• Philippines positions new frigates as primary ASW platforms

    Key Points Hyundai Heavy Industries has unveiled further details of the two frigates that it will construct for the Philippines The frigates are set to become the Philippine Navy's most capable ASW platforms Amid a proliferation of submarines in the Asia-Pacific region, the Philippines appears to

  • Argentina tests new Aucán UAV prototypes

    The Argentine Air Force on 24 October tested its Aucán unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at Chamical Air Base, in La Rioja province, according to the Argentine Ministry of Defence (MoD). The project is being developed by air force's Research and Development General Direction (Dirección

  • MMCM programme advances but France, UK, set different headings

    Key Points An industry team led by Thales is leading the MMCM programme Two prototype systems are due for delivery in 2019 France and the United Kingdom have formally committed to proceed with the next stages of the joint Maritime Mine Countermeasures (MMCM) programme, covering the development,

  • More bang for Bundeswehr behemoths

    Key Points The Bundeswehr has become the first customer for Rheinmetall's privately funded 120 mm smoothbore armament system enhancements Rheinmetall plans to begin a shoot-off between the 120 mm smoothbore and its private-venture 130 mm next-generation tank gun demonstrator before the end of 2016

  • New Commission space strategy points to secure satellite communications

    The European Commission outlined on 26 October its plan for a future EU space strategy, the objectives of which include a future secure communications platform for security and defence authorities and an improved space surveillance and tracking capability to guard against cyber threats to Europe's

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  • Lithuania and Norway agree NASAMS deal

    Lithuania has agreed to buy the Norwegian Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS) from Norway, the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence (MND) announced on 21 October. In total Lithuania is looking to purchase two batteries of the air-defence system for around EUR100 million (USD109


  • 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