• Brazil prepares Seahawk helos for Atlantico

    The Brazilian Navy will take steps to enable its Sikorsky SH-16 Seahawk multirole helicopter (a local designation for S-70B) to operate from the PHeM Atlantico (A 140) amphibious assault ship (formerly HMS Ocean of the UK Royal Navy) that is scheduled to be commissioned on 29 June. The aircraft was

  • Costa Rica to receive four UH-1H helicopters

    The US government announced on 26 April that it will donate four Bell UH-1H ‘Huey’ helicopters to the Costa Rican government for use by the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública’s Servicio de Vigilancia Aérea (SVA); the air arm of the country. They will mainly be used in the

  • USN seeks hard-kill aircraft self-protection systems

    Recognising the threat of increasingly lethal and survivable long-range missiles, the US Navy (USN) has commenced studies on novel hard-kill platform self-protection systems as an adjunct or alternative to more conventional electronic countermeasures and/or soft-kill decoy devices. In a Request for

  • BAE Systems readies new missile seeker for acceptance tests

    BAE Systems is developing a new optical seeker that can be integrated to a wide range of precision guided munitions. The optical seeker, which features a modular, open architecture framework, will also be designed to enable operations in GPS-denied environments. The company is a third of the way

  • Videos show Embraer KC-390 off runway

    A pair of YouTube videos show an Embraer KC-390 tanker transport aircraft on the ground beyond the end of a runway. Embraer said the aircraft, prototype 001, was conducting ground tests that resulted in a runway excursion at the company’s Gavião Peixoto, Brazil, facility. The crew

  • India's L&T develops inclined launcher for BrahMos cruise missile

    India’s private-sector defence manufacturer Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has developed a launcher prototype for the BrahMos (PJ-10) supersonic cruise missile for fitment onto frontline Indian Navy (IN) warships. L&T said in a statement that the Quadruple Canisterised Inclined Launcher

  • Turkmenistan showcased M-346, C-27J aircraft

    Turkmenistan has showcased the Alenia M-346 Master advanced jet trainer and C-27J Spartan tactical airlifter, state media revealed on 3 May. The president of the former Soviet republic, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, was shown by state broadcaster Watan Habarlary sitting in the cockpit of an M-346, as

  • Kuwaiti naval vessel sinks

    The Kuwaiti military announced on 5 May that one of its boats had sunk for unspecified reasons, but all 11 crew members were rescued. It said the incident was under investigation. Kuwait’s Al-Rai newspaper reported that the incident happened during a routine surveillance mission off Ras

  • MBDA discloses European Modular Missile development

    MBDA has disclosed detail of a revival in Franco-German co-operation in the guided-missile sector through the joint development of a lightweight air-to-ground missile solution for the Airbus Helicopters Tiger attack helicopter. Intended as an anti-armour/anti-structure solution for the respective

  • Selection of Australian Future Frigate design expected shortly

    The Australian government is to announce in late May or early June the design selected for the nine Future Frigates set to significantly bolster the capabilities of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Costed at approximately AUD35 billion (USD25.5 billion), the RAN’s Project Sea 5000 aims to

  • Datron launches new handheld radio

    Datron World Communications has introduced its latest handheld radio, the multi-band Spectre M HH3100. The company has developed three variants: the HH3100V which covers the 30-88 MHz frequency range; the HH3100A covering 30-136 MHz; and the HH3100M covering 30-512 MHz. The HH3100A, in particular,

  • Digital Barriers reveals body-worn streaming video system

    Specialist video surveillance firm Digital Barriers has developed a new body-worn system to provide live, low-latency recording and streaming of video for the dismounted soldier or covert operator, which it displayed for the first time at the Defence Services Asia (DSA) 2018 exhibition in Kuala

  • Ecuador retires last Turbo Mentors

    After 40 years, one of the main trainers of the Ecuadorian Air Force was retired from service on 4 May. The last Beechcraft T-34C Turbo Mentor was retired from service at the Escuela Superior Militar de Aviación “Cosme Rennella B.” in Salinas. A total of 18 aircraft were purchased

  • Hanwha develops 6x6 Tigon APC

    Hanwha Defense Systems of South Korea has teamed with the Malaysian firm AVP Engineering to offer the 6x6 Tigon armoured personnel carrier (APC) for a potential Malaysian Army requirement. The first example of the Tigon, which was completed early in 2018, is expected to undertake a limited number

  • Netherlands procures Black Hornet micro UAVs

    On 2 May, the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed a contract with Prox Dynamics of Norway to procure dozens of Black Hornet rotary-wing micro unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for the Royal Netherlands Army and Marines. Buying the micro-UAVs off the shelf will avoid teething problems and therefore

  • New amphibious fighting vehicle proposed for Russian naval infantry

    Key Points It has been revealed that Russia's OmskTransMash is developing a proposal for a new family of high-speed amphibious armoured vehicles. Similar to Russia's Armata and Kurganets families, it would be produced in a range of variants to significantly improve amphibious assault capabilities.

  • UK takes delivery of MHC sweep demonstrator system

    Key Points The UK's MHC Sweep Capability demonstrator achieved system acceptance on 26 April The MHC Sweep demonstrator combines an 11 m ARCIMS USV, configured with a power generation module, with towed magnetic, acoustic, and electrical influences, including up to three coil auxiliary boats The

  • German Hercules buy approved

    The US government has approved the sale of six Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules aircraft for an estimated USD1.4 billion to Germany. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 4 May that the State Department has given the go-ahead for the potential sale of three C-130J-30 transport

  • Russian Ka-52 attack helo crashes in Syria, crew killed

    A Russian Kamov Ka-52 ‘Hokum-B’ attack helicopter crashed in Syria on 7 May, killing both crew members. The helicopter was reported by state media to have been on a ‘routine’ flight when it came down in eastern Syria. The Russian Ministry of Defence has stated that the early

  • Military, industrial users turn to UAS leasing as a new option

    Leasing unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) is becoming a more popular option as commercial entities seek the capability and military users seek to obviate cumbersome acquisition processes. JetLease Vice-President Katy Glynn told Jane’s she sees a growing appetite for leased unmanned platforms.

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