• LAAD 2015: IWI launches eLog digital weapon management system

    Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) chose LAAD 2015 to launch eLog: the company's new solution for digitising the performance of small arms inventories. The eLog system consists of three components: weapon-embedded sensor modules that record each time a round is discharged; rugged PDA-based terminal

  • LAAD 2015: BAE's Brazilian M113 upgrades provide springboard for further AFV work

    A modest programme working with the Brazilian Army to upgrade its M113 armoured personnel carriers (APCs) under a US Army-led Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme could soon provide BAE Systems with a significant amount of additional business. This potential 'seam' of upgrade work could soon

  • Mexican Army receives hundreds of HMMWV, other vehicles

    The Mexican Army began to receive its latest batch of AM General M1152 Humvees (HMMWV) on 12 April, with hundreds of the vehicles spotted on railway carriages through Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, bound for Central Mexico. These Humvees are part of a MXN4.2 billion (USD274 million) sole-source contract

  • Russians developing tracked Pantsyr for the Arctic region

    Russia's KBP Instrument Design Bureau is reviewing the possibility of developing a special tracked modification of the 96K6 Pantsyr-S1 (SA-22 'Greyhound') self-propelled anti-aircraft gun and missile (SPAAGM) system for use in the Arctic, according to Vladimir Popov, director general of the KBP

  • Israeli Artillery Corps looks for a new self-propelled howitzer

    The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) are in the advanced stages of selecting a replacement for their 155 mm M109 self-propelled howitzer, a senior source from the Artillery Corps said last week. The officer said the new howitzer needs to be able to have a higher rate of fire and a smaller crew than the


  • Seoul reconsiders stance on THAAD system

    The United States has expressed its desire to deploy a new ballistic missile defence system in South Korea, drawing criticism from China. Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein looks at the implications of deploying the system for South Korea and its neighbours.
  • Unmanned at sea: the advent of the maritime rotary-wing UAS

    Deploying rotary-wing UASs in the maritime environment is still in the early stages, but concepts of operation are being developed against a headwind of declining defence expenditure. Andrew Drwiega reports
  • Industry briefing: Spanish succession

    Despite suffering from austere defence budgets in recent years, Spain still maintains a highly developed defence industry that continues to produce a wide range of major platforms. Andrew MacDonald reviews the country's current defence-industrial status
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  • USAF study shows Global Hawk can carry U-2 sensors

    Key Points The USAF says it can integrate key U-2 sensors onto Global Hawk UAVs The Pentagon is planning to retire the manned aircraft if it can make the UAVs fully mission-capable The US Air Force (USAF) has determined that integration of key sensors from its manned Lockheed Martin U-2
  • Italy orders final two FREMM frigates

    The Italian Navy has ordered its final two Carlo Bergamini-class (Fregata Europea Multi-missione - FREMM) frigates, completing its acquisition programme for 10 vessels. The total value of the contract for the two vessels is EUR764 million (USD818 million), according to a press release from the


  • 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