• China’s Beihang UAS readies BZK-005E long-range reconnaissance UAV for export

    The Beijing-based Beihang Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Technology is now seeking the first international order for its export-specific BZK-005E multirole medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (MALE UAV), following the successful grant of an export licence for the air vehicle

  • New Patriot 4×4 armoured vehicle under development

    Excalibur Army of the Czech Republic has confirmed that it is developing a new version of its T815 Patriot 4×4 Medium Armoured Tactical Multi-Mission Vehicle (MATMMV), with the first example expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2019. The original T815 Patriot MATMMV prototype is

  • Cheetah C-RAM development picks up speed

    A series of successful trials of Denel’s Cheetah C-RAM (counter-rocket, artillery, and mortar) effector earlier this year have taken it closer to full integration with Rheinmetall Defence’s Oerlikon Skyshield close aerial protection systems, according to Reinart Moraal, Denel

  • Colombia to receive donated C-130 from US

    Colombia is to receive a Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules airlifter that is being donated by the US. The announcement was made in mid-November by General David L Goldfein, Chief of Staff of the US Air Force (USAF), during a visit to the South American country. According to national media reports,

  • Cypriot Mi-35Ps flying again

    Cyprus’s 11 Mi-35P attack helicopters are flying again after having been grounded for a few months due to logistical problems. Two Mi-35Ps participated in the ‘Dynamic Fist 2018’ exercise held 5–10 November. The same helicopters were also seen in the Paphos airbase flying

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  • Unmanned whirlybirds: Rotary-wing UAVs take off in Asia

    Rotary-wing UAVs have been gaining traction in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly in the maritime domain where naval forces are building ships with an eye on unmanned aviation capabilities. Land forces operating in constricted terrain are also investigating similar systems. Kelvin Wong reports
  • The SAM factory: Russian air-defence capabilities

    Russia is developing and acquiring several new ground-based air-defence systems and has deployed some of them abroad, such as the S-400 system in Syria. Oscar Widlund charts the latest deployments of Russian ground-based air-defence systems and assesses their overall capabilities
  • New Russian missile likely to be part of anti-satellite system

    The appearance in September of photographs of a new missile carried on a Russian MiG-31 prompted widespread speculation as to the system's purpose. Malcolm Claus examines the new missile and assesses its intended role
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  • France and Germany agree next-gen fighter design studies

    France and Germany have agreed to progress development of a next-generation combat aircraft, with an announcement on 20 November that both countries are to launch demonstrator design studies next year. The announcement was made on Twitter by French defence minister Florence Parly, who said the
  • Russian deploys new CBRN vehicle to Syria

    Russia has deployed its newest chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) reconnaissance vehicle to Syria to operate with military police units patrolling the Idlib de-escalation zone. An RKhM-6 vehicle was seen in footage shown by the Russia 24 television network on 7 November that was

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