• Poland orders AMRAAMs for its F-16s

    On 27 December the Polish Ministry of National Defence announced that it had ordered 95 AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs) for its F-16C/D Block 52 fighters in a contract worth PLN590 million (USD171 million). The deal was preceded by the US State Department’s

  • Saudis reportedly to take FS56 FACs

    Saudi Arabia is set to acquire three Combattante FS56 fast attack craft (FACs) from CMN after paying the deposit on a USD250 million contract, the French newspaper La Tribune reported on 2 January. The three vessels were originally lined up as part of a USD3 billion Saudi-funded programme to equip

  • Turkish military receives first SOM B1s

    The first batch of seven Roketsan Stand-off-Munition B1 (SOM-B1) air-to-surface cruise missiles have been delivered to the Turkish Armed Forces, the country’s Defence Industries Undersecretariat (SSM) stated on 4 January. SOM cruise missiles come in four different variants: the SOM-A, SOM-J,

  • China’s AG600 amphibious aircraft makes maiden flight

    China’s indigenously built AG600 amphibian has made its maiden flight. The four-turboprop aircraft took off on 24 December 2017 from Jinwan Airport in Zhuhai, near Macau, and flew for about an hour, according to Chinese state media. First rolled out by manufacturer Aviation Industry

  • Poland expects submarine selection to be made this month

    Poland’s Ministry of National Defence (MND) has revealed that it expects the selection of a strategic partner for the country’s Orka submarine programme to be made this month. The MND is looking to procure three submarines equipped with submarine-launched cruise missiles, with a fourth

  • T-2E Buckeye crashes in Greece

    A Hellenic Air Force T-2E Buckeye twin-engine intermediate jet trainer crashed in southern Greece on 3 January while on a routine training flight from Kalamata Air Base. Having taken off at 1100 h local time, the crew reported an initial engine failure 55 minutes into the flight and decided to

  • Bars-8 mortar carrier undertakes acceptance trials

    A Ukraine Mobile Mortar Complex (MMC) system is undergoing acceptance trials in Ukraine, Jane’s understands. The MMC consists of an Alakran Light Mortar System (LMS) integrated into the rear of a Bars-8 (4x4) armoured vehicle. The Alakran has been developed by the Aerospace and Defense

  • China’s Wing Loong II UAV test-fires five different missiles in single sortie, says report

    China’s newly developed Wing Loong II strike-capable reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) hit five targets in succession using five different types of missiles as part of a recent live-firing test, the state-owned Xinhua news agency reported on 31 December 2017. Citing a statement by

  • Pakistan conducts firing of cruise missile from Azmat-class boat

    Key Points Pakistan has launched a new type of cruise missile from its latest Azmat-class vessel Event further demonstrates the platform’s range of anti-surface capabilities The Pakistan Navy has launched what appears to be a shipborne variant of an indigenously developed cruise missile

  • LCS Manchester completes acceptance trials

    The littoral combat ship Manchester (LCS 14) completed acceptance trials recently in the Gulf of Mexico, shipbuilder Austal USA said on 2 January. Manchester is the seventh of the Austal-built Independence-variant LCSs. The trials, completed on 15 December 2017, involved comprehensive tests by the

  • MCMVs as well as rescue, salvage ship ordered for Polish Navy

    On 27 December Poland signed two separate contracts for the delivery of two additional Project 258 Kormoran II mine countermeasures vessels (MCMVs) and a prototype Ratownik-class rescue and salvage ship. The first contract, worth PLN1.19 billion (USD343.64 million), involves the delivery of two

  • South Korean navy receives first multipurpose training vessel

    Key Points The South Korean navy has received a new type of naval training vessel Platform will bolster the service’s more advanced training capabilities The Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) has received a new type of training support vessel from local shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries &

  • Indian Navy MiG-29K fighter involved in accident at NAS Hansa

    An Indian Navy (IN) MiG-29K fighter was involved in an accident at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Hansa in Goa during a training sortie on 3 January. The pilot of the aircraft aborted the flight after the MiG-29K veered off the end of the runway during take-off and caught fire, according to the Indian

  • PGZ takes over Poland’s SMW shipyard

    Poland’s Stocznia Marynarki Wojennej (SMW) shipyard in Gdynia was taken over by PGZ Stocznia Wojenna on 20 December. Starting this month PGZ will formally start the incorporation process to fit SMW into its corporate structure. The takeover of SMW, conducted in accordance with the Article 346

  • Philippines allocates funds for combat utility helicopters

    The Philippines government has approved funding of PHP12 billion (USD242 million) to procure “combat utility helicopters” for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). The funding was announced by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) in late December 2017 and covers the

  • US scales back search efforts for Argentine submarine

    The United States has begun to draw down its efforts assisting the search for Argentine submarine ARA San Juan in the South Atlantic. The drawdown started on 27 December after the United States finished supporting specific requests from the Argentine government, US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM)

  • Vietnam’s ex-US Coast Guard cutter arrives home

    Key Points The Vietnam Coast Guard’s largest vessel has now arrived in-country The platform, which was once deployed by the United States to provide gunfire support in the Vietnam War, will now enforce Hanoi’s claims in the South China Sea The Vietnam Coast Guard’s (Canh

  • Hanwha secures communications contract

    South Korean firm Hanwha Systems has secured a contract to deliver the second stage of its networked communications system for the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA), the company announced on 29 December. Hanwha Systems said its contract with the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) is

  • Saab joins South Korean AESA fighter radar development effort

    Saab has won a contract to support the development of South Korea’s indigenous active electronically scanned array (AESA) fighter radar, the company announced late December 2017. The SEK125 million (USD15.2 million) deal calls for Saab to provide technology support – namely algorithm

  • Testing the water: Saab sets out its future manned/unmanned fleet vision

    Key Points Saab envisages distributed, networked force mix Manned-unmanned teaming will be key to concept In the mid-1980s, the Royal Swedish Navy (RSwN) and Sweden’s Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) began extensive scientific and technical research to understand if and how

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