• 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

  • US Army seeking APS technology for Bradley vehicles

    Once again the US army is looking for new active protection systems (APSs) to equip on its family of M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles. Whether this is a positive or negative for IMI Systems’ Iron Fist remains unclear. On 11 December, the service issued a draft request for proposal in the
  • Slovakia signs for F-16V fighters

    The Slovak government has signed a EUR1.6 billion (USD1.8 billion) procurement contract with the US Department of Defense (DoD) for 14 Lockheed Martin F-16V Block 70/72 Fighting Falcon multirole combat aircraft. “The Slovak Republic officially signed documents on the basis of which it will
  • Rwanda displays previously unseen self-propelled artillery

    A Chinese-made wheeled self-propelled artillery system was seen in service with the Rwandan Defence Force (RDF) for the first time in photographs released by President Paul Kagame on 11 December. The Rwandan president was viewing the final day of the annual combined arms exercise held at the Gabiro
  • RAF flies Meteor BVRAAM on Typhoon for first time

    The MBDA Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) is now operational aboard UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 10 December. According to the MoD, for the first time Meteor-armed Typhoons were scrambled from RAF
  • Philippines Navy demos new Spike ER capability

    The Philippines Navy conducted an open demonstration of its first surface-to-surface missile capability on 21 November, firing two Rafael Advanced Defence Systems Spike ER (extended range) effectors from a Multipurpose Assault Craft (MPAC) Mk III platform.  The Navy’s three current MPAC
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