BIRD wins second African ASIO contract

Martin Streetly - Israeli contractor BIRD Aerosystems has announced that it is providing a Cessna Citation-based Airborne Surveillance, Information and Observation (ASIO) solution to...

Four generations of strike fighters?

When UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced that the RAF’s F-35Bs were ready to deploy, having attained initial operating capability (IOC), he did so...

KC-46A Edges Nearer to Service Entry

Jon Lake - Boeing has announced that its KC-46A Pegasus tanker has completed the second phase of flight testing in support of receiver certification....

First Tranche of 18 F-35B’s for UK Nears Completion

Jon Lake - In mid-November the UK took delivery of its 17th Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning aircraft. The aircraft was the penultimate aircraft in...

UK establishes new Joint Support Base in Oman

David Oliver - In late August 2017, the then British Defence Secretary, Sir Michael Fallon, and his Omani counterpart signed an agreement that will...

UK Flagship HMS Albion leads SS3 Task Force

David Oliver - The Royal Navy’s Fleet Flagship, the Landing Platform Dock (LPD) HMS Albion culminated a ten month Far East deployment by leading...

UK MOD Identifies APS Requirements

Andrew White in London - The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) now knows its requirements regarding Active Protection Systems (APS) for tactical ground vehicles. Addressing delegates...

Hazards of delivering Close Air Support over a complex battlefield

Andrew Drwiega, Reading, UK - Several of the main speakers on the opening day of the Close Air Support Conference being held in Reading,...

Silent Running: Nikola’s All-Electric Vehicle

Undetectable tactical vehicles have distinct advantages in military operations. The Reckless all-electric drive vehicle privately developed by the small US firm Nikola Motor and...

Saab / Damen Restate Intent to Capture Walrus Replacement

EURONAVAL Paris: Saab (Kockums) and Damen Group reaffirmed their united ambition to be successful in bidding for the replacement for the Royal Netherlands Navy...

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Royal Marines begin training for Arctic defence

Royal Marines have arrived in the high north for their first test on the UK’s new mission to defend the Arctic. The elite commandos are...

RAF Typhoons Carry Brimstone Over Syria

Jon Lake - The RAF’s Typhoon Force has flown its first operational sortie carrying the new-to-Typhoon MBDA Brimstone 2 precision attack missile. On 30 January, Air...

RAF Tornado Bows Out

Jon Lake - On 31 January 2019, the RAF Tornado Force flew its final operational sortie on Operation Shader - the UK element of the...

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