• DOTE&E seeks fixes for US Navy surface EW testing

    Key Points The USN has a gap in its capability for the high-fidelity representation of multiple ASCM seekers to support SEWIP operational testing DOT&E has proposed a UAV-based solution as an alternative to the captive-carry of the ASCM seeker simulators by manned aircraft Shortfalls remain

  • Lebanon's armoured vehicle order is finalised

    The Lebanese military is to receive more than 200 French-made armoured vehicles as part of a pledged USD3 billion grant from Saudi Arabia to upgrade its capabilities. The contract was signed on 2 February between Volvo-Renault trucks and ODAS, a company created by the French government to serve as

  • Norway downselects artillery contenders

    Norway has downselected four contenders for its 155 mm self-propelled artillery (SPA) procurement programme, the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (DMA or Forsvarsmateriell) told IHS Jane's on 4 February. Norway currently operates 14 ageing M109A3GN tracked SPAs, which are in need of replacement by

  • India receives final Mi-17V-5 helos, plans to order more

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) has received the last of the Mil Mi-17V-5 'Hip' medium-lift platforms it ordered from Russian Helicopters, ahead of the expected signing soon of a contract for more, it was announced on 2 February. Delivery of this final batch of the 151 Mi-17V-5 helicopters for India

  • Homing in: Distributed lethality dominates surface navy discussions

    US Navy leaders, defence civilian officials, and industry representatives discussed the evolving concept of 'distributed lethality' at the recent Surface Navy Association symposium. Grace Jean assesses the debates that took place In early 2015, the US Navy (USN) unveiled its 'distributed lethality'

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  • Iranian UAV shown striking targets in Syria and Iraq

    Iran appears to have conducted strike missions over Syria and Iraq using its Shahed-129 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), according to footage released by national media on 2 February. A news report filed by media channel SimaNews shows at least two armed Shahed-129 UAVs being demonstrated at an
  • US tests fixes for GMD homeland defence missile interceptor

    The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) on 28 January flight tested a design fix for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) missile defence system. The controlled test vehicle flight (named CTV-02+) was not an intercept test but rather was meant to prove design changes intended to fix flaws in the
  • Thales flies Searchmaster radar for Atlantic MPA upgrade

    Thales has test flown the new Searchmaster multirole surveillance radar for the French Navy's Dassault Atlantic (Atlantique) 2 (ATL2) maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) upgrade programme, the company announced on 4 February. Flight trials of the radar, which is also available for export, commenced on
  • USAF reveals 2014 nuclear 'mishap' that damaged ICBM

    The US Air Force (USAF) stripped personnel of their nuclear certification following a mishap in which a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) was damaged, it was revealed on 23 January. The incident, which occurred in 2014 but is only now being publically acknowledged by the USAF,

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