• Venezuela signs up for VN1, hints at Chinese amphibious vehicles buy

    Images from the official Twitter account of the Venezuelan Navy indicate that the Bolivarian Naval Infantry could soon be equipped with three different Chinese amphibious fighting vehicles: a development that would make Venezuela's marines one of the most potent amphibious forces in Latin America.

  • Italy deploys latest Mangusta attack helo variant to Afghanistan

    Italy has deployed the latest version of the AgustaWestland Mangusta attack helicopter, the AW129D, to Afghanistan. Task Force 'Fenice', the Italian Army Aviation component of Train Advise Assist Command West (TAAC-W) in Afghanistan, started testing the new version of the helicopter in early

  • Atlas buys Marine Sonic Technology business

    The US subsidiary of Germany's Atlas Elektronik announced on 24 November that it has reached a deal to acquire the business of Marine Sonic Technology Limited (MSTL). The companies did not release the terms of the deal. Yorktown, Virginia-based MSTL specialises in high-resolution side scan sonar

  • EDA and Eurocontrol join forces on SESAR

    The European Defence Agency (EDA) and Eurocontrol, the international air traffic control organisation in Brussels, have agreed to collaborate to implement the military side of the EU's massive air traffic management (ATM) modernisation programme known as SESAR. Tackling the cost implications of

  • GA-ASI tests ABSAA system and Due Regard Radar

    Key Points GA-ASI has tested an ABSAA system aboard an MQ-9 UAV and a Due Regard Radar aboard a Beechcraft King Air If successful, the two systems would allow UAVs to operate safely in civilian airspace without fear of collisions General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) has tested an

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  • Laser weapon breaks cover on USS Ponce

    Key Points The LaWS prototype is being deployed on USS Ponce to demonstrate a SSL-QRC The results of the demonstration will inform a follow-on SSL-TM programme The US Navy (USN) has released the first high-quality images showing a Laser Weapon System (LaWS) demonstrator installed on board the
  • UWSA fielding Chinese FN-6 MANPADS

    Myanmar's largest and best-armed insurgent force, the United Wa State Army (UWSA), has carried out a broad upgrade of its anti-aircraft defences with the induction of Chinese third-generation FN-6 manportable air defence systems (MANPADS). According to a reliable military source in northeastern

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