• 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 announces ‘ambitious’ defence space programme

    The UK government has announced what it describes to be an “ambitious” defence space programme that will see more than GBP30 million (USD37.25 million) invested in a number of separate but related efforts. Speaking at the 2019 Chief of the Air Staff’s Air and Space Power
  • Iranian army deploys armed UAVs

    The Islamic Republic of Iran Army Ground Forces (IRIAGF) has deployed three Mohajer-6 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), it was announced on 17 July. Iranian media cited Brigadier General Shahram Hassannejad, the commander of the IRIAGF’s UAV unit, as saying that the aircraft would be used to
  • Japan launches second Maya-class destroyer

    Shipbuilding company Japan Marine United (JMU) Corporation launched the second of two Maya (Improved Atago)-class destroyers on order for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) on 17 July. Named Haguro (pennant number 180), the 170 m-long vessel entered the water in a ceremony held at
  • UK ramps up LMM firing activities

    The UK Royal Navy (RN) in early July conducted pilot surface-to-surface trials of the Thales UK Lightweight Multirole Missile (LMM) – designated ‘Martlet’ in RN service – from a frigate at an off-shore firing range in the Irish Sea. The trials, in which a five-round LMM
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