• Long-range missile accepted for service with Russia’s S-400

    The 40N6 long-range missile for the S-400 Triumf air-defence system has been accepted for Russian service, the Tass news agency reported on 18 October. TASS quoted a source in the domestic defence industry who said the missile had been accepted for service and that the Ministry of Defence had

  • Egypt shows Wing Loong UAV

    The Egyptian military released the first imagery of one of its Chinese-made AVIC Wing Loong unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) on 14 October as part of a video to mark the Egyptian Air Force’s 45th anniversary. The footage showed a single Wing Loong taking off from a desert airbase with one

  • Engine supply issues delay Russian Karakurt corvette deliveries

    Zelenodolsk Shipyard will postpone delivery of its first two Project 22800 Karakurt corvettes to the Russian Navy by at least a year because it lacks diesel engines for them, according to regional news agency Realnoe Vremya. The ships were to be commissioned in 2018. St Petersburg-based PAO Zvezda

  • F-35B test aircraft complete DT-1 trials on Queen Elizabeth

    Two F-35B Lightning II aircraft from the F-35 Integrated Test Force (ITF) have left the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth after completing a first phase of first-of-class flying trials (FOCFT) activity off the east coast of the United States. Instrumented aircraft BF-04 and BF-05 returned to

  • Lithuania buys more G36 assault rifles

    The Lithuanian Ministry of Defence (MoD) placed a follow-on order for G36 assault rifles from Heckler & Koch, the company announced on 16 October. The order is for a modified version of the rifle, designated G36 KA4M1 by the Lithuanians, with an HK269 40 mm-grenade launcher, a new buttstock,

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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
  • Northrop Grumman readies Hatchet for all-up testing

    Northrop Grumman is set to conduct the first live end-to-end test of an all-up Hatchet miniature precision strike munition by the end of this year. Developed with internal research and development (IRAD) funding, Hatchet was originally unveiled in April 2012 as a low-cost gravity-dropped weapon
  • 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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