• Pratt & Whitney halted F135 deliveries over titanium sourcing issues

    Deliveries of F135 engines for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter ceased for a three-week period in May 2014 after engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies, identified problems with a titanium supplier, the company said on 2 September.

  • German Puma IFV moves towards service

    The German Army will soon start training personnel on its new Puma Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV), IHS Jane's understands. Training of vehicle and maintenance instructors should begin by the end of the year, with training of operational users to begin in mid-2015. The first unit to be equipped

  • Indian deal for 20 more Hawks faces more delays

    A contract for 20 more BAE Systems Hawk Mk 132 Advanced Jet Trainers (AJTs) for the Indian Air Force's (IAF's) aerobatics display team, approved three years ago by the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD), is unlikely to be signed before 2016. Industry sources told IHS Jane's that the MoD was

  • 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

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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


  • Ilyushin Il-18 Airborne Command Post (ACP) variants

    Type Family of ACP aircraft Description Over time, IHS Jane's has identified five Il-18 based ACP variants, the known details of which are as follows: Il-18D Il-18D aircraft constructor's numbers (c/no) 185011303 (registered as RA-75496) and 1899011302 (RA-75478) are reported to have been


    Type Maritime security autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) Development The ASEMAR (AUV de SEcurité MARitime) project was initiated as a 1-tonne class AUV. It was designed for maritime security tasks involving seabed monitoring. These ranged from searching sunken ships or hazardous cargoes

  • aunav.EOD operations robot

    Type Medium tracked/wheeled explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) and multipurpose UGV. Description The aunav.EOD is an electro-hydraulic operated six-wheeled remote-controlled robot. The fully articulated arm is mounted on a turret with a limited turn motion. The manipulator arm has four joints

  • C4OPS hearing protection/hearing enhancement headset system

    Type Headset, hearing protection Description The C4OPS is a 20 m immersible, software defined, tactical hearing protection/hearing enhancement headset system. Features and capabilities of the C4OPS include: Dual Wireless PTT (DWPTT™) with Picatinny rail attachment Remote control channel