• IAV 2020: Rafael integrates Firefly loitering munition with vehicles

    Rafael displayed a more refined version of its Spike Firefly loitering munition during the International Armoured Vehicles (IAV) 2020 conference held in London on 20-23 January, and revealed it has been integrated with vehicles. When it was unveiled in 2018, the Spike Firefly was presented as both

  • India’s DRDO selects Israeli-made EO/IR system

    Israel’s Controp Precision Technologies has won a tender to supply its iSKY-50HD electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) system for fitment onto unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) being developed by India’s state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). In a 22 January

  • EU preparing to expand training to Burkina Faso as security deteriorates

    Burkina Faso faces a collapse similar to the one in northern Mali in 2012 if Europe does not substantially step up its military presence and aid, according to senior EU and national military officers and officials. Speaking during a 22 January hearing of the European Parliament’s Subcommittee

  • First USMC operational unit receives F-35C

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has received into service its first operational carrier variant (CV) Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). The aircraft, tail number 301, arrived at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar, California, on 21 January. The milestone came about five

  • Indian government to sell off stake in missile manufacturer BDL

    The government of India is preparing to sell off another stake in missile specialist Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL), a notice published recently by the Ministry of Finance’s Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM), has confirmed. The DIPAM notice said the “government

  • India’s OFB set to begin series production of upgraded M46 field guns

    India’s state-owned Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) is about to begin series production of an upgraded variant of the Indian Army’s M46 towed field gun (IA) following successful user trials. Official sources told Jane’s on 24 January that the OFB’s Gun Carriage Factory (GCF) at

  • Tomahawk recertification/modernisation line starts ramp up

    The US Navy is planning to begin fielding the modernised and recertified Tomahawk Block V cruise missile from 2021, with the Block Va Maritime Strike Tomahawk (MST) variant to debut two years later, according to the Naval Air Systems Command’s (NAVAIR’s) programme manager. Stood up in

  • UK Royal Navy gets set to start Wilton MCM route survey task

    The UK Royal Navy (RN) plans to start operations in March with a new unmanned autonomous capability for peacetime mine countermeasures (MCM) tasks. Operating from HM Naval Base Clyde, the new capability – being delivered under Project Wilton – is due to achieve initial operating

  • BAE Systems Bofors begins trials for HX2-based Archer

    A Swedish BAE Systems Bofors Archer 155 mm/52 artillery system integrated onto a German Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) HX2 (8×8) platform – aimed at the export market – has begun initial firing trials at the Bofors Test Center in Karlskoga, Sweden, the company told

  • BAE Systems receives US Army order for 160 additional AMPVs

    The US Army has awarded BAE Systems a USD400 million contract modification to cover the purchase of additional Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicles (AMPVs). The service announced on 21 January that it is buying an additional 160 AMPVs with funds from the fiscal year 2019 and 2020 European

  • German Panzergrenadierbrigade 37 prepares for digitalisation

    The German Army’s Panzergrenadierbrigade (Armoured Infantry Brigade) 37 is training on off-the-shelf software to prepare for its digitalisation so it can lead the NATO Response Force Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) in 2023, the Bundeswehr reported on its website on 16 January. The

  • IAV 2020: GDLS-UK expects Ajax IOC this year despite delivery delay

    The UK’s Ajax armoured fighting vehicle family is progressing through its trials and is on schedule to reach its initial operational capability (IOC) in 2020, the executive programme director for Ajax at General Dynamics Land Systems-UK (GDLS-UK), Rebecca McGrane, told the International

  • Indra opens new dedicated radar plant

    Indra has opened a new 7,000 sq m dedicated radar factory in Spain where nearly 200 staff will work on both military and civil contracts, the company announced on 23 January. One of the biggest of its kind in Europe, it is located at San Fernando de Henares, just east of Madrid, and will house the

  • Russia to build five more auxiliary tankers

    Five more replenishment tankers are to be built for the Russian Navy to support warships on long-range missions. The announcement by Sergey Epifanov, Chief of the Auxiliary Fleet Service in the Russia Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) Transport Support Department, was made during a ceremony

  • UK awards contracts to explore Intelligent Ship technologies

    The UK’s Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is seed funding nine companies – including Frazer-Nash Consultancy (FNC), Roke Manor Research, and Thales UK – to explore and mature artificial intelligence (AI) techniques and automation technologies applicable to operating and

  • USN conducts more successful EMALS and AAG tests on carrier Ford

    With a roar, the F/A-18F Super Hornet zipped down the front of the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) on 22 January, the first full afterburner catapult shot off the ship of an aircraft in what that US Navy calls a ‘5-wet configuration’, outfitted as a tanker

  • Avcorp names new leader of Delta facility

    Canadian airframe structure maker Avcorp Industries has named aerospace industry veteran Michael Elvidge as general manager of its Delta facility in British Columbia, according to the Vancouver-based company. Elvidge “brings over 20 years of senior leadership experience in various aerospace

  • Industry warned US Army officials it could not meet OMFV requirements, concerns went unanswered

    US Army officials are picking up the metaphorical pieces of their derailed Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) prototyping competition and charting a new path forward. However, despite multiple attempts by industry to question the army’s OMFV requirements and aggressive timeline, top

  • Malian forces unveil new vehicles and weapons

    The Malian Armed Forces (FAMa) displayed recently delivered vehicles during their 59th anniversary parade at the Kati military camp, the main base of the 3rd Military Region, on 20 January. These included Streit Typhoon mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles and a Paramount Marauder with a

  • US Navy explores new Advanced Electronic Warfare suite options

    The US Navy (USN) has begun to explore options for a next-generation Advanced Electronic Warfare (ADVEW) suite to equip in-service F/A-18E/F Super Hornet carrier-borne strikefighters and a follow-on naval tactical aircraft. In a request for information (RFI) released on 15 January, US Naval Air