• DARPA’s Assured Autonomy shifts into higher gear

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA’s) Assured Autonomy programme is scaling up in its second phase to incorporate larger neural networks and more challenging environments for autonomous systems, the head of the programme told Jane’s . The programme aims to

  • Naval Group reports record order intake ahead of change in top management

    France’s Naval Group reported on 21 February that booked orders during 2019 reached a record EUR5.3 billion (USD5.8 billion), a 44% increase from the previous year. Orders logged in 2019 include 12 mine countermeasures vessels for Belgium and the Netherlands, two Gowind-class corvettes for the

  • Russian off roaders: BMD-4M family aims for highly mobile firepower

    Key Points The BMD-4M enables the VDV to perform roles that are not open to other airborne forces The design of the vehicle family is suited to off-road travel, which indicates it is intended to be deployed in any location to maximise surprise The motto of the Russian airborne forces

  • UMEX 2020: BGIX reveals further details about its Dragon JH-1 VTOL UAV

    Chinese company BGJX has revealed further details about its Dragon JH-1 vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Speaking to Jane's at the 23–25 February UMEX defence exhibition in Abu Dhabi, where the platform was displayed for the first time outside China, a

  • USAF to issue Agility Prime eVTOL solicitation

    The US Air Force (USAF) on 25 February will release its Agility Prime electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft solicitation, an attempt to influence a key future technology and avoid repeating previous Pentagon mistakes that allowed China to dominate the small unmanned aerial vehicle

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  • USMC seeks medium- and long-range/endurance ISTAR UAVs

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) is looking to field two new unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) for intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR), according to requests for information (RFI) issued on 21 February. The two separate RFIs posted by the Department of the Navy call
  • New Iranian missile reported to be loitering SAM

    The previously undocumented type of missile found on two dhows carrying Iranian weapons to the Houthi rebels in Yemen are surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) that loiter in an area searching for a target, according to a US military official cited by the New York Times on 19 February. Examples of the
  • Azerbaijan to buy M-346 Master jet

    Azerbaijan is to buy an undisclosed number of Leonardo M-346 Master trainer and light attack aircraft, the country’s president announced on 20 February. Azerbaijani Defense Minister Zakir Hasanov and Leonardo Executive Director Alessandro Profumo exchanged a ‘declaration by
  • Romania orders Iveco tactical trucks

    The Romanian Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 31 December 2019 awarded Iveco Defence Vehicles a seven-year frame-type contract to supply 2,902 tactical trucks. According to a company statement, an initial delivery order for 942 trucks is in place and these are to be delivered over four years beginning

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