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Colton Jones

Colton Jones is the deputy editor of Defence Blog. He is a US-based journalist, writer and publisher who specializes in the defense industry in North America and Europe. He has written about emerging technology in military magazines and elsewhere. He is a former Air Force airmen and served at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

Belgium confirms order for modern French artillery systems

KNDS, the Amsterdam-based joint venture between Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and French Nexter, announced on Wednesday that the Belgian Council of Ministers confirmed the purchase of 19 CAESAR new generation (NG) artillery systems and 24 GRIFFON MEPAC mortar systems. These...

US Army transfers control of Typhon strike weapon to PEO Missiles and Space

The U.S. Army announced that it had shifted the primary responsibility for the Mid-Range Capability (MRC) from the Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office to the Program Executive Office of Missiles and Space. The MRC, known as...

Kratos nabs $57M for BQM-177A target drones

Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems Inc. was awarded a $57,6 million contract modification to exercise options to procure full-rate production Lot Five of the BQM-177A surface launched aerial targets. The deal modifies a contract awarded in January 2023 to...

Aerosonde drone takes first flight aboard Littoral Combat Ship

Textron Systems Corporation, a subsidiary of Textron Inc., has announced the inaugural flight of the Aerosonde Uncrewed Aircraft System (UAS) from its first Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), LCS-28 USS Savannah. Textron Systems was awarded a contract by the...

UK defense contractor develops robotic engineering vehicle kit

The U.K. defense contractor Pearson Engineering has announced that it has developed a new modular mission kit for the Robotic Combat Vehicle (RCV) known as RCV-Pioneer, equipped with an obstacle clearance mission pack. As noted by the company,...

US Air Force deploys new HH-60W helicopter to Japan

The U.S. Air Force has deployed its new US Air Force deploys its new HH-60W Sikorsky HH-60W Jolly Green II combat search and rescue (CSAR) helicopter to Japan. The HH-60W Jolly Green IIs, belonging to the 55th Rescue...

Belgian military receives initial batch of new Falcon armored vehicles

The Belgian military has received the first batch of its new American-built Command and Liaison Vehicles (CLV). These vehicles, known as Falcons, are set to equip combat units of both the Ground Component and the medical component, with...

Sale of F-16 fighter jets to Türkiye approved

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced that the U.S. State Department approved the sale of new F-16 fighters to Türkiye following the Turkish government’s ratification this week of Sweden’s membership in NATO. The potential $23 billion deal awaits...