• BAE Systems, Patria announce teaming for Australian reconnaissance vehicle programme

    BAE Systems, Patria announce teaming for Australian reconnaissance vehicle programme BAE Systems and Finnish aerospace and defence group Patria are to jointly bid for the Australian Army's programme to procure a combat reconnaissance vehicle (CRV) platform. A statement on 22 September said the two

  • Damen to supply additional ships for Mexican Navy

    The Mexican Ministry of the Navy (SEMAR) has ordered a Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 5009 and another coastal patrol ship from Damen Shipyards, the company said on 16 September. The FCS 5009 is equipped with a deck crane and an extra accommodation module, allowing it to transport up to 145 passengers,

  • US State Department clears sale of MRAPS to Pakistan

    The US State Department has approved the potential sale of 160 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles and parts to the government of Pakistan, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 19 September. The deal was valued at up to USD198 million. "The proposed sale

  • USN designates name for its 19th Virginia-class submarine

    The lead boat of the US Navy's (USN's) fourth batch of Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarines is to be named after a northeastern US state, the navy's top civilian leader announced on 18 September. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has designated SSN 792 as the future USS Vermont .

  • CAE, Denel, and Elisa plan South African simulation training centre

    Canadian simulation specialist CAE, South African defence group Denel, and South African services group Elisa announced on 18 September that they have agreed to establish a simulation training facility. The proposed South African National Training and Simulation Centre - earmarked for the site of

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  • Lebanon to receive additional Huey II helicopters

    The sale of 18 Bell UH-1H 'Huey' II helicopters to Lebanon has been approved by the US State Department, it was disclosed on 19 September. Valued at USD180 million, including parts, support, and training, the sale was cleared two days before the announcement by the US Defense Security and
  • AAD: Sky Dragon gets longer-range radar

    China's Norinco marketed an improved version of its Sky Dragon 50 medium-range air defence system at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) show, held in Pretoria from 17-21 September. Norinco unveiled the original Sky Dragon surface-to-air missile (SAM) system at the Eurosatory show in 2012 with
  • Poland orders more Radmor F@stnet radios

    The Polish Armament Inspectorate has signed a contract for Radmor VHF PR4G family F@stnet tactical communication systems worth PLN66 million (USD20 million). In total, Poland has ordered 380 Radmor RRC 9211 tactical very high frequency (VHF) manportable radios and 41 Radmor RRC 9311 AP vehicle
  • US says 'serious questions' remain over Syrian CW

    The United States has made the strongest indication to date that Syria may have withheld some of its chemical weapons on 18 August, when it said there are still "serious questions" about its declaration to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The White House



    Description Air-delivered submunitions are normally delivered from either aircraft dispensers or cluster bombs. Aircraft dispensers such as the British JP 233, German MW-1, and Russian KMGU, are pods that normally remain attached to the aircraft as the submunitions are dropped, while cluster bombs

  • Fast Bridge 48 (FB48) mobile bridge system

    Development The Fast Bridge 48 (FB48) is the result of co-operative research and development between the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) and Kockums AB. This began in 1985, so a modern and efficient mobile bridge system for the Swedish Army could be designed. The bridge is constructed

  • IMI TAB 12 AT 12 m, air-transportable Towed Assault Bridge (TAB)

    Description The IMI TAB 12 AT 12 m, air-transportable Towed Assault Bridge (TAB) is intended for bridging anti-tank ditches or other obstacles up to 10 m wide and can carry vehicles weighing up to 70,000 kg. The bridge was designed to be separated easily into two sections along its longitudinal

  • Low Collateral Damage Bombs

    Description The urgent need to reduce unwanted casualties and destruction during close air support missions, particularly in Afghanistan, has led to a new generation of low collateral damage bombs (LCDBs). These weapons are also required for mounting on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which have a