• 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

  • 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

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