• USN sets out plan for new mine neutraliser for MCM USV deployment

    Key Points Barracuda has been conceived as a low-cost expendable neutraliser conforming to the form factor of an A-size sonobuoy A final RFP is expected in late FY 2017 The US Navy (USN) has outlined plans for the acquisition of a new mine neutralisation system to form part of the Littoral Combat

  • Boeing-Saab fly second T-X prototype

    The second BTX prototype aircraft to be built by Boeing and Saab performed its maiden flight on 24 April. The flight out of Boeing's St Louis facility in Missouri lasted for approximately one hour, and was used to validate key aspects of the aircraft which is identical to the first prototype which

  • Russian Project 23550 Arctic patrol ship laid down

    Russia's JSC Admiralty Shipyards, a subsidiary of the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), laid down the lead Project 23550 ice-class patrol ship Ivan Papanin (factory number 02460) on 19 April. The ship was developed by the Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau under the auspices of its designer

  • Bayraktar LST delivered to Turkish navy

    Bayrakta r, the first of two Turkish tank landing ships (LSTs) on order from the country's Adik shipyard, was delivered to the Turkish Naval Forces Command (TNFC) on 22 April. Local industry participation in the construction of the 140-m-long ship was 70.68%, including a 48% contribution by small

  • Indian Air Force boosts capabilities near Indo-Pakistani border with new fighter squadron

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) has enhanced its capabilities near the Indo-Pakistani border by deploying a new squadron of Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighters to Halwara Air Force Station in the northern Indian state of Punjab. The aircraft were inducted on 24 April into the IAF's recently resurrected

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  • UK conducts Puma/A400M fitment trials

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has for the first time loaded an Airbus Helicopters Puma HC2 onto the Airbus Defence and Space A400M Atlas transport aircraft during trials announced on 20 April. The fitment trial saw the partially deconstructed Puma helicopter eased into the cargo hold of the
  • Russia working on new medium-calibre ammo

    Russia has confirmed that it is working on what it calls "special shrapnel" ammunition for use by 30 mm and 57 mm cannons, with the latter likely developed with a view to engaging unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The work is being carried out by Russia's NPO Pribor research and industrial


  • Mk 20 Electro-Optical Sensor System (EOSS)

    Type Naval Fire-Control System (FCS). Development In 2005, following a competitive procurement process, Kollmorgen Electro-Optical (acquired by L-3 Communications in February 2012 and now operating as L-3 KEO) was chosen to provide the US Navy (USN) with an EOSS as part of the CG-47