• Schiebel Camcopter S-100 UAS completes Finnish trials

    Schiebel has completed a five-day maritime surveillance demonstration of its Camcopter S-100 vertical takeoff and landing unmanned air system (UAS) from the Finnish Border Guard offshore patrol ship Turva. Conducted in the Gulf of Finland in late August, the flight trials saw the Camcopter S-100

  • USMC ‘proves’ it can integrate Iron Dome with G/ATOR

    The US Marine Crops (USMC) has “proved” it can “integrate” components of Rafael’s Iron Dome air- and missile-defense system into its existing radar and command and control infrastructure, according to the service. During a live-fire demonstration in August, the USMC

  • Japan selects contenders for Type 96 APC replacement

    General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS), Patria, and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries have been selected to provide wheeled armoured vehicles for a series of trials aimed at finding a replacement for the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s (JGSDF’s) Type 96 8×8 armoured personnel carriers

  • South Korea to develop laser-based anti-aircraft weapon

    South Korea will invest KRW88 billion (USD74 million) to develop a laser-based anti-aircraft weapon system, according to a 17 September statement by the country’s Defence Acquisition Programme Administration (DAPA). The system, referred to as Block-I, is expected to be capable of detecting

  • USAF names T-X trainer, T-7A Red Hawk

    The US Air Force (USAF) has named the Boeing-Saab T-X trainer aircraft the T-7A Red Hawk, the service announced on 16 September. The new moniker was chosen to honour the Tuskegee Airmen of the Second World War – an African-American flying unit whose fighter aircraft bore a distinctive red


  • Narco-sub design evolves to evade detection

    So-called 'narco-submarines' have become increasingly sophisticated, even though they ship only a fraction of the total cocaine entering the United States. H I Sutton analyses the innovations and evolutions that the vessels have undergone
  • Missile diplomacy: North Korea enhances tactical weapons as nuclear talks stall

    Whether or not a nuclear deal is reached between Washington and Pyongyang, North Korea's drive to improve its tactical weapon systems has highlighted its ability to respond to what it calls "military provocations" by the United States and its regional allies. Gabriel Dominguez reports
  • Top cat: Leopard 2 main battle tank turns 40

    On 24 October 1979 the first production Leopard 2, hull number Y-377 046, was handed over to the Bundeswehr's Panzertruppenschule. Forty years, 3,565 vehicles in over 95 distinct variants, and more than 21 users later, the Leopard 2 stands as one of the most successful MBT designs in the world. Jon Hawkes explores the vehicle's evolution
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  • FGM-148 Javelin fired from Titan UGV

    The Lockheed Martin/Raytheon Javelin Joint Venture has demonstrated a FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) live-fire engagement capability from a Kongsberg M153 Protector Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station II (CROWS II) mounted on a Titan tracked unmanned ground vehicle (UGV).


  • 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