• Poland seeks truck-mounted scatterable mine-laying system

    The Polish Armament Inspectorate (AI) announced on 9 May that it is relaunching the Baobab-K programme to develop a vehicle able to scatter mines, with a 6 June deadline for bids. The previous call was cancelled in October 2017 because the AI assessed the development costs at less than a third of

  • Xponential 2018: JetLease calls for UAV leasing model

    A new leasing financial model needs to be developed in order to address the evolution of threats and technology in the unmanned domain according to JetLease, a private aircraft leasing company. Speaking to Jane’s at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International's (AUVSI's) 2018

  • Endeavor Robotics awarded a USD10 million contract to provide the USMC with FirstLook robots

    The US Marine Corps is to receive a number of FirstLook throwable robots from Endeavor Robotics via a USD10 million contract that was awarded in May. The FirstLook is a small, tracked platform that has a flipper system that enables it to right itself and to climb steps – the platform can

  • Rafael advances ‘downscaled’ Trophy APS development

    Rafael Advanced Defence Systems is preparing to test a ‘downscaled’ variant of the Trophy hostile fire detection (HFD)/hard kill active protection system (APS) the last quarter of this year. As part of its final qualification, the downscaled variant will be integrated with

  • Bell expects Czech UH-1Y sale to be concluded shortly

    Bell expects its anticipated UH-1Y Venom utility and assault helicopter sale to the Czech Republic to proceed now that the country’s presidential elections have been concluded. With the sale of 12 helicopters to the Eastern European nation having already been approved by the US government, a

  • NAVSEA releases RFI for future common-hull, multi-mission auxiliary ship

    Key Points The new construction plan includes a domestic common-hull design to replace aging mission-specific sealift and auxiliary ships The navy's 30-year shipbuilding plan envisages funding for the first CHAMP ship in FY 2028 Plans are taking shape in the US Navy (USN) for the procurement of a

  • Portugal plans to induct fifth Stanflex 300 patrol ship

    The Portuguese Navy is planning to put in service the fifth Standard Flex 300 (StanFlex 300) coastal patrol boat it acquired from the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO). The navy is currently taking steps to obtain funding to modernise the ship with communications,

  • Russian Navy deploys Su-30SM fighters to Syria

    A detachment of the Russian Naval Aviation Sukhoi Su-30SM ‘Flanker-H’ combat aircraft has deployed to the Khmeimim Air Base in Syria in the first overseas mission for the service’s newest air supremacy fighter. Two of the jets were first photographed during a media visit to the

  • SOFEX 2018: KADDB showcases Al-Washaq IV APC

    Jordan’s King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) has unveiled the latest version of its Al-Washaq armoured personnel carrier (APC) at the SOFEX 2018 exhibition in Amman, Jordan. The vehicle, designated the Al-Washaq IV, is based on the Japanese Toyota Hilux 4×4 chassis

  • SOFEX 2018: KADDB unveils Al-Wahsh C2 vehicle

    Jordan’s King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) has developed and tested a new variant of its 4×4 Al-Wahsh vehicle configured for the command and control (C2) and riot control role. The new C2 vehicle is derived from standard Al-Wahsh platform but has been modified

  • Y-8 transport aircraft spotted on Subi Reef

    Commercial satellite imagery captured on 28 April has confirmed the deployment of a military aircraft, a Shaanxi Aircraft Corporation (SAC) Y-8 transport, on China’s artificial island at Subi Reef in the contested Spratly archipelago in the South China Sea. The move, which was noted in a 9

  • Bundeswehr buys Puma AE II UAS for maritime tasks

    The Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik, und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw), Germany's Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology, and In-Service Support, announced on 8 May that it had signed a contract with Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH (ESG) on 26

  • Netherlands awards support contracts for armoured vehicles

    Over the last two months, the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded support contracts for its armoured fighting vehicles. Thales announced on 9 May that it had been awarded a six-year in-service support contract for the the Royal Netherlands Army's Bushmaster vehicles. The company has teamed

  • Polish submarine programmme delayed until at least 2022

    Poland will not buy new submarines before 2022, Wojciech Skurkiewicz, secretary of state in the Ministry of National Defense (MND), has said in response to a question from a member of the lower chamber of the Polish parliament, Adam Andruszkiewicz. Skurkiewicz said Poland is currently in the

  • Boeing to produce first KC-46 without post-build modifications this month

    Key Points Boeing will soon produce its first KC-46 that will not require post-build modifications Many of these modifications were related to wiring issues Boeing in May will, for the first time, produce a KC-46A Pegasus aerial refuelling tanker that will not require post-build modifications,

  • Peruvian LPD completes first sea trials

    The first domestically manufactured landing platform dock (LPD) for the Peruvian Navy (Marina de Guerra del Perú – MGP), BAP Pisco (AMP 156), successfully completed its initial sea trials in April, according to a 7 May statement by the Peruvian Ministry of Defence. The trials took place

  • Afghanistan begins Black Hawk operations

    The Afghan Air Force (AAF) flew its first operational mission with its recently acquired Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters on 7 May. The mission, which was disclosed by the 438th Air Expeditionary Wing, saw at least three helicopters fly in support of Afghan provincial elections. The AAF is

  • German Navy to field Puma II UAS

    The German Navy has ordered the AeroVironment (AV) RQ-20B Puma II AE tactical unmanned aircraft system (UAS) under an urgent operational requirement (UOR), the manufacturer announced on 7 May. The hand-launched Puma II AE will provide the service with a persistent intelligence, surveillance, target

  • Brazil prepares Seahawk helos for Atlantico

    The Brazilian Navy will take steps to enable its Sikorsky SH-16 Seahawk multirole helicopter (a local designation for S-70B) to operate from the PHeM Atlantico (A 140) amphibious assault ship (formerly HMS Ocean of the UK Royal Navy) that is scheduled to be commissioned on 29 June. The aircraft was

  • Costa Rica to receive four UH-1H helicopters

    The US government announced on 26 April that it will donate four Bell UH-1H ‘Huey’ helicopters to the Costa Rican government for use by the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública’s Servicio de Vigilancia Aérea (SVA); the air arm of the country. They will mainly be used in the

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