• Eurosatory 2018: BlueBird Aero Systems reveals ThunderB cargo variant

    Richard Fowler, Paris Israel’s BlueBird Aero Systems has displayed a cargo variant of its ThunderB tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at the Eurosatory 2018 defence exhibition in Paris. The new variant can carry a cargo payload of up to 4 kg in two capsules that can be fitted under

  • Eurosatory 2018: Elistair expands tethered UAV portfolio

    French company Elistair has unveiled the 60 m Ligh-T V.3 compact tethering station for vertical take-off and landing unmanned aerial vehicles (VTOL UAVs) designed to support dismounted and mobile operations. The Ligh-T V.3 comprises a carrying case which features a 60 m lightweight

  • JAGM enters LRIP

    Low rate initial production (LRIP) of the US Army’s new Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) has now commenced following the successful completion by Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control and the Army’s Joint Attack Munitions Systems (JAMS) Project Office of the programme’s

  • Spain orders more Fulmar UAVs

    The Spanish armed forces have placed a new order with Thales for Fulmar light unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), the company’s Spanish subsidiary said on 8 June. The army will receive its first Fulmar reconnaissance UAV and the marines a further system. The marines received the first Spanish

  • NAF overhauls Mi-35P helicopter

    The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) announced on 9 June that it has successfully carried out its first in-house life-extension overhaul of a Mil Mi-35P assault helicopter. The NAF said the helicopter had been a critical asset during counter-insurgency operations in northeast Nigeria until it had to be

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  • Coming ashore: unmanned systems lead the way in amphibious operations

    Marines coming ashore rely on unmanned systems to provide situational awareness that lets them know if surf zones and beaches are free of obstacles, mines, and potential adversaries. Michael Fabey, Geoff Fein, and Pat Host examine the use and development of unmanned systems in amphibious operations
  • Greater than the sum of their parts: Benelux country briefing

    The Benelux countries have a long history of military co-operation. This is particularly the case with the Belgian and Royal Netherlands navies, which are under joint command, and the two countries’ air forces, which take turns guarding Benelux airspace. Nicholas Fiorenza examines how Benelux joint capabilities are improving after years of defence cuts
  • King of the sea: The United Kingdom aims to bolster its maritime air power

    The United Kingdom is poised to take delivery next year of its first Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft to fill a major gap in its capability to hunt for submarines and monitor naval activity around the country’s shores. Tim Ripley reports on the UK effort to regenerate its shore-based air power
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