• Indian shipyards unveil designs for country’s ASW corvette programme

    Two companies shortlisted for the Indian Navy’s 16-ship anti-submarine warfare shallow water craft (ASWSWC) programme have unveiled imagery of their respective proposals at Defexpo India 2018, held in Chennai from 11 to 14 April. The programme calls for a 70 m waterjet-powered corvette that

  • OCEA delivers two more patrol boats to the Nigerian Navy

    The Nigerian Navy has received two OCEA-built FPB 110 Mk II fast patrol boats. The transport ship carrying these two patrol boats docked at the port of Lagos around 20-21 April, according to AIS data. The patrol boats – NNS Nguru (P187) and Ekulu (P188) – are the newest additions to the

  • Vietnam upgrades heavy armour fleet

    The People’s Army of Vietnam (PAVN) is upgrading its fleet of heavy armoured vehicles, Russian and Vietnamese defence sources have told Jane's . Hanoi is receiving Russian T-90S main battle tanks (MBTs). “Deliveries of the T-90S/SK MBTs to Vietnam have already begun. The contract is to

  • AFRL, HRL investigate additive manufacturing for hypersonic flight structures

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Aerospace Systems Directorate has revealed details of the testing of new additive manufactured silicon oxycarbide (SiOC) materials, which could have future application in hypersonic flight vehicles. Developed and tested under a Cooperative Research and

  • DSIL highlights 4x4 Light Bullet Proof Vehicle

    India’s state-linked DCM Shriram Industries Limited (DSIL) has taken the opportunity at Defexpo 2018 in Chennai to showcase its indigenously developed 4x4 Zebu Light Bullet Proof Vehicle (LBPV). The Zebu LPBV is a right-hand drive, all-terrain multirole tactical armoured vehicle that is

  • Hellenic Navy moves closer to leasing FREMM frigates from France

    The Hellenic Navy is edging closer to leasing two FREMM (frégate européenne multi-missions) class frigates from France, the Greek Deputy Defence Minister has announced. Fotis Kouvelis on 20 April confirmed that an agreement had been reached on a five-year leasing deal that could see two

  • Raytheon finalises SDB II developmental testing

    Raytheon Missile Systems (RMS) has finalised the developmental testing (DT) campaign for the GBU-53/B Small Diameter Bomb Increment II (SDB II) network-enabled precision-guided glide munition. Developed under a US Air Force (USAF) and US Navy (USN) joint interest programme (with the USAF as the

  • USMC deploys APKWS on F/A-18 Hornet

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has confirmed the introduction of the BAE Systems WGU-59/B Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II (APKWS II) into operational service on F/A-18A-D Hornet strike fighters. The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) confirmed first operational flights in a news release on

  • Sri Lanka commissions second Saryu-class offshore patrol vessel

    The Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) has commissioned its second Saryu-class advanced offshore patrol vessel (AOPV) platform. The vessel, which has been named SLNS Sindurala with pennant number P 624, was officially inducted in a commissioning ceremony at the Eastern Container Terminal of the port of Colombo

  • US developing Unified Platform for simplified cyber operations

    Lockheed Martin is finalising its prototype for the US military’s planned Unified Platform programme, which would enable users to execute all offensive and defensive cyber operations through a single user interface. Unified Platform is being led by the US Air Force (USAF) as the executive

  • DSA 2018: JSC NPO Angstrem showcases Ratnik combat radio

    Russian communications firm Joint Stock Company (JSC) NPO Angstrem showcased its new R-187-P1E Azart handheld combat radio at the Defence Services Asia (DSA) 2018 exhibition in Kuala Lumpur. The radio is a multimode voice and data dual band V/UHF radio operating in the 27-520 MHz frequency band with a frequency hopping speed of a claimed

  • Defexpo 2018: Kalyani Group showcases Bharat 52 towed gun

    India’s Kalyani Group is highlighting its Bharat 52 155 mm/52 calibre towed gun at the Defexpo 2018 exhibition being held in Chennai. The indigenously developed weapon is manufactured by the company’s Bharat Forge Limited subsidiary and is based on the requirements of the Indian Army.

  • Defexpo 2018: OFB showcases 155 mm/52 calibre Mounted Gun System

    The Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) has exhibited a new variant of the Mounted Gun System (MGS) armed with the Dhanush 155 mm/52 calibre gun at Defexpo 2018, which is being held in Chennai. The indigenously developed MGS is the result of a two-year joint effort between OFB and Bharat Earth Movers

  • DSA 2018: Malaysia’s Kembara Suci unveils 4×4 mortar-carrying system

    Malaysian defence company Kembara Suci unveiled a mortar carrier based on a recently developed 4×4 high-mobility tactical vehicle at the Defence Services Asia 2018 (DSA 2018) exhibition in Kuala Lumpur on 16–19 April. Named Buraq, the 9-tonne platform is equipped with the Alakran light

  • DSA 2018: Nexter to provide 18 105 mm LG1 artillery systems to Malaysian Army

    French defence company Nexter and its Malaysian partner Advanced Defence Systems (ADS) have been selected to supply 18 105 mm LG1 light towed artillery systems to the Malaysian Army. A contract for the system was signed with the Malaysian Ministry of Defence on 18 April at the Defence Services Asia

  • DSA 2018: Turkish army testing Aselsan’s new 40 mm high-velocity airburst round

    Turkish company Aselsan has revealed that a recently developed airburst round for its 40 mm high-velocity grenade launchers is undergoing qualification tests with the Turkish Land Forces Command. Mustafa Kaval, the company’s head of defence system technology, told Jane’s on 19 April at

  • Dynetics chosen to take Gremlins to Phase 3

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has downselected Dynetics, Inc. to progress with Phase 3 of its Gremlins 'aircraft carrier in the sky' programme, it was announced on 18 April. The Dynetics-led team, which includes Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems, Inc., was selected over a

  • DSA 2018: Malaysian companies unveil special operations vehicles

    Two Malaysian companies unveiled at the 16-19 Defence Services Asia 2018 (DSA 2018) new 4x4 vehicles that are being marketed for special operations forces (SOF) in Southeast Asia. Selangor-based firm Kembara Suci (KS) showcased its 5.3 m-long Tafuq special operations vehicle (SOV), which has been

  • Israel Shipyards ships first two Shaldag-class FPB for Argentina

    The first two Israeli-built Shaldag MK II fast patrol boats for the Prefectura Naval Argentina (Argentina Coast Guard) have been shipped from Israel. The boats are the first of four such vessels purchased under a USD49 million contract signed at the end of 2016. These fast and relatively heavily

  • DSA 2018: Kaplan MT to undergo qualification tests in Indonesia

    The Kaplan MT Modern Medium Weight Tank (MMWT) is set to undergo qualification tests with the Indonesian Army (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Darat: TNI-AD) between May and July of this year. “A prototype, which was jointly developed by Turkey’s FNSS and Indonesia’s PT

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