• Australia selects Reaper for Project Air 7003 requirement

    Australia has selected the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc’s (GA-ASI’s) MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to fulfil its Project Air 7003 requirement, the company announced on 16 November. The plan to field an armed medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) UAV was set out

  • Netherlands releases new strategy focusing on Dutch and European industrial interests

    The Dutch government has released its new Defense Industry Strategy (DIS), in an attempt to boost the involvement of the domestic industry in defence spending, while also bolstering the European market which it recognises as being mutually beneficial to its national interests. The government claims

  • No timeline set for US withdrawal from INF Treaty

    US leaders are in talks with major allies and partner nations about how to proceed if the US withdraws from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), according to the US State Department’s Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Andrea Thompson. However, a

  • Australia selects Reaper for armed UAV requirement

    The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has announced its selection of the MQ-9 Reaper – produced by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc (GA-ASI) – to meet requirements under Project Air 7003 Phase 1 for an armed medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle

  • Bahrain signs for AH-1Z attack helos

    Bahrain has confirmed the procurement of 12 Bell AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters to augment its fleet of recently upgraded AH-1 Cobras. A deal for the new helicopters was reported at the Bahrain Airshow on 15 November, six-and-a-half months after the US State Department approved the sale. As noted

  • China’s Hongda details HD-1 supersonic cruise missile family

    China’s Guangdong Hongda Blasting Company (Hongda), a Guangzhou-based company specialising in mining and industrial explosives, has showcased its new indigenously developed and export-oriented HD-1 supersonic cruise missile designed for precision land attack and anti-ship missions. The

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  • FNSS to show Marine Assault Vehicle in 2019

    The first examples of the Turkish Marine Assault Vehicle (MAV) – called the Zaha project – are to be unveiled at the IDEF Defence Exhibition to be held in Istanbul, Turkey, in May 2019, Jane’s has learnt. FNSS Savunma Sistemleri and the Undersecretariat of Defence Industries (SSM)

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  • Russian deploys new CBRN vehicle to Syria

    Russia has deployed its newest chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) reconnaissance vehicle to Syria to operate with military police units patrolling the Idlib de-escalation zone. An RKhM-6 vehicle was seen in footage shown by the Russia 24 television network on 7 November that was

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  • Rheinmetall starts work on Australian vehicle centre

    Rheinmetall Defence Australia (RDA) announced the start of construction of its new military vehicle production facility in Queensland, Australia, on 16 November. In a press release, RDA said its Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) will be the centrepiece of an 11.1 hectare precinct