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  • US Air Force pursuing Algorithm Warfare Initiative to increase ISR data consumption

    Key Points The US Air Force is pursuing an algorithm effort to increase ISR data consumption The service receives too much data for solely human processing to be feasible The US Air Force (USAF) is pursuing an effort designated the Algorithm Warfare Initiative (AWI) to improve the service’s

  • Airbus flies HForce weapons system on H145M helo

    Airbus Helicopters announced on 8 August the first flight of an H145M fitted with the company’s new HForce Generic Weapon System (GWS). The flight, which took place at the company’s Donauwörth facility in southern Germany at the end of August, saw the twin-engined helicopter fly

  • First flight for French Phénix MRTT

    The first of an expected 12 Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A330-200 MultiRole Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft made its maiden flight on 7 September, the company announced. The aircraft, which is the first of nine to be contracted with three more under option, made its 3 h 25 min maiden flight from

  • Iraqi F-16 and pilot lost in training accident

    An Iraqi Air Force (IqAF) Lockheed Martin F-16IQ Fighting Falcon combat aircraft was lost in a training accident on 5 September, killing the pilot. The single-seat fighter crashed while training in the United States with the Arizona Air National Guard’s 162nd Wing, based in Tucson. The US

  • M1 Abrams tanks progress towards new enhancement package

    General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) and the US Army are progressing with two upgrade efforts for M1 Abrams main battle tanks (MBTs), including prototype work towards a new enhancement package. The company was awarded a contract to design, develop, and integrate “multiple engineering changes

  • Image suggests YJ-18 anti-ship missile has entered PLAN service

    China has released the first photograph of its YJ-18 anti-ship missile (ASM) being launched from a People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Type 052D destroyer: an indication that the ASM has entered service with the fleet. Published in the Chinese military magazine Modern Ships , the image

  • South Korea launches ninth and final KSS-2 attack submarine

    South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has launched the Republic of Korea Navy's (RoKN's) ninth KSS-2-class (Type 214) diesel-electric attack submarine. The 1,800-tonne Sin Dol-Seok was launched on 7 September in a ceremony held at the HHI shipyard in Ulsan, according to an RoKN

  • TrellisWare receives SOCOM MANET contract

    The US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) has awarded TrellisWare Technologies a USD40 million contract to supply force components with Mobile Ad Hoc Network (MANET) communications solutions, in what could be the first signs of the mass proliferation of the technology across the defence market.

  • IAI develops tactical HF COMINT system

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced on 5 September that it has developed a compact version of a ground and naval high frequency (HF) communications intelligence (COMINT) and direction finding system. The system, known as ELK-7065, is described by IAI as a "small-sized mobile

  • HMS Argyll performs first Sea Ceptor firings

    The UK Royal Navy (RN) Type 23 frigate HMS Argyll has successfully conducted first shipborne firings of the GWS 35 Sea Ceptor local area anti-air missile system. GWS 35 is being retrofitted to all 13 RN Type 23 frigates to replace the GWS 26 Mod 1 VL Seawolf (VLSW) point-defence missile system as

  • Lockheed Martin progresses concept studies for PAC-3-MSE derivatives

    Lockheed Martin is advancing a series of internally funded concept studies to leverage the hit-to-kill technologies evolved for its Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) interceptor. The idea is to establish a family of hit-to-kill interceptors in various classes for

  • Indian Army Advanced Light Helicopter crashes in Ladakh region

    Several Indian Army (IA) personnel, including two generals, survived with only minor injuries the crash of their Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) on 5 September in India’s Himalayan region of Ladakh.  Officials said the IA’s twin-engine ALH, which is built by state-owned

  • BAE Systems develops advanced UGV

    BAE Systems has revealed to Jane’s details of its new Ironclad unmanned ground vehicle (UGV). According to the company, the tracked platform is designed to undertake a number of roles, including reconnaissance, casualty evacuation (CASEVAC), area denial, and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD).

  • First Sea Ceptor firings from Type 23

    Key Points HMS Argyll undertook first-of-class firings of the GWS 35 Sea Ceptor local area air defence system in July Sea Ceptor will replace the GWS 26 Mod 1 VL Seawolf point defence missile system The Royal Navy (RN) Type 23 Duke-class frigate HMS Argyll has completed initial firings of the new

  • Second Lockheed Martin GPS III satellite completes acoustic testing

    Key Points The third GPS III satellite recently completed acoustic testing The test, composed of vibrating the satellite with deafening sound, is a critical test Lockheed Martin’s second Global Positioning System III (GPS III) satellite for the US Air Force (USAF) recently completed

  • Type 23 frigate completes Sea Ceptor first firings

    Key Points HMS Argyll is the first Royal Navy Duke-class Type 23 frigate to complete a life extension refit Sea Ceptor is being retrofitted to all 13 Type 23 frigates to replace the GWS 26 Mod 1 VL Seawolf point defence system The first UK Royal Navy (RN) Duke-class Type 23 frigate to complete

  • US Air Force anticipates F-35 OBOGS testing through end of 2017

    Key Points The US Air Force anticipates F-35 oxygen system testing to last through the end of 2017 The service, earlier this year, restricted the aircraft’s flight envelope after physiological issues The US Air Force (USAF) anticipates testing for the on-board oxygen generation system

  • KBP unveils ShAK-12 heavy assault rifle

    Russia's Tula-based Instrument Design Bureau (KBP), a subsidiary of the High-Precision Weapons holding, has developed the ShAK-12 heavy assault rifle, which it unveiled at the KBP firing range. The ShAK-12 is intended for engaging soldiers wearing body armour, under light cover or in soft-skin

  • PLAN commissions carrier replenishment ship

    The largest replenishment ship to be built for China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has entered service. Named Hulun Hu (with pennant number 965), the 240 m-long ship was commissioned in a ceremony held on 1 September at the Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI) facility on Longxue Island

  • Remdizel rolls out Taifun MRAP for airborne troops

    Russia's Remdizel – Defence Solutions (RD-DS) company has developed the K-4386 Taifun mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicle intended for airborne troops and special forces, which it unveiled at the recent Army-2017 exhibition held outside Moscow from 22-27 August. The K-4386 is a 4x4

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