• DSEI 2017: SEA unveils second-generation thin-line towed KraitArray sonar

    Systems engineering and sensors house SEA launched a new, enhanced version of its KraitArray thin-line passive towed array sonar at DSEI 2017 in London that the company claims offers 10 times the performance of the original system. Speaking to Jane’s on 12 September, KraitArray product

  • Probot V2 enters full-scale production

    Roboteam has commenced full-scale production of its Probot V2 hybrid platforms. An initial delivery of 40 platforms are to be provided to two US government agencies and one allied government agency, including the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Probot V2

  • Russia’s Zapad 2017 exercise will unfold calmly, allied sources and others predict

    Fears that Moscow will use its annual ‘Zapad’ exercise to make incursions against the Baltics or Poland – especially in the form of a cyber attack – are overblown, according to NATO sources and Russian strategy experts. However, the week-long event could be used to

  • China’s land-based carrier mock-up undergoing further modifications

    A recently published image of modifications made to China’s land-based aircraft carrier development facility at Wuhan reflects the ongoing work supporting the development of the country’s third aircraft carrier, commonly known as the Type 002. Published in Chinese online forums in early

  • US Marine Corps develops 3D-printed ‘do-it-yourself’ Nibbler small UAV

    Key Points The US Marine Corps has developed a small UAV made of 3D printed and COTS parts The goal is to develop quickly developed and custom UAV solutions for every mission With a goal of eventually creating customised unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designs for every mission, the US Marine Corps

  • MSPO 2017: Czech–Polish Husar 4x4 armoured carrier debuts

    The Husar 4x4 armoured carrier was presented at the MSPO international defence industry exhibition in Kielce, Poland, on 5–8 September. The vehicle is a joint project between Polish company H. Cegielski – Poznan (HCP) and Koprivnice-based Tatra Defense Vehicles, now operating

  • Second Royal Navy aircraft carrier named Prince of Wales

    Prince of Wales , the Royal Navy's second future aircraft carrier, was officially named during a ceremony in Rosyth, Scotland, on 8 September. During the ceremony, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Rothesay, the carrier's sponsor, triggered the breaking of a bottle of 10-year-old Laphroaig whisky

  • Images suggest naval variant of China’s JL-10 trainer has entered service

    Images have emerged on Chinese online forums showing a Hongdu Aviation Industry Group JL-10 aircraft (manufacturer’s designation L-15) featuring the standard camouflage and tail insignia of the People’s Liberation Army Navy Air Force (PLANAF): an indication that a naval variant of the

  • Bell Helicopter preps for V-280 ground test

    Key Points Bell Helicopter is preparing for a ground test of its V-280 tiltrotor prototype The ground test is an important milestone in an aircraft’s development Bell Helicopter will soon perform its initial ground run, an important milestone in the development of its V-280 Valor tiltrotor

  • Croatia to arm OH-58D helicopters with Hellfire missiles

    On 7 September, the government of Croatia approved funding to purchase AGM-114 Hellfire missiles for the Croatian Air Force. The missiles will arm the 16 recently acquired Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters donated to Croatia by the United States. A down payment for the Hellfires is expected

  • DSEI 2017: ASMAR completes basic engineering for new icebreaker, gears up for construction

    Chile's state-run shipyard ASMAR is nearing completion of the design and basic engineering of a new icebreaker for the Chilean Navy. The new Polar PC5 ice-class Antarctic support ship, dubbed Antártica 1 , is intended to replace the Chilean Navy’s Type 1200 survey ship Contre-Almirante

  • DSEI 2017: Dragonfire laser turret makes its public debut

    A full-scale turreted version of the Dragonfire laser weapon demonstrator being built for the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) was unveiled for the first time at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2017 exhibition in London. The system is being developed under the GBP30 million

  • DSEI 2017: Leidos moves fulfilment centre forward

    Key Points Leidos is working on implementation of a major outsourced UK defence logistics contract The contract represents a significant outsourcing of logistics tail, and will help the company move into larger support programmes for the Ministry of Defence Leidos is in the process of bringing

  • DSEI 2017: Leonardo signs up for ASDOT bid with Discovery Air, Inzpire

    Leonardo announced on 12 September that it was to join the team led by Discovery Air and Inzpire to pitch for the Royal Air Force’s (RAF's) aggressor training programme. A Leonardo spokesperson told Jane’s that the company would be looking to be involved in the contract delivery and

  • DSEI 2017: Oxbotica details vision-based navigation system

    UK-based robotics and automation company Oxbotica has detailed a vision-based navigation system used to enable navigation for automated vehicles in GPS-denied environments. Speaking to Jane’s at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI), Oxbotica CEO Graeme Smith said that the

  • DSEI 2017: Rheinmetall presents Gladius 2.0 soldier system for first time

    Rheinmetall’s Gladius 2.0 soldier system saw its debut at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2017. This latest version of Gladius results from broader export requirements than the Future Soldier - Expanded System (Infanterist der Zukunft - Erweitertes System: IdZ-ES) in

  • DSEI 2017: Roketsan targets Eastern Europe

    Turkey’s Roketsan is moving to target opportunities in Eastern Europe, and is looking at building on its position as a key supplier to Raytheon’s Patriot ground-based air defence (GBAD) system, company representatives have told Jane’s . Poland has been a potential market for the

  • DSEI 2017: UMS Skeldar launches lease deal for V-200 UAVs

    UMS Skeldar – the joint venture (JV) between Saab and UMS Aero – chose the opening day of London’s Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2017 exhibition on 12 September to launch a leasing product for its V-200 rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in combination

  • DSEI 2017: US Army eyes future autonomous capabilities for field commanders

    New technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) have prompted a new look at the tactics, techniques, and procedures for US ground forces, Dr Robert Sadowski, chief of robotics for the US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center

  • US Army aims to buy more Lightweight Carl Gustaf rifles

    The US Army is preparing to buy more shoulder-fired recoilless Carl Gustaf weapons to meet current operational needs. On 30 August the army announced it "intends to solicit, negotiate, and award a sole source contract to Saab Dynamics" for 84 mm Lightweight Carl Gustaf rifles in support

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