HEADLINES

  • AUSA 2017: Follow-on AEODRS increments cancelled

    The US Navy’s Advanced Explosive Ordnance Disposal Robotic Systems (AEODRS) Increments 2 and 3 have been officially cancelled via an announcement on the Federal Business Opportunities website. The 6 October announcement comes as the AEODRS Increment 1 programme for backpackable platforms

  • India’s DRDO successfully tests ‘Trawl’ mine clearance system

    India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has recently conducted trials of the ‘Trawl’ mine clearance system being developed for the Indian Army (IA), according to a 15 September statement by the Indian government’s Press Information Bureau (PIB). The

  • DSEI 2017: X-2 UGV emerges from agricultural role

    Digital Concepts Engineering unveiled its X-2 unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) at DSEI 2017 in London. The X-2 is a medium, tracked UGV that has been developed for CBRNE applications but is also designed for EOD, search and rescue (SAR), perimeter patrol, communications relay, mine detection and

  • DSEI 2017: Praesidium Global unveils Pathfinder ISR solution

    Praesidium Global launched its Pathfinder reconnaissance system at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2017 conference in London. A complete Pathfinder system consists of an air-droppable crate that houses two Scout unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) that are deployed to carry out

  • Probot V2 enters full-scale production

    Roboteam has commenced full-scale production of its Probot V2 hybrid platforms. An initial delivery of 40 platforms are to be provided to two US government agencies and one allied government agency, including the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Probot V2

  • Roboteam secures US, Israel orders

    Roboteam has been contracted to deliver 75 of its Micro Tactical Ground Robot (MTGR) unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs). The systems are scheduled to be delivered by the end of 2017, and production has commenced. Roboteam CEO Shahar Abuhazira told Jane's , "These most recent orders came from

  • 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)

  • Saudi Arabia requests USD500 million ammo replenishment

    The US State Department has approved the sale of a large amount of ammunition to Saudi Arabia to replenish stocks depleted by the ongoing conflict in Yemen, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 29 July. The DSCA said the proposed sales were worth an estimated USD500 million

  • China slams sale of six MCMVs to Taiwan

    Key Points China has protested at the inclusion of foreign components and systems in six MCMVs to be built for RoCN The MCMVs will likely form a key component of Taiwan's defence against China's possible use of increasingly sophisticated naval mines, including the EM-53 'smart mine' The Chinese

  • Satellite imagery shows Parchin explosion aftermath

    Satellite imagery indicates that there was an explosion at Iran’s Parchin military research, development, and production facility on 5 October, raising fears about safety precautions at a site where nuclear weapons research allegedly has been carried out. The Iranian opposition website

  • Brazil adds BAE Systems' RG32M to VBMT-LR competition

    The Brazilian Army has begun evaluating BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa's RG32M LTV (Light Tactical Vehicle) 4x4. The army's Evaluations Center (CAEx) is studying the vehicle as part of the VBMT-LR (Viatura Blindada Multitarefa-Leve de Rodas) competition. The VBMT-LR programme will buy an

  • Analysis: The strange case of Iraq's missing uranium

    The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militant group made world headlines on 10 June when it rolled into Mosul, routing the security forces that were supposed to defend the city and robbed the bank of some USD400 million in gold. Now there is news that they also took other things:

  • India increases its uranium enrichment programme

    Using commercial satellite imagery, IHS Jane’s experts have identified a possible new uranium hexafluoride plant at the Indian Rare Metals Plant (IRMP) near Mysore. This will support new centrifuges that will substantially expand India’s uranium enrichment capacity, most likely to

  • Russian T-72 MBT gets enhanced protection

    Two enhanced T-72 main battle tanks (MBTs) were shown for the first time during RAE 2013 in Nizhny Tagil, Russia. The MBTs have been upgraded to enhance their survivability and developments have been made to meet the potential requirements of the export market, as the T-72 MBT has been built in

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