• NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence battlegroup uparmours in Latvia

    NATO’s Canadian-led enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) battlegroup in Latvia has received armour reinforcements from Italy and the United States in the last month, doubling the number of main battle tanks (MBTs) it possesses, albeit temporarily. The Latvian National Armed Forces announced on

  • US delivers two additional Metal Shark Defiant 32s to Uruguay

    The US officially delivered a second batch of two Metal Shark 32-ft (9.8m) fast patrol boats on August 14 to the Uruguayan Navy Comando de Infanteria de Marina (Marines). With the addition of the two new boats, Uruguay has four Defiant 32s in service with the Infanteria de Marina. The donation was

  • USN calls EASR development “critical” for FFG(X)

    The successful development and integration of the Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar (EASR) will be vital for future operations of the US Navy (USN) proposed guided-missile frigate (FFG[X]), the Government Accountability Office (GAO) noted in a recent report. “Navy officials stated that

  • Analysis: Gulf tanker protection mission takes shape

    Analysis US and UK naval planners at the US Fifth Fleet’s headquarters in Manama, Bahrain, are putting the finishing touches to plans to establish a new maritime security force to protect shipping in and around the Strait of Hormuz. The UK announced on 6 August it would join the US-led

  • US Air Force performs first flight of ROBOpilot unmanned air platform

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and DZYNE Technologies on 9 August performed a two-hour initial flight of the Robotic Pilot Unmanned Conversion Program (ROBOpilot), according to a 15 August AFRL statement. Dr Alok Das, AFRL Center for Rapid Innovation senior scientist, said in the AFRL


  • Autonomous ambition: NavyX plots a course to machine-speed warfare

    Faced with the need to redress and recover a capability debt, but limited in its number of manned ship platforms, the UK Royal Navy is advancing plans to accelerate the operational exploitation of autonomous techniques and technologies as a means to increase mass, lethality, and agility. Richard Scott reports
  • Kingmakers: Venezuela’s armed forces and the national crisis

    With Venezuela in a deep, complex, and increasingly urgent crisis since January, aggravated by external tensions with regional neighbours and the United States, the armed forces are likely to play a central role in the country’s future. Jim Dorschner reports
  • Wheels vs tracks: Reviewing AFV trends

    As conflicts have evolved, the requirements for AFVs have boosted cost, weight, and mission system needs. Sam Cranny-Evans and Jon Hawkes examine Western and Russian case studies in the continued evolution of the tracks versus wheels debate
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  • USMC to demo G/ATOR with Iron Dome

    US Marine Corps (USMC) leaders are in a race to field a capability to intercept mid-range rockets and artillery, and they are set to host a demonstration integrating Northrop Grumman’s AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) with components of Rafael’s Iron Dome system. In a


  • 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