• Germany receives first A400M airlifter

    Germany has received into service the first of 53 Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A400M Atlas transport aircraft, Airbus DS announced on 18 December. The aircraft - MSN018 - was handed over to the Bundeswehr in a ceremony at the final assembly line in Seville, Spain, on the same day as the

  • Peruvian Navy orders new polar oceanographic research vessel

    Key Points Peru signs a contract with Spanish shipyard Construcciones Navales P. Freire S.A. to build a new polar research vessel Keel laying is expected in 2015, with the final trials phase for the new vessel scheduled to begin in December 2017 The Peruvian Navy (Marina de Guerra del Peru, or

  • Rafael waiting on Trophy-LV order

    Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has offered the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) its Trophy-LV active protection system for light tactical vehicles and is currently waiting for a decision by the Ministry of Defence. Although part of the Trophy family, the LV variant works differently from the Trophy-HV

  • Analysis: North Korea unlikely to be behind Sony hack

    Pyongyang may have had the motive to hack Sony Pictures for its distribution of 'The Interview' but analysis suggests that the regime is unlikely to be the source of the attack Authorities in Pyongyang have denied recent allegations that North Korea may have been behind November hack attacks on

  • Brazil to launch new long-range radar tender

    The Brazilian Air Force hopes to soon acquire an initial five land-based 3-D long-range air surveillance radar systems to replace legacy Thales TRS2230 systems. An earlier 3-D radar programme was cancelled due to lack of funding, but after proposals had been received from ThalesRaytheonSystems,

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  • Estonian Air Force seeks enhanced C2, and to support allies

    The Estonian Air Force is to prioritise its efforts towards developing a more advanced command and control (C2) capability over the coming years, as well as ensuring that it is properly equipped and prepared to host NATO allies in the Baltic republic. Speaking to journalists at Amari Airbase near
  • UPDATE: Egypt reveals air defence upgrades

    Egypt has acquired new or upgraded versions of its Russian-made Buk medium-range and Tor short-range surface-to-air missiles systems, a video of a recent air defence exercise that the Ministry of Defence released on 2 November has revealed. The video shows what looks like a Buk-M2 transporter
  • Indonesia lays keel for second PKR frigate

    Key Points Indonesia holds keel-laying ceremony for second PKR frigate Defence minister sees the keel-laying as a vote of confidence in Indonesia's indigenous shipbuilding capability State-owned shipbuilder PT PAL has held a keel-laying ceremony for the Indonesian Navy's (Tentera Nasional
  • Poland orders more Radmor F@stnet radios

    The Polish Armament Inspectorate has signed a contract for Radmor VHF PR4G family F@stnet tactical communication systems worth PLN66 million (USD20 million). In total, Poland has ordered 380 Radmor RRC 9211 tactical very high frequency (VHF) manportable radios and 41 Radmor RRC 9311 AP vehicle


  • 1P63 Obzor collimator sight

    Type Weapon sight - optical Description The 1P63 collimator sight is designed for weapons with side-mounts, with features including: Zeroing mechanism; Illumination of aiming mark in twilight conditions; Operating temperature range from -50°S to +50°S. Specifications 1P63 Obzor

  • AN/ALQ-231 Intrepid Tiger II

    Type Pod-mounted communications jammer Description The AN/ALQ-231 Intrepid Tiger II communications jamming pod is about 4 m long and is described as providing the US Marine Corps (USMC) operators with uninterrupted control within the electromagnetic spectrum as well as the ability to disrupt

  • KDT-2U laser rangefinder

    Type Laser rangefinder Development The KDT-2U laser rangefinder from the Ukraine's Photopribor Research and Production Complex, known to IHS Jane's since 2007, was originally designed as an upgrade for T-55 MBTs, replacing the original optical range-finder. The system is also used on T-62 MBTs

  • PNK-6 panoramic sighting system

    Type AFV commander's sight Development The PNK-6 panoramic sighting system for MBTs from Ukraine's Photopribor Research and Production Complex has been known to IHS Jane's since 2011. It is an evolution of the PNK-4/PNK-5 series of commander's sights (described separately), exchanging