• Trump rejects peace talks with Taliban after series of deadly attacks

    US President Donald Trump has rejected the idea of engaging in peace talks with the Taliban in the near future following a series of militant attacks in Afghanistan. “I don’t think we’re prepared to talk right now,” Trump was quoted by the White House as saying on 29 January

  • US Army seeks improved handheld mine detection capability

    The US Army has developed a prototype location tracking capability for handheld mine sweeping devices that converts traditional audio signals that indicate the presence of a buried object into a visual display. By visualising these audio cues, researchers at the army’s Research, Development

  • Albania to clean up remaining explosives by end of 2018

    Albania's Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company plans to clean up the ammunition and explosives remaining in the country by the end of 2018. The problem of Cold War-era weapons and ammunition depots was exacerbated by nationwide riots in 1997, during which 151 died and 851 were injured. Albanian

  • COBRA beach zone mine detection system achieves IOC

    The AN/DVS-1 Coastal Battlefield Reconnaissance and Analysis (COBRA) airborne mine detection system has achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC), the US Navy (USN) has confirmed. Developed by Arête Associates, COBRA is based on a multispectral electro-optical payload – carried on

  • 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

  • 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: 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 ,

  • 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

  • India’s DRDO successfully tests ‘Trawl’ mine clearance system

    India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has recently conducted trials of the ‘Trawl’ mine clearance system being developed for the Indian Army (IA), according to a 15 September statement by the Indian government’s Press Information Bureau (PIB). The

  • DSEI 2017: X-2 UGV emerges from agricultural role

    Digital Concepts Engineering unveiled its X-2 unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) at DSEI 2017 in London. The X-2 is a medium, tracked UGV that has been developed for CBRNE applications but is also designed for EOD, search and rescue (SAR), perimeter patrol, communications relay, mine detection and

  • DSEI 2017: Praesidium Global unveils Pathfinder ISR solution

    Praesidium Global launched its Pathfinder reconnaissance system at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2017 conference in London. A complete Pathfinder system consists of an air-droppable crate that houses two Scout unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) that are deployed to carry out

  • Probot V2 enters full-scale production

    Roboteam has commenced full-scale production of its Probot V2 hybrid platforms. An initial delivery of 40 platforms are to be provided to two US government agencies and one allied government agency, including the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Probot V2

  • Roboteam secures US, Israel orders

    Roboteam has been contracted to deliver 75 of its Micro Tactical Ground Robot (MTGR) unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs). The systems are scheduled to be delivered by the end of 2017, and production has commenced. Roboteam CEO Shahar Abuhazira told Jane's , "These most recent orders came from

  • Indonesia to homeport newly commissioned Type 209/1400 submarine in Central Sulawesi

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy has commissioned its first new submarine in 36 years The diesel-electric platform’s base in Central Sulawesi will give it better access to disputed maritime areas in the region The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) will

  • 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

  • ADF to receive CBRN equipment worth USD230 million

    As part of Project LAND 2110 Phase 1B the Australian Defence Force (ADF) will receive equipment worth AUD300 million (USD230 million) for protection against chemical/biological/radiological/nuclear (CBRN) threats, the Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra announced on 3 July. The equipment will

  • ARCIMS performs full detect-to-engage mission in North Sea trials

    Key Points The end-to-end demonstration, performed as part of the Belgian Navy’s North Sea Unmanned MCM Trials, used the Atlas Elektronik UK ARCIMS unmanned surface vessel The ARCIMS system was configured with a Northrop Grumman AN/AQS-24B towed synthetic aperture sonar/laser linescan

  • ONR to deliver MIW RAC prototypes to NECC in mid-2017

    The US Navy's Office of Naval Research (ONR) is helping to provide a capability that will enable explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technicians to detect mines in very shallow water, provide sufficient standoff, and reduce the detect-to-engage timeline. The Mine Warfare Rapid Assessment Capability

  • ARGO stresses J8 Atlas UGV in US, Canadian trials

    ARGO XTR has delivered a number of its J8 Atlas Xtreme Terrain Robot (XTR) platforms to Canada and the United States for evaluation. In early March the company was awarded a CAD1 million (USD735,000) contract from Public Services and Procurement Canada for three J8 Atlas XTRs for evaluation, and

  • US Department of State approves sale of CBRN protective equipment to India

    The US Department of State has approved a possible USD75 million Foreign Military Sale of chemical/biological/radiological/nuclear (CBRN) protective equipment to the Indian government, according to an 11 May statement by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA). New Delhi had requested a

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