• South Korea approves use of locally developed submarine combat system on KSS-3 class

    Key Points South Korea has developed an indigenous submarine combat system for its KSS-3 class Platform will also likely be used to test a number of locally developed submarine warfare systems South Korea’s Ministry of Defense has approved an early version of a locally developed submarine

  • US Army marks Lakota milestone

    The US Army has received its 400th Airbus Helicopters UH-72A Lakota training and support platform into service, Airbus announced on 9 October. The milestone comes 11 years after the civil variant EC 145 was selected by the army in 2006 to conduct pilot training, while freeing up frontline

  • AUSA 2017: GM unveils modular, optionally manned, hydrogen-powered SURUS vehicle

    General Motors (GM) has unveiled its Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure (SURUS) vehicle, a hydrogen fuel cell-powered platform that can accommodate a variety of modules and serve in manned or unmanned roles. The 17 ft long SURUS, named in part after Hannibal’s war elephant, has no

  • AUSA 2017: Revision Military moves into tactical headset market

    Integrated soldier systems specialist Revision Military has unveiled a tactical communications headset at AUSA 2017 in Washington, DC as it seeks to further extend capabilities associated with its range of combat helmets. Revision Military’s SenSys ComCentr2 Tactical Headset System has been

  • AUSA 2017: Roboteam launches TIGR UGV

    Roboteam unveiled its Transportable Interoperable Ground Robot (TIGR) at AUSA 2017 in Washington, DC. The medium-sized, tracked platform has been designed to detect, identify, and dispose of hazardous objects and has a modular design, Shahar Abuhazria, Roboteam’s CEO told Jane’s ,

  • Poland seeks short-range ATGM

    Poland’s Armament Inspectorate has initiated a technical dialogue for a short-range anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) system, labelled ‘Pustelnik’. Poland is seeking information about lightweight shoulder-fired ATGM systems with a range of 1,400 m. The technical dialogue will be

  • AUSA 2017: 3M unveils stronger armoured helmet

    Minnesota-based conglomerate 3M has unveiled its new Combat II Ballistic Helmet L110 – designed to protect personnel from blast fragmentations, certain rifle projectiles, handgun bullets, and blunt impacts – and has booked orders from international customers, Cheryl Ingstad, business

  • AUSA 2017: Army returns to camouflage netting as it revisits traditional fieldcraft

    The US Army hopes to regain some of its basic ‘fieldcraft’ – particularly for concealing static formations – and is seeking new camouflage net systems. In July the army kicked off an effort to buy a new generation of camouflage netting, meant to help hide formations from a

  • AUSA 2017: GM, US Army exploring potential for hydrogen fuel cells in ground vehicles

    Hydrogen fuel cell technology to power ground vehicles appears to be proving stable enough for possible military use, as the fuel has been tested as relatively safe during US Army demonstrations with General Motor’s (GM’s) ZH2 hydrogen fuel cell-powered electric truck. The ZH2 is based

  • AUSA 2017: HDT Global reveals details of its SMET offering

    HDT Global displayed publicly for the first time its Squad Multipurpose Equipment Transport (SMET) Phase 2 offer at AUSA 2017. HDT Global’s SMET Phase 2 offering, the Hunter WOLF (Wheeled Offload Logistics Follower), represents a step-change for the company in two areas in that it is wheeled,

  • AUSA 2017: Polaris boosts international sales as light mobility vehicles garner interest

    Polaris has signed a number of new deals and is now selling its small mobility vehicles to more than 30 countries, the company’s director of international business development, Doug Malikowski, told Jane’s ahead of the Association of the United States Army’s annual conference. The

  • AUSA 2017: Saab delivers new ‘Breakaway’ camouflage netting system for SOCOM

    In late September US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) received nine 'Breakaway' camouflage systems and has already deployed them into operations, Brian Keller, president and general manager of Saab Barracuda, told Jane’s ahead of the annual Association of the US Army (AUSA) conference.

  • AUSA 2017: Follow-on AEODRS increments cancelled

    The US Navy’s Advanced Explosive Ordnance Disposal Robotic Systems (AEODRS) Increments 2 and 3 have been officially cancelled via an announcement on the Federal Business Opportunities website. The 6 October announcement comes as the AEODRS Increment 1 programme for backpackable platforms

  • AUSA 2017: US Army eyes accelerated AMPV production

    The US Army is seeking to accelerate production of the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) to replace its ageing M113A3 family of vehicles, army and industry officials said. AMPV-builder BAE Systems is scheduled to deliver 29 AMPVs by year’s end, and has delivered 17 so far (6 at Aberdeen

  • Sweden’s twin 120 mm mortar system takes shape

    Key Points The Swedish Army’s new Mjolner twin 120 mm mortar system is expected to undergo firing trials Forty Swedish Army CV90 infantry fighting vehicles will be equipped with the Mjolner system BAE Systems Hagglunds is set to conduct manned firing trials of a prototype/demonstrator of

  • Lockheed Martin develops flexible solar array for next-generation satellite bus

    Lockheed Martin has developed a new flexible solar array that delivers 50% more power than legacy arrays at 30% less mass, according to a company statement. Lockheed Martin recently completed the first flight build of its new Multi-Mission Modular Solar Array, which advances the company’s

  • Seven IAF personnel die in Mi-17V-5 helicopter crash

    An Indian Air Force (IAF) Mil Mi-17V-5 medium-lift helicopter crashed in India’s mountainous northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh on 6 October, killing all seven service personnel on board. IAF officials said the twin-engine platform crashed at approximately 6.00 h local time in a hilly

  • Vigor to build new US Army watercraft

    Key Points The MSV(L) will replace Vietnam-era LCM-8 landing craft The US Army plans to buy a class of 36 MSV(L) watercraft The US Army has selected Oregon-based Vigor Works to build a new fleet of watercraft to replace its outdated Vietnam-era Landing Craft Mechanized 8 (LCM-8) Mod I and Mod II

  • Indra InShield passes NATO test

    Indra’s InShield system for protecting aircraft from infrared-guided missiles fired by manportable air defence systems has passed its NATO trials, the company announced on 5 October. The system was installed on a Spanish Army CH-47 helicopter for the trials at the WTD 91 test centre in Meppen,

  • Taiwan orders Mk44 Bushmaster II cannons for its Clouded Leopard IFVs

    Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has ordered 285 30 mm Mk44 Bushmaster II automatic cannons from the US-based company Orbital ATK. The MND announced the USD112 million contract on 29 September and said the cannons will be installed on an infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) variant of

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