• ANDSF casualty rate increased ‘slightly’ from June to October 2019, says US DoD

    The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) suffered “slightly” more casualties between 1 June and 31 October 2019 than during the same period the previous year, according to the US Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) latest semi-annual report to Congress on

  • Fincantieri, Qatar to jointly study naval technology

    Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri and the Qatari Ministry of Defence have agreed to jointly study and evaluate new technologies that could lead to the acquisition of new vessels. The topics they will examine include naval base design, ship fleet management, digital radar, and cyber security,

  • First HSI32 fast interceptors arrive at Saudi naval base

    The first two HSI32 high-speed interceptors have arrived at Royal Saudi Naval Forces’ (RSNF’s) Ras Mishab base in the Gulf, the Saudi Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 23 January. It was announced in April 2018 that 39 CMN boats will be delivered to the RSNF, with half of them

  • Harwar’s Zhanfu H16-V12 UAV possibly in service with Chinese military

    Chinese unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer Harwar has released images of its Zhanfu (Tomahawk) H16-V12 multi-rotor, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) platform being used in what appear to be training exercises with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), suggesting that the UAV is

  • Head of Saab Kockums departing

    Gunnar Wieslander, the head of Saab’s Kockums naval business area for the past four years, is leaving the Swedish defence company. With Kockums entering “a significant production phase”, Wieslander and Micael Johansson, Saab’s president and CEO, agreed that “a new

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  • French Navy pilots complete Dauphin N3 conversion training

    The first full-scale conversion course of five French Navy helicopter pilots graduated on 17 January at Lanvéoc-Poulmic Air Base in a ceremony that confirms that the fleet of four leased Airbus Helicopters Dauphin N3s is now fully up to speed. The four helicopters, owned by NHV France, have
  • BAE Systems Bofors begins trials for HX2-based Archer

    A Swedish BAE Systems Bofors Archer 155 mm/52 artillery system integrated onto a German Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) HX2 (8×8) platform – aimed at the export market – has begun initial firing trials at the Bofors Test Center in Karlskoga, Sweden, the company told