• DARPA awards contracts for Blackjack small satellite programme

    Key Points DARPA recently awarded contracts for its Blackjack small satellite effort Blackjack is an architecture demonstration intending to show military utility of global LEO small satellite constellations The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded a pair of contracts

  • India eases defence licencing requirements

    The Indian government has eased defence industrial licencing requirements in a move intended to benefit local small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). In a revised list of defence items published by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry earlier in January the government has removed a requirement

  • PLA Navy commissions amphibious assault ship, destroyer

    China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has commissioned its sixth Type 071 (Yuzhao)-class amphibious assault ship and another Type 052D (Luyang III)-class destroyer. Although there has been no evident coverage of the commissioning in Chinese state-owned news media, photographs

  • SAIC completes acquisition of Engility

    Science Applications International Corp (SAIC) has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Engility Holdings, which will now become a wholly owned subsidiary of the government services provider. Under the deal, which was first announced in September 2018, Engility will be incorporated

  • South Korea launches defence blockchain project

    South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has launched a programme to encourage local industry to develop blockchain technologies for military applications. DAPA said on 15 January that the project, through which the agency is offering domestic industry access to

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  • Update: France launches F4 upgrade for Rafale

    France has formally launched the development of the F4-standard for the Dassault Rafale combat aircraft, the manufacturer announced on 14 January. Eric Trappier, chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation, received the F4-standard development contract for the Rafale during a visit by French defence
  • MBDA validates dual-role capability for Mistral missile

    MBDA has validated a dual-role capability with the latest version of its Mistral very short-range surface-to-air missile with a demonstration of a surface-to-surface engagement with effector at an undisclosed range off the Mediterranean coast in late 2018. In the course of the company-funded firing
  • China’s SZMID highlights handheld C-UAV system

    Shen Zhou Ming Da High Technology Co Ltd (SZMID), a Beijing-based company specialising in radio frequency (RF) detection and jamming technology for counter unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) applications, is eyeing export opportunities for its indigenously developed DZ-02 Pro Portable Jammer Gun. The
  • Russian deploys new CBRN vehicle to Syria

    Russia has deployed its newest chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) reconnaissance vehicle to Syria to operate with military police units patrolling the Idlib de-escalation zone. An RKhM-6 vehicle was seen in footage shown by the Russia 24 television network on 7 November that was
  • Update: France launches F4 upgrade for Rafale

    France has formally launched the development of the F4-standard for the Dassault Rafale combat aircraft, the manufacturer announced on 14 January. Eric Trappier, chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation, received the F4-standard development contract for the Rafale during a visit by French defence
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