• UK confirms Sea Ceptor order for Type 26 programme

    Key Points The GWS 35 Sea Ceptor fit for Type 26 will have separate magazines forward and aft for a total of 48 CAMM missiles GWS 35 is due to become operational in the RN in 2017 The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed a GBP100 million (USD124 million) Demonstration and Manufacture

  • PacStar's IQ-Core aims to improve agility and data sharing

    The US Army has integrated PacStar's IQ-Core Software, currently deployed on the service's Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) increment 1 node, with the National Security Agency's (NSA's) Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) plug-in to secure the management of army wireless

  • USAF begins training enlisted Global Hawk pilots

    The US Air Force (USAF) has begun flight training of the first enlisted personnel that are set to be assigned to operate the Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the service announced on 7 November. Two USAF master sergeants completed

  • AVIC's turbojet-powered Cloud Shadow UAV emerges

    The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) unveiled the Cloud Shadow, a turbojet-powered, medium/high-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at the Airshow China 2016 exposition, which was held in the southern city of Zhuhai from 1 to 6 November. Developed by AVIC's Chengdu

  • Raytheon, Lockheed awarded HAWC research contracts

    Key Points The HAWC programme aims to mature critical technologies to develop an effective and affordable air-launched hypersonic cruise missile HAWC will leverage advances in hypersonics made under earlier funded programmes including Falcon, HyFly, and X-51 The US Defense Advanced Research

  • Mercury Systems' new server fills a gap for securing forward deployed systems

    Mercury Systems has introduced the first rackmount secure server for the defence applications, designed to drive the most powerful mission processing, sensor processing and cybersecurity applications, addressing the need for affordable and trusted solutions to protecting mission-critical functions.

  • US Navy issues RfI for NGLAW missile

    The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has issued a request for information (RfI) for the Next Generation Land Attack Weapon (NGLAW) for ship- and submarine-launched strikes. The RfI, posted on the Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) website in late October and updated on 7 November,

  • Gripen E/F to feature Targo HMD

    The Swedish and Brazilian air forces are to use the Elbit Systems Targo helmet-mounted display (HMD) for their Saab Gripen E/F fighter aircraft, it was announced on 7 November. The Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) awarded the airframer a SEK119 million (USD13 million) contract for an

  • Heavily armed CASC CH-5 UAV makes public debut

    Key Points CASC has showcased its latest and most capable armed reconnaissance UAV Designated the CH-5, the air vehicle is the company's largest unmanned platform to date, and can carry as many as 16 air-to-ground weapons China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) used Airshow

  • AVIC unveils Wing Loong II armed reconnaissance UAV

    Chinese defence prime Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) has unveiled its next-generation Wing Loong II strike-capable reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at the Airshow China 2016 exhibition, held in Zhuhai from 1-6 November. Developed by its Chengdu Aircraft Corporation (CAC)

  • USN must prepare for on-board power demands

    In the next 10 years, the US Navy (USN) will see its ships and systems become ever more power hungry, and the service must be ready to meet the challenge, according to Vice Admiral Thomas Moore, commander of the USN Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). However, the navy may already be there in terms

  • Airshow China 2016: AVIC showcases YINGS III airborne targeting pod family

    Chinese defence prime Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) is showcasing its latest YINGS III range of day and night capable airborne targeting pods at the Airshow China 2016 exhibition, which is being held in the southern city of Zhuhai from 1-6 November. The YINGS III - which stands for

  • Airshow China 2016: NORINCO introduces new lightweight SPH

    China North Industries' (NORINCO's) China South Division has developed and tested a new self-propelled howitzer (SPH), although full technical details have yet to be revealed. The CS/SH4 lightweight 122 mm system consists of a cross-country (4x4) chassis with a fully protected cab at the front and

  • Boeing awarded EMD contract for F-15 EW suite

    The US Air Force (USAF) has awarded Boeing a USD478.8 million contract for the engineering, manufacturing, and development (EMD) of the F-15 Eagle Passive/Active Warning and Survivability System (EPAWSS). The contract, announced on 4 November, will be complete by 31 August 2020. EPAWSS is designed

  • USN outlines ship cyber defence plan

    The US Navy is taking a number of steps to protect ship systems from cyber-attacks, including the possibility of disconnecting vessels from the navy's network. To find those potential vulnerabilities, the navy has been methodically going through each of the major combat and control systems that are

  • Rheinmetall gears up to complete Bundeswehr IdZ programme

    Rheinmetall executives are working up "a big offer" for the development and production of the fourth batch of IdZ-eS (Infanterist der Zukunft erweitertes System) soldier systems for the Bundeswehr, according to a company representative. The offer has to fall within a budget of about

  • Airshow China 2016: AVIC unveils AV500W armed VTOL UAV development programme

    The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) has revealed its latest armed reconnaissance vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at the Airshow China 2016 exhibition in Zhuhai. Under development by AVIC's China Helicopter Research and Development Institute (CHRDI),

  • Airshow China 2016: NORINCO develops MRL-equipped ATV

    China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) has integrated a 107 mm 36-round multiple rocket launcher (MRL) on one of its 8x8 all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). Chinese industry manufactured towed and self-propelled (SP) 107 mm MRLs for many years, but NORINCO has recently been concentrating its efforts

  • THeMIS demonstrates logistics role at NATO's 'Silver Arrow'

    MILREM's THeMIS (Tracked Hybrid Modular Infantry System) unmanned ground vehicle has taken part in a NATO exercise. As part of the 'Silver Arrow' exercise in Latvia, THeMIS acted as a logistics support platform at the squad level. The exercise, which ran from 17 to 31 October, included more than

  • Indo Defence 2016: Polonez ARS detailed

    Belarus' BelSpetsVneshTechnika (BSVT) has released further details of the Polonez artillery rocket system (ARS), which is expected to soon enter service with the Belarusian Army. The key elements of the Polonez ARS are the command post vehicle, a transloader carrying eight rockets in two pods of

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