• AUSA 2018: Infrared ID makes a showing

    Israeli company Infrared ID presented its range of combat identification patches and panels for vehicles and personnel at the Association of the US Army (AUSA) exhibition held from 8 to 10 October in Washington, DC. An important attribute of Infrared ID’s solutions is that they are passive in

  • Navistar Defense reveals third-generation Special Operations Tactical Vehicle

    Navistar Defense has revealed details of its third-generation Special Operations Tactical Vehicle (SOTV) to Jane’s at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) conference in October. The SOTV began as the Non Standard Tactical Truck (NSTT) concept in 2008. In early-2015 Navistar

  • New logistics ordering/billing system to be tested during ‘Trident Juncture’

    A new digitalised logistics ordering and billing system being used for the first time by all 29 NATO allies, plus partners Finland and Sweden, during their 25 October-23 November ‘Trident Juncture 2018’ (‘TRJE18’) exercise in Norway stands to significantly boost the

  • Philippines concludes fighter studies, points to possible Gripen acquisition

    The Philippine Department of National Defense (DND) has concluded a study in support of its programme to procure a new fighter jet and confirmed that Saab’s Gripen aircraft is in pole position to win the contract. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in comments published by the Philippine

  • Reopening of borders between Syria and Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon indicate normalising relations and President Assad’s hold on power

    Event Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem stated on 15 October 2018 that Syria is “witnessing the first results of the victory” as the Naseeb/Jaber border crossing with Jordan reopened to trade. Jordan closed the border in April 2015 after the opposition’s Free Syrian Army took

  • South African Badger behind schedule as SAAF Hawks lose A-Darter

    South African procurement agency Armscor has revealed that the country’s acquisition of Patria AMV armoured fighting vehicles has experienced significant delays, while the South African Air Force (SAAF) has scrapped a planned requirement for the A-Darter missile for its BAE Systems Hawk 120

  • US donates UH-60M helicopters to Croatia

    The United States will donate two UH-60M helicopters to Croatia, Defence Minister Damir Krstičević has announced. The announcement was made during a visit involving two US Army UH-60Ms from Germany to Pleso airbase near Zagreb on 12 October. The helicopters are expected to be delivered by

  • Lockheed Martin to deliver LRDR software following successful tracking event

    Lockheed Martin’s Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR) searched, acquired, and tracked satellites during a closed loop satellite track demonstration at the company’s Moorestown, New Jersey facility. Completion of this event on 27 August was an indication of how mature LRDR is, Chandra

  • Mack Defense details new US Army M917A3 Heavy Dump Truck

    Mack Defense has confirmed additional M917A3 Heavy Dump Truck (HDT) technical details to Jane’s after showing the type publicly for the first time at the Association of the United States Army’s annual conference in October. Following a solicitation released on 26 May 2017 and a

  • Airbus Defence and Security reverses planned sale of Secure Land Communications

    Airbus Defence and Security has decided to scrap the divestment of its Secure Land Communications (SLC) business. An SLC spokesman confirmed the news to Jane’s on 16 October, saying that since the initial decision had been made to divest the company, the wider commercial environment had

  • AUSA 2018: Instant Eye Robotics displays UAV

    Instant Eye Robotics, based in Massachusetts, presented its Mk-3 GEN4-D1/D2 small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) exhibition held from 8 to 10 October in Washington, DC. A company press release issued on 2 June mentioned that the US Navy and Marine

  • China puts more Beidou navigation satellites into orbit

    China carried out its 28th successful space launch of 2018 on 15 October by placing two more Beidou-3 navigation satellites into orbit. The satellites were launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre located in the country’s southwestern Sichuan Province. Providing position,

  • Elta Systems awarded contract for ELM-2032 fire-control radars

    Elta Systems, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), announced on 16 October that it has been awarded a USD55 million contract to supply multimode airborne ELM-2032 fire-control radars to be installed on “newly produced advanced combat aircraft” for an undisclosed client.

  • India aims to expand presence at military base in Tajikistan

    India is seeking to expand its presence and activities at a military base in Tajikistan where some 150 Indian Air Force (IAF) and quasi-military Border Roads Organisation (BRO) personnel have been stationed since 2005. Indian President Ram Nath Kovind visited the Ayni Air Base, which is located

  • New Patriot radar display improves situational awareness for operators

    Raytheon has upgraded the screen display for Patriot weapon system operators, adding three-dimensional (3D) color visuals and improving operators’ situational awareness. The Warfighter Machine Interface (WMI) takes the legacy Patriot display and moves it into the twenty-first century, Bob

  • Philippine commissions first Boracay-class patrol vessels

    The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has commissioned its first and second Boracay- (OCEA FPB 72 Mk II) class patrol vessels. The boats, which have been named BRP Boracay (2401) and BRP Panglao (2402), respectively, were commissioned on 15 October at the National Headquarters Philippine Coast Guard in

  • RACER high-speed helo passes preliminary design review

    Airbus Helicopters’ Rapid And Cost-Efficient Rotorcraft (RACER) high-speed rotorcraft concept has passed its preliminary design review (PDR), the company announced on 16 October. The technology demonstrator, which is being funded by the European Union’s H2020 framework through the Clean

  • Rosgvardiya tests new Kalashnikov firearms

    The Rosgvardiya, Russia’s national guard, is testing new small arms designed by Rostec’s Kalashnikov Group, a military source has told Jane’s . “The Rosgvardiya has started the operational evaluation and testing of the newest Kalashnikov AK-200 series of assault rifles,

  • Systel unveils latest ruggedised computers for the military market

    Systel has developed a fully rugged fully sealed high-performance embedded tactical computing system for combat vehicles. Raven Strike is optimised for size, weight, and power (SWaP), providing the capability traditionally found in several rack servers, Aneesh Kothari, vice-president of marketing

  • Yemeni rebels confirm they sunk UAE minehunter

    The Iranian-backed Yemeni rebel group Ansar Allah (the Houthis) released a video on 12 October, which included images that confirmed it sunk one of the UAE Navy’s mine-countermeasures vessels in 2017. The images – presumably taken by an unmanned aerial vehicle – showed one of the