• Afghan, international forces increase pressure on militant groups

    Afghan and international forces have increased military pressure on Taliban, Islamic State-Khorasan (IS-K), and other militant groups in Afghanistan since resuming offensive operations on 30 June following the end of the Afghan government’s ceasefire extension, the NATO-led ‘Resolute

  • Australia’s DMTC partners with Penguin on composites

    Tasmanian firm Penguin Composites has teamed with Australia’s Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC) to explore hybrid composite materials in defence manufacturing. Announcing the partnership on 20 July, Australia’s Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne said it would

  • Azerbaijan looks to produce Aeronautics multirotor UAV

    A memorandum of understanding (MOU) has opened up the possibility of Azerbaijan co-operating on the Pegasus 120 multirotor UAV made by the Israeli company Aeronautics, although it represents a statement of intent, not a signed contract, Jane’s has learnt. The information clarifies an 11 July

  • China progressing integrated electric propulsion for warships

    A professor at China’s Naval Engineering University (NEU) has been awarded a first-class merit citation by President Xi Jinping for his work in developing full electric propulsion (FEP) for warships, according to a report in the state-owned Global Times newspaper on 20 July. Xiao Fei heads a

  • China, UAE to expand defence industry ties

    China and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have outlined an intention to expand defence industrial collaboration. Under agreements announced on 21 July during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Abu Dhabi, the two countries will co-operate on defence science, technology, and

  • Elbit expands Air Keeper family

    Elisra, the electronic warfare (EW) and signals intelligence (SIGINT) arm of Elbit Systems has developed a rotary-wing version of its Air Keeper multifunction SIGINT and EW system and is working on an unmanned aircraft version, Jane’s has learned. The Air Keeper system includes an electronic

  • Empowering command: ‘BALTOPS’ sees NATO drill down in command focus

    As NATO continues to build complexity in training, Dr Lee Willett considers how the alliance used its ‘BALTOPS’ exercise to augment command output Since the resurgence of state-based international rivalry, NATO has focused its major exercises on higher-end operations, aiming also to

  • India finalising negotiations for 48 additional Mi-17-V5 helicopters from Russia

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) is concluding negotiations with Russia to acquire 48 additional Mi-17-V5 military transport/utility helicopters for USD1.1 billion for the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). Official Indian sources told Jane’s on 23 July that

  • India's special forces getting equipment upgrade

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has finalised several contracts in recent months for weapons and other assorted equipment designed to enhance the capabilities of the country’s special forces. Official sources told Jane’s that miscellaneous equipment for the special forces of all

  • Iran announces mass production of Fakour air-to-air missile

    The Fakour radar-guided air-to-air missile is now being mass produced, the Iranian military announced on 23 July. A ceremony attended by Iranian defence minister Amir Hatami was held to mark the announcement, during which at least six missiles were displayed as well as the front ends of another

  • KMW expands Dingo protected vehicle family

    Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) has updated its Dingo family of protected vehicles with the 6x6 Dingo 2 Heavy Duty (HD) platform. The original Dingo is a 4x4 vehicle based on the Mercedes-Benz UNIMOG chassis. More than 1,000 vehicles have been manufactured for the home and export markets with customers

  • Qatar orders Kornet anti-tank missiles

    Qatar has ordered Kornet anti-tank missile systems, Kalashnikov assault rifles, grenade launchers, and machine guns under an agreement it signed with Russia in October 2017, the Russian ambassador to Doha told the Tass news agency on 21 July. The signing of a military contract was announced that

  • RAAF P-8A Poseidon fires first Harpoon missile

    The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has successfully fired its first Harpoon medium-range anti-ship/land-attack missile from one of its Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime multimission aircraft: a move that brings the platform closer to reaching full operational capability (FOC). A ATM-84J Harpoon

  • Saab order intake falls in first half of 2018

    Orders recorded by Saab in the first half of 2018 decreased by 38% year on year, although the company claims that it made significant developments in a number of ongoing development programmes over this period. It also reported a 40% decrease in order bookings in the second quarter of 2018 year on

  • Saab to ramp-up Gripen E trials as two new prototypes prepare for flight

    Saab is to introduce two new test platforms as it intensifies the flight trials campaign for its Gripen E combat aircraft. Speaking at the Farnborough International Airshow in mid-July, Saab’s head of Aeronautics, Jonas Hjelm, said that test aircraft 39-9 and 39-10 will join prototype 39-8 as

  • Thales reports rising defence revenue

    Thales has recorded an overall order intake growth of 5% year-on-year (y/y) in the first half of 2018, with an increase of 13% in the defence and security division. The company recorded EUR3.43 billion (USD4.02 billion) in orders in defence and security, with particular successes in military

  • UK MoD selects five teams for Autonomous Last Mile Resupply System Phase 2

    On 19 July the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced the final five teams to take part in phase 2 of the Autonomous Last Mile Resupply System (ALMRS) programme: Animal Dynamics Ltd, Barnard Microsystems Ltd, Fleetonomy, HORIBA MIRA, and QinetiQ. Phase 2 of the ALMRS programme will last for 12

  • Farnborough 2018: FLIR Systems displays refreshed UltraForce series turrets

    FLIR Systems revealed a technology refresh for the UltraForce 275 and UltraForce 350 multi-sensor gimbal turrets at Farnborough International Airshow 2018. The low size weight and power (SWAP) systems developed for integration on small lightweight manned and unmanned airborne platforms now enable

  • Farnborough 2018: Leonardo launches SPIDER COMINT system

    Leonardo unveiled its new Spider airborne communications intelligence (COMINT) system at the 2018 Farnborough Air Show. SPIDER has been developed in the UK and operates in the 20 MHz to 6 GHz band, is designed to “detect, identify, analyse and geolocate” emissions. Jan Boyes, head of

  • Farnborough 2018: SteelRock Technologies launches UAVs, counter-UAV systems

    SteelRock Technologies (SR) conducted its hard launch during the Farnborough International Airshow. The UK start up is marketing its family of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and soft-kill UAV countermeasures and unveiled the WO3 Protector Counter-IED UAV at the show. Designed by a serving

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