• ECA Group to supply Cobra UGVs to Thai military

    French robotics company ECA Group has been awarded a new contract to supply several units of its Cobra MK2 E unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) to the Thai military. The company said in an 11 September statement that it will execute the contract for the wheeled UGVs, which are to be used to counter

  • MBDA unveils Spectre combat UAV concept

    MBDA in the United Kingdom has unveiled a new combat unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) concept designed to provide on-call, low-cost organic precision effects close air support for forward-deployed land forces. Spectre is a tilt wing, electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) combat air system

  • RNLAF reforms squadron to operate Reapers

    The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) is re-activating its 306 Squadron at Leeuwarden Air Base to operate the four MQ-9 Reaper Block 5 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) it is procuring, the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its website on 14 September. The Netherlands ordered four

  • AFA 2018: Mercury Systems offers a new processing blade for on-platform processing

    Mercury Systems has introduced a new processing blade for advanced on-platform processing, machine learning, and artificial intelligence (AI) applications. Each EnsembleSeries LDS3517 blade combines an Intel Xeon D server-class processor, a Xilinx UltraScale field-programmable gate array (FPGA),

  • IDF says Syrian military entirely responsible for downing Russian Il-20

    In response to Moscow’s allegation that Israeli jets used the Il-20 that was shot down on 17 September as cover for an airstrike, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has blamed indiscriminate fire by Syrian air defence units for the loss of the Russian electronic intelligence aircraft. In a rare

  • Indian MoD approves procurements worth USD1.25 billion

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved the procurement of military equipment worth INR91 billion (USD1.25 billion), including two regiments of the Akash self-propelled, surface-to-air missile (SAM) system. The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), which is headed by Defence Minister

  • AFA 2018: Insitu unveils Integrator Extended Range ISR UAV

    Key Points Insitu unveiled its Integrator Extended Range small UAV The SATCOM-enabled aircraft will have 10 hours time on station at 200 n miles Insitu on 17 September unveiled its Integrator Extended Range (IER) 66 kg beyond line-of-sight (BLOS) intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance

  • Croatia to establish Centre for Unmanned Aerial Systems

    The Croatian government announced on 13 September that the Croatian Armed Forces (CAF) would return to Pula airfield on the Istria peninsula, some 190 km southwest of Zagreb, after abandoning it in 2012. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) plans to base 150 troops from the CAF’s support command,

  • Russian REX-1 counter-UAV system breaks cover on exercise

    Images from Russia’s major ‘Vostok 2018’ exercise on 13 September appear to show a production version of the REX-1 counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) weapon in use by Russian Federation airborne troops. The REX-1 is a rifle-like, man-portable jammer developed by Kalashnikov

  • DX Korea 2018: RoKA outlines plans for new ‘Dronebot Warrior’ unit

    The Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) aims to formally establish a specialised unit that will operate and develop new concepts of operation for unmanned aerial and unmanned ground vehicles (UAVs and UGVs) by 2019, an army spokesperson told Jane’s at the DX Korea 2018 exhibition. The new unit

  • Portugal orders Raven B UAS

    The Portuguese Army Logistics Command awarded AeroVironment a EUR5.9 million (USD6.9 million) contract in late August for 12 RQ-11B Raven DDL (digital datalink) unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and associated equipment and services. Deliveries will take place from March 2019 to January 2021 for the

  • DX Korea 2018: Hanwha launches Unmanned Ground Combat Vehicle development for RoKA

    South Korean defence prime Hanwha has taken the opportunity at the DX Korea 2018 land forces exhibition to unveil a new 6×6 unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) prototype that will be further developed to meet a future requirement of the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA). Jane’s understands from

  • DX Korea 2018: Hanwha unveils infantry support UGV development

    South Korea’s Hanwha Group has unveiled a new 4×4 modular unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) development programme that is aimed at addressing a future Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) requirement for autonomous tactical support platforms. Under development by Hanwha Land Systems’ Defense

  • Zambian Hermes 450 UAV spotted

    The Zambian Air Force (ZAF) is operating at least one Elbit Systems Hermes 450 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), a photograph released on an internet forum has confirmed. The photograph showed the Hermes 450 inside a hangar and clearly marked with both the Zambian flag and the ZAF roundel. The UAV had

  • US Army issues specifications for small VTOL UAV

    The US Army has released required performance specifications for a small vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that it wishes to procure under the Short-Range Reconnaissance (SRR) programme. The specifications, released to industry on 10 September, are based on evolving

  • India issues RFI for 75 mini remotely piloted aircraft systems

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has invited responses by 26 November to a recently issued request for information (RFI) regarding the import of 75 high-altitude mini remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPASs) for the Indian Army (IA). Released on 31 August, the RFI requires that the unmanned

  • UAVOS showcases latest UAVs

    UAVOS Inc, a US-based company specialising in the design, development and manufacturing of unmanned vehicles and associated control systems, is partnering with India’s Bharat Drone Systems to develop a range of air vehicles and technologies to meet emerging Indian armed forces requirements.

  • Russia enhances unmanned MCM capabilities

    The Russian Navy is set to benefit from an expanding range of unmanned mine-countermeasures (MCM) systems that will augment its next-generation Alexandrit (Project 12700)-class mine-countermeasures vessels (MCMVs), industry sources have revealed to Jane’s . Present efforts include the

  • UK trials T7 UGVs ahead of delivery

    The British Army has received several test examples of its new Harris T7 unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), which are undergoing acceptance trials at Kineton in Warwickshire ahead of first deliveries of production models by the end of November, Jane’s has learnt. The United Kingdom is the

  • UMS Skeldar details V-200B development

    An increase in reliability and safety of the newly launched Skeldar V-200B unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) contributed to its selection by the German Navy for use on board its K130 Braunschweig-class corvettes, UMS Skeldar officials told Jane’s . The latest version of the rotary-wing UAV was

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