• 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)

  • Rice Aircraft looks to overturn Philippine UH-1D contract termination

    The US supplier of refurbished UH-1D Huey combat utility helicopters to the Philippine Air Force (PAF) is seeking to overturn a decision by the Department of National Defense (DND) to terminate the contract due to late delivery. The DND ruled on 17 April to terminate its contract with a joint

  • USAF to begin fourth X-37B space plane mission in May

    The US Air Force (USAF) plans to launch its Boeing X-37B unmanned space plane to begin a fourth mission next month, the Pentagon announced on 24 April. The X-37B, which looks like a miniature version of NASA's space shuttle, is again expected to be launched from a United Launch Alliance Atlas V

  • Atlantis develops long-range 40 mm grenade

    The Atlantis Corporation in South Africa has developed an innovative long-range 40x46 mm grenade that is compatible with standard low-velocity grenade launchers. Atlantis previously developed a medium-velocity grenade propulsion system that it sold to German interests, and has since been working on

  • Mexican T-6C+ crashes during aerobatic display, crew ejects safely

    A Mexican Air Force (FAM) Beechcraft T-6C+ Texan II (serial 6602) crashed on 25 April while performing a three-aircraft aerobatic display during the closing ceremony of the Mexican Aerospace Fair 2015 in BAM-1 Santa Lucia airbase in Mexico State. Both crew ejected safely and are reported without

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  • 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
  • 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