• Aero India 2017: HAL displays mock-up of multirole helicopter

    Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has displayed a full-scale mock-up of its Indian Multirole Helicopter (IMRH) proposition at Aero India 2017. The twin engine platform is in its preliminary design phase and two versions are planned in the transport configuration. The troop configuration will have

  • India to set satellite launch record with nanosats

    Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) plans to set a world record by launching 104 satellites and placing them into orbit on 15 February 2017. The ISRO will use a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C37 (PSLV-C37) launcher from the Satish Dhavan Space Centre at Sriharikota, India. The Russian Dnepr

  • Concerns persist with US military cyber security

    A lack of available Red Teams and the inability to adequately defend against sophisticated threats are among the shortcomings identified in the Office of the Director of Operational Test and Evaluation's (DOT&E's) 2016 report on aspects of the US Department of Defense's (DoD's) cyber-security

  • NAVSEA presses launch button on Over-The-Horizon missile competition

    Industry has three months to turn around responses for the US Navy's (USN's) Over-The-Horizon Weapon System (OTH-WS) after the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) released a Request for Proposals (RFP) on 8 February. Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Raytheon (teamed with Kongsberg) are all expected to

  • Systematic makes US breakthrough

    Systematic Inc, the US subsidiary of Danish software house Systematic, has been awarded a contract for its SitaWare command-and-control (C2) software suite by the US Army's Mission Command office, part of the Program Executive Office Command, Control, and Communications - Tactical (PEOC3-T). The

  • Avenger joins EOD fray

    Med-Eng has launched a new unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) focused on explosive ordnance disposal (EOD). The Avenger platform was developed and manufactured by ICP NewTech and features a clean-sheet design based on feedback from EOD operators, with specific capability aims of conducting EOD

  • NAVAIR backs AARGM despite censure from DOT&E

    Key Points A FY 2016 report has assessed the current AARGM status as 'not operationally suitable and not operationally effective' The Program Office is intending to maintain the current schedule that supports a 3QFY2017 AARGM Block 1 fleet release The US Navy (USN) Naval Air Systems Command

  • US Army explores brigade-level cyber capabilities

    The US Army is working to provide 'cyber capabilities' to lower command echelons, and is specifically experimenting with this for manoeuvre brigades. For any deployment army planners anticipate that the cyber domain will be active and strategically this is well addressed. However, officials are in

  • SideArm undergoes successful testing

    Aurora Flight Sciences has successfully tested a full-scale technology demonstrator of the SideArm unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) retrieval system. Video of the tests released by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) shows several instances of the SideArm system capturing a 400 lb

  • SM-3 Block IIA missile scores hit in first intercept test

    Key Points Flight test SFTM-01 was flown on 3 February from the USS John Paul Jones The next flight test, SFTM-02, is already in planning The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA), the Japanese Ministry of Defense and US Navy (USN) have successfully conducted a first intercept of a ballistic missile

  • DARPA programme to explore swarming operations

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has commenced a project to explore how swarms of robots could be used to operate alongside army and marine units at the company level and below. The Offensive Swarm Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) project is looking to advance and accelerate

  • DGA awards live training programme contract

    The French defence procurement agency, the Direction générale de l'armement (DGA), has announced the award of a contract to Thales and RUAG Defence France for the French Army's CERBERE (Centres d'entraînement représentatifs des espaces de bataille et de restitution des

  • Patria offers XA APC upgrade package

    Patria has developed and tested an upgraded version of its XA series of 6x6 armoured personnel carriers (APCs). The new variant - designated XA-220 - was developed with internal research and development funding. The original XA-180 6x6 APC is powered by a Valmet diesel engine developing 295 hp and

  • ONR to examine Otto fuel, Al-Ago battery technologies for extended range Mk 48 torpedo

    Both Otto fuel turbine engine and aluminium silver-oxide (Al-AgO) electric propulsion technologies are to be examined under an Office of Naval Research (ONR) Future Naval Capability (FNC) programme intended to increase the range of the US Navy's (USN's) Mk 48 Mod 7 heavyweight torpedo. However, the

  • NAWCWD proves Spike proximity fuzing against UAV targets

    Key Points NAWCWD has integrated proximity fuze technology into its home-grown Spike miniature missile system Two Outlaw UAVs were destroyed in testing at China Lake in December 2016 The US Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD) has tested its in-house developed Spike miniature

  • US Army contracts SRC to develop and field a new counter-UAV system

    The US Army is to field a new counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) system to protect against 'low and slow' threats on the battlefield. A USD65 million contract awarded to Syracuse Research Corporation (SRC) on 31 January covers the development, production, integration, delivery, deployment, and

  • US Army's MCoE evaluates disposable SLIM solution

    Key Points SLIM is intended as a potential solution for the US Army's prospective Individual Assault Munition requirement Calibre and TRL status has not been disclosed The US Army's Maneuver Centre of Excellence (MCoE) is evaluating a new disposable shoulder-launched rocket concept as one of the

  • Poland buys new Piorun MANPADS

    Key Points Polish Armed Forces to acquire 1300 Piorun/Grom-M systems by 2022 Additional systems to be purchased for qualification and acceptance trials Poland's Armament Inspectorate has signed a six-year PLN932.2 million (USD232.7 million) contract with Mesko (part of PGZ, the Polish Armaments

  • ST Kinetics lifts lid on new AFV

    Speaking at the IQPC International Armoured Vehicles Conference 2017 in London, Brigadier General (Ret'd) Winston Toh, executive vice-president and chief marketing officer of ST Kinetics revealed additional details of the company's Next Gen Armoured Fighting Vehicle (NG AFV). This unnamed AFV has

  • Raytheon evaluates seeker options for Maritime Strike Tomahawk

    Key Points The US Navy plans that the Maritime Strike Tomahawk will introduce an anti-ship seeker The upgrade will provide in-flight terminal guidance for Tomahawk Block IV against moving maritime targets Raytheon Missile Systems is exploring seeker options to meet the requirements of the US

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