• Nigeria to buy 'significant number' of Russian helos

    Russia concluded a deal with Nigeria last month on deliveries of a 'significant' consignment of Mil transport and attack helicopters, according to a senior official with the state-owned corporation Rostec. "In August a contract was signed with Nigeria on the deliveries of [Russian]

  • Austal delivers fourth Joint High Speed Vessel to US Navy

    Shipbuilder Austal USA handed over the fourth of 10 Joint High Speed Vessels (JHSV) to the US Navy on 15 September. Completing its acceptance trials in July, USNS Fall River (JHSV 4) joins three sister vessels currently being operated by the US Military Sealift Command. A crew of 22 civilian

  • AFA 2014: Second version of F-35 logistics system in testing

    Key Points ALIS 2.0, an improved version of the F-35's digital logistics system, has begun final testing The system is expected to be ready for USMC deployment in July 2015 Lockheed Martin has delivered the logistics system for its F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter to test sites in

  • AFA 2014: Textron unveils anti-swarming naval warhead for Sensor Fuzed Weapon

    Textron revealed its Multiple Explosively Formed Penetrator (MEFP), a warhead for its Smart Skeet sensor-fuzed munition optimised for maritime targets, at the Air Force Association (AFA) symposium in National Harbor, Maryland, in mid-September. Instead of using a single molten copper explosively

  • AFA 2014: USAF officials cautiously optimistic on SpaceX launch certification

    Key Points US officials said SpaceX could be approved for military launch by the end of this year or in 2015 but cautioned that certification was 'not a done deal' Concerned about US-Russia tensions, Washington is seeking alternatives to the Russian-manufactured RD-180 engine that powers its Atlas

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  • Saudi Arabia begins receiving new AH-64E Apache helos

    Saudi Arabia has begun receiving the first of its new AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters from Boeing, images posted online in early September appear to show. According to these pictures, at least three AH-64E helicopter have arrived in the kingdom having been transported from Boeing's Mesa
  • Saudi Arabia inaugurates northern border security project

    Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud inaugurated the first phase of a border security barrier along the kingdom's northern borders on 5 September. The Saudi Press Agency reported that the multi-layered barrier runs along 900 km of the northern border and consists of 78 monitoring
  • US says 'serious questions' remain over Syrian CW

    The United States has made the strongest indication to date that Syria may have withheld some of its chemical weapons on 18 August, when it said there are still "serious questions" about its declaration to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The White House


  • A-91 compact assault rifles

    Development The A-91 compact assault rifle, also referred to as the A-91M, is a product of the KBP Instrument Design Bureau at Tula. It can be seen as indicative of design changes in military priorities within the Russian Federation during the 1990s. Not only is it a bullpup design, but the choice

  • Advanced Radar Technology Integrated System Testbed (ARTIST)

    Type S-band (2 to 4 GHz) electronically-scanned adaptive radar technology research demonstrator Description ARTIST is a United Kingdom (UK)-United States (US) collaborative programme involving the construction of two demonstrators (one in the UK and one in the US) that were originally scheduled

  • Aero L-159

    Type Light fighter/advanced jet trainer. Programme Design started late in 1992; F124 turbofan selected as the power plant in mid-1994; Rockwell North American (now Boeing) was awarded the avionics contract in late 1994. Development approved by the Czech government on 7 April 1995, followed by

  • AN/FPS-129 Globus-II 'HAVE STARE'™

    Type X-band (9.5-10.5 GHz) mechanical dish space tracking radar Development Development of the AN/FPS-129 Globus II radar (original designation: 'HAVE STARE') began in 1992. 'HAVE STARE' was developed to support US Space Command (USSPACECOM) space surveillance and space defence missions, and the