• 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

  • UK Poseidon makes maiden flight

    The first Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime multimission aircraft (MMA) for the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) made its maiden flight on 13 July. The first of nine Poseidon MMAs for the UK, serial number ZP801, made its inaugural flight out of Boeing’s Renton facility near Seattle, Washington, ahead of
  • Nigerian Army commissions new locally produced vehicles

    The Nigerian Army formally commissioned into service a range of new indigenously designed and manufactured vehicles during its annual celebration day at the Ikeja Military Cantonment in Lagos state on 6 July. Several types produced by the Nigerian Army Vehicle Manufacturing Company (NAVMC) were
  • France launches first Barracuda SSN

    France’s first new-generation Suffren-class (Barracuda) nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN), Suffren, was ceremonially launched at Naval Group’s Cherbourg site on 12 July. Although the event was qualified as a launching ceremony, Suffren’s drydock will not actually be flooded
  • IDF rapidly developing non-lethal systems for Gaza border

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have in recent months deployed a number of new non-lethal weapons and crowd-control measures on the border with the Gaza Strip as part of an effort to give its Gaza Division new tools to deal with weekly disturbances organised by the Palestinian militant group Hamas.
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