• USMC, ONR conduct final autonomously operated UH-1 demonstration

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) and Office of Naval Research (ONR) capped off its Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System (AACUS) programme demonstration on 13 December by autonomously operating a UH-1 “Huey” helicopter in a series of mission scenarios at USMC base in Quantico, Virginia.

  • Born again: DDG 51 restart on course as Flight III approaches

    With DDG 51 guided-missile destroyer build lines now re-established in two shipyards, attention is now turning to the transition to an evolved Flight III design incorporating the AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar. Christopher P Cavas examines how the US Navy is going back to the future

  • Russia overhauls Hungarian Mi-24s

    Russia is overhauling the Hungarian Air Force’s (HunAF’s) 12 Mi-24D attack helicopters under an agreement signed with Hungary on 31 October. In mid-November, a Russian An-124 transport aircraft took off from Kecskemet Air Base to St Petersburg with an unspecified number of Mi-24s on

  • US Navy sends deep-water team to search for C2-A aircraft

    The US Navy (USN) will deploy a team of deep-water salvage experts to search for the C-2A Greyhound carrier onboard delivery (COD) aircraft that crashed in the Philippine Sea on the way to aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan on 22 November, USN officials said in a statement. While the

  • Brazil hopes to buy, commission UK’s HMS Ocean by June 2018

    The Brazilian Navy is seeking to commission the UK Royal Navy’s HMS Ocean landing platform helicopter (LPH) by June 2018, the navy told Jane’s on 6 December. The navy is authorised to negotiate with the United Kingdom towards a GBP84.6 million (USD113 million) procurement. Prior to

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  • China heads for a step change in naval capabilities

    In recent months there have been a number of indicators that China’s military technology is on the verge of entering an era of innovation, rather than cloning or reverse engineering overseas designs. Andrew Tate considers developments within the naval environment and looks at what may be over the horizon
  • Pacific alliance: US military trade ties in Asia Pacific

    Despite differing views about the success of US President Donald Trump’s administration in engaging with US allies in the Asia-Pacific region, US military trade and technology ties in the region seem to be gaining in strength. Jon Grevatt reports
  • Beefing up the Baltics

    The Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania are increasing their defence budgets and beefing up their armed forces in response to the Russian threat, but still rely on their NATO allies for vital capabilities. Nicholas Fiorenza reports on how the three countries are improving their military effectiveness and how the NATO enhanced Forward Presence strategy is aiding this effort
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  • Singapore Army enhances rocket artillery capabilities

    Singapore Army artillery forces operating the Lockheed Martin M142 227 mm High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) have been given a boost with the fielding of a new and more capable mobile battery command post (CP) as well as the introduction of the company’s Universal Fire Control
  • BAE Systems contracted for RN combat systems support

    Key Points BAE Systems has been awarded a GBP200 million contract to manage, maintain, and refresh the combat management systems, tactical data networks, and shared infrastructures fitted to RN surface ships The JSS2 contract forms part of the MoD’s new Common Support Model, which has
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