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  • ILA 2018: Boeing pitches Growler to Germany

    Boeing is pitching its EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft to the Luftwaffe as part of a wider drive to replace Germany’s Panavia Tornados with the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. Speaking to Jane’s at the ILA Airshow in Berlin, Boeing director for global sales for strike, surveillance,

  • Damen begins work on first of two OPVs for Pakistan Navy

    Dutch shipbuilder Damen Shipyards has begun work on the first of two 1,900 tonne multipurpose offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) for the Pakistan Navy (PN). An article published in the April issue of the PN’s Navy News magazine revealed that a steel-cutting ceremony for the first ship was held at

  • DARPA cancels LightningStrike eVTOL X-plane programme

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) cancelled its LightningStrike XV-24A electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) X-plane programme. DARPA Tactical Technology Office (TTO) Director Fred Kennedy said in a 25 April email that the agency recognised, during a recent programme

  • Indonesian Navy receives second Nagapasa-class submarine

    South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) has handed over the second of three Nagapasa (Type 209/1400)-class diesel-electric submarines (SSKs) ordered by the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) in 2011. The TNI-AL received the 61.2

  • US lawmakers want air force to proceed with JSTARS recap

    Key Points Lawmakers propose forcing the USAF to proceed with JSTARS recap The service wants to cancel the programme and proceed with other battle management plans A group of US lawmakers want the US Air Force (USAF) to proceed as planned with its Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System

  • Cellula Robotics developing AUV fuel cell technology for Canadian DND

    British Columbia-based Cellula Robotics is to begin initial development work on fuel cell technology for autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) under the first of a possible three phases for Canada’s Department of National Defence (DND). The company was awarded a CAD647,944 (USD506,055)

  • DARPA’s CHASE programme aims to automate enterprise network cyber

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is seeking to improve how enterprise networks can rapidly detect and defend against cyber attacks. The goal is to be able to build adaptive technologies that can recognise, detect, and defend enterprise networks with the same kind of speed

  • Pakistan Navy releases images of Zarb coastal defence system

    The Pakistan Navy (PN) has released one of the first images of its Zarb land-based anti-ship cruise missile (ASCM) system (also known as the Zarb Weapon System) being test-launched. In the April issue of its Navy News magazine, the PN published a photograph of the Zarb ASCM being fired from an

  • FarSounder to provide sonar for RNZN’s future fleet replenishment tanker

    US-based company FarSounder has signed a contract to provide its FarSounder-1000 forward-looking sonar for the Royal New Zealand Navy’s (RNZN’s) future fleet replenishment vessel, Aotearoa . The company announced in a 17 April statement that the sonar “will provide real-time 3D

  • ILA 2018: Eurofighter replacement for Tornado presented to Germany

    Airbus has formally presented its bid to replace the Luftwaffe’s Panavia Tornado combat aircraft with the Eurofighter Typhoon to the German government. Under the bid, which was released on 24 April on the eve of the ILA Airshow in Berlin, the Eurofighter consortium would deliver additional

  • Indonesian Navy receives two 28 m patrol vessels

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy has received two more KAL 28 patrol vessels Boats will bolster security around the service’s naval bases and maritime infrastructures The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) has received two 28 m patrol vessel from

  • Indra developing updated A400M full flight simulators

    Indra has announced a fresh order in partnership with Thales and Airbus for new full flight simulators (FFS) for the Airbus Defence and Space A400M transport aircraft for the German and French air forces. The Spanish systems group said these would double the training capacity for the aircraft at

  • Lockheed Martin capable of fielding MQ-25 prototype in one year

    Key Points Lockheed Martin decided against building a MQ-25 prototype It wanted to focus on the navy’s new requirements instead of older requirements Lockheed Martin could develop its MQ-25 Stingray prototype for the US Navy (USN) in 12 months, but the company does not expect the sea

  • RE2 Robotics to develop a drop-in robotic air field repair kit for USAF

    RE2 Robotics is developing a kit to convert manned construction vehicles into unmanned platforms that are capable of airfield repair. The Phase III Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) efforts, for which the US Air Force (USAF) awarded RE2 Robotics a USD2.9 million contract in April, will

  • ILA 2018: King Stallion to make international debut in Berlin

    With Lockheed Martin targeting the Luftwaffe’s current Schwere Transporthubschrauber (STH) heavy-lift helicopter programme as the first export sales opportunity for its Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion, the company has chosen the ILA Berlin Airshow 2018 to debut the aircraft to an international

  • L3 TRL updates Broadshield C-RCIED system

    L3 TRL Technology has revealed a new version of its Broadshield counter-radio controlled improvised explosive device (C-RCIED) system at the Defence Services Asia (DSA) 2018 exhibition in Kuala Lumpur. The new Broadshield High-Power Compact System (HCS) combines the manpack capability of the

  • Warrior IFV trialled with Soucy Defense CRT

    A British Army Warrior infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) fitted with Soucy Defense composite rubber tracks (CRT) has completed a 5,000 km trial, Jane’s has learned. The effort was aimed at proving the CRT technology as a replacement for the conventional steel tracks currently fitted to the

  • Saab to provide Situational Awareness System for RAN’s new OPVs

    Saab has received a contract to supply its Situational Awareness System (SAS) for the offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) set to be constructed for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Awarded by German shipbuilder Lürssen, the contract is expected to run over the 12- year-long shipbuilding programme,

  • Indra to equip Mexican Navy’s new long-range OPV with electronic defence system

    Indra has won the contract to install its Rigel electronics defence system aboard the new Sigma 10514 series ocean-going patrol boat being prepared by Dutch shipyard Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) for the Mexican Navy (Armada de Mexico). Announcing the order on 16 April, the part

  • ILA 2018: Luftwaffe set for imminent release of heavy-lift helo RFP

    The Schwere Transporthubschrauber (STH) replacement programme for the Luftwaffe’s ageing VFW-Sikorsky CH-53G-series helicopters is soon to enter into its realisation phase, with the request for proposals (RFP) set to be issued in May. Boeing and Lockheed Martin are competing the requirement

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