• China launches four more satellites

    Key Points China launched four satellites on 7 October, bringing the total number deployed over the past four weeks to 31 The scale of the launches shows Beijing's space ambitions and capabilities A Long March-2D rocket launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre on 7 October placed 4

  • Construction begins on last of three River-class Bath 2 OPVs for the Royal Navy

    Construction has begun on the last of three new River-class Batch 2 offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) for the UK Royal Navy (RN). The first steel for what will become HMS Trent was cut at BAE Systems' Govan shipyard on 7 October, according to the UK Ministry of Defence. The first and second vessels,

  • Draken receives L-159s to market in the Americas

    Czech aircraft manufacturer Aero Vodochody delivered the first surplus Army of the Czech Republic (ACR) L-159E ALCA light attack and training aircraft to Draken International on 5 October. Aero Vodochody plans to deliver another seven aircraft by the end of the year. Draken International is to

  • Lockheed Martin discussing F-16V deal with Indonesia

    Lockheed Martin is in discussions with Indonesia over a potential sale of the F-16V Fighting Falcon, a company spokesperson confirmed to IHS Jane's on 9 October. The spokesperson was speaking one day after Lockheed Martin displayed a cockpit demonstrator of the F-16V in Jakarta to promote the

  • Pacific 2015: General Electric promotes LM2500 engine series for Australia's SEA 5000

    Key Points GE is touting the company's LM2500 series of marine gas turbine engines for the SEA 5000 programme GE says the LM2500 series' commonality with platforms across the RAN is an advantage Marine engines manufacturer General Electric (GE) is positioning the company's LM2500 series of gas

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  • K9 selected for Indian Army SPH requirement

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has shortlisted the Samsung Techwin K9 Thunder 155 mm/52-calibre self-propelled tracked (SPT) howitzer for the Indian Army's long-delayed USD800 million tender for 100 such guns. Official sources said the selection in late September followed desert and high
  • Arab coalition deploys Patriot to Yemen

    Key Points The Arab coalition has deployed two Patriot fire units to defend its base in Yemen's Marib province The deployment corroborates claims that the base was hit by a ballistic missile on 4 September ANALYSIS The Arab coalition fighting to reinstall Yemen's ousted president has deployed
  • Brazil set to conclude first stage of COBRA soldier project

    The Brazilian Army by late 2015 is to conclude the initial step of its Combatente Brasileiro (COBRA) soldier modernisation project, aimed to equip troops with the latest soldier-borne technologies. Around 100,000 troops are to be equipped with advanced gear through 2021, the army told IHS Jane's on


  • Agusta-Bell 212.

    Operational speed: 120 kt (222 km/h). Service ceiling: 15,000 ft (4,373 m). Range: 270 n miles (500 km). Role/Weapon systems: Assault (seven aircraft) and ASW/ASUW (11 aircraft); mainly deployed to escorts, but also shore-based. Sensors (ASW/ASUW): APS-705 radar; ASQ 13-B sonar; STAR SAFIRE II

  • Multipurpose Patrol Ships

    Fleetlist Programmes: The Pattugliatore Polivalente d'Altura (PPA) programme is for a class of six multipurpose offshore patrol vessels, with an option for a further four ships. Five are to be in a low-end configuration (patrol) and one in high-end configuration (combat). A modular design approach

  • AM-35 and AM-50 (humanitarian anti-mine boots)

    Development Zeman's mine resistant boots are designed to provide leg protection against Anti-Personnel (AP) mines containing up to 35 g (AM-35 type) and 50 g (AM-50 type) high explosives (TNT) and have been developed by Zeman in cooperation with Aall Jiri Chladek explosives consultants (see


    Type Penetration warhead. Development In 1994 Britain's Royal Ordnance (later BAE Systems Royal Ordnance Defence, BAE Systems Land and Armaments and now BAE Global Combat Systems Munitions) released details of a new penetrating tandem warhead concept suitable for both bombs and air-to-surface