• Germany and the Netherlands go Dutch on ground based air defence

    The Luftwaffe's Flugabwehrraketengruppe (Surface-to-Air Missile Group or SAM-Group) 61 will be subordinated to the Dutch Ground Based Air Defence Command in Vredepeel, the Netherlands, at the end of August, the German Air Force announced on 14 August. The step is part of Project Apollo, under which

  • US Army’s Kestrel Eye electro-optical micro satellite demonstrator launched

    The Kestrel Eye electro-optical micro satellite, which the US Army hopes can improve situational awareness for brigade combat teams, was launched on 14 August to the International Space Station (ISS). SpaceX launched its twelfth Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-12) from Florida and its

  • Argentina unveils new Vigía 2B MALE UAV design

    Argentine aircraft manufacturer Fábrica Argentina de Aviones (FAdeA) has showcased a mock-up of a Vigía 2B medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed together with INVAP. The UAV was unveiled during Argentine Air Force day celebrations on 10 August.

  • Boeing, General Dynamics team for Stryker-based SHORAD vehicle

    Boeing and General Dynamics Land Systems have teamed up to produce a short-range air defence (SHORAD) system based on a Stryker wheeled combat vehicle. The system will compete to address a gap in air defences identified by the US Army for low-flying, short-range threats. The army's legacy

  • Chile commissions new off-shore patrol vessel

    The Chilean Navy has commissioned the 1,800-tonne Cabo Odger (OPV 84), its fourth Piloto Pardo-class ocean patrol vessel (OPV), locally built to German shipbuilder Fassmer’s OPV 80 design. Cabo Odger is the second of two vessels in the class built with reinforced hulls for service in Antarctic

  • Indian Jaguar 'test-flown with AESA radar'

    Key Points HAL says it has test-flown a Jaguar fitted with an AESA radar It remains unclear how many Jaguars are likely to receive such an upgrade India’s state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) claims to have successfully test-flown an Indian Air Force (IAF) SEPECAT Jaguar

  • Israel looks beyond Arrow-3

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Israel's MAFAT Defense Research and Development Authority have launched concept studies for a future upper-tier missile defence interceptor. Boaz Levi, executive vice-president and general manager of IAI's Systems, Missiles & Space Group, told Jane's that

  • UkroBoronProm unveils T-72AMT

    Ukraine’s defence export agency UkroBoronProm has unveiled a new upgraded variant of the T-72 main battle tank (MBT) known as the T-72AMT. Developed as a private venture by the Kiev Armoured Plant, the new design incorporates a number of lethality, survivability and systems enhancements.

  • US Army awards Lockheed Martin USD161 million ATACMS contract

    The US Army has awarded Lockheed Martin a USD161-million production contract for the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS). The contract provides for the production of 150 ATACMS missiles, as part of the ATACMS Service Life Extension Program. As part of the US Army's ATACMS Service Life Extension

  • CIS offers open-source cyber security standards

    A set of common cyber security standards is gaining ground in the defence sector, as organisations seek to shield themselves from potential threats across their supply chains. The Center for Internet Security (CIS), a US non-profit organisation that promotes cyber security awareness, has developed

  • Private industry help sought to help kickstart ‘Make in India’ projects

    Key Points The Indian Army is to release 11 projects worth USD2.75 billion under the 'Make in India' initiative Indian private-sector companies are being asked to participate to short-circuit the bureaucracy involved with the public sector Daksh Nakra The Indian Army (IA) is to release a list of

  • Russia reveals Il-22PP special mission aircraft

    Russia has shown for the first time its new Ilyushin Il-22PP Porubshchik special mission aircraft. The ‘escort jammer’ aircraft made its public debut on the occasion of the 105th anniversary of the Russian air force over Kubinka on 12 August. The Il-22P is a signals intelligence

  • USN seeks multi-day flight with Hybrid Tiger

    US Navy (USN) researchers are set to begin testing a prototype Group 2 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that could attain upwards of three days endurance. Hybrid Tiger is the follow on to the US Naval Research Laboratory’s (NRL's) Ion Tiger, which flew for 48 hours using proton exchange membrane

  • UVZ unveils M-392 light howitzer

    Russia`s Uralvagonzavod (UVZ) research and manufacturing corporation, a subsidiary of Rostec, has developed the M-392 light howitzer, Jane`s has learnt. The new gun is intended to replace the aging M-30 mod 1938 howitzer that is still in use by more than 40 countries. "The M-392 can fire the

  • Australia approves plan to extend service life of Huon-class minesweepers

    The Australian government has granted first pass approval on plans to extend the service life of the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) Huon (Gaeta)-class coastal mine countermeasure vessels (MCMVs). Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead, head of navy capability at the RAN, described the plans as one

  • China's Beijing Sifang Automation readies SeaFly multirole USV for production

    Beijing Sifang Automation (Sifang) – a research and manufacturing company specialising in power automation and generation, as well as transportation systems – plans to roll out a production-ready model of its SeaFly intelligent unmanned surface vehicle (USV) by the end of 2017. The

  • UK launches externally loaded F-35B from 'ski jump' for first time

    The United Kingdom has taken a further step towards re-constituting its fixed-wing carrier strike capability with the first take-off of an externally loaded Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) from a representative ‘ski-jump’. The test, which took place in early

  • Lockheed Martin adopts a new approach with ARES radar

    Lockheed Martin is showcasing a new air and missile defence radar designed to enable rapid and affordable upgrades. With its active electronically scanned array (AESA) Radar for Engagement and Surveillance (ARES) system, Lockheed Martin is developing a modular open-architecture capability

  • Malaysia deploys naval ship at new base near disputed island with Singapore

    Key Points Malaysia has made its first naval deployment to a new installation near an island it believes is part of Putrajaya’s territory Move may herald more frequent deployments of Malaysian naval assets into the disputed region, but this is unlikely to affect bilateral relations between

  • Images indicate possible precision-guided version of China's KD-20 LACM

    Key Points China may have developed a new optically guided version of the KD-20 land attack cruise missile Such a weapon would allow aircraft like the H-6K bomber to conduct attacks from greater stand-off ranges An image appearing on a People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF)-linked webpage

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