• US Marine Corps performs Hive Final Mile UAV concept demonstration

    Key Points The USMC spent time testing if small UAVs can autonomously deliver small goods to the field The marines believe this technology could save lives The US Marine Corps (USMC) on 14 March demonstrated a capability it calls Hive Final Mile (HFM) where it wants to autonomously deploy a group

  • Kratos cleared to market Mako ‘unmanned wingman’ internationally

    Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc has been granted approval by the US government to market its UTAP-22 Mako ‘unmanned wingman’ internationally, it announced on 13 March. The US State Department has permitted the San Diego-based company to promote its Mako jet-powered unmanned

  • US Navy Super Hornet crash kills two

    A US Navy (USN) Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet crashed on 14 March with the loss of both crew members. A Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA)-213 aircraft from Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana in Virginia was attempting to land at NAS Key West (Boca Chica Field) in Florida when the incident occurred at about

  • US Army begins process to replace manufactured MH-47G Block 1 Chinooks with Block 2 newbuilds

    The US Army is moving ahead with plans to begin replacing its current remanufactured MH-47G Block 1 Chinook special mission helicopters with newbuild Block 2 platforms. A request for information (RFI) issued by the Aviation Integration Division (AMCOM) on 14 March calls for an initial six newbuild

  • GlobalEye makes maiden flight

    Saab’s GlobalEye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft made its maiden flight from the company’s Linkoping production plant on 14 March. The Bombardier Global 6000 business jet-based platform marked this important milestone just 19 days after this first aircraft for

  • Israeli submarine chief outlines future requirements

    The first of a batch of three new Israeli Navy submarines is expected to be operational in 2030, a senior naval official has told Jane’s . Colonel G (full name withheld), head of the Israeli Navy’s Submarines Department, said he expected the navy to sign a procurement contract with

  • Chilean Air Force confirms delivery timeline for Black Hawk helos

    The Chilean Air Force (Fuerza Aérea de Chile: FACh) has confirmed the service is to receive all of its recently ordered Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk helicopters by the end of this year. The head of the FACH, General Lorenzo Villalón, told Jane’s in early March that the first three of

  • DIMDEX 2018: Qatar orders Bayraktar UAVs

    Qatar’s Reconnaissance and Surveillance Centre (RSC) signed a contract for the procurement of six Bayraktar unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from the Turkish company Baykar Makina during the DIMDEX show held in Doha from 12-14 March. “The six tactical UAVs will be delivered to Qatar in

  • IDF new APC and howitzer acquisitions approved

    Israel’s security cabinet on 11 March approved the mass production of Eitan wheeled armoured personnel carriers (APCs) and the acquisition of a new self-propelled artillery system. “Within a decade, the ground forces will undergo a dramatic upgrade,” Defense Minister Avigdor

  • China beings work on sixth Type 055 destroyer

    Recently captured commercial satellite imagery shows that China has begun construction at its shipyard in Dalian of the sixth Type 055 guided-missile destroyer on order for the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). The imagery shows that the pierside assembly of the first modules for hull 6

  • China to develop new J-20 variants, begin research on ‘sixth-generation’ fighter, says report

    China is looking to develop new variants of the Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group (CAIG) J-20 ‘fifth-generation’ multirole fighter aircraft and is preparing to commence research on a ‘sixth-generation’ fighter, the China Daily newspaper reported on 13 March. Speaking to the

  • Portugal phases out M60A3 TTS MBT

    The Portuguese Army officially phased out its last M60A3 Tank Thermal Sight (TTS) main battle tanks (MBTs) on 13 March. Portugal received a total of 93 M60A3 TTS tanks from US surplus stocks in the 1990s, replacing M48A5s in the Battle Tanks Group (GCC) and the Reconnaissance Squadron of the

  • Brazil to receive surplus Sherpa airlifters from US Army

    Brazil is to receive four Shorts C-23B+ Sherpa tactical transport aircraft that are being sold by the US Army as Excess Defense Articles (EDAs). Under the planned sale, which was announced by the United States Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM) on 13 March, the twin-turboprop airlifters will

  • CNIM readies upgrades for French SPRAT bridging systems

    French company CNIM has been contracted to modernise the French Army’s 10 Système de Pose Rapide de Travure (SPRAT) modular tactical rapid bridge laying systems with a new day- and night-capable situational awareness system and upgraded Système Contrôle Commande (SCC) command

  • DIMDEX 2018: Kongsberg selected for Qatari VBCI turrets

    Kongsberg has been selected to supply turrets and remotely operated weapon systems (ROWS) for the 490 Nexter VBCI 2 vehicles that the Qatari armed forces plan to buy, it was announced during the DIMDEX show held in Doha on 12-14 March. Kongsberg said it would supply Protector ROWS and unmanned

  • Japan commissions first Asahi-class destroyer

    The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) commissioned its first Asahi (25DD)-class guided-missile destroyer in a ceremony held on 7 March in Nagasaki Prefecture. Named JS Asahi (with pennant number 119), the 151 m-long vessel was inducted into the service’s Escort Flotilla 2, based in

  • JMSDF commissions ninth Soryu-class submarine

    The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) commissioned its ninth Soryu-class diesel-electric attack submarine (SSK) in a ceremony held on 12 March in Hyogo Prefecture in central Japan. Named JS Seiryu (with pennant number SS 509), the 84-m-long boat was inducted into the JMSDF's Submarine

  • US delivers ScanEagle UAS to Philippine Air Force

    The Philippine Air Force has received an Insitu ScanEagle unmanned aircraft system (UAS) from the United States, according to statement by the US Embassy in Manila. The system, which includes six unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), was officially handed over to Philippine Secretary of National Defense

  • Bell Helicopter proposes 407GXi, 429 aircraft for TH-57 replacement

    Key Points Bell Helicopter proposes either its 407GXi or 429 aircraft for the USN’s TH-57 replacement The USN expects to buy 107 aircraft Bell Helicopter is poised to offer either its new 407GXi single engine aircraft or its 429 twin-engine helicopter for the US Navy’s (USN’s)

  • DIMDEX 2018: Qatari coast guard orders more Ares vessels

    The Qatari coast guard ordered another nine vessels from Turkey’s Ares Shipyard during the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX) show held from 12 to 14 March. The new order covers three 48 m Ares 150 Hercules offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) and six 24 m Ares

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