• Mali receives four Super Tucanos

    The Malian Air Force formally inducted four Embraer EMB 314/A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft into service during a ceremony attended by President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, it was announced on 11 July. Embraer announced in July 2015 that Mali had ordered six Super Tucanos, but a Brazilian

  • Indonesian Navy to establish new unmanned aviation squadron

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy is establishing a new unmanned naval aviation squadron Formation will initially operate the ScanEagle system that is being provided under a US assistance package The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) is establishing a new

  • SkyGuardian arrives in UK

    A General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI)-owned MQ-9B SkyGuardian became the first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in its class to cross the Atlantic Ocean, when it touched down in the United Kingdom on 11 July. The medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) UAV, which is the baseline for the

  • Portuguese Navy inducts third OPV

    The Portuguese Navy commissioned its third Viana do Castelo-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV), NRP Sines (P 362), on 6 July. NRP Sines and fourth ship NRP Setúbal (P 363) form a second batch of OPVs ordered from a consortium comprising West Sea-Estaleiros Navais and Thales subsidiary EDISOFT

  • RAF looks at UAV swarms

    A UK Royal Air Force (RAF) demonstrator project will examine how swarms of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) could help traditional manned combat aircraft fight in complex and heavily defended airspace. Senior RAF sources told Jane’s that the project was briefed at an industry day in March by

  • Final batch of M109A4 SPHs arrives in Indonesia

    A final batch of 18 M109A4 self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) arrived in Indonesia from Belgium on 9 July at the port of Tanjung Priok in Jakarta, an Indonesian Army (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Darat: TNI-AD) official has told Jane’s . As of 12 July the 155 mm SPHs were still with the

  • Australia to help support Afghan UH-60 Black Hawk helos

    Australia will help support the Afghan Air Force’s (AAF’s) growing fleet of Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk multirole helicopters, Defence Minister Marise Payne announced during the 11–12 July NATO Leaders’ Summit in Brussels. Canberra will provide “around 20 Australian

  • Brazilian Army acquires US armoured wreckers

    The Brazilian Army is acquiring 10 Oshkosh Defense M984-series HEMTT (Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck) 8x8 protected heavy recovery trucks through the US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme. Spares, manuals, training, and technical assistance are also included. The air-transportable

  • Russian military to receive Kurganets-25 IFV in 2019

    The Russian armed forces will receive the first Kurganets-25 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) for trials in 2019, an industry source told Jane's. “JSC Kurganmashzavod has signed state contracts to deliver low-rate initial production batches of these vehicles. The IFV prototypes are being

  • Taiwan seeking to buy M1A2 Abrams MBTs from US

    Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has secured the support of the island’s cabinet to purchase M1A2 Abrams main battle tanks (MBTs) from the United States to replace some of its older M60A3 and M48H CM11 MBTs. A Taiwanese defence official was quoted by the China Times newspaper

  • Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme at risk

    The 2018 report by the UK Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) has downgraded the Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme (WCSP) from amber/red – “successful delivery of the project is in doubt” – in 2017 to red or “unachievable”. The Ajax armoured

  • Turkish 120 mm rifled Weapon Mortar System under test

    The Turkish Aselsan Alkar 120 mm Weapon Mortar System (WMS) has completed initial firing trials installed in the rear of a BMC Vuran 4×4 multipurpose armoured vehicle (MPAV), Jane’s has learnt. Prior to this event, firing trials with the Alkar 120 mm WMS were completed from a fixed

  • US Air Force schedules first flight of attritable XQ-58A UAV for this fall

    Key Points The US Air Force plans a first flight for this fall of its XQ-58A attritable UAV The idea of attritable is affordable but not to the point of so cheap where it is expendable The US Air Force (USAF) will fly this fall for the first time the Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie, an

  • FFG(X) potential growth comes under scrutiny

    The US Navy (USN) moved from an up-gunned Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) new frigate (FF) concept to a more-capable guided-missile frigate (FFG[X]) so the service could better face future threats. However, that potential is now being questioned. Specifically, the ship’s “growth

  • First Estonian minehunter enters refit

    The first of the Estonian Navy’s three ex-UK Royal Navy Sandown-class mine countermeasures vessels (MCMVs), EML Admiral Cowan (ex-HMS Sandown ), arrived at Babcock Shipyard in Rosyth, Scotland, on 3 July, to begin upgrade work as part of the country’s naval minesweeper capacity building

  • India’s Tejas LCA misses deadline to secure final operational clearance

    The developers of India’s Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Mk 1 have missed a 30 June deadline to secure the platform’s final operational clearance (FOC): a development that will further defer the fighter’s induction into the Indian Air Force (IAF). Official sources told

  • Russian tank doctrine evolves to combat modern threats

    Russian tank forces have revealed details of new tank tactics during a battalion tactical exercise held in Voronezh, state news agency RIA Novosti reported on 4 July. The development indicates that tanks will continue to provide firepower in the future battlespace. Elements of the 20th Guards Army

  • RAN grants operational licence for JFD-developed submarine rescue system

    The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and the Australian government have granted an operational licence for a new AUD19.7 million (USD14.7 million) submarine rescue system developed by JFD, the Australian subsidiary of the UK-based company announced in a 3 July statement. The move means that for the

  • Indonesia commissions seventh PC-40-class patrol vessel

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy has commissioned its seventh PC-40-class patrol boat The vessel will bolster security in the Gulf of Youtefa, and along Indonesia’s maritime border with Papua New Guinea The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) has commissioned

  • China’s Yaoying II MALE UAV conducts maiden flight

    China’s Yaoying II (‘Sparrowhawk II’) medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has conducted its maiden flight, the Xinhua news agency quoted its developer, the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), as saying on 5 July. Described as a

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