Weapons

US approves patrol aircraft sale to Germany

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The United States' State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Germany of Boeing P-8A Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) and associated support,...

New weapons to boost sea defence

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Three new ship-based weapons being developed by the Navy—solid state lasers (SSLs), the electromagnetic railgun (EMRG), and the gun-launched guided projectile (GLGP), also known...

Loyal Wingman’s successful test

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By Marcus Hellyer With the ongoing gloom hanging around Australia’s future submarine program and signs that the future frigate is facing some big problems, it’s...

Big defence spending still on track

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By Marcus Hellyer* The Australian government has released its mid-year budget update in the form of the portfolio additional estimates statements. If you’re looking for...

UAE’s large diver-delivery contract

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UAE based Armacraft, a developer and builder of composite patrol vessels, have signed a substantial order for its new Trident (submersible high-speed diver delivery...

Does RAN need Tomahawk missiles?

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By Marcus Hellyer* The Department of Defence appears to be in the early stages of identifying a ship-launched land-attack missile for acquisition. The government assessed...

Contract for RN drone jammer awarded

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The Ministry of Defence has awarded a £2 million contract to Kirintec to fill an urgent capability requirement to provide counter-unmanned air system (C-UAS)...

RN drones in anti-smuggling drive

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Drones could play a 'key role' in tracking drug runners and smugglers after successful trials with the Navy's newest class of ships in the...

Unmanned vessels doing dull, dirty and dangerous

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A longstanding slogan for the best use of unmanned systems is to perform “dull, dirty and dangerous” missions instead of humans, the US Naval...

$1bn for new naval guided missiles

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Defence Minister Linda Reynolds announced today (25 January 2021) a $1 billion development of advanced guided weapons for the Royal Australian Navy. She said the investment...