• US approves latest-variant Sidewinder sale to UAE

    The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for 300 of the latest variant Raytheon AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder Block II short-range air-to-air missiles (AAMs). The approval, which was announced by the US Defense Security and Cooperation

  • US Army signs for additional Lakota helos

    The US Army has signed for a further 35 Airbus Helicopters UH-72A Lakota training and support platforms to add to the more than 400 already delivered. A USD273.3 million contract for the additional civil variant EC145 helicopters was announced by the Department of Defense (DoD) on 8 March. The

  • US Army’s Rapid Capabilities Office bridges the EW gap in Europe

    Key Points The effort will provide capabilities until MFEW is fielded The 2nd Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade and 2nd Armored Brigade, 1st Infantry Division get initial systems US Army units in Europe will be the first to take delivery of prototype electronic warfare (EW) systems

  • German Army finalises Spike qualification on Puma IFV

    The German Army has successfully completed qualification of the in-service Spike LR anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) for the Puma infantry fighting vehicle (IFV). The final qualification trials of Spike LR on Puma were undertaken by the German Army and Rheinmetall at the company’s

  • Kazakhstan plans to acquire additional Su-30SM fighter aircraft, says report

    Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) is planning to procure additional Sukhoi Su-30SM multirole fighter aircraft from Russia, according to a 6 March report by Russian news agency TASS. “Within the framework of the agreement on military-technical co-operation with the Russian

  • Portuguese Army boosts its special ops firepower

    The Portuguese Army’s Special Operations Force (FOE) has received an undisclosed quantity of new small arms and accessories. Deliveries mainly comprised Barret M107A1 .50 cal and Accuracy AXMC .338 precision rifles, Heckler & Koch HK417 7.62x51 mm assault rifles, FABARM STF/12 Compact FE

  • Turkey to equip MBTs with APS for operations in Syria

    Key Points Turkish MBTs operating in Syria are receiving an active protection system developed by Aselsan The system is believed to be a development of the Ukrainian Zaslon-L system Turkish main battle tanks (MBTs) operating in Syria’s Afrin region as part of the Turkish armed forces’

  • Jordan and Qatar to acquire DB-110 recon pods

    Jordan and Qatar are to procure the UTC Aerospace Systems (UTAS) DB-110 Tactical Reconnaissance Pod (TRP) to carry aboard their frontline combat aircraft fleets, it was disclosed on 5 March. Both countries were named in a US Department of Defense (DoD) USD51.2 million contract modification

  • Pentagon faces major cost increase on F-35 Block 4 modernisation

    Key Points The Pentagon is facing a major potential F-35 Block 4/C2D2 cost increase This could add between USD6.9 billion and USD12.5 billion more to the Pentagon’s most expensive platform The Pentagon is facing a cost increase for what was known as Block 4 modernisation of the Lockheed

  • USAF launches effort to equip Reaper UAS with air-to-air missile

    The US Air Force (USAF) is looking to equip its General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) with an air-to-air missile (AAM) capability for the first time. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) Medium Altitude UAS Division disclosed

  • Brazilian Army eyes US SuperCobra helicopters

    The Brazilian Army has contacted the US government to inquire about possibly buying surplus US Marine Corps (USMC) Bell AH-1W SuperCobra attack helicopters, the army told Jane’s . No government-to-government talks have yet been scheduled. The United States recently announced plans to sell

  • First export order for MMP

    MBDA has achieved the first export order for its fifth-generation MMP (Missile Moyenne Portée or medium-range missile) anti-tank guided missile (ATGM), just months after initial deliveries to the French Army began in November 2017. Whilst MBDA declined to provide details about the order, the

  • Indonesia confirms A400M acquisition plan

    The Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU) has confirmed its plans to procure the Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A400M transport aircraft. The service announced on 7 March that it is to acquire two aircraft to support the civil government in transporting supplies

  • Israeli Air Force declares SPICE 1000 operational

    The Israeli Air Force (IAF) announced on 7 March that the Rafael SPICE 1000 guided bomb had reached initial operational capability (IOC) on its F-16C/D Barak fighter aircraft following a series of trials. The IAF said the guided bomb was integrated in recent months by the 190th and 110th Fighter

  • MBDA studies Sea Venom for surface-launched coastal defence role

    MBDA has launched an internal study to evaluate the application of its Sea Venom/Anti-Navire Léger (ANL) lightweight medium-range anti-ship missile in a surface-launched role, as part of a networked multilayered coastal defence solution. Co-funded by the governments of France and the United

  • Rafael reveals additional Spike LR2 capability

    Launched onto the international marketplace in mid-2017, Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has unveiled a previously unknown capability of the new Spike LR2 anti-tank guided missile (ATGM). While the Spike LR2 was explained upon its debut as being available with two separate missiles

  • Pakistan says it downed another Indian surveillance UAV

    The Pakistani military announced on 6 March that its army troops shot down what it claimed was an Indian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that illegally entered Pakistani airspace across the line of control (LoC) in the disputed northern region of Kashmir. Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the

  • CH-53K marks heavy-lift milestone

    The Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion has passed a further developmental milestone, with the announcement on 7 March of the first external lift of a 36,000 lb (16,329 kg) load. During the event, which took place at the Sikorsky Development Flight Center in Florida, the CH-53K lifted the single-hooked

  • Russian Navy to receive 73 UET-1 torpedoes by 2023

    JSC Zavod Dagdizel, Russia’s oldest producer of underwater weapons, has been contracted to supply the Russian Navy with 73 UET-1 multipurpose electric torpedoes. A five-year contract for the weapons worth RUB7.2 billion (USD126.5 million) and running until 2023 was announced by the Russian

  • AeroVironment contracted to supply Puma AE UAS to Middle East customer

    AeroVironment (AV) has been awarded USD44.5 million to supply its RQ-20B Puma II AE unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to a Middle East contract, the company announced on 6 March. The contract, which is the largest such award so far received by AV, is for an unnamed “major” Middle Eastern

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