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  • USN hones modular MCM mindset

    The US Navy (USN) is developing operational concepts for a more modular approach for mine countermeasures (MCM) mission packages initially scheduled for its Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) fleet that expands those missions across a greater range of platforms. The USN has already started to broaden its

  • Aquabotix providing USN with unexploded ordnance detection system

    The US Navy (USN) has awarded Aquabotix a contract for an unexploded ordnance detection system that will enable the USN to both find and neutralise underwater threats. The navy will eventually incorporate the capability into Aquabotix’s SwarmDiver, micro unmanned surface vessel (USV) or other

  • Aselsan successfully tests laser defence system

    Aselsan has successfully tested the Lazer Savunma Sistemi'nin (LSS) laser defence system mounted on a BMC Amazon armoured vehicle, the Turkish company reported on 10 June. “The LSS is being developed to detect and destroy suspicious objects, improvised explosive devices (IEDs), canvas and

  • Japan displays new NBC decontamination set

    The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) unveiled a new truck-mounted nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) decontamination set on 27 May at Camp Omiya in Saitama Prefecture, where the service’s Central NBC Weapon Defense Unit is based. Mounted on a 6×6 truck the new set, which is

  • KADEX 2018: Orlan-10E makes international debut

    The Orlan-10E (E for export) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by Russian industry has made its international debut at the KADEX 2018 defence show in Astana, Kazakhstan. The Orlan-10 system comprises two to four UAVs and a catapult launcher. Each vehicle has a maximum take-off weight of 18

  • UK takes delivery of MHC sweep demonstrator system

    Key Points The UK's MHC Sweep Capability demonstrator achieved system acceptance on 26 April The MHC Sweep demonstrator combines an 11 m ARCIMS USV, configured with a power generation module, with towed magnetic, acoustic, and electrical influences, including up to three coil auxiliary boats The

  • Raytheon to develop USN’s Barracuda mine neutraliser

    Raytheon is to develop a new mine neutraliser vehicle to fulfil the US Navy’s (USN’s) requirement for an expendable ‘one-shot’ device able to identify and destroy bottom, near surface, and drifting mines. The system, to be known as Barracuda, will be initially deployed from

  • Xponential 2018: Endeavor Robotics outlines clean-sheet Scorpion CRS-I offering

    Endeavor Robotics’ Scorpion, its system competing for the US Army’s Common Robotic System-Individual (CRS-I) platform, is a clean-sheet design for a tracked vehicle with flippers, CEO Sean Bielat told Jane’s . CRS-I is the largest programme of record to date that the US Army

  • 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

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