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  • UK, France sign off FC/ASW concept phase

    On 28 March the UK and France signed a new weapon system agreement initiating a three-year concept phase to develop the Future Cruise/Anti-Ship Weapon (FC/ASW) programme. The FC/ASW programme - which will be executed by MBDA - will examine options to replace and improve existing Naval and Air Force

  • Indonesian shipbuilder cuts steel on seventh PC-40-class vessel

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy has ordered another lightly armed variant of the KCR-40 missile attack craft Platform is meant to bolster the service's maritime surveillance and fishery resources protection capabilities Indonesian shipbuilder PT Caputra Mitra Sejati has begun work on a PC-40-class

  • USAF progresses SABR AESA radar integration onto F-16

    The US Air Force (USAF) is continuing with developmental testing of the active electronically scanned array (AESA) Northrop Grumman AN/APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) aboard the Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon, the service announced on 24 March. The work, which is being carried out by

  • Cameroon receives new offshore patrol vessel

    The Cameroonian Navy has received its new offshore patrol vessel (OPV) CNS Dipikar (P 107), which arrived at the Douala naval base in the last week of February, a Cameroonian military source told Jane's. Dipikar departed Toulon, France, aboard the Dutch transport vessel Happy Diamond on 10 February

  • China's CSOC showcases a new 4,000-tonne frigate

    Chinese state-owned shipbuilder China Shipbuilding and Offshore International Company (CSOC) revealed technical specifications of a new frigate design it is showcasing at the LIMA 2017 exhibition in Langkawi. In an interview with Jane's , a CSOC engineer disclosed that the "new ship is a

  • Indian Navy receives locally developed submarine sonar suite, inertial navigation system

    Indian defence minister Arun Jaitley handed over three indigenously developed systems to the Indian Navy (IN) on 24 March, India's Press Information Bureau (PIB) said. Developed by India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the naval systems presented to IN Chief of Staff Admiral

  • Leidos, USAF developing non-lethal EM technology to shut down electronics

    The US Air Force (USAF) is developing the ability to disrupt or neutralise electronic systems and technologies with little to no collateral damage using high power electromagnetics (HPEM). HPEM technology produces beams of electromagnetic energy over a broad spectrum of radio and microwave frequencies

  • Practika details Otaman upgrade

    Ukraine's Practika has revealed details of the Otaman modernisation package developed for the BTR-60-series armoured personnel carrier (APC). Sergie Vilkov, head of development at Practika, told Jane's that the second prototype of an overhauled BTR-60 is undergoing testing and an operational

  • IDF to trial Elbit's IronVision in Merkava MBT

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are soon to conduct trials with Elbit Systems' IronVision helmet-mounted armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) situational awareness system integrated onto a Merkava main battle tank (MBT). Speaking to Jane's at Elbit's facility in Yokneam on 23 March, Boaz Cohen, the

  • USAF to advance research in open architecture standards

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is seeking to advance open systems architecture standards for weapon systems that should reduce lifecycle costs, enable rapid fielding of advanced warfighting capabilities, avoid vendor lock, and ensure cyber resiliency. Under the Mission Systems Open

  • LIMA 2017: MMEA modernisation may follow navy's lead

    The Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency's (MMEA's) modernisation plan may follow the standardisation path set by the navy, Jane's understands. Speaking with Jane's at the 2017 LIMA Exhibition in Langkawi and commenting on the New Generation Patrol Craft (NGPC) programme, the CEO of Destini Armada

  • US Army resumes Javelin FGM-148F development testing

    The US Army has resumed testing of the Spiral 2 FGM-148F missile component of the Javelin medium close combat system improvement programme. The trials were suspended in late 2016 due to technical issues with the precursor warhead (PCWH). Developed by the Javelin Joint Venture (JJV), a partnership

  • USAF completes verification of new GPS anti-jam architecture for JASSM

    The US Air Force (USAF) has finalised product upgrade verification (PUV) flight tests of GPS anti-jam software and hardware for the AGM-158A Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) and AGM-158B JASSM-Extended Range (ER) long-range, conventionally armed, precision stealth weapons in

  • LIMA 2017: Aselsan debuts 'anti-drone jammer' system, targets Asia-Pacific countries

    Key Points Aselsan has developed a man-portable system designed to incapacitate hostile unmanned aerial vehicles System has been developed against the backdrop of a proliferation in small commercial off-the-shelf UAV systems Turkish defence company Aselsan has unveiled a man-portable 'anti-drone

  • Belarus finalises new Shershen ATGM system variant

    The Scientific Research and Production Centre of Belarus has finalised work on a new vehicle-mounted variant of the Shershen family of anti-tank guided missile systems (ATGMs). The latest system - which utilises the Ukrainian Luch-developed and produced RK-2 and RK-3 variant ATGMs - is designated

  • SM-2 acquisition a priority consideration for Denmark's next defence bill

    Denmark has begun initial steps to acquire the Raytheon Standard Missile (SM)-2 Block IIIA anti-air warfare (AAW) missile through a US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) case, but final approval for the acquisition will hinge on the government's 2018-22 defence bill. The Royal Danish Navy's (RDN's) three

  • South African defence minister admits aircraft shortages

    South African Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula confirmed on 20 March that the air force's 35 Squadron, its only maritime patrol unit, was grounded for a time due to problems with the primary flight controls of its C-47TP aircraft. Mapisa-Nqakula was responding to a question submitted by a

  • Chile to start building icebreaker in May

    Chile is to begin constructing an icebreaker in May, Admiral Enrique Larrañaga, commander of the Chilean Navy, announced during a 17 March navy bicentennial ceremony in Valparaiso. He said the icebreaker is scheduled to be ready within four years "in order to replace [current icebreaker]

  • Peru receives polar vessel Carrasco

    The Peruvian Navy received an oceanographic vessel with polar capabilities, Carrasco (BOP 171), during a ceremony in Vigo, Spain, on 22 March. The vessel, constructed by Spanish shipyard Freire SA, was originally scheduled to be transferred on 10 March, but was delayed by weather. Carrasco will

  • MILREM up-guns THeMIS with Protector weapon station

    Estonia's MILREM has broadened the range of remote weapon stations (RWS) that can be fitted to its Tracked Hybrid Modular Infantry System (THeMIS) unmanned ground vehicle (UGV). The company has worked with Kongsberg to integrate the Protector RWS on THeMIS, in a configuration that includes a

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