• Maiden flight for Japanese EC-2 ELINT aircraft

    An electronic intelligence (ELINT) variant of the Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) C-2 transport aircraft made its maiden flight on 8 February. The milestone for the ELINT C-2 was not announced officially by the manufacturer, but was marked by images and video of the event posted online. Designated

  • Incumbent Oshkosh chosen to build US Army’s new FMTV A2 trucks

    The US Army has selected Oshkosh to build its new Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) A2 variant. Incumbent Oshkosh was awarded a firm, fixed-price requirements production contract reaching up to seven years, with an initial USD476.2 million value, according a 7 February army statement. The

  • M109A7 Paladin moves forward from poor test results

    The M109A7 Self-Propelled Howitzer (SPH) and Carrier Ammunition Tracked (CAT) resupply vehicle struggled during official Pentagon testing, and now may not be ready for planned full-rate production in fiscal year 2018. The M109A7 vehicles are based on a Bradley infantry fighting vehicle chassis,

  • Singapore Airshow 2018: Singapore Technologies unveils 6x6 Jaeger UGV

    Singapore Technologies Kinetics has revealed a 6x6 variant of its Jaeger multirole unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) at the Singapore Airshow 2018. The skid-steer, all-terrain vehicle (ATV) weighs 730 kg and can carry a payload of 250 kg. Power is provided by a hybrid-electric propulsion system

  • Israel to expand Heron TP fleet

    The Israeli Air Force (IAF) has expanded its fleet of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Heron TP medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), the manufacturer announced on 7 February. As noted by IAI, the additional platforms will feature new undisclosed capabilities.

  • Singapore Airshow 2018: Sino-Italian JV develops Spider 103 UAV

    Collective Wisdom Technology Co Ltd, a new Sino-Italian joint venture (JV), displayed at the Singapore Airshow 2018 exhibition a new rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with potentially a wide array of defence, search-and-rescue, and other security-related applications. Called Spider 103, the

  • Myanmar Air Force to receive more Yak-130 aircraft

    Following the induction of a first tranche of six Yakovlev Yak-130 ‘Mitten’ advanced jet trainer/light attack aircraft into the Myanmar Air Force (MAF) in December 2017, Russian sources have confirmed that a second batch of six platforms of the type will be delivered to the force later

  • Mystery surrounds Algeria’s three ISR Gulfstream 550s

    Mystery continues to surround the Algerian Air Force’s USD1.1 billion deal for three intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR)-configured Gulfstream 550 aircraft. The contract, brokered by the Algerian armed forces’ Joint Chief of Staff, General Ahmed Gaid Salah, was signed

  • Poland to acquire Integrator STUAS

    Poland is to acquire the Insitu RQ-21A Blackjack small tactical unmanned aircraft system (STUAS), most likely to replace the smaller ScanEagle systems it already fields. A Foreign Military Sale (FMS) notification for systems related to the Integrator was posted by the US Naval Air Systems Command

  • Slovenia selects Boxer

    Slovenia’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has selected the Boxer 8x8 vehicle as the basis for two new mechanised infantry battlegroups. A ministry announcement on 2 February detailed how the vehicle was selected for procurement through the Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation (OCCAR) Boxer

  • Two more Gepard frigates enter service with Vietnamese navy, says report

    Two more Russian-built Modified Gepard 3.9 (Project 11661E)-class guided-missile frigates have entered service with the People’s Army of Vietnam Navy (PAVN), according to a report by Russian news agency TASS, bringing the number of such frigates operated by the service to four. “The

  • 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

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