• AAAA 2018: US Army selects BAE Systems to develop aircraft missile warning system

    Key Points BAE Systems is developing a two-colour advanced warning system for aircraft 2C-AWS uses two-colour IR sensor technology to positively identify and track inbound missiles The US Army has awarded BAE Systems a contract worth as much as USD98 million to develop a quick reaction capability

  • Royal Malaysian Navy commissions two new training ships

    The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) commissioned two new training ships in a ceremony held at the Lumut Naval Base on 26 April. Named KD Gagah Samudera (with pennant number 271) and KD Teguh Samudera (with pennant number 272) the ships, which have an overall beam of 11 m and a draught of 3 m, had been

  • US Navy sets out twin-track plan for FFG(X) combat system

    Key Points Lockheed Martin is to be sole-sourced for FFG(X) combat management system development and combat system integration A separate competition has been established for combat system ship integration and test The US Navy (USN) has set out its twin-track strategy for the installation,

  • US controls drive Chile toward Israeli F-16 upgrade

    The Chilean Air Force is looking again at putting some of its 46 Lockheed Martin F-16 fighters through a service life extension programme (SLEP), local military sources have told Jane’s . The SLEP, which would incorporate upgrades to avionics and weapons sourced from Israel, would free the

  • ILA 2018: Airbus lifts lid on European MALE RPAS

    A full-scale mock-up of the European medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) remotely piloted air system (RPAS) was unveiled for the first time at the ILA Airshow in Berlin on 26 April. The European MALE RPAS (also referred to as the EuroMALE, although a final name has not yet been decided) was

  • ILA 2018: Governments approve Franco-German future fighter, outline other co-operative defence projects

    The German and French governments have given their respective industries the go-ahead to develop a new fighter aircraft to strengthen bi-lateral defence co-operation and to ensure continued operational sovereignty. The approval, which was announced by the defence ministers of both countries during

  • ILA 2018: Rohde & Schwarz showcases SDAR

    Rohde & Schwarz (R&S) has taken the opportunity at the ILA Airshow in Berlin to unveil its software defined radio (SDR) portfolio with the new R&S SDAR (Software Defined Airborne Radio). Markus Dolfen, director of sales avionics, told Jane’s that the service component architecture

  • Portugal upgrading SIC-T tactical communications system

    The Portuguese Army plans to integrate a new configuration of its Sistema de Informação e Comunicações Tático (SIC-T) tactical communication and data system through 2023. The EUR64.18 million (USD78.27 million) effort is to enhance its capability to rapidly deploy

  • Russian Navy to upgrade Kuznetsov

    Key Points A contract has reportedly been signed to upgrade Admiral Kuznetsov : Russia's sole aircraft carrier However, only a limited upgrade is envisaged A contract has been signed for a modernisation of the Russian Navy’s sole aircraft carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov , Russian news sources

  • Switzerland seeks reconnaissance UAVs

    The Swiss Army is conducting flight tests of fixed-wing mini reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems, the Zurich daily Tages-Anzeiger has reported. The tests are part of a CHF8 million (USD8.1 million) programme to purchase two types of mini UAVs: quadcopters weighing less than 6 kg

  • Update: Strait talk: US Western Pacific leadership changes to come as tensions rise

    Admiral Harry Harris, the commander of US Pacific Command, is scheduled to leave his post by June – just as the United States and China square off over Taiwan and trade. Michael Fabey reports March turned into a goodbye tour for Admiral Harry Harris, the commander of US Pacific Command

  • US plans upgrade for Royal Thai Navy Do 228 maritime surveillance aircraft

    Plans are being developed by the US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) for the upgrade of seven Royal Thai Navy (RTN) Dornier 228 maritime surveillance aircraft under the US government-funded Building Partner Capacity programme. Used for maritime patrol and exclusive economic zone surveillance, the

  • Brazilian Army eyes towed howitzers

    The Brazilian Army is exploring a potential acquisition of 105 mm M119 Light Gun and 155 mm M198 towed howitzers, hoping to procure surplus items from the US Army. The service is prospecting the market and has run early studies to inform an eventual purchase as part of its Army Strategic Program

  • India bolsters Andaman and Nicobar territories with third Mk IV landing craft

    Key Points The Indian Navy has commissioned its third Mk IV landing craft Programme is part of New Delhi’s plan to improve capabilities at India’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands The Indian Navy has commissioned a third Mk IV landing craft utility (LCU) platform that was built by

  • India reveals P-17A frigate configuration

    Indian naval shipbuilder Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDSL) unveiled a scale model of the Project 17A (P-17A) frigate at the Defexpo 2018 exhibition. MDSL is building four ships in the class, while the remaining three are being constructed by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE).

  • Persistent Systems scales its MPU5 smart radio

    Persistent Systems has scaled its MPU5 smart radio to a 320-node mobile ad hoc network (MANET) during a demonstration for the US Army at Fort Bragg, North Carolina During the demonstration 320 MPU5 radios, spread across 37 multistorey buildings including basement levels, communicated successfully

  • 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

  • MoD, industry provide UK parliament with more details on Boxer procurement

    Key Points About 500 Boxers will be procured for GDP4.4 billion for the first 10 years, including integration The driver module and all the mission modules will be produced in the United Kingdom UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) and industry officials on 24 April gave the Parliament Defence Committee

  • 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,

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