• Keep on trucking [SOFEX18D3]

    Being displayed in public for the first time is one of the Royal Jordanian Air Force’s PZL Mielec/Sikorsky M28 Skytruck utility transports.

  • Light Attack Experiment enters next phase [SOFEX18D3]

    On Monday the US Air Force began the second phase of its Light Attack Experiment (OA-X) to gather data ahead of a potential buy of aircraft that could perform close air and special operations support in permissive air defence environments.

  • Arena-E awaits first contract [SOFEX18D3]

    The Russian KBM Joint Stock Company (Hall 4, Stand A401) claims to have completed development of the latest-generation Arena-E hard kill active defence system (ADS). This has been designed for installation on main battle tanks and infantry fighting vehicles, to enhance their survivability against incoming threats such as ground- and air-launched anti-tank guided missiles, as well as the more widely deployed unguided antitank weapons fitted with a high-explosive anti-tank warhead.

  • Defeat silent intruders [SOFEX18D3]

    With increasing emphasis on evolving threats, also discussed at SOFEX this week as part of ‘hyper warfare in the grey zone’, US-based SRC Inc (Hall 6, Stand B648) offers several solutions in the area of counter- UAS (C-UAS).

  • Turkish aviation expertise [SOFEX18D3]

    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) is rapidly expanding its capabilities along a number of avenues. Here at SOFEX some of its principal areas of expertise are being presented (Hall 1, Stand A108), including Turkey’s TF National Fighter project, which is being pursued to equip the Turkish air force by replacing the F-16 from the 2030s.

  • 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.
  • China closing the satellite imagery capability gap

    A Chinese Earth-observation satellite launched on 31 July from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre may be capable of achieving ground-image resolution of 10 cm or less. If confirmed, this would give China a satellite-imaging capability second only to the United States and possibly comparable to the
  • 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
  • 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
  • Lithuania acquires Sitaware Frontline for Boxer IFVs

    Systematic’s Sitaware Frontline command-and-control (C2) software is to be integrated onto the Lithuanian Land Force’s future armoured combat vehicles, the company announced on 8 August. Sitaware Frontline will be installed aboard the Land Force’s 8x8 Boxer infantry fighting
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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