• USN recharges railgun science and technology effort

    Key Points The US Navy asked to cut funding for transitioning EMRG onto a surface combatant Instead the service hopes to have a railgun prototype for at-sea testing in 2019 The US Navy (USN) did not request any funding in its fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) budget to transition the electro-magnetic

  • Switzerland moves to upgrade DURO fleet

    The Swiss Army is extending the operational life of its fleet of DURO (4x4) tactical vehicles through an extensive modernisation programme under a contract awarded to General Dynamics European Land Systems - MOWAG (GDELS - MOWAG). The Swiss Army took delivery of 3,000 DURO (4x4) tactical vehicles -

  • Japan rolls out first domestically built F-35

    The first Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) to be built in Japan was rolled out on 5 June. The conventional take-off and landing (CTOL) F-35A for the Japan Air Self-Defense force (JASDF) was unveiled at the site of the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) F-35 Final Assembly

  • Turkish opposition tables motion over Cougar crash

    Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) tabled a motion to parliament on 5 June to investigate the cause of the crash on 31 May of an AS532 Cougar helicopter in the southeastern province of Sirnak that killed 13 personnel, including a general and some colonels. Coming under

  • First AH-6i helos for Saudi Arabia arrive in-country

    The first Boeing AH-6i Little Bird light attack and reconnaissance helicopters for Saudi Arabia have arrived in-country, the US Army confirmed to Jane's on 5 June. Of the first batch of 12 helicopters for the Saudi Arabian National Guard (SANG), nine have been delivered. The remaining three have

  • India cancels SRSAM competition, opts for Akash

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved an INR180 billion (USD2.8 billion) procurement of two additional Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)-designed mobile Akash (Sky) medium-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems for the Indian Army (IA), over three competing foreign

  • India successfully test-fires Prithvi II SRBM

    India successfully test-fired its indigenously developed Prithvi II (SS-250) short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) on 2 June from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur on the country's east coast. Officials said the nuclear-capable surface-to-surface missile, which has a stated maximum strike

  • Kazakh navy commissions first Project 10750E minesweeper

    Kazakhstan's navy has commissioned its first Russian-built Lida (Project 10750E)-class mine countermeasure (MCM) vessel. Named Alatau , the 32 m-long vessel entered service with the Kazakh Naval Forces (KNF) during a ceremony held on 1 June in Aktau, a city located on the east bank of the Caspian

  • KBP introduces SPO 'Varna' rocket launcher

    Russia's KBP Instrument Design Bureau has introduced the SPO 'Varna' infantry flamethrower to its product line. The SPO 'Varna' was developed to complement the existing RPO-A, Z, and D series of man-portable rocket launchers - although they are classified as 'flamethrowers' by KBP - with an improved

  • SVOS unveils S80 tactical vehicle

    Czech Republic-based armoured vehicles specialist, SVOS displayed publicly for the first time a new light tactical vehicle at IDET 2017 in Brno. The S80 vehicle has been developed by the company in cooperation with China's BAIC Group [Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co., Ltd.]. Project-related

  • USN eyes MALD-N stand-in jammer development

    Key Points NAVAIR plans to award Raytheon a sole-source contract for the development of requirements for a network-enabled MALD-N stand-in jammer Requirements definition is being informed by the MALD-X demonstration programme The US Navy (USN) plans to acquire a modified variant of the ADM-160

  • General Dynamics unveils two new LAV support variants

    General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada (GDLS-C) unveiled two new Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV) variants at the annual CANSEC conference in Ottawa from 31 May to 1 June. The LAV 6.0 Combat Support Vehicle- Ambulance (CSV-A) and the LAV 6.0 Combat Support Vehicle- Maintenance and Recovery (CSV-MR) are

  • Improvements to BMDS helped MDA intercept an ICBM

    Key Points The CE-2 Block 1 will be fielded on all CY 2017 GBIs The EKV reliability upgrades will be shared with the follow-on RKV Modifications and upgrades to the booster rocket, kill vehicle, and ground systems that combined, make up the US Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS), helped the

  • India begins sea trials of second Scorpène submarine

    India has begun sea trials for the second of six Kalvari (Scorpène)-class diesel-electric attack submarines (SSKs) built under licence by French company DCNS. The submarine, which has been named Khanderi , sailed out from Mumbai Harbour on 1 June, according to an official statement issued by

  • Mercury Systems offers new method for cooling circuit boards

    Mercury Systems announced that its Air Flow-By cooling capability passed flight tests in multiple manned and unmanned airborne platforms with some of these examples in their final mission configurations, thereby achieving technology readiness level 8 (TRL-8). As the demand grows for faster

  • USN accepts delivery of new Ford aircraft carrier

    Key Points Ford was delivered to the USN five days after completing its acceptance trials USN leadership noted cyber security would be a priority with Ford 's new digital systems The US Navy (USN) accepted delivery of the first-of-class future nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford

  • US homeland missile defence testing to get increasingly realistic

    The successful intercept of a simulated intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the first such intercept ever, is indicative of more realistic testing slated for the US homeland defence system over the coming years, according to the US Missile Defense Agency's (MDA's) top officer. The system,

  • USN aims for information warfare 'Top Gun'

    The US Navy (USN) plans to develop "the 'Top Gun' of information warfare" through its new Naval Information Warfighting Development Center (NIWDC), the head of the centre has told Jane's , aiming to build subject matter expertise in a range of areas within the field. The NIWDC reached

  • 'Cyber ISR' a necessity

    Militaries need to be proactive in the cyber warfare domain if they are to be able to generate effective responses to attacks, according to James Lewis, senior vice-president at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Speaking at the NATO Co-operative Cyber Defence Centre of

  • India’s first Scorpène boat completes final tests and readies for commissioning

    The Indian Navy (IN) will imminently commission into service the first of six licence-built French Kalvari (Scorpène)-class diesel-electric submarines, according to the navy’s chief of staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba. “INS Kalvari is going through the final phase of trials and we are

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