• More than half of US Air Force T-6A trainer aircraft back in service

    More than half of the US Air Force’s (USAF) Beechcraft T-6A Texan II trainer aircraft are back in service after the fleet was recently grounded due to concerns with their oxygen supply systems. USAF Chief of Staff General David Goldfein told the House Appropriations (HAC) defence subcommittee

  • US Pave Hawk crash in Iraq was on routine mission

    The Sikorsky HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter that crashed in western Iraq on 15 March was on a routine mission from one base to another, according to a US Central Command (USCENTCOM) spokesman. Major Josh Jacques told Jane’s on 16 March that all seven people on board died in the crash, which took

  • Russia unveils Kinzhal hypersonic missile

    The Russian Ministry of Defence has released video of a modified MiG-31BM interceptor conducting a combat training launch of a Kinzhal (Dagger, high-precision hypersonic missile, also referred to as the Kh-47M2). The footage, placed online on 10 March, shows the crew scrambling to the fighter and

  • US Army eyes type certification for new pistol by late 2018

    The US Army expects to type classify its new 9 mm Modular Handgun System (MHS) in mid- to late 2018, and meanwhile is fielding it to initial units. Type classification, whereby the weapon is no longer considered ‘experimental’ and drops the 'X' in its XM17 designation, is expected for

  • US Marine Corps performs Hive Final Mile UAV concept demonstration

    Key Points The USMC spent time testing if small UAVs can autonomously deliver small goods to the field The marines believe this technology could save lives The US Marine Corps (USMC) on 14 March demonstrated a capability it calls Hive Final Mile (HFM) where it wants to autonomously deploy a group

  • IARPA seeks to improve how raw data is analysed

    Key Points Efforts include detecting events, building 3D models, and geotagging imagery The USAF is the recipient of much of IARPA’s efforts The increasing demand for analysis of raw audio, imagery, and video data is leading the Intelligence Advanced Research Project Activity (IARPA) to

  • Kratos cleared to market Mako ‘unmanned wingman’ internationally

    Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc has been granted approval by the US government to market its UTAP-22 Mako ‘unmanned wingman’ internationally, it announced on 13 March. The US State Department has permitted the San Diego-based company to promote its Mako jet-powered unmanned

  • US Navy Super Hornet crash kills two

    A US Navy (USN) Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet crashed on 14 March with the loss of both crew members. A Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA)-213 aircraft from Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana in Virginia was attempting to land at NAS Key West (Boca Chica Field) in Florida when the incident occurred at about

  • US Army begins process to replace manufactured MH-47G Block 1 Chinooks with Block 2 newbuilds

    The US Army is moving ahead with plans to begin replacing its current remanufactured MH-47G Block 1 Chinook special mission helicopters with newbuild Block 2 platforms. A request for information (RFI) issued by the Aviation Integration Division (AMCOM) on 14 March calls for an initial six newbuild

  • US seeks 400 GBU-49 PGMs as interim moving target munition for F-35

    The US military is to procure 400 Raytheon GBU-49 Enhanced Paveway II precision-guided munitions (PGMs) as it looks to afford the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) with an interim moving target capability. The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), which is the

  • Brazil receives first four M109A5 howitzers from United States

    The first four of 60 M109A5 self-propelled howitzers granted by the United States to the Brazilian Army have arrived at Paranaguá in Brazil. The howitzers arrived earlier than planned after the Brazilian Army requested an expedited delivery, the service told Jane’s on 13 March. The rest

  • Czech Republic seeks new 120 mm mortar system

    The Czech Republic is seeking a new 120 mm mortar system, an official of the Army of the Czech Republic (ACR) has confirmed during the Omega Conferences and Events Mortar Systems conference held in Bristol, United Kingdom. Lieutenant Colonel Martin Sufajzi of the Army of the Czech Republic

  • Draper technology could extend sensor life

    The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory (Draper) has developed a sensor chip that activates only when it detects an acoustic signal or vibration, thus eliminating the need for a microphone and requiring less power to operate. By redesigning the sensor as a microelectromechanical system (MEMS), Draper

  • GlobalEye makes maiden flight

    Saab’s GlobalEye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft made its maiden flight from the company’s Linkoping production plant on 14 March. The Bombardier Global 6000 business jet-based platform marked this important milestone just 19 days after this first aircraft for

  • Israeli submarine chief outlines future requirements

    The first of a batch of three new Israeli Navy submarines is expected to be operational in 2030, a senior naval official has told Jane’s . Colonel G (full name withheld), head of the Israeli Navy’s Submarines Department, said he expected the navy to sign a procurement contract with

  • Chilean Air Force confirms delivery timeline for Black Hawk helos

    The Chilean Air Force (Fuerza Aérea de Chile: FACh) has confirmed the service is to receive all of its recently ordered Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk helicopters by the end of this year. The head of the FACH, General Lorenzo Villalón, told Jane’s in early March that the first three of

  • DIMDEX 2018: Qatar orders Bayraktar UAVs

    Qatar’s Reconnaissance and Surveillance Centre (RSC) signed a contract for the procurement of six Bayraktar unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from the Turkish company Baykar Makina during the DIMDEX show held in Doha from 12-14 March. “The six tactical UAVs will be delivered to Qatar in

  • IDF new APC and howitzer acquisitions approved

    Israel’s security cabinet on 11 March approved the mass production of Eitan wheeled armoured personnel carriers (APCs) and the acquisition of a new self-propelled artillery system. “Within a decade, the ground forces will undergo a dramatic upgrade,” Defense Minister Avigdor

  • Aselsan’s LGK-84 laser-guided bomb kits undergo firing tests

    Aselsan has begun firing tests of its LGK-84 laser-guided bomb kits, moving closer to serial production, the company says in its annual report. LGK-84s will be mounted on MK-84 general purpose bombs, which continue to be produced. The report noted that Aselsan is continuing deliveries of LGK-82 and

  • China beings work on sixth Type 055 destroyer

    Recently captured commercial satellite imagery shows that China has begun construction at its shipyard in Dalian of the sixth Type 055 guided-missile destroyer on order for the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). The imagery shows that the pierside assembly of the first modules for hull 6

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