• DSEI 2015: UK rapid reaction brigades to get new helmets

    The first deliveries of new lightweight Cobra Plus combat helmets to UK troops have begun this month as part of the Virtus programme to replace the British Army and Royal Marines' personal load-carrying and protective equipment, a spokesman for Canadian company Revision told IHS Jane's at DSEI 2015

  • Rheinmetall, ELTA Systems win Canadian Army medium-range radar tender

    The Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) has issued a joint tender to Rheinmetall-Canada and Israel's ELTA Systems for production of a medium-range radar (MRR). The radar, ELTA's ELM-2084 MMR, which will be integrated into Canadian Army systems, is also used by Iron Dome rocket defence

  • Saab Grintek to begin deliveries of new LEDS 50 defensive aids suites

    Saab Grintek Defence (SGD) will begin deliveries of Land Electronic Defence Systems (LEDS) to export customers in October, the South African company has announced. The orders cover production of more than 170 LEDS 50 Mk 2 'intelligent, automated self-defence systems' in addition to spares. Designed

  • 'Design issues' lead US Army to terminate GDC4S radar contract

    Key Points The terminated RRRP contract had a total possible value of USD385.6 million over 10 years US Army officials expect to re-compete the programme as they still require newer testing radars The US Army has terminated a contract with General Dynamics C4 Systems (GDC4S) for a programme to

  • Russian PDAs for Ratnik future soldier project ready for serial production

    Two personal digital assistants (PDAs) for the Russian Ratnik equipment modernisation programme are ready for serial production, according to Ruslan Bistrikh, director of the Svyaz scientific-technical centre (a subsidiary of the Sozvezdie concern, which is a part of United Instrument Manufacturing


  • On the mend: British Army looks to refreshed AFVs

    After many years of underinvestment, the UK is injecting significant funding into its land forces over the next decade, most of it being spent on the British Army's Ground Manoeuvre capability. Christopher F Foss reports on the three major programmes
  • Packing a punch

    Despite its small size, the New Zealand Defence Force takes pride in its ability to deliver a credible contribution to multinational operations and continues to grow a full spectrum of capabilities able to meet the challenges of an increasingly uncertain strategic environment both at home and abroad. Kate Tringham reports
  • Cyber-mercenary industry grows worldwide

    As attention focuses on inter-state cyber-warfare, private non-governmental actors have rapidly proliferated. Tim Maurer examines the rise of these often powerful proxy groups.
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  • Germany completes GM400 radar programme

    The German Air Force (Luftwaffe) has received its final GM400 long-range air surveillance radar from ThalesRaytheonSystems, the German Federal Office for Defence Technology and Procurement (BAAINBw) announced on 22 September. The radar, based at Freising, is the final of six GM400 radars ordered
  • DSEI 2015: Terma launches new small ship mission system

    Danish systems and sensors house Terma unveiled a new compact tactical mission system for small ships at DSEI 2015 in London. Based on the company's full-sized C-Flex combat management system, C-Flex Compact is a scaled-down version designed to meet the requirements of maritime patrol vessels
  • Kongsberg debuts new ADC console

    Key Points Kongsberg expects to complete qualification of the ADC by the end of 2015 The company sees additional applications for the same FDC architecture in other roles, including coastal defence, artillery/fire support, and high-echelon command-and-control Kongsberg Defence Systems has


  • Battlefield METeorological System (BMETS)

    Type Passive, independent, and mobile meteorological system Description The BAE Systems Integrated Systems Technologies BMETS is a replacement for the British Army's radar-based Artillery METeorological System (AMETS) and as such, is claimed to offer 'significant advantages' over its predecessor,

  • SB 14 identification friend-or-foe (IFF) interrogator

    Type Ground-based IFF interrogator. Description The SB 14 IFF interrogator is designed for use with stand-alone MAN Portable Air Defence Systems (MANPADS) and vehicle-mounted/fixed-site multilauncher systems. As such, SB 14 is battery powered and comprises a sum/Delta antenna and an electronics

  • SB 16 identification friend-or-foe (IFF) interrogator

    Type D-band (1 GHz to 2 GHz) IFF interrogator. Description SB 16 is a Mk XII/Secure IFF interrogator that has been designed for radar-controlled SHOrt Range Air Defence Systems (SHORADS) with ranges of up to 100 km. The equipment comprises interrogator and processor units, with the former

  • Series 320 air defence radars

    Type S-band (2-4 GHz) 3-D air defence surveillance radar Description Series 320 3-D air defence radars are configured to meet varied surveillance coverage and siting requirements and make use of a planar-array antenna that scans electronically (frequency steered multiple pencil beam groups) in