• US Army advances robotics development

    The US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is pursuing a range of upgrades to its Legged Locomotion and Movement Adaptation (LLAMA) robot, including an effort to boost speed and mobility through system weight reduction, researchers told Jane’s . The autonomous quadruped system was revealed in

  • AUSA 2019: Karem Aircraft unveils AR-40 for US Army’s FARA-CP

    High-speed flight is the hallmark of Karem Aircraft’s newly unveiled AR-40 helicopter, which the company is offering for the US Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft-Competitive Prototype (FARA-CP) programme, according to a company official. Thomas Berger, Karem FARA programme

  • Altay MBT to be ready in two years, says BMC

    Turkey’s Altay main battle tank (MBT) is planned to be in use by the Turkish Armed Forces within the next 24 months, Ethem Sancak, chairman of the board of Turkish-Qatari armoured vehicle manufacturer BMC, has said. The MBT and all its parts will be entirely domestically produced in 48 months

  • AUSA 2019: InstantEye Robotics improves sUAS, competes for DoD contract

    InstantEye Robotics has extended the battery life of several models of its small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS), and is also competing for a contract for the US Department of Defense (DoD), Jane’s has learned. The company displayed its updated systems at the 2019 Association of the United

  • HHI awarded contract to design STOVL-aircraft-capable LPX-II amphibious assault ship

    South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) announced on 16 October that it has been awarded a contract for the conceptual design of a next-generation, large-deck amphibious assault ship for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) capable of supporting operations of short take-off and vertical

  • India delivers final two Mi-24 attack helicopters to Afghanistan

    India has delivered the final two of four refurbished Russian-built Mil Mi-24 ‘Hind’ attack helicopters it had promised the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) in early 2018 to boost their counter-insurgency capabilities. The two Mi-24Vs, which were purchased from

  • AUSA 2019: Mack Defense unveils 40-ton capacity all-terrain crane

    Mack Defense introduced its ATC-40T, a 40-ton capacity all-terrain crane based on the commercial Mack Granite chassis, at the annual Association of the United States Army conference in Washington, DC. The ATC-40T is to be built with Manitowoc Crane, a supplier of truck-mounted hydraulic cranes, and

  • Former PLAN frigates almost ready for handover to Bangladesh Navy

    Two Type 053H3 (Jiangwei II)-class frigates decommissioned by China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) appear close to being transferred to the Bangladesh Navy (BN), judging from photographs that have appeared in Chinese online forums. The 2,200-ton diesel-powered ships, formerly

  • IAF to upgrade its Su-30MKI fleet and acquire more such fighters

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) aims to upgrade its fleet of Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighters by equipping them with advanced avionics, radar, and weapon systems. “We will upgrade the Su-30MKIs with [modern] radar and weapon capabilities and also tackle their obsolescence management and

  • AUSA 2019: Lockheed Martin advancing hit-to-kill hypersonic air-defence concepts for MDA

    Lockheed Martin is working to advance two hit-to-kill intercept concepts for the US Missile Defense Agency’s Hypersonic Defense Weapon System project, company officials said at the annual Association of the United States Army (AUSA) conference in Washington, DC, in October. The company is

  • ADEX 2019: KAI debuts Light Armed Helicopter

    Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has debuted its Light Armed Helicopter (LAH) prototype at the Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition (ADEX). The first public appearance of the Airbus Helicopters H155 (formerly the EC155 B1)-derived assault platform came some three months after the

  • AUSA 2019: AeroVironment markets Vapor electric rotary-wing UAV to US Army

    Key Points AeroVironment is presenting its Vapor electric rotary-wing UAV to potential US Army customers The company has already provided the aircraft to US Special Operations Command under a contract AeroVironment is marketing its Vapor electric rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to

  • AUSA 2019: US Army to release two RCV solicitations by November, wants to see medium contenders

    In the US Army’s quest to field a fleet of Robotic Combat Vehicles (RCVs), industry may need to focus on developing larger options, according to Jeff Langhout, the service’s director of the Ground Vehicle Systems Center. During this year’s Association of the US Army’s annual

  • UK F-35Bs embark HMS Queen Elizabeth for operational test

    UK-owned F-35B Lightning aircraft have joined the Royal Navy (RN) aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth for the first time to start a period of Operational Testing (OT-1) off the eastern seaboard of the United States. Four aircraft embarked on Queen Elizabeth on 13 October, to be followed by two

  • ADEX 2019: KAI offers upgraded Surion to export market

    Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) is offering an upgraded variant of its Surion Korean Utility Helicopter (KUH) to the international export market, with a prototype example being exhibited at the Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition (ADEX). Speaking to Jane’s on 15 October, a

  • ADEX 2019: KUS-VH in ‘holding pattern’ while RoKA decides way ahead

    The Korean Air Unmanned System – Vertical Helicopter (KUS-VH) armed unmanned Little Bird, developed by Korean Air Aerospace Division (KAL-ASD), is currently ‘in a holding pattern’ while the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) weighs its options ahead of potentially issuing a formal

  • Poland launches second Kormoran II-class MCMV

    Remontowa Shipbuilding in Gdansk launched Albatros , the second Project 258 Kormoran II mine countermeasures vessel (MCMV) and laid the keel of the third MCMV, Mewa , on 10 October. The keel of the Albatros was laid on 5 December 2018, and work to equip it is to be completed in January 2020.

  • Portugal receives first VAMTAC ST5 LATVs

    The Unidade de Apoio Geral de Material do Exército (UAGME) materiel support depot in Alcochete received the first two URO Vehículos Especiales VAMTAC ST5 4×4 light armoured tactical vehicles (LATVs) for the Portuguese Army on 11 October, the army’s force planning division told

  • AUSA 2019: AeroVironment unveils Puma LE unmanned aerial vehicle

    AeroVironment unveiled its new Puma LE unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on 14 October at the 2019 Association of the United States Army (AUSA) conference, touting the aircraft as Group 2 capabilities in a Group 1 package. Wahid Nawabi, company president and CEO, said on 14 October that the Puma LE

  • BMT to offer Caimen 90 landing craft for Australian Army’s Project Land 8710

    UK engineering group BMT announced on 10 October that it will offer the Caimen 90 landing craft as its bid vessel for the Australian Army’s Project Land 8710. “We are delighted to be able to offer this vessel to Australia,” BMT Defence and Security managing director Peter Behrendt

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