• Archer SPA enters Swedish Army service

    The BAE Systems FH-77 BW L52 Archer (6x6) self-propelled artillery (SPA) system has now entered Swedish Army service, the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) announced on 3 February. The first four Archer SPAs entered service with the Swedish Army's 9 Artillery Regiment

  • Honeywell completes COM DEV acquisition

    Honeywell has finalised its purchase of Canadian space electronics producer COM DEV International, the company announced on 4 February. The USD345 million acquisition, initiated on 5 November 2015, sees COM DEV integrated into Honeywell's Defence and Space segment. COM DEV, a specialist in passive

  • India's military struggles to spend its modernisation allocations

    India's military has been unable, up to early January, to spend 40% of its modernisation outlay of INR945.88 (USD14.55 billion) for financial year 2015/16, largely because of its inability to take timely decisions in finalising and acquiring equipment. Official sources have said that if a large

  • Mexican Air Force's first UH-60M Blackhawks delivered

    Two photos published online on 5 February appear to confirm that a first batch of three Sikorsky UH-60 Blackhawk utility helicopters has been delivered to the Mexican Air Force (FAM). The photos were first posted by México Aeroespacial , a Mexican aviation enthusiast group. The aircraft were

  • Russia-Turkey tensions increase as Assad forces cut rebel supply line

    Russia has accused Turkey of preparing to intervene in northern Syria after opposition fighters suffered a serious setback around Aleppo, Syria's largest city. "We have reasonable grounds to suspect intensive preparations by Turkey for a military invasion of the territory of a sovereign state:

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  • Iranian UAV shown striking targets in Syria and Iraq

    Iran appears to have conducted strike missions over Syria and Iraq using its Shahed-129 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), according to footage released by national media on 2 February. A news report filed by media channel SimaNews shows at least two armed Shahed-129 UAVs being demonstrated at an
  • Kenya receives 30 Norinco VN4 armoured vehicles

    The Kenyan police commissioned 30 Norinco VN4 light armoured vehicles on 1 February in a ceremony attended by President Uhuru Kenyatta. The Chinese-made vehicles will be used by the paramilitary General Service Unit (GSU) of Kenya's National Police Force for anti-terrorism, international
  • The PLAN commissions fourth Type 071 LPD

    The People's Liberation Army Navy's (PLAN's) fourth Type 071/Yuzhao-class landing platform dock (LPD) vessel was commissioned at the Wusong naval base in Shanghai on 1 February. Yimengshan (pennant number 988) is the first LPD to enter service with the East Sea Fleet, the other ships of the class

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    Operational speed: 120 kt (222 km/h). Service ceiling: 15,000 ft (4,373 m). Range: 270 n miles (500 km). Role/Weapon systems: Assault (seven aircraft) and ASW/ASUW (11 aircraft); mainly deployed to escorts, but also shore-based. Sensors (ASW/ASUW): APS-705 radar; ASQ 13-B sonar; STAR SAFIRE II

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    Fleetlist Programmes: The Pattugliatore Polivalente d'Altura (PPA) programme is for a class of six multipurpose offshore patrol vessels, with an option for a further four ships. Five are to be in a low-end configuration (patrol) and one in high-end configuration (combat). A modular design approach

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