• SNC pitches Force Hawk as USAF Huey replacement

    Sierra-Nevada Corporation (SNC) has joined Boeing and Lockheed Martin in pitching a solution for the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) UH-1N Huey Replacement Program, the company confirmed to Jane’s on 28 October. The Nevada-based is to pitch upgraded surplus UH-60 Black Hawks for the

  • Leonardo and Lockheed Martin confirm Czech helo interest

    Leonardo Helicopters and Lockheed Martin have confirmed their commitment to competing a future medium multirole helicopter requirement for the Czech Republic, following the recent announcement that the US government has cleared the potential sale of the Bell UH-1Y Venom to the country. Both

  • Vietnam’s third Gepard frigate arrives home

    Key Points Vietnam’s third Gepard 3.9-class frigate has arrived in-country Platform will significantly improve the country’s anti-submarine warfare capabilities A third Russian-built Modified Gepard 3.9 (Project 11661E)-class guided-missile frigate ordered for the People's Army of

  • Details of Sweden’s 120 mm Mjolner development emerge

    Manned firing trials of the prototype/demonstrator of BAE Systems Hagglunds’ CV90 twin 120 mm Mjolner mortar system are now underway and it is expected that the Critical Design Review (CDR) will take place by the end of 2017, which will lead to the design freeze and allow production to

  • Scandal surrounds refit of Russian spy vessel

    A criminal case has now been filed in regard to a major servicing of the Kurily , one of seven Vishnya class Project 864 intelligence ships. These ships were originally built in the 1980s at the Stocznia Pólnocna shipyards in Gdansk, Poland. The ship is used for radio interception of

  • China’s Sunic-Ocean targets regional maritime security roles with SU-H2M UAV

    Sunic-Ocean System Tech (Sunic-Ocean), a Qingdao-based research and development company specialising in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and autonomous flight control systems, has completed development of its SU-H2M vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) UAV, Jane’s has learnt. The SU-H2M

  • Yunzhou-Tech unveils M80B USV

    Zhuhai-based Yunzhou Intelligence Technology (Yunzhou-Tech), a company specialising in the design and manufacture of unmanned surface vehicles (USVs), has unveiled a new oceanographic survey USV development at the Ocean Sciences and Technology Exhibition held in the port city of Qingdao. Developed

  • China's J-20 fifth-gen fighter moves into series production

    Key Points The CAC J-20 fifth-generation fighter will soon move into series production, according to a CCTV report The type may be brought into service before achieving FOC The Chengdu Aerospace Corporation (CAC) J-20 ‘fifth-generation’ multirole fighter will soon enter series

  • Sri Lanka Coast Guard inducts Vikram-class OPV from India

    The Sri Lanka Coast Guard (SLCG) has inducted its first Vikram-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV). The 74.1 m vessel, which has been named Suraksha with pennant number 60, was commissioned into the SLCG on 21 October at a ceremony in Colombo port. Suraksha was previously in service with the Indian

  • Jordan takes delivery of ex-Dutch F-16s

    The first six of 15 F-16 multirole fighters that the Netherlands has sold to Jordan were flown out of Volkel Air Base by Jordanian pilots for their new home at Al-Azraq Air Base on 25 October, the Dutch Ministry of Defence announced on the following day. It said the aircraft had undergone software

  • UK looks to Typhoon upgrade package

    UK air force chiefs have re-organised efforts to upgrade their fleet of Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft ahead of an expected decision on whether to buy EuroRadar Captor-E active electronically scanned array (AESA) radars later this year. Jane’s has learned that the Royal Air Force (RAF) has set

  • Strazh fire support vehicle breaks cover

    Ukraine’s Zhytomyr Armored Plant unveiled its new Strazh (Sentinel) fire support vehicle at the Arms and Security Exhibition 2017 in Kiev. According to company representatives, the vehicle is due to enter trials with the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence this year and it is hoped that an order

  • Russian Navy to build third Yantar intelligence ship

    The head of the Russian Ministry of Defence Directorate of Deep Water Research, has revealed that a third Project 22010 intelligence ship is to be built at Yantar shipyard in Kaliningrad. Construction will begin in 2020, following the completion of the second in class, Almaz , in 2019, according to

  • QinetiQ inducts Firejet target to CATS service

    QinetiQ has introduced the Kratos Defense and Security Solutions’ MQM-178 Firejet aerial target into the Combined Aerial Target Service (CATS) provided to the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD). A first Firejet target sortie was flown by QinetiQ at the end of September. Two MQM-178 targets were

  • Israel lifts Apache grounding

    Israel has lifted a grounding order for its fleet of Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopters that was imposed following a fatal crash earlier this year. The Israeli Air Force (IAF) on 23 October announced that it had the day before begun a “gradual return” to flight operations for its 23

  • RAN to receive first heavy-fuel-powered S-100 Camcopters by end-2017

    The first heavy-fuel-powered versions of the Schiebel S-100 Camcopter rotary-winged unmanned aircraft system (UAS) will be delivered to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) – the vehicle’s launch customer – by the end of 2017, Schiebel’s Australia sales representative, Phil

  • First French C-130J rolls out

    The first of four Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules transport aircraft for the French Air Force was rolled out from the Marietta production facility in Georgia on 20 October. The aircraft was rolled out in front of the cameras for the first time after being painted in national colours and markings.

  • PacStar readies compact networking systems for USMC NOTM effort

    PacStar has been selected to provide the US Marine Corps (USMC) with a small, modular, networking on-the-move (NOTM) capability for tactical vehicles. In addition, the company will provide its 400-Series products to the US Army for the expeditionary tactical communications programme. Jeff

  • Turkey to start testing satcom control of Anka-S UAV

    Turkey’s domestically developed Anka-S unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is scheduled to begin satellite communications (satcom) control tests as the last step before the completion of acceptance testing. Unlike the two Anka-A and single Anka-B prototypes already built by Turkish Aerospace

  • US clears Venom sale to Czech Republic

    The potential sale of Bell UH-1Y Venom utility and assault helicopters to the Czech Republic has been approved by the US State Department, it was announced on 23 October. The Foreign Military Sale (FMS), which is valued at USD575 million, covers 12 helicopters, mission equipment, spares, support,

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