• Xponential 2018: Ghost Robotics unveils Vision legged robot series

    Ghost Robotics during Xponential 2018 in Denver announced a new Vision Series of legged robots for surveillance and reconnaissance, situational awareness, or a marsupial device to transport unmanned aerial systems (UASs). The company became known a year ago for its Minitaur direct-drive quadruped

  • Xponential 2018: US Army mulls prospects for more autonomous unmanned aerial systems

    The US Army is working through how autonomy and artificial intelligence (AI) could be applied to the services’ operations, requirements, and missions, with a focus on manned-unmanned teaming. Brigadier General Walter Rugen, deputy commanding general, support, 7th Infantry Division and

  • Images show J-15 fighter fitted with wingtip EW pods

    Photographs recently published in online forums show a two-seat Shenyang Aircraft Corporation (SAC) J-15 multirole fighter aircraft equipped with what appear to be wingtip electronic warfare (EW) pods, suggesting that an electronic attack (EA) variant of the aircraft may be at a late stage of

  • BAE Systems reveals PHASA-35 solar-powered HALE UAV

    BAE Systems has revealed its PHASA-35 concept for a solar-powered high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that can remain aloft for up to a year. The Persistent High Altitude Solar Aircraft (PHASA) UAV features a 35 m wingspan, giving it the moniker PHASA-35. According to

  • Czechoslovak Group exports IFVs and SPHs to Ukraine

    Excalibur Army, a subsidiary of Czech defence holding company Czechoslovak Group (CSG), has secured a contract to deliver refurbished Russian-designed BVP-1 (BMP-1) amphibious tracked infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) and 2S1 amphibious tracked self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) to the Ukrainian

  • USMC seeks improved AAV tracks

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) is seeking improved tracks for its Assault Amphibious Vehicles (AAVs) as part of its AAV Survivability Upgrade (AAV-SU) programme. The service released a request for information (RFI) on 17 April that seeks to assess industry’s ability to develop Improved Amphibious

  • Russian Su-30SM crashes off Syria, two dead

    A Russian Sukhoi Su-30SM ‘Flanker-H’ combat aircraft crashed into the sea off Syria on 3 May, killing both crew members. The multirole fighter came down shortly after departing Khmeimim Airbase on the Mediterranean coast, the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed. While the cause

  • USAF C-130H crashes, five on board

    A US Air Force (USAF) Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules transport crashed on 2 May, reportedly killing all on board. The C-130H-variant aircraft from the Puerto Rico Air National Guard (ANG) came down at about 1130 h local time near Savannah Hilton Head International Airport in Savannah, Georgia, with

  • Xponential 2018: Insitu unveils ITAR-free ScanEagle 3

    Insitu unveiled its ScanEagle 3 unmanned aircraft at Xponential 2018 in Denver, Colorado, on 1 May. Insitu, a subsidiary of Boeing, officially revealed for the first time the latest addition to its family of unmanned aircraft systems (UASs), which as a commercial platform is not covered by US

  • Afghan Air Force receive latest Super Tucano shipment

    The Afghan Air Force (AAF) has received a further two Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC)–Embraer A-29 Super Tucano light-attack turboprops to add to the 20 already delivered. The new aircraft were delivered to Moody Air Force Base (AFB) in Georgia where they joined the seven that are being used

  • China building stretched Type 052D destroyer

    Satellite imagery captured on 10 April of the Jiangnan Changxingdao shipyard in Shanghai appears to show a modified Luyang III (Type 052D)-class destroyer under construction featuring a flight deck that has been extended by 4 m: a possible indication that China’s People’s Liberation Army

  • Hyundai cuts steel for Philippine Navy’s first HDF-3000 frigate

    Key Points Hyundai has begun work on the first of two new frigates on order for the Philippine Navy Service is expected to receive the first frigate in the second half of 2020 South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has held a steel-cutting ceremony for the first of two 107 m

  • USMC rebuffs concerns of CH-53K delay

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has rebuffed concerns that its Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopter might not meet its planned initial operating capability (IOC) date of 2019, saying that it is confident that the programme will proceed “as in the plan”. Speaking to reporters

  • Xponential 2018: Textron unveils X5-55 electric testbed

    Textron unveiled its new X5-55 fully electric flying testbed at Xponential 2018 in Denver, Colorado. The X5-55 was developed to promote research and innovation to address military customers’ demands in four key areas: agility, energy management, survivability, and teaming. According to Bill

  • US seeks airborne rescue and recovery for SOF in Yemen

    The US military is looking for contractors to provide personnel recovery, as well as airborne casualty and medical evacuation services, for special forces personnel operating in and around Yemen. The United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) issued a request for information (RFI) on 30

  • Finland buys more Leopard 2L AVLBs

    The Finnish Defence Forces Logistics Command is finalising a EUR28.6 million (USD34.6 million) contract to procure four Leopard 2L armoured vehicle launched bridge (AVLB) vehicles, according to a press release from the Finnish Ministry of Defence. The vehicles will utilise surplus Leopard 2A4FIN

  • Xponential 2018: AeroVironment to test new UAS by mid-2018

    AeroVironment is developing a new line of unmanned aerial systems (UASs) that will incorporate FlightWave’s Edge hybrid vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) system. FlightWave’s technology will enable a UAS to operate as a VTOL and fixed-wing aircraft, Dave Sharpin, vice-president

  • Xponential 2018: Aeryon unveils new R80D SkyRaider multimission UAS

    Aeryon officially unveiled the R80D SkyRaider multimission unmanned rotorcraft at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International's (AUVSI's) Xponential 2018 in Denver. The R80D SkyRaider is the latest development from Aeryon Defense USA, which is the fully owned subsidiary of Aeryon

  • Xponential 2018: US Army Maneuver Battle Lab outlines efforts

    The US Army’s Maneuver Battle Lab (MBL) is conducting a series of experimentation projects to determine how Robotic Autonomous Systems (RAS) can benefit soldiers in the near future. Colonol John Pirog, director of the MBL, which is based in Fort Benning, told Jane’s that RAS are going

  • Azerbaijan shows Hermes 900

    Azerbaijan has confirmed the receipt of at least one Elbit Systems Hermes 900 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), with images posted on the government’s website showing the country’s president inspecting military equipment including the Israel-built platform. The imagery posted on 30 April

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