• France appoints new defence minister

    Former SNCF and Air France executive Florence Parly has been appointed as defence minister of France; the second appointment to the helm of the Ministry of Defence in a month after Parly’s predecessor stepped down after less than four weeks. Parly’s appointment on 21 June followed the

  • JBT buys Aircraft Maintenance Support Services

    US aircraft services supplier JBT has agreed to purchase UK-based Aircraft Maintenance Support Services (AMSS) for GBP10 million (USD12.6 million), it was announced on 22 June. JBT said that the addition of AMSS to its Aerotech aviation services business is expected to add USD20 million to annual

  • Thailand’s First Win MVP secures new deal

    Thai military vehicle manufacturer Chaiseri has secured an order from the military government’s Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) to supply an updated version of its 4x4 First Win multipurpose vehicle (MPV). The contract – the latest in a series of military vehicle contracts

  • Addressing the body armour challenge

    Key Points Body armour is becoming better, cheaper, and more available, and the best grades can resist conventional military rifle ammunition New armour-piercing ammunition for both rifles and pistols is being developed in order to address this problem Body armour designed to resist bullets has

  • Analysis: Iranian ballistic missiles miss targets in Syria

    Iran appears to have exposed the flaws in its new Zolfaghar ballistic missile when it launched several at targets in Syria on the night of 18-19 June. Unveiled in September 2016, the Zolfaghar is a development of the Fateh-110 tactical solid-fuel ballistic missile that Iran claims is highly


  • 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