• Euronaval 2018: Black Scorpion mini torpedo due for completion in 2021

    Leonardo’s Black Scorpion miniature torpedo is expected to be operational by 2021, Leonardo has confirmed to Jane’s. The weapon is being developed to tackle small submarine threats with short-range engagements in littoral waters. The Black Scorpion concept, which was unveiled in 2014,

  • Paseo XLR to extend gaze of FTI frigate

    Safran Electronics & Defense has revealed new details of the Paseo XLR extended-range electro-optical sighting system selected for France’s five-ship Frégate de taille intermédiaire (FTI) frigate programme. Naval Group contracted Safran at the end of 2017 to supply Paseo XLR for

  • Euronaval 2018: Chemring, IHI Aerospace team on TORERO corner reflector decoy round

    UK-based Chemring Countermeasures has revealed the joint development of an advanced 130 mm radio frequency (RF) seduction decoy with IHI Aerospace of Japan. Given the name TORERO, the new round is based on an airborne corner reflector developed by IHI. The use of a corner reflector payload is

  • Euronaval 2018: CNIM unveils new landing craft assault vessel

    French engineering group CNIM has developed a new landing craft assault (LCA) vessel for amphibious operations. The LCA concept, launched at Euronaval 2018 in Paris, has been designed to transfer equipment and ground forces ashore efficiently from a mothership. “It is a modern version of a

  • Euronaval 2018: Integration activity ramps up for French/UK MMCM programme

    Thales has begun systems integration activities for the drone-based French/UK Maritime Mine Countermeasures (MMCM) programme ahead of beginning full contractor trials in 2019. Being jointly funded by the two partner nations, the MMCM programme covers the design, development, integration, and


  • 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


  • 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