Maritime Remotes and Maritime Kill Webs: The Case of an Integrated Counter Mine Autonomous System

07/28/2020
By Robbin Laird During my recent visits to Jax Navy, Mayport, Fallon Naval Air Station and to North Island Naval Air Station, I had a chance to meet with a wide range of Navy officers focused on reshaping air-maritime capabilities to have a more effective and lethal combat force. The…

Indian Air Modernization Takes a Significant Step Forward: First Rafales Depart France for the Indian Air Force

07/27/2020
By Pierre Tran Five Rafales took off July 27 from Mérignac, southwest France, with Indian air force pilots starting a 7,000 km flight to India, with a further five units  staying in France for pilot training, the Indian embassy said in a statement. “India took a significant step in strengthening…

Israelis Sell OPVs to African Nation

07/20/2020
By Guy Martin An unidentified African country has ordered two OPV 45 offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) from Israel Shipyards. The company announced the agreement on 9 July, saying the vessels were designed for a wide range of missions including protection against the increasing threat of piracy in the region, but…

Manufacturing a CH-53K: The Central Role of Digital Thread Production

06/11/2020
By Robbin Laird Sikorsky is working with NAVAIR and the USMC to deliver a new build heavy lift helicopter, the CH-53K. This is a digital aircraft, while its predecessor the CH-53E, is a mechanical aircraft. What this means is that the aircraft is digitally designed and manufactured by means of…

Arquus Highlights Its Armis Military Truck Portfolio: A Virtual Tour in the Absence of Eurosatory

06/09/2020
By Pierre Tran Paris - Arquus, a French military vehicle builder, unveiled June 8 a virtual tour of a stand planned for Eurosatory, a trade show for land weapons, cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis. The company, a unit of the Swedish Volvo truck company, launched its line of Armis…

Russian SU-35s Being Produced for the Egyptian Air Force

05/20/2020
by defenceWeb Russia has started production of Su-35 fighter jets for Egypt as part of an order for two dozen of the jets. This is according to TASS, which reported over the weekend that the Gagarin Aircraft Plant in Komsomolsk-on-Amur has launched the production of the Su-35s for Russia that…

Australian Government-Led Satcom Development

05/17/2020
By Robert Nutbrown Defence scientists are working with colleagues from industry and academia on a satellite communications (SATCOM) research venture that has the potential to significantly enhance military capability. The project will explore ways of integrating both laser-based optical and radio frequency (RF) communications technologies in a single SATCOM user…