• 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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,

  • 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: 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

  • Agile sentinel [IDEX17D5]

    Ferretti Security and Defence (FSD), Ferretti Group’s new division dedicated to the military, paramilitary and security market, is showing off the capabilities of its 20m FSD195 fast patrol vessel at NAVDEX 2017.

  • Co-operation on sustainment services [IDEX17D5]

    Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) andLockheed Martin have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to co-operate on the provision of sustainment services to the UAE’s military maritime assets.  The MoU was signed between Dr Khaled Al Mazrouei, chief executive of ADSB,and Joe North, vice president of Littoral Ship and Systems at Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, on the sidelines of NAVDEX 2017.

  • Pakistan MSA vessel [IDEX17D5]

    The Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) patrol craft PMSS Hingol is making its debut at NAVDEX 2017. Hingoland sister vessel PMSSBasolwere commissioned in December 2016 in Guangzhou, China.

  • International Viper [IDEX17D5]

    This year Pakistan will begin receiving the first of 12 Bell AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters that it has ordered. When delivered, they will be the first export use of the type, which is the latest iteration of Bell’s iconic gunship helicopter.

  • Multi-role twin project [IDEX17D5]

    NorthStar Aviation is now working on an MRH (Multi-Role Helicopter) version of the Bell 429, having already undertaken a successful modification programme for the single-engined Bell 407GXP.

  • Advanced UAV flies in from Saudi Arabia [IDEX17D5]

    PSATRI (Prince Sultan Advanced Tech. Research Institute) from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is displaying its Skyguard UAV at IDEX as part of the Military Industries Corporation display (Stand 12-D20). The vehicle has autonomous take-off and landing capability, but can also be controlled manually from a sophisticated ground control station (GCS).

  • Versatile airlifter [IDEX17D5]

    Lockheed Martin’s C-130 Hercules is one of the most widely recognised shapes in the air. In production since 1998, the latest major production version is the C-130J Super Hercules, of which more than 360 have been delivered to 15 nations.

  • PaWS gives you claws [IDEX17D5]

    Orbital ATK (Stand 03-A07) is displaying its Palletized Weapon System (PaWS), which can rapidly turn most medium-/heavy-lift transport aircraft types into highly accurate gunships.

  • Major weapons contracts [IDEX17D5]

    Orbital ATK Armament Systems (Stand 03-A07) has confirmed that in the last three months it has been awarded contracts worth $600 million for its 30mm Mk 44 Bushmaster III and 30mm M230 weapons and ammunition with deliveries to run through to 2020.

  • Back in production [IDEX17D5]

    BAE Systems (Stand 05-C25) is now back in production of its 155mm/39 calibre M777 series lightweight towed howitzer after India finally signed a deal for 145 weapons in 2016.

  • High mobility in the desert [IDEX17D5]

    Supacat (International Golden Group, Stand 04-C30) has developed a specialised version of its combat-proven Jackal called HMT 400 (High Mobility Transporter) Desert. Following extensive trials, it is one of the finalists for a major contract in the region.