• Brimstone 2 finally declared operational with UK Tornado GR4

    Key Points Flight trials on UK Typhoon IPA 6 already under way Typhoon firing trials scheduled for the first quarter of 2017 Following successful completion of a series of delayed Operational Evaluation trials in February 2016, the UK Royal Air Force has finally declared an Initial Operating

  • Effort to return Greek P-3s to service commences

    Lockheed Martin has begun work on the mid-life upgrade (MLU) of Greece's P-3B Orion maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) fleet, the manufacturer announced on 25 July. The launch of the effort to modernise and refurbish four of the five P-3B aircraft that are owned jointly by the Hellenic Air Force and

  • Indonesia commissions fourth PC-43 class patrol vessel into Western Fleet

    The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) has commissioned a PC-43 class patrol vessel into its Western Fleet (KOARMABAR), the service's office of public affairs confirmed with IHS Jane's on 26 July. The vessel, KRI Cakalang (852), was commissioned on 20 July in

  • OSI wins contract to integrate radar system for New Zealand's frigate upgrade

    Canadian naval systems developer OSI Maritime Systems announced on 25 July that it has received a contract to integrate the FAR-3000 radar from Japanese company Furuno with an integrated bridge system on board the Royal New Zealand Navy's ANZAC-class frigates. The contract has been awarded as part

  • Saudi Arabia says Apache crashed in Yemen

    Saudi Arabia has confirmed for the first time since it launched its military intervention in Yemen in March 2015 that it has lost an aircraft inside that country. The official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on 25 July that a Royal Saudi Land Forces (RSLF) AH-64 Apache attack helicopter had


  • Credible choices: UK General Purpose Frigate programme

    The UK's 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review unveiled plans for the Royal Navy to receive a new class of smaller, cheaper and more exportable general-purpose frigate. Richard Scott reports
  • US debates cruise missile procurement

    The US is facing Russian modernisation of nuclear-capable cruise missiles and the threat of hybrid warfare. Heather Williams examines the US debate around the purchase of new missiles and whether Washington will accept a future 'cruise missile gap' with Moscow.
  • Brexit tests European security co-operation

    Aside from economic and political consequences, the UK's vote to leave the EU will have an impact on defence and security co-operation. Brooks Tigner assesses the implications for the EU and NATO. Benoît Gomis considers the ramifications for France-UK relations.
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  • China rolls-out indigenous flying boat

    China rolled out a new amphibious aircraft from the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) production line in Zhuhai on 23 July, state media announced. With a wing span of 38.8 m and a length of 37 m, the four-turboprop AG600 is the largest 'flying boat' to have been built by China. The
  • Jordan receives final Cheetah SPAAGs

    A final instalment of 25 Cheetah self-propelled anti-aircraft guns (SPAAGs) has now arrived in Jordan. Decommissioned by the Armed Forces of the Netherlands in 2006, the Cheetah (Gepard in German service) consists of a modified Leopard 1 tank hull armed with twin 35 mm Rheinmetall Air Defence
  • Eurosatory 2016: MILREM extends THeMIS mission set

    Estonia's MILREM has broadened the mission set of its THeMIS (Tracked Hybrid Modular Infantry System) unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), equipping the platform with a counter-improvised explosive device (C-IED) payload. Speaking to IHS Jane's , MILREM's chief executive officer, Kuldar Väärsi,


  • Mk 20 Electro-Optical Sensor System (EOSS)

    Type Naval Fire-Control System (FCS). Development In 2005, following a competitive procurement process, Kollmorgen Electro-Optical (acquired by L-3 Communications in February 2012 and now operating as L-3 KEO) was chosen to provide the US Navy (USN) with an EOSS as part of the CG-47