• IDEX 2017: UAE signs up for RAM Block 2

    Raytheon Missile Systems is to supply the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with the latest Block 2 version of the RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) quick-reaction, ship self-defence weapon system under a multimillion-dollar direct commercial sale (DCS) contract, it was announced at IDEX 2017. The

  • Italy begins construction of new PPA patrol craft

    Key Points Event marks the start of construction work for the new class of multipurpose patrol vessels Details have emerged on programme timelines and configurations, including a potential BMD capability Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri cut steel for the first of seven multipurpose offshore patrol

  • USCG will not re-activate Polar Sea icebreaker

    Key Points The 2016 Material Condition Assessment inspections concluded that re-activating the inactive Polar Sea icebreaker would be cost-prohibitive Polar Sea will not be scrapped and will retain its inactive commissioned status as a source of replacement parts for the active Polar Star The US

  • USN begins loading first Trident II D5 LE missiles into SSBNs

    Key Points The USN tested two Trident II D5 missiles on 14 and 16 February SSP to begin looking at follow-on to Trident II D5 The US Navy (USN) has concluded testing of its submarine launched Trident II D5 missile, conducted over a three-day period in the Pacific Missile Range off the coast of

  • Adding value: Danish frigate looks to make a difference for USN CSG

    The Royal Danish Navy frigate HDMS Peter Willemoes is deploying with a US Navy carrier strike group. Dr Lee Willett visited the ship to investigate what it offers to CSG operations Only a small number of navies operating at the highest levels of the conventional capability spectrum deploy

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  • Aero India 2017: India rolls out new Advanced Hawk aircraft

    A dual role combat-capable Advanced Hawk jet trainer, developed jointly by the UK's BAE Systems and India's public-sector Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), was formally unveiled at Aero India on 14 January. The smart weapons-enabled Advanced Hawk prototype, scheduled to undertake its maiden test
  • Australia's Land 400 programme takes shape

    Further details of the Australian Army's plans to replace its fleet of armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs) were given by Brigadier Chris Mills, Director General Modernisation - Army, at IQPC's International Armoured Vehicles 2017 conference held in London. The two 8x8 contenders for the Land 400