• 3-D printing promises radical change for equipment procurement and support, says NAVAIR

    An AV-8B Harrier aircraft damaged during a hard landing on board a US Navy amphibious assault ship has been rapidly repaired and returned to service using additive manufacturing (AM) technology, according to Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). Technicians at Fleet Readiness Centre East (FRCE), part

  • 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

  • DARPA awards Boeing contract for Phantom Swift as new VTOL X-Plane

    Key Points Boeing will continue refining its Phantom Swift X-Plane design for the Pentagon The programme is geared at demonstrating efficient hover and high-speed flight Boeing has been awarded a USD9.4 million contract modification to continue refining its design of the experimental vertical

  • FAdeA delivers cargo doors for prototype KC-390

    Argentina's state-owned aircraft manufacturer Fábrica Argentina de Aviões (FAdeA) announced on 24 August that it had delivered the first cargo door for the prototype Embraer KC-390 to Brazil's Embraer. Argentina joined the KC-390 programme in April 2011 with the signing of a partnership

  • Indonesian Navy takes delivery of KCR-60M missile craft

    The Indonesian Navy (Tentera Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut, TNI-AL) has taken delivery of the PT PAL-built vessel KRI Tombak (629), the second-in-class of its KCR-60M missile attack craft. PT PAL's public relations manager, Bayu Witjaksono, told Indonesian media that the handover of Tombak on

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  • 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
  • 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


  • 37 mm (70-K/V-11M/Type 61/74/76) mountings

    Type Close-in weapon system, anti-missile. Development In the 1930s the Soviet Navy, in common with other navies, faced the problem of protecting its ships from low-level air attack. The problem was partly solved by the introduction of the 25 mm 84-KM mounting but this weapon was later scaled up

  • 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

  • Model PRC-188 VHF/FM manpack transceiver

    Type Tactical radio equipment, manpack, VHF Description The PRC-188 transceiver is a VHF/FM manpack transceiver. It is mainly designed for communication among commanders and other personnel at battalion, company and platoon levels. The radio can also be used as a fixed transceiver. When the

  • Model PRC-189 50 W VHF vehicle-borne transceiver

    Type Tactical radio equipment, vehicular, VHF Description The model PRC-189 50 W VHF vehicle-borne transceiver is built up of the model PRC-189 backpack transceiver, the model PRC-189 50 W power amplifier, a set of mounting jigs, a 3 m centre-fed vehicle-borne antenna and a number of other parts.