• Congressional panel proposes USAF bomber funding reduction

    Key Points The HASC is proposing a USD460 million reduction in research and development funding for the LRS-B The USAF still plans to award a contract in the coming months The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) is proposing a USD460 million reduction in research and development (R&D)

  • Denel demonstrates truck-mounted T6-52 gun

    Denel Land Systems (DLS) took the opportunity to demonstrate its truck-mounted 155 mm T6-52 artillery system during an event held at South Africa's Overberg Test Range in April. The company wanted to highlight the system's superior range when firing rocket-assisted projectiles (54.8 km at sea

  • Malaysian Navy mulls Chinese kit for Laksamana-class upgrades

    A senior official from the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) has confirmed to IHS Jane's that the service is considering installing Chinese-made equipment on its Laksamana-class corvettes. The RMN has proposed to the Malaysian government a service life extension programme (SLEP) for the four ships, which

  • Swedish Air Force learns lessons for successful 'Atalanta' deployment with the Netherlands

    The inaugural operational deployment of Swedish Air Force (SwAF) helicopters aboard a foreign naval vessel has proven to be a major success, despite the service having to learn a number of lessons on interoperability in its early days, a senior officer told reporters on 27 April. Commander Per

  • Turkey issues RfI for armed MALE/HALE UAV

    Turkey's Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) released a request for information (RfI) on 28 April for the procurement of an armed medium- or high-altitude long-endurance (MALE or HALE) unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to meet the urgent requirement of the Turkish Air Force Command. The SSM

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  • 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


  • 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