• Intelligence in miniature

    With the strapline ‘Own the element of surprise’, Canadian firm Aeryon (Hall 1, Stand B150) believes its SkyRanger mini-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is the answer to covert surveillance. The almost noiseless, tiny UAV (1,020mm diameter deployed) has an endurance of 50 minutes, flying

  • Successful M-ATV range expanded

    Oshkosh has launched new versions of its M-ATV (mine-resistant, ambush-protected all-terrain vehicle) here at SOFEX to expand the successful vehicle family. The M-ATV range has been expanded to six versions based on two models. Designed primarily for offensive and defensive operations in the

  • Aiming for more

    Lockheed Martin’s Missiles and Fire Control division (Hall 1, Stand C101) is no stranger to the Middle East, and Jordan in particular. The Jordanian Armed Forces (JAF) operate several important products from the company, such as the Javelin anti-armour weapon (a joint venture with Raytheon),

  • Calibres for small spaces

    Among the wide variety of ammunition calibres produced by Brazilian manufacturer CBC (Hall 1, Stand B101) is the limited range 12.7x99mm (.50). Available in ball and tracer, these rounds are designed for use in space constrained training firing ranges and sensitive populated environments.

  • Mask Kombination

    Avon Protection (Hall 6, Stand A619) and German helmet manufacturer Schuberth have introduced the HMK150 Helmet Mask Kombination system specifically designed for CBRN respiratory protection and riot control. Based on Avon’s advanced 50 Series mask platform, the system features unique visor

  • AFSOC receives first Ghostrider gunship

    The US Air Force's Special Operations Command (AFSOC) has received the first of 37 Lockheed Martin AC-130J Ghostrider gunships, it was announced on 30 July. The aircraft arrived at Hurlburt Field in Florida the day prior to the announcement, ahead of initial developmental test and evaluation
  • Croatia receives first PzH 2000

    Croatia has received its first Panzerhaubitze 2000 (PzH 2000) 155 mm self-propelled artillery (SPA) systems, the country's Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced. The MoD paraded the first vehicle at the Repair Office of the Armed Forces in Jankomir on 29 July, ahead of their public debut during the
  • Brazil set to receive last Gepard SPAAGs

    The last eight of 34 Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) Gepard 1A2 self-propelled anti-aircraft guns (SPAAGs) are scheduled to depart from Germany in the first week of August and arrive in Rio de Janeiro 20 days later, a source told IHS Jane's on 27 July. The Gepards were procured from Germany by the
  • Thales UK receives Scout SV sights subcontract

    Thales UK has been awarded a GBP125 million (USD195 million) subcontract for sighting and situational awareness systems for the British Army's new Scout SV tracked reconnaissance vehicles. Announced on 30 July, the subcontract from prime contractor General Dynamics UK includes 245 Orion commander
  • Portugal abandons plan to buy French LPD

    Portugal has decided not to buy the FS Siroco (L9012) landing platform dock (LPD) from the French Navy the country's Ministry of National Defence has told IHS Jane's .. Technical visits were made to the ship and requests of information were issued by Portugal, but no acquisition proposal was
  • Turkey opens air bases for counter-IS strikes

    The Turkish government has formally approved an 'understanding' that allows the US-led coalition against Islamic State to use the country's air bases, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said on 29 July. Foreign Ministry spokesman Tanju BilgiƧ told reporters that the United States could now use
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