• Brazilian companies begin looking to Zambian market

    Brazil's defence industry is looking at ways to make further inroads into the southern African defence market, with one manufacturer considering the establishment of an assembly plant in Zambia. According to Zambian press reports on 17 April, Brazil's Metro-Shacman - a subsidiary of China's Shaanxi

  • India launches first-of-class Project 15B destroyer

    Mazagon Dockyard Limited launched Vishakhapatnam , the first of four 7,300-tonne Project 15B guided missile destroyers being built for the Indian Navy (IN), in Mumbai on 20 April. IN officials said it would be commissioned in July 2018 and delivery of the three follow-on platforms at two year

  • Malaysia reveals plans for Laksamana-class corvette upgrades

    The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) has given further details of the proposed service life extension programme (SLEP) for its Laksamana (ASSAD)-class corvettes. The plans, which include a replacement of the ships' surface-to-surface missile launchers and fire-control radar, were outlined by Commander

  • Philippines terminates Huey contract

    The Philippines Department of National Defense (DND) has terminated a contract with a US supplier over its provision of 21 refurbished UH-1 Huey utility helicopters to the Philippine Air Force (PAF). The DND's official spokesman Peter Paul G Galvez told IHS Jane's on 20 April that the contract -

  • USN official says surface ship designs must be more flexible to maximise service life

    Key Points USN seeking to increase availability of surface ships through-life by increasing flexibility in design and in upgrade approach Highlights the LCS as a step in the right direction towards flexibility The US Navy (USN) must make its surface ships more adaptable, flexible, and modular in

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  • Belarus begins receiving Yak-130 aircraft from Russia

    Belarus has begun receiving the four Yakovlev Yak-130 'Mitten' advanced jet trainer/light-attack aircraft it ordered in 2012, national media reported on 16 April. At least one of the aircraft was photographed aboard an Ilyushin Il-76 'Candid' airlifter for its journey from the Irkutsk Aviation
  • Lithuania seeks PzH 2000 artillery buy

    Lithuania is looking to buy 12 Panzerhaubitze 2000 (PzH 2000) 155 mm self-propelled artillery (SPA) systems from Germany, it was announced on 15 April. The news emerged during a visit by Lithuanian Defence Minister Juozas Olekas to his German counterpart Ursula von der Leyen. Olekas said he had
  • US upgrades assessment of China's Type 094 SSBN fleet

    Key Points The commander of US PACOM has said China has three Type 094 (Jin-class) nuclear ballistic missile armed submarines in service and may have eight in service by 2020. The comments are an increase on previous US estimates of an end total of five Type 094s The US military has increased its

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