• Pentagon budget 2017: US Army boosts R&D funding request

    The US Army has requested USD7.616 billion for research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E) in the fiscal year 2017 (FY 2017) budget proposal. In FY 2016 the army requested USD6.93 billion but ultimately received USD7.564 billion for the year, and in FY 2015 the RDT&E budget was

  • Russia continues to push sales to South America

    Russia's defence industrial complex continues to target opportunities in South America, with defence export agency Rosoboronexport pitching a mobile maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) centre to Peru in an announcement on 8 February. According to a company press release, the offering of a

  • HAL rolls out long-delayed HTT-40 trainer

    India's state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has rolled out the first prototype of its basic trainer in Bangalore after nearly six years of development. In an official statement on 2 February, HAL declined to confirm when exactly the tandem-seat Hindustan Turbo Trainer-40 (HTT-40) rolled

  • Mexican Air Force's first UH-60M Black Hawks delivered

    Two photos published online on 5 February appear to confirm that a first batch of three Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk utility helicopters has been delivered to the Mexican Air Force (FAM). The photos were first posted by México Aeroespacial , a Mexican aviation enthusiast group. The aircraft were

  • North African MiG-29 order announced

    An unspecified North African country has ordered 50 MiG-29M/M2 fighters, RIA Novosti cited Alexei Beskibalov, the head of Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG, as saying on 5 February. Beskibalov added that the first two aircraft would be delivered later this year. The Russian business daily Vedomosti


  • Asia's new sub hunters: Fixed-wing MPAs take on growing underwater threats

    With the proliferation of new and advanced submarines in the Asia-Pacific theatre, regional stakeholders are seeking capable airborne countermeasures to safeguard their maritime and economic interests. Kelvin Wong explores some of these options.
  • Loitering with intent

    Stricter rules of engagement and the need to engage fleeting and time-sensitive target sets in complex or remote environments is driving a requirement for surgical precision effects with low collateral damage. Robin Hughes examines the role of loitering munitions in this new paradigm
  • Swords into ploughshares: the challenge of demilitarisation

    Repurposing and decommissioning military equipment presents a range of challenges and opportunities for armed forces and the recipients of technology, the IDR team examines some of the most pressing concerns and potential benefits
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  • Brazil details new ARV

    The Brazilian Army has firmed up the requirement for a new Armoured Reconnaissance Vehicle (ARV) which will be the long-term replacement for the ENGESA EE-9 Cascavel 6x6 armoured cars that entered service over 40 years ago. The ARV - designated VBR-MR (Viatura Blindada de Reconhecimento - Media de
  • The PLAN commissions fourth Type 071 LPD

    The People's Liberation Army Navy's (PLAN's) fourth Type 071/Yuzhao-class landing platform dock (LPD) vessel was commissioned at the Wusong naval base in Shanghai on 1 February. Yimengshan (pennant number 988) is the first LPD to enter service with the East Sea Fleet, the other ships of the class


  • 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