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Brazil boosts Seahawk operations

The Brazilian Navy has expanded the capabilities of its six Sikorsky S-70B Seahawk multirole helicopters. Known by its local designation of SH-16, six of these helicopters are operated by Squadron HS-1 from São Pedro...

War Games: Army Replacing 1980s Simulators With Gaming Tech

The first phase of the Synthetic Training Environment initiative replaces existing simulators for vehicles. The second phase aims to create — in just two years — something the Army’s never had before: an “immersive”...

The IA2 Rifle Family from IMBEL

ABOVE: This early (circa 2008-2009) 5.56x45mm IA2 prototype was fitted with a longer (480mm) barrel. The gun’s overall length of 990mm was reduced to 753mm with the initial polymer stock folded to the right....

International Legal Affairs: V10N2

Congressional Notification This column regularly discusses the workings and implications of the International Trade in Arms Regulations, or ITAR. News stories regarding the export of arms from the United States recently have attempted to...

UK industry bids to secure deals in Indonesia

Indonesia and the United Kingdom have held a joint conference in Jakarta to promote defence industrial collaboration, the Indonesian Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on 15 March. The MoD said the conference followed a...

Army Wants Combat Robot Prototype by 2019: CFT Chief

WASHINGTON: After 20 years of cancelled programs, the Army now wants prototypes of all-new robotic and “optionally manned” combat vehicles by 2019 so soldiers can field-test them in 2020. Compared to current vehicles, they’ll...

IARPA seeks to improve how raw data is analysed

Key Points Efforts include detecting events, building 3D models, and geotagging imagery The USAF is the recipient of much of IARPA’s efforts The increasing demand for analysis of raw audio, imagery, and video data...

Barzan Holdings leads charge in Qatari industrialisation

Qatar officially launched defence company Barzan Holdings at the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX) on 12 March, with the firm launching several joint ventures by the closing of the show on...

Hanwha aims high with Industry 4.0

Key Points South Korean group Hanwha is expanding investment in Industry 4.0 The strategy is geared towards modernising manufacturing and defence products Hanwha Systems, a subsidiary of South Korea’s Hanwha Group, launched a project...

India set for another defence IPO

The Indian government is set to launch another initial public offering (IPO) in a defence public sector undertaking (DPSU). Shares in defence metals manufacturer Mishra Dhatu Nigam Limited (Midhani) will be newly issued for...

Ukraine launches production of large caliber artillery ammunition

UKROBORONPROM SJSHC “Artem” successfully tested 152 mm artillery ammunition of own production. Thus, Ukraine received own production of large caliber artillery ammunition. That was reported by press service of the UkrOboronProm. This was stated...

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