Piaggio's prototype Hammerhead MALE UAV at Farnborough Airshow. Photo: Richard de Silva Demand for maritime unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is soaring as governments identify an enduring need to invest in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems. This is a civilian and commercial requirement as much as a military one – the recent examples of missing Malaysian Airline...Full Article »
You may have heard that Great Britain's £70m next-generation fighter jet, the F-35 Lightning II, had a bit of an accident this month. But that's just the latest twist in a long and expensive history. What is the F-35? The fully-networked nightmare child of Skynet and a guided missile. More prosaically, it’s the fruit of the USA’s 20-year Joint Strike Fighter programme,...Full Article »
The Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence is beginning a mechanisation programme under its National Defence System Development Programme 2014-2023. The programme will see the East European power acquire a number of new vehicles and upgrade some of its existing fleet. “The procurement project of infantry fighting vehicles is one of long-term phases of the modernisation of the Lithuanian...Full Article »
Saab has withdrawn from the Danish Air Force’s competition to replace its F-16 combat jet. The Gripen is no longer in the running after Saab failed to submit a bid for the contract, which will supply 24 to 30 next generation jets to Denmark. Airbus, Boeing and Lockheed Martin have submitted proposals for their Eurofighter Typhoon, F/A-18E/F and F-35 jets respectively. A decision is due...Full Article »
Japan has changed its constitution. Or, rather, has “reinterpreted” it. Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet announced recently that it approved the constitutional reinterpretation to allow Japan a “limited” right to collective self defence. The decision was taken to overturn a 67-year ban on allowing the Japanese Self-Defence Force to assist close allies should they come under...Full Article »
Goa Shipyard Ltd. (GSL) has delivered the fourth Saryu-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV) to the Indian Navy. INS Sumitra, a 105-metre anti-piracy vessel, features several electronic, communication and weapon systems. The Indian Navy has already taken delivery of three OPVs – INS Saryu, Sunayna and Sumedha – and is currently awaiting delivery of another two. The indigenously built...Full Article »
BAE Systems has unveiled a new Helmet-Mounted Display (HMD) with an integrated night vision camera to allow fighter pilots to see in the dark. The Striker II helmet was unveiled at the Farnborough Airshow, which features a display that projects mission critical information to the user on the visor, such as target data and co-ordinates of objects below. “As the industry transitions from...Full Article »
The crash site near the village of Grabovo in Ukraine “Shot down. Shot down. Not an accident. Blown out of the sky.” US Vice President Joe Biden confirmed that Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 from Amsterdam had been attacked – it had not crashed, it was not missing, it had been attacked by terrorists. The question now remains, which terrorists? Pro-Russian separatists in eastern...Full Article »
THE failure of the Joint Strike Fighter to travel to England for a premier air show has heaped further embarrassment on its developers as they try to convince sceptics that the $US400 billion ($A432.78 billion) program is a price worth paying. THE plane couldn't cross the Atlantic to be gazed at by industry experts at the Farnborough Airshow in southern England, as experts try to sort out...Full Article »
Brazil and Colombia sign joint agreement. Photo: Cotecmar Brazil and Colombia have agreed to jointly develop the Amazon Patrol Vessel ( Buque Patrullero Amazónico - BPA), a specialist patrol vessel for the river Amazon to increase surveillance and reconnaissance throughout the region. Colombia’s government-owned Cotecmar (the Corporation for Science and Technology Development of the...Full Article »Events of Interest
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