• Ukraine receives BMP-1AK IFVs from Poland

    Ukraine has taken delivery of an unspecified number of BMP-1AK infantry fighting vehicles from Polish company Wtorplast, Jane’s has learned. The BMP-1AK is a bespoke vehicle for the Ukrainian ground forces, with AK standing for Anti Kumulyativnaya or anti-cumulative attacks. The primary

  • Italian Air Force finalises AARGM OT&E campaign

    The Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare Italiana: AMI) has finalised the operational evaluation and testing (OT&E) of its AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) Block 1 supersonic air-to-surface missile system with a live fire campaign at the US Naval Air Weapons Station

  • Navy League 2018: Researchers eyeing launch of first robot designed to repair spacecraft

    Tthe US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in 2021 will launch the first space vehicle capable of approaching, inspecting, and grabbing a disabled satellite and either repairing or upgrading it. The NRL effort is part of a 15-year-old US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency programme called

  • Navy League 2018: US Navy’s MERLIN ground robot to begin walking by mid-year

    Researchers with the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) expect to have a quadruped robot balancing on its own and taking its first steps by mid-2018. The goal of the Meso-scale Robotic Locomotion Initiative (MERLIN) is to develop a small robot that a marine could carry in a backpack and deploy to

  • Leonardo advances Kronos DBR development

    Work on Leonardo’s naval Kronos dual X-band and C-band active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar programme is progressing, with testing and production timelines for the Italian Navy’s new 6,270 tonne Pattugliatore Polivalente d'Altura (PPA) multipurpose offshore patrol vessels

  • Navy League 2018: US Navy sees reduced AMDR risk with Aegis testing

    Thanks to early testing involving AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) components and the Aegis combat system, the US Navy (USN) is seeing risks being reduced for the programme, said Captain Casey Moton, programme manager for guided-missile destroyer (DDG) 51 ships. “The back end

  • SLAM-ER production to be restarted for Saudi air force

    Boeing has been awarded a USD64 million contract to restart its production line for Standoff Land Attack Missile-Expanded Response (SLAM-ER), the Department of Defense announced on 10 April. Expected to be completed by March 2019, the contract also covers the redesign of obsolete, nearly obsolete,

  • Algerian Il-76 crash leaves ‘scores’ dead

    An Ilyushin Il-76 ‘Candid’ airlifter operated by the Algerian Air Force crashed on 11 April, reportedly with the loss of scores of personnel on board. The Russian-built transport aircraft came down for an undisclosed reason shortly after departing its home base at Boufarik. Early media

  • Czech Gripens upgraded to acquire air-to-ground capability

    The Army of the Czech Republic (ACR) air component fleet of 14 Saab JAS 39 C/D Gripen fighters has received a substantial software upgrade giving the aircraft an air-to-ground capability. Saab technicians began installing MS20 software upgrades into the first two Gripens at their home base in

  • Defexpo 2018: DRDO showcases guided variant of Pinaka Mk II rocket

    India’s state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) showcased a guided version of the locally developed 214 mm Pinaka Mk II rocket at the 11-14 April Defexpo 2018 exhibition in Chennai. The weapon, which is being developed by the DRDO’s Armament Research and

  • Defexpo 2018: India's Mahindra Defence signs MOU with Israel's Aeronautics for shipborne UAVs

    India’s Mahindra Defence signed a memorandum of understating (MOU) with Israel’s Aeronautics Limited on 11 April to licence-build the maritime version of the Orbiter 4 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for possible sale to the Indian Navy (IN). “The UAV will be capable of being

  • Defexpo 2018: MBDA offers Indian variant of MMP ATGW

    MBDA has showcased a model of a ‘fifth-generation’ anti-tank guided-weapon (ATGW) at the 11-14 April Defexpo 2018 exhibition in Chennai as part of a project aimed at co-developing the weapon with Indian companies to meet Indian Army requirements. Named ATGM 5 and based on the

  • GBU-49 to meet urgent moving target requirement for USMC F-35Bs

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) is to receive 300 Raytheon GBU-49 Enhanced Paveway II precision-guided munitions (PGMs) as it looks to afford its Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters (JSFs) with an interim moving target capability. The US Air Force Material Command (AFMC) said on 10

  • Navy League 2018: USN looks to ready Zumwalt for sea strike without gun ammo

    The US Navy will be revamping guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) for its new sea-strike role once the ship is ready for the fleet, but the service still has no ammunition for the ship's 155 mm guns. Zumwalt is preparing to undergo combat system activation and testing in San Diego in

  • Serbian Soko G-4 Super Galeb crashes

    A Soko G-4 Super Galeb single-engine advanced training and light attack jet crashed near the village of Kovacica, about 40 km north-east of Belgrade, on 11 April. A Serbian Armed Forces Flight Test Centre pilot was killed and a second injured after ejecting from the aircraft, which was based in

  • Defexpo 2018: India, Russia finalise Ka-226T configuration

    India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Russian Helicopters have finalised the technical configuration of 200 Kamov Ka-226T ‘Hoodlum’ light multirole helicopters for the Indian military, according to a statement by Russian Helicopters. The company announced on 11 April at

  • India commissions first new Vikram-class OPV

    Key Points The Indian Coast Guard has commissioned its first 97 m Vikram-class offshore patrol vessel Platform validates the capabilities of Indian private shipyards to deliver on more complex Mil-Spec platform projects The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has commissioned its first new Vikram-class

  • US approves CH-47F sale to Spain

    The US State Department has approved the potential sale of 17 Boeing CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters to Spain. The sale, which was announced by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 4 April, is valued at USD1.3 billion and covers the latest variant of the Chinook, as well as

  • USAF to launch LRSO and B-52 integration in 2019

    The US Air Force (USAF) is to begin integrating the nuclear-capable Long-Range Stand-Off (LRSO) cruise missile onto its Boeing B-52 Stratofortress bomber aircraft from the beginning of 2019, the service disclosed on 10 April. As noted in a presolicitation notification issued by Air Force Materiel

  • Portugal to establish UAV-based ISTAR capability

    Tekever, Elbit Systems, Airbus’ SURVEY Copter, AeroVironment, and Altus are competing to deliver the Portuguese Army’s first intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR) capability based on small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The procurement, to run through

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