• Belarus sees rapidly growing defence sector

    Production at Belarus' state-owned Belarusian State Military-Industrial Committee (GosKomVoenProm) reached BYR3.571 billion (USD201 million) for the first eight months of 2015, the group's board announced on 5 October, marking a 56% increase compared with the same period of 2014. Exports increased

  • Pentagon looks at the role of subcontractors in acquisition system as agency funding concerns mount

    The Pentagon's acquisition chief is looking at the margins of subcontractors as the agency continues its effort at improving purchasing efficiency. Frank Kendall, speaking at an event hosted by Defense One on 6 October designed to roll out the Department of Defense's annual review of the performance

  • Pentagon proposes more troops stay in Afghanistan

    The US commander in Afghanistan has provided President Barack Obama options for keeping a larger force in the country, as Afghan forces struggle to find their footing. "I do believe that we have to provide our senior leadership options different than the current plan that we're going

  • China's Z-11WB light helo takes first flight

    China's Avicopter Z-11WB light helicopter made its first flight in Jingdezhen, home of the Changhe Aircraft Industries Group, on 28 September. The Z-11WB is the military version of the 2.2-tonne, six-passenger AC-311 light helicopter that first flew in November 2010. This, in turn, is a

  • UK to double top-end UAV fleet with new 'Protector' platform

    The UK is to receive 20 new 'Protector' unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) as part of a wider ramp-up of unmanned, surveillance, and special forces capabilities to combat militant Islam in the Middle East, Prime Minister David Cameron announced on 3 October. Speaking to the Telegraph newspaper,

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  • Australia signs AUD1.3 billion Hawkei 4x4 deal

    Key Points Australia has ordered 1,100 Hawkei 4x4s from Thales The Hawkei, which will replace unprotected Land Rovers, was downselected in 2011 The Australian Defence Force (ADF) is to acquire 1,100 Hawkei 4x4 light protected mobility vehicles at a cost of AUD1.3 billion (USD910 million) to
  • Iran displays supercavitating torpedo and semi-submersible

    Iran displayed its Hoot high-speed rocket-torpedo for the first time during an exhibition by the naval wing of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGN) on 3 October. The imagery confirmed long-held suspicions that the Hoot is identical to the VA-111 Shkval supercavitating torpedo that was


  • 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