• Australia gives first-pass approval to update Nulka missile decoy

    The Australian government has given first-pass approval to update the Nulka active missile decoy system's launch capabilities, Australian Minister for Defence David Johnston announced on 29 July. The approval has been given under Phase 5B of project SEA 1397 and will include around AUD45 million

  • DR-MEADS demonstrates 'plug-and-fight' integration

    The tri-national Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) displayed its 'plug-and-fight' capability during a two-week test demonstration at Pratica di Mare Air Base, Italy, watched by several national delegations. Similar to the 'plug-and-play' features in modern computer hardware, this allows

  • L-3 investigating flawed aerospace accounting

    L-3 Communications, one of the largest US based defence companies, said on 31 July that is had discovered misconduct by employees that had resulted in understated costs on a fixed-price maintenance contract for the company's aerospace segment. L-3 chief executive officer Michael Strianese said that

  • PLAN holds first 'smart mine' clearing exercise in SCS

    The People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) conducted a mine-countermeasures (MCM) exercise in the South China Sea in formation for the first time, a Chinese state media outlet reported on 29 July. The drills were said to have been conducted in "varied formations corresponding to different

  • Saab positions to meet Philippines combat aircraft requirement

    Saab is positioning itself as an early contender to meet the Philippine Air Force's (PAF's) anticipated requirement to procure a multirole combat aircraft (MRCA) platform. The Swedish group displayed its JAS 39 Gripen fighter aircraft at the inaugural Asian Defence, Security & Crisis Management

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  • Russia lays keels for three nuclear subs

    Russia laid the keels of three new nuclear submarines to celebrate Russian Navy Day on 27 July. The boats laid down were the fifth Dolgoruky (Borey)-class (Project 955A) nuclear powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) Knyaz Oleg and the fourth and fifth Severodvinsk (Yasen)-class nuclear-powered
  • RAN MH-60R fires first Hellfire

    The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has completed its first test firings of the AGM-114 Hellfire air-to-surface missile from an MH-60R Seahawk maritime helicopter, the Department of Defence said on 30 July. The test firings - of two ATM-114Q-1 training missiles - were conducted at the US Navy's (USN's)
  • Swiss IMESS soldier system ready for serial production

    Airbus Defence and Space has completed the development of the Swiss Army's planned new future soldier system and is now ready to enter serial production, the company announced on 30 July. Known as the Integrated Modular Engagement System for the Swiss Soldier (IMESS), it builds on the company's
  • Analysis: The strange case of Iraq's missing uranium

    The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militant group made world headlines on 10 June when it rolled into Mosul, routing the security forces that were supposed to defend the city and robbed the bank of some USD400 million in gold. Now there is news that they also took other things:


  • Centurion QX

    Type Work-class ROV. Description Centurion QX is the latest evolution of Subsea 7's Centurion ROV purpose-built series for deep-water drill and vessel-support programmes. Centurion QX vehicles have a 125 hp hydraulic power unit providing 3,000 kg of through frame lift. The ROVs utilise Curvetech

  • Cobra

    Type Work-class ROV. Description The Cobra work-class ROV has evolved from the Scorpio/Triton design and features a high-efficiency 100 hp hydraulic propulsion system. The vehicle is 1,000 m depth-rated and is fitted with four axial thrusters and three vertical thrusters giving it a maximum

  • Double Eagle Mk II/SAROV

    Type Hybrid mine countermeasures (MCM) autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV)/remotely operated vehicle (ROV). Description The Double Eagle Mk II is a mine disposal vehicle. The ROV is a comparatively lightweight system fitted with powerful high-speed thrusters for use in currents up to at least 3

  • Double Eagle Mk III

    Type Remotely operated vehicle (ROV) - mine countermeasures (MCM). Development The Double Eagle Mk III system is based on design and experience gained from the Double Eagle Mk I and Mk II. Saab is currently working with Kongsberg Defence to integrate the Minesniper mine destructor with the