• Afghanistan to get ScanEagle UASs

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded Boeing's Insitu subsidiary a potential USD71 million contract to produce eight ScanEagle unmanned aerial systems (UASs) for Afghanistan, the DoD announced on 25 November. The three-year deal covers 65 aerial vehicles, spares, support, and in-country

  • Brazilian Super Puma helicopters take final flight

    A Brazilian Air Force (FAB) squadron took its final flight with Airbus Helicopters AS332M Super Puma (locally designated H-34) utility/combat support helicopters on 28 November, as the fleet is being removed from service. The last two aircraft were transferred to Brazil's PAMA-SP material park in

  • Canada forges ahead with interim AOR effort

    Canadian officials have announced that the government will press on with an interim auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) project that was approved by the previous administration to help close a gap to support Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) warships. The interim AOR effort undertaken by Canada's former

  • International interest grows for APKWS as Jordan takes delivery

    Key Points NAVAIR has received 13 letters of request from international customers expressing interest in acquiring APKWS BAE Systems recently shipped 110 APKWS units to Jordan, the first overseas customer The US Navy (USN) has revealed growing international interest in the Advanced Precision Kill

  • Malaysian navy chief seeks support ship acquisition

    Key Points The chief of the Malaysian navy has highlighted the procurement of multirole support ships as a priority The acquisition would bolster the navy's sealift and amphibious assault capabilities The new chief of the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) is seeking to prioritise the service's plan to


  • New cyber platforms offer criminal potential

    As cyber innovations change the operating environment for terrorists and criminals, Cameron Colquhoun assesses how new advances are likely to appeal to law-breakers.
  • Back to the future

    As Russia flexes its military muscle, Sweden's air and naval forces find themselves adapting to a changed Baltic security environment with echoes of the Cold War. Gareth Jennings and Richard Scott report
  • Commercial UAVs pose rising security challenge

    Greater accessibility of commercial unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has opened up new security threats. Andrew White surveys the insurgent and criminal groups showing the most interest in this new technology, and assesses the defence industry's response.
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  • Greece funds CH-47D buy

    The Hellenic Ministry of National Defence has formally funded the acquisition of 10 ex-US Army Boeing CH-47D Chinook helicopters at a total cost of USD125.8 million. Although originally approved by the Greek government in October 2013 followed by the US State Department in December 2014, ongoing


  • 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