• Russia’s Central Military District receives AK-12 assault rifles

    Russia’s Central Military District (CMD) has begun receiving Kalashnikov AK-12 5.45 mm assault rifles, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 17 July. “The first 8,000 [AK-12] assault rifles have been delivered to the CMD’s units and formations. The AK-12 is a new platform,

  • UK MoD kicks off planning for C2-focused 2020 Army Warfighting Experiment

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) has issued a request for information (RFI) for the 2020 British Army Warfighting Experiment (AWE20), the next iteration in this series of annual events “to identify specific capabilities for rapid exploitation”. According to the RFI, the army “has

  • DARPA advances plan for TIMEly underwater network

    Plans for a novel underwater network architecture have been laid out by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) under the banner of Timely Information for Maritime Engagements (TIMEly). In a special notice released on 17 June, DARPA revealed that TIMEly is intended “to

  • Indian MoD issues RFP for heavyweight torpedoes for Kalvari-class submarines

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has issued a request for proposal (RFP) for the procurement of 100 heavyweight torpedoes for an estimated INR20 billion (USD290 million) to arm the Indian Navy’s (IN’s) six Kalvari (Scorpène)-class diesel-electric attack submarines (SSKs)

  • US Air Force issues request for proposals for new ICBM system

    Key Points The US Air Force released its formal solicitation for its new ICBM effort The big-budget programme is expected to face competition from other high-cost weapon efforts in the 2020s The US Air Force (USAF) on 16 July issued the request for proposals (RFP) for its new Ground Based

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  • UK announces ‘ambitious’ defence space programme

    The UK government has announced what it describes to be an “ambitious” defence space programme that will see more than GBP30 million (USD37.25 million) invested in a number of separate but related efforts. Speaking at the 2019 Chief of the Air Staff’s Air and Space Power


  • Mk 20 Electro-Optical Sensor System (EOSS)

    Type Naval Fire-Control System (FCS). Development In 2005, following a competitive procurement process, Kollmorgen Electro-Optical (acquired by L-3 Communications in February 2012 and now operating as L-3 KEO) was chosen to provide the US Navy (USN) with an EOSS as part of the CG-47