• KBP unveils MTs-116M sniper rifle

    Russia’s Central Design and Research Bureau of Sporting and Hunting Firearms (TsKIB SOO), a subsidiary of the Tula-based Instrument Design Bureau (KBP), has unveiled the MTs-116M bolt-action sniper rifle. Unlike the sporting/police rifle that shares the same product designation, the military

  • Latvia takes delivery of first TPS-77 MMR

    The Latvian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has taken delivery of the first of three Lockheed Martin TPS-77 Multi-Role Radar (MRR) air systems, following the completion of a successful site acceptance test (SAT) in Ventspils on Latvia’s Baltic Sea coast on 1 March. The SAT – which is designed

  • Russian Aerospace Forces take delivery of 'new' Kinzhal air-launched ballistic missile

    The Russian Aerospace Forces have taken delivery of the Kinzhal (Dagger) – an air-launched, precision-guided ballistic missile designed to engage ground-based and seaborne targets. Also referred to by its air-to-ground missile code of Kh-47M2, the Kinzhal has been shown being carried by, and

  • DARPA kicks off CASE cyber resiliency programme

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently kicked off its Cyber Assured Systems Engineering (CASE) programme, with the aim of building cyber resiliency into defence programmes at a systems level. CASE was announced by DARPA last year. It will investigate how cyber-security

  • Qatar to acquire Marte ER for NH90 NFH platforms

    The Qatar Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 14 March awarded MBDA a contract of undisclosed value to equip its NH90 NFH naval variant medium twin-engine multirole helicopters with the Marte ER anti-ship missile. Earlier on the same day the Qatar MoD announced a EUR3 billion plus contract with NH

  • USSOCOM boosts GBU-69/B SGM stocks

    The United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) intends to award Dynetics Inc. a sole-source contract for the supply of additional GBU-69B Small Glide Munitions (SGMs) and related engineering support between calendar year (CY) 2018 and CY 2022, according to a USSOCOM pre-solicitation notice

  • Brazil boosts Seahawk operations

    The Brazilian Navy has expanded the capabilities of its six Sikorsky S-70B Seahawk multirole helicopters. Known by its local designation of SH-16, six of these helicopters are operated by Squadron HS-1 from São Pedro Naval Air Base (BAeNSPA). Four SH-16s were received in August 2012 and

  • DARPA aims to preserve US lead in electronics

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is planning to invest up to USD1.5 billion in the coming years to ensure the United States remains the world leader in the electronics field. Working closely with the electronics industry, DARPA is seeking to create indigenous

  • US seeks 400 GBU-49 PGMs as interim moving target munition for F-35

    The US military is to procure 400 Raytheon GBU-49 Enhanced Paveway II precision-guided munitions (PGMs) as it looks to afford the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) with an interim moving target capability. The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), which is the

  • Czech Republic seeks new 120 mm mortar system

    The Czech Republic is seeking a new 120 mm mortar system, an official of the Army of the Czech Republic (ACR) has confirmed during the Omega Conferences and Events Mortar Systems conference held in Bristol, United Kingdom. Lieutenant Colonel Martin Sufajzi of the Army of the Czech Republic

  • Draper technology could extend sensor life

    The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory (Draper) has developed a sensor chip that activates only when it detects an acoustic signal or vibration, thus eliminating the need for a microphone and requiring less power to operate. By redesigning the sensor as a microelectromechanical system (MEMS), Draper

  • USMC phases out expeditionary mortar system

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has phased out its General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GDOTS) 120 mm Expeditionary Fire Support System (EFSS), an official revealed at the Omega Conferences & Events Mortar Systems conference held in Bristol, United Kingdom. Lieutenant Colonel Michael

  • CNIM readies upgrades for French SPRAT bridging systems

    French company CNIM has been contracted to modernise the French Army’s 10 Système de Pose Rapide de Travure (SPRAT) modular tactical rapid bridge laying systems with a new day- and night-capable situational awareness system and upgraded Système Contrôle Commande (SCC) command

  • PacStar and Fidelis introduce cyber solution for mobile forces

    PacStar and Fidelis Cybersecurity have developed an integrated cybersecurity capability for tactical networks. The PacStar Tactical Fidelis Cybersecurity System provides automated detection and response for protecting in-theatre communications. The system can be mounted in a vehicle or set up in

  • USAF leads development of flexible hybrid electronics

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has partnered with NextFlex to develop the first functional samples of flexible Arduino circuit boards that could be integrated into sensor systems that are curved, such as wearable devices. Flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) are essential in the

  • Russia expands ATV roles

    Russia has developed several mission specific roles for its articulated DT-30 all-terrain vehicle (ATV). The DT-30 and the smaller DT-10 ATV, also referred to as the “Knight”, are developed by the Ishimbai Transport Machine Building Works with the latest models being the unarmoured

  • USSOCOM seeks Griffin missiles for gunships and other aircraft

    The US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) intends to issue a sole-source contract to Raytheon for the procurement of the AGM-176 Griffin powered stand-off precision-guided munition (SOPGM) for employment aboard fixed-wing aircraft. The pre-solicitation posted by the command on 9 March covers up

  • Malaysian Army trials Ingwe missile

    The Malaysian Army conducted firing trials of the Denel Dynamics ZT35 Ingwe anti-tank missile system from the anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) variant of its 8×8 Deftech AV8 Gempita armoured fighting vehicle on 8 March, the service disclosed via the social media account of its official Berita

  • New York Air National Guard assesses DB-110 for MQ-9 UAV

    The New York Air National Guard has completed an operational assessment of UTC’s DB-110 airborne reconnaissance system aboard the MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The assessment, conducted by the 174th Attack Wing at the Syracuse, New York Air National Guard Base, examined the

  • UK seeks enhanced JFST

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) issued an Invitation to Bid (ITB) for its next-generation Joint Fires Synthetic Trainer (JFST) late February and has invited six companies to bid for the programme, which is expected to be worth between GBP20 million and GBP80 million (USD27 million and USD110

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