Z-20 prototype seen carrying possible anti-tank guided missiles

by Andreas Rupprecht

Images have emerged on Chinese social media platforms showing what appear to be a new prototype or variant of the Harbin Aircraft Industry Group (HAIG) Z-20 multirole helicopter carrying anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) and other stores.

The images, which were released on 20 October via Weibo, show the rotorcraft carrying what appear to be eight KD-10 ATGMs and additional rocket pods mounted on stub wings that are similar in appearance to the US-made External Store Support System.


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Babcock selected for Australian high-frequency communications programme

by Jon Grevatt & Naqi Wasif

Babcock has been selected by Australia to provide next-generation high-frequency communications capability. The project includes enabling land platforms (such as this Australian Army M777) to operate in a SATCOM-denied environment. (Commonwealth of Australia)

Babcock has been selected by Canberra as the preferred tenderer to upgrade and sustain the Australian Defence Force's (ADF's) Enhanced Defence High Frequency Communications System (EDHFCS), the company announced on 7 December.


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Colombian Army establishes new brigade to help with humanitarian assistance operations

by Alejandro Sanchez

The Colombian military created a new brigade on 26 November tasked with humanitarian assistance/disaster relief operations in the face of worsening extreme weather events due to climate change. The new brigade (Brigada de Atención y Prevención de Desastres del Ejército Nacional: BRIAD) is composed of two battalions, consisting of 950 troops, with army Colonel Juan Fernando Carmona Cardona appointed as the brigade's first commander.

A Colombian Army colonel currently in the active reserve recently told Janes


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IDF sets up intelligence ‘back office' for ground units

by Yaakov Lappin

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have recently set up a new centre tasked with analysing and allocating real-time intelligence for front-line units, an Israeli officer stated on 17 November.

Major A (full name withheld), deputy intelligence officer for the 36th Armored Division, said the new centre is based in central Israel and described it as a “back office for the whole manoeuvring effort”.

The centre was activated in November during an exercise by the 36th Armored Division that simulated combat against the Lebanese group Hizbullah and emphasised precise targeting and avoiding collateral damage, according to Maj A.


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