Next Generation Advanced Bomb Suit picked up by US Army

Qinetiq have won the contract to replace the Advanced Bomb Suits (ABS) that have been used by Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) soldiers for the last 20 years, securing an order of 700 Next Generation Advanced Bomb Suits (NGABS’) for $84m over the next 5 years. “The EOD Soldiers have one of the most life-threatening jobs in the military and we are honoured to partner with the US Army PM SPE to provide the technology and hardware that will protect these soldiers so they can complete their missio

Deterrence effective in Taiwan, contingent on the ‘One China’ Policy

US officials do not believe conflict with China is inevitable, according to evidence given by Dr Eli Ratner, Assistant Secretary of Defence for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs, in a testimony to the House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday 19 September. As part of a panel of high-ranking officials, Ratner explained the Department of Defence’s commitment to strengthening deterrence across the Taiwan Strait while maintaining the 'One China’ policy.

Inadequate wiring on Air Force One leads to $12.4m contract extension

The US Department of Defense (DoD) announced an extension of $12.4m to the contract for two VC-25B aircraft intended to replace the two current Air Force One aircraft that serve as transportation for the US President, the presidential staff and guests. Delays in the programme stem from a need to resolve 'technical and certification issues in the previous supplier’s design' and a 'large number of unexpected design errors', which led to suspension of wiring fabrication in March, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report published in June 2023.

Special Forces become subject of Afghanistan killings inquiry

On Tuesday 19 September the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced changes to the terms of reference of an independent inquiry that has made UK Special Forces the subject of an investigation into a series of potentially unlawful killings that happened in Afghanistan between 2010 and 2013. Evidence submitted to the Inquiry suggests that up to 80 people were killed in suspicious circumstances by SAS squadrons during the time period under inquiry, as reported by Sky News.

As Ukraine advances, UK pledges ‘tens of thousands’ more 155mm artillery shells

As Ukraine makes advances south of Bakhmut, the Ukraine Defence Contact Group (UDCG) met for the 15th time on Tuesday 19 September to establish new lines of support in the defence against Russia’s illegal invasion. Following the meeting, Defence Secretary Grant Shapps announced an ongoing commitment from the UK to deliver military support to Ukraine, substantiated through 'tens of thousands' more artillery shells to be delivered this year.

DSEI 2023: Wolfhound’s laser system takes out UAVs for the price of a ‘cup of coffee’

At the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2023, Raytheon presented on 13 September a 15-kilowatt high-energy laser counter-UAV system mounted on the UK Wolfhound armoured vehicle that can eliminate a swarm of three unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in 34 seconds, with each fire having a cost equivalent to a “cup of coffee” according to Jeff Newsom, Raytheon’s business development director for counter-UAV.

DSEI 2023: BAE’s Nautomate makes client vessels autonomous

BAE have shown the first use of Nautomate, an autonomy solution allowing for the conversion of customer vessels to run as an uncrewed platform for the first time at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2023 on 13 September. The collaboration with UES introduced the system to a speedboat, allowing the vessel to run at high speed for durations normally incompatible with having a living crew aboard.
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