• Canada names third Arctic/Offshore patrol ship

    Canada has named its third Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) after a Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) coxswain, officials announced on 25 May. The AOPS will be named after Chief Petty Officer Max Bernays, who served as the Coxswain of the RCN's HMCS Assiniboine during the Battle of the Atlantic in the

  • Egypt reportedly to buy 46 MiG-29s

    Egypt has agreed a deal to buy 46 MiG-29 multirole fighters in a deal that could be worth around USD2 billion, Russian business daily Vedomosti reported on 25 May. The deal is expected to be signed in "the nearest future", according to two sources in the Russian aviation industry cited by

  • Russia formulates UAV development programme

    Key Points Russia plans to produce hundreds of UAVs and develop a supporting RDT&E and industrial base by 2025 Most of these UAVs will be for tactical use, and some will be developed for weapons delivery Russia's armed forces and 'power' ministries may procure hundreds of unmanned aerial

  • Update: Sikorsky Raider completes first flight

    Key Points Sikorsky's S-97 completed its first flight on 22 May Sikorsky now plans to demonstrate more advanced capabilities needed to support armed reconnaissance, light assault, light attack, and special operations United Technologies' Sikorsky Aircraft unit's S-97 Raider coaxial rotor

  • USN names 23rd Virginia-class attack submarine

    The US Navy (USN) has selected a name for its 23rd Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarine, as officials announced on 24 May that SSN 796 is to bear the name USS New Jersey . New Jersey will be the fifth Block IV Virginia submarine, to be built under a teaming agreement with Huntington

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  • First upgraded Skyhawk jet handed over to Brazil

    The Brazilian Navy took delivery of its first upgraded Douglas AF-1 Skyhawk from aerospace conglomerate Embraer on 26 May under the A-4BR programme. The single-seat AF-1 has now been redesignated AF-1B and is expected to remain in service until 2028. The upgraded twin-seat aircraft will be
  • MdCN completes first firing from FREMM

    Key Points The French Navy's new Missile de Croisière Naval cruise missile was fired from multimission frigate Aquitaine on a DGA test range off the Île du Levant The qualification firing marks the first firing of a cruise missile from a European surface ship and the first shipborne
  • Thales selected to provide Crowsnest mission fit

    Thales UK has won out against Lockheed Martin UK Integrated Systems in the race to supply the radar and mission system for the UK Royal Navy's (RN's) Crowsnest airborne surveillance and control (ASaC) capability. Announcing the downselection on 22 May, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said Thales
  • 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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