• Wreckage of missing Indian Su-30MKI found near Chinese border

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) has found the wreckage of the Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighter that went missing in northeastern India with two pilots on board on 23 May while on a routine training flight. The wreckage was located by a search party in thick forests around 60 km north of Tezpur Air

  • IRGC commander says third underground missile production facility completed

    Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force, said on 25 May that a third underground missile factory has been built in recent years, the Fars News Agency reported. Brig Gen Hajizadeh also said that the force is working on a

  • Lockheed Martin marks maiden flight of LM-100J

    Lockheed Martin performed the first flight of its new LM-100J Hercules airlifter on 25 May. The latest civil variant of the military C-130J departed the company's Marietta production facility in Georgia for a maiden flight that its test pilot described as 'flawless'. This milestone, which follows

  • Helibras delivers two H225M helicopters to Brazilian Armed Forces

    Brazilian defence company Helibras has delivered two H225M Caracal medium-lift helicopters for the Brazilian Army and Air Force, according to a 24 May press release. One of the helicopters will be utilised by the army's 1st air battalion (1st Batalhão de Aviação do Exército: 1st

  • Saudi Arabia to purchase upgunned US LCS Freedom-class variant

    Key Points US signs USD11.25 billion deal for four Freedom-class LCS variants with the KSA The vessels will be substantially upgunned and more capable than USN variants US president Donald Trump and Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) signed a nearly

  • Singapore Army's commando VSV breaks cover

    Although its existence was officially announced as far back as 2009, the Singapore Army's Very Slender Vessel (VSV) finally made its debut public appearance as a static exhibit at its Army Open House 2017 event that is being held from 27 May to 28 May. According to army specifications, the VSV is a

  • Ukraine develops rocket grenade system

    Ukraine's State Kyiv Design Bureau Luch has developed a new manportable rocket grenade system. While the system does not yet have an official designation, details of its capabilities have emerged. Designed for use against lightly armoured and unarmoured equipment, structures, and personnel, the

  • US Army, Lockheed Martin complete longest range TACMS test to date

    Key Points The 240-km shot was the longest achieved by TACMS at WSMR For the sixth test, the HIMARS cab was manned by test operators The US Army and Lockheed Martin announced on 25 May they had completed the sixth and longest test flight to date of the Tactical Missile System (TACMS) munition.

  • Gerald R Ford heads to acceptance trials, prepares for delivery

    The US Navy's (USN's) first-of-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78) departed Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Virginia and is under way for acceptance trials with the Navy's Board of Inspections and Survey (INSURV) for delivery to the USN, Naval Sea Systems Command

  • Nammo working on ramjet-powered 155 mm artillery round

    Nordic munitions house Nammo is developing a new 155 mm artillery projectile that is expected to have a maximum range of 90 km. Brief details of the new 155 mm round, which is being funded internally, were given by Thomas Danbolt, Nammo's product director for tank and artillery ammunition, during

  • Algeria commissions second Meko frigate

    Algeria commissioned the second of its two new A-200 MEKO frigates on 24 May in a ceremony attended by Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaid Salah, who serves as both the chief-of-staff of the military and deputy defence minister. The two frigates were built in Kiel by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS),

  • Indela Design Bureau develops VTOL UCAV

    Indela Design Bureau of Belarus has developed a combat-and-reconnaissance variant of its I.N.Sky vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that it displayed at this month's MILEX 2017 defence exhibition in Minsk. Called the Bur, the unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) is

  • Saab Grintek reveals BattleTek 5

    Saab has launched BattleTek 5, the latest, immersive version of its command and staff training system at the 2017 International Training and Education Conference (ITEC) in Rotterdam. Developed by Saab's South African subsidiary, Saab Grintek Defence (SGD), BattleTek was first fielded about 20 years

  • Belarus develops new lightweight rocket launcher

    Belarusian company BSVT-VV is developing a new multipurpose rocket launcher called the MM-60, a representative of the company told Jane's at the MILEX 2017 exhibition in Minsk. "Having analysed recent conflicts, the world market, and potential customers' requirements, we have decided that a

  • SEA enhances DECKsim functionality

    Cohort subsidiary SEA has introduced a series of enhancements and extensions to its DECKsim flight deck simulation suite. As well as integrating virtual reality and augmented reality goggles into the DECKsim product, the company has also developed a new Ship/Helicopter Operating Limits (SHOL)

  • USN plans MQ-8C UAS in-flight target update demonstration

    Key Points The USN is seeking to demonstrate transmission of in-flight target updates for network-enabled weapons via Link 16 installed on the MQ-8C NAVAIR is planning to contract with Northrop Grumman for Link 16 hardware and software integration The US Navy (USN) is planning to integrate and

  • Belarus to develop new long-range MRL

    The Belarusian defence industry is developing a multiple rocket launcher (MRL) with a range of up to 300 km, an official spokesperson for the State Military Industry Committee (GKVP) told Jane's at MILEX 2017, which took place in Minsk from 20-22 May. "In accordance with an order by GKVP, the

  • Brazil plans to phase out M108 howitzers

    The Brazilian Army plans to deactivate its 105 mm M108 self-propelled howitzers (SPHs), the service recently announced. It reportedly has 72 systems in inventory with the 3rd, 5th, and 22th Self-propelled Field Artillery Groups located at Santa Maria, Curitiba, and Uruguaiana, respectively,

  • IDF takes TopGun artillery guidance system into service

    The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) has taken into service the Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI) TopGun course correction fuze, IAI's Brigadier General (rtd) Benny Mehr told the IPQC Future Artillery Conference in London on 22-24 May. He said the IDF has ordered 5,000 units and the system will be

  • LACS launches new TES system

    Italy's Laser Advanced Combat System (LACS) has developed an eponymous laser-based tactical engagement simulation (TES) for live force-on-force training. The system - which was launched at the 2017 International Training and Education Conference (ITEC) in Rotterdam - has the usual configuration of

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