• Budget shows USN charting course away from big-ship fleet mentality

    While most US defence analysts say it is likely Congress will reinstate budget funding to refuel and overhaul the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and reverse a US Navy (USN) decision to retire the ship early, there is a growing consensus that US lawmakers and the USN are moving away

  • UK MoD launches autonomous UUV competition

    The UK government’s Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) mechanism has launched a new multi-year themed competition, seeking proposals to develop an autonomous version of an existing large underwater vehicle. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) aims to address the Royal Navy’s need to

  • China’s amphibious USV emerges

    The state-owned China Shipbuilding Industry Company (CSIC) announced on its Weibo social media account on 8 April that its Wuchang Shipbuilding subsidiary in Wuhan has successfully completed factory acceptance tests of the Marine Lizard amphibious combat unmanned surface vessel (USV) prototype.

  • Update: LAAD 2019: Jetwind of Brazil develops 3-in-1 UAV

    Jetwind Brasil Services and Technologies has developed a 3-in-1 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that has military applicability, according to a company official. Tiago Giglio Rodrigues, Jetwind founder and executive director, told Jane’s on 5 April at the 2019 LAAD Defence & Security

  • RQ-11B Raven UAS in service with Uzbek military

    A video released on 13 April by the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Uzbekistan shows that the AeroVironment RQ-11B Raven unmanned aerial system (UAS) is now operational with the country’s military. The video displays a hand-launched RQ-11B unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) participating in

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  • UK safety watchdog highlights Watchkeeper UAV shortfalls

    Key Points The British Army is still having issues operating its Watchkeepers, despite the UAVs having received their ‘release to service’ certification Three Watchkeeper UAVs have crashed in recent years while on UK-based training sorties UK safety investigators have identified
  • China advances Marine Lizard amphibious USV development

    Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group, a Wuhan-based subsidiary of the state-owned China Shipbuilding Industry Company (CSIC), has delivered the first pre-production hull for the Marine Lizard amphibious combat unmanned surface vessel (USV) following successful factory acceptance tests at its