• US to deliver first AH-6i helos to Saudi Arabia 'as soon as possible'

    The US government is making the final preparations for the shipment of 24 Boeing AH-6i Little Bird light attack and reconnaissance helicopters to Saudi Arabia, with a solicitation for their transportation being posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website on 24 August. According to the

  • USAF demonstrates ability to drop JASSM from B-52 internal weapons bay

    The US Air Force (USAF) has dropped three Joint Attack Surface Standoff Missiles (JASSM) from a B-52 Stratofortress long-range heavy bomber, demonstrating that the aircraft can successfully release the JASSM from a Conventional Rotary Launcher (CRL) in the aircraft's internal weapons bay. A B-52 is

  • Japan plans to upgrade SAM system to defend disputed East China Sea islands

    Japan intends to upgrade its Type 03 medium-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) system to bolster the air defence capabilities of its remote islands, including those near the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea, The Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper reported on 22 August. The system, which

  • F-35 test-fires AIM-9X Block I

    The US Air Force (USAF), US Navy (USN), and Raytheon have successfully test-fired three AIM-9X Block I missiles from an F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). The demonstration was the first time the AIM-9X Block I has been fired from the F-35. According to a statement from Raytheon, the

  • Brazilian Army looks to buy hundreds of weapon mounts

    The Brazilian Army is to acquire 1,785 manned protected weapon stations for additional VBTP-MR Guarani 6x6 and initial LMV 4x4 armoured vehicles to be ordered from Iveco, a source told IHS Jane's . The system is meant to provide vehicle gunners with ballistic protection when firing a machine gun or

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  • New beginnings: Poland reassesses defence plan

    At the hands of the country's newly elected Law and Justice Party, Polish defence is in the midst of a shake-up that will see requirements reprioritised, procurement decisions re-evaluated and some defence competitions rerun. Remigiusz Wilk reports
  • Rolling out the big guns: Self-propelled artillery developments

    While recent conflicts have seen the West deprioritise the use of self-propelled artillery systems, a number of emerging requirements are keeping the market for this class of equipment buoyant. Jon Hawkes reports
  • Yemen conflict raises maritime risks

    The ongoing conflict in Yemen and geopolitical competition in the Middle East have the potential to raise maritime security risks. Peter Chalk assesses the threat posed to commercial shipping in a key strategic chokepoint by AQAP, the Islamic State, and others.
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  • LMT to unveil retractable weapon station

    Land Mobility Technologies (LMT), a subsidiary of Denel Land Systems, has developed a system that retracts a weapon station so it sits partially inside the vehicle, with the rest of it concealed under an armoured clamshell cover on the vehicle's roof. The Meerkat uses an all-electric mechanism to
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