• USAF seeks bespoke C2 capsule for C-17

    The US Air Force (USAF) has re-launched its effort to equip the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III strategic transport aircraft with a bespoke command-and-control (C2) capsule. Renamed the Roll-on Conference Capsule (ROCC) programme, details of modified effort were posted on the Federal Business

  • Austal cuts steel on first Pacific PB as WA shipbuilding grows

    Australian shipbuilder Austal announced on 26 April that it had cut the first steel plate for the SEA 3036 Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement programme. Under the programme Austa will build 19 vessels that will be donated to 12 Pacific Island nations as part of Australia's security assistance to the

  • DCNS reaches out to Australian industry

    Key Points DCNS is looking to boost local industrial involvement in Australia's future submarine programme The shipbuilder says it wants more domestic companies to come forward to support the AUD50 billion project French shipbuilder DCNS is encouraging Australian industry to engage with it as it

  • France releases Syrian sarin attack report

    France released a declassified intelligence assessment on 26 April that accused the Syrian military of using the nerve agent sarin against the town of Khan Shaykhun on 4 April, but did not explain how the attack was carried out. The report said France had independently obtained samples from Khan

  • Germany opens tender for G36 rifle replacement

    Germany's defence procurement office (Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr: BAAINBw) has announced a tender to replace the German Army's G36 assault rifles. Under the programme named System Sturmgewehr Bundeswehr (SSB), the German armed forces are

Subscribe to Defence for access to more latest Defence news, analysis and data
  • China launches first indigenously built aircraft carrier

    China launched its first domestically built aircraft carrier on 26 April in a ceremony held at the Dalian shipyard of the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) in the country's northeastern Liaoning Province. Known as the Type 001A, the as-yet-unnamed vessel is a follow-on ship to the
  • UK MoD green lights Meteor integration on F-35B

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has officially approved the integration of the Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) on the UK F-35B Lightning II multirole stealth aircraft under one of a raft of separate missile-related contract awards to the MBDA announced on 21 April. A GBP41


  • Mk 20 Electro-Optical Sensor System (EOSS)

    Type Naval Fire-Control System (FCS). Development In 2005, following a competitive procurement process, Kollmorgen Electro-Optical (acquired by L-3 Communications in February 2012 and now operating as L-3 KEO) was chosen to provide the US Navy (USN) with an EOSS as part of the CG-47