• Keep on trucking [SOFEX18D3]

    Being displayed in public for the first time is one of the Royal Jordanian Air Force’s PZL Mielec/Sikorsky M28 Skytruck utility transports.

  • Light Attack Experiment enters next phase [SOFEX18D3]

    On Monday the US Air Force began the second phase of its Light Attack Experiment (OA-X) to gather data ahead of a potential buy of aircraft that could perform close air and special operations support in permissive air defence environments.

  • Arena-E awaits first contract [SOFEX18D3]

    The Russian KBM Joint Stock Company (Hall 4, Stand A401) claims to have completed development of the latest-generation Arena-E hard kill active defence system (ADS). This has been designed for installation on main battle tanks and infantry fighting vehicles, to enhance their survivability against incoming threats such as ground- and air-launched anti-tank guided missiles, as well as the more widely deployed unguided antitank weapons fitted with a high-explosive anti-tank warhead.

  • Defeat silent intruders [SOFEX18D3]

    With increasing emphasis on evolving threats, also discussed at SOFEX this week as part of ‘hyper warfare in the grey zone’, US-based SRC Inc (Hall 6, Stand B648) offers several solutions in the area of counter- UAS (C-UAS).

  • Turkish aviation expertise [SOFEX18D3]

    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) is rapidly expanding its capabilities along a number of avenues. Here at SOFEX some of its principal areas of expertise are being presented (Hall 1, Stand A108), including Turkey’s TF National Fighter project, which is being pursued to equip the Turkish air force by replacing the F-16 from the 2030s.

  • UK loses Watchkeeper to accident

    The UK military lost another Thales WK 450 Watchkeeper to an accident on 13 June, when one of the British Army’s unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) crashed near West Wales Airport at Aberporth. The UAV came down close to the airfield from which it was operating, bringing to five the number of
  • Dynetics ramps up GBU-69/B production for USSOCOM

    Huntsville-based Dynetics has been awarded a USD470 million indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract to ramp up production levels of its GBU-69/B Small Glide Munition (SGM) for the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). The award follows an USSOCOM pre-solicitation notice, issued
  • UK undecided on F-35 DAS upgrade

    The United Kingdom has yet to decide if it will upgrade its Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JAF) combat aircraft with the new Distributed Aperture System (DAS) announced earlier in the month. Answering questions in the House of Commons, Guto Bebb, Minister for Defence
  • ASC International reveals its Hilux-based Hornet SOV

    ASC International displayed its Hornet Special Operations Vehicle (SOV) for the first time and told Jane’s that development of a larger 6×6 variant should be complete by the end of summer. The Hornet SOV began development in 2016 and is based on a much-modified Toyota Hilux. Its design
  • Eurosatory 2018: Arquus readies Hornet RCWS

    France’s Arquus (previously Renault Trucks Defense) has completed development of the Hornet remote controlled weapon system (RCWS) which will be fitted to future French Army armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs). The first application for the Hornet RCWS will be for the new 6×6 Griffon
  • IDF developing C2I smartwatch for field officers

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are set to introduce a new portable command, control, and information (C2I) system for its ground forces, which for the first time will serve all field officer ranks, from platoon to brigade commanders. Called Shaked (Hebrew for ‘almond’), the new system
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