• Indonesia and US to sign Apache MoU

    Indonesia and the United States are expected to sign an agreement soon to facilitate the Indonesian Army's (TNI-AD's) enhanced operation of on-order Boeing AH-64E Apache attack helicopters. The Indonesian Ministry of Defence said on 20 August that the memorandum of understanding (MoU) will cover

  • Russia's A-100 AEW&C platform almost ready for production

    Acceptance trials of Russia's Beriev A-100 new-generation advanced airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft could begin in 2017, according to Anatoly Krailyuk, deputy director-general for research and development at the Vega concern that is building the new platform's radar system.

  • Supacat wins Australian special forces vehicle contract

    Australia has awarded UK-based Supacat Group an AUD105 million (USD98 million) contract for 89 special operations vehicles based on the latest version of the Extenda high-mobility transport (HMT), the company said on 19 August. The Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) awarded the contract for what

  • Syria enhances T-72 protection

    Syria has developed a new passive armour package to enhance the survivability of its Russian-supplied T-72M1 main battle tanks (MBT) against RPG-7 rocket propelled grenades. Photographs published on a pro-Syrian military Facebook page on 9 August show a T-72M1 with a locally designed bar/slat

  • USCG's fourth National Security Cutter passes acceptance trials as fifth vessel is named

    Shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced that the fourth vessel soon to join the US Coast Guard's (USCG's) Legend-class National Security Cutter (NSC) fleet completed its acceptance trials only two days after the fifth cutter in the class was christened. Hamilton (WMSL 753), the

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  • 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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  • China unveils ASW version of Z-18 helicopter

    A new anti-submarine warfare (ASW) helicopter for the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is undergoing trials and testing, according to news reports and Chinese military websites. The aircraft, believed to be designated Z-18F, has been developed from the Changhe Aircraft Industry Group (CAIG)
  • New Zealand's OPVs complete Typhoon gun acceptance trials

    The Royal New Zealand Navy's (RNZN's) Otago-class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs), HMNZS Otago and HMNZS Wellington , have completed successful acceptance trials of the Typhoon naval gun system, an RNZN spokesperson told IHS Jane's on 20 August. The trials were conducted over 11-12 August at an
  • USAF extends BACN mission support contract through 2015

    The US Air Force (USAF) has awarded Northrop Grumman a USD89.7 million support contract for the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) system, the company said in a 7 August press statement. The company will continue its overseas operational support of the USAF's seven systems through

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