• MBDA revenues increase, order backlog grows

    European missile manufacturing consortium MBDA announced in its annual results that the firm’s order book had hit a record EUR17.4 billion (USD19.78 billion) following an absolute-terms increase of EUR600 million. “This backlog is important as it provides us with important coverage and

  • MBDA test fires Brimstone 3

    European missile house MBDA completed the first firing trial of the Brimstone 3 precision strike missile at the Vidsel Test Range in Sweden last month, the company has disclosed. Conducted in temperatures below -30°, the missile was surface launched against a pick-up truck target. MBDA said

  • Philippines signals procurement reform

    The Philippines Department of National Defence (DND) has outlined a commitment to introduce additional reforms to improve the country’s military procurement processes. The DND said the emphasis of new measures will be to enhance transparency and to enable acquisitions to be more responsive to

  • ST Engineering positions Bronco to meet Bv206 requirements

    Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering) is positioning its Bronco 3 to address the potential emerging requirements of current Bv206 users, according to Dominic Phoon, vice-president and product director of the Programme Management Office. The Bronco 3 was specifically designed for

  • RUAG unbundling plans take shape

    The Swiss government has crystallised its plans for the future of defence firm RUAG, following a meeting of the country’s Federal Council. Under plans submitted by RUAG and approved by the government, RUAG Holdings will be split into two organisations: MRO Switzerland and RUAG International.

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  • Rocket man: SOF teams demo wearable flight systems

    SOF personnel may soon be able to turn 'jetpacks' from science fiction into reality, as wearable jet propulsion technologies appear to be advancing. A variety of jetpacks are being considered by SOF components around the world, including USSOCOM and French COS. Andrew White reports
  • Shaping the future: The UK’s Joint Expeditionary Force

    The United Kingdom’s new Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) is a pool of high-readiness forces that can respond rapidly to any peacetime security, humanitarian, or warfighting role. The independent force is developing quickly with European partners and, despite the UK’s imminent departure from the EU, the JEF is set to ensure the country will continue to play a vital role in European defence while maintaining its full commitment to NATO. David Reynolds reports
  • Keep on keeping on: South America’s navies strive to sustain submarine capabilities

    Faced with ageing submarine fleets - many fast approaching the end of their service lives - a number of South American navies have launched programmes to upgrade or replace them. Tim Fish reports
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  • Houthi UAVs infiltrate Saudi airspace

    An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operated by Yemen’s Ansar Allah rebel group (popularly known as the Houthis) has penetrated more than 120 km into Saudi airspace to film a desalination plant on the kingdom’s Red Sea coast. The confirmation of the flight came in the form of aerial
  • UK cancels ASDOT aggressor programme

    The UK has cancelled its effort to provide air combat training for its pilots using private contractors, with a Ministry of Defence (MoD) spokesperson telling Jane’s that it is re-examining its options. The decision to cancel the Air Support to Defence Operational Training (ASDOT) project,
  • 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
  • Houthi UAVs infiltrate Saudi airspace

    An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operated by Yemen’s Ansar Allah rebel group (popularly known as the Houthis) has penetrated more than 120 km into Saudi airspace to film a desalination plant on the kingdom’s Red Sea coast. The confirmation of the flight came in the form of aerial
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