• Iran eyes Su-30 procurement and production deal with Russia

    Iran looks set to receive the latest generation Sukhoi Su-30 'Flanker' combat aircraft from Russia, the Associated Press (AP) reported on 10 February. The proposed deal, which was disclosed by the Iranian defence minister General Hossein Dehghan during an interview on national television, is for an

  • Israeli Navy to begin installing Barak 8 on Sa'ar 4.5 corvettes

    The Israeli Navy will soon begin a conversion programme for its Sa'ar 4.5 missile corvettes to enable them to be fitted with the Israel Aerospace Industries' (IAI's) Barak 8 missile-based air defence system, a senior naval source in Israel said on 7 February. The conversion programme, due to be

  • Lockheed Martin to offer T-50A for T-X

    Key Points Lockheed Martin plans to offer a modified T-50 to the USAF to replace its T-38 Talon fleet The company had been considering two fresh designs out of its Skunk Works advanced capabilities division Lockheed Martin plans to offer the T-50A rather than a new Skunk Works design for the US

  • Pentagon budget 2017: WIN-T funding drops in FY 2017 but rebounds across FYDP

    Key Points US Army request seeks USD109 million for WIN-T Increment 1 modernisation equipment The FY 2017 budget request seeks USD291 million for on-the-move capability The US Army is requesting USD437.17 million in its fiscal year 2017 (FY 2017) budget for procurement of 624 Increment 1 and 2 of

  • Peru orders RMMV logistics vehicles

    Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) has secured an order from a Latin American customer for logistic vehicles, the company has announced. The undisclosed customer, understood by IHS Jane's regional sources to be Peru, has placed an order valued at in excess of EUR53 million (USD60 million) for

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  • Russia showcases anti-tank multicopter concept

    Russia has revealed a new concept whereby a multicopter unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has been adapted to the anti-tank role with the fitting of cameras and a shoulder-launched rocket system. The concept, which was demonstrated in a video of the Russian Armed Forces Robotics conference near Moscow,
  • China upgrading older DF-5A ICBMs with multiple warheads

    China's People Liberation Army (PLA) Rocket Force is upgrading its older liquid-fuelled, silo-based Dong Feng-5A (DF-5A, or CSS-4 Mod 2) intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) to carry multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicles (MIRV), according to US government sources. While not
  • Turkey's Anka UAV makes operational debut

    The Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) Anka unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) made its operational debut in early February, the Foundation to Strengthen the Turkish Armed Forces (TSKGV) announced. The mission, which took place on 5 February, saw a modified version of the Anka A medium-altitude
  • USAF reveals 2014 nuclear 'mishap' that damaged ICBM

    The US Air Force (USAF) stripped personnel of their nuclear certification following a mishap in which a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) was damaged, it was revealed on 23 January. The incident, which occurred in 2014 but is only now being publically acknowledged by the USAF,


  • 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