• ECA examines unmanned teaming, RC mine clearance

    France's ECA Group is working on teaming concepts of operation (CONOPS) for its IT180 series of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and Iguana E unmanned ground vehicle (UGV); the company is also developing a remote-control (RC) system to enable stand-off mine clearance. One teaming concept aims to

  • Australian troops to be equipped with chemical detectors from Bertin Technologies

    Australian troops will be equipped with Bertin Technologies' Second Sight MS stand-off detector of chemical threats. The France-based company, which is a subsidiary of the CNIM Group, said in a 27 April statement that it had been chosen by the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to provide the system.

  • As China ascends, PACOM chief wants more lethal weapons, submarines

    The US military in the Asia-Pacific region wants longer-range weapons and more submarines, Admiral Harry Harris, head of US Pacific Command (PACOM), told the House Armed Services Committee on 26 April. "China has developed and fielded capability and capacity to challenge our regional maritime

  • USN sets out plan for new mine neutraliser for MCM USV deployment

    Key Points Barracuda has been conceived as a low-cost expendable neutraliser conforming to the form factor of an A-size sonobuoy A final RFP is expected in late FY 2017 The US Navy (USN) has outlined plans for the acquisition of a new mine neutralisation system to form part of the Littoral Combat

  • Stops pulled out for NATO's first Baltic exercise post-EFP

    From 17 to 30 April Latvia's Adazi national training range is hosting more than 1,200 personnel from Bulgaria, Canada, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Romania, Slovakia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States in an exercise on manoeuvres. The drills - entitled Exercise 'Summer

  • US DoD begins nuclear review with eye on Russia

    The Pentagon has begun its Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) as a host of modernisation programmes are all set to soon begin, and questions about Russian missiles and doctrine loom. Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis on 17 April "directed the commencement of the

  • USAF deploys WC-135 Constant Phoenix atmospheric collection aircraft to Japan, say reports

    The US Air Force has deployed a Boeing WC-135 Constant Phoenix atmospheric collection aircraft to US facilities in Japan amid concerns that North Korea may conduct another nuclear test, several media outlets reported on 12 April. The aircraft, which specialises in detecting radioactive debris

  • USN to roll out first AEODRS Increment 1 system in late 2017

    After a pause in the programme, production of Increment 1 of the US Navy's Advanced Explosive Ordnance Disposal Robotic System (AEODRS) is set to commence later in 2017, with an initial fielding of the capability in 2018. "AEODRS will be our first autonomous robotic system," Jim Ryan, US

  • Norway boosts unmanned MCM

    Key Points The RNoN is looking to boost its MCM capability with additional AUVs Experience with unmanned systems has encouraged the RNoN to develop new MCM CONOPS and ship acquisition plans Norway has ordered four new HUGIN autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) systems from Kongsberg Maritime. The

  • OSCE details extent of its observers being intimidated by Ukrainian rebels

    Following on from the US Department of State's 27 February condemnation of an attack on the Special Monitoring Missions (SMMs) of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in eastern Ukraine, along with the seizure of an SMM-operated unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), Jane's has

  • DRDO hands over weapon-locating radar, NBC reconnaissance vehicle to Indian Army

    India's state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has handed over the Swathi long-range weapon-locating radar (WLR) and the Mk-I nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) reconnaissance vehicle (RV) for induction into the Indian Army (IA), India's Press Information Bureau (PIB)

  • North Korea likely operating regiment-level biochemical weapons unit, says report

    North Korea's military is likely operating a regiment-level biochemical weapons unit, South Korea's Ministry of National Defense (MND) was quoted by Yonhap news agency as saying on 27 February. "North Korea is operating production facilities for chemical and biological weapons and has a

  • RE2 inflatable underwater manipulator arm heads to Phase II

    RE2 Robotics was awarded a Phase II small business innovation research award to develop an inflatable underwater dual manipulator system for the US Navy (USN) Office of Naval Research (ONR) on 7 February 2017. The robotic underwater manipulator arms are being developed to bring

  • Budget office raises 10-year US nuclear force cost by 15% to USD400 billion

    The United States' current nuclear force modernisation plans would cost a total of USD400 billion from fiscal year 2017 (FY 2017) through FY 2026, according to a new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate. The 10-year projection, published on 14 February, is 15% higher than the CBO's previous

  • Avenger joins EOD fray

    Med-Eng has launched a new unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) focused on explosive ordnance disposal (EOD). The Avenger platform was developed and manufactured by ICP NewTech and features a clean-sheet design based on feedback from EOD operators, with specific capability aims of conducting EOD

  • Five-nation project for multimode IED detection to get off ground soon

    A five-nation European research consortium will soon receive funding to work on a counter-improvised explosive device (IED) project for route clearance that, if successful, would leap ahead of today's techniques, enabling much faster and more comprehensive detection and disposal of IED threats.

  • Global Clearance Solutions launches new mine clearance platform

    Switzerland-based Global Clearance Solutions has unveiled the first of three new unmanned ground vehicles, which are focused on the mine clearance role. The GCS-100 is the smallest of the systems and is intended for military and security customers, as well as non-governmental organisations. In

  • Chile progresses de-mining Bolivian border

    Chile has removed mines from 70% of its borders, the government has announced. Santiago has pledged by 2020 to remove all mines placed in the early years of Chilean General Augusto Pinochet's regime that ran from 1973-90. So far 39 of 56 areas along the Bolivian-Chilean border have been cleared,

  • North Korean nuclear programme advances

    North Korea's nuclear weapons programme, based on the simultaneous development of a weaponisable nuclear device and ballistic missile delivery systems, appears to have advanced incrementally in early 2016. Following Pyongyang's claimed - although widely disputed - test of a 'H-bomb' (thermonuclear)

  • Saudi Arabia requests USD500 million ammo replenishment

    The US State Department has approved the sale of a large amount of ammunition to Saudi Arabia to replenish stocks depleted by the ongoing conflict in Yemen, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 29 July. The DSCA said the proposed sales were worth an estimated USD500 million

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