• Avalon 2017: F-35 makes Australian debut

    The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is showcasing its Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) on home soil for the first time at the Australian International Airshow and Aerospace and Defence Exposition 2017 running from 28 February to 5 March. Two F-35A fighters (AU-1 and

  • Australian Army conducts flights trials of Tiger helicopters on HMAS Canberra

    The Australian Army has begun flight trials of its Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) onboard the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) first-of-class amphibious assault ship, HMAS Canberra (L 02). The trials, which are being conducted with two airframes since 23 February, are expected to

  • Countries outside South China Sea region 'should not hype up threat of war', says Beijing

    China's Ministry of National Defense (MND) has said that countries outside the disputed South China Sea region "should not intentionally hype up the so-called threat of war or create tensions". "What they should do is contribute positive energy to the peace and stability in the South

  • Japan to equip future Soryu-class submarines with lithium-ion batteries

    Japan will likely become the first country in the world to equip diesel-electric submarines with lithium-ion batteries. GS Yuasa, a Kyoto-based developer and manufacturer of battery systems, said in a 21 February press statement that such batteries will be mounted on two Soryu-class boats currently

  • Keel laid for the future USS Frank E Petersen, Jr

    The keel of the US Navy's (USN's) Flight IIA Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer the future USS Frank E Petersen, Jr (DDG 121) was laid on 21 February 2017 at Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi. DDG 121 is being built in the Flight IIA configuration

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  • IDEX 2017: UAE confirms order for third Saab GlobalEye

    It was confirmed during the IDEX show in Abu Dhabi that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has ordered a third Saab GlobalEye aircraft. The UAE military's General Headquarters (GHQ) announced that it had awarded an AED866 million (USD238 million) to Saab for "new airborne G6000 SRSS [Swing Role
  • IDEX 2017: UAE selects Rabdan 8x8 IFV

    The United Arab Emirates' (UAE's) military announced during the IDEX show in Abu Dhabi that it had ordered 400 8x8 vehicles from the local company Al-Jasoor, a joint venture between the Emirati company Heavy Vehicles industries (HVI) and the Turkish armoured vehicle manufacturer Otokar Land systems.
  • PLAN commissions new oceangoing training ship

    China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has commissioned a new training ship for the Dalian Naval Academy. Named Qi Jiguang (pennant number 83), the vessel entered service on 21 February at the Lushun Naval Base, near Dalian, which is expected to be its base port. The ceremony was attended by
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