• LAAD 2015: Russian Bazalt allowed to export APS-defeating RPG-30

    The RPG-30 disposable anti-tank rocket launcher, developed by Russia's Bazalt, was marketed for export for the first time at the LAAD 2015 exhibition, held in Rio de Janeiro from 14-17 April. "Only on the eve of the exhibition did we gain the export licence for this new item," Bazalt

  • Philippine Coast Guard signs for Japanese vessels

    The Philippines Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has awarded a contract to supply 10 multirole response vessels (MRRVs) for the Philippine Coast Guard to the Japan Marine United Corporation (JMU), the DOTC announced on 20 April. The contract is valued at PHP8.8 billion (USD200

  • US realigns AFGSC to include B-1B and LRS-B bombers

    The United States has restructured its Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) to include the Rockwell B-1B Lancer fleet and the Long Range Strike-Bomber (LRS-B) programme. The change, which was announced by the US Air Force (USAF) on 20 April, will see the B-1B and LRS-B join the Boeing B-52H

  • USMC surveys US-made inflatable boats

    Key Points USMC PdM RAR has issued an RfI for a US-made inflatable raiding boat The RfI suggests that the USMC might buy 50 craft per year from mid-2016 The US Marine Corps (USMC) has invited indigenously-based inflatable boat manufacturers to demonstrate how they might fulfil the capability

  • Belarus begins receiving Yak-130 aircraft from Russia

    Belarus has begun receiving the four Yakovlev Yak-130 'Mitten' advanced jet trainer/light-attack aircraft it ordered in 2012, national media reported on 16 April. At least one of the aircraft was photographed aboard an Ilyushin Il-76 'Candid' airlifter for its journey from the Irkutsk Aviation


  • Briefing: Lighter than air

    With the development of new technologies and materials aerostats are enjoying a resurgence, proving to be an inexpensive surveillance solution for military and homeland security applications. Martin Streetly reports
  • Seoul reconsiders stance on THAAD system

    The United States has expressed its desire to deploy a new ballistic missile defence system in South Korea, drawing criticism from China. Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein looks at the implications of deploying the system for South Korea and its neighbours.
  • Unmanned at sea: the advent of the maritime rotary-wing UAS

    Deploying rotary-wing UASs in the maritime environment is still in the early stages, but concepts of operation are being developed against a headwind of declining defence expenditure. Andrew Drwiega reports
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  • Switzerland to relaunch F-5 replacement effort in 2017

    Switzerland is to relaunch its efforts to procure a new fighter type following the recent announcement by the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS) that it is prematurely retiring a third of the ageing Northrop F-5E Tiger II fleet due to cracking. Speaking on 20 April to
  • Sagem enhances French Army FELIN kit

    Sagem, a division of French group Safran, announced on 3 April it had won a contract from the French Direction générale de l'armement (DGA) procurement organisation to add several improvements to the French Army's FELIN V1 (Fantassin à Équipements et Liaisons Intégrés)
  • 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