• IDEX 2019: Milrem Robotics unveils missile-armed THeMIS UGV

    Estonia’s Milrem Robotics unveiled a variant of its Tracked Hybrid Modular Infantry System (THeMIS) unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) equipped with MBDA’s Integrated MMP Precision Attack Combat Turret (IMPACT) at the IDEX 2019 exhibition held in Abu Dhabi on 17–21 February. The IMPACT

  • USN releases RFI for Unmanned Maritime Autonomy Architecture

    The US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) issued a request for information (RFI) on 15 February for the service’s proposed Unmanned Maritime Autonomy Architecture (UMAA). NAVSEA’s Program Executive Office (PEO) Unmanned and Small Combatants (USC), Unmanned Maritime Systems (UMS) Program

  • EU legislators move one big step closer to setting up European Defence Fund

    Key Points The Council and European Parliament provisionally agreed the EDF will receive EUR13 billion from the EU’s 2021–27 general budget. The EDF will promote technological innovation and defence sector co-operation on advanced interoperable European equipment The EU’s two

  • US Air Force chief of staff unconcerned with F-35A gun inaccuracy

    Key Points The US Air Force chief of staff is not concerned with the F-35A gun’s inaccuracy He said the aircraft’s primary task is to fuse information and adjust combat strategies on the fly The US Air Force’s (USAF’s) top officer is not concerned with Lockheed Martin

  • Boeing wins out in XLUUV race

    Boeing has been selected to develop and manufacture a new class of Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (XLUUV) for the US Navy (USN), edging out competition from Lockheed Martin. Designed to be deployed from a shore base or a host amphibious ship platform, the Orca XLUUV is an accelerated

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  • Aero India 2019: HAL showcases Naval Utility Helicopter

    Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) showcased the technology demonstrator of the Dhruv Mk III Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) with folding tail boom and main rotor blades, designated Naval Utility Helicopter (NUH). The helicopter, primarily designed to meet the requirements of the Indian Coast
  • IDEX 2019: New Russian SPMs make international debut

    Russia’s newest self-propelled mortars (SPMs), the Floks and Drok, made their international debut at the IDEX show being held in Abu Dhabi between 17–21 February, with models of both systems being displayed for the first time. A representative of the systems’ manufacturer,
  • Iran commissions Fateh submarine

    The Islamic Republic of Iran Navy (IRIN) officially commissioned its first indigenously developed Fateh-class submarine on 17 February. The ceremony was held at the Bandar Abbas naval base and was attended by President Hassan Rouhani. Defence Minister Amir Hatami was quoted as saying that the
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