• European MALE UAV flies under satellite control for first time

    Leonardo and its partner Thales have conducted the first satellite-controlled flight of a European medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE)-class unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The milestone, announced on 23 May, involved an unmanned Piaggio Aero P.1HH Hammerhead aircraft demonstrate the ability to be

  • KADEX 2018: Russia unveils Il-76MD-90AE airlifter

    Russia’s aerospace industry has unveiled the export version of the Ilyushin Il-76MD-90AE heavy airlifter at the KADEX 2018 defence show being held in Astana, Kazakhstan, on 23–26 May. The Il-76MD-90AE is fitted with a 321 m 3 cargo compartment. With a maximum take-off weight of 210

  • Launch of third Chinese Type 927 acoustic surveillance ship confirmed

    Commercial satellite imagery captured on 3 May confirms that China has launched its third Type 927 acoustic surveillance ship. The 90 m-long vessel is the second one to enter the water at the Huangpu shipyard near the southern city of Guangzhou, with another one being launched about two months ago

  • China building pier at Djibouti base

    China has begun to rapidly construct a pier at its military base in Djibouti, confirming earlier reports that it would build a dock at the facility. Satellite imagery shows construction began sometime after 30 April and extended more than 330 m into the sea by 20 May. It is being constructed by

  • KADEX 2018: Russia presents export version of BMPT

    The Russian defence industry is presenting the export version of the BMPT Terminator fire support vehicle at the KADEX 2018 defence show being held in Astana, Kazakhstan, on 23–26 May. The Terminator has a combat weight of 47 tonnes and its powerplant produces a maximum road speed of 65 km/h

  • Saab secures FMS deal to supply Sea Giraffe AMB radar to Philippines

    Saab Defense and Security USA has been contracted by the US Naval Sea Systems Command to supply two Sea Giraffe AMB G-band shipborne radar systems for a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) case between the US government and the Philippines. Sea Giraffe AMB – designated as AN/SPS-77(V) by the US Navy

  • Slovakia procures domestically produced Zuzana 2 155 mm SPHs

    The Slovak government on 23 May approved a Ministry of Defence (MoD) request for a EUR175 million (USD206 million) procurement of 25 ShKH Zuzana 2 155 mm self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) for the Slovak armed forces. The MoD will award the contract to Slovak defence company Konstrukta-Defence, with

  • Sweden to upgrade MS20-standard Gripen C/Ds

    Saab has been awarded SEK224 million (USD26 million) to upgrade systems on the Swedish Air Force (SwAF’s) fleet of Gripen C/D combat aircraft. The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) contract, announced by the company on 23 May, involves enhancements to the current

  • UK parliamentarian proposes putting retired Type 23 frigates in ASW reserve

    A UK member of parliament, Mark Francois, has proposed that the Royal Navy’s Type 23 anti-submarine warfare (ASW) frigates be placed in a war reserve when they are retired, instead of being sold or scrapped. The proposal was made to Secretary of Defence Gavin Williamson during a 22 May

  • Upgrades alone won't preserve technological edge, says USSOCOM chief

    The head of the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) has warned that upgrades to legacy technologies currently in service with US special operations forces (SOF) will not be enough to maintain the tactical advantage over adversaries in future operations. Addressing delegates at the annual SOF

  • Saudi spokesman confirms Turkish ship attacked off Yemen

    The Iranian-backed Yemeni rebel group Ansar Allah (Houthis) was responsible for an attack on the Turkish-flagged bulk carrier Ince Inebolu , Colonel Turki al-Maliki, the spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition, announced on 21 May. The ship was carrying wheat from the Russian Black Sea port of

  • US to grant new hardware to Brazil

    The United States is to donate 120 M198 155 mm towed howitzers, 200 M577A2 armoured command post vehicles, and six M88A1 armoured recovery vehicles (ARV) to the Brazilian Army as excess defense articles (EDA). If the transfer is approved, letters of offer and acceptance will be signed with the

  • Brazil launches Tucano modernisation programme

    The Brazilian government is analysing proposals for the modernisation of 50 Embraer T-27 Tucano trainer aircraft flown by the air force’s Academia da Força Aérea military aviation school. The modernisation will be focused on the cockpit, replacing the analogue instruments with

  • KADEX 2018: Barys 6 breaks cover as KPE launches new systems

    Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE) has unveiled the Barys 6 ahead of the opening of the KADEX defence exhibition in Astana on 23 May. The new vehicle is a winterised variant of Paramount Group’s Mbombe 6, and is fitted with a 2A42 30 mm cannon in a turret taken from the BTR-82A. While

  • Australia launches third and final Hobart-class Air Warfare Destroyer

    Australia has launched the third and final Hobart-class Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) on order for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Named Sydney (with pennant number 42), the 146.7 m-long ship entered the water on 19 May in a ceremony presided over by Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett at the

  • Japan orders third Hibiki-class ocean surveillance ship

    Japan’s Mitsui E&S Shipbuilding has received an order from the Ministry of Defense (MoD) in Tokyo to build a third Hibiki-class ocean surveillance ship for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), an MoD spokesperson told Jane’s on 21 May. The SWATH (small waterplane area twin

  • Libyan National Army takes delivery of ex-Irish OPV

    The Libyan National Army (LNA), which controls much of eastern Libya, welcomed a new flagship for its naval forces on 17 May when the ex-Irish offshore patrol vessel (OPV) Aisling arrived in the port of Benghazi. The LNA released a video showing the vessel is now named Al-Karama (Dignity) after the

  • Nexter orders first batch of 40 mm CTAS for Jaguar

    Nexter has ordered the first batch of 40 mm Cased Telescoped Armament Systems (CTAS) from CTA International for France’s Jaguar 6x6 armoured fighting vehicle (AFV), Pierre Clouvel, president of the Nexter–BAE Systems joint venture, said on 18 May. The order for 110 CTAS was placed

  • Update: Indonesia formally accepts first Apache helos

    Indonesia has formally received into service the first Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters that arrived in-country in late 2017. An acceptance ceremony for the first three of eight helicopters on order was held at the Army Aviation Centre (Puspenerbad) at Lanud Ahmad Yani Semarang in

  • Konstrukta Defence unveils new 8×8 Eva self-propelled gun system

    Slovakia’s Joint-Stock Company Konstrukta Defence has showcased the new 8×8 variant of its Eva 155/52 mm calibre self-propelled gun-howitzer, which is also known by its export designation of Truck Mounted Gun (TMG). The latest 8×8 TMG – which is jointly developed by Konstrukta

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