• Details revealed on Navantia's design, steel-cutting for the RAN tanker programme

    Key Points RAN reveals design details for new tankers Steel to be cut on first of the two ships in the second quarter of 2017 Details have emerged on a number of modifications being introduced to the design of the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) new replenishment ships, to be built by Spanish

  • Latest tactical vehicles capture attention at SOFIC

    Key Points The latest vehicle technologies for special forces have been showcased at the 2016 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference These include the latest Flyer and MRZR variants, as well as new vehicles including the LTV-X Light Tactical Vehicle Visibility of special operations

  • USMC studies fleet-wide weaponisation of C-130Js and MV-22Bs

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) is looking to expand its fleet of weaponised Lockheed Martin KC-130J Hercules turboprop aircraft that are capable of extended endurance multi-sensor imagery reconnaissance and close air support (CAS) in low-threat scenarios. 10 of the USMC's planned fleet of 79 KC-130Js

  • Cameroon Air Force develops helicopter night attack capability

    The Cameroon Air Force's (CAF's) 23 Squadron is now capable of conducting night attack operations using its three Harbin Z9WE helicopters. One Z9WE crewmember told IHS Jane's that the capability was operationally tested in late January, when the three Z9WEs were involved in a live firing training

  • Tether Eye targets persistent ISR role

    AeroVironment has developed a new tethered quadrotor unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that is designed to provide 24 hour continuous intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) operations from fixed sites including forward operating bases (FOBs) and critical infrastructure. The Tether Eye

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  • Statement of intent: Australia's White Paper and the RAN's future fleet

    Following the long-awaited publication of Australia's latest Defence White Paper, James Goldrick discusses its implications, and those of its associated investment programme, for the Royal Australian Navy
  • Joint effort

    With tensions along Europe's eastern frontier with Russia fuelling regional efforts to enhance military co-operation, plus looming prospects for involvement in multinational operations further afield, the time may be right for the evolution of an integrated multirole fighter force built around European operators of the Saab Gripen. Jim Dorschner examines the implications of Gripen's growing footprint in Europe.
  • Transitioning for the future: Canadian defence policy review

    The Canadian Armed Forces is looking to reset, rebuild, and reorient after a decade of engagement in Afghanistan and in the face of diverse threats and intense budgetary pressures. Dr Dylan Lee Lehrke reports.
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  • Finland to select new SP artillery system

    Finland will select a new 155 mm/52 calibre self-propelled howitzer (SPH) in the very near future, according to the Director of Artillery at the Finnish Army Command. Colonel Pasi Pasivirta said both tracked and wheeled SPHs have recently been evaluated by Finland and one will soon be selected,
  • Russia to modernise sole aircraft carrier in 2017

    Key Points Russia's aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov is set to be refitted in 2017 The process is likely to take at least 2-3 years, leaving the Russian navy without an aircraft carrier for some time Russia's sole aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov , will undergo an extensive overhaul and
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