• Euronaval 2016: Atlas Elektronik sets out details of Finnish minelayer upgrade

    Atlas Elektronik Finland Oy has completed an extensive upgrade package on the first Pansio-class minelayer, in co-operation with shipyard Uki Workboat Oy. FNS Pansio was handed back to the Finnish Navy on 3 October 2016. The remaining two ships are expected to be handed back by mid-2017. According

  • Aleppo's rebel enclave rejects evacuation offer

    No civilians and only eight wounded opposition fighters took advantage of the Russian- and Syrian-declared ceasefire in Aleppo on 20 October to leave the besieged city, according to Moscow's Centre for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in the Syrian Arab Republic. Despite the apparent lack of

  • Argentina evaluates M-346 as potential combat fighter

    The Argentine Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Argentina - FAA) has evaluated the Alenia Aermacchi M-346 Master advanced jet trainer and light fighter as a potential new front-line platform. FAA pilots flew the aircraft in Italy on 12 and 13 October, the Italian Ministry of Defence (MoD) disclosed on

  • Chilean Navy to upgrade P-3 Orion fleet

    Canadian company IMP Aerospace is to upgrade the Chilean Navy's Lockheed Martin P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft (MPA), it announced on 17 October. The aircraft, which have been in service since 1993, are to receive new wings and stablisers, a digital 'glass' cockpit, and enhanced engines under

  • India gives final approval for M777 howitzer buy

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) gave its final approval on 20 October for the procurement of 145 BAE Systems M777 155 mm/39-calibre lightweight howitzers for the Indian Army (IA) for around USD750 million under the US Foreign Military Sales programme. India's Defence Acquisition Council (DAC),

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  • Airbus teams with DCNS to develop VTOL UAV for French Navy

    Airbus Helicopters and French naval shipbuilder DCNS are to offer a clean-sheet vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to the French Navy (Marine Nationale : MN). The collaboration, announced on 20 October, will see the unmanned helicopter developed in response to the
  • Brazil develops modernised Cascavel

    Brazilian company EQUITRON Automação Eletrônico Mecanica and the Brazilian Army are scheduled to jointly conduct the first firing tests of an ENGESA EE-9 Cascavel 6x6 armoured reconnaissance vehicle modernised to a new EE9U standard, a Brazilian Army source told IHS Jane's. The
  • ESPADON demos AUV deployment from USV

    France's Direction générale de l'Amament (DGA) has successfully completed its ESPADON demonstration programme. ESPADON is part of the overarching Système de Lutte Anti-Mines Futur (SLAMF) programme, which aims to prove that robotic systems can be used in mine-countermeasure (MCM)