• AUSA Global 2015: Unmanned combat vehicles still elusive

    The US Army is interested in robotic combat vehicles, but the technology does not yet factor into force planning, according to Brigadier General David Bassett, the army's programme executive officer for ground combat systems. Most ground robotics projects have been moved under the programme office

  • Indian MoD approves A330 AEW&C purchase

    The INR51.13 billion (USD815 million) programme to indigenously design an airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) system and mount it on two Airbus A330 military transport aircraft was among programmes worth a total of INR83.41 billion approved by India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 28

  • Raytheon, MESKO sign LoI on precision munitions

    Raytheon has signed a letter of intent (LoI) with Polish company MESKO S.A. for joint production of precision guided artillery projectiles and air-launched rockets, the company announced. MESKO, a part of Polski Holding Obronny (PHO), will also look to co-operate on future capabilities

  • Slovakia announces USD37 million pistol tender

    Slovakia has announced a EUR34.1 million (USD36.9 million) tender for 46,600 new 9 mm semi-automatic pistols for its armed forces, police, customs officers, prison and court guards, and financial crime investigation services. "Around 25,000 pistols are planned to be delivered to the police,

  • Update: Global defence chiefs to discuss future of UN peacekeeping

    Key Points About 106 chiefs of defence are to convene on future challenges and solutions for international peacekeeping efforts Added ISR and force protection capabilities are likely technological gaps that need to be filled The UN will host its first ever chiefs of defence conference on 27 March

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  • US Army to modify MC-12W into EMARSS-M multirole platform

    The US Army is to modify a government-owned Quick Reaction Capability Liberty Project aircraft into an Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System - Multi-Intelligence (EMARSS-M) platform under a USD31.8 million contract it was announced on 31 March. The contract, which was
  • USN launches first new Aegis destroyer in four years

    The first of the US Navy's (USN) restart Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) guided missile destroyers has entered the water, officials announced on 30 March. John Finn (DDG 113), lead ship of the USN's Flight IIA restart programme, was launched on 28 March at Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII's) Ingalls


  • Jernas

    Type Static and towed surface-to-air missile (SAM) system Development The MBDA Jernas (Arabic word for a falcon that has just come to maturity and is at the peak of its predatory capability) air-defence system was first shown at the IDEX '93 Exhibition in Abu Dhabi. The private venture

  • Rapier

    Type Static and towed surface-to-air missile (SAM) system Development The Rapier low-level surface-to-air missile system was developed by the former British Aircraft Corporation (now MBDA), Guided Weapons Division from the early 1960s onwards to meet the requirements of the British Army and Royal

  • Rapier Field Standard C (FSC)

    Type Static and towed surface-to-air missile (SAM) system Development In November 1986, the then British Aerospace Stevenage (now MBDA) was awarded a contract worth some GBP1.6 billion for the design, development and initial production of the Rapier FSC air defence weapon for delivery to the

  • TATRA T 815 (6 × 6) truck series

    Development TATRA can trace its origins back to Austria and 1850, the company building its first car in 1897, and its first truck a year later in 1898. As a result of the First World War the part of Austria TATRA originated from became part of the then Czechoslovakia. The TATRA brand first appeared