• Turkey’s Akinci armed UAV unveiled

    Turkish private company Baykar Makina unveiled the Akinci ‘Flying Fish’ armed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at the Teknofest Aerospace and Technology Festival being held in Istanbul from 17 to 22 September, the Anatolia news agency reported on 18 September. The Hürriyet newspaper

  • Industry group head urges US Air Force to better engage with Future Vertical Lift

    Key Points The head of an industry group suggests the US Air Force better engage with the Pentagon on its Future Vertical Lift programme The USAF wants to investigate the utility of electric VTOL aircraft, but the industry group chief believes this will not provide the necessary military utility

  • North Macedonia trains Bulgarian, Polish military pilots

    North Macedonia’s Pilot Training Center (PTC) will train almost 60 Polish and 30 Bulgarian military pilots over the coming weeks, Defence Minister Radmila Shekerinska announced during a visit to the facility on 13 September. The PTC was established to train military and police helicopter

  • Norway receives its first K9 self-propelled howitzer

    Norway’s Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) announced on its website on 19 September that it had received its first K9 Thunder 155 mm self-propelled howitzer (SPH) from Hanwha Defense during a ceremony in South Korea. The first system, comprising the K9 155/L52 SPH and K10 ammunition handling

  • Stingray unmanned tanker flies for first time

    Boeing and the US Navy (USN) flew the MQ-25 Stingray unmanned aerial refuelling aircraft for the first time on 19 September, the manufacturer announced. Test aircraft T1 completed an autonomous two-hour flight under the direction of Boeing test pilots operating from a ground control station (GCS)

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  • Narco-sub design evolves to evade detection

    So-called 'narco-submarines' have become increasingly sophisticated, even though they ship only a fraction of the total cocaine entering the United States. H I Sutton analyses the innovations and evolutions that the vessels have undergone
  • Top cat: Leopard 2 main battle tank turns 40

    On 24 October 1979 the first production Leopard 2, hull number Y-377 046, was handed over to the Bundeswehr's Panzertruppenschule. Forty years, 3,565 vehicles in over 95 distinct variants, and more than 21 users later, the Leopard 2 stands as one of the most successful MBT designs in the world. Jon Hawkes explores the vehicle's evolution
  • Standing alone: EU faces obstacles on path to strategic autonomy

    United States disengagement and a range of external threats are raising the need for Europe to embrace strategic autonomy, but politics will make the necessary industrial and defence reforms tricky. Brooks Tigner reports
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  • UAE looking for more tank transporters

    Belarus hopes to secure another contract to supply additional heavy equipment transporters to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), according to Roman Golovchenko, the chairman of the State Military Industrial Committee of Belarus. “We are about to finish a major contract [with the UAE], which was
  • Prince of Wales sets sail for first time

    The United Kingdom’s second Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier, Prince of Wales , put to sea for the first time from its assembly site at Rosyth Dockyard in Fife on 19 September. The 65,000-tonne carrier was manoeuvred out of the narrow lock entrance to the basin at the Babcock
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