• IronVision trialled on Challenger 2 Streetfighter II

    The IronVision situational awareness system has been trialled on a modified Challenger 2 Streetfighter II for the first time, according to Elbit Systems. The trials were conducted in early December 2019 and began with familiarisation for the crew at the UK’s Copehill Down urban operations

  • Russian Airborne Troops to receive new C4 system in 2021

    Russian Airborne Troops (VDV) are completing development of a new command, control, communications and computer (C4) system in 2021 for their BTR-MDM, BMD-4M, and KamAZ-63968 armoured fighting vehicles, the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) reported on its website on 4 January. The system will

  • Russia receives systems to ‘heavy drop’ armoured vehicles with crews inside

    Russia’s Airborne Troops (VDV) have begun to receive new ‘heavy drop’ systems for parachuting regular-sized armoured vehicles with their crews inside, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 2 January. “The use of the new ‘heavy drop’ equipment allows us to

  • Pentagon deploys new command cells for electromagnetic spectrum ops

    The US Department of Defense has created a new cadre of forward deployed, operational teams specifically tasked with aiding combat commanders in waging war across the electromagnetic spectrum, a top US general said. The Joint Electromagnetic Spectrum Operational Cells consist of uniformed and

  • Russian Gibka-S VSHORAD system completes state trials

    Russia’s new Gibka-S self-propelled very short-range air defence (VSHORAD) system has completed its state trials, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced in a press release on 25 December. “State trials of the [Gibka-S] system were successfully completed earlier this month. The declared

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  • Egypt demonstrates aerial refuelling for combat aircraft

    Egypt now has the capability to aerial refuel combat aircraft, with an official video released by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) showing ‘buddy-buddy’ systems fitted to air force MiG-29M ‘Fulcrum’ fighters. The video, which was released on 13 January to highlight the
  • Block 2 IRST flies on Super Hornet

    The US Navy (USN) and Boeing have flown the new Block 2 infrared search and track (IRST) long-range passive targeting pod on the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet combat aircraft. The flight, which was announced by Boeing on 15 January, took place in late 2019. The IRST is currently in its risk-reduction
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