• 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,

  • Helibras modernises two helicopters for Brazilian Army

    Helibras, the Brazilian subsidiary of Airbus Helicopters, has completed the modernisation of two more helicopters for the Brazilian Army, the company reported on 20 November. The aircraft, one AS365 Panther K2 and one H125M Fennec, will be returned to the army’s 1st and 2nd Aerial Battalions,

  • Indian Navy to receive first of two submarine rescue systems in March 2018

    The Indian Navy (IN) will receive the first of two submarine rescue systems (SRSs) from UK-based company JFD in March 2018, senior IN officials told Jane’s on 20 November. The INR4 billion (USD62 million) deal for the supply of the two third-generation, 30-tonne SRSs was signed in mid-2015,

  • Proposals submitted for serial production of Altay tank

    Otokar, Nurol Holding-BAE Systems joint venture FNSS, and BMC, which is 49% owned by the Qatari Armed Forces Industry Committee (AFIC), submitted proposals to the Turkish Defence Industries Undersecretariat (SSM) on 16 November for the production of 250 Altay third-generation main battle tanks

  • RAN’s second air defence destroyer begins builder’s sea trials

    The second of the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) three Hobart-class Air Warfare Destroyers (AWDs), Nuship Brisbane, was put to sea on 20 November for builder’s sea trials that will test its propulsion, manoeuvring, control, and navigation systems. The 7,000-tonne ship will

  • Russia launches Borey-A SSBN and begins development of Borey-B

    The first new Borey-A ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) variant for the Russian Navy was launched on 17 November. Three project 955 Borey-class SSBNs are currently in service. The first of the Borey-A variants, Knyaz Vladimir , was laid down in July 2012 in a ceremony attended by Russian President

  • Russia’s A-100 AWACS makes maiden flight

    Russia has flown its first prototype A-100 Airborne Warning And Control System (AWACS) aircraft based on the upgraded Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A (Il-476) airframe, it was announced on 20 November. The A-100 Premier, as the Ministry of Defence (MoD) of the Russian Federation named it, made its maiden

  • US donates transport vehicles to Colombian Navy

    The Colombian Navy received eight Navistar MV7000 vehicles donated by the United States on 17 November. Reportedly worth a total of USD1.3 million, the vehicles can carry up to 24 troops or serve as cargo vehicles with a capacity of five tonnes and feature a ring mount for a machine gun. The platforms

  • USN provides more frigate details to prospective bidders

    Although the cost for the new US Navy frigate (FFG[X]) will be an important consideration, the service will put more weight on other combined ship and programmatic attributes, US Navy (USN) officials told prospective bidders on 17 November. “Non-price factors, when combined, are considered

  • France set to field Griffon 120 mm mortar system

    The French Army will field a mortar-equipped variant of the 6x6 Griffon armoured personnel carrier (APC) fitted with the TDA Armements SAS120 mm 2R2M Recoiling Rifled Mortar (RRM) as part of its SCORPION vehicle recapitalisation programme. The Griffon is officially called the Véhicule

  • Norway receives first AW101 SAR helicopter

    Norway has received the first of 16 AgustaWestland AW101 search-and-rescue (SAR) helicopters, it was announced on 20 November. The helicopter was handed over to the Norwegian Ministry of Justice & Public Security after departing Leonardo’s Yeovil facility in the United Kingdom on 17

  • Portugal to phase out Alpha Jet A

    The remaining six Alpha Jet A training aircraft of Squadron 103 ‘Caracóis’ at Beja airbase will be withdrawn from service in January 2018, the Portuguese Air Force has told Jane’s . The aircraft were used for advanced training and operational conversion to F-16AM/BM fighters.

  • Navantia lays keel for first RAN replenishment vessel

    Spanish shipbuilder Navantia held a keel-laying ceremony for the first of two auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) vessels ordered by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) at its Ferrol yard on 17 November. According to Navantia the launch of the first oiler is planned for the third quarter of 2018, with

  • Over half of Bundeswehr’s Leopard 2 MBTs are not operationally ready

    German media reported on 16 November that only 95 of the 244 Leopard 2 main battle tanks (MBTs) in service with the Bundeswehr are operationally ready. A further 53 vehicles – thought to be Leopard 2A6Ms – are being converted to the new Leopard 2A6M+ standard, and 86 are in a state of

  • Argentina loses contact with one of its submarines

    The Argentine Navy has lost contact with one of its submarines: the TR 1700-class boat ARA San Juan . The last communication with the vessel was on the morning of 15 November and there has been no further news from it since then. The navy has deployed the destroyer ARA Sarandi and the frigates ARA

  • Australia names future replenishment vessels

    The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) future auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) vessels will be named Supply and Stalwart , according to a 17 November statement by Australian Defence Minister Marise Payne. The ships, which will replace the RAN’s current replenishment vessels HMAS

  • Indian Army issues RFI for 60 short-range UAVs

    The Indian Army’s (IA’s) Director General of Artillery has invited responses from local vendors by 28 December to its request for information (RFI) for the development and supply of 60 short-range remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPASs). Issued on 16 November, the RFI states that the

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