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  • Brazil advances submarine construction

    Brazil is preparing to integrate, finish, and test the first three unified hull sections for Riachuelo (S-40), Brazil’s first of four planned diesel-electric attack submarines, at the Itaguaí shipyard. The hull sections were moved on 13 and 14 January from the Unidade de

  • CNO touts BMD potential of Aegis

    Admiral John Richardson, the US chief of naval operations, said he is confident about the ability of the Aegis combat system aboard appropriately outfitted US guided-missile destroyers and cruisers to conduct ballistic missile defence (BMD) missions, even during the initial boost phase.

  • Germany seeks combat sights for new assault rifle

    The Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw) Germany's Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support, issued a EUR125 million (USD153 million) tender on 16 January for 103,090 combat sights for the System

  • RoKN’s seventh KSS-2 submarine to start operations in May

    The Republic of Korea Navy’s (RoKN’s) seventh air-independent propulsion (AIP)-capable KSS-2 (Type 214) diesel-electric attack submarine will be operationally deployed from May this year, according to statement issued by South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) on

  • Chilean Army considers expanding its wheeled armoured vehicle fleet

    The Chilean Army is revisiting old plans to renew the service’s fleet of wheeled armoured vehicles by refurbishing and upgrading legacy platforms while also buying new ones, senior military sources in Santiago told Jane’s . New studies and potential plans are expected to be ready for

  • Japan completes development of ASM-3 supersonic air-to-ship missile, says report

    Japan has completed development of its first domestically designed supersonic air-to-ship missile, according to a 7 January report by The Mainichi newspaper. Known as the ASM-3, the radar-guided missile is set to enter series production in Fiscal Year 2019, said the report, adding that development

  • MV Asterix refuels RCN ship for the first time

    The Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN's) new support tanker, MV Asterix , has successfully conducted its first fuel transfer to an RCN ship at sea. The Project Resolve vessel made its first transfer of fuel to Halifax-class frigate HMCS Toronto on 15 January and completed a dual replenishment with

  • UK, France reinforce defence co-operation

    The UK-French summit held at the UK's Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst on 18 January reinforced defence co-operation between the two European nuclear powers. The summit agreed to the creation of a permanent UK-France Defence Ministerial Council, in which the two nations' defence ministers will

  • US Army's T2C2 moves into full-rate production

    Key Points The army can now begin buying the inflatable satellite system The army intends to field T2C2 to 15 operational elements The US Army's Transportable Tactical Command Communications (T2C2), which provides satellite capability to small units operating in areas without network

  • USN quantifies costs of post-collision fixes

    It will cost the US Navy (USN) between USD600 million and USD800 million during the five-year defence plan to address recommendations made in the wake of recent surface-ship collisions in the Western Pacific, Admiral John Richardson, the chief of naval operations, said. Testifying on 18 January

  • India issues RFI for six Next Generation Offshore Patrol Vessels

    India’s Ministry of Defence is acquiring a new class of offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) to improve the navy’s maritime surveillance and interdiction capabilities, and has issued a request for information (RFI) to finalise specifications of the programme. The platform, which will be known

  • Indonesia puts KC-46A Pegasus, Airbus A330 in frame for aerial tanker requirement

    Key Points Indonesia is studying the Boeing KC-46A, and the Airbus A330 MRTT to improve its aerial refuelling capabilities Programme is expected to be the next major logistics aircraft acquisition undertaking after the Airbus A400M The Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia –

  • Airbus CN235 crashes in Turkey, killing three

    An Airbus CN235 on a training flight from the 1st Main Jet Base Command in Eskisehir, central Anatolia, crashed on 17 January at a remote location in Isparta province, southern Turkey, killing its two pilots and technician. The Turkish Chief of General Staff’s office gave no information

  • IDF developing C2I smartwatch for field officers

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are set to introduce a new portable command, control, and information (C2I) system for its ground forces, which for the first time will serve all field officer ranks, from platoon to brigade commanders. Called Shaked (Hebrew for ‘almond’), the new system

  • Russia begins delivering S-400 air defence systems to China, says report

    Russia has begun delivering the Almaz-Antei S-400 Triumf self-propelled surface-to-air missile (SAM) system to China under the terms of a contract signed in 2014, TASS news agency cited an unnamed source close to the Russian military-industrial complex as saying on 18 January. “The

  • US Navy begins JAGM flight-testing on AH-1Z Viper

    The US Navy (USN) on 5 December 2017 conducted the first flight test of the Lockheed Martin Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) on a US Marine Corps (USMC) AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. According to a US Naval Air Systems Command report released on 9

  • USMC SuperCobras to be sold off to international customers

    The US government is to offer surplus Bell AH-1W SuperCobra attack helicopters to international customers. Former US Marine Corps (USMC) AH-1W helicopters are to be offered to either Foreign Military Sales (FMS) or Direct Commercial Sale (DCS) customers as the attack helicopters are

  • Japan to assist with establishment of 11 new radar stations across southern Philippines

    Key Points Japan is providing Manila with resources to establish 11 new coastal radar stations across southern Philippines Move aims to secure major shipping lanes that connect the Sulu Sea, with the Celebes Sea and the Pacific Ocean In an effort to help bolster security along a notorious sea

  • Sixth Project 22160 corvette laid down in Zelenodolsk

    Zelenodolsk Shipyard laid the keel for the Russian Navy’s sixth Bykov-class (Project 22160) corvette, Nikolay Sipyagin , on 13 January. Designed by Severnoye design bureau, the new class is primarily intended for maritime security tasks including counter-piracy and counter-trafficking

  • Bundeswehr sees new French C-130J as first step towards Franco-German air transport squadron

    Senior German generals have described the Armée de l’Air's (French Air Force's: AdlA's) new C-130J as the first step towards the establishment of a joint air transport squadron by Germany and France. Lieutenant General Erhard Bühler, who heads the planning team for the joint

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