British Army to roll out upgraded Main Battle Tank in 2027

Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL) has won an £800-million (US$1.1-billion) contract from the Ministry of Defence to upgrade 148 of the British Army's Cold War era Challenger 2 Main Battle Tanks to Challenger 3 specifications by 2027.

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MQ-9 Reaper drone being upgraded to meet new geopolitical reality

The US Air Force is seeking upgrades to its ordered and serving fleets of MQ-9 Reaper combat drones as its priorities shift from anti-extremist operations to dealing with near-peer adversaries like Russia and China.

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US Navy green lights production of Block V Tomahawk cruise missile

The US Navy has given Raytheon the go ahead to start production of the latest Block of the Tomahawk cruise missile. The Block V variant will start work later this year, giving the missile a life extension of 15 years plus increased capabilities.

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Royal Navy takes delivery of new robotic Madfox boat

The Royal Navy has officially received a new autonomous vessel. The Maritime Demonstrator For Operational eXperimentation (Madfox) will go through a year of testing by the Autonomy and Lethality Accelerator, NavyX, before entering regular service.

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Meet the Storm hybrid amphibious MPV, soon to become submersible

Ukrainian company Highland Systems has debuted a unique multi-role armored vehicle at the IREX defense expo in Abu Dhabi. The Storm is an armored MPV with a hybrid powertrain and fully amphibious capabilities, with a submersible version coming.

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British Army trialling “heavy-duty” Bug nano drone

Drone company UAVTEK has collaborated with BAE Systems to deliver 30 prototypes of the Bug nano-drone to the British Army for field evaluations. Weighing just 196 g, the Bug is designed to operate in winds of up to 80 km/h.

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F/A-18 Super Hornet makes first launch from a “ski-jump” ramp

Boeing's F/A-18 Super Hornet has made its first launch from a "ski jump" ramp. No, it's not a dare or some weird new winter sport but a demonstration to show the Indian Navy that the fighter jet can safely operate from its aircraft carriers.

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Aerojet Rocketdyne hypersonic scramjet engine sets new thrust record

Aerojet Rocketdyne and the US Air Force Research Laboratory have achieved a new record thrust output from a scramjet engine, generating 13,000 lb of thrust with over an hour of combustion under various hypersonic conditions.

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DARPA’s X-61A Gremlin drone misses airborne retrieval by inches

DARPA says that air-recovery of three X-61A Gremlins missed success by just inches during recent tests. Nine attempts to capture the combat drones as they flew behind a C-130 transport plane failed, and they had to parachute to earth.

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Macron says France’s next aircraft carrier will be nuclear-powered

President Emmanuel Macron has announced that France will replace the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle with a nuclear-powered carrier in 2038. Once completed, the carrier will displace 75,000 tonnes, have a length of 980 ft and carry a crew of 2,000.

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