• British Army tests Mastiff MRAPs in mechanised infantry role

    Key Points The British Army is conducting testing on whether the Mastiff MRAP is suitable for a conventional mechanised infantry role The UK bought over 400 Mastiff's and is keen to establish whether they have any other utility beyond counter-insurgency operations British Army units are carrying

  • EDA to launch five IED detection projects in 2015

    The European Defence Agency (EDA) plans to launch five improvised explosive device (IED) detection projects in 2015, Pete Round, director of capability, armament and technology at the EDA, stated on 26 November. The focus areas of the efforts are expected to be the following: two projects to

  • EU to train another 1,200 Somali soldiers in 2015

    The European Union Training Mission in Somalia (EUTM Somalia) aims in 2015 to approximately match the number of soldiers it trained in 2014, although mission personnel say the security situation in Mogadishu, where the training is taking place, remains "very dangerous". The 128-strong

  • Greece replaces fast attack craft Penguin SSMs with Harpoon

    The Hellenic Navy is to replace the six Kongsberg Penguin surface-to-surface missiles (SSMs) fitted to its Laskos Combattante IIIb-class fast attack craft (FAC) HS Starakis (P29) with four Boeing RGM-84G Harpoon missiles, as the Norwegian missiles have reached their service expiration date. Five

  • Peru opts for second batch of C-27Js

    The Peruvian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has released funds to procure a second batch of two Alenia C-27J Spartan medium transports for the Peruvian Air Force (FAP), according to local press reports on 25 November. The second batch of C-27J Spartans will cost USD123 million and add to the previous

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  • China launches second Kuaizhou mobile SLV

    China launched its second Kuaizhou (fast boat) mobile, solid-fuel, space launch vehicle (SLV) on 21 November, according to state media reports. The Kuaizhou-2 launch - from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center (JSLC) - is further demonstration of China's emerging rapid satellite repopulation
  • Indian MoD signs up for ACTAS towed array

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed an INR3.06 billion (USD51million) deal with Germany's Atlas Elektronik for six low frequency Active Towed Array Sonar (ACTAS) systems to be fitted to Indian Navy (IN) warships. The urgency of the requirement to safeguard its assets, continually


  • Advanced Combat Thermal Sight (ACTS)

    Type Weapon sight - thermal Development The Advanced Combat Thermal Sight (ACTS) is a joint project between FLIR Systems Inc. Government Systems and Trijicon, Inc. The ACTS is designed to clip on to the front of the Trijicon Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight (ACOG) Model TA31 4 × 32 (see

  • AN/PEQ-17 Portable Lightweight Designator/Rangefinder (PLDR)

    Type Laser rangefinder/designator Development Launched in 2006, the Elop (now Elbit Systems Electro-Optics Elop Ltd) Portable Lightweight Designator/Rangefinder (PLDR) is a combined laser designator and rangefinder, intended for use by ground-based forward air controllers (designating and ranging


    Type Thermal imager Development The ARTIM is a ruggedised dual field-of-view remotely controlled thermal imaging camera from what is now Elbit Systems Electro-Optics Elop Ltd., based on the company's Thermal Imaging Modules (TIM) for night observation and target acquisition applications. It is


    Type Thermal imager Development The ARTIM-LR thermal imaging camera/night sight is an extended-range version of the ARTIM (see separate entry), developed by what is now Elbit Systems Electro-Optics Elop Ltd. It is intended for fixed-based or portable observation and target acquisition missions