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  • Arms and Security 2017: Ukroboronservice displays Mobile Mortar Complex

    At the 2017 Arms and Security Exhibition in Kiev, Serhii Prolubschykov, the Deputy Chief of the Commercial Department at Ukroboronservice, provided details of a new mobile mortar system geared towards special forces and airborne troops. Currently in trials with the Ukrainian Army, the Mobile Mortar

  • AUSA 2017: Harris showcases latest night vision weapon sight

    Harris introduced its latest F7030 Generation (Gen) 3 Clip-on Weapon Sight at the annual Association of the US Army symposium in Washington, DC. The F7030 sight includes a new gallium arsenide photocathode component that provides a much higher sensitivity than a Gen 2 sight, Steve Perez, director

  • Brazilian Navy up-arms Seahawk helicopter

    The Brazilian Navy’s HS-1 ‘Guerreiro’ squadron has recently armed its SH-16 Seahawk (local designation for Sikorsky S-70B) helicopter with a light door pintle weapon system. The weapon mount from an unidentified origin is armed with the FN Herstal MAG 58M 7.62x51 mm machine gun

  • MTRS Increment 2 to feature clean-sheet design

    Endeavor Robotics will deliver a new product design under the US Army’s widely anticipated Man Transportable Robotic System Increment 2 (MTRS Inc II) effort, rather than modifying one of its existing platforms. “A lot of design and development effort has already gone into this robot; we

  • Stratom enters UGV market with XR-P

    Stratom has released details of a new unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) primarily designed for the logistics support role. The eXpeditonary Robotic Platform (XR-P) is a dual-tracked vehicle that is initially intended to be deployed from a V-22 Osprey. “We designed the vehicle around trying to

  • USN JSOW C-1 achieves full operational capability

    The US Navy (USN) Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) C-1 has achieved full operational capability, USN officials announced on 11 October. The JSOW C-1 is the latest variant of the AGM-154, the stalwart USN weapon. It is designed to provide fleet forces with the capability and flexibility to engage

  • Tengoen’s TB001 armed reconnaissance UAV makes first flight

    China's TB001 ‘Twin-tailed Scorpion’ armed reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has made its maiden flight, according to a report by the Xinhua News Agency. The 10 m-long platform took to the skies at an airport in southwestern China on 26 September just a few days after being

  • Arms and Security 2017: Arsenal State Enterprise displays new radar for ZSU-23-4 modernisation

    At the 2017 Arms and Security Exhibition in Kiev, technicians from the Arsenal State Enterprise discussed a new air defence radar and optical tracking suite that can be used to upgrade any air defence system, displaying the new ZSU-23-4M self-propelled anti-aircraft gun as an example. The system,

  • Arms and Security 2017: Ukrainian Armor unveils combat UAV system

    At the 2017 Arms and Security Exhibition in Kiev, the Deputy Director of Ukrainian Armor, Dmytro Polyakov, explained the company's new combat unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) concept. This uses four UAVs controlled from Varta 4×4 vehicles to attack enemy positions. The Varta platform was designed

  • AUSA 2017: Fantom-2 set for desert trials, combat

    Ukraine’s SpetsTechnoExport will be sending its new Fantom-2 large multipurpose unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) to the Middle East in early November for trials and demonstrations, and expects to field the platform in combat conditions in the next 12 months. The Fantom-2 went on public display

  • AUSA 2017: IAI enhances AMMAD system

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) showcased the latest update to its Anti-Magnetic Mine Actuating Device (AMMAD) that now includes the ability to neutralize active land-based magnetic mines. After more than a decade of improvements and upgrades to the system, it has been re-designated as the AMMAD

  • Spanish Eurofighter crashes, pilot killed

    A Spanish Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon crashed near its base on 12 October, shortly after taking part in a military flypast over Madrid, killing the pilot. The Typhoon belonged to 14 Wing located at Los Llanos, near Albacete. Witnesses reported seeing the plane make a ‘strange turn’,

  • AUSA 2017: Army begins next phase of UAS for casualty evacuation study

    Key Points Army set to conduct comparative research on DP-14 UAS and UH-60 Black Hawk In 2019 TATRC will begin research on autonomous medical systems The US Army’s Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) and Dragonfly Picture (DPI) are using the company’s tandem

  • BIRD details African ASIO project

    BIRD Aerosystems has delivered its Airborne Surveillance, Information, and Observation (ASIO) solution to an African state, the Israeli defence company has told Jane’s . It did not identify the client. Worth about USD20 million, the contract included delivering a maritime patrol aircraft

  • Scaled Composites flies new Model 401 prototype

    Scaled Composites flew its Model 401 experimental prototype aircraft for the first time on 11 October, the company announced on the same day. The single-seat single-engined aircraft is one of two that have been built by the Northrop Grumman-subsidiary to demonstrate advanced, low-cost manufacturing

  • Taiwan plans domestic upgrade programme for its M60A3 MBTs

    Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has said that it plans to earmark USD6.6 million for research into the development of an upgrade programme for its fleet of M60A3 main battle tanks (MBTs). The ministry has chosen the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST)

  • USN COBRA mine-detection systems reaches IOC

    The US Navy (USN) AN/DVS-1 Coastal Battlefield Reconnaissance and Analysis (COBRA) airborne mine-detection system achieved initial operational capability (IOC) on 10 October, USN officials announced. COBRA is being developed for integration with the USN’s MQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned air system

  • AUSA 2017: AeroVironment upgrades Puma for heavier payloads

    AeroVironment has undertaken a number of upgrades to its Puma and Raven unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), including strengthening the Puma’s airframe, updating the data link, adding new avionics, and integrating a new infrared (IR) sensor. Puma, which will now be designated the Puma 3 AE , has

  • AUSA 2017: Bell V-280 Valor prototype tests at full rotor power

    Bell Helicopter’s V-280 Valor tiltrotor prototype has run at full RPMs, and the company is now readying its aircraft for its first flight scheduled for later this year, said Carl Coffman, company director of business development for Advanced Tiltrotor Systems. The V-280 prototype aircraft has

  • AUSA 2017: Minigun developer Dillon Aero extends marinisation to all M134D weapons

    Key Points Dillon Aero is standardising marinisation on all of its M134D miniguns This will improve the lifespan of the guns, reducing customer costs for spare parts Arizona-based minigun developer Dillon Aero is incurring cost to extend marinisation coatings to all of its M134D variants,

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