• Taiwan takes delivery of first F-16V aircraft

    Taiwan has taken delivery of the first Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon multirole combat aircraft to be upgraded to the latest F-16V configuration. The F-16V was delivered to the Republic of China Air Force (RoCAF) by state-owned aviation company Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation

  • Australian Army retires fleet of Bell 206B-1 Kiowa helicopters

    The Australian Army (AA) Aviation Corps retired its fleet of Bell 206B-1 Kiowa helicopters during an 18 October ceremony to mark the 50th anniversary of the corps’ formation. The Kiowa, which was in service with the AA for almost 47 years, flew for the last time during a fly past and a

  • Face facts: Sea Fire multifunction radar takes shape for FTI frigate

    Key Points Thales is developing the Sea Fire multifunction radar for the French Navy’s FTI frigate A first fully populated AESA antenna face has begun tower testing at Limours Thales Land & Air Systems – France has commenced far field antenna testing of its new Sea Fire S-band

  • Lockheed Martin Canada Type 26 GCS team downselected for Canadian Surface Combatant

    A team led by Lockheed Martin Canada, which is bidding a derivative of the United Kingdom’s Type 26 frigate, has been downselected to deliver the design and combat system for the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN’s) next-generation surface combatant. Canada’s Combat Ship Team

  • Raytheon advances to ‘Extended Range’ TOW

    The US Army has awarded Raytheon Missile Systems a USD21 million contract, via the Defense Ordnance Technology Consortium (DOTC) mechanism, to develop a new insensitive munition (IM)-compliant rocket motor for the BGM-71 Tube-Launched, Optically-tracked Wireless-guided (TOW) Command Line of Sight

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  • Building NATO’s new eastern front: The eFP in Europe

    In 2016 NATO leaders agreed to despatch multinational battlegroups to the Baltic states and Poland under the enhanced Forward Presence initiative. Since then NATO deployments to Eastern Europe have accelerated. Tim Ripley charts the progress of efforts to build up allied defences in the region
  • Russia develops co-orbital anti-satellite capability

    Russia appears to be developing a co-orbital anti-satellite system. Bart Hendrickx examines the evidence in open sources about Russia’s satellite development programmes that points to the existence of the project
  • Silencing the airwaves: Chinese SEAD capabilities

    China’s territorial ambitions around its coast have long been among the driving forces of its military modernisation. Tiago Falcao Machado reports on how, to support the expanding missions of its air forces, the PLA is developing an increasingly effective SEAD capability
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  • RG31 gets TRT-30 weapon system

    South Africa’s Denel Vehicle Systems has developed, using internal research and development funding, a new version of its RG31 Mk5 4×4 mine protected vehicle as a mobile gun platform called the Ibululu. The baseline RG31 is typically used as an armoured personnel carrier (APC) with the

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