• Indian Air Force Dhruv helicopter destroyed in crash

    An Indian Air Force (IAF) Dhruv utility-light attack helicopter crashed in the northern region of Uttar Pradesh on 25 July, killing all seven onboard, national media reported. Video footage of the immediate aftermath of the crash taken by Zee News showed that the helicopter had come down in a

  • Peru orders LAV-IIs as Canadian defence co-operation grows

    The Peruvian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has ordered 32 LAV-II 8x8 armoured personnel carriers (APCs) from General Dynamics Land Systems in Canada (GDLS-C) under a USD67 million contract, according to the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC). The LAV-IIs will replace the 16 Pegaso BMR-600 6x6 APCs

  • RIMPAC 2014: Canada's frigate to employ 'astronavigation' on transit home from Hawaii

    The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) frigate participating in the 'Rim of the Pacific' ('RIMPAC') exercise in Hawaii is outfitted with the force's latest kit, however, the ship's crew will transit home without the benefit of relying on the new technology. Commander John K Wilson, the commanding officer of

  • RN Sea Kings depart Afghanistan

    The UK has pulled the Royal Navy's (RN's) Sea King ASaC.7 airborne surveillance and control (SKASaC) helicopter component out of Afghanistan after five years' operations in theatre. 854 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) formally lowered its ensign at Camp Bastion on 24 July. The Ministry of Defence has

  • Russian pilot dies in MiG-29 crash

    A Russian MiG-29 'Fulcrum' multirole jet fighter aircraft crashed on 27 July, 30 km northwest of Astrakhan in southern Russia. The flight director ordered the pilot to eject, but he remained at the controls and died trying to save the aircraft, said Ministry of Defence (MoD) spokesman Major General

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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
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    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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