• Anka UAV makes forced landing

    An 8th Army Corps Anka unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operating over Elazig, eastern Anatolia, made a forced landing soon after take-off on 24 July due to a technical failure, Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) tweeted on 25 July. According to initial media reports, villagers informed the military

  • Canada buying new 7.62 mm general purpose machine guns

    Canada plans to buy 1,148 new 7.62 mm C6A1 FLEX General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMGs) from Colt Canada under a CAD32.1 million (USD25.7 million) deal including related spares and accessories, Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan announced on 26 July. Colt Canada will begin deliveries of the

  • Chile’s S-70i Black Hawks to be delivered next year

    Three Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawks being built by Sikorsky's PZL Mielec in Poland for the Chilean Air Force have passed the basic airframe inspection and will now begin integrating equipment for delivery next year. The three S-70i aircraft, part of a USD180 million order for six Black Hawks placed in

  • DSME prepares to handover Indonesia’s first Type 209/1400 submarine after initial delays

    Key Points Indonesia is about to receive its first South Korean-made submarine, after a delay of more than four months Delays have been caused by modifications made to the platform after its initial sea trials, said DSME The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut, or

  • German Tiger crashes in Mali, crew killed

    An Airbus Helicopters Tiger attack platform operated by the German Army has crashed while operating in Mali, killing both crew members. The incident happened in a remote desert region about 70 km north-east of Gao, at approximately 12:20 local time on 26 July. According to the Bundeswehr the cause

  • Leonardo DRS to upgrade BMS for Australian armour

    Leonardo DRS will provide the Australian Army with its next-generation battle management system (BMS) hardware, known as the Mounted Family of Computer Systems (MFoCS), for the service’s M1A1SA main battle tanks (MBTs) and associated combat vehicles. The company announced in a 26 July

  • Harris to provide real-time advanced global ship tracking capability

    Harris Corporation is on track to have a constellation of more than 60 satellites on orbit by the end of 2018 that will carry the company’s payload of a more advanced Automatic Identification System (AIS) capability to deliver real-time data on ship locations. The system is currently

  • Indonesia in talks to procure first mini-submarine

    Key Points Indonesia is currently in the process of acquiring its first mini-submarine Platform may partly fulfil Indonesia’s requirement to operate a fleet of 12 submarines by 2024 The Indonesian Ministry of Defence (MoD) is currently finalising a contract with Batam-based shipbuilder PT

  • Iran announces Sayyad-3 SAM production

    Key Points The Sayyad-3 missile appears to be a development of the Sayyad-2 Iranian reporting indicates it can be used with the Talash system and an improved Talash-2 that is being developed The production line for Iran’s new Sayyad-3 long-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) was formally

  • SAT develops SR-10-based UAV concept

    Russia’s Modern Aviation Technologies (SAT - Sovremennye Aviatsionnye Teknologii) Design Bureau has developed an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) concept based on its SR-10 jet trainer aircraft. Dubbed the AR-10 Argument, a SAT representative told Jane’s that the concept aircraft is

  • US Air Force analysing future of multi-domain C2

    Key Points The USAF is performing a year-long analysis of multi-domain C2 The goal is to increase the speed of C2 to overwhelm an enemy The US Air Force (USAF) is performing a year-long analysis of the future of multi-domain command and control (C2), according to the service’s top officer.

  • Brazilian Army announces ambitious aviation modernisation plan

    The Brazilian Army has established an ambitious strategy to boost its aviation capability through planned helicopters and transport aircraft acquisition and upgrades from 2018-37, the army said on 24 July. As part of its Strategic Program Army Aviation (Pg EE AvEx), the service will build new and

  • Cochin Shipyard prepares for share listing

    State-owned Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) – the constructor of the Indian Navy’s (IN’s) Project 71 Indigenous Aircraft Carrier-1 (IAC-1) – will launch an initial public offering (IPO) on 1 August, the company has announced. Through the listing CSL aims to generate about

  • DoD awards first LRASM production contract

    The US military is to receive its first air-launched Lockheed Martin AGM-158C Long-Range Anti-Ship Missiles (LRASMs) in the third quarter of 2019, under a Department of Defense (DoD) contract awarded on 25 July. The contract, which is valued at USD86.5 million, will see Lockheed Martin Missiles and

  • RDEL launches first two Project 21 NOPVs for Indian Navy

    The first two of five Project 21 naval offshore patrol vessels (NOPVs) on order for the Indian Navy (IN) for INR25 billion (USD388 million) were launched by Reliance Defence and Engineering Limited (RDEL) on 25 July at the company’s Pipavav shipyard in India's westernmost state of Gujarat.

  • US lawmaker proposes USD5 million boost for Commercial Weather Data Pilot programme

    Key Points A lawmaker wants to increase the Air Force’s budget for a commercial weather data pilot GAO has reported that the Pentagon faces gaps in weather coverage as systems age A US lawmaker has proposed a USD5 million boost in the Air Force’s (USAF) research, development, test,

  • Aselsan opens Malaysian venture

    Turkey’s military electronics company Aselsan announced on 24 July that it had established a company in Malaysia under the name of Aselsan Malaysia Sdn Bhd, which will operate on remote-controlled weapons systems. The company is 100% owned by Aselsan, it said in a statement submitted to

  • China aims to be a world leader in artificial intelligence

    Key Points State Council announces long-term plan to boost country’s AI industry Programme positioned to benefit China’s civil-military integration strategy China’s State Council has announced a long-term plan to become a world leader in artificial intelligence (AI), with the

  • F-35 tracking to SDD flight trials completion by end of year

    Lockheed Martin and the F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) are on track to compete System Design and Development (SDD) flight testing of the Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) programme before the end of the year, it was announced on 25 July. The remaining development flight testing includes

  • FVL next-gen rotorcraft’s cautious pace worries industry

    Industry teams are concerned that the Pentagon's comprehensive Future Vertical Lift (FVL) rotorcraft programme, its only major new rotorcraft acquisition, is advancing at a slow pace that could cause some investment and workforce issues. The project has been ongoing at a basic concept and science

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