• Portuguese Navy inducts third OPV

    The Portuguese Navy commissioned its third Viana do Castelo-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV), NRP Sines (P 362), on 6 July. NRP Sines and fourth ship NRP Setúbal (P 363) form a second batch of OPVs ordered from a consortium comprising West Sea-Estaleiros Navais and Thales subsidiary EDISOFT

  • RAF looks at UAV swarms

    A UK Royal Air Force (RAF) demonstrator project will examine how swarms of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) could help traditional manned combat aircraft fight in complex and heavily defended airspace. Senior RAF sources told Jane’s that the project was briefed at an industry day in March by

  • Final batch of M109A4 SPHs arrives in Indonesia

    A final batch of 18 M109A4 self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) arrived in Indonesia from Belgium on 9 July at the port of Tanjung Priok in Jakarta, an Indonesian Army (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Darat: TNI-AD) official has told Jane’s . As of 12 July the 155 mm SPHs were still with the

  • US Air Force wants autonomous air-to-air collision avoidance system on F-35

    Key Points The US Air Force wants to put an autonomous air-to-air collision-avoidance system on the F-35 The service has a similar technology on the F-16 that pulls unresponsive pilots out of tailspins The US Air Force (USAF) wants an autonomous air-to-air collision-avoidance system on the

  • Australia to help support Afghan UH-60 Black Hawk helos

    Australia will help support the Afghan Air Force’s (AAF’s) growing fleet of Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk multirole helicopters, Defence Minister Marise Payne announced during the 11–12 July NATO Leaders’ Summit in Brussels. Canberra will provide “around 20 Australian

  • Brazilian Army acquires US armoured wreckers

    The Brazilian Army is acquiring 10 Oshkosh Defense M984-series HEMTT (Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck) 8x8 protected heavy recovery trucks through the US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme. Spares, manuals, training, and technical assistance are also included. The air-transportable

  • Thales UK invests in directed energy potential

    Thales UK is investigating the potential uses of directed energy to destroy sensors on various platforms, the company has told Jane’s . Speaking to Jane’s at the division’s headquarters in Belfast, Thales air operations and weapon systems UK general manager Philip McBride said the

  • Greece receives EU funding for surveillance equipment

    The Greek Ministry of Defence has announced two programmes for the acquisition of surveillance equipment, to be co-funded by the European Union (EU). The first programme, managed by the Hellenic Navy, concerns the acquisition of up to six electro-optical sensor systems for the service’s eight

  • Russian military to receive Kurganets-25 IFV in 2019

    The Russian armed forces will receive the first Kurganets-25 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) for trials in 2019, an industry source told Jane's. “JSC Kurganmashzavod has signed state contracts to deliver low-rate initial production batches of these vehicles. The IFV prototypes are being

  • Taiwan seeking to buy M1A2 Abrams MBTs from US

    Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has secured the support of the island’s cabinet to purchase M1A2 Abrams main battle tanks (MBTs) from the United States to replace some of its older M60A3 and M48H CM11 MBTs. A Taiwanese defence official was quoted by the China Times newspaper

  • Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme at risk

    The 2018 report by the UK Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) has downgraded the Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme (WCSP) from amber/red – “successful delivery of the project is in doubt” – in 2017 to red or “unachievable”. The Ajax armoured

  • Raytheon laser technology makes US patent history

    Raytheon has received a US patent for technology to obtain real-time readings on speed and distance from the data stream created by laser radars. The patent marks the 10 millionth US patent issued. The technology, invented by Joe Marron, an optical engineer for Raytheon, improves the ability of

  • Turkish 120 mm rifled Weapon Mortar System under test

    The Turkish Aselsan Alkar 120 mm Weapon Mortar System (WMS) has completed initial firing trials installed in the rear of a BMC Vuran 4×4 multipurpose armoured vehicle (MPAV), Jane’s has learnt. Prior to this event, firing trials with the Alkar 120 mm WMS were completed from a fixed

  • US Air Force schedules first flight of attritable XQ-58A UAV for this fall

    Key Points The US Air Force plans a first flight for this fall of its XQ-58A attritable UAV The idea of attritable is affordable but not to the point of so cheap where it is expendable The US Air Force (USAF) will fly this fall for the first time the Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie, an

  • ESSM Block II successfully intercepts target in test

    The Evolved SeaSparrow Missile (ESSM) Block II successfully intercepted a BQM-74E aerial target during a recent flight test, the US Navy (USN) has confirmed. The test, conducted by the NATO Seasparrow Project Office, was the first ESSM flight test to use the new Block II active guidance seeker

  • FFG(X) potential growth comes under scrutiny

    The US Navy (USN) moved from an up-gunned Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) new frigate (FF) concept to a more-capable guided-missile frigate (FFG[X]) so the service could better face future threats. However, that potential is now being questioned. Specifically, the ship’s “growth

  • First Estonian minehunter enters refit

    The first of the Estonian Navy’s three ex-UK Royal Navy Sandown-class mine countermeasures vessels (MCMVs), EML Admiral Cowan (ex-HMS Sandown ), arrived at Babcock Shipyard in Rosyth, Scotland, on 3 July, to begin upgrade work as part of the country’s naval minesweeper capacity building

  • India’s Tejas LCA misses deadline to secure final operational clearance

    The developers of India’s Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Mk 1 have missed a 30 June deadline to secure the platform’s final operational clearance (FOC): a development that will further defer the fighter’s induction into the Indian Air Force (IAF). Official sources told

  • Polish Armed Forces receive final Beryl rifles

    Poland’s Ministry of Defence has announced that small-arms manufacturer Fabryka Broni Lucznik-Radom (FBLR) has delivered the final 2,131 wz. 96C Beryl rifles to the Polish Armed Forces. This will be followed in August by the final 1,800 wz. 96C Mini Beryl carbines to be handed over to

  • Russian tank doctrine evolves to combat modern threats

    Russian tank forces have revealed details of new tank tactics during a battalion tactical exercise held in Voronezh, state news agency RIA Novosti reported on 4 July. The development indicates that tanks will continue to provide firepower in the future battlespace. Elements of the 20th Guards Army

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