• British Army tests Mastiff MRAPs in mechanised infantry role

    Key Points The British Army is conducting testing on whether the Mastiff MRAP is suitable for a conventional mechanised infantry role The UK bought over 400 Mastiff's and is keen to establish whether they have any other utility beyond counter-insurgency operations British Army units are carrying

  • EDA to launch five IED detection projects in 2015

    The European Defence Agency (EDA) plans to launch five improvised explosive device (IED) detection projects in 2015, Pete Round, director of capability, armament and technology at the EDA, stated on 26 November. The focus areas of the efforts are expected to be the following: two projects to

  • EU to train another 1,200 Somali soldiers in 2015

    The European Union Training Mission in Somalia (EUTM Somalia) aims in 2015 to approximately match the number of soldiers it trained in 2014, although mission personnel say the security situation in Mogadishu, where the training is taking place, remains "very dangerous". The 128-strong

  • Greece replaces fast attack craft Penguin SSMs with Harpoon

    The Hellenic Navy is to replace the six Kongsberg Penguin surface-to-surface missiles (SSMs) fitted to its Laskos Combattante IIIb-class fast attack craft (FAC) HS Starakis (P29) with four Boeing RGM-84G Harpoon missiles, as the Norwegian missiles have reached their service expiration date. Five

  • Peru opts for second batch of C-27Js

    The Peruvian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has released funds to procure a second batch of two Alenia C-27J Spartan medium transports for the Peruvian Air Force (FAP), according to local press reports on 25 November. The second batch of C-27J Spartans will cost USD123 million and add to the previous

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  • China launches second Kuaizhou mobile SLV

    China launched its second Kuaizhou (fast boat) mobile, solid-fuel, space launch vehicle (SLV) on 21 November, according to state media reports. The Kuaizhou-2 launch - from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center (JSLC) - is further demonstration of China's emerging rapid satellite repopulation
  • Indian MoD signs up for ACTAS towed array

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed an INR3.06 billion (USD51million) deal with Germany's Atlas Elektronik for six low frequency Active Towed Array Sonar (ACTAS) systems to be fitted to Indian Navy (IN) warships. The urgency of the requirement to safeguard its assets, continually


  • 360° Acoustic Hailing Device AD-9-360

    Type Acoustic Hailing Device (AHD) Description The AD-9-360 is a mass notification system for voice and music transmissions covering a 360° broadcast area over a radius of 50 to 250 m. Typical operational uses include: maintenance of public order, large scale natural disaster relief, search

  • Avenger laser rangefinder

    Type Laser rangefinder Development Raytheon has produced a laser rangefinder for Boeing's AN/TQW-1 Avenger Pedestal-Mounted Stinger (PMS) air defence weapon system since the mid-1980s, becoming operational in US Army service in 1989. Description The Avenger laser rangefinder uses a carbon

  • Fast InfraRed Search-and-Track (FIRST) system

    Type Air defence sensor Development A collaboration between Rheinmetall Defence Electronics (now the Air Defence and Naval Systems business unit of Rheinmetall Electronic Solutions since 2014) and Diehl BGT Defence since 2005, the Fast InfraRed Search-and-Track (FIRST) system is a land-based IRST

  • Gun King laser sight

    Type Air defence gun sight Development The Gun King computerised multi-divergence laser sighting system was originally developed as a private venture by Oerlikon Contraves (acquired by Rheinmetall in 2009 and, since 2014, part of the Air Defence and Naval Systems business unit of Rheinmetall