• US officials confirm Reaper downed in Yemen

    A US military MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was lost over Yemen’s Dhamar governorate late on 20 August, two US officials told Reuters on the following day. One official said it appeared that the UAV was hit by a surface-to-air missile (SAM) launched by the Iranian-backed Yemeni

  • Rosoboronexport markets Il-112VE export version

    Russia will unveil a market-ready variant of the Ilyushin Il-112V light transport aircraft at the 2019 MAKS aerospace show, which is to be held at Zhukovsky, southeast of Moscow, from 27 August to 1 September, according to Rostec’s Rosoboronexport company. “We have cleared the export of

  • Bahraini fast attack craft upgraded

    The Royal Bahrain Naval Force’s fast attack craft RBNS Abdul Rahman al-Fadel has been upgraded with what appears to be a new electro-optical fire-control system, photographs released by the Bahrain Defence Force on 20 August confirmed. The photographs showed King Hamad visiting the Salman

  • Canadian Army set to acquire 360 combat support LAVs

    The Canadian military and General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada (GDLS-C) are finalising a deal valued at up to CAD3 billion (USD2 billion) for the purchase of 360 combat support Light Armoured Vehicles (LAVs). Harjit Sajjan, the Minister of National Defence, recently announced the pending LAV deal

  • Gabon parades VN1 armoured vehicles

    Gabon’s elite Republican Guard (GR) displayed Chinese-made Norinco VN1 8×8 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) for the first time during the independence day military parade on 17 August. The commentator for the television coverage of the event said the IFVs are part of the Scouting,

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  • Autonomous ambition: NavyX plots a course to machine-speed warfare

    Faced with the need to redress and recover a capability debt, but limited in its number of manned ship platforms, the UK Royal Navy is advancing plans to accelerate the operational exploitation of autonomous techniques and technologies as a means to increase mass, lethality, and agility. Richard Scott reports
  • Kingmakers: Venezuela’s armed forces and the national crisis

    With Venezuela in a deep, complex, and increasingly urgent crisis since January, aggravated by external tensions with regional neighbours and the United States, the armed forces are likely to play a central role in the country’s future. Jim Dorschner reports
  • Wheels vs tracks: Reviewing AFV trends

    As conflicts have evolved, the requirements for AFVs have boosted cost, weight, and mission system needs. Sam Cranny-Evans and Jon Hawkes examine Western and Russian case studies in the continued evolution of the tracks versus wheels debate
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  • Taiwan MND pursues multirotor UAV developments

    The Taiwanese Ministry of National Defense Armaments Bureau’s (MND AB’s) Materiel Production Center (MPC) has announced that it is developing a new family of indigenous surveillance and weaponised multirotor unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to address potential tactical requirements by
  • Gabon parades VN1 armoured vehicles

    Gabon’s elite Republican Guard (GR) displayed Chinese-made Norinco VN1 8×8 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) for the first time during the independence day military parade on 17 August. The commentator for the television coverage of the event said the IFVs are part of the Scouting,
  • Philippine Navy welcomes Po Hang-class corvette home

    Key Points The Philippine Navy’s ex-South Korean Po Hang-class corvette has arrived in Manila Vessel will transition the service over to its new anti-submarine warfare-capable José Rizal-class frigates The vessel, which is now in service as BRP Conrado Yap , was commissioned at its
  • Taiwan MND pursues multirotor UAV developments

    The Taiwanese Ministry of National Defense Armaments Bureau’s (MND AB’s) Materiel Production Center (MPC) has announced that it is developing a new family of indigenous surveillance and weaponised multirotor unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to address potential tactical requirements by
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