• FAdeA commences delivery of Pampa aircraft for Argentina

    The Argentine Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Argentina: FAA) has received the first of a new batch of three FadeA IA-63 Pampa III advanced jet trainer/light strike aircraft. The delivery of the first aircraft, tail number A-703, took place on 13 September. It will be assigned to the FAA’s 6th

  • Austria increases defence spending

    Austria’s acting defence minister Lieutenant General Thomas Starlinger on 17 September presented his ministry’s report Unser Heer (Our army) 2030 calling for an increase in defence spending from the current EUR2.4 billion (USD2.7 billion) to EUR3.1 billion in 2020. The report calls for

  • BAE Systems designing eight M88A3 prototypes

    The US Army has awarded BAE Systems with a USD318 million contract to upgrade its M88 recovery vehicles into a M88A3 configuration. Under the 44-month contract, the company will delver eight M88A3 prototypes to the service by 2022 for testing, BAE Systems told Jane’s . The new configuration

  • DSEI 2019: Miniature UAS delivers tactical snapshot

    UK-based FlareBright Ltd took the opportunity at the DSEI 2019 exhibition in London to showcase its SnapShot miniature battlefield aerial imagery unmanned aircraft system (UAS). FlareBright’s CEO Kelvin Hamilton told Jane’s that the instant aerial camera was originally envisaged for

  • DSEI 2019: Rohde & Schwarz showcases NAVICS, reveals T26 involvement

    Rohde & Schwarz (R&S) announced at the 2019 Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition (DSEI 2019) in London inform 10 to 13 September that it had been awarded a contract by prime contractor BAE Systems to supply integrated communications systems (ICS) for the UK Royal


  • 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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  • DSEI 2019: Leonardo unveils new troop transport AW149

    Leonardo Helicopters has showcased a new troop transport variant of its AW149 helicopter as part of efforts to target legacy medium-lift helicopter operators as existing systems go out of service. Transport loads can vary depending on passenger requirements, with the platform able to take a maximum
  • 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