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  • Air-launched BrahMos NG missile likely to be ready by 2019, says report

    Following the Indian Air Force’s (IAF’s) first successful test launch of the BrahMos-A (Air) supersonic cruise missile from a Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighter, India is seeking to finalise development of the lighter BrahMos NG variant by 2019, according to a 26 November report by the

  • Argentina starts inquiry on possible loss of submarine ARA San Juan

    Argentina appears to be starting inquiries over its likely loss of TR 1700-class submarine ARA San Juan , which disappeared on 15 November while en route back to its base at Mar del Plata. Two separate hydrophones detected underwater sound anomalies, consistent with an explosion, in the expected

  • IAF Kiran HJT-16 Mk1A trainer crashes shortly after take-off

    An Indian Air Force (IAF) Kiran HJT-16 Mk1A trainer crashed on 24 November about 56.3 km (35 miles) northeast of Air Force Station Hakimpet in the Indian state of Telangana. The Indian government’s Press Information Bureau (PIB) said in a statement that the incident took place at around 14.15

  • Supacat and Rheinmetall go Dutch with LRV 400

    Supacat announced on 24 November that is has teamed with Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) to submit its Light Reconnaissance Vehicle 400 (LRV 400) for procurement programmes in the Netherlands and other countries in the region. With a crew of three or four, the LRV 400 is designed to fill

  • MCWL to downsize HEIT prototype, procure further units

    The US Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory (MCWL) will reduce the size of its prototype Hybrid Electric Internally Transportable Vehicle (ITV) Trailer (HEIT) power system so that it can be towed by a Polaris MRZR off-road vehicle. Additionally, MCWL is also seeking to buy several more systems in

  • Spanish Navy pushes ahead with planning proposals for submarine rescue vessel

    The Spanish Navy is planning to have a new rescue vessel based on its Buque de Acción Marítima (BAM) offshore patrol vessel (OPV) in operation ahead of delivery of the first of its new S-80 Plus-class submarines, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed on 22 November. While no concrete

  • UK Type 45 deployment hit by propeller fault

    The UK Royal Navy (RN) is preparing a replacement warship to take over a high-profile operational deployment in the Middle East after one of its Type 45 destroyers suffered a major propeller shaft failure en route to its task. HMS Diamond is now sailing back to its home port of Portsmouth on the

  • Hope lost of finding Argentine submarine crew alive

    Key Points Reports of an underwater explosion shortly after the last communication with ARA San Juan suggest the boat was lost on 15 November Relatives of the boat’s crew have claimed the submarine had not been properly maintained Hopes of rescuing the 44 crew members from the Argentine

  • First Spanish Navy frigate updated with broadband satcom

    The Spanish Navy has installed a first broadband planet-wide satellite communications (satcom) link on board one of its ships, according to contractor Satlink. The initial recipient is the F-100-class frigate Cristóbal Colón , but a further system has already been ordered for a second

  • UMS Skeldar enhances R-350, undertakes trials

    UMS Skeldar has undertaken a week-long flight demonstration programme of its newly configured R-350 rotary-wing unmanned aircraft system (UAS) with Germany’s Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information technology, and In-Service Support (BAAINBw). The demonstration saw the R-350 used

  • Algerian SR5 rocket launchers spotted

    Algeria’s National People’s Army (ANP) appears to have acquired Norinco SR5 multiple rocket launchers (MRLs). The MENA Defense website published photographs on 19 November showing two SR5s on transporters that were purportedly part of a convoy carrying newly delivered systems in

  • Oman inaugurates Pars vehicles

    The Omani Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 21 November that the FNSS 8x8 Pars armoured vehicle has been inaugurated into service in an event attended by army command Major General Mattar bin Salim al-Balushi. The MoD said the Pars was ordered in 2015 after it was selected from a group of

  • India to commission ocean surveillance ship in 2018

    India is set to commission its indigenously designed, missile-tracking ocean surveillance ship (OSS) in 2018 to support the country’s classified strategic weapon and ballistic missile defence (BMD) programmes, official sources have told Jane’s . Designated VC11184 after the yard in the

  • Vance AFB grounds Texan II trainers due to oxygen concerns

    The US Air Force’s (USAF's) 71st Flying Training Wing has grounded its fleet of Beechcraft T-6A Texan II trainer aircraft following a series of physiological events affecting pilots. The temporary suspension of flight activities was announced by Vance Air Force Base (AFB) in Oklahoma on 20

  • Serbian NORA B-52 howitzer demonstrated in the UAE

    Serbia’s Yugoimport SDPR defence import/export organisation tested and demonstrated the Nora-B52 M15 155 mm/52-calibre wheeled self-propelled howitzer in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 21 November, the Serbian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced. The NORA B-52 engaged targets at a distance

  • India successfully test fires BrahMos-A from Su-30MKI fighter

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully test-fired the BrahMos-A (Air) supersonic cruise missile from a Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighter on 22 November against a target off the country’s east coast in the Bay of Bengal. The 2.5 tonne, two-stage, air-launched cruise missile (ALCM) was

  • US Navy Greyhound airlifter crashes in Philippine Sea

    A US Navy (USN) Grumman C-2A Greyhound carrier onboard delivery (COD) aircraft with 11 personnel on board crashed into the Philippine Sea on 22 November, the service’s 7th Fleet announced. The twin-turboprop transport was en route to the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) aircraft carrier when the

  • PT Palindo launches 110 m OPV for Indonesia’s maritime security agency

    Key Points Indonesia has launched a 110 m offshore patrol vessel for the country’s maritime security co-ordination agency Platform will be the largest ship to be operated by the service, signalling Indonesia’s intention to have a stronger presence in the country’s waters

  • Hyundai selects Turkish 30 mm naval gun system for Philippine Navy frigates

    Key Points The Philippine Navy’s new frigates will each feature a 30 mm gun system from Aselsan The Turkish company is gaining a foothold in the region, and is also in talks with the Philippine government regarding further orders The Philippine Navy’s (PN’s) new frigates will be

  • Kelvin Hughes to deliver second SharpEye submarine radar set for Pakistan’s Khalid class in 2019

    A follow-on order for the SharpEye Doppler submarine radar system from Kelvin Hughes has been placed by Pakistan, and the system will be delivered to the country in 2019, the company announced on 21 November. Kelvin Hughes first announced in February 2017 that it has secured a first order for the

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