• Airbus Helicopters launches H160 onto the market

    Airbus Helicopters launched its new H160 platform at the Heli-Expo industry event in Florida on 3 March. A full-scale mock-up of the twin-engined 5.5- to 6-ton-class helicopter, formerly designated the X4, was displayed ahead of it being launched onto both the military and commercial markets.

  • Delivery slippages cause UK to delay A400M in-service date

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has put back the in-service date (ISD) of the Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A400M Atlas airlifters by six months because of delays in receiving its initial aircraft, a Ministry of Defence (MoD) source told IHS Jane's on 3 March. ISD (also referred to as initial

  • UK to build and test laser weapon demonstrator

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has disclosed plans to compete the build and demonstration of a prototype high power laser directed energy weapon. A supplier briefing for the project - known as the Laser Directed Energy Weapon Capability Demonstrator (LDEW CD) - is to be hosted by the MoD's

  • IDF developing battlefield firepower app

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has begun to develop a military smartphone application designed to enable middle- and low-ranking field commanders to transmit a target's co-ordinates and select a firepower platform to destroy it. Brigadier General Roy Riftin said this technology will be readily

  • Indian MoD launches first locally led network-warfare programmes

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has, for the first time, launched two major programmes led by Indian consortia to indigenously develop network-centric systems for the Indian Army. Under the 'Make in India' initiative launched by India's new government that stresses indigenous materiel

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  • Analysis - Iranian fighter programmes: Bona fide or bluff?

    Over recent years, Iran has made great play of its burgeoning domestic aerospace capabilities by revealing a number of 'new' combat aircraft types to the world. For about the last five years, state media has heralded a steady stream of new fighters and other types which, it claims, demonstrate the
  • Evidence emerges of possible DF-31 ICBM variant

    Recent testimony by the commander of US Strategic Forces Command and recent images of a Chinese transporter erector launcher (TEL) point to a potential new variant of the solid-fuel DF-31 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). In testimony given before the US House of Representatives' Armed
  • 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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    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

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