• US Army moves towards 'pure fleet' of M88A2 recovery vehicles

    BAE Systems has been awarded USD110 million contract modification to continue upgrading Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lift and Evacuation System (Hercules) vehicles for the US Army. The contract, awarded on 30 June, covers the conversion of 36 M88A1 recovery vehicles to the M88A2

  • Iran reveals existence of second Ghadir long-range radar

    Iran has built a second Ghadir long-range early-warning radar, the Fars News Agency reported on 4 July. Fars said Iranian air defence commander, Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili, had attended a ceremony in the city of Ahvaz (Ahwaz) in the western province of Khuzestan earlier in the day to unveil

  • KBM unveils decoy-resistant Verba MANPADS

    Key Points New multispectral seeker enables clearer, faster discrimination between targets and decoys Enhancements extend the missile's engagement envelope by a factor of 2.5 Russia's Konstruktorskoye Byuro Mashinostroyeniya (KBM) unveiled its next-generation 9K333 Verba (Willow) man-portable air

  • Russia to launch production of naval Pantsyr-M

    The Russian Instrument Design Bureau (KBP) has launched batch production of the Pantsyr-M (Pantsir-M) naval anti-air gun-missile (AAGM) system, according to Alexander Zhukov, chief engineer of KBP's naval air defence unit. "Pantsyr-M's batch production has already started," Zhukov said.

  • Airbus Helicopters, Mahindra announce JV plans

    Airbus Helicopters and India's Mahindra Defence have signed an agreement to form a joint venture (JV) that aims "to become the first private Indian helicopter manufacturer under the 'Make in India' initiative," the two companies announced on 2 July. The JV will be "dedicated to

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  • F-35B completes operational ordnance expenditure test

    Key Points The USMC has completed the first F-35B operational ordnance expenditures Demonstrating ordnance delivery is a critical step for allowing the USMC to declare IOC for the jet The US Marine Corps (USMC) on 26 June completed the first Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II operational ordnance
  • ADF begins new air defence system quest

    Key Points New GBAMD initial operating capability expected between 2020 and 2022 Lockheed Martin, MBDA, Raytheon, and Saab expected to respond to Land 19 Phase 7B International suppliers of air defence missile systems are preparing to answer a request for information (RFI) from Australia's
  • Iran reveals existence of second Ghadir long-range radar

    Iran has built a second Ghadir long-range early-warning radar, the Fars News Agency reported on 4 July. Fars said Iranian air defence commander, Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili, had attended a ceremony in the city of Ahvaz (Ahwaz) in the western province of Khuzestan earlier in the day to unveil
  • 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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