• 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

  • Indian Navy commissions facility to train against NBC contamination

    The Indian Navy (IN) inaugurated its first facility designed to train personnel in detecting, monitoring, and cleansing nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) contamination on its platforms on 25 March. Built by Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL), the NBC facility is called Abhedya

  • Indian Navy orders additional mine countermeasure systems

    The Indian Navy (IN) signed an INR3.06 billion (USD42.8 million) deal in early February with Thales Australia for the supply of eight additional underwater mine countermeasure systems for fitment onto the service’s fast-attack craft. IN spokesman Captain D K Sharma told Jane’s on 7

  • Surface Navy 2019: Raytheon prepares to demonstrate its Barracuda MCM in 2019

    Raytheon is seeking to test an early prototype of its Barracuda mine neutralisation system later in 2019 as well as demonstrate aspects of the system during the US Navy’s (USN’s) 2019 Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX). “We have early prototypes to demonstrate the autonomy

  • South Korea details five-year spending plan

    South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has disclosed more details about its proposed defence spending plan for 2019–23 during which time it is pushing through major reforms to modernise the country’s armed forces. The MND confirmed in a statement on 11 January that it is

  • Australia completes deliveries of Silvershield C-IED systems to Afghanistan

    The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has completed delivery of Silvershield counter-improvised explosive device (C-IED) systems to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF). Australian Defence Minister Christopher Pyne announced on 7 December that more than 15,000 of the vehicle-mounted

  • Russian deploys new CBRN vehicle to Syria

    Russia has deployed its newest chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) reconnaissance vehicle to Syria to operate with military police units patrolling the Idlib de-escalation zone. An RKhM-6 vehicle was seen in footage shown by the Russia 24 television network on 7 November that was

  • Japan developing vehicle-mounted IED detection system

    Japan is developing a vehicle-mounted system designed to remotely detect improvised explosive devices (IEDs) along roads in urban and suburban areas. The Ground Systems Research Center (GSRC) of the Ministry of Defense’s (MoD’s) Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Agency (ATLA)

  • Spain to buy IED jammers

    Spain is preparing to spend up to EUR85 million (USD98.5 million) on fitting new improvised explosive device (IED) jammers on military vehicles under a framework agreement up to 2021, the government announced on 11 October. The programme will be split into two phases. In the first phase, the

  • Three bid for BE/NL MCM replacement programme

    Three industry teams have bid to provide Belgium and the Netherlands (BE/NL) with a next-generation stand-off mine countermeasures (MCM) capability based on mother ships employing a ‘toolbox’ of unmanned MCM systems. Being led by Belgium, the BE/NL future MCM capability replacement is

  • AUSA 2018: Harris Corporation passes qualification testing for T7 robot

    Harris Corporation’s T7 robot passed qualification tests in July and is expected to announce the completion of user trials later this year for the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) Project Starter programme, the company announced on 8 October at the annual Association of the United

  • AUSA 2018: IAI announces new SAHAR C-IED unmanned ground vehicle

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has revealed a new autonomous improvised explosive device (IED) detection system based on its SAHAR family of unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs). The system is “a robotic engineering scout” that “integrates a combination of multiple sensors”

  • USN starts programme for mine warfare instructors

    Acknowledging the growing importance of mine countermeasures (MCM) operations with the increasing focus on littoral missions, the Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) has started a new Mine Warfare (MIW) Warfare Tactics Instructor (WTI) programme. The new MIW WTI programme

  • DX Korea 2018: RoKA unveils new CBRN reconnaissance vehicles

    The Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) has unveiled its enhanced chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) defence capabilities at the 2018 edition of the DX Korea land forces exhibition held from 12-16 September. Fielded in 2017, the service’s latest CBRN Recon Vehicle II is an

  • Four-nation PESCO proposal aims for cross-service CBRN surveillance system

    Lead-country Austria and three central European countries are proposing to create a new modular-based CBRN surveillance capability that mixes manned and unmanned elements for operational deployment across aerial, ground, and maritime domains. To be offered as a service for the European Union (EU),

  • Russian CBRN protection troops receive 30 TOS-1A MRLs

    The Russian chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) protection troops (RKhBZ) have received 30 TOS-1A Solntsepyok (Sunburn) 220 mm multiple rocket launchers (MRLs) in 2018, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at a Ministry of Defence (MoD) board meeting on 31 August. He added that

  • UGV designs shifting towards CBRNE missions

    Unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) technology, which was once mainly focused on explosive ordnance disposal, appears to be shifting somewhat towards addressing chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive (CBRNE) threats. The shift could be due to recent CBRNE activity – such as the

  • Naval, merchant navigation experts develop first joint ‘RIMPAC’ SOCAL maritime domain picture

    Naval and merchant maritime experts partnered to deliver enhanced maritime domain awareness (MDA) for the first time during the ‘Rim of the Pacific’ (‘RIMPAC’) exercise 2018 drills during the month of July, US Navy (USN) officials said. MDA is the ability to maintain

  • Czech MoD to procure light CBRN defence vehicles

    The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 31 July that it plans to procure 80 4x4 light armoured vehicles for the Army of the Czech Republic's (ACR's) 31st Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Defence Regiment based in Liberec. The MoD plans to issue a CZK5.1 billion

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