• Portugal inducts first modernised patrol ship

    The Portuguese Navy commissioned into service its first STANFLEX 300 coastal patrol ship on 5 May. NRP Tejo (P590) is the first of four vessels bought under a EUR4 million contract of October 2014 with the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation. The Tejo-class will be mainly used to

  • Xponential 2016: UAV Solutions demos 4G control

    UAV Solutions has flight tested its Phoenix ACE LE small quadcopter unmanned aircraft system using a 4G cellular network to provide beyond line-of-sight control. The trials, which took place in April, saw the aircraft controlled at distance of 60 miles from the company's headquarters, William

  • Xponential 2016: TEI outlines PD170 development

    Tusas Engine Industries (TEI) is on course to commence flight testing of its new PD170 engine in 2019, IHS Jane's has learned. Speaking at AUVSI's Xponential 2016 exhibition and conference, Ahmet Dincer, TEI's programme leader for research and development, said that rig-based testing will commence

  • Xponential 2016: US Navy developing single-platform UUV/UAV

    The US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is continuing with an effort to merge an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) into one platform. NRL has been investigating flapping pectoral fins for underwater propulsion and whether those can also be used for aerodynamic

  • Australia to spend AUD640 million on two Spanish-made naval supply ships

    The Australian government has signed an AUD640 million (USD477 million) contract with Spanish shipbuilder Navantia to construct two replenishment ships in Spain for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) under Project Sea 1654 Phase 2. Defence Minister Marise Payne said more than AUD130 million would go

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  • Egypt unveils new self-propelled guns

    The Egyptian Ministry of Defence and Military Production released a video on 3 May that revealed it has developed two new types of wheeled self-propelled artillery systems by mounting old guns on 6x6 trucks. The video of the 'Magd 14' artillery exercise held near the city of Suez showed that one of
  • Keeping pace: NATO trains to counter mine threat

    Western navies have been increasing their focus on mine-countermeasures operations in the Gulf, and in the Baltic and Mediterranean seas. As Guy Toremans reports, the training for such operations often begins ashore In March 2016, the combined Belgian-Netherlands Ecole de Guerre des Mines