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  • Roboteam secures US, Israel orders

    Roboteam has been contracted to deliver 75 of its Micro Tactical Ground Robot (MTGR) unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs). The systems are scheduled to be delivered by the end of 2017, and production has commenced. Roboteam CEO Shahar Abuhazira told Jane's , "These most recent orders came from

  • Turkey addresses pilot shortage

    The Turkish government issued a new decree on 25 August requiring civil aviation pilots to return to the Turkish Air Force Command (TAFC) in an attempt to bridge a serious shortage in combat pilots. The shortage has become more acute as a result of the ongoing massive purges of the Turkish Armed

  • US to provide AMISOM with enhanced ISR capability

    The US Department of State is to provide an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) surveillance system to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), a spokesperson for the US military's Djibouti-based Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) has told Jane's . The spokesman said that a

  • EDA set to launch new study into diode-based laser for UAVs

    The European Defence Agency (EDA) will soon close a tender for a small study on a big idea: a new kind of laser for drone-mounted countermeasure defences. The goal is to move away from fibre optics for generating the beam, resulting in improved performance and a reduction in cost and other factors

  • Indian Army scraps LMG tender

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has terminated its three-year-old tender to procure 9,462 7.62 mm light machine guns (LMGs) for the Indian Army (IA) for about INR3 billion (USD46.8 million). Official sources told Jane’s that the contract was scrapped on 9 August 2017 after Israel

  • Nigerian Super Tucano package includes laser-guided weapons

    Nigeria has requested Paveway II and Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) laser-guidance kits for the 12 EMB 314/A-29 Super Tucano turboprop aircraft it is planning to acquire. The US Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 3 August that the US State Department had approved

  • Russia delivers four Mi-35M helos to Pakistan, says report

    Russia has completed delivery of four Mil Mi-35M 'Hind E' attack helicopters to the Pakistan Army Aviation Corps (PAAC), Brigadier General Waheed Mumtaz, spokesperson for the Defence Export Promotion Organization of Pakistan, was quoted by Russian news agency RIA Novosti as saying on 25 August.

  • 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

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