• Boeing-Saab fly second T-X prototype

    The second BTX prototype aircraft to be built by Boeing and Saab performed its maiden flight on 24 April. The flight out of Boeing's St Louis facility in Missouri lasted for approximately one hour, and was used to validate key aspects of the aircraft which is identical to the first prototype which

  • Russian Project 23550 Arctic patrol ship laid down

    Russia's JSC Admiralty Shipyards, a subsidiary of the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), laid down the lead Project 23550 ice-class patrol ship Ivan Papanin (factory number 02460) on 19 April. The ship was developed by the Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau under the auspices of its designer

  • Indonesia issues tender to upgrade naval pier on South China Sea island

    Key Points Indonesia has taken more steps towards upgrading its naval facilities in the South China Sea Upgrades will allow the deployment of larger vessels in the disputed maritime region The Indonesian Ministry of Defence has issued a tender to upgrade a naval pier at Sabang Mawang on Pulau

  • Malaysia signs contract with China for four littoral mission ships

    Malaysia signed a contract on 21 April for the purchase of an initial four littoral mission ships (LMSs) from China for the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN). The agreement, which is part of a comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries, was signed in Beijing by the China Shipbuilding

  • Russia working on new medium-calibre ammo

    Russia has confirmed that it is working on what it calls "special shrapnel" ammunition for use by 30 mm and 57 mm cannons, with the latter likely developed with a view to engaging unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The work is being carried out by Russia's NPO Pribor research and industrial

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  • UK conducts Puma/A400M fitment trials

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has for the first time loaded an Airbus Helicopters Puma HC2 onto the Airbus Defence and Space A400M Atlas transport aircraft during trials announced on 20 April. The fitment trial saw the partially deconstructed Puma helicopter eased into the cargo hold of the
  • IRGC Navy receives Nasir anti-ship missiles

    The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Navy (IRGCN) formally took delivery of the first consignment of the new Nasir anti-ship missile during a ceremony held on 22 April. Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan said the Nasir can be mounted on speedboats, prepared quickly for launch, flies at a low flight


  • Mk 20 Electro-Optical Sensor System (EOSS)

    Type Naval Fire-Control System (FCS). Development In 2005, following a competitive procurement process, Kollmorgen Electro-Optical (acquired by L-3 Communications in February 2012 and now operating as L-3 KEO) was chosen to provide the US Navy (USN) with an EOSS as part of the CG-47