• AFSOC receives first Ghostrider gunship

    The US Air Force's Special Operations Command (AFSOC) has received the first of 37 Lockheed Martin AC-130J Ghostrider gunships, it was announced on 30 July. The aircraft arrived at Hurlburt Field in Florida the day prior to the announcement, ahead of initial developmental test and evaluation

  • Turkey opens air bases for counter-IS strikes

    The Turkish government has formally approved an 'understanding' that allows the US-led coalition against Islamic State to use the country's air bases, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said on 29 July. Foreign Ministry spokesman Tanju Bilgiç told reporters that the United States could now use

  • BAE Systems may 'gap' Typhoon production in 2018

    BAE Systems may have to 'gap' production of the Eurofighter Typhoon in 2018, if further near-term orders are not forthcoming, IHS Jane's was told on 28 July. Speaking at the company's manufacturing facility at Warton, production manager Matt Heritage, said that as the current orderbook stands,

  • Pentagon test chief raps F-35B reliability ahead of IOC

    Key Points The F-35B demonstrated poor reliability in sea trials aboard the USS Wasp Despite the findings, the USMC is poised to declare the aircraft suitable for limited combat operations The short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) version of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint

  • Alenia completes trials of winglet-fitted C-27J

    Alenia Aermacchi has completed flight testing of a C-27J tactical transport aircraft fitted with wingtip devices, the company announced on 29 July. According to the company the winglets are designed "to improve the already very good overall flight performance of the aircraft by increasing the

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  • Picking up the pieces: Putting Project SEA 4000 back on course

    Australia's Air Warfare Destroyer programme has been blighted by schedule slippage, cost escalation, and dysfunctional management. Julian Kerr finds out how and why plans have gone awry, and looks at the efforts to put Project SEA 4000 back on an even keel
  • Asian gains

    With Asia-Pacific countries increasingly looking to develop their defence industrial capabilities through offset, the demands being placed on foreign contractors are rising to an unprecedented level. Jon Grevatt reports
  • Strike out: unmanned systems set for wider attack role

    Unmanned strike has for the most part been the preserve of larger systems, but now weapons are set to be rolled out across a range of UASs. Huw Williams examines the options
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  • Brazil set to receive last Gepard SPAAGs

    The last eight of 34 Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) Gepard 1A2 self-propelled anti-aircraft guns (SPAAGs) are scheduled to depart from Germany in the first week of August and arrive in Rio de Janeiro 20 days later, a source told IHS Jane's on 27 July. The Gepards were procured from Germany by the
  • CBO releases new triad upgrade estimate

    The United States will have to spend USD348 billion on nuclear weapons modernisation over the next 10 years if it wants to maintain a triad of nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), submarines, and bomber aircraft, according to a 22 January report from the Congressional Budget

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    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

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