• SeaRAM in live-fire exercise [DSEI15, D3]

    The US Navy in August conducted the first launch of a Raytheon RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) Block 1A from a SeaRAM Anti-Ship Missile Defense System during a live-fire exercise at the Naval Air Warfare (Navair) Center Weapons Division sea range, Point Magu, California. During the exercise,

  • Minimised routers [DSEI15, D4]

    Ruggedised computer and communication equipment for extreme environments now comes in a mini format. Swedish firm Aqeri (Stand N2-310) is showing two routers, a video matrix switch, a NAS and a VoIP gateway router. The products are designed for tough environments where space and weight, for example

  • A glimpse into the future of warships [DSEI15, D4]

    A futuristic concept for a radical surface warship with an advanced low-manned operations room is being showcased on the Startpoint stand (S10-280) in DSEI’s Naval Zone. Startpoint is a collective brand that has been created to capture the UK’s evolving approach to maritime mission

  • Cruise missile advance [DSEI15, D4]

    Lockheed Martin and Turkish missile house Roketsan signed a contract to co-operatively develop the SOM-J autonomous, long-range, low-observable, all-weather precision air-to- surface cruise missile for integration into the weapons bay of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II multirole fighter. A

  • Desert Hawk baby arrives [DSEI15, D4]

    Lockheed Martin’s Desert Hawk hand-launched UAV has been in British Army service since 2009, flying more than 30,000 hours in support of forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. Originally procured under an urgent operational requirement, Desert Hawk is now being brought into the Core Defence

  • USN awards cruiser USS Cowpens modernisation contract

    The US Naval Sea Systems Command awarded General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Company a USD147.7 million firm-fixed-price contract to overhaul and upgrade the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63) on 14 August. This long-term availability will include a
  • Qatar on track to receive Apaches from 2019

    Qatar is on track to receive its recently ordered Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters from 2019 through to mid-2020. The Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) project officer said on 13 August that the first batch of 24 helicopters ordered in 2016 will be received before the end of next year.
  • Central African military receives new equipment

    The Central African Armed Forces (FACA) has received over 120 assorted vehicles donated by the United States and China. President Faustin-Archange Touadéra received more than 70 vehicles with a value of over USD15 million from the Chinese company Poly Technologies on 8 August. The vehicles
  • Hyundai lays keel for New Zealand’s naval fleet tanker

    Key Points Hyundai has laid down a 173 m fleet tanker on order for the Royal New Zealand Navy Country is on track to receive the vessel, which will support global deployments of the New Zealand Defence Force, by 2020 South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has laid down the fleet
  • First 18 HIMARS ordered for Romania

    The US Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, in Alabama has awarded Lockheed Martin a USD218 million Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract for the first 18 M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launchers for Romania, the US Department of Defense announced on 9 August. The
  • Barak-8 to equip Israeli Sa’ar 6 corvettes

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has been awarded a contract by the Israeli Ministry of Defence (MoD) to supply the Barak-8 weapon system for the Israeli Navy’s four future Magen-class corvettes. Designated Sa’ar 6 in Israeli service, the new corvettes are being acquired under the
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