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US Army Aviation modernization on track despite COVID-19

DefenceTalkDefenceTalkA critical design review for a new turbine engine that will power enduring and future Army aircraft is still on, despite a two-week delay in the program tied to COVID-19, aviation leaders said May 7. The Improved Turbine Engine Program review has been rescheduled to mid-June, but remains ahead of schedule in accordance with the […]

Special Ops will remain integral to strategy, USSOCOM commander says

DefenceTalkDefenceTalkSpecial operations forces will remain an integral part of the nation’s solutions to top strategic problems, but they will change, the commander of U.S. Special Operations Command said. At a virtual conference last week sponsored by the National Defense Industrial Association, Army Gen. Richard D. Clarke said USSOCOM is involved in three wars moving forward: […]

US army resumes Europe exercises after pandemic pause

DefenceTalkDefenceTalkUS military exercises in Europe that were suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic will go ahead next month but in a scaled-back format, the Army said Wednesday. US-Polish exercise Allied Spirit, originally planned for May, will see the mobilization of 6,000 soldiers from the two countries from June 5-19 at the Drawsko Pomorskie base in […]

Israel orders RAFAEL’s Spike FireFly loitering munition for IDF

DefenceTalkDefenceTalkIsrael’s MOD has placed an order for RAFAEL’s SPIKE FireFly (known in the IDF as “MAOZ”) loitering munition. Jointly developed by RAFAEL and the IMOD, FireFly weighs only 3 kg and provides Behind-Cover Precision Attack Capabilities for the Dismounted Soldier. Ordered for the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) ground forces, FireFly was designed for fighting within […]