• UPDATE: Japan positions for advanced military technologies

    Japan’s new defence policy, which will be introduced before the end of the year, is expected to emphasise the development of military capabilities in cyber, artificial intelligence (AI), and autonomous systems, it has been reported. Media reports in Japan on 21 November said a focus in the

  • China’s Beihang UAS readies BZK-005E long-range reconnaissance UAV for export

    The Beijing-based Beihang Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Technology is now seeking the first international order for its export-specific BZK-005E multirole medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (MALE UAV), following the successful grant of an export licence for the air vehicle

  • India signs USD500-million deal to licence-build two Russian stealth frigates

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed a USD500-million deal with Russia to licence-build two Admiral Grigorovich (Project 11356M)-class stealth frigates for the Indian Navy (IN) at the state-owned Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL). Indian officials told Jane’s on 20 November that the

  • New Patriot 4×4 armoured vehicle under development

    Excalibur Army of the Czech Republic has confirmed that it is developing a new version of its T815 Patriot 4×4 Medium Armoured Tactical Multi-Mission Vehicle (MATMMV), with the first example expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2019. The original T815 Patriot MATMMV prototype is

  • Sea Lion passes milestones on road to deliveries to German Navy

    The Sea Lion variant of the NHIndustries NH90 helicopter has passed two important milestones towards first delivery to the German Navy at the end of 2019, Airbus announced on 21 November. The German Navy version of the NH90 NATO Frigate Helicopter (NFH) recently completed its service qualification

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  • Unmanned whirlybirds: Rotary-wing UAVs take off in Asia

    Rotary-wing UAVs have been gaining traction in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly in the maritime domain where naval forces are building ships with an eye on unmanned aviation capabilities. Land forces operating in constricted terrain are also investigating similar systems. Kelvin Wong reports
  • The SAM factory: Russian air-defence capabilities

    Russia is developing and acquiring several new ground-based air-defence systems and has deployed some of them abroad, such as the S-400 system in Syria. Oscar Widlund charts the latest deployments of Russian ground-based air-defence systems and assesses their overall capabilities
  • Winning the firefight: IFV cannons evolve

    Samuel Cranny-Evans and Mark Cazalet examine the IFV weapon systems that have shaped modern conflicts, and how future firefights might be won
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  • France and Germany agree next-gen fighter design studies

    France and Germany have agreed to progress development of a next-generation combat aircraft, with an announcement on 20 November that both countries are to launch demonstrator design studies next year. The announcement was made on Twitter by French defence minister Florence Parly, who said the
  • US Marines seek new UVS capability

    The US Marine Corps Rapid Capabilities Office (MCRCO) is interested in lightening the load that infantry marines currently carry by equipping squads with new unmanned vehicle technologies. In a recent request for information posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website, the MCRCO said it is
  • RoKN receives fourth and final LST-2-class tank landing ship

    South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has handed over the fourth and final Cheonwangbong (LST-2)-class tank landing ship to the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN). The service received the ship, which has been named Nojeokbong (pennant number 689), in a ceremony held on 21 November at
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