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  • Mexico receives final Panther helo

    The Mexican Navy has received into service its tenth and final AS565 MBe Panther helicopter during a delivery ceremony at Airbus Helicopters in Marignane on 6 December, the manufacturer announced. The final two helicopters were handed over on schedule, some three years after the order was placed in

  • Pakistan’s KSEW launches 600-tonne patrol vessel for PMSA

    Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works Limited (KSEW) has launched a 600-tonne maritime patrol vessel (MPV) on order for the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA), according to a statement by the state-owned shipyard. The 68.5 m-long multi-mission ship, which was launched on 5 December in

  • Serbia increases defence spending, plans new procurements

    Serbia’s defence budget will be increased by RSD11.6 billion (USD114 million) or 19.7% to RSD70.5 billion in 2018. The percentage increase is even larger – 23.6% – if calculated in euros. It is planned to invest RSD13.2 billion in the modernisation of the Vojska Srbije (Serbian

  • Singapore Armed Forces advances air-land strike capabilities with ‘Forging Sabre’ 2017

    Key Points The Singapore Armed Forces is conducting Exercise ‘Forging Sabre’ 2017, a large scale air-land integration and live-fire exercise in Arizona The exercise will also test and validate a range of new capabilities for the army and air force The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is

  • Syria claims improved performance against Israeli strikes

    The Syrian military has claimed it shot down five Israeli missiles on 1 and 4 December. The state Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) cited an informed source as saying that Israel launched 12 surface-to-surface missiles at a military site in Damascus province at 0030 h on 1 December; two were shot down

  • Thales, Cotecmar renew partnership

    France’s Thales announced on 5 December that it had renewed its partnership agreement with Colombian naval firm Cotecmar at the Expodefensa 2017 trade show. According to a statement released by Thales, the two companies are building on an agreement first signed in 2015, and will focus on the

  • VPK unveils BTR-82V APC

    Russia’s Voyenno-Promyshlennaya Kompaniya (Military Industrial Company, VPK) has developed the BTR-82V armoured personnel carrier (APC), a company representative told Jane’s. “The BTR-82V APC was developed under terms of reference issued by the Rosgvardiya [Russia’s National

  • Analysis: Wings over the ocean – US Navy charts future course for carrier aviation

    Key Points Having been the sole preserve of the F/A-18 Hornet-series combat aircraft for more than a decade, the tactical air support element of the USN's CAWsis set to be joined in the coming years by the F-35C Lightning II at what is to be a pivotal point in the service's aviation history. When

  • Brazilian government authorises purchase of UK’s HMS Ocean

    Brazil’s Ministry of Defence on 1 December authorised the navy to begin efforts to purchase the UK Royal Navy’s HMS Ocean landing platform helicopter (LPH). The Brazilian Navy requested this authorisation in early 2017 after a decision to retire its NAe São Paulo aircraft carrier,

  • First AAF pilots of UH-60 Black Hawks graduate

    Six Afghan Air Force (AAF) members became the first-ever AAF pilots of UH-60 Black Hawk utility helicopters after graduating from aircraft qualification training on 20 November, according to a 4 December statement by the US Air Force (USAF). "I am happily announcing that today [20 November] a

  • Indonesia equips pilots with GECO Air mission planning system

    The Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU) has issued pilots of its frontline combat and trainer aircraft with Graphical Electronic Cockpit Organiser (GECO) Air mission planning tablet, manufacturer Inzpire announced on 5 December. With a contract having been

  • Brazil launches effort to modernise Cascavel ARVs

    The Brazilian Army on 1 December approved guidelines for a project to modernise its EE-9 Cascavel 6x6 armored reconnaissance vehicle (ARV), which is armed with a turreted 90 mm Cockerill Mk2 low-pressure gun. Several cavalry units field 409 Cascavels (comprising 157 Mk IIs, 37 Mk VIs, and 215 Mk

  • Improper radar operation cited in USS Champlain collision

    The 9 May collision between USS Champlain (CG 57) and South Korean fishing vessel Nam Yang 502 might have been avoided if the bridge watch team aboard the US Navy (USN) guided-missile cruiser had maintained a proper radar track, according to a USN memorandum on the mishap. “Watch team members

  • Common by design: Norway and Germany partner to evolve next-generation Type 212CD submarine

    The Norwegian government’s desire to reap the benefits of a common submarine design has provided the catalyst to a long-term strategic partnership with Germany. Richard Scott reports On 2 February this year the Norwegian government decided to pursue a strategic co-operation with Germany

  • KMW proposes European Leopard 2 fleet

    German armoured vehicle producer Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) has proposed the creation of a European main battle tank (MBT) fleet. The company proposes in the 24 November issue of the German defence newsletter Griephan Briefe upgrading obsolete versions of its Leopard 2 MBTs from various countries

  • Korea Aerospace Industries set to launch MRO firm

    Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has confirmed plans to establish a company dedicated to providing maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services. Speaking at a press conference on 1 December, KAI’s newly appointed CEO Kim Jo-won said the MRO subsidiary would be officially launched in early

  • Senegal receives two more refurbed Mi-24s

    Poland’s WZL-1 military aviation company delivered on 30 November the last two of three Mil Mi-24 helicopters that it has repaired for Senegal. The two helicopters were loaded on an Antonov Airlines An-124-100 transport aircraft for shipment to Dakar, the company announced. The first Mi-24 was

  • US risks losing advantage in space to China and Russia, warn top Pentagon officials

    The US advantage in space over countries such as China and Russia is being eroded, and the US military “must move faster to maintain a lead in this critical warfighting domain”, the Department of Defense (DoD) in Washington quoted Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and General

  • USAF selects Tyndall AFB to home new Reaper wing

    The US Air Force (USAF) is to locate a new wing of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) at Tyndall Air Force Base (AFB) in Florida, the service announced in late November. The new wing will comprise 24 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs),

  • USN secretary looks to spark more R&D

    The US Navy (USN) needs to “expedite” research and development (R&D) to match similar efforts made by adversaries, Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer said on 4 December at the Defense Forum Washington. Spencer said he has tasked his acquisition team with jumpstarting R&D, and

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