• AUSA 2019: Leonardo DRS eyes US Army requirements for OBVP power system

    Leonardo DRS hopes to see US Army requirements established soon for its On-Board Vehicle Power (OBVP) system to help push the technology into service more quickly. The company is talking with US Army officials responsible for establishing and delivering power needs for the service, Carlos Aguirre,

  • AUSA 2019: US Army talks network dependency, concerns

    US Army leaders have used the Association of the US Army 2019 (AUSA 2019) annual conference to tout progress developing a host of next-generation weapons systems while also acknowledging that the network piece of the equation could derail everything. During the 2019 show, a host of civilian and

  • AUSA 2019: DefendTex presents new loitering munition, exploding ‘cephalopod’

    Australian company DefendTex presented a new loitering munition and the prototype of an explosive unmanned underwater vehicle at the 2019 Association of the United States Army (AUSA 2019) conference, held in Washington, DC, on 14–16 October. The Drone-40 is a low-cost, programmable 40 mm

  • AUSA 2019: Saab and Boeing announce Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb is ready for production

    Saab and Boeing announced at the 2019 Association of the United States Army (AUSA) exposition – held in Washington, DC, on 14–16 October – that their jointly developed Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB) is ready for production. The announcement follows the latest test

  • AUSA 2019: SMDC updating US Army’s space training strategy

    The US Army’s space training strategy is to be updated in the next three to four months, Lieutenant General James Dickinson, head of Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC), told reporters on 16 October at the annual Association of the United States Army 2019 (AUSA 2019) conference in

  • AUSA 2019: Lockheed Martin shipping LRDR equipment to Alaska

    Lockheed Martin shipped the first antenna for the US Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA’s) Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR) to Clear, Alaska, in August, Paul Lemmo, Lockheed Martin’s vice-president and general manager for Integrated Warfare Systems & Sensors, told reporters at

  • Altay MBT to be ready in two years, says BMC

    Turkey’s Altay main battle tank (MBT) is planned to be in use by the Turkish Armed Forces within the next 24 months, Ethem Sancak, chairman of the board of Turkish-Qatari armoured vehicle manufacturer BMC, has said. The MBT and all its parts will be entirely domestically produced in 48 months

  • AUSA 2019: InstantEye Robotics improves sUAS, competes for DoD contract

    InstantEye Robotics has extended the battery life of several models of its small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS), and is also competing for a contract for the US Department of Defense (DoD), Jane’s has learned. The company displayed its updated systems at the 2019 Association of the United

  • Russia, Saudi discussions are guarded on S-400 procurement

    Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed closer defence equipment co-operation with Saudi Arabia on his first visit to the country since 2007, news agency TASS reported on 15 October. In talks with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in Riyadh on 14 October, Putin “discussed the possibility

  • HHI awarded contract to design STOVL-aircraft-capable LPX-II amphibious assault ship

    South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) announced on 16 October that it has been awarded a contract for the conceptual design of a next-generation, large-deck amphibious assault ship for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) capable of supporting operations of short take-off and vertical

  • India delivers final two Mi-24 attack helicopters to Afghanistan

    India has delivered the final two of four refurbished Russian-built Mil Mi-24 ‘Hind’ attack helicopters it had promised the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) in early 2018 to boost their counter-insurgency capabilities. The two Mi-24Vs, which were purchased from

  • ADEX 2019: Honeywell targets strong growth in South Korea

    Honeywell is aiming to achieve double-digit growth in South Korea over the next few years through a focus on deepening local industry partnerships, engagement in some key military aerospace programmes, and putting greater emphasis on channelling deals through Direct Commercial Sales (DCS). Tim Van

  • Boeing/Embraer JVs come under scrutiny in Europe

    The European Commission on 14 October invited comments from third parties, as part of its investigation into two planned joint ventures (JVs) between Boeing and Embraer. The Commission announced on 4 October that it would launch an investigation, in line with the EU Merger Regulation. While it

  • Former PLAN frigates almost ready for handover to Bangladesh Navy

    Two Type 053H3 (Jiangwei II)-class frigates decommissioned by China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) appear close to being transferred to the Bangladesh Navy (BN), judging from photographs that have appeared in Chinese online forums. The 2,200-ton diesel-powered ships, formerly

  • IAF to upgrade its Su-30MKI fleet and acquire more such fighters

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) aims to upgrade its fleet of Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighters by equipping them with advanced avionics, radar, and weapon systems. “We will upgrade the Su-30MKIs with [modern] radar and weapon capabilities and also tackle their obsolescence management and

  • AUSA 2019: Digital engineering expands across programmatic life

    Digital engineering is being expanded beyond platforms and systems to include acquisition, operations, and even end-of-life disposals, according to SAIC engineers focusing on that field. “We look across the lifecycle,” Kim Nunn, SAIC chief systems engineer, solutions architect and

  • AUSA 2019: US Army awards infrared weapon sights to Leonardo DRS

    The US Army awarded Leonardo DRS a USD89 million contract to produce advanced infrared weapon sights, the company confirmed on 15 October. The follow-on delivery order is part of an existing Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity contract to supply soldiers with the Family of Weapon

  • AUSA 2019: US Army selects LTAMDS contractor, mum on the choice

    The US Army missed its end of fiscal year (FY) 2019 timeline for picking a single Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor (LTAMDS) vendor but said it has now decided and hashing out the terms the deal. Brigadier General Brian Gibson, the head of the army’s Air and Missile Defense

  • ADEX 2019: KAI debuts Light Armed Helicopter

    Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has debuted its Light Armed Helicopter (LAH) prototype at the Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition (ADEX). The first public appearance of the Airbus Helicopters H155 (formerly the EC155 B1)-derived assault platform came some three months after the

  • ADEX 2019: MBDA pitches Brimstone and Mistral ATAM missiles for South Korean assault helos

    MBDA is offering its Brimstone air-to-surface missile and Mistral ATAM air-to-air missile to South Korea for integration aboard two of its developmental assault helicopters. Jane’s was told at the Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition (ADEX) on 15 October that the offer of the

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