• Aernnova furloughing factory workers

    More furloughs of workers are due by the end of January at the Alava province plant of one of Spain's leading aircraft parts makers, a trade union announced. Basque Country regional union, the Eusko Langileen Alkartasuna (ELA), said up to 46 work hours could be cut from the schedules of 492 of the

  • Czech Republic seeks MRAPs

    The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) has launched a requirement for up to 62 mine resistant, ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles for the Army of the Czech Republic (ACR). According to MoD and ACR officials the vehicles are to be procured in two tranches following the release of a public tender during

  • Damen draws attention to Cape Town shipyard's construction capabilities

    Damen announced on 15 January that its Cape Town yard had completed the construction of two 50 m FSC 5009 vessels without an order, saying they can be delivered as either armed patrol or fast crew supply vessels in a matter of weeks. It said the vessels were the same class as the Stan Patrol 5009

  • Early gains being made on USN's future SSBN, submarine builder says

    Key Points General Dynamics Electric Boat (GDEB) is responding to the US Navy's request for input on its SSBN replacement acquisition strategy GDEB is working on ship arrangements, 3-D models, and missile tube assembly plans US submarine builder General Dynamics Electric Boat (GDEB) is making

  • GRSE launches third Mk IV LCU for Indian Navy

    Key Points The vessel will bolster the Indian Navy's amphibious capabilities India's future landing craft capability may be deployed in regions where it can be used to offset the presence of other navies India's state-owned company, Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), has launched the


  • Future proofing: European AFVs evolve for road ahead

    To meet constantly evolving operational requirements and increasingly complex tasks Europe's armies are demanding more from their armoured fighting vehicles. Christopher F Foss assesses key programmes under way
  • Skimming the surface: Unmanned maritime systems target new roles

    The development of the USV market has stuttered in comparison with its airborne counterpart, with only target drones keeping many industry players involved. However, initial efforts in the MCM and force protection domains seem to be providing impetus to the market, with some commentators identifying significant potential for USVs in the future. Andrew White reports
  • The Islamic State grows its grassroots network

    The possible connection between the Islamic State and the Paris attacks highlights how the group's media outlets reach out to its worldwide support base. Ezzeldeen Khalil examines their effectiveness in inciting individuals to carry out terrorist attacks abroad.
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  • China launches fourth Type 071 LPD

    Key Points China launched three ships from its Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai on 22 January, including the fourth Type 071 landing platform dock The other two were a Type 054A frigate and a Type 815 intelligence gathering ship The Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai launched its fourth
  • F-35 weapons certification on track for this year

    The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter is expected to complete full weapons certification this year after conducting several significant milestones since September 2014, the Pentagon said in a 15 January statement. "The weapons development programme continues to track


  • Mercedes-Benz Unimog U4023 and U5023

    Development The Unimog (Universal Motor Gerät, or universal power-plant) was originally designed in 1946, primarily for industrial and agricultural use. Production commenced in 1948 and by 1994 more than 300,000 Unimogs had been produced in a wide variety of models for both civilian and

  • 20/1 mm M75

    Type Towed anti-aircraft gun Development The 20/1 mm M75 anti-aircraft gun is a simple lightweight weapon mounting a single licence-produced HSS-804 20 mm L/70 cannon and is intended for infantry use against both air and ground targets. This weapon has been widely used in the ground role in the

  • 20/3 mm M55 A3 B1

    Type Towed anti-aircraft gun Development The 20/3 mm M55 A3 B1 anti-aircraft gun is a Yugoslav-derived variant of the basic M55 A2 weapon. It uses the same locally produced Hispano-Suiza HSS-804 and -404 - 20 mm L/70 guns in a triple arrangement and the carriage is derived from the single axle

  • BlueBird Blueye┬«

    Type Small tactical UAV. Development BlueBird states that it has designed the Blueye® tactical UAV specifically for civilian applications, ease of transportation, quick deployment, autonomous functionality and spot take-off and landing. Again, the contractor notes that the Blueye UAS is