• Nigerian Air Force to develop armed UAV

    The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) plans to indigenously develop an armed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), Chief of the Air Staff Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar announced during a 15 February ceremony held to mark the induction into service of the Tsaigumi UAV. The Tsaigumi is “just a stepping stone to

  • Romanian government approves purchase of HIMARS, corvettes

    Romania’s commitment to raise its defence budget to the NATO-stipulated target of 2% of GDP has led to the new Romanian government approving on 15 February the procurement of a number of previously requested US-sourced land systems – notably artillery rocket systems – as well as

  • Russia set to finalise TOR-M2DT SHORAD testing

    Russia is set to begin final qualification of the TOR-M2DT (9K331MDT) Arctic short-range air defence (SHORAD) system. Initial test firings of the TOR-M2DT were planned for 15 February at Kapustin Yar test site in Astrakhan Oblast, with the system scheduled to enter serial production and Russian

  • Brazilian Army to upgrade last M113Bs

    The Brazilian Army has authorised its commission in Washington, DC, to amend a previous Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) in order to now modernise the service’s entire fleet of M113B armoured carriers. Modernisation kits, provided by BAE Systems, for the last 150 vehicles will be ordered

  • JetLease, Arista Aviation join for UH-60A rebuild and sale

    JetLease and Arista Aviation have revealed that they have combined to provide ex-US Army Sikorsky UH-60A Black Hawk helicopters to the second-hand market. While the initial agreement was signed about two years ago, the companies have only just revealed details of the arrangement, which involves

  • Sweden to reintroduce ASW 600 anti-submarine grenade launcher

    The Royal Swedish Navy (RSwN) is to return the ASW 600 Elma anti-submarine grenade launching system to frontline service as part of efforts to bolster its anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities. According to Sweden’s Defence Materiel Administration (FMV), the ASW-600 Elma systems –

  • Turkey deploys upgraded M60Ts to Afrin

    Turkey has deployed upgraded M60T main battle tanks (MBTs) for its Operation ‘Olive Branch’ against Kurdish fighters in the Afrin region of northwest Syria. Images taken on the Turkish side of the border near Afrin in mid-February show a number of M60Ts equipped with laser warning

  • Two IAF pilots die in aircraft crash in northeast India

    Two Indian Air Force (IAF) pilots died on 15 February when their Pipistrel Virus SW 80 Garud ultralight aircraft crashed in the northeastern Indian state of Assam during a routine sortie. The incident took place at about 1200 h (local time) after the aircraft took off from Air Force Station Jorhat,

  • Second batch of South Korea’s K2 MBTs to be equipped with foreign transmission system

    The second batch of 100 Hyundai Rotem K2 (Black Panther) main battle tanks (MBTs) on order for the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) will feature a locally developed engine and a foreign-made transmission system, South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on 7

  • Belgium joins multinational MRTT programme

    On the first day of the NATO defence ministers’ meeting in Brussels on 14–15 February, Belgium joined the European programme to acquire a multinational unit of Airbus A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft. It joins lead nation the Netherlands and Luxembourg, which launched the

  • European MALE RPAS passes further developmental milestone

    The multinational European Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance (MALE) Remotely-Piloted Air System (RPAS) has passed its System Requirements Review (SRR), the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) announced on 14 February. The milestone, which took place in January, initiates the second

  • Iranian admiral says ships will get point defence systems

    Iranian naval vessels will receive the Kamand point defence system before the end of the current Persian year on 20 March, Rear Admiral Ali Kaviani told reporters on 14 February. The Fars and Tasnim news agencies both cited the admiral as saying that the Kamand had now passed all tests and would

  • NATO adds Canada and Poland to multinational maritime multimission aircraft effort

    Canada and Poland have become the latest NATO members to sign up to the development of a future maritime multimission aircraft (MMA), the alliance announced on 15 February. The two nations join France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, and Turkey in the multinational effort to develop a replacement

  • Order for T-14 MBTs, T-15 heavy IFVs for extended trials confirmed by Russian MoD

    An order placed by the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) for two battalions of T-14 main battle tanks (MBTs) and a battalion of T-15 heavy infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) has been confirmed by the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD).

  • Portugal to field US military MRAPs in Afghanistan

    The US military will provide Portugal with 22 Oshkosh Defense M-All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) 4x4 and Navistar Defense MaxxPro mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles (MRAPs) for Afghanistan, the Portuguese Army told Jane’s on 14 February. An army source said 22 vehicles will be temporarily

  • US Navy contracts Boeing to begin conformal fuel tank work for Super Hornet Block 3

    Boeing has been contracted to design, develop, test, and integrate conformal fuel tanks (CFTs) for the US Navy’s (USN’s) fleet of F/A-18E/F Super Hornet combat aircraft. The contract, announced by the Department of Defense (DoD) on 14 February, is valued at USD219.6 million and will run

  • Singapore Airshow 2018: ST Kinetics unveils Weaponised Probot

    ST Kinetics, the land systems and specialty vehicles division of Singapore Technologies (ST) Engineering, revealed at the Singapore Airshow 2018 exhibition a weaponised unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) designed to perform reconnaissance and combat missions in support of dismounted troops or armoured

  • China launches third Type C13B corvette for Bangladesh Navy

    China’s Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group has launched the third of four Shadhinota-class (Type C13B) corvettes on order for the Bangladesh Navy (BN), according to a news report published on the sina.com website. The launch ceremony for the 90 m-long warship – with pennant number F113

  • Turkish PM: no evidence that attack helicopter was shot down in Syria

    There is no evidence that the Turkish T129 ATAK helicopter that crashed in Syria’s Afrin region on 10 February was shot down, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on 14 February. Yildirim added that the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) investigation had not been

  • Bulgaria issues flight training tender

    The Bulgarian Ministry of Defence published a tender on 31 January for a 48-month framework agreement for ab initio and basic flight training. The BGN2.53 million (USD1.59 million) procurement is for four twin-seat piston-engine light training aircraft to provide at least 400 hours each of visual

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