• Australian defence white paper to 'reset' relationship with industry

    Australia's delayed defence White Paper will aim to "reset" the relationship between government and the country's defence industry, Defence Minister Marise Payne said on 5 February. Speaking at the opening of a new facility owned by Canberra-based company CEA Technologies, she said the

  • Brazil details new ARV

    The Brazilian Army has firmed up the requirement for a new Armoured Reconnaissance Vehicle (ARV) which will be the long-term replacement for the ENGESA EE-9 Cascavel 6x6 armoured cars that entered service over 40 years ago. The ARV - designated VBR-MR (Viatura Blindada de Reconhecimento - Media de

  • Elbit opens up new unmanned naval front

    Key Points Elbit Systems has established a new Naval Systems Business Line within its ISTAR division Its Seagull USV is aimed at MCM and ASW missions, where Elbit sees unmanned concepts of operation offering the biggest pay-off Israel's Elbit Systems is looking to drive growth in the emerging

  • France helps Cameroon establish new special forces unit

    The Cameroonian Army's new special forces unit is now being set up and is likely to be operational before the end of 2016. The establishment of the new unit was authorised by a presidential decree in June 2005, but it is only since last year that efforts have begun to create it formally. Christine

  • Fuji Heavy Industries reports high growth in Q3 results

    Japan's Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) has reported double-digit growth in sales and earnings during the first three quarters of fiscal year 2015-16. The corporation - one of Japan's big three defence companies alongside Mitsubishi and Kawasaki - said that sales by the end of December had reached

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  • Archer SPA enters Swedish Army service

    The BAE Systems FH-77 BW L52 Archer (6x6) self-propelled artillery (SPA) system has now entered Swedish Army service, the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) announced on 3 February. The first four Archer SPAs entered service with the Swedish Army's 9 Artillery Regiment
  • Thales flies Searchmaster radar for Atlantic MPA upgrade

    Thales has test flown the new Searchmaster multirole surveillance radar for the French Navy's Dassault Atlantic (Atlantique) 2 (ATL2) maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) upgrade programme, the company announced on 4 February. Flight trials of the radar, which is also available for export, commenced on
  • 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