• Hungary purchases light aircraft from Zlin

    Hungary's ministry of defence (MoD) has purchased four light training and reconnaissance aircraft from Zlin Aircraft, the MoD told IHS Jane's. The piston engine aircraft, two Z-242L two-seat basic training and two Z-143LSi four-seat reconnaissance/utility aircraft, are scheduled to arrive at the

  • Japan to provide six patrol vessels to Vietnam

    Japan will provide six patrol vessels to Vietnam as part of a loan offered to the Southeast Asian country totalling about JPY117 billion (USD1 billion) to enhance bilateral co-operation, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe was quoted by Kyodo news agency as saying on 16 January during a two-day visit

  • Royal Thai Air Force Gripen crashes at airshow

    A Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) Saab Gripen C multirole combat aircraft crashed at an airshow taking place at Hat Yai International Airport in southern Thailand on the morning of 14 January. The pilot was killed. Footage of the incident shows the Gripen performing a manoeuvre before losing altitude

  • Italian Air Force signs for M-345 trainer aircraft

    The Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare Italiana: AMI) has signed an agreement with Leonardo for the procurement of an initial five Alenia Aermacchi M-345 High Efficiency Trainer aircraft (HET) out of a total requirement of 45. The contract, which was announced by Leonardo on 13 January, will

  • Leonardo to develop Mangusta replacement for Italy

    Leonardo has been contracted to develop a replacement for the A129 Mangusta armed reconnaissance and attack helicopter for the Italian armed forces, the company announced on 13 January. The multiyear contract is for the study, development, industrialisation, production, and testing of a prototype

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  • Japan unveils 8x8 APC prototype

    Japan's Ministry of Defense (MoD) has unveiled a prototype 8x8 armoured personnel carrier (APC) that is expected to replace the Komatsu Type 96 APC in use by the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF). Built by Japanese manufacturer Komatsu, the (Improved) Wheeled Armoured Personnel Carrier
  • Textron nears completion of SSC prototype

    Key Points Subsystem testing of LCAC 100, the SSC prototype, is now underway LCAC replacement promises greater efficiency and other improvements over the legacy design Textron Marine & Land Systems expects the prototype Ship-to-Shore Connector (SSC) air-cushion landing craft to begin afloat