Yemen's ousted president has deployed


  • 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