• US small arms producer Remington to file for bankruptcy

    US rifle and shotgun manufacturer Remington Outdoor Company has announced that it will pursue a comprehensive debt restructuring agreement with its creditors to allow a planned ‘Chapter 11’ bankruptcy in order to help reduce the company’s significant debt burden. According to its

  • Russian MoD to acquire additional Ka-52 helicopters

    Russia’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) will acquire an additional 114 Ka-52 Alligator combat-reconnaissance helicopters under the State Armaments Programme (GPV) for 2018–27, Deputy Defence Minister Yuri Borisov said. The MoD will receive an upgraded version of the Ka-52, Borisov said on 6

  • DGA awards VBMR-L contract

    The Direction Générale de l'Armament (DGA), the French procurement agency, on 12 February awarded a production contract to Nexter for the Véhicule Blindé Multi-Rôle Léger (Light Multirole Armoured Vehicle, VBMR-L). The new vehicle will replace the in-service

  • General Atomics to partner with Boeing on MQ-25 Stingray

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) is to team with Boeing on its MQ-25 Stingray offering to the US Navy (USN), the company announced on 12 February. The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer said it will collaborate with Boeing Autonomous Systems on the MQ-25 Stingray Unmanned

  • Indian MoD approves small arms purchases for all three services

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) approved procurements on 13 February worth INR159.35 billion (USD2.48 billion) that largely include small arms for all three military services. The government’s Press Information Bureau (PIB) said in a statement that the Defence Acquisition Council

  • Italy approves full-class in-service support for FREMM frigates

    The Italian minister of defence has approved initial funding to extend Temporary Global Support (TGS) for the Bergamini-class FREMM frigates to include all ships in the class until 2024. The TGS programme has been carried out by Orizzonte Sistemi Navali since 2014 and includes the participation of

  • Latvia orders Spike

    Latvia has signed an agreement on the purchase of Spike anti-tank missiles from Rafael-Diehl-Rheinmetall joint venture EuroSpike. The EUR108 million (USD133 million) agreement was signed by Latvian Defence Minister Raimonds Bergmanis and EuroSpike managing directors Günter Lauer and Arie

  • Pentagon budget 2019: More than 5,000 JLTVs budgeted for USD1.956 billion

    The Pentagon has requested USD1.962 billion in total for its Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) programme as the effort continues to ramp up a production run. The request includes about USD5 million in research and development funding, plus USD1.956 billion to buy 3,390 JLTVs for the US Army, 81

  • Pentagon Budget 2019: US Navy requests 29 F-35s

    Key Points The US Navy is requesting 29 total F-35s for both itself and the Marine Corps The F-35 is the Pentagon’s largest programme by spending The US Navy (USN) is requesting 29 Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters (JSF) in fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) – 20 of the

  • Pentagon budget 2019: USN’s next-generation jammer undergoes schedule update

    The US Navy (USN) is requesting USD459.52 million in its fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) budget for continued development of the Next Generation Jammer (NGJ), which is designed to address current, emerging, and evolving Electronic Warfare gaps. The navy will seek a total of USD1.58 billion for NGJ development between FY 2019 and FY 2022. The programme will begin low-rate initial production (LRIP) deliveries in FY 2022. The NGJ-Mid Band (MB), formerly known as Increment 1, will address gaps against enemy threats operating in the middle frequency bands of the electromagnetic spectrum.

  • Russia seeking USD20 million to repair IN's leased SSN, says report

    Moscow is believed to be demanding more than USD20 million from the Indian Navy (IN) to repair the damage suffered by the ‘Akula’ (Schuka-B)-class nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN) that the service leased from Russia in 2012 for a decade, The Hindu newspaper reported on 13 February.

  • Ukrainian equipment remains abandoned in Crimea

    Large quantities of Ukrainian equipment remain in Crimea nearly four years after being left behind by Ukrainian troops during their withdrawal from the peninsula in March 2014 as a result of the Russian annexation. Jane's has learned from open sources that, in addition to ammunition, the equipment

  • Lockheed Martin delivers 400th C-130J Hercules

    Lockheed Martin has announced the delivery of the 400th C-130J Hercules, with the milestone aircraft being handed over to the US Air Force’s Special Operations Command (AFSOC). The delivery, announced on 12 February, saw an MC-130J Commando II special mission Hercules aircraft handed over to

  • Pentagon budget 2019: Mobile Protected Firepower kicks off with USD394 million request

    The US Army has requested USD394 million in fiscal year (FY) 2019 for its Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) platform that it hopes can quickly deploy with relatively low logistics demand but enough protection and firepower – likely a light- to medium-tank – to ensure the infantry's

  • Pentagon budget 2019: USD368.3 million requested for Stryker wheeled combat vehicles

    The US Army has requested USD368.3 million for its Stryker wheeled combat vehicle programme in fiscal year (FY) 2019. This funds engineering change proposal (ECP) 1 testing, an ECP 2 lethality upgrade, and supports some fleet-wide modifications such as new C4I equipment, reliability, and

  • Pentagon budget 2019: USD418.8 million to buy 36 Paladin self-propelled howitzers

    The US Army in fiscal year (FY) 2019 has requested USD418.8 million for the Paladin M109A7 self-propelled howitzer (SPH) programme, and would buy 36 of the mobile howitzers, according to budget documents released on 12 February. The US Army in FY 2018 had requested funding to finalise the

  • Pentagon budget 2019: USN plans for 355 ships in 2050s – or decades sooner

    Along with its proposed fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget, the US Navy (USN) also submitted to Congress its legally mandated 30-year shipbuilding plan that shows the navy reaching its 355-ship fleet by the 2050s, with aggressive programmatic options to achieve that goal decades sooner. The plan details

  • Poland introduces Grot rifle

    The 42nd Light Infantry Battalion of the Territorial Defence Forces (Wojska Obrony Terytorialnej: WOT) 4th Brigade became the Polish forces’ first unit armed with the 5.56 mm MSBS C16 FB-M1 (Grot) assault rifle on 8 February. In coming months, the FB-M1 and slightly upgraded FB-M2 variant of

  • Pentagon budget 2019: USMC seeks more G/ATORs

    Key Points Budget request seeks three additional radars in FY 2019 The G/ATOR is entering full-rate production The US Marine Corps (USMC) is requesting USD 224 million in its fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget to fund six AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radars (G/ATOR). The request increases the

  • Pentagon budget 2019: USN details surface-ship changes in spending plan

    The fiscal year (FY) 2019 spending plan for the US Navy (USN) underscores changes and improvements the USN has in mind for its surface ship fleet. Released on 12 February, the spending plan includes USD5.6 billion for three guided-missile DDG 51 destroyers as part of the multiyear procurement. The

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