• IMDEX 2017: GRSE lays keel for eighth Rajshee-class patrol boat

    Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) has recently laid down the keel for a Rajshree-class inshore patrol vessel (IPV) on order for the Indian Coast Guard (ICG), company officials told Jane's at the IMDEX 2017 maritime and defence exhibition in Singapore. The vessel was laid down on 15 May

  • IMDEX 2017: Singapore displays latest special forces RHIB

    The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) took the opportunity at the International Maritime Defence Exhibition (IMDEX) Asia 2017 in Singapore to showcase a new type of rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) currently undergoing operational test and evaluation (OT&E) and destined for the service's elite

  • Indian Army receives first two of 145 M777 howitzers from US

    The Indian Army (IA) has received the first two of the 145 BAE Systems M777 155 mm/39-calibre lightweight howitzers (LWHs) it acquired from the United States in November 2016 for USD737 million. Officials told Jane's that the two LWHs, along with Selex Laser Inertial Artillery Pointing Systems,

  • AFRL looks to extend aircraft ISR range through TOBS effort

    The US Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) is developing a tube-launched unmanned aircraft system (UAS) that can be deployed from an AC-130 gunship, or similar aircraft, and provide video that will rival that provided by its own sensors. In situations where weather affects the effectiveness of

  • L3 WESCAM develops MatriX ISR package

    L3 WESCAM has developed a removable intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) kit that can convert rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft into missionised platforms. Using commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) systems, the company's MatriX ISR systems solution enables the conversion without having to

  • Elbit announces new version of Spear lightweight mortar system

    Elbit Systems announced a new version of its 120 mm Spear mortar system on 15 May, a day before it was displayed at the International Land Warfare and Logistics Conference in Latrun, Israel. Elbit sources said the Spear MK2 has already been purchased by three clients in the Asia-Pacific region and

  • IMDEX 2017: China's Yunzhou-Tech showcases latest USVs

    China's Zhuhai Yunzhou Intelligence Technology (Yunzhou-Tech), a company specialising in the design and development of unmanned surface vehicles (USVs), has showcased its latest indigenous USV systems at the IMDEX Asia 2017 exhibition in Singapore. Yunzhou-Tech displayed a model of its latest M75

  • IMDEX 2017: Vigilant-class IUSV completes long-endurance trial

    Singapore-based Zycraft, a company specialising in the design and manufacture of unmanned surface vessels (USVs) for commercial and government applications, has announced that it had completed the longest deployment of its Vigilant-class Independent USV (IUSV) prototype to date. According to

  • Textron Systems finalises development of Fury glide munition

    Textron Systems Weapon & Sensor Systems has finalised development of the Fury lightweight air-launched precision-guided glide munition. Marketed jointly by Textron and Thales UK for the global market, the munition is derived from technologies in the Lightweight Multirole Missile (LMM) family of

  • Boeing sets out upgrade ambitions for Super Hornet, Growler platforms

    The US Navy (USN) may roll-out future upgrades for the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet beyond the Block 3 enhancement currently earmarked, as it looks to maintain the combat aircraft in service for decades to come. Speaking at the company's St Louis facility in Missouri, Larry Burt, director of

  • IDF setting up new Cyber Command

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) is in the process of creating a new Cyber Command that will be integrated with the existing C4i Directorate and be responsible for all defensive cyber operations and intelligence gathering, a senior IDF cyber official stated on 14 May. In a departure from plans

  • IMDEX 2017: Singapore allocates SGD10 million towards upgrading of submarine rescue ship

    The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has set aside SGD10 million (USD7.1 million) towards upgrades of its submarine rescue ship and its related sub-systems. The matter was revealed by the RSN chief, Rear Admiral Lai Chung Han during his presentation at the International Maritime Security

  • IMDEX 2017: Singapore signs for two additional Type 218SG submarines

    Key Points Singapore has confirmed an order for a third and fourth Type 218SG submarine Acquisition is likely to further fuel the perception of an underwater arms race in the Southeast Asian region The Singapore Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) has acquired two additional Type 218SG air-independent

  • IMDEX 2017: ST Marine introduces Vanguard series of modular vessels

    Singapore shipbuilder ST Marine has launched an array of surface vessels, which it calls the Vanguard series, and is showcasing them at the IMDEX 2017 maritime and defence exhibition. Although it comes with four different classes, each class has been designed with a common hull form, which reduces

  • IMDEX 2017: ST Marine positions integrated mast solution for retrofit markets

    Building on its success with the Royal Navy of Oman (RNO), ST Marine is marketing the integrated modular mast (IMM) system found on the Al-Ofouq class patrol vessel for retrofit markets. A model to showcase the mast, which has been designed with inputs from several original equipment manufacturers

  • IMDEX 2017: Thales prepares AUSS for specific payload trials

    Thales has completed initial sea trials of a new 6 m unmanned maritime platform known as the AUSS (Autonomous Underwater and Surface System), and is now preparing to verify specific mission capabilities of the platform. The matter was revealed by a Thales spokesperson, during an interview with

  • Polaris eyes mission packages for tactical vehicles

    Polaris Government and Defense continues to work up plans to extend the capacity of its fleet of 'Fly and Drive' tactical ground vehicles, senior company sources have explained. Speaking to Jane's at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) in Tampa, Florida, company director Jed

  • Boeing pushes 737 as JSTARS replacement for the USAF

    Boeing is pushing its commercial 737 airliner as a solution for the US Air Force's (USAF's) Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) recapitalisation effort, ahead of an expected service platform decision later this year. Speaking at the site of the company's Renton production

  • ONR to deliver MIW RAC prototypes to NECC in mid-2017

    The US Navy's Office of Naval Research (ONR) is helping to provide a capability that will enable explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technicians to detect mines in very shallow water, provide sufficient standoff, and reduce the detect-to-engage timeline. The Mine Warfare Rapid Assessment Capability

  • NCSIST develops 20 mm close-defence system

    Taiwan's National Chung - Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) has released details of its Short-Range Automated Defense Weapon System (SADWS). Officials of the NCSIST declined to say whether the system is deployed by the country's military, but images released show SADWS installed

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