• Chinese navy commissions another Type 056A corvette

    China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) commissioned its latest Jiangdao-class (Type 056/056A) corvette on 15 January, according to a report published on the PLA’s 81.cn website. Named Wuhai (with pennant number 540), the 89 m-long vessel was commissioned into the

  • India’s MoD approves import of assault rifles and carbines

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved the long-delayed procurement of 72,400 assault rifles and 93,895 close-quarter-battle (CQB) carbines for the Indian Army (IA) in a deal worth INR35.47 billion (USD553.33 million). The MoD’s Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), which is headed

  • Bulgaria grounds Su-25s, to be followed by L-39s

    The Bulgarian Air Force’s fleet of Sukhoi Su-25 twin-engine ground attack aircraft ceased operations from Bezmer because of a lack of resources to overhaul them, the aeropress-bg web portal of the Bulgarian aviation magazine AERO reported on 15 January. The last Su-25 flight was conducted on

  • Colombian 'Hip' helo crash kills 10

    A Mil Mi-17 ‘Hip’ transport helicopter operated by the Colombian Army crashed in a remote northern region of the country on 16 January with the loss of all 10 on board, the service has confirmed. The Russian-built rotorcraft was carrying eight military and two civilian personnel when it

  • Luch trials new interceptor with upgraded S-125 Neva/Pechora system

    Ukrainian State Design Bureau ‘Luch’ from Kiev, in collaboration with Radionix, on 15 January conducted a successful test of a new missile interceptor – designated 5V27D-M2 – with a modernised version of the S-125 Neva/Pechora (SA-3a ‘Goa’ Mod 0) surface-to-air

  • USN officers face negligent homicide, other charges in ship collisions

    US Navy (USN) officers are facing negligent homicide and other Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) charges stemming from the 2017 collisions involving guided-missile destroyers USS Fitzgerald and USS John S McCain in the Western Pacific. Fitzgerald collided with a Philippine-flagged merchant

  • Chilean Navy refits SSKs

    The first of the Chilean Navy’s two German-built Type 209 diesel-electric submarines (SSKs), Thomson, is set to start a final refit and upgrade programme during January 2018 to extend its service life for another 10 years. Work will be carried out at ASMAR naval shipyard in Talcahuano,

  • TKMS begins work on Singapore’s third and fourth Type 218SG submarines

    Key Points Work on Singapore’s third and fourth Type 218SG submarines has commenced The Republic of Singapore Navy is on track to receive the first boat in 2021 German shipbuilder ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) has begun work on the Republic of Singapore Navy’s (RSN’s) third

  • Japan identifies vessel spotted near disputed islands as a PLAN Shang-class submarine

    Japanese defence officials have identified a vessel that was spotted travelling submerged near the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea on 10-11 January as a People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Shang-class (Type 093) nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN), Japanese

  • LCS mission package development inches ahead

    The US Navy (USN) is ready to begin testing and fielding modular mission packages for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) programme – modular systems enable each LCS to be quickly configured for specific tasks, according to an official. Captain Ted Zobel, programme manager for the LCS Mission

  • Russia deploys S-400 to Sevastapol

    The Russian Ministry of Defence published photos on Facebook on 16 January showing S-400 air-defence systems being deployed to a former Ukrainian S-300PM base south of Sevastapol in Crimea. In addition to S-400s entering the base and taking up launch positions, the photos show Pantsyr-S1

  • Japan joins NATO Cyber Centre in Estonia

    Japan is to become a member of the Estonian-based NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE), Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced. The announcement was made during a visit by Abe to Tallinn on 12 January. Merle Maigre, director of the NATO CCDCOE, said: “Japan is one of

  • Cyprus boosts maritime capabilities with first offshore patrol vessel

    The Cyprus Navy commissioned its first offshore patrol vessel (OPV), Commodore Andreas Ioannides (P61), into service during a ceremony held at Evangelos Florakis Naval Base in Mari on 15 January. Commodore Andreas Ioannides was built by Israel Shipyards Ltd in Haifa Bay, Israel, under a EUR44

  • Belgian NH90 NFH helos out of commission for radar repairs

    Belgium’s fleet of naval variant NHIndustries NH90s has been removed from operations while a problem with the helicopters’ radar system is rectified, the Belgian Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed to Jane’s on 16 January. Three of the four NH90 NATO Frigate Helicopters (NFH)

  • France inducts first C-130J airlifter

    The French Air Force (Armée de l’Air: AdlA) officially inducted into service the first of four Lockheed Martin C/KC-130J Hercules transport aircraft on 15 January. The transport variant C-130J-30 was handed over to the Transport Squadron 2/61 ‘Franche-Comté’ based at Air

  • Algeria confirms Chinese MRL acquisition

    The Algeria National People’s Army’s (ANP’s) acquisition of Norinco SR5 multiple rocket launchers (MRLs) was confirmed on 13 January when the Ministry of National Defence released imagery showing the systems being used during a live fire exercise in the 4th Military Region.

  • Hawkei goes on deployed trial

    The Thales Hawkei has been deployed to Iraq as part of the Australian Department of Defence’s LAND 121 project. Two vehicles – one in the two-door configuration and one in the four-door configuration – have been deployed to Iraq’s Taji Military Complex as part of a test to

  • Retirement of AH9A marks end of legacy Lynx in UK service

    The UK retired its last legacy Lynx helicopter on 16 January, with a farewell flypast around the country to mark four decades of service for the classic-variant rotorcraft. The retirement of the AH9A-model AgustaWestland Lynx from the British Army Air Corps (AAC) comes nine years after the variant

  • Romania orders Piranha 5s from GDELS

    Romania’s Ministry of National Defence (MND) signed a contract for 227 Piranha 5 8×8 vehicles with General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS), both the ministry and company have announced. Signed on 12 January and valued at over USD1 billion, the contract also covers initial

  • USAF tests M-Code integration aboard B-2 bomber

    The US Air Force (USAF) has validated the integration of Raytheon’s prototype Miniaturised GPS Airborne Receiver (MAGR)-2K-M with the inaugural test of the Military-Code (M-Code) GPS system aboard a B-2 Spirit stealth bomber. This test verified successful integration of the prototype

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