• Obama highlights 'long-term' counter-Islamic State campaign during rare Pentagon visit

    President Barack Obama sought to underscore the long-term nature of his administration's campaign to counter Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria (alternatively known as ISIL), following a briefing on the effort at the Pentagon. In a statement at the Department of Defense's media briefing

  • US Army moves towards 'pure fleet' of M88A2 recovery vehicles

    BAE Systems has been awarded USD110 million contract modification to continue upgrading Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lift and Evacuation System (Hercules) vehicles for the US Army. The contract, awarded on 30 June, covers the conversion of 36 M88A1 recovery vehicles to the M88A2

  • ADF begins new air defence system quest

    Key Points New GBAMD initial operating capability expected between 2020 and 2022 Lockheed Martin, MBDA, Raytheon, and Saab expected to respond to Land 19 Phase 7B International suppliers of air defence missile systems are preparing to answer a request for information (RFI) from Australia's

  • Airbus Helicopters, Mahindra announce JV plans

    Airbus Helicopters and India's Mahindra Defence have signed an agreement to form a joint venture (JV) that aims "to become the first private Indian helicopter manufacturer under the 'Make in India' initiative," the two companies announced on 2 July. The JV will be "dedicated to

  • DCNS expects Brazilian aircraft carrier upgrade contract soon

    French shipbuilder DCNS is expected to secure a contract to deliver a detailed study for the refit of Brazilian Navy aircraft carrier NAe São Paulo (A 12). A contract was expected for before mid-2015 but is still awaiting signature, Nathalie Smirnov, senior vice-president of services at DCNS,

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  • A400M deliveries continue, as UK receives third airlifter

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has received into service the third of 22 Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A400M Atlas transport aircraft, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 6 July. The airlifter arrived at its homebase at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, having completed pre-delivery trials at
  • KBM unveils decoy-resistant Verba MANPADS

    Key Points New multispectral seeker enables clearer, faster discrimination between targets and decoys Enhancements extend the missile's engagement envelope by a factor of 2.5 Russia's Konstruktorskoye Byuro Mashinostroyeniya (KBM) unveiled its next-generation 9K333 Verba (Willow) man-portable air
  • Iran reveals existence of second Ghadir long-range radar

    Iran has built a second Ghadir long-range early-warning radar, the Fars News Agency reported on 4 July. Fars said Iranian air defence commander, Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili, had attended a ceremony in the city of Ahvaz (Ahwaz) in the western province of Khuzestan earlier in the day to unveil
  • 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