• Indian Navy to receive first of two submarine rescue systems in March 2018

    The Indian Navy (IN) will receive the first of two submarine rescue systems (SRSs) from UK-based company JFD in March 2018, senior IN officials told Jane’s on 20 November. The INR4 billion (USD62 million) deal for the supply of the two third-generation, 30-tonne SRSs was signed in mid-2015,

  • Landmine attacks damage three military trucks in Myanmar's Rakhine

    THREE military trucks were damaged when they triggered three landmines in Minbya township in Myanmar's Rakhine state on 15 November, Reuters reported. Reports did not contain details of any casualties. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks, although militant groups including

  • Landmine attacks one wound person in Myanmar's Rakhine

    ONE person was wounded when a landmine detonated targeting seven military trucks in the village of Vethali in Myanmar's Rakhine state on 15 November, Reuters reported. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks, although militant groups including the Arakan Rohingya Salvation

  • Proposals submitted for serial production of Altay tank

    Otokar, Nurol Holding-BAE Systems joint venture FNSS, and BMC, which is 49% owned by the Qatari Armed Forces Industry Committee (AFIC), submitted proposals to the Turkish Defence Industries Undersecretariat (SSM) on 16 November for the production of 250 Altay third-generation main battle tanks

  • RAN’s second air defence destroyer begins builder’s sea trials

    The second of the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) three Hobart-class Air Warfare Destroyers (AWDs), Nuship Brisbane, was put to sea on 20 November for builder’s sea trials that will test its propulsion, manoeuvring, control, and navigation systems. The 7,000-tonne ship will

  • Russia launches Borey-A SSBN and begins development of Borey-B

    The first new Borey-A ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) variant for the Russian Navy was launched on 17 November. Three project 955 Borey-class SSBNs are currently in service. The first of the Borey-A variants, Knyaz Vladimir , was laid down in July 2012 in a ceremony attended by Russian President

  • Russia’s A-100 AWACS makes maiden flight

    Russia has flown its first prototype A-100 Airborne Warning And Control System (AWACS) aircraft based on the upgraded Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A (Il-476) airframe, it was announced on 20 November. The A-100 Premier, as the Ministry of Defence (MoD) of the Russian Federation named it, made its maiden

  • Suicide attack kills at least 15 people in Afghanistan's Kabul

    AT LEAST 15 people, including eight police officers, were killed when a suicide bomber detonated their explosives targeting a meeting of the ethnic Tajik Jamiat-i-Islami party at a checkpoint outside the Qasr-e Nawin hotel in the Khair Khana area of Afghanistan's capital Kabul on 16 November, Afghan

  • Unidentified militants kill two LNA soldiers in Libya's Cyrenaica

    MEDIA reports on 16 November stated that two Libyan National Army (LNA) soldiers had been killed when unidentified militants opened fire targeting their vehicle near Derna in Libya's Cyrenaica region on an earlier unspecified date, Libya Herald reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility

  • US donates transport vehicles to Colombian Navy

    The Colombian Navy received eight Navistar MV7000 vehicles donated by the United States on 17 November. Reportedly worth a total of USD1.3 million, the vehicles can carry up to 24 troops or serve as cargo vehicles with a capacity of five tonnes and feature a turret for a machine gun. The platforms

  • USN provides more frigate details to prospective bidders

    Although the cost for the new US Navy frigate (FFG[X]) will be an important consideration, the service will put more weight on other combined ship and programmatic attributes, US Navy (USN) officials told prospective bidders on 17 November. “Non-price factors, when combined, are considered

  • Australia invests to support P-8A Poseidons

    The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has announced funding worth AUD659 million (USD498 million) to support the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF’s) Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime multimission aircraft. The DoD said on 19 November that AUD409 million of the funding will be used to

  • BAE to expand Virginia workforce

    BAE Systems will increase its workforce by approximately 100 people as a result of new contracts from the US Navy to modernise the USS Tortuga dock landing ship. About 16 months of restorative work will be carried out on the vessel at BAE’s shipyard in Norfolk, Virginia, under a USD139.8

  • Beretta unveils PMX 9 mm sub-machine gun

    Beretta is set to unveil its new PMX 9 mm sub-machine gun (SMG) at the Milipol 2017 exhibition in Paris from 21-24 November. The PMX will replace the company’s venerable Model 12 series of 9 mm SMG developed in the 1950s and its subsequent successor models, which are no longer in production.

  • Colombian MoD to create peacekeeping unit

    The Colombian Ministry of Defence (MoD) plans to establish a joint task force of 900 troops to participate in UN peacekeeping operations, it announced on 16 November. The task force will reportedly include an aerial unit, two infantry companies, support staff, and a 140-strong police unit. Female

  • France set to field Griffon 120 mm mortar system

    The French Army will field a mortar-equipped variant of the 6x6 Griffon armoured personnel carrier (APC) fitted with the TDA Armements SAS120 mm 2R2M Recoiling Rifled Mortar (RRM) as part of its SCORPION vehicle recapitalisation programme. The Griffon is officially called the Véhicule

  • Indian opposition alleges misconduct in Rafale procurement

    The opposition Indian National Congress (INC) party has accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, of misconduct in the country’s programme to procure 36 Dassault Rafale fighter aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF). A press release from the

  • MPs debate Red Arrows Hawk upgrade

    A UK member of parliament has called on the government to invest in an upgrade to the aircraft used by the Royal Air Force’s Red Arrows aerobatic group to maintain production facilities and encourage exports of the BAE Systems Hawk trainer. Speaking before the House of Commons on 16 November,

  • Norway receives first AW101 SAR helicopter

    Norway has received the first of 16 AgustaWestland AW101 search-and-rescue (SAR) helicopters, it was announced on 20 November. The helicopter was handed over to the Norwegian Ministry of Justice & Public Security after departing Leonardo’s Yeovil facility in the United Kingdom on 17

  • Portugal to phase out Alpha Jet A

    The remaining six Alpha Jet A training aircraft of Squadron 103 ‘Caracóis’ at Beja airbase will be withdrawn from service in January 2018, the Portuguese Air Force has told Jane’s . The aircraft were used for advanced training and operational conversion to F-16AM/BM fighters.