• AUSA Global 2015: Unmanned combat vehicles still elusive

    The US Army is interested in robotic combat vehicles, but the technology does not yet factor into force planning, according to Brigadier General David Bassett, the army's programme executive officer for ground combat systems. Most ground robotics projects have been moved under the programme office

  • African country orders Super Dvora Mk 3 craft

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced on 31 March that it had received a contract worth "tens of millions of dollars" to supply four Super Dvora Mk 3 fast patrol boats to an African military customer. It said the craft would be built at its Ramta facility in Israel and delivered in

  • Australia needs continuous shipbuilding, defence minister says

    Australia is looking at a continuous build strategy for new warships but this will require a major improvement in productivity to be feasible, Defence Minister Kevin Andrews said on 31 March. Addressing a future surface fleet conference in Canberra organised by the Australian Strategic Policy

  • Boustead-DCNS joint venture secures submarine service

    Boustead DCNS Naval Corporation (BDNC) - a joint venture between BHIC Defence Technologies and French shipbuilder DCNS - has been notified of a contract extension to provide in-service support to the Royal Malaysian Navy's (RMN's) two Scorpene attack submarines. The majority owner of BDNC, Boustead

  • Denel gets A-Darter production contract

    Denel Dynamics was awarded a five-year production contract on 19 March by Armscor for the A-Darter air-to-air missile. Developed under Project Kamas, the missile will initially arm the South African Air Force's (SAAF's) Saab Gripen C/D fighters, complementing the small batch of IRIS-T missiles

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  • USN launches first new Aegis destroyer in four years

    The first of the US Navy's (USN) restart Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) guided missile destroyers has entered the water, officials announced on 30 March. John Finn (DDG 113), lead ship of the USN's Flight IIA restart programme, was launched on 28 March at Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII's) Ingalls
  • OneSKY points the way for civil-military harmonisation

    Thales is working with Airservices Australia and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) on the development of the Civil Military Air Traffic Management System (CMATS) under the OneSKY programme. The three principal delivery partners argue that CMATS, which costs around AUD600 million (USD468.9
  • CBO releases new triad upgrade estimate

    The United States will have to spend USD348 billion on nuclear weapons modernisation over the next 10 years if it wants to maintain a triad of nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), submarines, and bomber aircraft, according to a 22 January report from the Congressional Budget

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