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Calling for bombs via comms

Calling for bombs via comms

“Blackbird: good hit, good hit!” The voice of a No. 75 Squadron F/A-18 Hornet pilot echoes out from the radio held by an Australian Army joint terminal attack controller (JTAC) as a cloud of smoke billows on the horizon.  “Target destroyed. Mission successful.”  The two Hornets roar overhead and leave…
Launched Recent Air Strikes in Afghanistan: Pentagon

Launched Recent Air Strikes in Afghanistan: Pentagon

The United States recently carried out air strikes as it backed the Afghan army’s bid to repel a Taliban offensive, the Pentagon said Thursday, with the withdrawal of international forces from the country all but complete. “In the last several days, we have acted through air strikes to support the ANDSF,” said Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, referring to Afghan government…
Ex Talisman Sabre: Regiments showcase firing skills

Ex Talisman Sabre: Regiments showcase firing skills

Tracking a 2m drone across the horizon travelling around 220kmph, Gunner Bradley King fired a BOLIDE missile towards the target, several kilometres away.  With the proximity warhead enabled, the missile exploded within metres of the small target, but failed to destroy the drone, which continued its flight for the next firer.…
Russia Unveils New Hybrid ‘ZALA VTOL’ Drone

Russia Unveils New Hybrid ‘ZALA VTOL’ Drone

A Russian aircraft manufacturer unveiled a cutting-edge unmanned aerial vehicle, the “ZALA VTOL,” at the MAKS 2021 International Aviation and Space Salon. The drone monitors and takes aerial photos of areas difficult to reach by ordinary military vehicles. It is also capable of creating photographic maps to secure armed forces’…
UK orders 13 more Protector drones

UK orders 13 more Protector drones

A £195 million contract for a further 13 Protector uncrewed aircraft has been signed, bringing the total to 16. Defence Minister Jeremy Quin announced the new contract during a visit to GKN Aerospace (GKNA), who are manufacturing key parts of aircraft on the Isle of Wight. According to the Ministry…
Ballarat adds naval gunfire to Talisman Sabre

Ballarat adds naval gunfire to Talisman Sabre

HMAS Ballarat has added the force of its five-inch gun to a blue-water combat event as part of Exercise Talisman Sabre. The Anzac-class frigate, using the call sign Goldrush, fired a number of high-explosive rounds about seven nautical miles off the coast of Townshend Island with US Navy destroyer USS Rafael Peralta. Ballarat’s sister…
Greece Receives First Rafale Fighter Jet From France

Greece Receives First Rafale Fighter Jet From France

The Hellenic Air Force (HAF) of Greece on Wednesday received its first Rafale fighter jet of the 18 it has ordered from French aircraft manufacturer, Dassault Aviation. A handover ceremony at the company’s flight test center in southern France was attended by Greek Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos and several high-ranking military officials.…
NZ moves ahead with light vehicle replacement

NZ moves ahead with light vehicle replacement

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is continuing with the steady renewal of its main operational land vehicle fleets, notifying industry of its intention to replace the army’s unprotected Pinzgauer Light Operational Vehicles with new utility platforms. In an ‘advance notice of intended future procurement’ released on 12 July, the…
USAF Inks $950 Million Battle Management System Deal With Kymeta

USAF Inks $950 Million Battle Management System Deal With Kymeta

The US Air Force (USAF) has awarded Redmond-based Kymeta Corporation a $950 million demonstration and maturation contract to support the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS). The contract will cover “maturation, demonstration, and proliferation of capability across platforms and domains, leveraging open systems design, modern software, and algorithm development” to enable ABMS technologies,…
US carrier Ford conducts second shock trial

US carrier Ford conducts second shock trial

U.S. Navy aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford completed its second in-water shock trial on July 16, after an attempt earlier in the month failed due to technical issues. Ford is undergoing a three-part test series to ensure the first-in-class carrier is properly battle-hardened. The service will set off three blasts…
USAF Maiden Hypersonic Weapon Warhead Test

USAF Maiden Hypersonic Weapon Warhead Test

The US Air Force (USAF) has detonated an AGM-183A Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) warhead in a first-time test. The AGM-183 ARRW is a hypersonic missile prototype being developed by the airforce and Lockheed Martin to equip aircraft with the capability to strike “high value, time-sensitive” targets. According to the USAF, the missile’s hypersonic…
British Army receives new rapidly deployable bridge

British Army receives new rapidly deployable bridge

The Royal Engineers have taken delivery of a rapidly deployable Medium Girder Bridge for use on operations and humanitarian tasks, say the British Army. The Medium Girder Bridge (MGB) will provide a lightweight medium gap capability and will “meet the challenges of the future integrated operating concept”. According to a news release:…
Aussi, U.S. Troops in awe of Patriot firepower display

Aussi, U.S. Troops in awe of Patriot firepower display

Described as “lethal and powerful” by the US soldiers who operate it, the MIM-104 Patriot gained a local reputation after its first live-fire during Exercise Talisman Sabre.  Private Thomas Sorensen, of the 7th Combat Service Support Battalion, said the surface-to-air missiles, which can target aircraft and other missiles, exceeded expectations. …
The number of major F-35 flaws is shrinking

The number of major F-35 flaws is shrinking

As the F-35 program inches its way through operational testing, the number of critical technical deficiencies is slowly dwindling, dropping from 11 critical deficiencies in January to seven in July. However, the exact nature of these problems will remain unknown to the public, even when the deficiency itself is not classified. The…
Eurodrone effort gets $118M funding boost

Eurodrone effort gets $118M funding boost

Europe’s fledgling Eurodrone program received a boost Thursday in the form of a €100 million (U.S. $118 million) grant from the European Union, while an official promised a long expected, €7.1 billion production contract will be signed by October. The grant for the pan-European medium-altitude, long-endurance drone was announced in Rome, where officials from…
British Carrier Strike Group enters Indian Ocean

