• Airshow China 2016: NORINCO debuts new self-propelled 120 mm gun/mortar system

    China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) has unveiled a new, all-terrain self-propelled (SP) 120 mm combined gun/mortar system, designated SH9. As currently configured, SH9 is based on an open top light unarmoured locally built 4x4 platform. The 120 mm ordnance is mounted to the rear of the

  • Airshow China 2016: AVIC unveils SW-6 air-deployable mini UAV

    The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) has revealed the latest addition to its Tian Yi (Sky Wing) tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) family at the Airshow China 2016 exhibition in Zhuhai. The Sky Wing 6 (SW-6) is a surveillance or electronic warfare (EW) platform designed for

  • Airshow China 2016: CASC unsheathes its Hidden Blade lightweight missile system

    The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) unveiled a new lightweight and man-portable precision missile system at the 2016 China International Aviation Exhibition Center (Airshow China) in Zhuhai in early November. Designated the Xiu Jian (Hidden Blade) lightweight multirole

  • Indo Defence 2016: SAGE ESM enters service on Indonesian CN-235

    Leonardo's Airborne & Space Systems business has confirmed that its SAGE digital electronic support measures (ESM) system has entered service with the Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU). Under contract to US-based prime contractor Integrated Surveillance

  • Netherlands contracts AeroVironment for S-UAS upgrades and procurements

    The Netherlands Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded AeroVironment USD10.3 million in small unmanned aircraft system (S-UAS) upgrades and procurements. The contracts, awarded on 14 October but announced by the company on 31 October, include digital datalink upgrades to the country's existing Raven

  • Indo Defence 2016: Rheinmetall unveils Marder Medium Tank RI

    Rheinmetall Landsysteme displayed its Marder Medium Tank Republic of Indonesia (RI) at Indo Defence 2016. The demonstrator has been developed to meet an Indonesian requirement and the vehicle shown at Indo Defence 2016 is fitted with a Leonardo (formerly Oto Melara) HITFACT II turret. Rheinmetall

  • Airshow China 2016: NORINCO lifts lid on 40 mm case telescoped weapon

    China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) has revealed that it has developed and tested a 40 mm case telescoped weapon system (CTWS) and its initial suite of ammunition. At this stage it is unclear as to whether this has been developed to meet the potential requirements of the People's

  • US Army fears its combat vehicles declining, seeks new technologies

    The US Army is eyeing new combat vehicles programmes and considering which technologies or design attributes would be key to adding capabilities in the future. Lieutenant General H R McMaster, director of the US Army Training and Doctrine Command's Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC), said

  • Airshow China 2016: CASC unveils QY-1 rotary wing UAV

    The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) has unveiled a new vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) prototype at the Airshow China 2016 exhibition in Zhuhai. Designated the QY-1, the prototype on display features a constant-taper pod and boom fuselage

  • Airshow China 2016: Z-11WB military helicopter makes official debut

    Chinese defence and aerospace prime Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) is showcasing its Z-11WB 'Kuang' (Buzzard) armed reconnaissance and light attack helicopter to the public for the first time at the Airshow China 2016 exhibition, which is being held in the southern city of Zhuhai from

  • Airshow China 2016: More firepower for Chinese ATVs

    China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) is expanding the capabilities of its all-terrain vehicle (ATV) family, introducing a weapons platform configuration in addition to its traditional role as a troop transporter. For trials purposes an 8x8 ATV has been fitted with a fully enclosed

  • Indo Defence 2016: Modern Medium Weight Tank breaks cover

    Indonesia's PT Pindad and FNSS Savunma Sistemleri of Turkey have revealed details of the Modern Medium Weight Tank (MMWT) that the companies are partnering to develop. Under the terms of this joint development programme, which started two years ago, two prototypes are being built, one in Indonesia

  • NORINCO details VT5 lightweight MBT

    China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) debuted its VT5 lightweight main battle tank (MBT) at Airshow China 2016 in Zhuhai. The VT5 has been developed specifically for the export market and has a combat weight of between 33 and 36 tonnes, depending on the armour package fitted and measures

  • DARPA's Sea Hunter to begin COLREGS testing in January 2017

    Commencing in January 2017 DARPA will begin collecting data on how its Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) conducts fully autonomous operations in preparation for international certification. Additionally, ASW track and trail testing of ACTUV could be delayed

  • Poly Technologies integrates coastal defence systems

    China's Poly Technologies has developed a complete coastal defence system that ties together a variety of command and control systems, sensors, land-based air defence and other weapon systems to engage off-shore surface targets at short-, medium- and long-ranges. The sensor elements can include

  • Cobham to develop VARS for MV-22B

    Cobham has been awarded a contract by Bell Boeing to develop a palletised aerial refuelling system to give the US Marine Corps' (USMC's) Bell Boeing MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft in-flight aerial refuelling capability, the company announced on 25 October. The V-22 Aerial Refueling System (VARS)

  • US Army officials hope to accelerate long-awaited SMET UGV

    The US Army hopes to accelerate its acquisition of a Squad Multipurpose Equipment Transport (SMET) unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), according to Dr Bob Sadowski, chief roboticist at the US Army's Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC). Sadowski, speaking at the AUVSI

  • Brazilian downturn delays helo upgrade plans

    The recent downturn in the Brazil's economy has caused the government to delay the upgrade of the Brazilian Army's (Exército Brasileiro - EB) helicopters but the scope of the work will remain as previously planned. Speaking to reporters at the Helibras facility in Itajuba on 26 October, Walter

  • Helibras pitching HForce weapons system for Brazilian Army helo upgrade

    Airbus Helicopters subsidiary Helibras is pitching to the Brazilian Army (Exército Brasileiro - EB) the HForce Generic Weapon System (GWS) as an option for its AS550A2 Fennec (now H125M) HA-1-variant helicopters. Speaking to reporters its Itajuba facility on 26 October, Helibras CEO Richard

  • Qatar takes delivery of Leopard 2A7+ MBTs

    Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) has delivered almost half of the 62 Leopard 2A7+ series main battle tanks (MBTs) on contract to Qatar. The deal is the company's first major export contract for heavy armour in the Middle East. In addition it covers the supply of 24 PzH 2000 155 mm/52-calibre

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