• Argentina signs MoU for 12 Airbus Helicopters H125s

    The Argentine Ministry of Defence signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the procurement of 12 Airbus Helicopters H125s (formerly AS550B3 Ecureuil) during the Paris Air Show, according to company communiqué dated 25 June. The communiqué briefly explains that the H125s will begin

  • Austal USA lays keel for US Navy's 14th LCS

    The keel of the US Navy's (USN's) 14th Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) was laid at Austal USA's Mobile, Alabama, shipyard, officials announced on 29 June. Marking the beginning of the future USS Manchester 's (LCS 14) assembly process, the keel-laying ceremony at the Gulf coast shipyard is Austal's

  • Bangladesh Navy decommissions four Chinese-built torpedo craft

    The Bangladesh Navy decommissioned four Chinese-built Type 26 Huchuan-class torpedo boats (pennant numbers 8235, 8236, 8237, and 8238) at Chittagong on 18 June. A navy press release said that the decision to decommission these boats had been taken due to increasing challenges in maintaining their

  • First engine start for Queen Elizabeth

    Key Points UK's first new aircraft carrier has begun diesel generator power trials The UK's two carriers are the first RN vessels designed from the outset with an all-electric power generation and propulsion architecture The UK Royal Navy's (RN's) first Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier has

  • India's LCH completes hot weather trials, moves closer to IOC

    India's Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) moved a step closer to obtaining initial operational clearance (IOC) after successfully completing hot weather trials in Jodhpur on 26 June. Test flights were carried out in temperatures of 39 to 42º C in the Rajasthan desert, according to T Suvarna Raju,

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  • South Korea opts for Airbus in tanker-transport requirement

    Airbus has beaten off competition from both Boeing and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to supply the Republic of Korea with tanker-transport aircraft, the government announced on 30 June. The Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) is to receive four Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A330-200 MultiRole
  • Finland orders more NLAW missiles

    The Finnish Defence Forces have ordered more Next generation Light Anti-tank Weapons (NLAWs) from Saab Dynamics, the Finnish Defence Forces Logistics Department has announced. The contract, worth EUR32 million (USD35.5 million), also includes night vision devices from Millog and training tools from
  • CBO releases new triad upgrade estimate

    The United States will have to spend USD348 billion on nuclear weapons modernisation over the next 10 years if it wants to maintain a triad of nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), submarines, and bomber aircraft, according to a 22 January report from the Congressional Budget

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