• South Korea develops shipborne land-attack missile variant

    South Korean frigates will have the capability of striking land targets with the recently developed vertically launched (VL) version of the Tactical Surface Launch Missile (TSLM), the country's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced in an 18 April statement. Developed by South

  • F-35 drops PGM on a moving target using Block 3F software

    The Joint Program Office (JPO) for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) has for the first time dropped a Raytheon GBU-12 Paveway II precision-guided munition (PGM) against a moving target using the aircraft's Block 3F software. The inert drop, which was announced on 20

  • Serbian president lobbies Russia, Belarus for supply of S-300s

    Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic stated on 16 April that Belgrade requires two divisions of S-300 long-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems and that he has discussed acquiring them with Russian president Vladimir Putin and Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko. No details of the intended

  • Sikorsky-Boeing sees no problems with scaling-up X2 technology into Defiant

    Sikorsky-Boeing foresees no special challenges in scaling-up the technology developed for the X2 compound helicopter into the larger SB>1 Defiant that is being built for the US Army's Joint MultiRole - Technology Demonstrator (JMR-TD)/Future Vertical Lift (FVL) effort. Speaking to reporters on

  • Singapore equipping Apache helicopters with new mission systems

    The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) is equipping a number of its Boeing AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopters with new mission systems to enhance the platform's survivability and improve its mission capability. The country's Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) said in a statement on 20 April

  • Brazilian ARES seeks vehicle tests for its air defence RWS

    ARES Aeroespacial e Defesa, Elbit Systems' Brazilian operation, hopes to field test its newly developed 30 mm TORC30 remote weapon station (RWS) on an Iveco VBTP-MR Guarani 6x6 amphibious armoured vehicle. ARES is awaiting a vehicle from the Brazilian Army in order to integrate the turret and carry

  • Delayed first flight of Defiant will not impact FVL, says officials

    Sikorsky-Boeing is set to conduct the maiden flight of the SB>1 Defiant co-axial compound helicopter some months later than originally scheduled, but the delay should have no adverse effect on the Pentagon's wider Future Vertical Lift (FVL) effort, senior programme officials said on 18 April.

  • French, Malian, and Burkinabe forces conduct joint anti-terrorist operation

    Burkinabe and Malian units supported by French troops conducted a major joint counter-terrorism effort called Operation 'Panga' between from 27 March to 10 April, Burkinabe, Malian, and French authorities have announced. Operation 'Panga' took place over a 2,500 km 2 area in the border region

  • Indian Navy successfully test-fires BrahMos land attack variant

    The Indian Navy (IN) successfully test-fired a land attack variant of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile on 21 April, India's Press Information Bureau (PIB) said in a statement. The missile was launched from INS Teg , a Talwar (Project 1135.6)-class guided missile frigate, onto an unspecified

  • Larsen & Toubro signs contract with Hanwha Techwin to supply K9 SPHs for Indian Army

    India's Larsen & Toubro (L&T) signed a contract with South Korea's Hanwha Techwin on 21 April to supply K9 Vajra-T 155 mm/52-calibre tracked self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) for the Indian Army (IA), L&T said in a statement. The gun is an enhanced version of Hanwha Techwin's K9 Thunder

  • UK conducts Puma/A400M fitment trials

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has for the first time loaded an Airbus Helicopters Puma HC2 onto the Airbus Defence and Space A400M Atlas transport aircraft during trials announced on 20 April. The fitment trial saw the partially deconstructed Puma helicopter eased into the cargo hold of the

  • US Army scouts urgent MAAWS acquisition

    The US Army Contracting Command-New Jersey (ACC-NJ), acting on behalf of the Project Manager Soldier Weapons (PM SW), has issued a Sources Sought solicitation for the immediate procurement of a reusable shoulder-fired recoilless weapon system and family of ammunition to defeat various target types.

  • Airbus promotes Xebra satcoms for UK Strike brigade

    The Army Warfighting Experiment (AWE 2017) conducted by UK forces on Salisbury Plain in March with US Army participation provided an opportunity for Airbus Defence and Space (formerly Astrium) to demonstrate an uprated version of its Xebra manportable satellite reachback service. This is based on

  • First Egyptian Type 209 sub arrives in Alexandria

    The Egyptian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 19 April that the first of its Type 209/1400 diesel-electric attack submarines had arrived from Germany. In the process it revealed that a new covered submarine shelter has been constructed at the main naval base in Alexandria. Named S 41 (861),

  • Ford completes builder's sea trials, prepares for acceptance trials

    The US Navy's (USN's) first-of-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78) has completed builder's sea trials and is beginning preparations for acceptance trials with the Board of Inspections and Survey (INSURV) for delivery to the USN, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA)

  • Brazil to soon receive last two modernised F-5 fighters in truncated programme

    The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) will soon receive two more modernised F-5FM Tiger II fighters from Embraer Defesa e Segurança, the FAB's procurement agency told Jane's . Eight F-5E single-seat and three F-5F two-seat aircraft were earlier acquired from the Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF)

  • MMEA conducts trials of Fulmar UAV from first-of-class NGPC

    Key Points The Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency has successfully completed first at-sea trials of the Fulmar UAV system The service is on track to operationalise its first UAV-capable patrol vessel in 2017 The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has conducted at-sea trials of the

  • Damen completes sea trials of Australian naval aviation training vessel

    Damen Shipyards Group announced on 20 April that it has completed sea trials of a multirole aviation training vessel (MATV) on order for Australia. The civilian registered vessel, MV Sycamore , will be operated by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) as a platform to conduct helicopter-related aviation

  • Indonesia retires stricken Cold War-era corvette, KRI Pati Unus

    The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) has decommissioned the Kapitan Pattimura (Parchim I)-class corvette, KRI Pati Unus (384). The 75.2 m vessel was retired from the TNI-AL's Western Fleet (KOARMABAR) on 19 April in a decommissioning ceremony held in the port

  • Saudi Black Hawk crashes in Yemen

    A Saudi Black Hawk helicopter crashed in Yemen's Marib province on 18 April, killing four officers and eight enlisted men, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) announced on the same day. It provided no further details of the incident, but said it was under investigation. Other Saudi media outlets

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