• Mauritanian landing ship construction gets underway

    A ceremony was held in China on 9 November to mark the start of construction for a 1,750 tonne landing ship for Mauritania, according to Chinese media reports that cited the Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group. An artist’s impression of the ship displayed during the ceremony showed a landing

  • Ukraine confirms intention to regenerate MCM capability

    Key Points Ukraine hopes to acquire new MCM systems to replace capability lost to Russia The new capabilities will be part of a ‘Mosquito Fleet’ as an interim to re-establishing a true naval force Ukraine’s navy has confirmed aspirations to develop a mine countermeasure (MCM)

  • US Army progresses IBCS testing

    The US Army has completed another stage in the testing of the Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS) being developed by Northrop Grumman. The test, known as a soldier checkout event (SCOE), took place at Tobin Wells in Fort Bliss, Texas, during a three-week period in

  • Arleigh Burke Flight III follows destroyer upgrade path, HII CEO says

    While the US Navy (USN) sees the Flight III Arleigh Burke-class destroyers as a major step forward for missile defence – especially with the incorporation of the Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR), the ship’s hull is following the same proven course for improvements as earlier

  • Dubai Airshow 2017: UAE-based Calidus reveals new COIN aircraft

    United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based Calidus has revealed a new turboprop aircraft designed for light attack counterinsurgency (COIN). The single-engined B-250, which was unveiled at the Dubai Airshow running from 12 to 16 November, is a tandem twin-seat aircraft that is built around the Rockwell

  • MQ-9 UAS supports ASW demonstration

    Key Points The MQ-9 air vehicle was fitted with a sonobuoy receiver and a data processor for the purposes of the demonstration Testing saw the MQ-9 receive and process sonobuoy data and then relay track data via a satellite communications link A General Atomics Aeronautical Systems MQ-9 unmanned

  • Rwandan SH3 self-propelled howitzer spotted

    A Norinco 122 mm SH3 tracked self-propelled howitzer was observed in service with the Rwandan Defence Forces (RDF) for the first time on 10 November, with President Paul Kagame’s office releasing a photograph of a vehicle that participated in a combined-arms exercise designated ‘Hard

  • BAE Systems commences production of LRASM sensor

    BAE Systems has commenced series production of the advanced passive radio frequency (RF) mid-course sensor equipping the US Navy’s (USN’s) new air-launched AGM-158C Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) following receipt of a USD40 million Lot 1 contract from LRASM prime contractor

  • Dubai Airshow 2017: IOMAX showcases Block 2 Archangel, looks to close out sales

    IOMAX has showcased a new and improved Block 2 variant of its Archangel Border Patrol Aircraft (BPA), as it looks to close out sales with at least four new customers. Speaking to Jane’s on 14 November, IOMAX officials said with the Block 2 aircraft on static display at the Dubai Airshow, the

  • MBDA explores wire-free missile architectures

    MBDA has revealed a programme of research intended to mature wire-free missile architectures and technologies applicable to future guided weapons. Being performed as part of the French/UK/ Materials and Components for Missiles Innovation and Technology Partnership (MCM IPT) programme, the wire-free

  • MBDA studies passive radar localisation technique under PAMIR II study

    MBDA, working in conjunction with the University of Birmingham, is exploring a novel bi-static sensing technique for future long-range anti-ship missile systems that would use communications satellite constellations as ‘transmitters of opportunity’ to improve target localisation at

  • Singapore commissions two Littoral Mission Vessels

    Key Points The Republic of Singapore Navy has inducted two more Independence-class vessels Service is making good progress towards operating a class of eight Littoral Mission Vessels by 2020 The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has commissioned two more locally built Littoral Mission Vessels.

  • Singapore strengthens Maritime Security Task Force with two more Littoral Mission Vessels

    Key Points Singapore has commissioned two additional Independence-class Littoral Mission Vessels Platform is expected to be deployed primarily for maritime security operations in the Singapore Strait The operational component of Singapore’s Maritime Security Task Force (MSTF) has been

  • HII works through Ford class, eyes multicarrier deals

    As Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) works its way through the trio of Ford-class carriers already in the US Navy (USN) pipeline, company executives are hoping to get possible block buys for carriers. First-of-class USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) is now going through systems testing in preparation

  • Kuwaiti Typhoon assembly begins

    Eurofighter partner companies have begun the assembly of major components of the Kuwaiti air force’s Typhoon combat aircraft, according to the vice president of Leonardo’s Eurofighter Programme Unit, Giancarlo Mezzanatto. He revealed details of the assembly activity for the 28 Kuwait

  • DARPA targets AIDA at inconsistent and deceptive data

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is pursuing technologies capable of assessing information gathered from multiple media sources in order to provide alternative interpretations of events to help analysts sort through conflicting and sometimes misleading data. Instead of

  • Russian Aerospace Forces to receive more Mi-28N attack helicopters

    Another consignment of Mi-28N ‘Night Hunter’ attack helicopters will be delivered to the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) for the beginning of the training year under the State Defence Order, the Ministry of Defence announced on 7 November. Nearly 100 Mi-28Ns have entered service with the

  • Airbus showcases armed ISR variant of C295

    Airbus Defence and Space (DS) has showcased a new variant of its new C295 transport aircraft that has been equipped for the armed intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) mission. The platform, which was being displayed at the Dubai Airshow, was shown alongside a representative fitment of

  • UK looks to procure Australian naval radar system

    The United Kingdom is to look at the feasibility of procuring a radar system developed by Australian company CEA Technologies, Australian Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne said on 10 November. In a press release published by the Australian Department of Defence (DoD), Pyne said the

  • Bangladesh Navy commissions largest indigenously built warships, naval auxiliaries

    The Bangladesh Navy (BN) commissioned two locally built Chinese Durjoy-class large patrol craft (LPC), Durgam (P 814) and Nishan (P 815), along with two 32 m submarine handling tugs, at its Titumir naval base in Khulna on 8 November. The vessels were built at the navy-operated Khulna Shipyard (KSY).

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