• Alcoa acquires TITAL

    US metals manufacturer Alcoa announced on 15 December that it had acquired German metal fabrication and manufacturing company TITAL. Financial details of the acquisition were not released. TITAL manufactures a range of components for the space, aerospace, and defence industries, with clients

  • Analysis: Hamas displays long-range rockets

    The Palestinian militant group Hamas provided an insight into its rocket manufacturing programme on 14 December when it paraded its longer-range models for the first time through Gaza city. The rockets on display included the self-produced J-90 and R-160, as well as a quad launcher for the M-75 and

  • Brazil plans to expand submarine fleet

    Key Points The Brazilian Navy confirmed long-term plans to build 15 diesel-electric propulsion and six nuclear-powered boats The navy has completed construction of the main facility for the submarine development programme, the facility at which an initial batch of conventional and nuclear boats

  • DAPA proposes Lockheed Martin to upgrade F-16 fleet

    South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has proposed changing from BAE Systems to Lockheed Martin in order to upgrade the Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) F-16 fighter aircraft. A statement by the military procurement agency on 17 December announced that a plan to

  • Estonia to replace Soviet-era An-2 aircraft with US-supplied Sherpas

    The Estonian Air Force is to replace the two Antonov An-2 'Colt' transport aircraft it operates in favour of a pair of Shorts C-23 Sherpas, a service official disclosed on 17 December. Speaking during a media tour of Amari Airbase, 2nd Lieutenant Pille Joala said that the An-2s, which have been in

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  • Mexico to get five more UH-60M Black Hawk helos

    Key Points The Mexican Navy is to receive five more UH-60Ms Mexico's navy, air force and federal police all operate the UH-60M Sikorsky Aircraft has been awarded a USD56.4 million contract modification for five more uniquely configured UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters for the Mexican Navy (Armada de


  • Junior ROV

    Type Inspection-class remotely operated vehicle Description Junior is a compact, long-distance remotely operated underwater vehicle designed and developed by Institute of Marine Technology Problems in co-operation with Far Eastern University (MPPI FEB RAS). The Junior remotely operated vehicle

  • LAUV

    Type Lightweight autonomous underwater vehicle Description The Light Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (LAUV) is a man-portable, lightweight autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) that can operate in stand-alone or networked operations to a depth of 100 m. It has three sections: the nose (wet) section

  • JLG All-Terrain Lifter Army System (ATLAS) and ATLAS II

    Development In May 1995 the former TRAK International Inc. announced that it had been awarded a contract by the now TACOM to supply the US Army's then next-generation of military variable reach rough terrain forklift trucks. The US Army defines the forklift as an 'All-Terrain Lifter Army System'

  • Artemis

    Type Towed anti-aircraft gun Development The Artemis twin 30 mm air defence system was designed in the mid-1980's by the then Hellenic Arms Industry SA (now Hellenic Defence Systems) to meet the operational requirements of the Greek Armed Forces for low-level air defence. This Greek system is