• F-35 procurement programme leaks cloud Canadian fighter plans

    Canadian defence sector stakeholders are scratching their heads yet again, following the leak earlier this month that suggested the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper has not been upfront regarding its jet fighter procurement plans. Officially, the Tory government had committed to

  • Australia's Johnston says he wouldn't trust ASC 'to build a canoe'

    Key Points Australian Defence Minister David Johnston has told the Senate that he wouldn't trust state shipbuilder ASC 'to build a canoe' Johnston made the comments after being asked about the status of the AWD programme, which sources have said is up to AUD800 million over budget and rising

  • Israel orders upgraded JDAM kits

    Israel is to receive 3,000 upgraded Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) tail-kits under a USD82.6 million contract announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 24 November. The contract will see Boeing deliver the tail-kits that have been upgraded with the ultra-tightly coupled (UTC)

  • ARES on track to deliver Qatar patrol boats

    Key Points ARES Shipyard is on track to supply 17 patrol craft to Qatar Production of vessels is scheduled to begin in 2015 Turkish shipbuilder ARES Shipyard is on track to supply the Qatari Coasts and Borders Security Department with 17 craft from the company's Hercules range of multirole patrol

  • General Dynamics, Smith & Wesson team up for modular gun

    A General Dynamics subsidiary is teaming up with gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson to compete for the US Army's Modular Handgun System (MHS) programme, the companies announced on 24 November. The army is looking to replace its M9 sidearm with a new modular system, and General Dynamics Ordinance

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  • Czech Republic seeks new transport aircraft

    The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced plans to buy one or two medium-sized tactical transport aircraft. Currently, the Army of the Czech Republic (ACR) operates four Airbus Military C295 medium tactical transport aircraft that fulfil the service's air transport needs. The aircraft,
  • UWSA fielding Chinese FN-6 MANPADS

    Myanmar's largest and best-armed insurgent force, the United Wa State Army (UWSA), has carried out a broad upgrade of its anti-aircraft defences with the induction of Chinese third-generation FN-6 manportable air defence systems (MANPADS). According to a reliable military source in northeastern
  • Indian MoD signs up for ACTAS towed array

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed an INR3.06 billion (USD51million) deal with Germany's Atlas Elektronik for six low frequency Active Towed Array Sonar (ACTAS) systems to be fitted to Indian Navy (IN) warships. The urgency of the requirement to safeguard its assets, continually


  • 146-1 target indication radar

    Type UHF band (0.3 to 1 GHz) 3-D mobile Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) surveillance/tracking radar Description The 146-1 radar is a mobile target indication radar for use with SAMs. It provides air situation surveillance, multitarget tracking, real-time data processing, optimum target assignment,

  • 1RL144M fire-control system

    Type E- (2 GHz to 3 GHz) and J-band (10 GHz to 20 GHz) anti-aircraft gun and missile fire-control system. NATO reporting name 'Hot Shot' Description According to IHS Jane's sources, 1RL144M is the fire-control radar package that is installed aboard the Russian 2K22M Tunguska self-propelled

  • ACMAT Type TPK 6.40 WRT recovery vehicle

    Development The Type TPK 6.40 WRT is the recovery member of the ACMAT series of VLRA (6 × 6) vehicles that are covered in detail in a separate entry. By late 2014 more than 12,000 vehicles had been built with sales made to more than 40 countries. These were originally developed for use in the

  • Anti-aircraft laser rangefinder

    Type Laser rangefinder Development The anti-aircraft laser rangefinder from Saab Electronic Defence Systems (EDS - formerly Saab Avitronics, previously SaabTech) has been known to IHS Jane's since 1998. It forms part of a number of army and navy fire-control systems: Saab 9LV200 Mk 3; Thales