Weapons

Success for high-powered UK laser

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During a trial at the MOD’s Hebrides Range, the DragonFire laser directed energy weapon (LDEW) system achieved the UK’s first high-power firing of a laser...

Australia signs big missile contract

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Australia will begin manufacture of the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) missiles next year with the ambition to eventually ramp up production to...

Tomahawk deal approved

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The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has approved the potential Foreign Military Sale of ‘General Tomahawk Weapons System Support Services Uplift and related...

BAE wins Anzac class gun contract

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BAE Systems was awarded a contract by the Commonwealth of Australia to upgrade existing Mk 45 Mod 2 naval gun systems on Anzac class...

Paper Taipan ends in tears

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The decision to permanently ground the Australian Defence Force’s fleet of MRH-90 Taipan helicopters was the final chapter in the saga that was Project...

Drone umbrellas for all US Navy ships

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With the use of drones becoming more prevalent, the US Navy has found a way to ensure all of its surface ships can repel...

Drones from Yemen attack French frigate

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A French guided-missile frigate came under attack from two lethal drones launched from Yemen, officials in Paris said on 11 December 2023. On 9 December,...

How to deal with attacks on undersea cables

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The UK’s top naval official has admitted NATO nations are struggling to deal with how to address attacks on undersea cables and connectors, because...

Australia cancels $1.3b navy drone project

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Opposition Leader Peter Dutton has described Labor's approach to defence as "contemptible", following revelations a controversial drone project he approved just before last year's...

Ukraine’s success a wake-up call for other navies

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Ukraine has grabbed international attention with its asymmetric attacks using explosive-laden “sea drones” against Russian shipping and facilities in the Black Sea. They have...