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  • AFA 2018: US Air Force views Advanced Battle Management as a system of systems

    Key Points The US Air Force will pursue ABMS as a system of systems, rather than a traditional monolithic acquisition programme This will be tricky as a top acquisition official admitted this has been difficult in the past The US Air Force (USAF) wants its next-generation Advanced Battle

  • Egypt requests latest APFSDS-T tank round

    The US State Department has approved the sale of 60,500 120 mm rounds for Egypt’s M1A1 Abrams tanks, including the latest armoured-piercing, fin-stabilised, discarding-sabot tracer (APFSDS-T) munition, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 17 September. It said the

  • GDELS to start work on upgrading Spanish Marines’ IFVs

    General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) is set to begin work on upgrading some of the first batch of Piranha 1 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) it supplied to the Infanteria de Marina (the Spanish Marines) in 2003-04. The 8x8 vehicles will go through a mid-life maintenance programme and

  • Russian Helicopters says ‘not liable’ for Slovak-overhauled Mi-17V-5

    Russian Helicopters announced on 17 September that it will not be held responsible for any possible issues related to the safe operation of an Afghan Air Force (AAF) Mi-17V-5 transport/utility helicopter that was recently overhauled by Slovak aircraft repair company Trencín (LOTN).

  • Ural AZ upgrades Ural-53099 MRAP vehicle

    Russia’s Ural Automotive Plant (Ural AZ) has upgraded its Ural-53099 4x4 mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicle, which the Russian government calls the Taifun-U, that is primarily intended for military units. The Ural-53099 is 9.55 m long, 2.55 m wide, and 3.35 m high. The updated

  • USAF B-52 conducts Arctic flight

    A US Air Force (USAF) B-52H nuclear-capable bomber has flown a long-range mission along Russia’s Arctic region as both countries continue to make shows of strength around each other’s coasts. The 1950s vintage bomber, using the call sign Chaos 43, took off for its mission from Royal Air

  • Russian surveillance aircraft mistakenly shot down by Syrian ally

    An Ilyushin Il-20 ‘Coot’ surveillance aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Force (VKS) was accidentally shot down by Syrian forces defending against an Israeli air raid on 17 September. The four-engined turboprop with 15 personnel onboard disappeared over the Mediterranean Sea at the same

  • AFA 2018: Northrop Grumman rolls out new open, modular ISR system

    Northrop Grumman’s newest air-to-ground surveillance radar, known as Vanguard, is designed around a single small panel that makes the system modular, scalable, and repairable on the flight line. The approach has enabled Northrop Grumman to have wide-band capability on a tile, Curtis Pearson,

  • Netherlands upgrades Apaches

    Dutch State Secretary of Defence Barbara Visser and Mich?le Hizon, principal director for Security Assistance at the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), signed a letter of offer and acceptance (LOA) on 14 September for the modernisation of the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) fleet of

  • RNLAF reforms squadron to operate Reapers

    The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) is re-activating its 306 Squadron at Leeuwarden Air Base to operate the four MQ-9 Reaper Block 5 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) it is procuring, the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its website on 14 September. The Netherlands ordered four

  • AFA 2018: Mercury Systems offers a new processing blade for on-platform processing

    Mercury Systems has introduced a new processing blade for advanced on-platform processing, machine learning, and artificial intelligence (AI) applications. Each EnsembleSeries LDS3517 blade combines an Intel Xeon D server-class processor, a Xilinx UltraScale field-programmable gate array (FPGA),

  • AFA 2018: Sikorsky enters final stages of Combat Rescue Helicopter development

    Sikorsky is entering the final stages of HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH) development and expects the first two engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) aircraft to soon start flight testing. Tim Healy, company director of air force programmes, told Jane’s on 19 September at the

  • IDF says Syrian military entirely responsible for downing Russian Il-20

    In response to Moscow’s allegation that Israeli jets used the Il-20 that was shot down on 17 September as cover for an airstrike, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has blamed indiscriminate fire by Syrian air defence units for the loss of the Russian electronic intelligence aircraft. In a rare

  • Indian MoD approves procurements worth USD1.25 billion

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved the procurement of military equipment worth INR91 billion (USD1.25 billion), including two regiments of the Akash self-propelled, surface-to-air missile (SAM) system. The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), which is headed by Defence Minister

  • Qatari industrial capabilities grow as procurements increase

    As the deal between Qatar and the United Kingdom for Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft has come into force, the development of Qatar’s defence industrial capabilities is continuing apace. Following on from the raft of defence collaboration agreements signed at the DIMDEX trade show in Doha in

  • New NATO software interface to enable direct inter-ally tactical communications

    NATO is urging its members to ratify as quickly as possible a new software standard for secure encrypted communications between their armed forces. Once implemented, it would enable direct and interoperable tactical communications between allied forces in the field. The new software, called Secure

  • AFA 2018: Insitu unveils Integrator Extended Range ISR UAV

    Key Points Insitu unveiled its Integrator Extended Range small UAV The SATCOM-enabled aircraft will have 10 hours time on station at 200 n miles Insitu on 17 September unveiled its Integrator Extended Range (IER) 66 kg beyond line-of-sight (BLOS) intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance

  • AFA 2018: Logos Technologies’ WAMI sensor now available for Integrator UAS

    Logos Technologies announced that its Redkite-I, a wide-area motion imagery (WAMI) system, completed its final Integrator unmanned aerial system (UAS) flight test and will now be added to Insitu’s catalogue of sensors available for the tactical UAS. John Marion, the president of Logos

  • Croatia to establish Centre for Unmanned Aerial Systems

    The Croatian government announced on 13 September that the Croatian Armed Forces (CAF) would return to Pula airfield on the Istria peninsula, some 190 km southwest of Zagreb, after abandoning it in 2012. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) plans to base 150 troops from the CAF’s support command,

  • DX Korea 2018: Hanwha unveils electromagnetic launch system development

    South Korea defence prime Hanwha Corporation has unveiled plans to develop an electromagnetic launch system (EMLS) for surface-to-air missiles (SAM) at the 2018 edition of the DX Korea land forces exhibition in Goyang City. According to company officials, the EMLS programme is an internally funded

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