• Australia to supply additional Silvershield C-IED systems for ANDSF

    The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) announced on 29 March that more than 15,000 additional units of the Silvershield counter-improvised explosive device (C-IED) system will be delivered to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) this year. Minister for Defence Industry Linda

  • New contracts awarded to support Australian CBRN training capabilities

    Contracts worth AUD24.4 million (USD17 million) have been awarded to two Australian companies to supply equipment as part of a major chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) defence project for the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price announced

  • Hyundai Rotem awarded contracts for K600 CEVs, K1E1 MBTs

    South Korean company Hyundai Rotem announced on 26 December that it has been awarded contracts for the mass production of the K600 combat engineer vehicle (CEV) for the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) as well as for the upgrade of additional K1 main battle tanks (MBTs) to K1E1 standard. The company

  • Ukraine starts work on new CBRN reconnaissance vehicle

    Ukraine has started development of a new chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) reconnaissance vehicle based on the Kozak-2M protected mobility vehicle, according to a 10 December report from Army Inform, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence’s news agency. The CBRN monitoring

  • Bacteria take the strain for undersoil explosives detection

    Researchers in the United States are developing a modular system for detecting buried TNT at source, by blending genetic engineering, electrical engineering, and computer science. In the 18-month Bioreporters for Subterranean Surveillance programme, funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects

  • US State Department approves sale of counter-IED systems to Australia

    The US Department of State has approved a potential USD245 million Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Australia of up to 850 Joint Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare Increment 1 Block 1 (JCREW I1B1) systems, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced

  • DSEI Japan 2019: IHI unveils autonomous underwater mine-detection system

    Japanese company IHI unveiled an autonomous underwater mine-detection system at the 18–20 November DSEI Japan 2019 defence exhibition in Chiba. The system, which comprises two different unmanned vehicles, is designed to acquire, process, classify, and relay information about “mine-like

  • US MCM systems eyed for international forces

    The countermine systems being developed by the US Navy (USN), especially for the USN Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) mission module (MM), are being sought by other international naval forces as the USN continues to successfully test and employ those systems, industry officials say. Recent operational

  • Chile, Ecuador, and Peru continue demining operations

    The armed forces of Chile, Ecuador, and Peru are continuing to remove mines and other unexploded ordnance from their borders. A total of 1,092 mines have been destroyed from an area encompassing 26,740 m 2 along Peru’s border with Ecuador, the Peruvian army reported in a 2 October press

  • US Navy stretches modular MCM mindset with T-ESB 4 tests

    The US Navy (USN) has further expanded its modular concept for countermine (MCM) operations with recent MCM equipment testing aboard the Military Sealift Command’s Expeditionary Sea Base USNS Hershel Williams (T-ESB 4). The MCM equipment and systems are part of the mission-module package

  • Ecuador seeks to remove 95% of mines from border with Peru by 2021

    The Ecuadorian Ministry of Defence wants to remove up to 95% of land mines along its border with Peru by 2021, according to the Ministry of National Defence’s newly released strategy plan that spans 2017–21 (Plan Sectorial de Defensa 2017–2021). During the short-lived 1995 Cenepa

  • New defence group to start operations in late 2019, says AirBoss

    Canada-based AirBoss expects to complete the formation of AirBoss Defense Group (ADG) in the fourth quarter of 2019 by merging its defence activities with privately run US company Critical Solutions International (CSI). AirBoss announced the deal in May, but it remains subject to approval by the

  • OPEC Systems to supply new lightweight ensemble as part of CBRN protection contract

    Australian company Oil Pollution and Environmental Control (OPEC) Systems announced on 19 June that it has signed an AUD23 million (USD15.8 million) contract with Leidos Australia to provide a range of equipment, including a newly developed protective ensemble, as part of Project Land 2110 Phase 1B

  • Thales targets April 2020 delivery for MMCM demonstrators

    Thales is working to complete integration, testing, and qualification of Maritime Mine Countermeasures (MMCM) demonstrator systems planned to be delivered to France and the UK in April 2020. Being jointly funded by the two nations, the MMCM programme covers the design, development, integration, and

  • Japan mulls acquiring early warning satellite capability to detect ballistic missiles

    Japan is considering acquiring its own early warning satellite capability to detect ballistic missiles launched from North Korea and elsewhere, government officials said on 12 June. To explore such possibilities the Ministry of Defense (MoD) in Tokyo plans to conduct an experimental study by

  • German Army to receive Mungo reconnaissance nuclear/chemical variant

    The German Ministry of Defence (MoD) plans to procure nine air-transportable Mungo armoured multirole transport nuclear/chemical (A/C) reconnaissance vehicles from Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) for EUR51 million (USD57 million), including training and maintenance, according to a parliamentary report

  • Navy League 2019: Raytheon mine clearance package moves ahead with AQS-20C sonar, Barracuda effector

    The US Navy (USN) now has 10 production Raytheon AQS-20C mine-hunting sonar units in the fleet, as the service hopes these can help shift to single sortie detect-to-engage (SSDTE) mine clearance missions. The AQS-20C has gone through testing but Raytheon and the USN are continuing to learn about

  • MoD transformation fund primes RN autonomy initiatives

    The UK Royal Navy (RN) has secured a GBP75 million (USD98 million) injection from the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) Defence Transformation Fund to advance initiatives intended to ‘mainstream’ the introduction of autonomous technologies into the fleet, and bring forward the

  • L3-Micreo awarded contract to supply additional Silvershield C-IED systems for ANDSF

    The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has awarded Brisbane-based company L3-Micreo a contract to manufacture and deliver more than 14,000 additional Silvershield counter-improvised explosive device (C-IED) systems to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF). Minister for Defence

  • North Korean nuclear programme advances

    North Korea's nuclear weapons programme, based on the simultaneous development of a weaponisable nuclear device and ballistic missile delivery systems, appears to have advanced incrementally in early 2016. Following Pyongyang's claimed - although widely disputed - test of a 'H-bomb' (thermonuclear)

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