• DSEI 2017: Saab presents new Gripen Aggressor

    Saab is pitching a dedicated ‘Aggressor’ variant of its Gripen C fighter aircraft for the upcoming UK and US pilot training requirements. Speaking at the DSEI exhibition in London where the new variant of the multirole fighter was unveiled, the head of Gripen sales and marketing,

  • DSEI 2017: Thales touts further Spy'Ranger prospects

    Thales is competing to secure additional sales of its Spy'Ranger small unmanned aircraft system (SUAS), as it looks to add to the units it began delivering to France earlier this year. Speaking at the DSEI exhibition in London, officials said that the electrically powered fixed-wing SUAS was

  • DSEI 2017: BAE Systems launches NAUTIS 5 mine warfare combat system

    BAE Systems launched a fifth-generation version of its NAUTIS mine countermeasures (MCM) command-and-control system at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2017 conference in London. Dubbed NAUTIS 5, the system incorporates a number of new features, including new and improved

  • DSEI 2017: Mid-2020 is hard backstop date for adopting Mode 5 IFF

    Allied armed forces around the world are scrambling to adopt Mode 5 identification friend or foe (IFF) systems, Hensoldt said at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2017 defence exhibition. This is because the US National Security Agency will stop generating keys for unsecure

  • DSEI 2017: UK defers Harpoon retirement

    Key Points The RN has deferred a decision to retire its Harpoon anti-ship missiles The move will partially alleviate a capability gap in RN anti-ship missile capabilities Boeing Harpoon heavy anti-ship missiles will remain in service on Royal Navy (RN) Type 23 frigates after the UK Ministry of

  • L3 acquires Doss Aviation

    L3 Technologies has announced the acquisition of US air training services company Doss Aviation. The purchase of Doss – terms of which were not disclosed – was announced on 14 September. L3 said the company is expected to generate sales of USD50 million this year and will be renamed L3

  • DSEI 2017: Lockheed Martin launches Outrider UAV

    Lockheed Martin UK unveiled a new canister-launched small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2017. Known as the Outrider, the 1.7 kg fixed-wing UAV is capable of being launched from submarines, helicopters, ground vehicles, and by dismounted

  • Russia’s Zapad 2017 exercise will unfold calmly, allied sources and others predict

    Fears that Moscow will use its annual ‘Zapad’ exercise to make incursions against the Baltics or Poland – especially in the form of a cyber attack – are overblown, according to NATO sources and Russian strategy experts. However, the week-long event could be used to

  • US Marine Corps develops 3D-printed ‘do-it-yourself’ Nibbler small UAV

    Key Points The US Marine Corps has developed a small UAV made of 3D printed and COTS parts The goal is to develop quickly developed and custom UAV solutions for every mission With a goal of eventually creating customised unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designs for every mission, the US Marine Corps

  • Images suggest naval variant of China’s JL-10 trainer has entered service

    Images have emerged on Chinese online forums showing a Hongdu Aviation Industry Group JL-10 aircraft (manufacturer’s designation L-15) featuring the standard camouflage and tail insignia of the People’s Liberation Army Navy Air Force (PLANAF): an indication that a naval variant of the

  • Bell Helicopter preps for V-280 ground test

    Key Points Bell Helicopter is preparing for a ground test of its V-280 tiltrotor prototype The ground test is an important milestone in an aircraft’s development Bell Helicopter will soon perform its initial ground run, an important milestone in the development of its V-280 Valor tiltrotor

  • Croatia to arm OH-58D helicopters with Hellfire missiles

    On 7 September, the government of Croatia approved funding to purchase AGM-114 Hellfire missiles for the Croatian Air Force. The missiles will arm the 16 recently acquired Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters donated to Croatia by the United States. A down payment for the Hellfires is expected

  • DSEI 2017: ASMAR completes basic engineering for new icebreaker, gears up for construction

    Chile's state-run shipyard ASMAR is nearing completion of the design and basic engineering of a new icebreaker for the Chilean Navy. The new Polar PC5 ice-class Antarctic support ship, dubbed Antártica 1 , is intended to replace the Chilean Navy’s Type 1200 survey ship Contre-Almirante

  • DSEI 2017: Dragonfire laser turret makes its public debut

    A full-scale turreted version of the Dragonfire laser weapon demonstrator being built for the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) was unveiled for the first time at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2017 exhibition in London. The system is being developed under the GBP30 million

  • DSEI 2017: Leonardo signs up for ASDOT bid with Discovery Air, Inzpire

    Leonardo announced on 12 September that it was to join the team led by Discovery Air and Inzpire to pitch for the Royal Air Force’s (RAF's) aggressor training programme. A Leonardo spokesperson told Jane’s that the company would be looking to be involved in the contract delivery and

  • DSEI 2017: Roketsan targets Eastern Europe

    Turkey’s Roketsan is moving to target opportunities in Eastern Europe, and is looking at building on its position as a key supplier to Raytheon’s Patriot ground-based air defence (GBAD) system, company representatives have told Jane’s . Poland has been a potential market for the

  • DSEI 2017: UMS Skeldar launches lease deal for V-200 UAVs

    UMS Skeldar – the joint venture (JV) between Saab and UMS Aero – chose the opening day of London’s Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2017 exhibition on 12 September to launch a leasing product for its V-200 rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in combination

  • DSEI 2017: US Army eyes future autonomous capabilities for field commanders

    New technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) have prompted a new look at the tactics, techniques, and procedures for US ground forces, Dr Robert Sadowski, chief of robotics for the US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center

  • Zambia inaugurates L-15 training centre

    Zambia's President Edgar Chagwa Lungu officially opened a new training centre at Lusaka Air Abase to support the Zambian Air Force's new HAIC L-15 jets, it was announced on 5 September. In a statement posted on his Facebook page, Lungu described the new facility as a "cutting edge,

  • Airbus flies HForce weapons system on H145M helo

    Airbus Helicopters announced on 8 August the first flight of an H145M fitted with the company’s new HForce Generic Weapon System (GWS). The flight, which took place at the company’s Donauwörth facility in southern Germany at the end of August, saw the twin-engined helicopter fly

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