• Venezuela signs up for VN1, hints at Chinese amphibious vehicles buy

    Images from the official Twitter account of the Venezuelan Navy indicate that the Bolivarian Naval Infantry could soon be equipped with three different Chinese amphibious fighting vehicles: a development that would make Venezuela's marines one of the most potent amphibious forces in Latin America.

  • Italy deploys latest Mangusta attack helo variant to Afghanistan

    Italy has deployed the latest version of the AgustaWestland Mangusta attack helicopter, the AW129D, to Afghanistan. Task Force 'Fenice', the Italian Army Aviation component of Train Advise Assist Command West (TAAC-W) in Afghanistan, started testing the new version of the helicopter in early

  • EDA and Eurocontrol join forces on SESAR

    The European Defence Agency (EDA) and Eurocontrol, the international air traffic control organisation in Brussels, have agreed to collaborate to implement the military side of the EU's massive air traffic management (ATM) modernisation programme known as SESAR. Tackling the cost implications of

  • GA-ASI tests ABSAA system and Due Regard Radar

    Key Points GA-ASI has tested an ABSAA system aboard an MQ-9 UAV and a Due Regard Radar aboard a Beechcraft King Air If successful, the two systems would allow UAVs to operate safely in civilian airspace without fear of collisions General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) has tested an

  • Ghana to get Super Tucanos

    The Ghanaian Air Force will receive Embraer EMB-314 Super Tucano turboprop aircraft and additional Mil Mi-17 helicopters, President John Dramani Mahama revealed when he inaugurated a new hangar at the Accra air force base. According to a statement released by the Ghana Armed Forces on 20 November,


  • International Chinook: giving the fleet a lift

    The CH-47 Chinook has been the stalwart of global military heavy-lift operations for decades. Jamie Hunter analyses the helicopter's service life and future upgrade programmes
  • Briefing: Japan's new dawn

    Tokyo is shrugging off the post-1945 constraints on its military and developing new operational concepts and capabilities in response to China's rise. James Hardy reports
  • Fifth-gen ramp-up

    The F-35 programme has had its fair share of challenges, but meeting key programme milestones in the new year would signal that the largest weapons acquisition effort in history is finally on track. Marina Malenic reports
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  • Pentagon finalises F-35 LRIP 8 contract

    Key Points The Pentagon has finalised a deal with Lockheed Martin for 43 F-35 airframes: 29 for the United States and 14 for international sales The unit price of each of the three variants has come down steadily The US Department of Defense (DoD) and Lockheed Martin finalised the eighth F-35
  • Laser weapon breaks cover on USS Ponce

    Key Points The LaWS prototype is being deployed on USS Ponce to demonstrate a SSL-QRC The results of the demonstration will inform a follow-on SSL-TM programme The US Navy (USN) has released the first high-quality images showing a Laser Weapon System (LaWS) demonstrator installed on board the


  • ITWL Aerial Target JET

    Type Recoverable Aerial Target. Development The ITWL Aerial Target JET was designed to provide anti-aircraft troops an aerial target for training and rocket shooting. Description Airframe Forward-shifted wings. No wheeled landing system. Mission payloads Sleeve-target system with miss

  • AM General M816, truck, wrecker, 5 ton, (6 × 6) M819, tractor, wrecker, 5 ton, (6 × 6)

    Development These vehicles are members of the AM General M809 series of 5 ton (6 × 6) trucks which were manufactured in large numbers for the home and export markets. The M809 series of 5 ton 6 × 6 (US) trucks was followed in production by the much improved M939 series which were built

  • BAE Systems, Global Tactical Systems/Oshkosh Defense M1089/M1089A1 (6 × 6) recovery vehicle

    Development The M1089 (6 × 6) series is the recovery/wrecker member of the US Army's Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) which is produced in 4 × 4 and 6 × 6 configuration for the home and export markets. The original prime contractor was Stewart & Stevenson which was

  • EcoMapper

    Type Environmental survey autonomous underwater vehicle. Description The EcoMapper was developed jointly by OceanServer Technology and YSI, as an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) capable of collecting water-quality data. The vehicle is based on the OceanServer Iver2 AUV, but instrumented with