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  • China's Type 001A CV makes progress at Dalian - 38.935925 N 121.613170 E

    Key Points China's Type 001A aircraft carrier is nearing completion, with most external structural work visibly complete. Following the addition of a red anti-fouling coating to the lower hull, little work remains before the 001A hull can be launched. Airbus Defence and Space imagery captured on

  • Inzpire and Discovery Air declare for UK's ASDOT training requirement

    Inzpire and Discovery Air Defence Services Inc are to bid for the UK's Air Support to Defence Operational Training (ASDOT) programme, it was announced on 21 February. The two companies will build on their experience of providing real-world training services to militaries throughout the world,

  • Uruguay negotiating for a batch of Chilean Cessna O-2s

    The National Navy of Uruguay is negotiating the transfer of up to three Cessna O-2s (337 Skymasters) from the Chilean Navy, Uruguayan sources told Jane's . The aircraft, recently decommissioned by the Chilean Navy and replaced by Vulcanair P68 Observer 2 surveillance aircraft, were offered to

  • China completing facilities on South China Sea islands that could house missiles, says report

    China has nearly finished building almost two dozen structures on artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea that appear designed to house long-range surface-to-air (SAM) missiles, two US officials were quoted by Reuters as saying. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the two officials told

  • IDEX 2017: Al Fattan to deliver 27 additional fast interceptors to the UAE

    UAE shipbuilder Al Fattan is to supply 27 fast interceptor boats to the UAE Coast Guard, the company told Jane's at the NAVDEX naval exhibition in Abu Dhabi. "We have a well-established relationship with them," an Al Fattan source said. "In January 2017 we completed deliveries for a

  • IDEX 2017: Hesco establishing UAE facility following contract win

    UK fortifications firm Hesco has revealed that it is creating a facility in the United Arab Emirates following a contract win for the UAE armed forces valued at AED91.4 million (USD24.6 million) announced at IDEX. Speaking to Jane's , Hesco CEO Michael Hughes said that the company would be working

  • IDEX 2017: NIMR offers more firepower for JAIS 6x6

    NIMR Automotive's N35 (6x6) mine-protected multipurpose vehicle and its 4x4 counterpart have been re-designated as the JAIS, with the 6x6 variant offered with increased firepower. At IDEX 2017 in Abu Dhabi the JAIS 6x6 was shown fitted with the EVPU Turra 30 remote-controlled turret (RCT). This

  • Poland issues RFPs for special forces and ASW helos

    Poland issued two separate requests for proposals (RFPs) for a total of 16 new military helicopters on 20 February, industry officials told Jane's . The two RFPs are for eight helicopters each, and cover the procurement of special forces helicopters to replace the armed forces' current Mil Mi-8/17

  • Russia to deploy anti-satellite weapon on MiG-31BM

    Key Points Initiative indicates a potential revival of the Soviet-era Kontakt programme MiG-31BM platform suggests a large missile that is likely to be launched from high altitude Russia's Aerospace Forces (VKF) is to deploy an anti-satellite weapon on its MiG-31BM interceptor aircraft, a VKF

  • Russia to start delivering Kamov Ka-226T helos to India in 2019, says report

    Russia will start delivering Kamov Ka-226T 'Hoodlum' light multirole helicopters to the Indian military in 2019, said the CEO of state-owned manufacturer Russian Helicopters, Andrey Boginsky, according to Reuters on 20 February. Speaking at the IDEX show held in Abu Dhabi, Boginsky who took over as

  • IDEX 2017: Burevestnik unveils new 30 mm remotely operated turret

    Russian company Burevestnik displayed its 30 mm remotely operated turret for the first time at the IDEX show held in Abu Dhabi. A Burevestnik representative told Jane's that the turret was developed to meet a Russian army requirement for a weapon station that can be fitted to a 4x4 version of the

  • IDEX 2017: China's FT-12 glide bomb gets rocket booster

    China's rocket-boosted precision-guided glide bomb, the Fei Teng FT-12, was revealed at the IDEX show in Abu Dhabi by China Aerospace Long-March International Trade Co, Ltd (ALIT), the marketing arm of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC). While the existence of an FT-12

  • IDEX 2017: General Atomics to offer Predator XP as COCO capability

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc will look to provide its Predator XP platform as a contractor-owned, contractor-operated (COCO) service, opening up its potential user base. Speaking to Jane's at IDEX 2017 in Abu Dhabi, Jim Thomson, the company's regional vice-president, said the COCO

  • IDEX 2017: Paramount launches Mwari production

    Paramount Group announced on 20 February that production of the military variant of its advanced, high performance, reconnaissance, light aircraft (AHRLAC), the Mwari, is to begin in April. The first production aircraft is expected to be completed in June or July, with the company citing a

  • Japan and Thailand edge towards defence trade agreement

    Thailand and Japan are edging closer to finalising a defence trade and technology agreement that could facilitate Japanese defence exports to the Southeast Asian country. Jane's understands that talks about bilateral defence industrial co-operation are continuing to support potential Japanese sales

  • Japan's NEC builds cyber defence footprint in Southeast Asia

    Japan's NEC Corporation has secured a contract from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to help Southeast Asian countries defend themselves from cyber attacks. NEC said in a statement on 17 February that under the contract it would provide cyber defence training and related assistance

  • Russia plans new Eastern Arctic air defence division

    Russia's Ministry of Defence (MoD) is planning to create a new Arctic air-defence division covering the Eastern Arctic by 2018, state-owned media announced on 20 February. The unit will protect Moscow and the Ural region from potential aircraft and missile attacks. The division will comprise

  • Trump designates strategist Lt Gen McMaster as national security advisor

    US President Donald Trump announced on 20 February that he has designated US Army Lieutenant General HR McMaster as national security advisor. Lt Gen McMaster is to replace Michael Flynn, who the White House said was asked to resign due to his misleading comments to Vice-President Mike Pence. A

  • ARCIMS wins first order for ASW surveillance

    Key Points Atlas Elektronik UK will supply two ASW-configured ARCIMS autonomous mission systems to a customer in the Middle East The ASW mission package will feature a compact active/passive variable depth sonar Atlas Elektronik UK (AEUK) has secured a first order for its ARCIMS maritime

  • HII CEO: USN needs to bolster acquisition to get larger fleet

    Key Points HII CEO recommends aggressive acquisition is needed for 350-ship USN fleet USN continues to study alternative composition and costs to achieve larger force The US Navy (USN) needs to consider Regan-era type acquisition pledges for shipyards to accommodate increased production to meet

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