• BAE Systems, Patria announce teaming for Australian reconnaissance vehicle programme

    BAE Systems, Patria announce teaming for Australian reconnaissance vehicle programme BAE Systems and Finnish aerospace and defence group Patria are to jointly bid for the Australian Army's programme to procure a combat reconnaissance vehicle (CRV) platform. A statement on 22 September said the two

  • Damen to supply additional ships for Mexican Navy

    The Mexican Ministry of the Navy (SEMAR) has ordered a Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 5009 and another coastal patrol ship from Damen Shipyards, the company said on 16 September. The FCS 5009 is equipped with a deck crane and an extra accommodation module, allowing it to transport up to 145 passengers,

  • US State Department clears sale of MRAPS to Pakistan

    The US State Department has approved the potential sale of 160 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles and parts to the government of Pakistan, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 19 September. The deal was valued at up to USD198 million. "The proposed sale

  • USN designates name for its 19th Virginia-class submarine

    The lead boat of the US Navy's (USN's) fourth batch of Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarines is to be named after a northeastern US state, the navy's top civilian leader announced on 18 September. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has designated SSN 792 as the future USS Vermont .

  • Budget concerns hold up UCLASS RfP public release

    Key Points The DoD is carefully considering how much funding to allocate for UCLASS before allowing the navy to solicit bids for the effort. The USN has reportedly been studying two UCLASS alternatives-a smaller, more affordable ISR asset and a larger, heavily-armed vehicle capable penetrating

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  • Lebanon to receive additional Huey II helicopters

    The sale of 18 Bell UH-1H 'Huey' II helicopters to Lebanon has been approved by the US State Department, it was disclosed on 19 September. Valued at USD180 million, including parts, support, and training, the sale was cleared two days before the announcement by the US Defense Security and
  • Dutch to increase defence spending

    The Dutch government has decided to increase the Netherlands' defence spending, reversing 24 years of declining defence expenditure. Dutch Defence Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert said on 16 September that the funds would be used generally to "enhance the clout" of the armed forces.


  • Fast Bridge 48 (FB48) mobile bridge system

    Development The Fast Bridge 48 (FB48) is the result of co-operative research and development between the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) and Kockums AB. This began in 1985, so a modern and efficient mobile bridge system for the Swedish Army could be designed. The bridge is constructed

  • IMI TAB 12 AT 12 m, air-transportable Towed Assault Bridge (TAB)

    Description The IMI TAB 12 AT 12 m, air-transportable Towed Assault Bridge (TAB) is intended for bridging anti-tank ditches or other obstacles up to 10 m wide and can carry vehicles weighing up to 70,000 kg. The bridge was designed to be separated easily into two sections along its longitudinal

  • WFEL Limited Air Portable Ferry Bridge (APFB)

    Development To meet the increased mobility and flexibility demands being placed on its forces, the British Army issued a requirement for a new bridging system that could be utilised by light forces and that would (among other roles), on entering service, replace the current Class 16 Air Portable

  • Wheelbarrow Mk 8 Plus II

    Type Medium tracked explosive ordnance disposal UGV. Description The Wheelbarrow Mk 8 Plus II is the export version of the UGV currently in service with the British Army (in Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom mainland, and Germany) and with the Dutch Army in the Netherlands. Both vehicles are