• AeroVironment hits targets in annual results as R&D expenditure hits high in Q4

    US unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer AeroVironment revealed that revenues and margins increased in 2015 over 2014, while income from operations declined in the face of increased research and development (R&D) expenditure. Revenues for 2015 were reported at USD259.4 million, up 3% from

  • Brazil drops plans for Gripen C/D lease

    Plans to lease 12 Saab Gripen C/D fighters as an interim solution for the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) have been cancelled according to Brazilian media reports published on 30 June. The plan, which began to be negotiated in 2014, sought to fill an air defence gap left by the retirement of the 12

  • Lt Gen Neller picked as next USMC commandant

    Lieutenant General Robert Neller is to be nominated as the next US Marine Corps (USMC) commandant, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announced on 1 July. If confirmed by the US Senate, Lt Gen Neller would replace General Joseph Dunford, who was nominated to become the next chairman of the Joint

  • Rostec announces MiG engines repaired without Ukrainian parts

    Rostec, Russia's state-owned defence industrial giant, announced on 30 June that United Engine Corporation had completed a contract to repair RD-33 series 2 engines for MiG-29 aircraft ahead of schedule. The engine repairs had become more complicated because a number of parts for the contract were

  • UK makes opening MPA moves

    The UK Ministry of Defence's (MoD's) procurement organisation has set up a project team to study maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) options ahead of an expected acquisition decision later this year. The team is to provide government ministers, senior officials, and service chiefs with purchasing

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  • Netherlands orders more Bushmaster 4x4 patrol vehicles

    The Netherlands has ordered an extra 12 Thales Australia Bushmaster 4x4 protected mobility vehicles, Thales announced on 30 June. The latest vehicles will be delivered to the Netherlands in 2016, the company said. The Netherlands first ordered 25 Bushmasters in 2006 as an urgent operational
  • Colombian Navy deploys OPV to support 'Atalanta'

    The Colombian Navy has deployed its ARC 7 de Agosto ocean patrol vessel (OPV) to support the European Union's Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Operation 'Atalanta' off the coast of Somalia. 7 de Agosto sailed from Cartagena on 27 June and will deploy for five-months to protect World Food Programme shipments


  • YY-1 observation and tracking system

    Type Sensor turret Development The LOEC YY-1 turret-mounted EO observation and tracking system was first noted at the Asian Aerospace exhibition in Singapore in February 2006, where it was being promoted. It is designed for use on UAVs, helicopters and ground-based applications. In the latter

  • Rockwell Collins CNPC-1000

    Type Miniature datalink. Description The Rockwell Collins Control and Non-Payload Communications (CNPC) - 1000 miniature datalink is designed to provide 'high-reliability' communications between an unmanned AV (including small UAS classes) and a GCS. System features include: the ability to

  • CANA Guardian

    Type Multirole tactical UAV. Development The main objective of the Comando de Aviación Naval Argentina's (CANA - the Argentinian Navy's Naval Aviation Command) two-year, USD164,000 Guardian programme was to develop a system to improve command and control of its surveillance and

  • Cyber Technology CyberEye II

    Type MALE surveillance UAV. Decelopment Cyber Technology characterises its CyberEye II MALE surveillance UAV as being designed for the detection, localisation and tracking of targets and as being suitable for a range of applications including emergency services/safety support, infrastructure