• Carrying the load [CAN2015D2]

    Oshkosh Defense has brought its offering for Canada’s MSVS SMP (Medium Support Vehicle System – Standard Military Pattern) programme and is showing it to the public for the first time at CANSEC. The vehicle is based on the HEMTT (Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck) vehicle that has

  • Building for NSPS [CAN2015D2]

    On 1 September this year Irving Shipbuilding is scheduled to cut the first metal for the recapitalisation of the Royal Canadian Navy as part of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy. NSPS provides for the construction of five or six Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS), and 15 Canadian

  • Innovations in maritime defence [CAN2015D2]

    Here at CANSEC, Rheinmetall is once again displaying a broad spectrum of its defence technology systems and products, emphasising its wide-ranging expertise in the maritime domain, which visitors can see for themselves at Booth 1121. Rheinmetall’s special strengths also consist of integrating

  • TAPV back on course [CAN2015D2]

    Deliveries of the Canadian Army’s Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAPV) are expected to be back on course for March 2016, if not earlier, according to platform manufacturer Textron Systems. Shown at CANSEC 2015 (outside display 3018), the new platform is scheduled to replace the RG-31 and

  • Bid evaluation criteria for CSC awarded [CAN2015D2]

    The Canadian Department of National Defence and Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) has awarded Commerce Decisions, a QinetiQ company, an advisory contract to facilitate the delivery of bid evaluation criteria. These criteria will be used to asses prospective warship designers and

  • Elbit Systems grows Hermes family with new tactical system

    Elbit Systems has developed a small tactical-level unmanned aircraft system (UAS) that is designed to offer extended endurance. The Hermes 45 draws on technology from the wider Hermes family of UAS, and Jane’s understands that it has a maximum operating endurance of in excess of 24 hours
  • First E-2D for Japan makes maiden flight

    The first Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft for Japan made its maiden flight on 13 November. The milestone, which was announced by the aircraft manufacturer two days later, took place at Northrop Grumman’s
  • Queen Elizabeth to formally join fleet

    The UK Royal Navy’s first Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier is to complete its contractors’ sea trials and formally join the fleet on 7 December. UK defence secretary Gavin Williamson made the announcement on 16 November during his first visit to the carrier, while it was at sea
  • Norway cleared to buy follow-on AMRAAMs

    The US State Department has approved the potential sale of Raytheon AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) to Norway. The approval, which was announced by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 15 November, covers 60 AIM-120C-7-variant missiles, plus spares,
  • IWI launches Tavor AR assault rifle

    Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) is set to unveil an upgraded variant of its Tavor assault rifle as well as a new family of handguns at the Defense and Security Thailand 2017 exhibition in Bangkok on 6 November. IWI has responded to emerging demands for increased lethality and range with the design
  • HIMARS test advances USN surface-ship lethality potential

    Recent shipboard testing of the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) further advances the US Navy (USN) plans for distributed lethality and also shows further portable missile capability for US forces. HIMARS was fired 22 October from the flight deck of the San Antonio-class
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