• Australia to buy 200 grenade launchers

    Australia is to buy more than 200 lightweight automatic grenade launchers (LWAGL) with an estimated value of AUD47 million (USD34 million), the government announced on 27 August. The contract, signed under Project Land 40 Phase 2 with Australian company Nioa, will see deliveries begin in the third

  • Boeing launches rotary-wing MRO venture in Saudi Arabia

    Boeing announced on 26 August that it had signed an agreement to create a new helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul joint venture in Saudi Arabia. The agreement, signed by Boeing, Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries, and the Alsalam Aircraft Company, will see the creation of the Saudi

  • India releases updated RfI for battlefield UAVs

    The Indian Army has invited responses by 9 September from indigenous manufacturers to a request for information (RfI) for mini unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) intended to provide "battlefield transparency" to its 382 infantry battalions and over 100 counter-insurgency units. The RfI,

  • Irish Defence White Paper details naval capabilities required to meet growing, more complex security threats

    Key Points Irish government's Defence White Paper identifies new security risks such as climate change, migration, resource issues, and non-state threats Navy upgrade plans include replacement of Eithne-class patrol vessel with a multirole platform The Irish government released the country's

  • NATO ACT commander seeks information systems 'resiliency'

    NATO must invest more in 'resiliency' to ensure it can still operate if information systems are degraded or attacked, French General Jean-Paul Palomeros, NATO's Supreme Allied commander for Transformation, told reporters during a 27 August roundtable in Washington, DC. "We need to reinvest in

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  • Japan launches second Izumo-class helicopter carrier

    Japan's second and final Izumo-class helicopter carrier was launched at the Japan Marine United shipyard in Yokohama on 27 August. Named Kaga (the first Japanese naval ship to take the name since the Second World War aircraft carrier that took part in the Pearl Harbor attacks and was lost at the
  • USN kicks off LRASM integration on F/A-18E/F

    The US Navy (USN) has begun initial integration of Lockheed Martin's Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) onto the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet carrier-borne strike fighter. Fit checks are currently being conducted at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Maryland, ahead of the start of airworthiness
  • UK orders more Saab Giraffe AMB radars

    The British Armed Forces have ordered additional Giraffe AMB (Agile Multi-Beam) 3-D air-defence radars from Saab, the company announced on 24 August. Worth SEK610 million (USD74.6 million) the contract also includes the upgrade of the United Kingdom's existing Giraffe radars to the latest
  • 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

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    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

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