• Navy League 2017: Mercury Systems adds rugged server to family

    Mercury Systems introduced its new Ensemble HDS9624 Secure Rack Server that is ruggedised and built using a fully certified design and manufacturing chain to ensure that the hardware and software have not been tampered with. Additionally, because the HDS9624 is designed to be fielded in an

  • Navy League 2017: V-22 common configuration effort expected in 2018

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) hopes in fiscal year (FY) 2018 to fund an effort for standardising its many configurations of the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft. V-22 Block C aircraft are now coming off the production line and these "are in much better shape" in terms of

  • Aero restarts L-159 ALCA production, touts Argentina as potential customer

    The first L-159 Advanced Light Combat Aircraft (ALCA) to be built for 13 years made its public debut on 31 March. Production of the jet, at Prague-based Aero Vodochody, ceased in 2004 after the last of 72 L-159s was delivered to the Czech Air Force. In a ceremony attended by Czech prime minister

  • Batam shipbuilder cuts steel on Indonesian Navy's 122 m replenishment tanker

    Indonesian shipbuilder PT Batamec has begun work on a 122 m replenishment tanker on order for the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL). A first steel-cutting ceremony for the vessel, which was presided over by the TNI-AL's Assistant for Logistics to the Navy Chief,

  • Boeing Poseidon contract includes first UK aircraft

    Boeing has received a USD2.2 billion contract for 17 P-8A Poseidon Multimission Maritime Aircraft (MMA) that includes the first for the United Kingdom. The contract, which was announced by the company on 3 April but awarded on 30 March, covers 11 aircraft for the US Navy (USN), 4 for the Royal

  • Brexit could impact future European fighter development, Airbus warns

    The United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union could have a major impact on Europe's plans to design, develop, and manufacture the next generation of combat aircraft, Airbus Defence and Space (DS) chief executive Dirk Hoke has warned. Speaking to Germany's Handelsblatt newspaper on 31

  • Defence scientists develop eye-safe laser device

    Defence scientists in Australia have developed an eye-safe laser-based device to warn people that they are approaching a restricted location, according to a press statement issued by the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) on 3 April. "Checkpoint operators want to get a person's attention

  • First Indian submariners complete Scorpène training

    The first of two crews of Indian submariners for the Kalvari (Scorpène)-class diesel-electric submarines being licence-built for the Indian Navy (IN) has completed its training, according to a 4 April press statement issued by Défense Conseil International (DCI): the reference operator of

  • Indian MoD clears import of 100 Barak-1 SR-SAMs

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) approved procurements worth INR8.6 billion (USD132.3 million) on 3 April that include 100 Israel Aerospace Industries/Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Barak-1 short-range surface-to-air missiles (SR-SAMs) for INR5 billion for the Indian Navy (IN), MoD officials told

  • Japanese shipbuilders restructure but naval programmes untouched

    Japan's major shipbuilders have announced restructuring programmes, although activities related to naval programmes are expected to be spared downsizing. Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), and Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (Mitsui) - three companies with

  • KSEW shipyard lays keel for Pakistan Navy's fourth Azmat-class fast attack craft

    Pakistan's state-owned Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KSEW) held a keel-laying ceremony on 30 March for the country's fourth missile-capable Azmat-class fast attack craft (FAC). The Pakistan Navy (PN) currently operates two 63-m Azmat-class FACs, PNS Azmat (1013) and PNS Dehshat (1014),

  • Navy League 2017: Lockheed Martin seeks to adapt laser system for USN

    Lockheed Martin is interested in adapting its 60 kW laser systems for the US Navy (USN) Surface Navy Laser Weapons System (SNLWS), Jim Murdoch, Director of Advanced Technologies Business Development for Lockheed Martin, told reporters at the Annual Navy League conference in National Harbor,

  • Navy League 2017: MH-60R/S life-extension, upgrades await funding

    The US Navy (USN) is working through a variety of upgrades for its workhorse Sikorsky MH-60R/S helicopters, and is awaiting studies for an upcoming life-extension programme. Officials hope to begin an MH-60R/S Service Life Assessment/Extension Program (SLAP/SLEP) to keep the aircraft flying beyond

  • Pakistan Air Force selects Rockwell Collins for C-130 Hercules avionics upgrade

    Rockwell Collins has been selected to supply its Flight2 avionics system for the upgrade of up to 11 Lockheed Martin C-130E and 5 C-130B aircraft operated by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF). The US-based company announced in a 31 March press statement that it will provide the integrated avionics suite

  • Pakistan Army receives six Cessna medevac aircraft from US

    The Pakistan Army Aviation Corps has received all six medical evacuation (medevac) aircraft that it ordered from the United States in April 2016, the US Embassy in Islamabad said in a statement on 31 March. "Since November 2016 the Pakistan Army has received six Cessna planes: two Cessna 208

  • Pentagon leadership 'losing sleep' over aerial tanker shortfall

    The shortfall in the US Air Force's (USAF's) air-to-air refuelling (AAR) capacity is causing the chief of the US Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) 'to lose sleep at night', the Department of Defense (DoD) disclosed on 30 March. Appearing before Congress, General Darren McDew responded to a

  • Renault Trucks Defense lifts veil on VLFS

    Renault Trucks Defense (RTD) displayed the first prototype of its VLFS (Véhicule Léger Forces Spéciales - Special Forces Light Vehicle) during the SOFINS exhibition, which took place in Camp de Souges, near Bordeaux, France, on 28-30 March. This instrumented prototype has been

  • Thailand orders 8x8 VN-1 armoured personnel carriers from China

    The Royal Thai Army (RTA) has ordered the 8x8 VN-1 armoured personnel carrier (APC) from China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO), it has been confirmed to Jane's . The VN-1 - the export version of NORINCO's ZBD-09 APC - was selected by the RTA ahead of the BTR-4 APC produced by the Kharkov

  • Black Hornet 3 nano UAV under development

    FLIR's Prox Dynamics unit is in the process of developing a new version of its PD-100 Black Hornet nano rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), Jane's has learned. The new PD-100 Black Hornet 3 will feature a larger air vehicle, weighing as much as 35 g - the Black Hornet 2 has an all-up weight

  • Brazil seeks industry consultation for building new corvettes

    The Brazilian Navy has issued a 'consultation call' for building corvettes, a procedure open to Brazilian and foreign shipbuilders and companies organised into a consortium. The effort is meant to obtain four ships forming the Tamandaré class, according to the basic project developed by the

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