• ILA 2018: Luftwaffe set for imminent release of heavy-lift helo RFP

    The Schwere Transporthubschrauber (STH) replacement programme for the Luftwaffe’s ageing VFW-Sikorsky CH-53G-series helicopters is soon to enter into its realisation phase, with the request for proposals (RFP) set to be issued in May. Boeing and Lockheed Martin are competing the requirement

  • Dynetics chosen to take Gremlins to Phase 3

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has downselected Dynetics, Inc. to progress with Phase 3 of its Gremlins 'aircraft carrier in the sky' programme, it was announced on 18 April. The Dynetics-led team, which includes Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems, Inc., was selected over a

  • DSA 2018: Malaysia's Deftech showcases Aludra Camar surveillance UAV

    Malaysia’s DRB-HICOM Defence Technologies (Deftech) unveiled at the 16-19 April Defence Services Asia 2018 (DSA 2018) exhibition in Kuala Lumpur a 1:2 scale model of the Aludra Camar unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) it is developing with Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. Development of the 40 kg

  • RAAF receives 10th and final C-27J Spartan transport aircraft

    The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has received its 10th and final Leonardo C-27J Spartan twin-turboprop, tactical transport aircraft. Minister for Defence Marise Payne and Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne announced on 18 April that the final C-27J had been “welcomed into

  • Czechs to develop VTOL UAV

    The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 12 April plans to award a research and development contract in June to its subsidiary, the Military Technical Institute (VTU), to develop a light vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the Army of the Czech Republic

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  • Threading the needle: Serbian Armed Forces modernisation

    The Serbian Armed Forces have embarked upon their first major modernisation and renewal programme since 1999 when the Balkan wars ended. Jim Dorschner reports
  • Still soaring: Boeing takes F-15 Eagle to the next level

    The first F-15s became operational more than 45 years ago, but the latest aircraft rolling off the St Louis production line bear little resemblance to those early machines. Gareth Jennings explores Boeing’s ongoing efforts to keep the venerable Eagle at the forefront of military capabilities
  • Testing tempo: The role of special forces in the 21st Century

    With governments within NATO changing their attitude to conventional force intervention, special forces have become the immediate response for nations endorsing a new approach to regional security. However, there is concern that special forces cannot sustain the current high tempo of operations being asked of them. David Reynolds examines the political drivers behind the demand to employ such units
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  • Damen begins work on first of two OPVs for Pakistan Navy

    Dutch shipbuilder Damen Shipyards has begun work on the first of two 1,900 tonne multipurpose offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) for the Pakistan Navy (PN). An article published in the April issue of the PN’s Navy News magazine revealed that a steel-cutting ceremony for the first ship was held at
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