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Black Hornet order marks new type of aid for Ukraine
2nd September 2022
An undisclosed number of Black Hornet Personal Reconnaissance System micro-UAVs will be supplied to Ukraine to aid urban warfare operations.
Russia's new maritime doctrine big on naval rivalry, short on realism
24th August 2022
Russia's July 2022 Maritime Doctrine is noticeably more ideological, closer to Soviet concepts and oriented towards rivalry with the USA and naval aspirations.
The world allows China to encircle, blockade and intimidate Taiwan (Opinion)
15th August 2022
Belligerent China spit the dummy and attempted to bludgeon Taiwan into submission with its largest military exercises in recent memory.
Russian weapons riddled with Western electronic components, RUSI finds
10th August 2022
Russian weapons used in its invasion of Ukraine are full of Western-made electronic components, a report from the RUSI think tank has found.
New French overseas patrol vessels set for 2023 service entry
4th August 2022
The first of six POM overseas patrol boats for use in France's Pacific territories has commenced sea trials and is due to enter service in New Caledonia in January 2023.
Farnborough 2022: PBS confirms four customers for its new turbojet engine
27th July 2022
Shephard met PBS Velka Bites at the Farnborough International Airshow to discuss the unveiling of its new turbojet engine and future developments.
Ireland adopts middle course for defence spending growth with air surveillance radar a priority
25th July 2022
The Irish government aims to increase annual defence spending by 40% to €1.5 billion by 2028 with better airspace surveillance identified as a critical requirement, although no firm procurement decisions have been made.
Northrop Grumman to build missile integration facility
8th July 2022
Northrop Grumman is building a new missile integration facility in West Virginia.
UK to expand weapons training for Ukraine
1st July 2022
Ukrainian soldiers are being trained in the UK on artillery and Multiple Rocket Launcher Systems.
Last Red Hawk test aircraft handed over as Saab shifts manufacturing to US
21st June 2022
The last T-7A Red Hawk development jet received its aft section from Sweden and was joined with the forward fuselage. All future subassembly production work will now take place at Saab’s new facility in Indiana.
Why is China allowed to freely threaten war? (Opinion)
20th June 2022
China used the opportunity afforded by Shangri-La Dialogue 2022 to advocate war and browbeat Taiwan.
Ukraine faces major artillery imbalance despite MLRS donations
16th June 2022
The provision of MLRS from the UK may only dent a deep fires imbalance between Russian and Ukrainian forces, but it also raises the question of production capacity.
Danish Harpoon missiles could ease Black Sea coast pressure on Ukraine
25th May 2022
The supply of the missiles could help Ukraine alleviate pressure on its Black Sea coast, which has effectively been under blockade by the Russian Navy since the beginning of the invasion.
How can the West exploit the disruptive technologies of the future? (Studio)
19th May 2022
The Russian invasion of Ukraine has exposed the danger from peer rivals while non-state actors remain a disruptive threat. To meet these evolving challenges, the Five Eyes must embrace the power of emerging technologies.
USMC cites aggressor training as vital for future success
17th May 2022
Are plans to bolster USMC aggressor training capability sufficient to address a known shortfall?
Programme Results - Defence Insight
Light attack, Trainer
Earlier on 3 August 2017, the US State Department announced that it has approved a possible FMS of 12 A-29 Super Tucanos to Nigeria for ...
Navio Polivalente Logistico (NAVPOL) (Portugal)
Programme Background Requirements The NAVPOL is expected to feature a flexible and modular LPD design capable of amphibious operations and HADR tasks. Timeline The plans for ...
Viana do Castelo Class (second batch)
Programme Background The Viana do Castelo class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) are used for maritime patrol and surveillance, fisheries protection, SAR, anti-drug and anti-arms trafficking, illegal immigration ...
Maritime Patrol Aircraft (Singapore)
Programme Background Deployed from Changi West airbase, and jointly operated by the RSAF and Republic of Singapore Navy, the ageing Fokker 50 fleet is primarily ...
Philippine Coast Guard - Additional French OPVs
Programme Background The Philippine Coast Guard has set its sights on having a fleet of five new OPVs in its quest to sustain monitoring of ...
Military UAS - fixed-wing, Military UAS - MALE
Programme Background Domestic Production Possibility As reported by TurDef, a defence news outlet focussing on Turkey, in March 2023, İsmail Yusuf Abba, Nigeria's ambassador to Ankara, stated at ...
