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Operational Evaluation Commences for RAF Eurofighter Typhoon Fleet Enhancements

An initial phase of enhancements to ensure that the Royal Air Force’s (RAF) Eurofighter Typhoon fleet is ready to take on the role currently performed by Tornado aircraft has entered the Operational Evaluation stage. Phase 1 Enhancements Further Work (P1Eb FW) is an evolution of the current Tranche 2 Typhoon aircraft in service with the

Moscow confirms ministry website attack after US hacker claim

Russia’s foreign ministry on Sunday said an old version of its website had been attacked after a US hacker claimed he broke in and posted a mocking message. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on Facebook that the hacker targeted “an old site that has not been used for a long time,” adding that “specialists

Philippines’ Duterte says will not sever US ties

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Saturday he would not sever his nation’s alliance with the United States, as he clarified his announcement that he planned to “separate”. “It’s not severance of ties. Severance is to cut diplomatic relations. I can not do that. Why? It’s in the best interests of my country that I don’t

Russia puzzled by talk of US troop rotation in Norway

Russia expressed surprise Friday about the mooted deployment of US troops in neighboring Norway. “Taking into account multiple statements made by Norwegian officials about the absence of threat from Russia to Norway, we would like to understand why Norway is so much willing to increase its military potential, in particular through the stationing of American

Gen. Abrams: More training needed to adopt tech, prep for future conflicts

A lack of training time can be the biggest challenge faced by Army units shaking off the rust and returning to combined-arms operations, according to the chief of U.S. Army Forces Command. Soldiers now have less time in between deployments, which limits their training opportunities. While the goal is to give Soldiers twice as much

Royal Malaysian Navy Selects Terma Radar

The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) has selected the Terma SCANTER 6000 radar as their combined navigation and helicopter control radar for their two Lekiu-class frigates mid-life modernization and service life extension. According to Jesper...Show More Summary

Leonardo Unveils Net-Centric Centauro II Armored Vehicle

Power, observation, mobility, ergonomics, firing accuracy, communication, and, of course, best survivability: these are the basic requirements that have led to the development and production of the latest member of the Centauro family,...Show More Summary

UK and France to Develop Future Unmanned Mine Clearance Craft

Thales, BAE Systems and their partner SAAB, ECA Group and ASV Global welcome the confirmation by the Organization for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) that the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) and French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) will continue their collaboration for the combined United Kingdom and France MMCM (maritime mine counter measures) program. Initiated in

Russia tells US-led coalition not to ‘drive terrorists’ from Iraq to Syria

Russia warned the US-led coalition Wednesday against driving jihadists from Iraq to Syria, in the offensive to recapture Mosul from the Islamic State jihadist group. “It is necessary not to drive terrorists from one country to the other but to destroy them on the spot,” the chief of Russia’s General Staff Valery Gerasimov said in

Philippines’ Duterte says ‘goodbye’ to US ties in Beijing

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said it was “time to say goodbye” to the US during a visit to China on Wednesday, as the combative leader reconfigures his country’s diplomatic alliances. Duterte is in China for a four-day trip that is expected to confirm his tilt away from Washington and towards Beijing’s sphere of influence. During

Unmanned, Autonomous Technologies Tested During First Unmanned Warrior Exercise

Luckily, the skies above the island of Benbecula, a remote Scottish outpost in the Outer Hebrides, have been clear and calm so far this October. While the systems they are here to test may be unmanned or autonomous, the various projects have brought together in Scotland several dozens of the world’s foremost experts in unmanned

Scorpion Jet Successfully Completes First Weapons Capability Exercise

Textron AirLand, LLC today announced that the Scorpion jet has successfully completed its first weapons exercise at White Sands Missile Range, while operating from Holloman Air Force Base (HAFB) in New Mexico. This exercise effectively...Show More Summary

BAE Systems Awarded Contract for APKWS Laser-Guided Rockets

The U.S. Navy has awarded BAE Systems a contract worth as much as $600 million to fulfill the growing demand for Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) laser-guided rockets. With an initial award of more than $130 million, the three-year, indefinite delivery / indefinite quantity contract will help speed the delivery of these precision guidance

US warns of ‘overwhelming’ response if North Korea uses nukes

Pentagon chief Ashton Carter on Thursday again threatened an “overwhelming” response if North Korea uses a nuclear weapon, reflecting heightened tensions after Pyongyang conducted another missile test. Earlier in the day, North Korea had conducted a failed test — its second in a week — of a powerful medium-range missile that experts warn could be

US air force looks to upgrade BCS-F air surveillance system

A program office at Hanscom Air Force Base is working to improve and upgrade a system that provides comprehensive air surveillance and defense with a recent request for information and industry days. The Battle Control Systems Fixed, or BCS-F, provides a comprehensive air picture for North America and allows air battle managers to execute command

North Korea fails again with powerful Musudan missile test

North Korea on Thursday conducted what appeared to be its second failed test in a week of a powerful medium-range missile that experts warn could be operationally deployed as early as next year. South Korean and US military monitors said the missile — believed to be an intermediate-range Musudan — exploded shortly after take-off at

US Navy Selects Osprey AESA Radar for MQ-8C Fire Scout

Leonardo-Finmeccanica’s Osprey AESA radar has been picked to serve as look-out on-board the US Navy’s newly-upgraded unmanned helicopter, the MQ-8C Fire Scout. The helicopter will be launched from the decks of US naval combat vessels to keep watch for distant threats. The contract will see Leonardo delivering an initial batch of 5 radars to the

US Navy’s Most Advanced Warship, USS Zumwalt Commissions in Baltimore

The Navy’s newest and most technologically advanced warship, USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) was commissioned into active service Saturday, Oct. 15, at North Locust Point in Baltimore. Zumwalt, the lead ship of a class of next-generation multi-mission...Show More Summary

The Future Mid-Size Frigate, Scaled Down for Export

As a result of their increasing reliance on shipping for international trade, which goes hand in hand with globalisation, states whose economies are increasingly dependent on the sea are attaching much more importance to control of the oceans. The safeguarding of maritime links, exclusive economic zones (EEZ) and coastal waters has become a particularly key

Battle for Mosul: a key test for US military strategy

The Mosul offensive is a critical test for the Pentagon’s strategy against the Islamic State group, which relies on local forces and keeping as many Americans as possible away from combat. After IS overran large parts of Iraq and Syria in early 2014, the United States formed a coalition that launched an air campaign to

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