• Indian Navy launches Barak-1 from carrier

    The Indian Navy (IN) successfully conducted the maiden test firing of the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI)-Rafael Advanced Defence Systems Barak-1 ship point defence missile from INS Vikramaditya , its sole Russian-origin aircraft carrier, on 24 March. IN officials told Jane's that the missile

  • AGAT develops Berkut-1E UAV

    Minsk, Belarus-based AGAT Control Systems has developed a new variant of its Berkut-1 small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The Berkut-1E builds on the design of the earlier system and has two configurations - a 3.3 m wingspan, 1.5 m long aircraft or a 3.7 m wingspan, 1.7 m long variant, which also

  • Analysis - No gain without pain: the long, hard road to AFV active protection

    The main threat to Western armour on the modern battlefield may have come from improvised explosive devices in recent years, but Israeli experience shows that the future threat from anti-tank guided missiles could prove just as potent, as Peter Felstead reports The path to developing an effective

  • Chinese weapon designs boosted by US experience, tech start-ups

    Key Points US technological expertise is leaking to China The Chinese appear to be able to exploit the innovation of US start-ups in ways that the US military-industrial complex cannot Several reports in March from US and Chinese news outlets detail the level that China's weapon designs are

  • German arms embargo angers Turkey

    Turkish defence minister Fikri Isik has described Germany's decision to restrict arms exports to Turkey as unacceptable and called on Berlin to act reasonably. He added that the problems with Germany had not yet affected Turkey's military operations. "We are working hard for the rapid


  • Heavy lifting: Armoured recovery vehicles on the modern battlefield

    Armoured recovery vehicles play a vital battlefield role for any armour force, but countries take widely different approaches to buying and fielding these platforms. Christopher F Foss reports on recent developments
  • View from above

    Military satellite networks are an increasingly vital component for a range of activities, from location-tracking to communications. However, in the 'New Space' era, it is becoming cheaper and easier than ever before to launch satellites, presenting opportunities to nations and companies who may not previously have been involved in the sector. Gerrard Cowan reports
  • Force in transition: The RN Commando Helicopter Force MLSP programme moves forward

    As the UK Royal Navy's Commando Helicopter Force transitions from a fleet of Lynx and Sea King platforms to Wildcats and Merlins, it is also reorganising its squadrons to provide a high-readiness global contingency capability, including operating from the UK's future carriers. Patrick Allen reports
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  • Boeing first out of blocks with T-X proposal

    Boeing has become the first competitor to submit to the US Air Force (USAF) its proposal for the service's fighter trainer replacement programme (T-X), the company announced on 30 March. In a tweet stating it was 'turning up the heat!", Boeing said it had submitted its proposal for the USAF's
  • North Korea ground-tests new 'high-thrust' rocket engine

    North Korea has carried out a ground test of a "Korean-style, high-thrust engine" developed by the country's Academy of the National Defence Science, the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on 19 March. "The test was conducted to confirm the overall technical indices
  • USAF progresses SABR AESA radar integration onto F-16

    The US Air Force (USAF) is continuing with developmental testing of the active electronically scanned array (AESA) Northrop Grumman AN/APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) aboard the Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon, the service announced on 24 March. The work, which is being carried out by


  • Mk 20 Electro-Optical Sensor System (EOSS)

    Type Naval Fire-Control System (FCS). Development In 2005, following a competitive procurement process, Kollmorgen Electro-Optical (acquired by L-3 Communications in February 2012 and now operating as L-3 KEO) was chosen to provide the US Navy (USN) with an EOSS as part of the CG-47