• 12(B) Sqn stood down as RAF prepares for Tornado retirement

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has disbanded 12 (Bomber) Squadron as it prepares for the retirement of the Panavia Tornado GR4 strike aircraft in 2019. The unit from RAF Marham in Norfolk flew its final operational sortie over the Middle East in December 2017, ahead of its formal close-down as the

  • US Army begins process to replace manufactured MH-47G Block 1 Chinooks with Block 2 newbuilds

    The US Army is moving ahead with plans to begin replacing its current remanufactured MH-47G Block 1 Chinook special mission helicopters with newbuild Block 2 platforms. A request for information (RFI) issued by the Aviation Integration Division (AMCOM) on 14 March calls for an initial six newbuild

  • Officials not expecting early increases in UK defence spending

    Any increases in defence spending will not take place until next year at the earliest, according to senior sources in the UK government. Speaking after UK Chancellor of the Exchequer [finance minister] Philip Hammond's spring financial statement on 13 March, the government sources told Jane’s

  • US Marine Corps releases MUX RFI

    Key Points The USMC released its RFI for its MUX unmanned aerial system The marines need a ship-based, extended range, long endurance, multi-mission UAS The US Marine Corps on 8 March released a request for information (RFI) for its Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Unmanned Aircraft System

  • Brazil receives first four M109A5 howitzers from United States

    The first four of 60 M109A5 self-propelled howitzers granted by the United States to the Brazilian Army have arrived at Paranaguá in Brazil. The howitzers arrived earlier than planned after the Brazilian Army requested an expedited delivery, the service told Jane’s on 13 March. The rest

  • GlobalEye makes maiden flight

    Saab’s GlobalEye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft made its maiden flight from the company’s Linkoping production plant on 14 March. The Bombardier Global 6000 business jet-based platform marked this important milestone just 19 days after this first aircraft for

  • Indian Army struggles with resource crunch

    The small increase in India’s defence budget for fiscal year 2018/19 (FY 2018/19) will not be enough to fund the Indian Army’s (IA’s) long-delayed modernisation efforts, according to a 13 March report by the country’s Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence. In its

  • Israeli submarine chief outlines future requirements

    The first of a batch of three new Israeli Navy submarines is expected to be operational in 2030, a senior naval official has told Jane’s . Colonel G (full name withheld), head of the Israeli Navy’s Submarines Department, said he expected the navy to sign a procurement contract with

  • Chilean Air Force confirms delivery timeline for Black Hawk helos

    The Chilean Air Force (Fuerza Aérea de Chile: FACh) has confirmed the service is to receive all of its recently ordered Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk helicopters by the end of this year. The head of the FACH, General Lorenzo Villalón, told Jane’s in early March that the first three of

  • DIMDEX 2018: Qatar orders Bayraktar UAVs

    Qatar’s Reconnaissance and Surveillance Centre (RSC) signed a contract for the procurement of six Bayraktar unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from the Turkish company Baykar Makina during the DIMDEX show held in Doha from 12-14 March. “The six tactical UAVs will be delivered to Qatar in

  • IDF new APC and howitzer acquisitions approved

    Israel’s security cabinet on 11 March approved the mass production of Eitan wheeled armoured personnel carriers (APCs) and the acquisition of a new self-propelled artillery system. “Within a decade, the ground forces will undergo a dramatic upgrade,” Defense Minister Avigdor

  • Aselsan’s LGK-84 laser-guided bomb kits undergo firing tests

    Aselsan has begun firing tests of its LGK-84 laser-guided bomb kits, moving closer to serial production, the company says in its annual report. LGK-84s will be mounted on MK-84 general purpose bombs, which continue to be produced. The report noted that Aselsan is continuing deliveries of LGK-82 and

  • China beings work on sixth Type 055 destroyer

    Recently captured commercial satellite imagery shows that China has begun construction at its shipyard in Dalian of the sixth Type 055 guided-missile destroyer on order for the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). The imagery shows that the pierside assembly of the first modules for hull 6

  • China to develop new J-20 variants, begin research on ‘sixth-generation’ fighter, says report

    China is looking to develop new variants of the Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group (CAIG) J-20 ‘fifth-generation’ multirole fighter aircraft and is preparing to commence research on a ‘sixth-generation’ fighter, the China Daily newspaper reported on 13 March. Speaking to the

  • CSIRO, QinetiQ to collaborate on advanced CO2-capturing technology for RAN’s Future Submarines

    Australia’s national science agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), has joined forces with defence technology company QinetiQ on a project that aims to enable submarines to stay submerged longer through the use of an advanced crystal technology called

  • Portugal phases out M60A3 TTS MBT

    The Portuguese Army officially phased out its last M60A3 Tank Thermal Sight (TTS) main battle tanks (MBTs) on 13 March. Portugal received a total of 93 M60A3 TTS tanks from US surplus stocks in the 1990s, replacing M48A5s in the Battle Tanks Group (GCC) and the Reconnaissance Squadron of the

  • Russia to provide Bulgaria with MiG-29 logistics support until 2022

    The Bulgarian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has selected Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG (RSK MiG) under a single-source tender to provide the Bulgarian Air Force (BuAF) with integrated logistical support for its 15 MiG-29 jet fighters for 48 months. Bulgarian Defence Minister Krasimir Karakachanov

  • South Korea signs for additional Taurus cruise missiles

    South Korea has ordered a further 90 KEPD 350K Taurus air-launched cruise missiles to add to the nearly 200 it is believed to have already signed for. The procurement of the additional batch was disclosed by a spokesperson for the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) on 13 March,

  • Brazil to receive surplus Sherpa airlifters from US Army

    Brazil is to receive four Shorts C-23B+ Sherpa tactical transport aircraft that are being sold by the US Army as Excess Defense Articles (EDAs). Under the planned sale, which was announced by the United States Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM) on 13 March, the twin-turboprop airlifters will

  • CENTCOM chief: US focused on growing Afghan Air Force, SOF

    US efforts to build up a struggling Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) are focused on air power and special operations forces to help the government regain territory, according to Army General Joseph Votel, head of US Central Command (CENTCOM). Afghan Special Operations Forces

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