• DRDO outlines future MBT requirements

    Further details have emerged about India's plans for the main battle tank (MBT) element of the Future Ready Combat Vehicle (FRCV) programme. Requirements for the main armament, powerpack, and mission systems have been revealed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). Speaking

  • China's North Sea Fleet receives first Type 052D destroyer

    China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) commissioned its fifth Luyang III-class (Type 052D) destroyer on 22 January. Named Xining (with pennant number 117), the vessel is the first Type 052D to be assigned to the PLAN's North Sea Fleet, with the other four ships allocated to the South Sea

  • DSME launches Thailand's first multipurpose frigate

    South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) launched a 122 m frigate on order for the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) on 23 January. The vessel, which has been ordered under a THB14.6 billion (USD396 million) contract inked between the Thai government and DSME in August 2013,

  • Two Chinese helicopter pilots die in crash

    A helicopter of the People's Liberation Army Ground Force's aviation wing crashed in southeast China's Fujian Province on 19 January, killing both pilots, the China Military Online website reported on 23 January. Three other people suffered minor injuries and four houses were damaged as a result of

  • AUDS achieves TRL 9, deploys with US forces

    An undisclosed number of Anti-UAV Defence Systems (AUDS) have been supplied to US forces and are now in operational service. The AUDS has been developed in a collaborative effort by a UK defence consortium comprised of Blighter Surveillance Systems, Chess Dynamics, and Enterprise Control Systems

  • Challenges with implementing DCGS continue

    As the US military transitions to a more open and modular version of the Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS), the services continue to encounter hurdles as they seek ways to get more intelligence data into the hands of analysts. The US Air Force (USAF) is moving off the legacy baseline DCGS

  • Croatia releases 2017 procurement plan

    Croatia unveiled its defence procurement plan on 20 January, with spending increasing USD57 million, the country's Ministry of Defence announced. The procurement plan calls for USD243 million in procurement and sustainment spending, which is about 40% of the country's overall defence budget. Of

  • Shen Jinlong appointed new commander of Chinese navy

    Vice Admiral Shen Jinlong has replaced Admiral Wu Shengli as the commander of China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), according to Chinese media reports. Although the nomination of a successor to Adm Wu, who had been commander of the PLAN since 2006, had been anticipated for some time, the

  • Trump to nominate Heather Wilson as USAF secretary

    President Donald Trump announced on 23 January that he plans to nominate Heather Wilson, a former congresswoman, to become the next secretary of the US Air Force (USAF). Wilson is a USAF Academy graduate, current president of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, and formerly a New Mexican

  • Turkey begins construction of first Istanbul-class frigate

    Turkey began construction of Istanbul, its first Istanbul-class (I-class) frigate, at the Istanbul Shipyard Command on 19 January. The first frigate, out of a total of four, is planned to be completed in 2021. The Istanbul-class frigate is the continuation of the country's MilGem (National

  • Turkey's Altay MBT project hit by engine technology transfer issues

    Turkey's plans to build its Altay main battle tank (MBT) have hit a snag after Tümosan, the planned engine provider, cancelled a key technical support contract with Austria's AVL List GmbH. The cancellation comes after Austria's parliament unanimously adopted a non-binding motion that imposed

  • China enhances PGZ-07 capability

    The PGZ-07 twin 35 mm self-propelled anti-aircraft gun (SPAAG) system currently in service with China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) has been upgraded with the addition of a new sensor pod. The existing sensor pod is positioned above the tracking radar, which is mounted on the forward part of the

  • US Army selects Sig Sauer for new XM17 Modular Handgun System

    Sig Sauer has been awarded the long-running XM17 Modular Handgun System (MHS) contract for replacing legacy 9 mm M9 Beretta pistols, the US Army announced on 19 January. It is understood that Sig Sauer bested bids from Beretta, FN Herstal, and Glock, after Smith & Wesson and partner General

  • USAF receives first DRAGON-upgraded AWACS aircraft

    The US Air Force (USAF) has received back into service the first Boeing E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning And Control System (AWACS) aircraft to go through the Diminishing manufacturing sources Replacement of Avionics for Global Operations and Navigation (DRAGON) cockpit modernisation programme, the

  • PLAN commissions 31st Jiangdao-class corvette

    The 31st Jiangdao-class (Type 056) corvette to join China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) was commissioned into the East Sea Fleet on 18 January. Ezhou (513) was built at the Hudong-Zhonghua shipyard in Shanghai and launched on 25 December 2015. Equipped with towed and variable depth sonars

  • UK orders Crowsnest helicopter radar systems

    The United Kingdom has awarded a GBP269 million (USD327 million) contract to Lockheed Martin to build Crowsnest airborne surveillance and control (ASaC) systems for the Royal Navy. Crowsnest is the replacement for the service's Sea King ASaC.7 (SKASaC) helicopters, due to retire in September 2018.

  • IARPA seeks enhanced method for integrated circuit validation

    The research arm of the US intelligence community is developing the ability to analyse and verify the reliability of integrated circuits to ensure integrity of manufacturing processes and the supply chain. The objective of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity's (IARPA) Rapid

  • Royal Thai Air Force Gripen crashes at airshow

    A Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) Saab Gripen C multirole combat aircraft crashed at an airshow taking place at Hat Yai International Airport in southern Thailand on the morning of 14 January. The pilot was killed. Footage of the incident shows the Gripen performing a manoeuvre before losing altitude

  • Taiwan begins F-16V modernisation effort

    Taiwan has begun the process of upgrading its Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft to the latest F-16V configuration, it was confirmed to IHS Jane's on 17 January. Lockheed Martin said that work to upgrade the Republic of China Air Force's (RoCAF's) F-16A/Bs had begun with the

  • Thai Navy to retire Ratcharit-, Prabparapak-class missile boats over next 10 years

    Key Points The Royal Thai Navy will retire its entire fleet of missile-capable patrol boats by 2026 Service is eyeing larger platforms such as LPDs and frigates in the coming years As part of its efforts to prepare the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) for future maritime security challenges, the service

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