• China quietly increasing warship numbers

    Analysis of commercial satellite imagery indicates that the number of warships launched and commissioned in China in 2018 is significantly greater than has been officially confirmed. Until recently, the launch of ships for the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has been accompanied by

  • UK looks to buy new combat submersibles

    The United Kingdom is planning to acquire new US-built manned combat submersibles to replace the current Mk 8 Mod 1 SEAL Delivery Vehicles (SDVs) used by its Special Boat Service (SBS). Disclosing the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) case on 20 September, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency

  • US Navy demonstration converts heat into sound

    The US Navy has demonstrated a sonar made from carbon nanotubes, called a thermophore, that takes heat and converts it into sound without any moving parts. The demonstration was conducted using a small unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) during the annual Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX)

  • AAD 2018: China’s Blowfish I VTOL UAV enters service with PLAN

    Officials from Chinese company Ziyan revealed at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2018 exhibition in South Africa on 19–23 September that the Blowfish I vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has entered service with the People’s Liberation Army Navy

  • DVD 2018: Fletcher laser-guided weapon system goes into low-rate initial production

    US company Arnold Defense announced that the Fletcher 2.75 inch/70 mm weapon system has gone into low-rate initial production. In a press release dated 13 September the company said it was working on the initial production run of the Fletcher launcher system and that the first one was to be

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  • DVD 2018: UK proceeds with Boxer procurement

    UK Defence Minister Stuart Andrew has “given the green light to bring forward concrete plans for the project” to procure the Boxer armoured vehicle for the British Army, he said during a speech on the first day of the DVD 2018 defence exhibition held at the United Kingdom’s
  • US coastal patrol ships complete Griffin missile shoot

    Five Cyclone-class coastal patrol ships from the US Navy’s (USN’s) Bahrain-based 5th Fleet Combined Task Force (CTF) 55 have completed a series of Mk 60 Griffin Missile System (GMS) live firings against high-speed manoeuvring targets during an exercise in the Gulf. USS Hurricane (PC 3),
  • DVD 2018: UK proceeds with Boxer procurement

    UK Defence Minister Stuart Andrew has “given the green light to bring forward concrete plans for the project” to procure the Boxer armoured vehicle for the British Army, he said during a speech on the first day of the DVD 2018 defence exhibition held at the United Kingdom’s
  • SKASaC takes final bow ahead of retirement

    The UK Royal Navy (RN) is preparing to retire its last Sea King ASaC.7 (SKASaC) helicopters, bringing to an end the Sea King’s near 50-year career in UK military service. Two of the remaining SKASaC aircraft from 849 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) flew a farewell flypast around southwest England on

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