• IDEF 2017: FNSS develops upgrade package for ACV

    FNSS Savunma Sistemleri has developed and tested a modular upgrade package for its Armoured Combat Vehicle (ACV). The system has been developed following discussions with a number of potential customers, and is customisable by end users to meet specific operational and funding requirements.

  • IDEF 2017: New Turkish F-16 jammer in development

    Turkey's Tübitak Bílgem Informatics and Information Security Research Center is developing a self-protection jamming pod for deployment on Turkish Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons. While development is not yet complete, a production prototype was displayed at the IDEF'17 exhibition in

  • IDEF 2017: Otokar kits up Altay MBT for urban operations

    Otokar has developed a new version of its Altay main battle tank (MBT) that is optimised for urban operations. The vehicle - called the Altay Asimetrik Harp Tanki (AHT), or Asymmetrical Warfare Tank - has been designed and built by a team of 20 over a five-month period using internal research and

  • Xponential 2017: Blackjack procurement stalls, while SUAS could expand

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) is slowing its procurement of RQ-21A Blackjack unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and is considering new capabilities within its family of smaller systems. USMC officials plan to buy fewer of the ship-capable RQ-21A while issues with the expeditionary systems are resolved,

  • Diehl advances fire on-the-move capability for IRIS-T-SLS

    Diehl Defence is evolving a fire on-the-move capability for the IRIS-T-SLS (Surface Launched Short Range) mobile air-defence interceptor system. IRIS-T-SLS uses an unaltered IRIS-T (Infra Red Imaging System - Tail/Thrust vector-controlled) air-to-air missile. The interceptor is fired vertically

  • IDEF 2017: Aselsan reveals 35 mm ABM

    Aselsan has completed development and qualification of a new 35 mm air burst munition (ABM) called the Atom. Atom has been designed to be fired from the Aselsan Korkut twin 35 mm self-propelled anti-aircraft gun (SPAAG) for which the first production contract was announced earlier this year for the

  • IDEF 2017: Details of anti-tank SARP variant emerge

    Aselsan has developed a new variant of its Stabilised Remote Weapon Station (SARP), detailing the system at the IDEF 2017 defence exhibition in Istanbul. Incorporating an anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW), the SARP-Anti Tank variant builds on the baseline SARP. The SARP-Anti Tank is similar in

  • IDEF 2017: Turkey's TAI signs deal for serial production of Hürkus-C light attack aircraft

    Turkey's Defence Industries Undersecretariat has signed an agreement with Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) for the development and serial production of the Hürkus-C light attack aircraft, according to a statement issued by TAI. The deal, which involves the production of 12 Hürkus-Cs and

  • Russia shows off upgraded T-72B3 MBTs in Moscow parade

    Russia displayed the first of 150 upgraded T-72B main battle tanks (MBTs) at the 5 May Victory Day Parade in Moscow. Under a 2016 contract with UralVagonZavod the MBTs are to be brought to what the Russian Ministry of Defence has referred to as the T-72B3 standard, although the upgraded tanks

  • US Air Force rewriting '127-1' range safety regulations

    Key Points US Air Force updating launch range safety rules This will help the service modernise for new launch technologies The US Air Force (USAF) is rewriting a number of its range safety regulations known as '127-1' to better embrace emerging launch technologies. USAF spokesman Bryan Purtell

  • US aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln begins sea trials after mid-life overhaul

    US Navy (USN) nuclear-powered Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) began sea trails on 9 May 2017 following a four-year refuelling and complex overhaul (RCOH) at Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Virginia. Fifth-in-class USS Abraham

  • US Army recertifies updated AN/ARC-201 airborne radios

    The US Army has recertified Harris' AN/ARC-201D Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS) that is deployed on board its helicopters, following the company's work to replace system components that have become obsolete. "There were close to a dozen parts that fell into that

  • Xponential 2017: Hybrid Aerosonde readies for sea trials

    Textron Systems will undertake at-sea trials of its Aerosonde unmanned aircraft system (UAS) configured with the Hybrid Quadcopter system. Speaking to Jane's at Xponential 2017 in Dallas, Texas, Bill Irby, the company's senior vice-president and general manager of unmanned systems, said that

  • Xponential 2017: Kongsberg takes ownership of two new underwater glider systems

    Kongsberg Underwater Technology obtained sole rights from CoMotion to produce and continue to develop two new underwater glider systems, the company announced on 8 May 2017. Development of the two systems was funded by the US National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric

  • Xponential 2017: Liquid Robotics plots Wave Glider capability growth

    Boeing subsidiary Liquid Robotics is examining a range of new capabilities for its Wave Glider platform, and continues to introduce incremental improvements to the operationally proven platform. Speaking to Jane's at Xponential 2017 in Dallas, Texas, Liquid Robotics' executive vice president,

  • Xponential 2017: Swift 020 nears production standard

    Swift Engineering expects to have a final production version of its Swift 020 transition unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) ready by late 2017 or early 2018, with the system now going through its final demonstration stage. The company recently announced that it had completed an autonomous ship launch

  • Xponential 2017: US Army set to continue Shadow enhancement road map

    The US Army has received funding for half of the RQ-7B Shadow unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) that it intends to upgrade to the Block III standard, while the service continues to implement the V2 upgrade programme for the platform. Speaking at Xponential 2017 in Dallas, Texas, Lieutenant Colonel

  • First Portuguese Super Lynx to begin modernisation

    The first of five AgustaWestland Super Lynx Mk 95 helicopters operated by the Portuguese Navy will be delivered to Leonardo Helicopters' Yeovil facility in the United Kingdom in June to begin its comprehensive modernisation programme. Work on all five units will be completed under a EUR69 million

  • IDEF 2017: Aselsan unveils anti-UAV systems

    Aselsan has developed two counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) systems and showcased them at the 2017 International Defence Industry Fair in Istanbul. The IHTAR is a mast-mounted integrated radar and electro-optic (EO) system with an RF jammer, designed to counter mini- and micro-UAVs in both

  • Spanish Air Force retires last of its SA330 Pumas

    The Spanish Air Force retired the last of its Airbus Helicopters (previously Eurocopter) SA330 Puma helicopters on 28 April, more than four decades after taking its first delivery of the aircraft. The last Puma flew into a retirement ceremony at Cuatro Vientos Air Base just south of Madrid from Son

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