• Colombia receives final T-90 Calima primary trainer

    The Colombian Air Force's Air Maintenance Command (CAMAN) received its 25th and final T-90 Calima primary trainer on 26 August, the command announced. The T-90 Calima was selected to replace the long-serving Beechcraft T-34 Mentor in the Military Aviation School Marco Fidel Suárez located in

  • India inducts first locally built ASW corvette

    The Indian Navy (IN) commissioned INS Kamorta , the first of four 3,500-tonne Project 28 anti-submarine warfare (ASW) missile corvettes, at Naval Dockyard Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh on 23 August. Kamorta was originally scheduled for delivery in 2012. However, construction delays and the ship

  • Greek Corsair crashes

    A Hellenic Air Force (HAF) A-7E Corsair II attack aircraft crashed near Komotini on 26 August, the Greek Ministry of Defence has reported. The pilot ejected safely from the aircraft, and while the cause of the crash is being investigated, it is thought to have been due to mechanical failure. The

  • Mexican Air Force reveals variety of procurements

    The Mexican Air Force (FAM) plans to spend a combined MXN7.288 billion (USD554 million) on four new projects that would buy a total of 23 aircraft, the Mexican Secretary of the Treasury (SHCP) announced on 22 August. The first project - valued at MXN1.63 billion - is to buy 14 Bell 407GX light

  • Guatemala to soon buy coastal patrol craft

    Guatemala's proposed EUR14.2 million (USD18.8 million) programme to begin procurement of two high-speed coastal patrol craft is undergoing its final phase in Congress and is expected to be imminently approved, Guatemalan sources confirmed to IHS Jane's on 24 August. The programme comprises two


  • Briefing: Sailing apart

    Although Australia and New Zealand jointly procured their ANZAC frigates to a common baseline, the two nations are now following very different courses for their respective mid-life update programmes. Richard Scott reports
  • Changing landscape: transforming the UK's surface ship sector

    In the run-up to the Type 26 Global Combat Ship main investment decision, plans are taking shape for a much modernised complex warship capability on the north bank of the River Clyde. Yet there remains an element of uncertainty ahead of Scotland's forthcoming referendum on independence, reports Richard Scott
  • Spinning out - Iran's nuclear talks receive four-month extension

    With the new deadline for a final agreement on Iran's nuclear programme set for November 2014, interested parties gained four months to resolve their differences. Alex Vatanka examines the numerous pressures affecting a deal.
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  • South Korea launches fourth Incheon-class frigate

    South Korea's STX Offshore & Shipbuilding launched the Republic of Korea Navy's (RoKN's) fourth Incheon-class Future Frigate Experimental (FFX) guided-missile frigate at its facility in Changwon, Gyeongsangnam-do on 12 August. The vessel, named Gangwon , is the first Incheon-class frigate built
  • Dutch to withdraw Patriots from Turkey

    The Netherlands is to withdraw its Raytheon Patriot surface-to-air (SAM) missile batteries from Turkey in January 2015, citing strain on personnel and a pending technical modification. The Dutch deployed two of its three Patriot Fire Units from the Defence Ground-Based Air Defence Command (DGBADC),
  • F-16V radar integration clears way for Taiwan upgrade

    Key Points Lockheed Martin has integrated an AESA radar onto an F-16V, its designation for its latest upgrade suite for legacy aircraft Taiwan can now begin receiving the upgrade to 144 of its Block 20 F-16A/Bs Lockheed Martin has completed the integration of an active electronically scanned
  • US says 'serious questions' remain over Syrian CW

    The United States has made the strongest indication to date that Syria may have withheld some of its chemical weapons on 18 August, when it said there are still "serious questions" about its declaration to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The White House


  • M64 mortar sight unit

    Type Indirect-fire weapon sight Development The M64 mortar sight unit was designed to lay the 60 mm M224 lightweight company mortar of the US Army and Marine Corps, with use latter extended to the 81 mm M252 mortar and with a variety of other lightweight and medium mortars. The US Army used the

  • Type JJJ sniper rifle daylight optical sight

    Type Infantry weapon sight - optical Development This sight was originally a direct copy of the Soviet/Russian PSO-1 daylight optical sight with active infrared detection capability, and issued for use with the Dragunov, SVD 7.62 mm self-loading sniper rifle. Chinese production of the JJJ sight

  • Agilis Ku-band SATCOM manpack

    Type SATCOM terminal, manpack Description The Agilis manpack operates in the super high Ku-band (13.75 to 14.8 GHz) and is claimed to be one of the smallest of its kind so far commercialised. Its dimensions are 170 (H) × 300 (W) × 500 (D), its weight 10 kg, and it can be deployed in

  • Aiming

    Company was founded on 12 April 2012 with purpose of returning to manufacture the German Mylius MY-103, now renamed Mistral II, last described in 2003-2004 Jane's All the World's Aircraft. Aiming has acquired right, from Mylius Flugzeugwerk GmbH, to produce and complete certification of the two-seat