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  • Update: Norway cancels tank upgrade

    Plans to upgrade the Norwegian Army’s Leopard 2A4 main battle tanks (MBTs) have been abandoned following the publication of the government’s revised budget in May, the Norwegian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed. “Through the examination of the Land Power Proposition in the

  • Harris boosts security, interoperability for USSOCOM’s future radios

    The US Special Operations Command’s (USSOCOM’s) next-generation software-defined radios (SDRs) will feature Suite B encryption services to enhance interoperability with partner countries, senior company officials at Harris Corporation have revealed. Christopher Aebli, vice-president of

  • MHTK transitions to EMD phase

    The US Army Cruise Missile Defense Systems Project Office has awarded Lockheed Martin a USD2.6 million contract to progress its Miniature Hit-to-Kill (MHTK) interceptor solution for the development est and evaluation (DT&E) phase for the Extended Mission Area Missile (EMAM) programme. The award

  • Russia receives second Tu-214PU-SBUS airborne command-and-control post

    On 20 June, the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) received the second Tu-214PU-SBUS airborne command-and-control (C2) post from JSC Tupolev, a subsidiary of Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC). The aircraft was built by the company’s Kazan Aviation Plant under contract to the

  • France retires Mirage 2000N nuclear bomber

    The French Air Force (Armée de l’Air: AdlA) marked the retirement of its Dassault Mirage 2000N nuclear-capable strike aircraft on 21 June. A ceremonial flypast to mark the withdrawal of the aircraft after 30 years of service was held at the type’s homebase of Istres-Le Tubé,

  • Bahraini F-16V contract awarded

    A USD1.12 billion contract for F-16V Fighting Falcon combat aircraft for Bahrain was awarded to Lockheed Martin on 22 June. The fixed-price-incentive-firm deal for 16 F-16V aircraft will run through to 30 September 2023. The contract comes some nine months after the US State Department approved in

  • Super Tucano crashes during USAF light attack demo, pilot killed

    A Sierra-Nevada Corporation (SNC)-Embraer A-29 Super Tucano aircraft crashed at Hollomon Air Force Base (AFB) in New Mexico on 22 June, killing one of the two crew members. The aircraft, which was participating in the US Air Force’s (USAF) light attack demonstration (formerly known as OA-X)

  • Hensoldt launches new TRML-4D radar

    Germany’s Hensoldt has launched a new land-based version of its TRS-4D Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar. The radar, designated the TRML-4D, uses a gallium nitride (GaN) solid-state transmitter and software-defined AESA system operating in the C-band (NATO G-band). “The

  • USAF looks to quadruple B-52 external weapons load

    The US Air Force (USAF) is looking to quadruple the weight of bombs that the Boeing B-52H Stratofortress is able to carry externally. According to a request for information (RFI) issued on 21 June, Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) is seeking a new external weapons pylon that will take the

  • Colombian Navy commissions new hydrographic multipurpose vessel

    The Colombian Navy commissioned a new hydrographic multipurpose vessel into service on 14 June. Originally built as an offshore supply vessel (OSV) by Chinese shipyard Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding, ARC Caribe was procured by Colombia in December 2017 and modified to meet navy requirements. While the

  • Germany shortlists R&S for VJTF communications

    Rohde & Schwarz (R&S) has been selected as the preferred partner to supply its SDxR and SVFuA communications systems to the German Army when it supports NATO’s Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) in 2023, industry sources have revealed. Jane’s understands that the company

  • Russian Navy commissions first Ivan Gren-class landing ship

    The Russian Navy’s first Ivan Gren-class (Project 11711E) large landing ship was commissioned at the service’s Baltiysk naval base in Kaliningrad on 20 June. Ivan Gren will be based with the the Northern Fleet. It is the first of two vessels in the class being built by Yantar Shipyard in

  • Syrian troops launch southwest offensive despite US warnings

    The United States has criticised a new offensive by pro-government forces in southwest Syria that appears to involve Russian forces. US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert told reporters on 21 June that the de-escalation agreement announced in July 2017 had saved lives and facilitated

  • Colombian Navy launches latest amphibious ship

    The Colombian Navy launched its fifth amphibious landing vessel (BDA), ARC Bahia Colombia , in Cartagena on 15 June. ARC Bahia Colombia is the sixth BDA and built by Colombia’s state-owned shipbuilding company COTECMAR and the fifth of the MK II series . Honduras received another version of

  • New Grom air-to-surface missile undergoes flight tests

    Russia’s Tactical Missiles Corporation (KTRV) new Grom tactical air-to-ground missile is undergoing flight tests in readiness for commencing series production in November, according to a company presentation). Flight tests of the Grom, carried out on an Su-34 fighter-bomber, began at the end

  • Elbit Systems unveils May gunshot detection system

    Elbit Systems’ Elisra subsidiary has developed a new wide-area acoustic sensing device called May. The system works with an autonomous network of static sensors that provides detection, classification, and geo-location of acoustic events such as gunshots, artillery fire, or explosions. It

  • Indonesia's PTDI delivers two NC212i transports to PAF

    State-owned aircraft manufacturer PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) has delivered the two NC212i light utility transport aircraft ordered by the Philippine Air Force (PAF) in January 2014. The twin-turboprop transports were photographed on 14 June after arriving at an airport near the Philippine

  • USN conducts first 3D printing test aboard MPF ship

    The US Navy (USN) is aiming to expand at-sea demonstrations of three-dimensional (3D) printing of spare parts in 2019 to determine if it should install such systems on its vessels. The USN will identify which ships will be appropriate candidates for testing this technology, Nathan Desloover, Naval

  • Harris updates hC2 BMS

    Harris Corporation has introduced new command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence (C4I) modules for its hC2 battlefield management system (BMS). The new capability will bring increased communications and situational awareness to commanders on the battlefield, Harris said in a

  • Navantia unveils VVT land surveillance vehicle

    Navantia is developing a new version of its land-based multi-sensor surveillance system called the Vehículo de Vigilancia Terrestre (VVT-Land Surveillance Vehicle) for the intelligence units of the Spanish Army and showcased a prototype at the Eurosatory 2018 exhibition in Paris. The company

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