British Carrier Strike Group enters Indian Ocean

HMS Queen Elizabeth and her Carrier Strike Group has sailed into the Indian Ocean Region having recently transited the Suez Canal. According to the Ministry of Defence here, following a series of successful engagements and operations in the Mediterranean it is now sailing East across the Indian Ocean towards India.…
Black Hawk Emergency Landing in Romania

Black Hawk Emergency Landing in Romania

A US Black Hawk helicopter training in Romania was forced to initiate an emergency landing in Bucharest, the capital and commercial center. The helicopter reported a loss of altitude while flying over the city, forcing it to land on a road, striking two light poles. No one was injured. Traffic…
Huntsman – Australia’s lethal arachnid

Huntsman – Australia’s lethal arachnid

During the 2019 federal election campaign, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that, should it be re-elected, the Coalition would acquire 30 self-propelled howitzers (SPH) for Army. Fast forward two years and the re-elected Morrison government is currently evaluating a proposal from Hanwha Defense Australia, under a sole-source tender mechanism, for…
US Unveils Upgraded Sub-Launched Nuclear Warhead

US Unveils Upgraded Sub-Launched Nuclear Warhead

The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) unveiled this week the upgraded W88/Mk5 submarine-launched nuclear warhead. Called W88 Alt 370, the latest iteration of the strategic warhead took 11 years of development for its first unit to roll off the production line, NNSA revealed in a statement. The upgraded warhead…
Turkish Firms Join Forces in Developing Armed USVs

Turkish Firms Join Forces in Developing Armed USVs

Several defense companies in Turkey have teamed up to develop new armed unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) to bolster the country’s maritime defenses. During a steel cutting ceremony held earlier this month, Aselsan and Sefine Shipyard unveiled the initial production of the NB57 anti-submarine warfare USV and RD09 anti-surface warfare. Ship engineering company…
Will the FCAS and Tempest jet programs merge?

Will the FCAS and Tempest jet programs merge?

European nations are pursuing two separate programs to build sixth-generation aircraft and a bevy of advanced systems within the next two decades, but at least one lead Air Force official hopes the efforts will merge. The Franco-German-Spanish Future Combat Air System, or FCAS, program is about to launch the next phase…
US Marines Test Grenade Launcher-Fired Mini-Drones

US Marines Test Grenade Launcher-Fired Mini-Drones

The US Marines Corps tested a multi-purpose mini-drone designed to carry a range of payloads and be fired from grenade launchers. Developed by Australian firm DefendTex, the Drone40 was photographed being hand-launched by a marine of the 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. The unit is an “experimental infantry…
Germany Builds New Military Space Command Station

Germany Builds New Military Space Command Station

Germany officially launched a new military space command center on Tuesday, which it will use to observe other countries’ activities and track hazardous space junk. During the inauguration at the German Space Situational Awareness Centre in Uedem, Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said that the new center is designed to respond to the…
Indian Firm Develops Counter-Drone Shield to Secure Border

Indian Firm Develops Counter-Drone Shield to Secure Border

A Hyderabad-based unmanned military systems manufacturer claimed to have developed an autonomous counter-drone system capable of protecting an area of 1,000-2,000 square kilometers (386-772 square miles). Called “Indrajaal,” the wide-area system is designed to counter a host of unmanned aerial threats such as “unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), incoming weapons, loitering munitions,” The Hindu wrote,…
Italy and UK to Refurbish 1,000 Aster Missiles

Italy and UK to Refurbish 1,000 Aster Missiles

The Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) has signed a contract with the Franco-Italian Eurosam consortium, co-owned by MBDA and Thales, to refurbish 1,000 Aster missiles owned by the UK Royal Navy and Italian Army and Navy. Work on the 1.2 billion euro ($1.42 billion) contract will begin in 2023…
Hawkei reaches IOC

Hawkei reaches IOC

The next generation of Hawkei Protected Mobility Vehicle – Light has reached a significant milestone with the approval of Initial Operational Capability under Land 121 Phase 4. The $2 billion project will see the new fleet of 1,100 Australian-built light protected vehicles rolled out to Army and Air Force units.…
Show of strength for Talisman Sabre

Show of strength for Talisman Sabre

The stage is set for the ADF and its United States (US) partners to undertake high-end joint land combat against a capable enemy force during the field component of Exercise Talisman Sabre 21 (TS21).   Starting this month, the ninth iteration of the biennial exercise will see ADF forces advancing to contact…
US Trials Nano Satellites for Missile Defense

US Trials Nano Satellites for Missile Defense

The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) launched two nanosatellites, known as CubeSats, last month as part of a demonstration to see their viability within the missile defense communications architecture, the Department of Defense revealed in a statement. CubeSats are a miniaturized, low-cost subset of nanosatellites weighing up to 1.33 kilograms (2.9 pounds)…
Typhoon jet to get anti-ship cruise missile

Typhoon jet to get anti-ship cruise missile

The ‘Future Cruise/Anti–Ship Weapon’ will be fitted to Typhoon jets from 2030. The information came to light in response to a written Parliamentary question. Kevan Jones, MP for North Durham, asked: “To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the planned service date for the Future Cruise/Anti-Ship Weapon.”…
Satellite imagery provider Planet to go public

Satellite imagery provider Planet to go public

Satellite imagery provider Planet Labs plans to go public later this year by merging with a special purpose acquisition company, a transaction valued at $2.8 billion, the businesses announced July 7. As the owner and operator of a fleet of imaging satellites on orbit, Planet regularly provides imagery and analysis…
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