• Analysis: Wings over the ocean – US Navy charts future course for carrier aviation

    Key Points Having been the sole preserve of the F/A-18 Hornet-series combat aircraft for more than a decade, the tactical air support element of the USN's CAWsis set to be joined in the coming years by the F-35C Lightning II at what is to be a pivotal point in the service's aviation history. When

  • Brazilian government authorises purchase of UK’s HMS Ocean

    Brazil’s Ministry of Defence on 1 December authorised the navy to begin efforts to purchase the UK Royal Navy’s HMS Ocean landing platform helicopter (LPH). The Brazilian Navy requested this authorisation in early 2017 after a decision to retire its NAe São Paulo aircraft carrier,

  • First AAF pilots of UH-60 Black Hawks graduate

    Six Afghan Air Force (AAF) members became the first-ever AAF pilots of UH-60 Black Hawk utility helicopters after graduating from aircraft qualification training on 20 November, according to a 4 December statement by the US Air Force (USAF). "I am happily announcing that today [20 November] a

  • Indonesia equips pilots with GECO Air mission planning system

    The Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU) has issued pilots of its frontline combat and trainer aircraft with Graphical Electronic Cockpit Organiser (GECO) Air mission planning tablet, manufacturer Inzpire announced on 5 December. With a contract having been

  • USAF sets out F-16 SLEP timeline

    The US Air Force (USAF) has outlined the proposed timeline for the planned service-life extension programme (SLEP) of its fleet of Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft, with questions from industry being answered on 4 December. Having issued a request for proposal for the F-16 SLEP

  • ‘Cyber Coalition 2017’ exercise to draw lessons learnt in early 2018

    NATO concluded its 10th annual ‘Cyber Coalition 2017’ (‘CC2017’) exercise on 1 December in Estonia, with some 900 participants from allied and partner countries, industry, research institutes, and the EU. A key goal of its mix of vignettes was to test the allies’ speed

  • Brazil launches effort to modernise Cascavel ARVs

    The Brazilian Army on 1 December approved guidelines for a project to modernise its EE-9 Cascavel 6x6 armored reconnaissance vehicle (ARV), which is armed with a turreted 90 mm Cockerill Mk2 low-pressure gun. Several cavalry units field 409 Cascavels (comprising 157 Mk IIs, 37 Mk VIs, and 215 Mk

  • Improper radar operation cited in USS Champlain collision

    The 9 May collision between USS Champlain (CG 57) and South Korean fishing vessel Nam Yang 502 might have been avoided if the bridge watch team aboard the US Navy (USN) guided-missile cruiser had maintained a proper radar track, according to a USN memorandum on the mishap. “Watch team members

  • Common by design: Norway and Germany partner to evolve next-generation Type 212CD submarine

    The Norwegian government’s desire to reap the benefits of a common submarine design has provided the catalyst to a long-term strategic partnership with Germany. Richard Scott reports On 2 February this year the Norwegian government decided to pursue a strategic co-operation with Germany

  • France receives first MMP missile systems

    The French Army received its first Missile Moyenne Portée (MMP) lightweight medium-range multi-purpose/anti-tank missile systems on 15-23 November, the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), the French procurement agency, announced on 30 November. Fifty missiles and 20

  • KMW proposes European Leopard 2 fleet

    German armoured vehicle producer Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) has proposed the creation of a European main battle tank (MBT) fleet. The company proposes in the 24 November issue of the German defence newsletter Griephan Briefe upgrading obsolete versions of its Leopard 2 MBTs from various countries

  • Korea Aerospace Industries set to launch MRO firm

    Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has confirmed plans to establish a company dedicated to providing maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services. Speaking at a press conference on 1 December, KAI’s newly appointed CEO Kim Jo-won said the MRO subsidiary would be officially launched in early

  • Senegal receives two more refurbed Mi-24s

    Poland’s WZL-1 military aviation company delivered on 30 November the last two of three Mil Mi-24 helicopters that it has repaired for Senegal. The two helicopters were loaded on an Antonov Airlines An-124-100 transport aircraft for shipment to Dakar, the company announced. The first Mi-24 was

  • US risks losing advantage in space to China and Russia, warn top Pentagon officials

    The US advantage in space over countries such as China and Russia is being eroded, and the US military “must move faster to maintain a lead in this critical warfighting domain”, the Department of Defense (DoD) in Washington quoted Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and General

  • USAF selects Tyndall AFB to home new Reaper wing

    The US Air Force (USAF) is to locate a new wing of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) at Tyndall Air Force Base (AFB) in Florida, the service announced in late November. The new wing will comprise 24 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs),

  • USN secretary looks to spark more R&D

    The US Navy (USN) needs to “expedite” research and development (R&D) to match similar efforts made by adversaries, Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer said on 4 December at the Defense Forum Washington. Spencer said he has tasked his acquisition team with jumpstarting R&D, and

  • Fiscal constraints hit Pakistan’s production of Al-Khalid-I tanks

    Pakistan’s land systems specialist Heavy Industries Taxila (HIT) is producing Al-Khalid-I main battle tanks (MBTs) at a rate far below capacity due to budgetary constraints, the Pakistan Senate’s Standing Committee on Defence Production was told on 30 November. In a committee hearing,

  • IDF declares C-Dome operational

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced on 27 November that the Rafael C-Dome naval point defense system – the maritime version of the Iron Dome anti-rocket system – is fully operational. The declaration came after intensive sea trials during which a C-Dome system installed on the

  • Indian Navy chief confirms nuclear-powered submarine was damaged

    The Indian Navy’s (IN’s) Chief of Staff has confirmed media reports that the service’s only nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN), which is on lease from Russia, was recently damaged. “INS Chakra ’s two sonar dome panels were dislodged and their replacements have been

  • New sniper rifles for Ratnik soldier system to be tested by end of year

    The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) is planning to conduct tests of new firearms for the second-generation Ratnik-2 soldier system before the end of 2017, military officials have said. “The goal is to conduct operational testing and evaluation [OT&E] of new firearms, including the

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