• Pentagon budget 2017: Air force prepares for ICBM replacement programme

    The US Air Force (USAF) is ramping up funding to replace the Boeing LGM-30G Minuteman III ICBM with a Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) programme. In the White House's fiscal year 2017 (FY 2017) budget request, the programme would delay GBSD's previously noted fielding date from FY 2027 to FY

  • Pentagon budget 2017: Controversial army aviation restructuring again requested

    The US Army's Aviation Restructuring Initiative (ARI) is again proposed in the White House's fiscal year 2017 (FY 2017) budget request, Pentagon comptroller and chief financial officer Mike McCord said during a 9 February briefing. The ARI is under way but its most controversial element -

  • Pentagon budget 2017: Funding for US Navy RDT&E declines

    For fiscal year 2017 (FY 2017) the US Navy (USN) is requesting USD17.276 billion for Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E) a decline of USD871 million from its USD18.147 request in FY 2016. The FY 2017 request includes USD2.1 billion for Science and Technology (S&T) efforts,

  • Pentagon budget 2017: LRS-B next-gen bomber would double R&D

    The US Air Force (USAF) has doubled its research and development (R&D) request for a new nuclear-capable bomber fleet as the programme hopes to ramp up in fiscal year 2017 (FY 2017). For the Long-Range Strike Bomber (LRS-B) the service asked for USD1.358 billion in research, development, test,

  • Pentagon budget 2017: Planners fear funding caps return after 2017

    Key Points Senior officials described their expectation of asking for well above budget caps in coming years Planners said they had to find USD11.2 billion in reductions to planned buys to meet FY 2017 limits The next administration will face remaining four years of budget caps set in 2011

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  • Camcopter demonstrates sense-and-avoid system

    Austrian company Schiebel has conducted sense-and-avoid trials of its Camcopter S-100 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in the environs of an airport in the Netherlands, the company announced on 9 February. The trials, which were conducted at De Kooy Airfield in Den Helder in December 2015, saw the
  • Russian deployment of new Pantsyr to Syria confirmed

    Russia has deployed the new version of the Pantsyr air defence system to its Humaymim airbase in Syria, footage broadcast by the RT news channel on 3 February has confirmed. Russia has had at least one Pantsyr-S1 at Humaymim since 3 October 2015, when its Ministry of Defence released a photograph
  • USAF reveals 2014 nuclear 'mishap' that damaged ICBM

    The US Air Force (USAF) stripped personnel of their nuclear certification following a mishap in which a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) was damaged, it was revealed on 23 January. The incident, which occurred in 2014 but is only now being publically acknowledged by the USAF,


  • 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