• Czech BMP-2 replacement requirements emerge

    Details have emerged regarding the Czech Republic's planned procurement of armoured vehicles to replace its ageing fleet of BMP-2s. The Czech Republic Ministry of Defence (MoD) plans to procure 210 Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFV) in seven variants by 2025, according to the procurement programme's

  • DGA turns to simulation to assist in armoured vehicle systems integration

    France's Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA) has established innovative simulation methods to assess collaboration opportunities between the future generation of French armoured vehicles. As part of the SCORPION Collaborative Protection programme, the DGA is leveraging an operational

  • Carmel FCV set to feature two-man crew system, emerging technologies

    Further details of Israel's Carmel Future Combat Vehicle (FCV) programme have been revealed by the head of the team leading the Israel Ministry of Defence (MoD) development programme. Speaking at the SMi Future Armoured Vehicle Survivability conference in London, Brigadier General (rtd) Didi Ben

  • MBDA studies Sea Venom/ANL surface launch variant

    Key Points Initial feasibility studies have examined modifications to the Sea Venom/ANL missile round, and the design of a box launcher MBDA has conceptualised a containerised 'bolt-on' surface launcher installation accommodating up to 12 canistered missiles MBDA has begun early engineering

  • NORINCO develops enhanced 122 mm rocket launcher

    China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) has developed a 40-round artillery rocket system (ARS) that features a number of enhancements over its previous systems in this calibre. The SR4 122 mm system is similar to the widely deployed, Russian-built 122 mm BM-21 (40 round) launcher and, like

  • New Belarus-developed armoured vehicle emerges

    Belarus' Minotor-Service has used internal research and development funding to develop a new 4x4 multi-purpose amphibious armoured vehicle to the prototype stage. Designated Vitim, the vehicle has a monocoque all-welded steel hull that is claimed to provide protection from 7.62 mm ammunition fired

  • Militaries move to leverage benefits of social media

    Officials from across NATO, United States Africa Command (AFRICOM), and the international special operations forces (SOF) community have highlighted the emerging impact of social media throughout the contemporary operating environment. Addressing SMI's Social Media Within the Defence and Military

  • AFRL looks to SHIELD combat aircraft

    The US Air Force's Research Laboratory (AFRL) is embarking on a project to equip military aircraft with an advanced self-defence capability against newer and more sophisticated missile threats. Under the Self-Protect High-Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHIELD), the AFRL will demonstrate a low-power

  • Spain considers 'evolution' of Mistral air defence assets

    Key Points MBDA Spain contracted for 'evolution of Mistral 1 to Mistral 3' study Spanish Armed Forces currently operate Mistral 1 and Mistral 2 SAM systems The Spanish Ministry of Defence (MoD) is set to evaluate a potential regeneration of its MBDA Mistral air defence assets based on the

  • UK MoD, industry partner to develop deployable 3-D printer

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is working with industry to develop a deployable 3-D printing capability. A concept demonstrator is currently under development, with the ultimate aim being to reduce the logistical footprint, time, and resources required to replenish components used in military

  • USN set to prepare crews for last resort defence against cyber attack

    As the US Navy (USN) looks to protect its ships and submarines from cyber-attacks, one simple way to do that might be to unplug vessels from the network, service representatives have noted. Even though it is considered a procedure of last resort, the USN has been training its personnel on how to

  • UK to retire GWS 60 Harpoon at end of 2018

    Key Points Retirement of Harpoon will leave RN warships without a heavyweight surface-to-surface guided weapon The United Kingdom currently has no funded programme for a Harpoon replacement The United Kingdom will withdraw the GWS 60/Harpoon Block 1C anti-ship missile from Royal Navy (RN) service

  • Spain to develop FCAS 'system of systems' to replace Hornet fighters

    The Spanish Air Force (Ejército del Aire Español (EdAE)) is looking to develop a new "system of systems" to replace its Boeing F/A-18 Hornet fighters in the 2030 timeframe, a senior service official said on 15 November. Speaking under the Chatham House Rule, the official said

  • Lockheed Martin's upgraded TACMS hits target on first flight

    As it transitions into a new phase of development that will enable quicker integration of novel payloads and new capabilities, Lockheed Martin's modified MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS), now designated TACMS, has successfully engaged its first target. The target engagement, announced

  • BAE Systems' adaptive radar countermeasures project moves to Phase 3

    BAE Systems has been awarded a Phase 3 contract from the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to continue developing cognitive airborne electronic warfare (EW) systems to counter new, unknown, and adaptive radars in real time without having to require new hardware. "The problem

  • New Zealand awards Systematic NEA tranche 1 capability contract

    The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has awarded a NZD11 million three-year contract, to Systematic to provide assistance with Tranche 1 of its Network Enabled Army (NEA) programme. The contract includes Systematic's SitaWare command-and-control (C2) software suite as well as design and

  • Advatech Pacific introduces new cross domain solution, TACDS undergoes recertification

    Advatech Pacific is completing development of a smaller version of its Tactical Cross Domain Solutions (TACDS), which could be worn by a soldier or used on a small unmanned aircraft system. Additionally, the company's latest version of its military-standard TACDS is going through the National

  • PK-6 VSHORAD interceptor concept unveiled

    Key Points Development expected to be completed within three years PZ-6 will be manufactured by ZM Mesko, if selected by the Polish Armed Forces CRW Telesystem-Mesko - a leading Polish research and development company which specialises in the design of missile guidance systems - in partnership

  • Canadian joint venture develops all-terrain large UGV

    Argo XTR and Clearpath Robotics have partnered to develop an all-electric, modular, amphibious, skid-steer unmanned ground vehicle (UGV). The Warthog system has been designed as a lightweight platform that produces low ground pressure and a high level of traction; the vehicle is constructed from

  • Aurora developing unmanned 'Huey' helo

    Aurora Flight Sciences is developing an unmanned version of the Bell UH-1H 'Huey' helicopter for the rapid delivery of cargo, it disclosed on 10 November. The Tactical Autonomous Aerial Logistics System (TALOS) that leverages work done on the Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System (AACUS) programme

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