• Nigerian Army receives new indigenous MRAP

    The Nigerian Army has taken delivery of five improved Proforce Ara mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles in early March, an industry source told Jane’s . These are now deployed in northeast Nigeria as part of the ongoing counter-insurgency campaign against the militants popularly

  • QinetiQ wins US Army CRS(I) contract

    QinetiQ North America has been selected by the US Department of Defense (DoD) to fulfil the US Army’s requirement for small unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) under the Common Robotic System (Individual) (CRS[I]) programme. The seven-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (ID/IQ) contract

  • Ethiopian Pantsyr-S1 revealed

    Ethiopia is operating at least one Russian-made Pantsyr-S1 short-range air defence system, local television news footage has revealed. The system was displayed during an event marking Defense Force Day in February, but its presence only became apparent after Ethiopian television news coverage was

  • Qatar planning to buy Altay tanks

    Qatar is planning to order 100 Altay main battle tanks, Turkish officials have revealed. Ali Ihsan Yavuz, the vice chairman of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party, told the media on 12 March that the order had been placed, saying the first 40 Altays will be delivered to Qatar

  • Pentagon budget 2020: US Army eyes AMPV LRIP-3 buy

    The US Army intends to purchase 131 additional Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicles (AMPVs) in 2020, some of which will fall under a third low-rate initial production (LRIP-3) buy. According to fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020) budget planning documents, the service wants to spend USD485.7 million next year on

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  • Bolivian Air Force to upgrade UH-1H helicopters

    The Bolivian government has authorised a budgetary increase of BOB47.7 million (USD6.8 million) to upgrade the air force’s Bell UH-1H ‘Huey’ helicopters for counter-narcotics operations. The funding, which was approved on 19 March, is in addition to an initial BOB82.7 million that
  • Brazil considers helicopter carrier modernisation

    The Brazilian Navy has started initial studies for the installation of new systems meant to improve its PHM Atlantico (A140) multipurpose helicopter carrier. The potential modernisation would improve key capabilities of the navy’s flagship vessel, including navigation and protection systems.
  • Houthi UAVs infiltrate Saudi airspace

    An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operated by Yemen’s Ansar Allah rebel group (popularly known as the Houthis) has penetrated more than 120 km into Saudi airspace to film a desalination plant on the kingdom’s Red Sea coast. The confirmation of the flight came in the form of aerial