• Malyshev to deliver modernised T-84 MBTs to Ukrainian Army for trials

    Key Points A batch of newly modernised T-84 MBTs are to be delivered to the Ukrainian armed forces for trials Assuming the tanks will ultimately be put into series production, they will provide the Ukrainian Army with a much-improved armour capability in the eastern Donbass Ukrainian State

  • Serbia’s first HAPS, new UAVs, unveiled by CTT at SEAS

    The second Southeast Europe Aviation Summit (SEAS), held in Belgrade, Serbia, on 8 and 9 March, saw the unveiling of three new innovative unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) currently under development by Belgrade-based Composite Technology Team (CTT). Chief among these was a high-altitude pseudo

  • US Navy pursuing commercial aircraft for TH-57 replacement programme

    Key Points The US Navy wants to procure a commercial aircraft to replace its TH-57 trainer helicopter The service is starting to lay the groundwork for this competition The US Navy (USN) will acquire commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) aircraft as part of its effort to replace its Bell Helicopter

  • Brazil expects to receive first KC-390s this year

    The Brazilian Air Force will receive its first two serial-production Embraer KC-390 multi-mission aircraft in the second half of 2018, the company told Jane’s on 8 March. The aircraft will initially be fielded by the newly established Kilo Group from Wing 2 located at Anápolis in the

  • US Army signs for additional Lakota helos

    The US Army has signed for a further 35 Airbus Helicopters UH-72A Lakota training and support platforms to add to the more than 400 already delivered. A USD273.3 million contract for the additional civil variant EC145 helicopters was announced by the Department of Defense (DoD) on 8 March. The

  • Kazakhstan plans to acquire additional Su-30SM fighter aircraft, says report

    Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) is planning to procure additional Sukhoi Su-30SM multirole fighter aircraft from Russia, according to a 6 March report by Russian news agency TASS. “Within the framework of the agreement on military-technical co-operation with the Russian

  • Turkey to equip MBTs with APS for operations in Syria

    Key Points Turkish MBTs operating in Syria are receiving an active protection system developed by Aselsan The system is believed to be a development of the Ukrainian Zaslon-L system Turkish main battle tanks (MBTs) operating in Syria’s Afrin region as part of the Turkish armed forces’

  • Pentagon faces major cost increase on F-35 Block 4 modernisation

    Key Points The Pentagon is facing a major potential F-35 Block 4/C2D2 cost increase This could add between USD6.9 billion and USD12.5 billion more to the Pentagon’s most expensive platform The Pentagon is facing a cost increase for what was known as Block 4 modernisation of the Lockheed

  • Brazilian Army eyes US SuperCobra helicopters

    The Brazilian Army has contacted the US government to inquire about possibly buying surplus US Marine Corps (USMC) Bell AH-1W SuperCobra attack helicopters, the army told Jane’s . No government-to-government talks have yet been scheduled. The United States recently announced plans to sell

  • Indonesia confirms A400M acquisition plan

    The Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU) has confirmed its plans to procure the Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A400M transport aircraft. The service announced on 7 March that it is to acquire two aircraft to support the civil government in transporting supplies

  • Pakistan says it downed another Indian surveillance UAV

    The Pakistani military announced on 6 March that its army troops shot down what it claimed was an Indian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that illegally entered Pakistani airspace across the line of control (LoC) in the disputed northern region of Kashmir. Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the

  • CH-53K marks heavy-lift milestone

    The Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion has passed a further developmental milestone, with the announcement on 7 March of the first external lift of a 36,000 lb (16,329 kg) load. During the event, which took place at the Sikorsky Development Flight Center in Florida, the CH-53K lifted the single-hooked

  • AeroVironment contracted to supply Puma AE UAS to Middle East customer

    AeroVironment (AV) has been awarded USD44.5 million to supply its RQ-20B Puma II AE unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to a Middle East contract, the company announced on 6 March. The contract, which is the largest such award so far received by AV, is for an unnamed “major” Middle Eastern

  • AMISOM now operating Aerostar UAVs

    The United States formally handed over an unmanned aerial intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) system to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) on 26 February. The event took place at the Baledogle (Bahle Dogli) airfield in Lower Shabelle region. A US Department of State

  • New Zealand’s ANZAC-class frigate arrives in Canada for upgrades

    Key Points New Zealand’s lead ANZAC frigate has arrived in Canada to undergo sensors and weapons upgrades Improvements aim to extend platform’s operational life to around 2030 The Royal New Zealand Navy’s (RNZN’s) first-of-class ANZAC (Meko 200) frigate, HMNZS Te Kaha (F

  • Greece to acquire ex-US Mark V speedboats

    Greece is to acquire four Mark V Special Operations Craft (SOC) through the US Excess Defense Articles (EDA) programme, Greek media reported on 2 March. The EDA arrangement, worth USD8 million, is expected to see the transfer of the speedboats to the Hellenic Navy’s elite special warfare

  • Kazakhstan puts Barys through its paces

    Kazakhstan has finished putting the Barys 8 8x8 infantry fighting vehicle through a harsh winter testing programme, Jane’s has been told. During the trials, which began in December 2017, the vehicle undertook a range of factory acceptance tests in conditions that saw the temperature drop to

  • PAF equips SAR squadron with AW139 helicopter, says report

    The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has equipped its No 88 search-and-rescue (SAR) squadron with the AgustaWestland AW139 multirole twin-engine helicopter, according to a 3 March report by the Associated Press of Pakistan (APP). Citing a PAF press statement, the state-owned media outlet also reported that

  • Russian airlifter crash in Syria claims 32

    A Russian transport aircraft crashed in Syria on 6 March with the loss of all 32 on board, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed. The Antonov An-26 ‘Curl’ twin-engined turboprop came down while attempting to land at Humaymim air base on the Syrian coast, killing the 26 passengers and

  • ADF takes delivery of first tranche of WFEL’s rapidly deployable military bridges

    The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has taken delivery of the first tranche of WFEL’s rapidly deployable military bridges, including an undisclosed number of Dry Support Bridges (DSBs) and Medium Girder Bridges (MGBs) as part of the Land 155 Enhanced Gap Crossing Capability Project for the

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