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Ground launched Sidewinder proves effective

The AIM-9X Block II missile, traditionally used in an air-to-air mission, scored a direct hit when test fired from a US Army ground-based launcher. Credit: US Army

The US Army and Raytheon Company have successfully test fired an AIM-9X Sidewinder Block II missile from the Army's ground-based Multi-Mission Launcher.

Unmanned Fire Scout undergoes US Navy tests

The MQ-8C Fire Scout has accumulated over 513 flight hours and flown 353 sorties. Credit: Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman and the US Navy have successfully demonstrated endurance and fleet operating capabilities with the MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter.

RAAF advances airdrop capability

JPADS has been proven with the Globemasters and Hercules and the next step will be rolling out the capability to the Spartans. Credit: USAF (Airman 1st Class Leah Young)

The RAAF can now guide dropped payloads accurately using GPS and steerable parachutes.

Russia's T-14 "invisible" tank on track

The T-14 is being hailed by the Russians as having no equal. Credit: Cokonpyc CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Russia's new main battle tank the T-14 'Armata' is on schedule to complete production tests, with the Russian Army to be equipped with 2,300 units by 2020.

Airbus starts work on Tiger Mk3

The study will allow the Tiger-operating nations to choose which combinations of equipment, functions, performances and architectures should be selected for the future development phase" of the Tiger helicopter. Credit: Defence

Airbus Helicopters is looking at developing a new version its Tiger attack helicopter, known as the Tiger Mk3.

F-35A fires 25mm gun at full capacity

F-35 Integrated Test Force evaluators fire the GAU-22/A 25mm gun from static ground test F-35A aircraft AF-2, at the Edwards AFB, California, Gun Harmonizing Range on 14 August 2015. Credit: F-35 Integrated test Force

An F-35A fired 181 rounds from its four-barrel, 25 mm Gatling gun during a ground test at Edwards Air Force Base earlier this month.

Cubic gets F-35 air combat training system contract

An F-35 pilot in a JSF simulator. Credit Lockheed Martin

Cubic Global Defense has been awarded a series of contracts from Lockheed Martin to produce and enhance the Air Combat Training System in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

LHD Canberra to be tested for joint amphibious ops

HMAS Canberra berthed in the Port of Townsville. Credit: Cam Laird/Port of Townsville

Australia’s newest military capability, the Amphibious Ready Element, is preparing to demonstrate its capacity in waters off the North Queensland coast.

DST Group conducts joint hypersonic flight research

The HIFiRE program is a joint collaboration between the US Air Force Research Laboratories (AFRL), DST Group, Boeing and UQ. Credit: DST Group

Scientists took away valuable lessons from the latest trial of the joint Australia-US Hypersonic International Flight Research Experimentation (HIFiRE) Program conducted recently at the Andøya Rocket Range in Norway.

ADF gets enhanced soldier protection

The quality of the Soldier Combat Ensemble (SCE) is standardised, with 3 tiers of SCE tailored to the role of the combatant. Credit: Defence

Soldiers from 1st Brigade are the first to receive the new generation of body armour, helmets, load carriage equipment, eye and hearing protection and field packs.

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