• UK receives final Airseeker

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has received into service the third and final L3 Technologies RC-135V/W Airseeker (Rivet Joint) intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft, the company announced on 28 September. The aircraft (ZZ666) is understood to have arrived at its homebase of

  • Upgraded Brazilian Super Lynx makes maiden flight

    The first modernised AH-11B Super Lynx multirole helicopter for the Brazilian Navy made its maiden flight from Leonardo Helicopters’ Yeovil facility in the United Kingdom on 28 September. Leonardo is upgrading eight AH-11As to AH-11B standard under a EUR117 million (USD138 million) contract

  • Northrop Grumman launches Nomad UGV

    Northrop Grumman has rolled out a new unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), designed with independent tracks that enable the system to manoeuvre over obstacles, climb stairs, and handle a 60° incline. Nomad, part of the company’s Remotec Andros line of robots, was built using the US

  • Colombia CIAC finishing local T-27M updates, eyes international work

    The Colombian Aviation Industry Corporation (Corporación de la Industria Aeronáutica Colombiana: CIAC) is nearly finished upgrading the air force’s heavily used Embraer T-27 Tucano trainer aircraft fleet, and next hopes to sell the modernisation work internationally. In 2015 CIAC

  • Aero offers L-159 upgrade

    Aero Vodochody Aerospace announced details of a comprehensive L-159 upgrade during its recent L-39 User Group conference. According to Massimo Ghione, Chief Business Officer, the mid-life upgrade on offer to the Czech Air Force (CzAF) would cover a new ‘fourth generation-plus’ avionics

  • BAE Systems progresses Project Centurion with Brimstone milestone

    BAE Systems has completed a major milestone in its efforts to roll out the Project Centurion configuration for the United Kingdom’s Eurofighter Typhoon force by the end of 2018. Speaking to Jane’s on 28 September, Eurofighter Delivery Director Andy Flynn said the summer flight test

  • Poland issues tender for Bergepanzer 2 upgrade

    Poland has issued a tender to upgrade part of its fleet of 28 Bergepanzer 2 armoured recovery vehicles (ARVs). The Polish Land Forces plan to upgrade eight Bergepanzer 2s to the WZT-BPz (PL) standard in 2018–22, with an option to modernise another 20 ARVs in the same period or after 2022.

  • Reaper operations ramp up in France

    Key Points A French MQ-9 has taken part in 'Serpentex 2017': a JTAC exercise hosted by France in Corsica The MQ-9's participation marks the French Reaper fleet's first real domestically based operation The sole French General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9 Reaper based in France

  • US to provide 6,576 capability expansion kits for M1151A1B1 Humvees in Afghanistan

    AM General has been awarded a USD45.9 million Foreign Military Sale (FMS) contract by the US Army for the procurement of 6,576 capability expansion kits for M1151A1B1 Humvees for the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), the US Department of Defense (DoD) announced on 27 September.

  • CIAC and Colombian Air Force relegate IRIS UAV to a test asset

    Colombian Aviation Industry Corporation (Corporación de la Industria Aeronáutica Colombiana: CIAC) and the Colombian Air Force plan to use their locally developed IRIS unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) prototype as a sort of research system and not take it into production. The state-owned

  • Colombia’s CIAC marketing T-90 initial trainers

    The Colombian Aviation Industry Corporation (Corporación de la Industria Aeronáutica Colombiana: CIAC) is in negotiations to sell its T-90 Calima initial trainer aircraft internationally, after building 25 for the Colombian government. The state-owned CIAC is responsible for maintaining

  • Rila MRAP enters production

    The International Armored Group (IAG) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has confirmed to Jane’s that it has secured an export order for its latest 4x4 Rila mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP) with production already underway. As with all IAG wheeled armoured vehicles, the Rila MRAP has

  • DSEI 2017: UK grounding of Watchkeeper lifted

    The British Army has lifted a grounding order imposed on its Thales Watchkeeper unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) earlier this year after two of the service’s air vehicles were lost in crashes in the Irish Sea. “Watchkeeper is back in the air after we briefly paused flying earlier this

  • COTECMAR begins Colombian Navy’s fifth landing craft, soon to deliver Honduras’ first

    Colombia’s state-run Science and Technology Corporation for the Development of Naval, Maritime, and Riverine Industries (COTECMAR) in mid-September began cutting steel on a fifth landing craft unit for the Colombian Navy, and a first export of the type is due for delivery to Honduras on 1

  • Peruvian Navy designates new flagship

    The Peruvian Navy renamed BAP Montero (FM-53) as BAP Almirante Grau on 26 September, as the platform becomes the fleet’s new flagship. It replaces the previous Grau (CLM-81), a light cruiser that was retired on the same day. The new flagship is a Carvajal-class frigate constructed by the

  • France to buy third PLG for French Guiana

    In the wake of Hurricane Irma in the French Antilles, the French Ministry of Defence has announced that a third French Guianese Light Patrol Boat (Patrouilleur Léger Guyanais: PLG) will be ordered within the coming weeks, with delivery expected as soon as 2019. The vessel will be based in the

  • Indian Navy commissions fourth improved Car Nicobar-class patrol vessel

    The Indian Navy (IN) has commissioned its fourth improved Car Nicobar-class patrol vessel, according to a statement by the Indian government’s Press Information Bureau (PIB). Named INS Tarasa (T 94), the 48.9 m-long ship entered service on 26 September in a ceremony presided over by Vice

  • Ukraine upgrades An-32 transport for BAF

    Ukraine’s SE PLANT 410 CA aircraft repair company has overhauled and upgraded one of the three Antonov An-32 'Cline' turboprop transport aircraft in service with the Bangladesh Air Force (BAF). The aircraft, which had arrived at the plant earlier this month, was handed over to the BAF on 25

  • Australia commissions first Hobart-class air warfare destroyer

    The first of three 7,000-tonne Hobart-class air warfare destroyers (AWDs) was formally inducted into the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) on 23 September and is expected to be ready for operational tasking in late 2018. Attending the commissioning ceremony of HMAS Hobart held at Fleet Base East in

  • Babcock, BMT team as start gun fires for Type 31e programme

    Key Points Babcock and BMT Defence Services have teamed to bid for the UK’s Type 31e frigate programme A RFI to support Type 31e market testing was released on 11 September, with responses due back by 16 October A first teaming for the UK Royal Navy's (RN's) Type 31e frigate programme has

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