HEADLINES ARCHIVE

  • Supacat and Rheinmetall go Dutch with LRV 400

    Supacat announced on 24 November that is has teamed with Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) to submit its Light Reconnaissance Vehicle 400 (LRV 400) for procurement programmes in the Netherlands and other countries in the region. With a crew of three or four, the LRV 400 is designed to fill

  • Spanish Navy pushes ahead with planning proposals for submarine rescue vessel

    The Spanish Navy is planning to have a new rescue vessel based on its Buque de Acción Marítima (BAM) offshore patrol vessel (OPV) in operation ahead of delivery of the first of its new S-80 Plus-class submarines, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed on 22 November. While no concrete

  • UK Type 45 deployment hit by propeller fault

    The UK Royal Navy (RN) is preparing a replacement warship to take over a high-profile operational deployment in the Middle East after one of its Type 45 destroyers suffered a major propeller shaft failure en route to its task. HMS Diamond is now sailing back to its home port of Portsmouth on the

  • Hope lost of finding Argentine submarine crew alive

    Key Points Reports of an underwater explosion shortly after the last communication with ARA San Juan suggest the boat was lost on 15 November Relatives of the boat’s crew have claimed the submarine had not been properly maintained Hopes of rescuing the 44 crew members from the Argentine

  • UMS Skeldar enhances R-350, undertakes trials

    UMS Skeldar has undertaken a week-long flight demonstration programme of its newly configured R-350 rotary-wing unmanned aircraft system (UAS) with Germany’s Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information technology, and In-Service Support (BAAINBw). The demonstration saw the R-350 used

  • Oman inaugurates Pars vehicles

    The Omani Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 21 November that the FNSS 8x8 Pars armoured vehicle has been inaugurated into service in an event attended by army command Major General Mattar bin Salim al-Balushi. The MoD said the Pars was ordered in 2015 after it was selected from a group of

  • India to commission ocean surveillance ship in 2018

    India is set to commission its indigenously designed, missile-tracking ocean surveillance ship (OSS) in 2018 to support the country’s classified strategic weapon and ballistic missile defence (BMD) programmes, official sources have told Jane’s . Designated VC11184 after the yard in the

  • Vance AFB grounds Texan II trainers due to oxygen concerns

    The US Air Force’s (USAF's) 71st Flying Training Wing has grounded its fleet of Beechcraft T-6A Texan II trainer aircraft following a series of physiological events affecting pilots. The temporary suspension of flight activities was announced by Vance Air Force Base (AFB) in Oklahoma on 20

  • US Navy Greyhound airlifter crashes in Philippine Sea

    A US Navy (USN) Grumman C-2A Greyhound carrier onboard delivery (COD) aircraft with 11 personnel on board crashed into the Philippine Sea on 22 November, the service’s 7th Fleet announced. The twin-turboprop transport was en route to the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) aircraft carrier when the

  • PT Palindo launches 110 m OPV for Indonesia’s maritime security agency

    Key Points Indonesia has launched a 110 m offshore patrol vessel for the country’s maritime security co-ordination agency Platform will be the largest ship to be operated by the service, signalling Indonesia’s intention to have a stronger presence in the country’s waters

  • Bangladesh issues tender for light armoured vehicles

    Bangladesh’s Directorate General Defence Purchase (DGDP) has issued a tender for the procurement of an undisclosed number of 4x4 light armoured vehicles (LAVs) to be deployed by the Bangladesh Army (BA) in UN peacekeeping missions. First published on 7 November, the tender states that the

  • Northrop Grumman delivers first operational MQ-4C Triton to the US Navy

    Key Points Northrop Grumman delivers its first operational Triton UAV to the US Navy The company expects to deliver another aircraft by the end of 2017 Northrop Grumman recently delivered the first operational MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to the US Navy facility at Point Mugu,

  • Czech MoD completes tracked armoured vehicle testing

    The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 21 November that it has completed extensive field trials and technical tests of five tracked armoured vehicle platforms begun during the summer. The ministry stated that all platforms have fulfilled the necessary minimum requirements stipulated by the

  • USAF Talon jet trainer crashes

    A Northrop T-38 Talon jet trainer aircraft of the US Air Force (USAF) crashed on 20 November, killing one of the two crew members and injuring the other. The twin-seat jet came down approximately 23 km northwest of its home station of Laughlin Air Force Base (AFB) in Texas. While one of the crew

  • Slovakia receives new version of AMV XP under joint IFV programme with Finland

    Slovakia has received a new version of the Armoured Modular Vehicle (AMV) XP from Patria for the joint programme with Finland to develop an 8×8 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) for the Slovak armed forces, the Finnish company announced in a press release on 17 November. Patria told Jane's on 21

  • China unveils two armed A-Hawk VTOL UAV models

    The state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) unveiled two models of its A-Hawk series of strike-capable, reconnaissance vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at the 12-16 November Dubai Airshow 2017. The multi-rotor A-Hawk I and A-Hawk II UAVs were

  • Chinese navy quietly commissions more ships

    Photographs recently emerged in Chinese online forums suggesting that China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) commissioned its latest Jiangdao-class (Type 056/056A) corvette on 16 November. A local news report posted on the Weixin website about the commissioning of Guangyuan ,

  • Aero completes development of new L-39CW-variant Albatros

    Aero Vodochody has completed development of a new variant of its L-39 trainer and light attack aircraft designated the L-39CW, the company announced on 20 November. The L-39CW involves retrofitting an existing L-39 with a more powerful and more efficient Williams International FJ44-4M jet engine as

  • Another USN Pacific destroyer suffers mishap as tug loses propulsion

    A US Navy (USN) destroyer deployed to the Western Pacific suffered a mishap on 18 November when a Japanese tug lost propulsion and drifted into the ship as the two vessels were drilling together, USN officials said. Guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) was participating in a scheduled

  • Australia’s second Air Warfare Destroyer begins sea trials

    The second Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) on order for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has begun its first phase of sea trials ahead of the ship’s expected delivery to the service in mid-2018. This first phase of sea trials, which will take place over the coming weeks, will test the propulsion,

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