• Defence minister proposes building new helicopter in Austria

    In interviews with Austrian media on 25 August, Defence Minister Hans Peter Doskozil proposed that a domestic industry cluster build the army's new light multirole helicopter. Doskozil told the Kronen Zeitung newspaper that talks would be held with potential domestic companies, claiming Austria has

  • Ecuadorian Navy training to address maritime crime

    The Ecuadorian Navy held exercises on 25 August focused on combating illicit maritime activities. It deployed Type 209/1300 submarine Huancavilca (S 102) as well as a helicopter and three coast guard vessels, according to a navy statement. A fishing vessel and its crew simulated a suspicious vessel

  • Graflight V-8 engine ground tested under AFRL contract

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Advanced Power Technology Office, working with Engineered Propulsion Systems (EPS) and the Arnold Engineering and Development Complex, has completed ground-based testing of an advanced compact diesel engine that could be used for both manned and unmanned

  • Indonesia, Poland consider co-production

    Poland has offered Indonesia partnership status on programmes to develop and build radar systems and light armoured vehicles, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Jakarta has said. The collaboration programme was proposed by Polish government officials in Indonesia on 25 August, said the MoD. It

  • JOBSS selected for RNLA

    Israel’s Bagira Systems has been awarded a contract by the Netherlands Ministry of Defence to supply a solution based on the company’s Joint-fire BattleSpace Simulator (JOBSS) as the Joint Fires Training and Exercise System (JFTES) for the Royal Netherlands Army (RNLA). JOBSS is already

  • Kalashnikov expands small arms portfolio

    The Kalashnikov Group, a subsidiary of the Rostec state corporation, has been expanding its product portfolio. The company displayed its latest small arms designs at the Army-2017 military-technical exhibition held outside Moscow on 22-27 August. The company unveiled the compact versions of its

  • Philippines relaunches patrol aircraft programme

    The Philippines Department of National Defense (DND) has relaunched a programme to procure long range patrol aircraft (LRPA). An invitation to bid was published by the DND on 26 August, with the programme valued at PHP5.9 billion (USD115 million). The project features the acquisition of two

  • Russian UAV weapon makes its debut at Army 2017

    Russian firms showed armaments for their unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for the first time at the Army-2017 exhibition near Moscow on 22-27 August. OKB Aviaavtomatika of Kursk displayed three types of guided ordnance, one with a 25 kg and two with a 50 kg launch weight. Formally, the bombs were

  • UK, Oman sign MOU

    UK Minister of Defence Michael Fallon signed a memorandum of understanding covering the use of the Port at Duqm on 28 August, during a visit to Muscat, Oman. Fallon was joining Oman’s Minister responsible for Defence Affairs Sayyid Badar bin Saud bin Harub Al Busaidi, who also signed the

  • Brazil likely to soon receive final modernised F-5s

    The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) is scheduled to receive its last two modernised Northrop F-5FM Tiger II fighters between October and November and this would conclude the F-5M programme, the service told Jane's . An April 2011 contract, worth BRL276 million (USD87 million), called for Embraer to

  • USN christens Charleston, a new Independence-variant LCS

    The US Navy (USN) christened USS Charleston (LCS 18), its newest littoral combat ship (LCS), on 26 August in Mobile, Alabama. LCS 18, the sixth ship to be named for the city of Charleston, is a 128.5 m long Independence-variant LCS built by Austal USA. The LCS class has two variants; the other is

  • Army-2017: Burkina Faso orders two Mi-171Sh helicopters

    Burkina Faso has signed two agreements covering the delivery of two Mil Mi-171Sh transport helicopters and aviation weapons during Russia's Army-2017 show, Sergey Kornev, the deputy director general of the state arms export agency Rosoboronexport announced on 26 August. Kornev added that Burkina

  • Army-2017: Kalashnikov demonstrates electric motorcycle for special forces

    Russia`s Kalashnikov Group, a subsidiary of the Rostec state corporation, has demonstrated a new electric motorcycle for special operations forces at the Army-2017 international military-technical exhibition held outside Moscow. The motorcycle is designed for search and reconnaissance missions in

  • Army-2017: Kalashnikov unveils BK-16 fast attack craft

    After the acquisition of the Rybinsk Shipyard, the Kalashnikov Group is diversifying its boat portfolio, which includes the BK-16 fast attack craft (FAC) unveiled at the Army-2017 exhibition. The BK-16 is intended for offshore operations, troop transport, fire support, counter-piracy and

  • Army-2017: Russia’s SFU rolls out Chaborz M-6 buggy

    Russia’s Special Forces University (SFU), which is based in Gudermes, Chechnya, has unveiled its latest Chaborz M-6 multipurpose buggy at the Army-2017 international military-technical exhibition. The four-wheel drive M-6 buggy has a laden weight of 2,700 kg and is operated by a driver with

  • Army-2017: Tractor Plants boosts BMP-3 anti-tank capability

    Tractor Plants has showcased a BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) at Army-2017 with a roof-mounted launcher for two Ataka anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs). The upgraded BMP-3 has a combat weight of 18.9 tonnes, three crew members, room for eight dismounts, maximum road speed of 70 km/h, and

  • Australia reveals design of new shipyard at Osborne

    The Australian Department of Defence unveiled its plans for a new shipyard in Osborne, near Adelaide, on 24 August, alongside the naming of key board members of newly formed company Australian Naval Infrastructure Pty Ltd (ANI). The state-owned company, which will be responsible for the development

  • Austria’s rift with Airbus hampers helicopter acquisition

    Key Points Austria's MoD has launched the procurement of 12 light multirole helicopters for EUR30–50 million Due to the legal dispute with Airbus over the 2003–2007 Typhoon acquisition, Vienna is trying to exclude Airbus Helicopters from bidding On 21 August, the Austrian Ministry of

  • Contract for first eight Saudi Chinooks awarded

    The US Department of Defense awarded a USD223 million contract to Boeing on 23 August to produce eight CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters for the Royal Saudi Land Forces Aviation Command (RSLFAC). The estimated completion date of the contract is 30 July 2021. It was announced in December 2016

  • Indonesian MoD looks to relocate defence companies

    The Indonesian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said it plans to relocate the country's biggest state-owned defence companies to Lampung province, on the western island of Sumatra, to provide greater scope for industrial expansion. The MoD said on 23 August that the plan features aerospace

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