• DSEI 2017: US Army eyes future autonomous capabilities for field commanders

    New technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) have prompted a new look at the tactics, techniques, and procedures for US ground forces, Dr Robert Sadowski, chief of robotics for the US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center

  • US Army aims to buy more Lightweight Carl Gustaf rifles

    The US Army is preparing to buy more shoulder-fired recoilless Carl Gustaf weapons to meet current operational needs. On 30 August the army announced it "intends to solicit, negotiate, and award a sole source contract to Saab Dynamics" for 84 mm Lightweight Carl Gustaf rifles in support

  • Zambia inaugurates L-15 training centre

    Zambia's President Edgar Chagwa Lungu officially opened a new training centre at Lusaka Air Abase to support the Zambian Air Force's new HAIC L-15 jets, it was announced on 5 September. In a statement posted on his Facebook page, Lungu described the new facility as a "cutting edge,

  • UK lays down markers for Type 31e frigate

    Key Points The Type 31e design philosophy is of a standard ‘core’ platform offered with a matrix of ‘adaptable’ options to meet potential export requirements A design and build contract award is planned for early 2019 following a fast-track competition Details released by

  • Airbus flies HForce weapons system on H145M helo

    Airbus Helicopters announced on 8 August the first flight of an H145M fitted with the company’s new HForce Generic Weapon System (GWS). The flight, which took place at the company’s Donauwörth facility in southern Germany at the end of August, saw the twin-engined helicopter fly

  • First flight for French Phénix MRTT

    The first of an expected 12 Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A330-200 MultiRole Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft made its maiden flight on 7 September, the company announced. The aircraft, which is the first of nine to be contracted with three more under option, made its 3 h 25 min maiden flight from

  • Iraqi F-16 and pilot lost in training accident

    An Iraqi Air Force (IqAF) Lockheed Martin F-16IQ Fighting Falcon combat aircraft was lost in a training accident on 5 September, killing the pilot. The single-seat fighter crashed while training in the United States with the Arizona Air National Guard’s 162nd Wing, based in Tucson. The US

  • M1 Abrams tanks progress towards new enhancement package

    General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) and the US Army are progressing with two upgrade efforts for M1 Abrams main battle tanks (MBTs), including prototype work towards a new enhancement package. The company was awarded a contract to design, develop, and integrate “multiple engineering changes

  • South Korea launches ninth and final KSS-2 attack submarine

    South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has launched the Republic of Korea Navy's (RoKN's) ninth KSS-2-class (Type 214) diesel-electric attack submarine. The 1,800-tonne Sin Dol-Seok was launched on 7 September in a ceremony held at the HHI shipyard in Ulsan, according to an RoKN

  • Indian Army Advanced Light Helicopter crashes in Ladakh region

    Several Indian Army (IA) personnel, including two generals, survived with only minor injuries the crash of their Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) on 5 September in India’s Himalayan region of Ladakh.  Officials said the IA’s twin-engine ALH, which is built by state-owned

  • BAE Systems develops advanced UGV

    BAE Systems has revealed to Jane’s details of its new Ironclad unmanned ground vehicle (UGV). According to the company, the tracked platform is designed to undertake a number of roles, including reconnaissance, casualty evacuation (CASEVAC), area denial, and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD).

  • Type 23 frigate completes Sea Ceptor first firings

    Key Points HMS Argyll is the first Royal Navy Duke-class Type 23 frigate to complete a life extension refit Sea Ceptor is being retrofitted to all 13 Type 23 frigates to replace the GWS 26 Mod 1 VL Seawolf point defence system The first UK Royal Navy (RN) Duke-class Type 23 frigate to complete

  • PLAN commissions carrier replenishment ship

    The largest replenishment ship to be built for China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has entered service. Named Hulun Hu (with pennant number 965), the 240 m-long ship was commissioned in a ceremony held on 1 September at the Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI) facility on Longxue Island

  • Remdizel rolls out Taifun MRAP for airborne troops

    Russia's Remdizel – Defence Solutions (RD-DS) company has developed the K-4386 Taifun mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicle intended for airborne troops and special forces, which it unveiled at the recent Army-2017 exhibition held outside Moscow from 22-27 August. The K-4386 is a 4x4

  • Belgium presents its new Raven mini UAS

    The Belgian Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) Battalion in Heverlee, east of Brussels, presented its new RQ-11B Raven tactical mini unmanned aerial system (UAS) on 31 August. The Belgian Ravens will be operated by a platoon of the ISTAR Battalion. The

  • Malaysia reveals Condor logistics vehicle prototype

    Malaysia’s Deftech unveiled a converted Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Condor 4x4 logistics support vehicle prototype during Malaysia’s Independence Day parade on 31 August. The original armoured personnel carrier (APC) has been converted into a flatbed logistics support vehicle,

  • NORINCO fleshes out VP11 MRAP family

    China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) has produced new variants of its 4x4 VP11 lightweight mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicle with armoured personnel carrier (APC) and internal security (IS) models rolling out of a recent production run, Jane’s can confirm.

  • Royal Navy considers two carriers essential for F-35 trials

    Two Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers are needed to keep the UK flight trials of the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II combat aircraft on schedule to allow the Royal Navy (RN) to declare its full carrier strike capability, according to the senior officer of the second in the class. Speaking

  • Alcon develops F550 upgrade

    High-performance brake and clutch system specialist, Alcon Components, has developed an upgrade package for the Ford F550, as the company continues its push into the defence sector. “We have for many years offered upgrade solutions for the Toyota Land Cruiser range, this is without doubt

  • Indonesian Army establishes new strategic reserve command division

    The Indonesian Army’s (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Darat: TNI-AD’s) Strategic Reserve Command (KOSTRAD) is currently in the process of forming up a new rapid strike composite division consisting of 1,200 personnel. The organisation, which has been named the ‘Cakra

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