New details emerge on PLA's Z-10 attack helicopter

by Alessandra Giovanzanti

Video footage released by stated-owned China Central Television (CCTV) on 20 December shows new details on the weapon systems for the Changhe Aircraft Industry (Group) Corporation (CAIG) Zhishengji-10 (Z-10) attack helicopter that is in service with the People's Liberation Army Ground Forces (PLAGF).

According to the CCTV report, the Z-10's four hardpoints can carry air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles, as well as 70 mm unguided rockets or a 23 mm calibre gun. Weapon payloads can include up to 16 anti-tank missiles, or four 7-barrel or two 32-barrel multiple rocket launchers, depending on the mission requirements.


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Australia launches defence industry strategy

by Jon Grevatt

According to Janes Defence Budgets, Australia's total defence spending will rise from the equivalent of about USD38.4 billion in 2024 to nearly USD48 billion by 2030. About 19% of the annual defence expenditure is allocated to procurement. (Janes Defence Budgets)

Australia launched on 29 February a new strategy to enable local industry to meet the future capability requirements of the Australian Defence Force (ADF). The Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra said the Defence Industry Development Strategy (DIDS) will shape Australia's industrial requirements in line with the Defence Strategic Review (DSR), which was released in April 2023.


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US Marine Corps pinning tactical vehicle budget decisions on infantry experiment

by Meredith Roaten

The US Marine Corps ACV is designed to deploy off the back of a ship and swim in open waters as well as operate in littoral environments. (US Marine Corps)

Amphibious combat vehicles (ACVs) and other tactical vehicles find themselves with an uncertain future until after the US Marine Corps (USMC) finishes its Infantry Battalion Experimentation (IBX), service officials said in January.


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EU explores harnessing Copernicus for military applications

by Olivia Savage

Sentinel‐1A, launched in 2014, was the first Earth-observation satellite built for Europe's Copernicus programme. (ESA)

The European Union (EU) awarded separate contracts to two consortiums led by Telespazio and OHB System on 23 January to explore the feasibility of exploiting the Copernicus Earth-observation constellation for defence.

The two contracts were awarded as part of the Earth Observation Governmental Service (EOGS), which seeks to bolster the defence and security of the EU member states. The selected consortiums will now compete to explore how best to deliver and implement the service under two simultaneous 12-month long studies.


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