• Four companies shortlisted to replace Australia’s Shadow 200 TUAS capability

    Four companies will compete to replace the Australian Army’s Shadow 200 Tactical Unmanned Aerial System (TUAS) through project Land 129 Phase 3, the Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra announced on 20 March. The shortlisted companies – Insitu Pacific, Leidos Australia, Raytheon

  • China’s latest Haiyi underwater gliders complete Indian Ocean deployment

    Upgraded Haiyi (Sea Wing) underwater gliders deployed from a Chinese government scientific research vessel on 11 December 2019 have successfully conducted an underwater survey expedition in the East Indian Ocean, the company responsible for manufacturing the gliders announced in late March. The

  • Argentine companies present rotary-wing UAV

    Argentine companies Cicaré, INVAP, and Marinelli have presented for the first time a prototype of the Asteri RUAS 160, a rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designed for the defence, security, and agriculture markets. The presentation took place at the Expoagro agriculture fair, held in

  • Germany to end anti-IS Tornado reconnaissance mission

    Germany will end its Tornado reconnaissance flights against the so-called Islamic State (IS) on 31 March, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 11 March after the federal government extended the mandate of other German forces in Iraq. Four Luftwaffe Tornado reconnaissance aircraft have been

  • Dstl orders its first fleet of autonomous UGVs

    The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) announced on 16 March that it had ordered five autonomous unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs). A GBP2.3 million (USD2.8 million) contract was awarded to HORIBA MIRA for three Viking 6×6 all-terrain UGVs and a GBP2.7 million contract to QinetiQ

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  • IrvinGQ develops airdrop cage for THeMIS UGV

    UK-based aerial delivery equipment and parachute developer IrvinGQ has developed ATAX, an airdrop system that can deliver Tracked Hybrid Modular Infantry System (THeMIS) unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), Estonia’s Milrem Robotics announced on 26 March. The ATAX is a modular, rapid-rig/de-rig,
  • US Navy prepares for possible Columbia delay, GAO reports

    While the US Navy (USN) still considers the timely acquisition of its Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) to be its priority programme to ensure there is no gap in strategic patrols, the service is hedging against a potential delay in the delivery of the new submarine, according to the