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  • Airshow China 2014: CASIC unveils QW-19 MANPADS

    The China Aerospace Science Industrial Corporation (CASIC) is showing the newest in its line of man-portable air defence systems (MANPADS) at Air Show China 2014. The QW-19 appears outwardly to be very similar to the previous QW-18 design but there are several differences. "The QW-19 utilises a

  • Airshow China 2014: Norinco unveils CS/AR-1 55 mm anti-frogman system

    China North Industries Corporation (Norinco) showcased a new indigenously developed shipboard counter-measures system for defeating hostile frogman activities at Airshow China 2014, which is being held in Zhuhai 11-16 November. Designated the CS/AR-1 55 mm anti-frogman rocket launcher, the weapon

  • China slams sale of six MCMVs to Taiwan

    Key Points China has protested at the inclusion of foreign components and systems in six MCMVs to be built for RoCN The MCMVs will likely form a key component of Taiwan's defence against China's possible use of increasingly sophisticated naval mines, including the EM-53 'smart mine' The Chinese

  • Lockheed Martin to upgrade F-22 for AIM-9X missile

    Lockheed Martin has been awarded a USD33.4 million contract to modify its F-22 Raptor combat aircraft to carry the Raytheon AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missile (AAM). The contract, which was announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 24 October, will see Lockheed Martin upgrade 220 AIM-9

  • Brazil adds BAE Systems' RG32M to VBMT-LR competition

    The Brazilian Army has begun evaluating BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa's RG32M LTV (Light Tactical Vehicle) 4x4. The army's Evaluations Center (CAEx) is studying the vehicle as part of the VBMT-LR (Viatura Blindada Multitarefa-Leve de Rodas) competition. The VBMT-LR programme will buy an

  • Mk VI Patrol Boat promises greater reach for US coastal forces

    The US Navy (USN) is preparing to receive its first Mk VI Patrol Boat (PB), in a move that will significantly enhance the blue-water capabilities of the service's riverine and coastal forces. Designed and manufactured by Safe Boats International, the 85 ft (26 m) aluminium-hulled Mk VI PB is

  • South African Badger evaluation going well, says Denel

    The Badger infantry combat vehicle developed by Denel Land Systems for the South African Army is now undergoing test and evaluation by the Joint Project Team (JPT) and engineers from the defence acquisition agency Armscor. According to Denel Land Systems CEO Stephan Burger, the programme is

  • South Korea to resume production of indigenous ASW missile

    South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on 25 May that it has improved the accuracy of a homegrown ship-launched anti-submarine missile and is on track towards restarting its mass production. The Korean Anti-Submarine Rocket (K-ASROC), or Hongsangeo as it is

  • Iran rolls out ballistic missiles

    The Iranian Ministry of Defence (MoD) held a ceremony on 5 March to mark the delivery of Ghadr, Qiam, Fateh-110 and Khalij Fars ballistic missiles to operational units. The Iranian MoD released photographs showing 15 Ghadrs and 44 Qiams lined up in rows. The Ghadr is the latest variant of the

  • F-35 completes Block 2B weapon accuracy trials

    The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter passed its latest milestone with the final weapon delivery accuracy test for a Block 2B munition, it was announced on 11 December. The 6 December drop, which took place at the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base in

  • Slovakia trials new Tatrapan armoured container carrier vehicle

    The Slovak Armed Forces completed an initial phase of testing with the VYVOJ Martin joint stock company's new Tatrapan 8x8 Container Carrier (CC) truck jointly with the manufacturer in late November. The company began development of the 8x8 Tatrapan in 2009 using private company funding, but

  • Norway's new government to strengthen defence and security

    The new minority government of Norway, currently being formed, unveiled its defence plans for its term of office on 14 October. Following its success in Norway's September elections, the new government is a coalition of the right-wing Conservative and Progressive parties. Both have traditionally

  • Russian T-72 MBT gets enhanced protection

    Two enhanced T-72 main battle tanks (MBTs) were shown for the first time during RAE 2013 in Nizhny Tagil, Russia. The MBTs have been upgraded to enhance their survivability and developments have been made to meet the potential requirements of the export market, as the T-72 MBT has been built in

  • With three nuclear-powered submarines returning to service, Russia seeks to maintain fleet numbers

    Three Russian nuclear-powered submarines will return to operations in 2013 following periods of maintenance, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced. Following post-maintenance sea trials to test "technical readiness", the Oscar II-class

  • USN wrapping up study of how it spends its money

    Key Points The forthcoming USN review should help the service with its QDR plan A lack of maintenance is likely cutting short ship service life The US Navy is nearing completion of a service-wide review examining a range of topics from

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