• Image suggests China’s 41st Type 056 corvette may have entered service

    The 41st Type 056 (Jiangdao-class) corvette appears to have entered service with China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). A photograph posted on the website of the municipal government of Nanchong shows a Type 056 flying the usual commissioning flags, with the ship’s company

  • Knifefish successfully completes critical testing

    The General Dynamics Mission Systems team successfully completed all stages of formal sea-acceptance testing of Knifefish, the US Navy (USN) Surface Mine Countermeasure (MCM) Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (UUV) system, the company has confirmed. Knifefish is a medium-class MCM UUV intended for

  • Elettronica, Indra unveil work on EuroDIRQM

    Elettronica and Indra unveiled a collaborative development of a next-generation Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL)-based direct infrared countermeasures (DIRCM) system during AOC EW Europe 2018 in Lausanne. Indra and Elettronica co-developed and are now marketing the system, called EuroDIRQM (the

  • Eurosatory 2018: Black Hornet is integrated into vehicles

    The new Black Hornet 3 nano unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is being presented by FLIR at Eurosatory 2018, being held in Paris on 11-15 June, while the previous Black Hornet 2 is being shown integrated into vehicles. At Eurosatory, the Black Hornet is displayed on a Patria AMV armoured vehicle and a

  • Eurosatory 2018: RADA unveils radar developments

    Israeli company RADA Electronic Industries has unveiled two new radars that are designed to meet what it sees as growing requirements in advanced militaries. RADA CEO Dov Sella told Jane’s that a number of Western militaries have already signed contracts for the purchase of the new

  • India completes trials of licence-built FH-77B howitzer

    India’s state-run Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) has successfully completed the final round of trials of its licence-built, upgraded Dhanush FH-77B 155m/45 cal towed howitzer, paving the way for the imminent induction of the gun into the Indian Army (IA). OFB officials told Jane’s on 11

  • Qatar orders Sniper pods for Rafales

    Qatar has selected the Lockheed Martin AN/AAQ-33 Sniper advanced targeting pod (ATP) to equip its fleet of Dassault Rafale combat aircraft, the company announced on 11 June. The Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) will receive the pods, spares, and deployment support from 2019. As noted by Lockheed

  • USAF F-15C fighter aircraft crashes off Okinawa

    A US Air Force (USAF) F-15C Eagle multirole fighter aircraft operating from Kadena Air Base in Japan crashed into the sea off the island of Okinawa on 11 June. “The pilot successfully ejected and was safely recovered by search and rescue teams,” announced the airbase in a Twitter post

  • USAF grounds B-1Bs over ejection-seat concerns

    The US Air Force (USAF) has grounded its fleet of Rockwell B-1B Lancer bombers while it conducts a safety review. The suspension of all flight activities was ordered by General Robin Rand of the Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) on 7 June, following an earlier emergency landing of a B-1B

  • FLIR Systems adds Black Hornet 3 to its PRS family of micro UAVs

    FLIR Systems is offering a new version of its Black Hornet Personal Reconnaissance System (PRS) that enables the Nano Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (NUAV) the ability to navigate in GPS-denied environments. The Black Hornet 3 is a new UAV, completely designed from scratch compared with earlier Black

  • Systematic updates SitaWare C2 software suite

    Danish software house Systematic has introduced several new features and evolutionary improvements for the latest iterations of its SitaWare of command and control (C2) software suite. SitaWare comprises three interoperable and scalable segments: SitaWare Headquarters (HQ), designed for use in

  • Iraqi brigade swaps Abrams for T-90S tanks

    Iraq’s newly arrived T-90S tanks have been delivered to units that previously operated M1A1 Abrams tanks. The Iraqi Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced the decision to swap the US-made tanks for Russian ones on 6 June, saying 39 T-90S tanks had been handed over to the 35th Brigade of the 9th

  • Embraer pitches Super Tucano to Europe

    Embraer is looking to secure its first European customer for the EMB-314/A-29 Super Tucano light attack turboprop, a company official said on 7 June. Speaking at the SMi Close Air Support (CAS) conference in London, Embraer’s vice president for sales in Europe and North Africa, Simon Johns,

  • Lockheed Martin develops Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon

    The US Air Force Life Cycle Management Centre (AFLCMC) has awarded Lockheed Martin an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to design and develop a new stand-off hypersonic air-to-surface missile. Part of a drive by the US Department of Defense (DoD) to field a near-term hypersonic

  • Jordan receives first upgraded Cobra helos

    Jordan has received back into service the first of 12 Bell AH-1F Cobra attack helicopters that are being put through an extensive upgrade process. Northrop Grumman, which as a subcontractor to Science and Engineering Services (SES) is updating the avionics of the 1980s-vintage helicopters,

  • Philippines seeks additional FA-50 light attack aircraft from South Korea

    The Philippines is looking to acquire a further 12 Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) FA-50PH Fighting Eagle light combat and trainer aircraft to add to 12 already received, national media reported on 8 June. Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana was quoted as saying that the country’s President

  • India approves acquisition of hovercraft for coastguard, army

    Key Points India has approved plans to acquire hovercraft for the country’s coastguard, army Vehicles will improve the respective service’s operational capabilities in shallow waters and riverine environments New Delhi has approved acquisition requests for ‘air cushion

  • TRU seeks to continue USAF simulation work

    The US Air Force (USAF) is expected to award two significant training system contracts in 2018, one for B-1B Lancer bomber and the other for the C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft training systems. The B-1B Request for Proposal (RFP), which was not made publicly available, was released to industry

  • Upgraded Israeli Saar 4.5 ship conducts first live-fire exercise

    The Israeli Navy carried out its first live-fire test with a Saar 4.5 missile ship fitted with the new IAI-Elta ELM-2258 Advanced Lightweight Phased Array (ALPHA) radar on 29 May. The Israeli Navy announced on 6 June that the exercise involved INS Sufa using its ALPHA radar to successfully

  • Peruvian Navy commissions BAP Pisco

    The Peruvian Navy (Marina de Guerra del Perú: MGP) commissioned its first domestically manufactured landing platform dock BAP Pisco (AMP 156) in Callao on 6 June. Pisco is a multipurpose vessel, constructed by the Peruvian state-run shipyard Servicios Industriales de la Marina (SIMA), and based

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