• Romania’s new defence minister outlines plans for locally built submarines

    Romania is progressing plans to equip its navy with new submarines under a modernisation programme intended to take effect in 2020, the country’s new defence minister has said. "We want to present to the Supreme Council of National Defense and to parliament a new medium- to long-term

  • USCG to deploy cutter to East China Sea

    The US Coast Guard (USCG) plans to deploy a national security cutter (NSC) to the Western Pacific in the coming year to help build better relations with smaller maritime nations, enhance security, and provide another tool to signal US commitment to the region. “In the East China Sea

  • Iran's Mohajer 6 armed UAV goes into production

    Iran held a ceremony on 5 February to mark the start of mass production of the new Mohajer 6 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). Five Mohajer 6s were displayed during the event, which was attended by Defence Minister Amir Hatami and Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour, the commander of the Islamic

  • Brazil to upgrade fewer frigates

    The Brazilian Navy will only modernise combat management systems (CMSs) on three Niterói-class frigates, instead of six as previously planned, an industry source told Jane’s . Privately-owned local company Consub Defesa e Tecnologia was awarded a contract to upgrade the SICONTA Mk II CMS

  • Colombia to acquire oceanographic vessel for Antarctic expeditions

    The Colombian Navy (Armada de la República de Colombia: ARC) intends to buy an oceanographic vessel with polar capabilities, Admiral Ernesto Duran, the ARC commander, announced on 5 February. A 24 January Ministry of Defence statement revealed plans to construct Colombia’s first

  • Singapore Airshow 2018: Indonesia studies options for four AEW&C aircraft

    Key Points Indonesia has begun studying available options for the air force’s AEW&C requirements The formal acquisition programme is expected to materialise in the 2020–2024 timeframe The Indonesia Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU) is drawing up

  • Singapore Airshow 2018: Thailand enters ‘pre-contract’ negotiations for three MPA

    Key Points Thailand and Indonesia are in advanced negotiations over the acquisition of three maritime patrol aircraft Platforms will improve Thailand’s maritime surveillance capabilities in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) and Indonesian state-owned

  • Slovakia launches new fighter procurement study

    The Slovak Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 2 February that it would undertake a study to examine the feasibility of bids submitted by the Swedish and US governments, both of which are offering new fighter aircraft to replace obsolete Russian-made MiG-29s currently in service with the Slovak

  • USAF cites improperly functioning oxygen generation system for T-6 physiological issues

    Key Points The USAF believes a malfunctioning oxygen system is to blame for T-6 physiological issues The service grounded its trainer aircraft in response and an officer said this impacts pilot training The US Air Force (USAF) believes a malfunctioning oxygen generation system and its lack of

  • Russian submarine production secured until 2027

    Russia’s State Armaments Programme 2018-27 foresees the construction of submarines until 2027, the deputy defence minister has said. Yuri Borisov on 31 January visited nuclear submarine builder JSC PO Sevmash, part of United Shipbuilding Corporation on the implementation of the State Defence

  • SpaceX successfully debuts Falcon Heavy

    SpaceX on 6 February debuted its Falcon Heavy rocket with a successful launch at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The company successfully landed the two side core boosters on land simultaneously. The third centre core booster was to land on an unmanned barge in the Atlantic Ocean, but

  • Team Polaris unveils unmanned MRZR X, eyes international sales

    Team Polaris for the first time displayed its optionally manned MRZR X vehicle at an Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) conference on 6 February, after the vehicle was selected as one of four participants for the US Army’s Squad-Multipurpose Equipment Transport

  • Turkey receives first pair of Anka-S UAVs

    The Turkish Air Force Command received its first two Anka-S unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and their related systems, Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) announced on its website on 3 February. Six Anka-Ss can be simultaneously controlled beyond line-of-sight via satellite through an operation,

  • Singapore Airshow 2018: China’s Star Shadow stealth UAV aims to fly in 2019

    Star UAV System Co Ltd, a Chengdu-based developer of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), has unveiled its export-oriented Star Shadow unmanned air vehicle (UCAV) concept at the Singapore Airshow 2018. Specifically designed as a low-observable and highly survivable surveillance and strike platform, the

  • Taiwanese Black Hawk medevac helicopter goes missing

    A Taiwanese UH-60M Black Hawk medevac helicopter carrying six people has gone missing off the southeastern coast of Taiwan after picking up a patient on Orchid Island. The platform, operated by the National Airborne Service Corps (NASC), vanished from radar screens shortly after 23:48 h (local

  • AHRLAC development moves ahead with PDM milestone

    South Africa’s Paramount Group announced on 6 February that its AHRLAC factory had ramped up to full production, as a production-ready model of the aircraft with new features has undergone testing and demonstration. The production development model (PDM) builds on the company’s testing

  • ANG flies CFT-equipped F-15C for the first time

    The US Air Force (USAF) has flown a Boeing F-15C Eagle air defence fighter fitted with conformal fuel tanks (CFTs) for the first time, the manufacturer announced on 5 February. An aircraft from the Louisiana Air National Guard’s (ANG’s) 159th Fighter Wing conducted the maiden flight of

  • First Russian jet shot down in Syria

    A Russian Aerospace Force Sukhoi Su-25 was shot down by a manportable air defence system (MANPADS) over Syria’s Idlib province, the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed on 3 February. “The pilot was able to report ejection from an area controlled by Jabhat al-Nusra [fighters].

  • Singapore Airshow 2018: South Korean aerobatic aircraft crashes

    A Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) T-50B Golden Eagle from the Republic of Korea Air Force’s (RoKAF’s) Black Eagles aerobatic team has crashed while taking off for a flying demonstration programme at the Singapore Airshow. According to a notification from the Civil Aviation Authority of

  • China launches ninth Dongdiao-class AGI

    The ninth Dongdiao-class (Type 815/815A) intelligence collection ship (AGI) on order for the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) was launched on 3 February at the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai. The number of China's AGIs is increasing significantly. The first Dongdiao-class vessel (a

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