• Maiden flight for UK's first A400M transport aircraft

    The first Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A400M Atlas transport aircraft for the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has made its maiden flight, the company announced on 1 September. The aircraft, MSN015, departed the final assembly line (FAL) in Seville, Spain, for a five-hour test flight on 30 August. The

  • NATO to launch new 'readiness action plan'

    A new NATO 'readiness action plan' (RAP) that allied leaders are expected to approve during the 4-5 September summit in Wales includes an enhanced NATO Response Force (NRF) capable of deploying "within a few days" instead of the months it currently takes, according to NATO officials and

  • PLAN's 17th Type 056 corvette begins sea trials

    China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) appears to have begun sea trials for its 17th Type 056 Jiangdao-class missile corvette Suqian , based on photographs circulated on Chinese internet sources. The 1,500-tonne vessel (pennant number 593) was spotted on several occasions at sea in waters

  • Slovakian C-27J contract imminent

    Slovakia's longstanding aim to buy new transport aircraft may soon come to fruition, with the Slovak Ministry of Defence (MoD) announcing it hopes to sign a contract to acquire two Alenia Aermacchi C-27J Spartan tactical transport aircraft by 30 September. Speaking at the Slovak International Air

  • UK sets out plans to refresh RN navigation radar portfolio

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has set out plans for the fleet-wide recapitalisation of the navigation radar systems fitted to Royal Navy (RN) ships and submarines and Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) vessels. Known as the Navigation Radar Portfolio (NRP), the project is intended to replace the

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  • Russia receives new Mi-8AMTSh 'Hip' helicopters

    The first consignment of a recent order of 40 Mil Mi-8AMTSh 'Hip' helicopters has been delivered to the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD), Russian Helicopters announced on 1 September. The handover of the four Mi-8AMTSh platforms marks the start of the delivery phase of a RUB12.6 billion (USD340
  • China unveils Type 11 sidearm

    China's Type 11 (QSZ-11) 5.8 mm self-loading pistol was given its first public showing at Hong Kong Garrison open days at the end of June and beginning of July. Accepted into service in 2011, the Type 11 is intended for use as a personal protection sidearm for senior officers and officials. It is
  • 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

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