This article is included in these additional categories:

Daily Rapid Fire

USN To Test Onboard Microwave Weapon in 2026 | SANDF Seeks To Modernize Samil Trucks | Indonesia Ordered 2 Scorpene Class Subs

For more on this and other stories, please consider purchasing a membership.
If you are already a subscriber, login to your account.
Americas The US Navy plans to mount a high-powered microwave-based counter-air defense system prototype on one of its vessels in 2026. The Meteor will be the navy’s first high-powered microwave (HPM) project to counter targets such as drones and anti-ship missiles, USNI News wrote, citing the Navy’s Fiscal Year 2025 budget documents. The US Army and the US […]
Americas

The US Navy plans to mount a high-powered microwave-based counter-air defense system prototype on one of its vessels in 2026. The Meteor will be the navy’s first high-powered microwave (HPM) project to counter targets such as drones and anti-ship missiles, USNI News wrote, citing the Navy’s Fiscal Year 2025 budget documents. The US Army and the US Air Force have already been working on their own HPM projects, in addition to other directed energy projects such as lasers.

The US has awarded Lockheed Martin $483 million to produce a new batch of AGM-114R2 Hellfire air-to-ground missiles and Joint-Air-to-Ground Missiles (JAGM). Under the contract, an undisclosed number of missiles will be delivered to the US Army, as well as the Czech Republic, France, and Poland through foreign military sales. The JAGMs will be utilized by the European countries’ attack helicopters, to be fitted onto Czechia’s AH-1Z Vipers, France’s Eurocopter Tiger HADs, and Poland’s AW149 aircraft.

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions announced the successful completion of the first phase of the US Marine Corps’ Penetrating Affordable Autonomous Collaborative Killer – Portfolio (PAACK-P) program. The accomplishment comes after a live flight test at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, where the Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) effectively collaborated with F-35 aircraft and demonstrated its electronic attack (EA) capabilities. The XQ-58A successfully flew alongside two F-35s, showcasing its potential as a “loyal wingman” for manned fighter jets. Furthermore, the Valkyrie’s onboard EA payload autonomously detected, identified, and geolocated enemy targets. This data was then transmitted to collaborating aircraft, enabling a coordinated electronic attack against those targets.

Middle East & Africa

According to Military Africa, the South African National Defense Force (SANDF) is facing a significant challenge as it seeks to modernize its fleet of Samil trucks, a project critical for maintaining the operational readiness of its forces. The ambitious plan to replace the ageing fleet with new-generation support vehicles by 2030 is under threat due to severe funding constraints.

Europe

Indonesia has ordered two Scorpene-class attack submarines from France’s Naval Group as part of a defense cooperation agreement signed with Paris in 2021, the company said Tuesday. The diesel-electric submarines, capable of carrying 18 torpedoes and missiles, will be built at the PT PAL shipyard in Indonesia, Naval Group said in a statement. Under the deal, Naval Group will transfer its technological know-how while “the management, operation and maintenance will be conducted in Indonesia” by Indonesians, the company said.

Asia-Pacific

Australian defense company DefendTex is negotiating the acquisition of Avibras, a Brazilian firm known for its Astros missile launching system, the latter announced Monday. Avibras was in debt for $75 million reals as of April 2023, according to the metalworkers union representing São José dos Campos — where the company has its headquarters — and the surrounding region.

Today’s Video

One Source: Hundreds of programs; Thousands of links, photos, and analyses

DII brings a complete collection of articles with original reporting and research, and expert analyses of events to your desktop – no need for multiple modules, or complex subscriptions. All supporting documents, links, & appendices accompany each article.

Benefits

  • Save time
  • Eliminate your blind spots
  • Get the big picture, quickly
  • Keep up with the important facts
  • Stay on top of your projects or your competitors

Features

  • Coverage of procurement and doctrine issues
  • Timeline of past and future program events
  • Comprehensive links to other useful resources