• F-35's programme costs decreasing, but acquisition costs are up, Pentagon report shows

    Key Points The procurement cost increase was caused by rising labour costs and the decision to defer airplane procurement to later years in the programme. As a result, the programme's total cost is not coming down as fast the Pentagon would like. An annual acquisition report to the US Congress

  • Al Seer Marine targets Southeast Asian demand for USVs

    Abu Dhabi-based marine company Al Seer Marine Supplies & Equipment is forecasting strong demand for unmanned surface vessels (USVs) efforts in the Southeast Asian region and stepping up its marketing efforts in the area. Al Seer distributes USVs built by marine robotics company 5G International

  • French Navy ships heading to Brazil for exercises

    France's FS Mistral (L 9013) projection and command ship and FS La Fayette (F 710) frigate are to make port in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, between 24-29 April for joint training events, a Brazilian Navy spokesperson told IHS Jane's . The training is to run 29-30 April and comprise a passing exercise

  • India appoints new naval chief

    Vice-Admiral Rabindra 'Robin' K Dhowan was formally appointed as the Indian Navy (IN) Chief of Staff on 17 April, seven weeks after his predecessor resigned following a submarine accident in which two officers died. Adm Dhowan, who was made the acting IN chief after Admiral D K Joshi resigned on 26

  • PT Len equips Indonesian Navy MPA with surveillance system

    State-owned defence electronics company PT Len has equipped an Indonesian Navy (Tantara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) with its Retimax 2000 surveillance and reconnaissance system. The system, consisting of a mission console, a cockpit display console and

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  • Mexico requests UH-60M Black Hawk helos

    Mexico has requested the sale of 18 Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk utility helicopters from the United States government, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) disclosed on 21 April. The requested sale is valued at USD680 million, and includes associated equipment, parts, training and


  • Aircraft Mission Data Management System/Multi-mission Open Architecture Tactical System

    Type Mission Planning/Management System Description The Aircraft Mission Data Management System (DMS) is a flexible mission data-handling system designed to support maritime and littoral operations by providing integrated airspace, surface, and subsurface surveillance. The DMS provides tactical

  • AVX

    Founded in 2005 by group of helicopter industry veterans, principally from Bell company. At Army Aviation Association of America ('Quad-A') annual convention at Arlington, Virginia, 14 to 17 April 2010, AVX showed model of compound helicopter configuration that combines proven technologies to

  • Boeing

    Company founded July 1916. Currently organised into major business segments as detailed below, plus several smaller elements. Revenues for 2012 were USD81.7 billion, rising to USD86.6 billion in 2013. Boeing and McDonnell Douglas merger under the Boeing name was completed on 4 August 1997,

  • Hybrid Air Vehicles HAV304

    Type Long-endurance, manned/optionally-manned, surveillance hybrid airship. Description Developed by UK contractor Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) Ltd, the HAV304 hybrid airship employs a bi-lobe, cambered hull design to generate both aerodynamic (60%) and bouyant (40%) lift and is designed for