• ILA 2018: Airbus lifts lid on European MALE RPAS

    A full-scale mock-up of the European medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) remotely piloted air system (RPAS) was unveiled for the first time at the ILA Airshow in Berlin on 26 April. The European MALE RPAS (also referred to as the EuroMALE, although a final name has not yet been decided) was

  • ILA 2018: Governments approve Franco-German future fighter, outline other co-operative defence projects

    The German and French governments have given their respective industries the go-ahead to develop a new fighter aircraft to strengthen bi-lateral defence co-operation and to ensure continued operational sovereignty. The approval, which was announced by the defence ministers of both countries during

  • Portugal upgrading SIC-T tactical communications system

    The Portuguese Army plans to integrate a new configuration of its Sistema de Informação e Comunicações Tático (SIC-T) tactical communication and data system through 2023. The EUR64.18 million (USD78.27 million) effort is to enhance its capability to rapidly deploy

  • RE2 Robotics to develop a drop-in robotic air field repair kit for USAF

    RE2 Robotics is developing a kit to convert manned construction vehicles into unmanned platforms that are capable of airfield repair. The Phase III Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) efforts, for which the US Air Force (USAF) awarded RE2 Robotics a USD2.9 million contract in April, will

  • Vietnam upgrades heavy armour fleet

    The People’s Army of Vietnam (PAVN) is upgrading its fleet of heavy armoured vehicles, Russian and Vietnamese defence sources have told Jane's . Hanoi is receiving Russian T-90S main battle tanks (MBTs). “Deliveries of the T-90S/SK MBTs to Vietnam have already begun. The contract is to

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  • DARPA cancels LightningStrike eVTOL X-plane programme

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) cancelled its LightningStrike XV-24A electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) X-plane programme. DARPA Tactical Technology Office (TTO) Director Fred Kennedy said in a 25 April email that the agency recognised, during a recent programme
  • India reveals P-17A frigate configuration

    Indian naval shipbuilder Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDSL) unveiled a scale model of the Project 17A (P-17A) frigate at the Defexpo 2018 exhibition. MDSL is building four ships in the class, while the remaining three are being constructed by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE).
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