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  • Europe kick-starts tanker procurement project

    Europe has formally begun the acquisition process for a new aerial refuelling capability under the Multinational MultiRole Tanker Transport (MRTT) Fleet (MMF) project, it was announced on 21 November. With the European Defence Agency having already harmonised requirements, a co-operation agreement was signed between the NATO Support

  • Israel orders upgraded JDAM kits

    Israel is to receive 3,000 upgraded Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) tail-kits under a USD82.6 million contract announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 24 November. The contract will see Boeing deliver the tail-kits that have been upgraded with the ultra-tightly coupled (UTC)

  • Atlas buys Marine Sonic Technology business

    The US subsidiary of Germany's Atlas Elektronik announced on 24 November that it has reached a deal to acquire the business of Marine Sonic Technology Limited (MSTL). The companies did not release the terms of the deal. Yorktown, Virginia-based MSTL specialises in high-resolution side scan sonar

  • Finland receives first renovated XA-180 APC

    Patria has delivered the first renovated XA-180 6x6 armoured personnel carrier (APC) back to the Finnish Defence Forces, the company announced. Refurbishments to the pre-series vehicle included: the installation of new seating to improve road safety; the installation of new electric systems within

  • Images suggest China developing J-15 for CATOBAR-equipped carrier

    China is developing a new variant of the J-15 carrier-based fighter modified for catapult-assisted take-off but arrested recovery (CATOBAR) operations, according to images posted on the Xinhua website. China's only operational carrier, Liaoning (CV-16), has a short take-off but arrested recovery

  • Iranian RQ-170 flight likely to have featured sub-scale model

    A reported first flight by Iran of a reverse-engineered copy of the Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) appears to have featured a sub-scale model rather than a full-scale replica as announced by state media on 10 November. Video footage of the flight broadcast by Press TV

  • Russia completes assembly of Iveco armoured vehicles

    Russia has completed the assembly of 358 Iveco LMV-M65 vehicles, Russian state news agency TASS reported on 10 November. Moscow contracted for an initial batch of 358 of the vehicles it calls Rys (Lynx) in 2011, but by early 2013 had announced it would end its co-operation with Iveco at that point.

  • UK withdraws Tornados from Afghanistan

    The United Kingdom has ended manned fixed-wing combat operations over Afghanistan with the return of the final Panavia Tornado GR.4 detachment to its home base in England, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 11 November. The eight Panavia Tornado GR.4 strike aircraft of 31 Squadron have

  • Airshow China 2014: AVIC unveils FC-31 export fighter concept

    State-owned aircraft research and development firm Shenyang Aviation Company (SAC) showcased its FC-31 twin-engined, medium multirole stealth fighter design at Airshow China 2014 in Zhuhai. SAC, a subsidiary of Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), calls the FC-31 a "4th-Generation

  • Airshow China 2014: CASIC unveils QW-19 MANPADS

    The China Aerospace Science Industrial Corporation (CASIC) is showing the newest in its line of man-portable air defence systems (MANPADS) at Air Show China 2014. The QW-19 appears outwardly to be very similar to the previous QW-18 design but there are several differences. "The QW-19 utilises a

  • Airshow China 2014: Norinco debuts Battle Robot UGV

    China North Industries Corporation (Norinco) unveiled a new unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) designed for operations in confined environments at AirshowChina 2014 in Zhuhai (11-16 November). Called the Battle Robot, the UGV is a tracked mini tactical operations platform intended for surveillance and

  • Airshow China 2014: Norinco unveils CS/AR-1 55 mm anti-frogman system

    China North Industries Corporation (Norinco) showcased a new indigenously developed shipboard counter-measures system for defeating hostile frogman activities at Airshow China 2014, which is being held in Zhuhai 11-16 November. Designated the CS/AR-1 55 mm anti-frogman rocket launcher, the weapon

  • USAF proposes more gradual A-10 retirement

    The US Air Force (USAF) has scaled back a request to retire its ageing Fairchild-Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II close air support (CAS) fleet in hopes that lawmakers resistant to the full divestment will allow a partial fleet retirement, congressional and military sources told IHS Jane's on 11

  • China slams sale of six MCMVs to Taiwan

    Key Points China has protested at the inclusion of foreign components and systems in six MCMVs to be built for RoCN The MCMVs will likely form a key component of Taiwan's defence against China's possible use of increasingly sophisticated naval mines, including the EM-53 'smart mine' The Chinese

  • Japan begins process of E-767 AWACS upgrade

    Boeing is to begin the upgrade of Japan's fleet of E-767 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft with a USD25.6 million design and production contract announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 28 October. The four aircraft, which have been in service with the Japan Air

  • Lockheed Martin to upgrade F-22 for AIM-9X missile

    Lockheed Martin has been awarded a USD33.4 million contract to modify its F-22 Raptor combat aircraft to carry the Raytheon AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missile (AAM). The contract, which was announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 24 October, will see Lockheed Martin upgrade 220 AIM-9

  • UK to upgrade Sentinel R.1s for maritime operations

    The United Kingdom is to begin the process of upgrading its fleet of Raytheon Sentinel R.1 Airborne Stand-Off Radar (ASTOR) surveillance aircraft to conduct maritime operations in mid-2015, the government disclosed on 24 October. Answering questions in the House of Commons, the parliamentary

  • Finland begins study on new fighter aircraft

    Finland's replacement for its Boeing F/A-18 Hornet fleet is expected to cost the country about EUR6 billion (USD7.6 billion), local media revealed on 18 October. Finland's Ministry of Defence (MoD) launched an exploratory working group in early October to examine maintenance and performance

  • Satellite imagery shows Parchin explosion aftermath

    Satellite imagery indicates that there was an explosion at Iran’s Parchin military research, development, and production facility on 5 October, raising fears about safety precautions at a site where nuclear weapons research allegedly has been carried out. The Iranian opposition website

  • Analysis: Expectations for deployment of fifth-generation fighters

    The entry into service of the US F-22 Raptor in 2005 marked the unofficial arrival of the era of the fifth-generation fighter. In the coming years, as the American F-35 Lightning II and foreign competitors such as the Sukhoi T-50 and Chengdu J-20 enter the market, the fifth-generation fighter will

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