• UK to begin testing national A400M capabilities shortly

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) is to begin safety testing of a number of country-specific capabilities for its Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A400M Atlas transport aircraft at the end of July, the government disclosed on 2 July. Several dedicated national capabilities, such as UK parachutes and aerial

  • US Navy retires Prowler electronic attack aircraft after close to 45 years' service

    The US Navy (USN) retired from service the last of its Grumman EA-6B Prowler electronic attack (EA) aircraft during a three-day 'sundown' ceremony at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island in Washington state from 25 to 27 June. The four-seat Prowler, which was developed from the twin-seat A-6

  • Australian senate report slams 'politicised' nature of Future Submarine programme

    Japan's involvement in the acquisition process to determine the designer and constructor of Australia's Future Submarine is based on political imperatives rather than merit and the current approach should be scrapped, an Australian parliamentary inquiry has found. In a majority finding in a report

  • Chinese Type 041 'makes Karachi port visit'

    A Chinese submarine's recent visit to Pakistan's main naval base at Karachi is a "routine affair and nothing more", a senior Pakistani government official told IHS Jane's on 1 July. Western defence officials told IHS Jane's that the visit took place in the second half of May. Regional

  • Handover of US Navy's fifth LCS delayed due to repairs

    Key Points LCS Milwaukee will complete builder's trials in August following work to repair a damaged propulsion train The three-month delay in completing builder's trials means acceptance trials are expected for August or September Officials confirmed to IHS Jane's on 30 June that work to correct

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  • Airbus Helicopters, Mahindra announce JV plans

    Airbus Helicopters and India's Mahindra Defence have signed an agreement to form a joint venture (JV) that aims "to become the first private Indian helicopter manufacturer under the 'Make in India' initiative," the two companies announced on 2 July. The JV will be "dedicated to
  • KBM unveils decoy-resistant Verba MANPADS

    Key Points New multispectral seeker enables clearer, faster discrimination between targets and decoys Enhancements extend the missile's engagement envelope by a factor of 2.5 Russia's Konstruktorskoye Byuro Mashinostroyeniya (KBM) unveiled its next-generation 9K333 Verba (Willow) man-portable air
  • 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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    Type Penetration warhead. Development In 1994 Britain's Royal Ordnance (later BAE Systems Royal Ordnance Defence, BAE Systems Land and Armaments and now BAE Global Combat Systems Munitions) released details of a new penetrating tandem warhead concept suitable for both bombs and air-to-surface

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