• Belgium, Netherlands join NATO smart ammo purchasing group

    Belgium and the Netherlands have joined a Denmark-led group of allies that aims to jointly buy smart ammunition from the United States. "I am convinced that successful co-operation in this area will, in time, lead to more co-operation in other areas," Belgian Defence Minister Steven

  • Russian Navy demonstrates cruise missile capability with Syria strikes

    Russia displayed its long-range cruise missile capability for the first time on 7 October, when it announced that warships on the Caspian Sea hit militant targets in Syria using Kalibr missiles. The attack was first announced by Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu in a televised conversation with

  • Ukraine debuts Lev-1 helicopter as upgrade projects continue

    Ukrainian state-owned company UkrOboronServis presented a new helicopter, called the Lev-1 (Leo-1), to officials from the country's Ministry of Defence and internal security ministries. According to UkrOboronServis, the Lev-1 is based on the 1960s-era Bell 47G-4 helicopter, with an overhauled

  • US to supply French-made APCs to African countries

    The US military's Africa Command (AFRICOM) has ordered ACMAT Bastion armoured personnel carriers (APCs) for several African countries via the US company Mack Defense. The USD25 million contract was announced on 25 September when the US Department of Defense said that Mack Defense will supply 62

  • Algeria's first Chinese corvette begins homeward journey

    The first of the three C-28A corvettes that China's Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding Group is building for Algeria arrived in Malaysia on 6 October having completed the first leg of its voyage to North Africa. Named Adhafer (920), the vessel docked at the Boustead Cruise Centre in Port Klang for a

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  • Brazil set to conclude first stage of COBRA soldier project

    The Brazilian Army by late 2015 is to conclude the initial step of its Combatente Brasileiro (COBRA) soldier modernisation project, aimed to equip troops with the latest soldier-borne technologies. Around 100,000 troops are to be equipped with advanced gear through 2021, the army told IHS Jane's on


  • 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