US Navy again accuses IRGCN of ‘unsafe' operations in the Strait of Hormuz
11 May 2021
by Michael Fabey
A number of Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) fast in-shore attack craft (FIAC) conducted unsafe and unprofessional manoeuvres on 10 May and failed to exercise due regard for the safety of US forces, as required under international law, while operating in close proximity to US naval vessels transiting the Strait of Hormuz, the US Navy (USN) said on a statement released later that day.
A group of 13 IRGCN FIAC made a high-speed approach on the US guided-missile cruiser USS
(CG 61), the patrol coastal ships USS
(PC 12), USS
General Atomics XQ-67A Off-Board Sensing Station conducts first flight
01 March 2024
by Zach Rosenberg
The XQ-67A in flight (location unknown). (GA-ASI)
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) has flown the XQ-67A unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the first time, the company announced on 29 February.
“Flight demonstration of this system is a major first step towards showing the ability to produce affordable combat mass,” said Trenton White, Air Force Research Laboratory's (AFRL's) Off-Board Sensing Station (OBSS) programme manager, in a statement announcing the flight.
The flight took place on 28 February at GA-ASI's Gray Butte Flight Operations Facility, outside Palmdale, California.
Poland to acquire IBCS for Wisla and Narew air-defence systems
01 March 2024
by Olivia Savage & Meredith Roaten
Poland signs an agreement for IBCS air and missile defence C2 capability for phase two of the Wisła programme and the Narew short-range air-defence system. Pictured is the interior of the IBCS Engagement Operations Centre, which Poland will receive under phase two of Wisła. (Northrop Grumman)
Poland has signed a USD2.53 billion agreement with the US government for the Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS).
German frigate successfully intercepts Houthi attack UAVs in Red Sea
01 March 2024
by Kate Tringham & Alex Pape
is pictured departing Wilhelmshaven naval base on 8 February to join the EU's new maritime security mission to protect commercial shipping in the Red Sea.
The German Navy's Type 124 Sachsen-class air-defence frigate FGS
(F 221) successfully repelled two one-way attack unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the Red Sea launched by Yemen-based Ansar Allah (commonly known as the Houthis) militants on 27 February.
The situation in Yemen is particularly complex. Even before the start of the attacks on shipping in November 2023 by Ansar Allah (commonly known as the Houthis), the country has been of interest to many. A large-scale humanitarian crisis has em...