• North Korean rocket launch reveals 'cloaking' measures, reignites East Asian BMD debate

    North Korea's launch on 7 February of what it claimed was a rocket carrying an Earth observation satellite has revealed a number of measures taken to frustrate analysis of the launch and reignited the debate about how best to counter Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile ambitions. Somewhat

  • Update: Iranian UAV shown striking targets in Syria and Iraq

    Iran appears to have conducted strike missions over Syria and Iraq using its Shahed-129 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), according to footage released by national media on 2 February. A news report filed by media channel SimaNews shows at least two armed Shahed-129 UAVs being demonstrated at an

  • BAE anticipates conclusion of Striker II HMD qualification trials

    BAE Systems is looking to complete qualification trials of its Striker II fully digital, night-vision-capable helmet-mounted display (HMD) on the Eurofighter Typhoon by the end of the second quarter this year, the company has revealed. Speaking on 3 February during a briefing at BAE's facilities in

  • DOTE&E seeks fixes for US Navy surface EW testing

    Key Points The USN has a gap in its capability for the high-fidelity representation of multiple ASCM seekers to support SEWIP operational testing DOT&E has proposed a UAV-based solution as an alternative to the captive-carry of the ASCM seeker simulators by manned aircraft Shortfalls remain

  • Lockheed Martin wins RN navigation radar programme

    Key Points Lockheed Martin UK, working with Kelvin Hughes, will deliver a new navigation radar fit for RN and RFA vessels First ship fits are scheduled to begin in 2017 Lockheed Martin UK has been awarded a GBP44 million (USD62.8 million) contract by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to

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  • Russian deployment of new Pantsyr to Syria confirmed

    Russia has deployed the new version of the Pantsyr air defence system to its Humaymim airbase in Syria, footage broadcast by the RT news channel on 3 February has confirmed. Russia has had at least one Pantsyr-S1 at Humaymim since 3 October 2015, when its Ministry of Defence released a photograph
  • Syrian military fields surveillance camera systems

    Syrian troops have begun using electro-optical systems to monitor battlefields, video and still imagery from multiple locations have shown. The first imagery appeared in a report by Life News Russia in early December 2015 showing a camera mounted on a telescopic mast elevated through the roof of a

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