• Bulgarian C-27J fleet grounded after last operational aircraft is damaged

    The Bulgarian Air Force’s (BuAF’s) last operational C-27J Spartan twin-engine transport aircraft was seriously damaged on 19 January at Graf Ignatievo air base, near Plovdiv, Deputy Defence Minister Anatoli Velichkov told bTV television on 20 January. The aircraft’s right wing and

  • Chinese navy’s amphibious capabilities continue to grow

    China's latest 20,000-tonne Yuzhao-class (Type 071) landing platform dock (LPD) vessel was launched on 20 January at the Hudong-Zhonghua shipyard in Shanghai. It is the sixth ship of the class and joins the previous vessel, which was launched in June 2017, fitting out alongside. All ships of the

  • IAV 2018: ADS set to conform to safety standards

    At the 2018 International Armoured Vehicles (IAV) conference in London, ADS Gesellschaft für aktive Schutzsysteme mbH, part of Rheinmetall, has announced that its third-generation Active Defence System (ADS Gen 3) is set to conform to IEC61508 SIL 3 safety standards before the end of 2018. ADS

  • Spain receives first P1EB-standard Typhoons

    Spain has received its first Eurofighter Typhoons to be upgraded with the latest-standard multirole capabilities. The first two aircraft fitted to the Phase 1 Enhancements B Further Work (P1EB FW) configuration were delivered to the Spanish Air Force (Ejército del Aire Español: EdAE) on

  • UTC Aerospace readies AN/VVR-4 laser warning system

    UTC Aerospace has provided Jane’s with details of its AN/VVR-4 laser warning receiver which has been selected as the standard laser warning system for all US armoured vehicles. The new system is a follow-on to the AN/VVR-3 and designed to detect and classify laser threats, including range

  • France, Italy, UK renew ISS contract with Eurosam

    The governments of France, Italy, and the United Kingdom, under the auspices of the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR), have signed a new five-year In Service Support (ISS) contract with Eurosam – a Franco-Italian consortium jointly owned by MBDA France/MBDA Italy (66%), and

  • IAV 2018: Austria upgrades Pandurs

    Austria is scheduled to receive its first tranche of 34 upgraded Pandur EVO vehicles between 2018 and 2021, with the first example set for unveiling in June at the Eurosatory defence exhibition, an Austrian planning officer has said. Speaking at the International Armoured Vehicles (IAV) 2018

  • India to showcase armed Rudra Mk IV helicopter at Republic Day military parade

    India’s first indigenously designed and manufactured armed helicopter will make its maiden public appearance in a fly-past at the country’s Republic Day military parade in New Delhi on 26 January. Indian Air Force (IAF) officials said the twin-engine Rudra Advanced Light Helicopter

  • Myanmar to acquire six Su-30 multirole fighters from Russia

    Myanmar will procure six Sukhoi Su-30 multirole fighter aircraft from Russia, the government in Moscow announced on 22 January following an agreement reached between the two countries during a recent visit by Russian Defence Minister General Sergei Shoigu to the Southeast Asian country.

  • Russian military to commission new ‘flying hospital’

    Russia’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) plans to acquire a new airmobile hospital to be carried by an Il-76MD transport aircraft, a military representative told the Izvestia newspaper on 15 January. Designated the Il-76MA, the new variant of the transport will have a range of diagnostic, intensive

  • Support ship for Type 001A's sea trials arrives in Dalian

    The arrival of the Chinese carrier trials support ship No 89 in Dalian, which has berthed next to the country’s second aircraft carrier (commonly referred to as Type 001A), has prompted speculation that the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) and the shipbuilder are preparing the

  • Albania acquires Austrian mortars

    Albania has acquired an undisclosed number of 60 mm mortars from Hirtenberger Defence Systems of Austria, Jane's has learned. Defence Minister Olta Xhacka published two photographs of the company's bipod-mounted M6 60 mm mortar on her Facebook page on 17 January to mark the 97th anniversary of

  • Analysis: Cameroon demonstrates joint op capability

    Analysis An operation carried out by the Cameroonian military against separatists in the country’s South-West province in December 2017 demonstrated the extent to which it is now capable of carrying out complex joint missions. A Cameroonian Defence Force officer briefed Jane’s on

  • Australian DoD awards ammunition contract to NIOA

    Australia’s Department of Defence (DoD) has awarded an AUD100 million (USD80 million) contract to Brisbane-based company NIOA to supply 155 mm lightweight towed howitzer ammunition to the Australian Army under the LAND 17-1C.2 Future Artillery Ammunition programme. “This ammunition will

  • Brazil to acquire additional SAR-configured C295

    Brazil has exercised an option for an additional Airbus Defence and Space (DS) C295 search and rescue (SAR)-configured aircraft, to add to two that were ordered in 2014. The additional SAR-configured aircraft, which was announced on 22 January, will bring the total number of SAR and

  • Canada in talks with Davie for leasing four icebreakers

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau revealed his government is in talks with Quebec-based shipbuilder Davie about leasing four icebreakers for the Canadian Coast Guard. Trudeau on 18 January said negotiations with Davie were to begin the following day. The shipbuilder originally proposed

  • GA-ASI demonstrates MQ-9B SATCOM launch and recovery feature

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) successfully demonstrated in December its latest Automatic Takeoff and Landing Capability (ATLC) using a satellite communications (SATCOM) data link for its MQ-9B SkyGuardian/SeaGuardian unmanned aerial system (UAS), according to a company statement.

  • Nigerian Air Force commissions second Bell 412

    The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) announced on 19 January that it had commissioned a second Bell 412EP helicopter. The two 412EPs were impounded by the Nigerian Customs Service and handed over to the NAF in January 2017. The Bell 412 was seen with an electro-optical turret mounted under its nose during

  • Payment disputes over Russia’s latest ‘cable-cutting’ submarine

    The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Zvezdochka shipyard have filed counter-lawsuits against each other over the long-term refit and rebuild of the original Delta-IV-class nuclear submarine Podmoskovye , the independent Interfax and state-owned TASS news agencies have reported. Zvezdochka Ship

  • South Korea’s ADD confirms next production batch of K2 MBTs will feature indigenous engine

    South Korea’s next production batch of the K2 main battle tank (MBT) for the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) will feature a locally produced engine, Kim Dong Hyun, principal researcher for the country’s Agency for Defense Development (ADD) confirmed to Jane’s on 22 January at the

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