• Dozens killed in Taliban attack on NDS facility

    Dozens of people have been killed in a Taliban attack carried out on 21 January on what local media have described as a training facility of Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security – the country’s primary intelligence agency – in the central province of Maidan Wardak.

  • Leonardo develops M60A3 MBT upgrade

    Leonardo has developed and tested a major upgrade package for the US General Dynamics Land Systems M60A3 main battle tank (MBT). This M60A3 upgrade was developed and tested using internal funding for the export market, according to Massimo Gualco, director of marketing and sales at Leonardo Defence

  • Rafael unveils Suite for Future Armoured Vehicles

    Rafael is planning to trial its Suite for Future Armoured Vehicles, which is in development for the Israeli Carmel future fighting vehicle programme, with a live fire demonstration in late July or early August 2019, according to a company representative at the International Armoured Vehicles (IAV)

  • Russian MoD to test UBIM armoured engineering vehicle in 2019

    The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) plans to test the newest UBIM (Universalnaya Bronirovannaya Inzhenernaya Mashina) multipurpose armoured engineering vehicle (AEV) in 2019, an industry source told Jane’s . “State trials of the UBIM are scheduled for this year. The vehicle, developed

  • Netherlands reforms artillery unit

    The Royal Netherlands Army began to regain its independent fire-support capabilities by standing up the independent 41 Artillery Detachment in Oldenroek on 18 January, the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its website. The new unit consists of three batteries with six Panzerhaubitze

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  • RAF brings back fast jet training on Hawk T1

    A continuing shortage of capacity in its flying training organisation has led the UK’s Royal Air Force (RAF) to return to training pilots on Hawk T1 aircraft, three years after it retired the analog cockpit-equipped jet from this role. Later this year, the RAF will begin training fast jet
  • France orders new EDA-S landing craft

    An industry team led by French equipment manufacturer CNIM has been awarded a contract by defense procurement and technology agency Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA) to build 14 new EDA-S (Engin de Débarquement Amphibie Standard) landing craft for the French Navy.
  • China’s FL-1 MALE UAV performs maiden flight

    Zhong Tian Guide Control Technology Company (ZT Guide), a Xi’an-based manufacturer of electronic and industrial equipment, announced on 20 January that it has successfully completed the maiden flight of its Fei Long-1 (Flying Dragon-1 or FL-1) medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial