• Belgium to procure French Scorpion vehicles

    Belgium's Council of Ministers announced on 22 June that it had approved the procurement of 60 Jaguar armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs) and 417 Griffon light combat vehicles currently under development in France. The EUR1.1 billion (USD1.23 billion) procurement will also see Belgian and French

  • South Korea boosts local support of FA-50 light fighters

    South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has completed a project to fully indigenise the maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) of the Republic of Korea Air Force’s (RoKAF’s) FA-50 Golden Eagle light strike fighters, produced by Korea Aerospace Industries

  • German parliament passes EUR10 billion worth of defence programmes

    During its penultimate session before the summer recess, the Bundestag's parliamentary budget committee approved defence procurement and modernisation programmes worth EUR10 billion (USD11.2 billion). This included the approval of funding for the procurement of five additional type K130 corvettes

  • DoD E-4B support contract coincides with tornado damage to half the fleet

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded a USD73.1 million support contract for its four Boeing E-4B National Emergency Airborne Command Post aircraft, just days after a tornado reportedly caused severe damage to half the fleet. The DoD made the award for Strategic Mission Systems LLC to

  • Martin-Baker Australia and Pilatus sign MRO deal

    Martin-Baker Australia, a subsidiary of the UK ejection seat specialist, has teamed with Pilatus Aircraft to provide maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services for the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF’s) on-order Pilatus PC-21 trainer aircraft. The letter of intent (LOI) was signed

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  • New-model African armies

    Following their independence, most Sub-Saharan and East African militaries tended to use second-hand military equipment donated by former colonial powers, as well as the United States, the Soviet Union, and China. Jeremy Binnie and Erwan de Cherisey report on how that trend is changing
  • Bargain hunt: Air forces move to embrace low-cost UCAVs

    Unmanned systems have become increasingly sophisticated and consequently expensive. Richard Scott and Huw Williams examine the emerging requirement for low-cost unmanned combat air vehicles and how this can be delivered
  • Fleet regeneration: Portugal shapes up a modern, balanced fleet

    The Portuguese Navy is in the middle of a modernisation effort aimed at building a credible and versatile fleet within the constraints of its size that will enable it continue to operate across a full spectrum of missions beyond the 2020s. Kate Tringham reports
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  • MDA seeks laser-armed HALE UAV for counter-ICBM role

    The United States is looking to field a laser-armed unmanned aircraft to intercept intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) towards the middle of the next decade, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) disclosed on 13 June. In a solicitation posted on the Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps)
  • Lightweight Gabbiano radar pitched at UAVs

    Leonardo has unveiled its lightest airborne multimode radar to date. The Gabbiano TF Ultra-Light weighs less than 24 kg and is designed for use on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The radar was debuted at the Paris Air Show and comprises a 12 inch nose-mounted antenna and a receiver transmitter
  • ECA examines unmanned teaming, RC mine clearance

    France's ECA Group is working on teaming concepts of operation (CONOPS) for its IT180 series of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and Iguana E unmanned ground vehicle (UGV); the company is also developing a remote-control (RC) system to enable stand-off mine clearance. One teaming concept aims to
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