• IDEX 2017: Patria boosts UAE presence

    Finland's Patria has announced that it is to boost its presence in the Middle East with the establishment of a new subsidiary company in Abu Dhabi. The company, to be called Patria Land Middle East, will be a fully owned subsidiary and, according to a statement by the firm, "will strengthen

  • IDEX 2017: UAE signs up for RAM Block 2

    Raytheon Missile Systems is to supply the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with the latest Block 2 version of the RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) quick-reaction, ship self-defence weapon system under a multimillion-dollar direct commercial sale (DCS) contract, it was announced at IDEX 2017. The

  • Italy begins construction of new PPA patrol craft

    Key Points Event marks the start of construction work for the new class of multipurpose patrol vessels Details have emerged on programme timelines and configurations, including a potential BMD capability Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri cut steel for the first of seven multipurpose offshore patrol

  • Slovak Special Forces field Skylark I-LEX

    The Slovakian Army's 5th Special Forces Regiment (5. Pluk Specialneho Urcenia: 5.PSU) has taken into service Elbit Systems' Skylark I-LEX unmanned aircraft system (UAS). The Zilina-based unit received two Skylark I-LE systems in late 2008, and the new system will replace those in providing

  • USCG will not re-activate Polar Sea icebreaker

    Key Points The 2016 Material Condition Assessment inspections concluded that re-activating the inactive Polar Sea icebreaker would be cost-prohibitive Polar Sea will not be scrapped and will retain its inactive commissioned status as a source of replacement parts for the active Polar Star The US

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  • Aero India 2017: India rolls out new Advanced Hawk aircraft

    A dual role combat-capable Advanced Hawk jet trainer, developed jointly by the UK's BAE Systems and India's public-sector Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), was formally unveiled at Aero India on 14 January. The smart weapons-enabled Advanced Hawk prototype, scheduled to undertake its maiden test
  • Australia's Land 400 programme takes shape

    Further details of the Australian Army's plans to replace its fleet of armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs) were given by Brigadier Chris Mills, Director General Modernisation - Army, at IQPC's International Armoured Vehicles 2017 conference held in London. The two 8x8 contenders for the Land 400