• Boeing makes waves with acquisition

    Boeing announced on 6 December that it had entered into an agreement to acquire US unmanned surface vehicle (USV) company Liquid Robotics. Details and timelines of the transaction were not disclosed. Liquid Robotics has designed a wave- and solar-powered sea-skimming USV known as the Wave Glider.

  • France and Australia sign information sharing agreement to support submarine programme

    On 9 December French defence minister Jean Yves Le Drian signed a defence co-operation agreement aimed at improving the sharing of classified information with Australia, according to a statement released by the country's Attorney-General George Brandis QC. The agreement is designed to support the

  • Ukraine commissions two new Gurza-M patrol craft as it rebuilds naval combat capability

    Key Points Ukraine set to commission first two of nine planned Gurza-M patrol craft Navy is seeking to re-constitute its force in the wake of the 2014 Crimea crisis The Ukrainian Navy commissioned two Project 58155 Gurza-M missile-capable riverine patrol boats on 6 December, following lengthy

  • Capability boost: trials demonstrate enhanced ViDAR/ScanEagle package

    Key Points Sentient's ViDAR system is designed to meet a growing maritime surveillance requirement Recent trials, including 'Unmanned Warrior 2016', have demonstrated the system's ability to support a range of tasks Sentient Vision Systems' ViDAR (Visual Detection and Ranging) maritime

  • South Korea launches 23,000-ton combat support ship

    South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) launched on 29 November the first 23,000-ton combat support ship on order for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) at the company's Ulsan dockyard, HHI said in a press release. The vessel, which has been named Soyang , is to become the largest

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  • US clears transport and attack helo sales to Middle East

    The US government has approved a package of transport and attack helicopters for the Middle East valued at USD7.01 billion. Two separate sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) worth USD3.51 billion and USD3.5 billion respectively were approved by the State Department on 8
  • Russian Army eyes MBT upgrades

    Russia may upgrade parts of its T-72 and T-90 main battle tank (MBT) fleets with the automatic target tracker (ATT) and fire control computer (FCC) installed in the Armata T-14 MBT, which is now entering production at UralVagonZavod's Nizhny Tagil facility. The installation of the ATT and the FCC