• Sri Lanka Navy prepares to receive its largest ship to date

    Key Points Sri Lanka is on track to receive a new 105 m OPV from India in August 2017 Vessel will significantly transform the Sri Lanka Navy's operational capabilities Officials from the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) are now in India to familiarise themselves with a new 105 m offshore patrol vessel (OPV)

  • Sweden to acquire new RBS 58 anti-tank guided missile system

    The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (Försvarets Materielverk: FMV) has issued a requirement for a new, man-portable anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) system, under the programme designator RBS 58 (Robotsystem 58). The FMV has asked manufacturers of candidate systems to submit proposals

  • Wargame highlights complexity of cyber defence

    A recent cyber exercise featuring senior EU defence officials underlined the sheer complexity of responding to a major cyber attack, one of the event's organisers has told Jane's , with a need for further high-level discussions across the continent on how to address such a scenario. The EU28 Cyber

  • Rafael adds laser hard-kill intercept capability to Drone Dome

    Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has introduced a directed-energy, hard-kill intercept capability to its Drone Dome micro- and mini-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) detection and neutralisation system. The standard Drone Dome system comprises a RADA RPS-42 S-band multi-mission hemispheric radar, a

  • UK's Hebrides range set for radar upgrade

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) and QinetiQ are to jointly invest GBP16.8 million (USD21.7 million) to upgrade the range instrumentation radar systems on the MoD's Hebrides range off northwest Scotland. Being introduced as part of QinetiQ's strategy to modernise UK test and evaluation facilities,

  • Pakistan test-fires improved variant of Nasr CRBM

    Pakistan has test-fired an improved version of its Nasr (also known as Hatf 9) close-range ballistic missile (CRBM), according to a 5 July statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the Pakistan Armed Forces. "Pakistan has successfully undertaken a series of

  • Brazil achieves first X-band SATCOM transmission with SGDC

    Brazil achieved its first X-band secured satellite communication transmission using its new dual-use geostationary communications satellite, the SGDC (Satélite Geoestacionário de Defesa e Comunicações) on 5 July 2017. The SGDC is based on the Thales Alenia Space Spacebus 4000C4

  • Milos UGV rolled out

    Serbia's Military Technical Institute (MIT) has worked with the Special Products Factory Namenska to develop to the prototype stage an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) designated Milos. This is claimed to be able to be operate out to a maximum distance of 1 km. Milos has been presented in a

  • Newly acquired Pakistan Navy Sea Kings to fly in September

    Three of the seven former UK military Sea King helicopters recently acquired by the Pakistan Navy (PN) are expected to be flying again in early September. The platforms, which were officially handed over on 24 May, are currently being refurbished by the UK-based Vector Aerospace Corporation. The

  • Argentina sends rebuilt icebreaker on sea trials

    The Argentine Navy icebreaker ARA Almirante Irízar began its first sea trails on 4 July, after being rebuilt and modernised following a fire on 10 April 2007. Repairs proceeded slowly due to political and budgetary problems, and indecision over whether to simply repair the ship or to also

  • Denel delivers additional Casspir armoured vehicles

    Denel announced on 5 July that 21 Casspir armoured vehicles are ready for delivery to an African customer it did not identify, but is likely to be Angola. The company said the consignment is part of an order for 45 vehicles that are based on its new-generation Casspir NG2000 series, the first batch

  • Harris to provide USSOCOM with improved manpack radios

    Harris will begin deliveries of a new manpack radio for the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) beginning in 2018. The new radio will deliver new capabilities to Special Operations Forces (SOF) including the ability to transmit and receive on two separate channels and a common intelligence,

  • LEMT rolls out DT3XS weapon scope

    The LEMT (Lasers in Ecology, Medicine, and Technology) scientific and research centre of Belarusian optics company BelOMO has developed a new combined day and thermal scope with 3x magnification for infantry weapons. The DT3XS (Day Thermal 3x Magnification Sight) is based on LEMT's DNS-1 combined

  • Lockheed Martin launches LCS 15

    Lockheed Martin launched the future steel monohull Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) variant USS Billings (LCS 15) into the Menominee River in Marinette, Wisconsin, at the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard on 1 July 2017. To prepare for the launch, 118-m long Billings was moved to its

  • Sea Venom / ANL completes first live firing

    European missile house MBDA, in collaboration with the French Direction générale de l'armement (DGA), has conducted the first powered-flight test of the new Anglo-French Sea Venom/Anti-Navire Léger (ANL) helicopter-launched anti-ship missile. Performed on 21 June at the DGA Essais de

  • Type 26 contract leaves unanswered questions on RN ship numbers

    Key Points Type 26 frigates will be produced at a rate of one ship every two years, with the first ship entering service in the mid-2020s The planned retirement of one Type 23 per year from 2023 has increased the importance of establishing a funded Type 31 GPFF acquisition programme Questions

  • USN explores thin film material to enhance GaN-based electronics

    The US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is experimenting with a new thin film crystalline material that could eventually augment existing gallium nitride (GaN)-based electronics in use by the navy and US Department of Defense (DoD). The new thin film material, known as niobium nitride (Nb 2 N),

  • Wreckage of missing IAF helicopter found in Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh

    The wreckage of an Indian Air Force (IAF) Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) that went missing on 4 July in India's mountainous northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh has been found. "The wreckage was found [on 5 July] in the Papum Pare district by rescue teams from the Indian Army, the

  • Belgian C-130s fly again

    Belgian air force C-130H transport aircraft are flying again and are "practically operational", the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 4 July. Some of the aircraft are still grounded but will return to the air in the next few days and the entire fleet of 11 C-130s will be operational

  • Elbit demonstrates Seagull in end-to-end MCM application

    Key Points Elbit's Seagull USV was configured with an R2Sonic forward looking sonar, a Klein K5900 side scan sonar and a VideoRay ROV for the trial Seagull operated at a cruise speed of 10 kt and in Sea State 5-6 conditions Israeli systems house Elbit Systems has performed an end-to-end mine

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