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  • NORINCO demonstrates GL5 APS

    China North Industries Group Corporation (NORINCO) has released details on a previously opaque active protection system (APS) known as the GL5. The hard-kill APS was demonstrated during a live-fire display as part of NORINCO’s second ‘Armour Day’ in Bautou, Inner Mongolia. The

  • Proteus dual-mode undersea vehicle demonstrated at ANTX

    Key Points Proteus has been designed and built to serve as a large-diameter undersea vehicle prototype for both manned and unmanned missions During ANTX, Proteus was used to ingress contested battlespace and launch three micro-UUVs Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII’s) Proteus

  • Bundeswehr plans first deployment of MANTIS to Mali

    The Bundeswehr is planning to deploy the Modular, Automatic and Network capable Targeting and Interception System (MANTIS) counter-rocket, artillery and mortar defence (C-RAM) system for the first time to Mali, Jane's has learned. Deployment of MANTIS in the “sense and warn”

  • Chinese Xian H-6K with refuelling probe suggests new missions

    A vague image of a Xian Aircraft Corporation H-6K with a nose-mounted refuelling probe suggests additional missions may be in store for this much-modified 65-year-old medium bomber design, which first flew in 1952 as the Soviet-era Tupolev Tu-16. Appearing for the first time on 15 August on a

  • India approves Apache procurement for army

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved the INR41.7 billion (USD651.3 million) import of six Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters for the Indian Army (IA). The six helicopters, which were approved on 17 August, are part of an option of 11 that was included in an INR139.5

  • Japanese navy helicopter crashes during VERTREP training, injures three

    A Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) CH-101 helicopter that was conducting vertical replenishment (VERTREP) drills on 17 August at the service’s base in Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture, has crashed. The accident took place at about 14:20 h local time as the aircraft was hovering close to

  • Keel laid for Mexican SIGMA 10514 frigate

    Key Points Contract for a single SIGMA 10514 ‘Long Range Patrol Vessel’ was signed earlier in 2017 Module construction to be split between the Netherlands and Mexico A keel laying ceremony has been performed at Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding’s Vlissingen shipyard in the

  • Malaysia appoints new submarine force commander

    Key Points The Royal Malaysian Navy has appointed a new submarine force commander The leader will oversee continuation of several recently announced initiatives to improve submarine operational safety in the region The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) has appointed Captain Abdullah Sani as the

  • Poland opens tenders for new light vehicles

    Poland has reopened the tender for Mustang 4x4 vehicles, while at the same time Polish airmobile units also look for specialised airmobile troop carriers with trailers. The most important tender is for Mustang 4x4 light multipurpose vehicles to be delivered in 2019-22. Poland is looking for 872

  • Taiwan makes progress with new jet trainer, MALE UAV

    Key Points Progress with a number of aerospace programmes was evident at Taiwan's TADTE exhibition this month Taiwan's first prototype XAT-5 Blue Magpie advanced jet trainer is on schedule to be rolled out by 2019 Taiwan’s National Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) said

  • USN plans 'raid' upgrade ECP for RAM Block 2

    The US Navy (USN) has revealed plans for a further update of the RIM-116C Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) Block 2 ship self-defence missile, as part of efforts to improve performance against complex multi-missile raids. Known as the RAM Block 2B Raid Engineering Change Proposal (ECP), the upgrade

  • General Atomics’ Gray Eagle-Extended Range UAV performs 42-hour endurance flight

    Key Points General Atomics’ Gray Eagle-Extended Range flies for 42 consecutive hours This is an improvement of nearly 68% on its Gray Eagle predecessor General Atomics on 6 August performed a 42-hour endurance flight with its Gray Eagle Extended Range (GE-ER) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)

  • Indonesia eyes Black Shark torpedoes for Type 209/1400 submarines

    Key Points Indonesia is looking to acquire the Black Shark torpedo for its Type 209/1400 submarines from South Korea Move will equip the new submarines with the same capability as regional submarine operators Indonesia will acquire the Black Shark fibre optic wire-guided heavyweight torpedo for

  • Iran "successfully" launches Simorgh SLV

    Iran's Tasnim News Agency on July 27 announced what it described as the successful launch and test flight of a Simorgh two-stage, liquid-fuelled satellite launch vehicle (SLV) from the Imam Khomeini Space Centre located in Semnan, in north-central Iran. No information was disclosed on the payload or

  • Thales readies Elix-IR airborne threat warning system for production

    Thales’ Elix-IR multifunction airborne infrared (IR) threat warning system will be available for production by the end of September 2018, Jane’s has learnt. Developed though a Technology Demonstrator Programme (TDP) jointly funded by Thales and the UK Ministry of Defence, the Elix-IR

  • UK MoD exercise assesses cyber defence talent

    The UK Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) Defence Cyber School has hosted a cyber exercise featuring a fictitious attack on military communications equipment. The event was created by Her Majesty’s Government Communications Centre (HMGCC) and held at the Defence Academy in Shrivenham

  • UK details F-35B carrier trials

    The UK’s Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier is to spend eight weeks off the east coast of the United States carrying out flight trials next year with Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters embarked for the first time. Royal Air Force (RAF) Squadron Leader Andy Edgell, the

  • Chinese SEAD-equipped J-10B emerges at Aviadarts contest

    China has used the recent ‘Aviadarts’ international aerial competition to reveal for the first time that its Chengdu Aircraft Corporation (CAC) J-10B can be equipped to perform suppression of enemy air defences (SEAD) missions, adding to the number of People’s Liberation Army Air

  • HMS Queen Elizabeth comes home to Portsmouth

    The Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth , was greeted by thousands of people as it entered its home port of Portsmouth for the first time on 16 August. Its crew lined the flight deck with Merlin helicopters behind them and in the air for a flypast with Hawk fixed- and

  • DARPA tests new sensor ‘mast’ for navy ships

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has tested the experimental sensor mast Towed Airborne Lift of Naval Systems (TALONS) from a commissioned US Navy (USN) vessel for the first time, the agency announced on 15 August. TALONS was tested from USS Zephyr , a Cyclone-class patrol

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