• 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

  • Japan announces Global Hawk, Osprey, Hawkeye purchases

    Japan has announced the selection of the Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk for its high-altitude unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) requirement and the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey for its tilt-rotor requirement. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) also confirmed that it would buy a Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced

  • 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

  • Myanmar launches third Anawrahta-class missile corvette

    A Myanmar shipyard has launched the country's third Anawrahta-class missile corvette, local media sources reported from 20 November. The 77 m vessel, named UMS (Union of Myanmar Ship) Tabinshwehti with pennant number 773, was said to have been launched at the Sinmalaik Shipyard in Yangon

  • Ukraine outlines reasons for high aircraft loss rate

    A lack of experience and training, as well as poor tactics and intelligence not being acted on are the primary reasons for losses being incurred by the Ukrainian Air Force in the restive east of the country, a senior service official noted on 19 November. Speaking under the Chatham House Rule at


  • 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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  • Brazilian Army set to choose its 4x4 armoured vehicle

    Four industry teams have until mid-December to deliver offers to the Brazilian Army (Exército Brasileiro) for an initial tranche of 32 4x4 tactical armoured vehicles, following a request for proposals issued in October. Italy's Iveco Defence Vehicles together with its Brazilian operation Iveco
  • US Navy supply ships collide in Gulf of Aden

    Two US naval supply ships collided in the Gulf of Aden on 20 November, US Navy (USN) officials announced. Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE 6) and Henry J Kaiser-class fleet replenishment oiler USNS Walter S Diehl (T-AO 193) were conducting an underway


  • 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

  • Freightliner (6 × 6) wrecker

    Development The Freightliner (6 × 6) wrecker is a member of the Freightliner military truck family. The M915A3 series has been produced for the US Army in the tractor truck configuration but not the wrecker. This is essentially a commercial vehicle with the minimum of modifications for