• Analysis: Afghanistan, HUMINT, and the ISR scapegoat

    Blaming a decrease in technological ISR capabilities and the resulting intelligence gap for the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan fails to take into account more traditional means of intelligence gathering, where Afghan forces have significant advantages. Franz J Marty reports An

  • India and Russia revive FGFA talks

    The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has revived negotiations with Russia to resolve the long-stalled developmental cost issues with the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA), jointly approved as an equally shared programme under an inter-governmental agreement in 2007. A cost negotiation

  • Indonesian Super Tucano lost in training accident

    An Embraer EMB-314 Super Tucano light attack aircraft operated by the Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU) crashed into a house on the island of Java on 10 February, killing the two crew members. The turboprop aircraft came down close to its homebase of

  • 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

  • Pentagon budget 2017: Army to start Ground Mobility Vehicle, Mobile Protected Firepower programmes

    The US Army has two notable 'new start' programmes in its fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget request, both seeking to address infantry brigade combat teams' (IBCTs') lack of tactical mobility. Officials want a Ground Mobility Vehicle (GMV), so early entry forces can rapidly move to assault opposing


  • 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


  • 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