• Brazil to begin first submarine’s integration

    Shipbuilder Itaguaí Construções Navais (ICN) will begin integration work on the first Riachuelo-class S-BR diesel-electric submarine for the Brazilian Navy on 20 February, according to a navy source. Brazilian President Michel Temer is expected to attend the event. Integration of

  • Eighth FREMM frigate floated

    The eighth FREMM multimission frigate, the Normandie, was floated in Naval Group’s building dock in Lorient on 1 February, the French shipbuilder announced in a press release the same day. Naval Group said it was on schedule to deliver six FREMMs ordered by the Organisation for Joint Armament

  • Argentina restarts talks with Naval Group for Gowind OPVs

    The Argentine Navy has been given the green light to restart and complete negotiations with French shipbuilder Naval Group, formerly DCNS, to procure four Gowind-class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs). The decision to return to negotiations came after a recent meeting between Argentine President

  • Paramount upgrading Middle Eastern EC635 helos with modular FLASH weapon system

    South African company Paramount Group is fitting its Flexible Light Armed System for Helicopters (FLASH) onto Airbus Helicopters EC635 (H135M) platforms ahead of delivery to an undisclosed Middle Eastern customer. Speaking at the IQPC International Military Helicopter conference in London on 31

  • Thailand’s future submarines to have a mix of Chinese, western weapons

    Key Points Thailand is likely to have a mix of Chinese and western-made weapons across its future fleet of three submarines Move is reminiscent of a similar arrangement made for the country’s China-made Naresuan-class frigates, which can deploy advanced western weapon systems The Royal Thai

  • CHF sets out Merlin aerial refuelling ambitions

    The UK Commando Helicopter Force (CHF) has a requirement and a desire to reconstitute the latent air-to-air refuelling (AAR) capability of its AgustaWestland Merlin HC4/4A troop transport and assault helicopters, but currently lacks to funds to do so, a senior service official told Jane’s on 1

  • US Navy awards Bell-Boeing USD70 million contract for CC-RAM MV-22 work

    The US Navy (USN) on 30 January awarded Bell-Boeing JPO a contract modification worth nearly USD70 million to upgrade three MV-22 aircraft from the Block B to Block C configuration in support of the V-22 Common Configuration-Readiness and Modernization (CC-RAM) effort, according to a Pentagon

  • Argentine Air Force working to get its Fightinghawks flying again

    Commodore Fernando Rubio, head of Air Force Brigade V, said on 26 January that he would work towards recovering McDonnell Douglas A-4R Fightinghawk aircraft for service, although it is unclear if funding exists to return the type to service. Two years ago Argentina’s Fightinghawks were

  • Leonardo reveals new ‘weapons-wing’ for Lynx Wildcat

    Leonardo has revealed a new weapons-carriage wing for the AW159 Lynx Wildcat helicopter to be used by the Royal Navy (RN). The new stub-wing to replace the current pylons fitted to the RN’s 28 Lynx Wildcat HMA2 maritime helicopters was shown for the first time at the IQPC Military Helicopter

  • Japan outlines submarine modernisation efforts

    An effort that was initiated by the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) to modernise its undersea warfare capabilities in 2012 is on track to deliver the planned fleet of 22 diesel-electric submarines required for the country’s defence needs by the early 2020s called for under the

  • Safran to lead ‘Furious’ project

    France’s Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA) has contracted Safran Electronics & Defense to consider the future integration of unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) into the wider Scorpion soldier modernisation programme. Project ‘Furious’ will comprise a

  • US Coast Guard evaluating ScanEagle ocean surface anomaly detector payload

    The US Coast Guard (USCG) is assessing and evaluating a payload on its fleet of Insitu ScanEagle tactical unmanned aerial systems (UASs) that takes photos of the ocean surface, checks for anomalies, and alerts the aircraft’s operator for further investigation, according to a key official.

  • India launches third Scorpène-class submarine

    India’s Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) has launched the third of six Kalvari (Scorpène)-class diesel-electric attack submarines (SSKs) being licence-built for the Indian Navy (IN). Named Karanj , the 67.6 m-long boat entered the water on 31 January at the Naval Dockyard in

  • Pakistan evaluating new attack helicopter options

    The Pakistan Army is looking at procuring a new attack helicopter type to enhance its current capabilities as part of a wider modernisation of its rotary-winged assault capabilities. Speaking at the IQPC Military Helicopter conference in London, the commander of Pakistan Army Aviation, Major

  • Belgium eyes Predator B derivative for MALE UAS requirement

    The Belgian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has decided upon which aircraft it would like to fill the Air Component’s medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aircraft system (UAS) requirement, Jane’s has learned, and according to sources this will be a derivative of General Atomics

  • RCN’s Asterix interim support ship completes trials

    The Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) interim support ship, MV Asterix , completed trials, was formally accepted by the Department of National Defence, and entered full operational service with the RCN. Asterix concluded a period of sea trials that included replenishment at sea and aviation

  • Ecuadorian Army gets first new H125 helicopter

    On 22 January the Ecuadorian Army commissioned a single Airbus Helicopters H125 light utility helicopter, the first of two such aircraft that Ecuadorian Army Aviation is to receive. The aircraft are being provided under an insurance compensation scheme, signed with Airbus Helicopters in November

  • India issues RFI for aerial refuelling aircraft for third time

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has invited responses by 30 March from three overseas manufacturers regarding the supply of six aerial refuelling aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF) after two earlier attempts to acquire the platforms were scrapped. In a request for information (RFI)

  • Jordan completes Black Hawk deliveries

    The Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) has received into service its final batch of new Sikorsky S-70 Black Hawk helicopters, the US Embassy in Amman announced on 28 January. Delivery of the final UH-60M-standard platforms aboard a US Air Force (USAF) Boeing C-17 Globemaster III strategic airlifter

  • Boeing continues T-45 SLEP effort with Phase 2 contract

    Boeing has been contracted to undertake the second phase of service-life extension programme (SLEP) of the US Navy’s (USN’s) fleet of T-45 Goshawk jet trainer aircraft, it was announced in late January. The original equipment manufacturer (OEM) has been awarded USD12.6 million by the

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