• MDHI reveals Block II advancement for MD 530G helo

    MD Helicopters Inc (MDHI) has announced an improved Block II (2) variant of the MD 530G armed reconnaissance/light attack rotorcraft that it has developed in partnership with Elbit Systems of Israel. The enhanced version of the ‘Little Bird’-variant helicopter, the existence of which

  • Pentagon seeks proposals for experimental 5G technologies

    The US Department of Defense (DOD) is seeking proposals for a new experimentation effort exploring integration of 5G communication technologies into military bases across the United States, Pentagon officials have announced. The two Request for Prototype Proposals (RPPs) are focused on the

  • I/ITSEC 2019: Doron Precision Systems reveals JLTV trainer

    Doron Precision Systems has developed a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) driver training simulator and revealed it at the 2019 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando in December. Michael Stricek, Doron senior vice-president, told Jane’s

  • Netherlands MoD updates VOSS soldier system

    The Netherlands Ministry of Defence (MoD) displayed its latest version of the Verbeterd Operationeel Soldaat Systeem (Improved Operational Soldier System: VOSS) at the NEDS exhibition in Rotterdam on 28 November. MoD officials told Jane’s this was the first time the upgraded variant of the

  • Portugal seeks to modernise its Leopard 2A6 MBTs

    The Portuguese Army is to carry out a mid-life update project for its Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) Leopard 2A6 main battle tanks (MBTs) to extend the fleets’ life and modernise several subsystems, a source at the Army High-Staff's Forces Planning Division told Jane's . The plan, in line with

  • SISU’s new GTV 4×4 gets more powerful engine

    Finland’s SISU has revealed details of its General Purpose Vehicle (GPV), a variant of the GTP 4×4 armoured vehicle that was released in 2018. The GPV has been modified to carry a more powerful engine and updated transmission, according to a November announcement. The company said the

  • Singapore commissions Special Operations Command Centre

    The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has commissioned the Special Operations Command Centre (SOCC) as part of wide-ranging efforts to secure the country against the growing threat of transnational terrorism, the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) announced on 4 December. Based at Hendon Camp in the eastern

  • USAF retires CALCM cruise missile

    The US Air Force (USAF) has retired the Boeing AGM-86C/D Conventional Air-Launched Cruise Missile (CALCM) that has been operational for nearly 35 years. The event, announced on 4 December, saw the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base (AFB) in Louisiana disassemble and decommission the final

  • Pentagon selects industry teams for prototype hypersonic defence system

    The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has selected four industry bidders to develop a prototype version of a new anti-missile warning and detection system, specifically geared toward countering hypersonic weapons. MDA officials issued four separate firm-fixed-price prototype awards, at approximately

  • USV operates with offboard ECM payload in NATO NEMO trial

    Thales UK has demonstrated the operation of an offboard electronic countermeasures (ECM) payload from an unmanned surface vessel (USV) testbed as part of a NATO electronic warfare trial. Although self-funded by the company, the trial outputs are intended to inform research being undertaken by the

  • MBDA to integrate Meteor BVRAAM on RoKAF KF-X

    Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has awarded MBDA a contract, of undisclosed value, to integrate the Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) on the Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) future Korean Fighter eXperimental (KF-X) fifth-generation fighter aircraft. Awarded during the

  • Expodefensa 2019: Aertec Solutions offers armament-capable Tarsis 25 UAV

    Aertec Solutions of Spain is promoting its armament-capable Tarsis 25 light tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to potential customers. Rodrigo Valdivieso, company aerospace and defence systems business development director, told Jane’s on 2 December at the Expodefensa trade show that the

  • Expodefensa 2019: BlueBird Aero Systems’ WanderB UAV makes regional debut

    BlueBird Aero Systems’ WanderB vertical take-off-and-landing (VTOL) electric mini unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) made its Latin America debut on 2 December at the Expodefensa trade show in Bogota. The fully autonomous WanderB is designed to facilitate covert, over-the-hill operations or

  • MAC ramps up production of .50 calibre polymer ammo

    MAC, based in Mississippi, is expected to start delivering its latest .50 calibre (12.7×99 mm) polymer cased ammunition to the US Marine Corps (USMC) in 2020, according to Joe Gibbons, the company’s plant manager. This .50 calibre ammunition was originally developed with funding from the

  • US military, intelligence communities seek stronger ties with commercial AI, cyber sectors

    US national security, intelligence, and armed forces sectors must forge stronger ties with counterparts in the private sector, including with a more diverse group of suppliers beyond traditional defence contractors, the Pentagon’s top technology official said. “If you look back at the

  • USAF eyes high-power microwave for directed energy weapons as tech advances

    Marked advances in development of high-powered microwave (HPM) technology in recent years could pave the way for near term breakthroughs in next-generation directed energy weapons and systems, as the US Air Force eyes a potential HPM programme of record. Specifically, ongoing research and

  • China advances unmanned underwater capabilities

    China’s scientific and defence science communities have revealed several active autonomous and unmanned underwater vehicle (AUV and UUV) development programmes within the final quarter of 2019, demonstrating the country’s intent to construct and field increasingly sophisticated and

  • Norwegian Army MGBADS IOC by mid-2023

    The Norwegian Army is scheduled to accept initial deliveries of a new mobile ground-based short-range air-defence system from prime contractor Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (Kongsberg) in late 2022, with all units expected to be delivered, and an initial operating capability (IOC), by mid-2023.

  • Russia develops multilayered C-UAS system

    Russian defence equipment exporter Rosoboronexport, a subsidiary of the state-owned Rostec group, has developed a four-stage/dual-use counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) capability and is now actively marketing it globally, Director General Alexander Mikheev told Jane’s.

  • Cubic Defence negotiating for UK’s SCOPIC 2 contract

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is in negotiations to award a contract for the British Army’s SCOPIC 2 programme, which integrates synthetic resources into live training, to Cubic Defence UK (CD UK). The selection was announced on Defence Contracts Online on 14 November, and the contract has

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