• Ecuador confirms IA-73 UNASUR I procurement

    Ecuador plans to purchase 18 IA-73 UNASUR I training aircraft from Fábrica Argentina de Aviones (FAdeA), Ecuadorian Minister of Defence Maria Fernanda Espinosa has officially confirmed. The aircraft, developed in four countries, are to be manufactured in Argentina. Espinosa's declaration

  • Insitu to support Lithuanian ScanEagles

    Under a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) agreement, Boeing-subsidiary Insitu is set to deliver a range of equipment to support the Lithuanian Armed Forces' ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Once confirmed, the deal is expected to be valued at USD600,000 and will include the supply of launch

  • Japan asks France to stop Mistral sale to Russia

    Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera on 29 July expressed "strong concerns" over France's plan to sell two Mistral-class landing helicopter dock (LHD) ships to Moscow, citing the ongoing Ukraine crisis and Russia's recent military buildup in the Asia-Pacific region. In his fourth

  • Argentina to develop new UAVs

    The Argentine government, through its Ministry of Defence, has confirmed its intention to develop a new line of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for surveillance of the national sea and territory. This new line of short- and medium-range UAVs - would be unarmed but fitted with surveillance tools.

  • Brazil receives final upgraded P-3A MPA, orders search and rescue C295s

    Airbus Defence and Space (DS) announced the completion of its upgrade of the Brazilian Air Force's (Força Aérea Brasileira - FAB's) P-3A Orion maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) and the sale of search and rescue (SAR) C295 platforms on 28 July. The last of nine P-3A aircraft to be fitted to

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  • Fourth known J-20 prototype makes first flight

    The fourth known prototype of the Chengdu Aircraft Corporation (CAC) J-20 fifth-generation fighter made its first flight on the morning of 26 July, according to Chinese aviation websites. According to online postings by local spotters, the prototype flew for nearly two hours after having undertaken
  • Update: Lithuania seeks new armoured vehicles

    Lithuania is looking to buy wheeled infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), the Ministry of Defence (MoD) revealed on 21 July. The new vehicles are intended to replace the country's existing fleet of 300 M113 tracked armoured personnel carriers (APCs), according to the MoD. However, the new vehicles
  • Bahamas inducts first vessels in fleet renewal effort

    Dutch company Damen Shipyards has begun delivering nine vessels ordered by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) as part of a BSD232 million (USD228 million) fleet recapitalisation and port facilities enhancement programme. The first of four 42 m Legend-class (Stan Patrol 4207) offshore patrol

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    Introduction Listings by country of equipment in service, held in reserve or due to enter service some time in 2014/2015 (* denotes a potential later in service date). This covers tracked and wheeled armoured fighting Vehicles. It no longer includes towed guns and howitzers, towed anti-tank guns,

  • Cyber Technology CyBird

    Type Recoverable aerial target. Development Designed as a reusable platform for a variety of payloads. Typical applications include R & D of payloads for target tracking, fire control systems, and radar or EW range trials. The most recent version appears to be the Cybird VX. Description

  • Dirgantara Gandiwa

    Type Attack helicopter. Programme Project revealed early 2012, but no further reports by mid-2014, and no mention on company website, thus status uncertain. (Name specifically refers to Gandiva, the bow of Hindu deity Arjuna [Rajuna].) Design Features Based on Bell 412. Slimmed fuselage;

  • IAMI (HESA) Ir.An-140 Faraz

    Type Twin-turboprop airliner. Programme Licence-built Antonov An-140. Selected by Iran in 1995, against competition from 12 other contenders; initial agreement leading to Iranian manufacture signed February 1996; first stage is assembly from imported KhGAPP CKD kits (first two kits received by

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