• F-35 procurement programme leaks cloud Canadian fighter plans

    Canadian defence sector stakeholders are scratching their heads yet again, following the leak earlier this month that suggested the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper has not been upfront regarding its jet fighter procurement plans. Officially, the Tory government had committed to

  • Russia ready to supply 'standard' Su-35s to China, says official

    Russia is ready to supply 'standard' versions of the Su-35 combat aircraft to China, Sukhoi first deputy director general Boris Bregman recently told IHS Jane's . "During talks we informed the Chinese side that we can supply a standard version of the Su-35 fighter, which has been fully

  • Boeing delivers sixth P-8I aircraft to Indian Navy

    Boeing has delivered the sixth P-8I Neptune long-range maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) to the Indian Navy, the company announced in a statement on 25 November. The aircraft was said to have arrived at Indian Naval Station (INS) Rajali in Arakkonam, southern India, on 24 November. It joins five other

  • British Army tests Mastiff MRAPs in mechanised infantry role

    Key Points The British Army is conducting testing on whether the Mastiff MRAP is suitable for a conventional mechanised infantry role The UK bought over 400 Mastiff's and is keen to establish whether they have any other utility beyond counter-insurgency operations British Army units are carrying

  • China clamps down on military photographers

    Chinese news media have reported that a resident of the port city of Qingdao, the location of the North Sea Fleet's headquarters, has been arrested and is awaiting trial for taking photographs of the naval base from which aircraft carrier Liaoning operates. He is accused of passing the photos to

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  • UWSA fielding Chinese FN-6 MANPADS

    Myanmar's largest and best-armed insurgent force, the United Wa State Army (UWSA), has carried out a broad upgrade of its anti-aircraft defences with the induction of Chinese third-generation FN-6 manportable air defence systems (MANPADS). According to a reliable military source in northeastern
  • Indian MoD signs up for ACTAS towed array

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed an INR3.06 billion (USD51million) deal with Germany's Atlas Elektronik for six low frequency Active Towed Array Sonar (ACTAS) systems to be fitted to Indian Navy (IN) warships. The urgency of the requirement to safeguard its assets, continually


  • AN/PEQ-17 Portable Lightweight Designator/Rangefinder (PLDR)

    Type Laser rangefinder/designator Development Launched in 2006, the Elop (now Elbit Systems Electro-Optics Elop Ltd) Portable Lightweight Designator/Rangefinder (PLDR) is a combined laser designator and rangefinder, intended for use by ground-based forward air controllers (designating and ranging


    Type Thermal imager Development The ARTIM is a ruggedised dual field-of-view remotely controlled thermal imaging camera from what is now Elbit Systems Electro-Optics Elop Ltd., based on the company's Thermal Imaging Modules (TIM) for night observation and target acquisition applications. It is


    Type Thermal imager Development The ARTIM-LR thermal imaging camera/night sight is an extended-range version of the ARTIM (see separate entry), developed by what is now Elbit Systems Electro-Optics Elop Ltd. It is intended for fixed-based or portable observation and target acquisition missions

  • Commander's Panoramic Sight (CPS)

    Type AFV commander's sight Development The Elbit Systems Electro-Optics (formerly Elop) range of Commander's Panoramic Sights (CPS) is optimised for use on MBTs and AFVs. Known to IHS Jane's since 2003, it provides the MBT/AFV commander with high quality viewing capability for target acquisition