Daegu Class (FFX Batch II) (South Korea)
Programme Background The Incheon and Daegu classes are part of a re-capitalisation effort to replace the older Pohang-class corvettes and Ulsan-class frigates with a new FFX class ...
Submarines nuclear, ballistic missile
Programme Background The Type 096 SSBNs are expected to operate alongside the PLANs Type 094 Jin-class submarines which entered service between 2007 and 2020. These ...
APCs/IFVs - 4x4
LAV Replacement (Japan)
Programme Background The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) and Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) received 1,937 Light Armoured Vehicles (LAVs) from Komatsu between 2001 and ...
Military helicopters - attack
Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) (USA)
Programme Background Requirement The US Army initiated the FARA project in 2018 to develop a replacement for Army attack and scout helicopters, such as the OH-58D Kiowa and AH-64 Apaches. ...
Military UAS - rotary-wing, Military UAS - tactical
Système de Drone Aérien pour la Marine (SDAM) [France]
Programme Background Requirement The requirement for the SDAM programme is a rotary-wing VTOL-capable UAV with a modular configuration capable of hosting a range of payloads. ...
Submarines: nuclear, attack
SSN(R) Astute Class Replacement Programme
Programme Background Requirements The UK MoD has begun the planning process to replace the seven Astute-class nuclear attack submarines (SSNs) under the SSN-Replacement (SSN(R)) programme ...
Equipment Results - Defence Insight
The CESA (Centre d’Essais et de Services sur les Systèmes Autonomes) UAV test centre is a collaboration between the Bordeaux TechnoWest technopole, DSAC (Directions de ...
OPV 190 MKII
The OCEA OPV 190 MKII is descended from the OCEA OPVs range. To fulfil its maritime security missions, the design of the vessel OCEA-type OPV ...
Land: software-defined radios and modems
The Falcon III RF-300H is Harris’s next-generation Falcon radio. The manpack solution was first presented at the AFCEA West conference on 21 February 2017. The ...
Sea: procedural training
DAS supports the development and deployment of the Interactive Multisensor Analysis Training (IMAT) system for the US Navy, used at navy schoolhouse and training centres, ...
Fighter - electronic warfare
Tornado ECR EW
The Panavia Tornado Electronic Combat Reconnaissance Aircraft (ECR), is a twin-engine multi-role combat aircraft developed and manufactured jointly by the governments and industry bases of Italy, ...
RPK-8, also known as Zapad (West), is a rocket launcher system designated to provide protection against surface ships, enemy submarines and torpedoes. At the core ...
The Leopard 1 was developed from 1956-65 to meet the requirement of the West Germany Army for a new MBT to replace the US-supplied M47s ...
The MP5 is one of the most prolific 9mm SMGs in production, with more than 100 variants developed to meet the requirements of military, paramilitary ...
Air: helicopter flight simulators
UH-60 Black Hawk Training Devices
FlightSafety offers UH-60A/L pilot training on their Black Hawk Level D simulator at West Palm Beach, Florida. The UH-60A/L pilot training features the company’s exclusive ...
The RPB 33 offshore patrol boat from France's Raidco Marine is designed for the use of naval forces to enhance maritime surveillance capabilities. This new ...
Land: fire control systems
Fieldguard is an active all-weather fire control system used to improve the accuracy of field artillery and multiple rocket launchers. Originally developed by Oerlikon Contraves ...
The T58 is a US turboshaft helicopter engine. Development commenced with a 1953 USN requirement for a helicopter turboshaft to weigh under 180kg while delivering ...
Submarines: conventional, attack
Santa Cruz (TR 1700) Class
The Santa Cruz-class diesel-electric submarines were built for the Argentine Navy by Thyssen Nordseewerke. Six submarines based on the TR 1700 type were planned for ...
Military UAS - fixed-wing, Military UAS - HALE
The Caihong (Rainbow), also known as the Cai Hong or CH, is a solar-powered HALE platform designed for near-space flight. It is suitable for military ...
Air: Defensive Systems - Radar Warning Receivers
BAE Systems’ AN/ALQ-221 is a self-protection system equipping the United States Air Force’s Lockheed Martin U-2S Dragon Lady reconnaissance aircraft. The company announced that it ...