• Archer SPA enters Swedish Army service

    The BAE Systems FH-77 BW L52 Archer (6x6) self-propelled artillery (SPA) system has now entered Swedish Army service, the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) announced on 3 February. The first four Archer SPAs entered service with the Swedish Army's 9 Artillery Regiment

  • China offers latest FT-series precision-guided bombs for export

    Key Points Three new variants complement eight FT-series precision munitions now offered for export China is seeking to expand its PGB footprint internationally With the release of the improved FT-3A, FT-6A, and FT-7 variants earlier this year, Aerospace Long-March International Trade Co Ltd

  • HAL rolls out long-delayed HTT-40 trainer

    India's state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has rolled out the first prototype of its basic trainer in Bangalore after nearly six years of development. In an official statement on 2 February, HAL declined to confirm when exactly the tandem-seat Hindustan Turbo Trainer-40 (HTT-40) rolled

  • Hamas 'tank' is for training, not combat

    The 'tank' that was unveiled by the armed wing of the Palestinian group Hamas on 31 January was widely ridiculed when it became apparent that it was moving on wheels, not its tracks. Clearly an attempt to mock-up an Israeli Merkava main battle tank, the vehicle was displayed for the first time in

  • Mexican Air Force's first UH-60M Black Hawks delivered

    Two photos published online on 5 February appear to confirm that a first batch of three Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk utility helicopters has been delivered to the Mexican Air Force (FAM). The photos were first posted by México Aeroespacial , a Mexican aviation enthusiast group. The aircraft were

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  • Norway completes first phase of NH90 programme

    Norway has completed the first phase of its NH90 helicopter procurement programme with the delivery of the first platform to be equipped with a dipping sonar, the NHIndustries consortium announced on 4 February. The handover of the sixth of 14 NATO Frigate Helicopter (NFH)-variant NH90s for the
  • Russian deployment of new Pantsyr to Syria confirmed

    Russia has deployed the new version of the Pantsyr air defence system to its Humaymim airbase in Syria, footage broadcast by the RT news channel on 3 February has confirmed. Russia has had at least one Pantsyr-S1 at Humaymim since 3 October 2015, when its Ministry of Defence released a photograph
  • USAF reveals 2014 nuclear 'mishap' that damaged ICBM

    The US Air Force (USAF) stripped personnel of their nuclear certification following a mishap in which a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) was damaged, it was revealed on 23 January. The incident, which occurred in 2014 but is only now being publically acknowledged by the USAF,

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