HEADLINES ARCHIVE

  • Oman inaugurates Pars vehicles

    The Omani Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 21 November that the FNSS 8x8 Pars armoured vehicle has been inaugurated into service in an event attended by army command Major General Mattar bin Salim al-Balushi. The MoD said the Pars was ordered in 2015 after it was selected from a group of

  • India to commission ocean surveillance ship in 2018

    India is set to commission its indigenously designed, missile-tracking ocean surveillance ship (OSS) in 2018 to support the country’s classified strategic weapon and ballistic missile defence (BMD) programmes, official sources have told Jane’s . Designated VC11184 after the yard in the

  • Interview: Jayant Patil, senior executive vice-president for defence, Larsen & Toubro

    Key Points Larsen & Toubro is pursuing major contracts through the Indian government’s new Strategic Partner policy Company sees opportunities to build submarines and armoured vehicles in partnership with foreign manufacturers Larsen & Toubro (L&T) – one of India’s

  • Vance AFB grounds Texan II trainers due to oxygen concerns

    The US Air Force’s (USAF's) 71st Flying Training Wing has grounded its fleet of Beechcraft T-6A Texan II trainer aircraft following a series of physiological events affecting pilots. The temporary suspension of flight activities was announced by Vance Air Force Base (AFB) in Oklahoma on 20

  • US Navy Greyhound airlifter crashes in Philippine Sea

    A US Navy (USN) Grumman C-2A Greyhound carrier onboard delivery (COD) aircraft with 11 personnel on board crashed into the Philippine Sea on 22 November, the service’s 7th Fleet announced. The twin-turboprop transport was en route to the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) aircraft carrier when the

  • PT Palindo launches 110 m OPV for Indonesia’s maritime security agency

    Key Points Indonesia has launched a 110 m offshore patrol vessel for the country’s maritime security co-ordination agency Platform will be the largest ship to be operated by the service, signalling Indonesia’s intention to have a stronger presence in the country’s waters

  • Bangladesh issues tender for light armoured vehicles

    Bangladesh’s Directorate General Defence Purchase (DGDP) has issued a tender for the procurement of an undisclosed number of 4x4 light armoured vehicles (LAVs) to be deployed by the Bangladesh Army (BA) in UN peacekeeping missions. First published on 7 November, the tender states that the

  • Northrop Grumman delivers first operational MQ-4C Triton to the US Navy

    Key Points Northrop Grumman delivers its first operational Triton UAV to the US Navy The company expects to deliver another aircraft by the end of 2017 Northrop Grumman recently delivered the first operational MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to the US Navy facility at Point Mugu,

  • Czech MoD completes tracked armoured vehicle testing

    The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 21 November that it has completed extensive field trials and technical tests of five tracked armoured vehicle platforms begun during the summer. The ministry stated that all platforms have fulfilled the necessary minimum requirements stipulated by the

  • USAF Talon jet trainer crashes

    A Northrop T-38 Talon jet trainer aircraft of the US Air Force (USAF) crashed on 20 November, killing one of the two crew members and injuring the other. The twin-seat jet came down approximately 23 km northwest of its home station of Laughlin Air Force Base (AFB) in Texas. While one of the crew

  • Slovakia receives new version of AMV XP under joint IFV programme with Finland

    Slovakia has received a new version of the Armoured Modular Vehicle (AMV) XP from Patria for the joint programme with Finland to develop an 8×8 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) for the Slovak armed forces, the Finnish company announced in a press release on 17 November. Patria told Jane's on 21

  • China unveils two armed A-Hawk VTOL UAV models

    The state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) unveiled two models of its A-Hawk series of strike-capable, reconnaissance vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at the 12-16 November Dubai Airshow 2017. The multi-rotor A-Hawk I and A-Hawk II UAVs were

  • Chinese navy quietly commissions more ships

    Photographs recently emerged in Chinese online forums suggesting that China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) commissioned its latest Jiangdao-class (Type 056/056A) corvette on 16 November. A local news report posted on the Weixin website about the commissioning of Guangyuan ,

  • Aero completes development of new L-39CW-variant Albatros

    Aero Vodochody has completed development of a new variant of its L-39 trainer and light attack aircraft designated the L-39CW, the company announced on 20 November. The L-39CW involves retrofitting an existing L-39 with a more powerful and more efficient Williams International FJ44-4M jet engine as

  • Another USN Pacific destroyer suffers mishap as tug loses propulsion

    A US Navy (USN) destroyer deployed to the Western Pacific suffered a mishap on 18 November when a Japanese tug lost propulsion and drifted into the ship as the two vessels were drilling together, USN officials said. Guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) was participating in a scheduled

  • Australia’s second Air Warfare Destroyer begins sea trials

    The second Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) on order for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has begun its first phase of sea trials ahead of the ship’s expected delivery to the service in mid-2018. This first phase of sea trials, which will take place over the coming weeks, will test the propulsion,

  • Helibras modernises two helicopters for Brazilian Army

    Helibras, the Brazilian subsidiary of Airbus Helicopters, has completed the modernisation of two more helicopters for the Brazilian Army, the company reported on 20 November. The aircraft, one AS365 Panther K2 and one H125M Fennec, will be returned to the army’s 1st and 2nd Aerial Battalions,

  • Indian Navy to receive first of two submarine rescue systems in March 2018

    The Indian Navy (IN) will receive the first of two submarine rescue systems (SRSs) from UK-based company JFD in March 2018, senior IN officials told Jane’s on 20 November. The INR4 billion (USD62 million) deal for the supply of the two third-generation, 30-tonne SRSs was signed in mid-2015,

  • Proposals submitted for serial production of Altay tank

    Otokar, Nurol Holding-BAE Systems joint venture FNSS, and BMC, which is 49% owned by the Qatari Armed Forces Industry Committee (AFIC), submitted proposals to the Turkish Defence Industries Undersecretariat (SSM) on 16 November for the production of 250 Altay third-generation main battle tanks

  • RAN’s second air defence destroyer begins builder’s sea trials

    The second of the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) three Hobart-class Air Warfare Destroyers (AWDs), Nuship Brisbane, was put to sea on 20 November for builder’s sea trials that will test its propulsion, manoeuvring, control, and navigation systems. The 7,000-tonne ship will

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