• Italy deploys latest Mangusta attack helo variant to Afghanistan

    Italy has deployed the latest version of the AgustaWestland Mangusta attack helicopter, the AW129D, to Afghanistan. Task Force 'Fenice', the Italian Army Aviation component of Train Advise Assist Command West (TAAC-W) in Afghanistan, started testing the new version of the helicopter in early

  • Japan announces Global Hawk, Osprey, Hawkeye purchases

    Japan has announced the selection of the Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk for its high-altitude unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) requirement and the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey for its tilt-rotor requirement. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) also confirmed that it would buy a Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced

  • Laser weapon breaks cover on USS Ponce

    Key Points The LaWS prototype is being deployed on USS Ponce to demonstrate a SSL-QRC The results of the demonstration will inform a follow-on SSL-TM programme The US Navy (USN) has released the first high-quality images showing a Laser Weapon System (LaWS) demonstrator installed on board the

  • Myanmar launches third Anawrahta-class missile corvette

    A Myanmar shipyard has launched the country's third Anawrahta-class missile corvette, local media sources reported from 20 November. The 77 m vessel, named UMS (Union of Myanmar Ship) Tabinshwehti with pennant number 773, was said to have been launched at the Sinmalaik Shipyard in Yangon

  • Ukraine outlines reasons for high aircraft loss rate

    A lack of experience and training, as well as poor tactics and intelligence not being acted on are the primary reasons for losses being incurred by the Ukrainian Air Force in the restive east of the country, a senior service official noted on 19 November. Speaking under the Chatham House Rule at

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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

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