• Australia declares IOC for C-27J fleet

    The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has declared initial operating capability (IOC) for its fleet of Alenia Aermacchi C-27J Spartan transport aircraft. The announcement by the Minister for Defence, Marise Payne, on 16 December that IOC has now been declared marks a major milestone in Australia's

  • Fallon confirms USMC F-35s to join maiden deployment of HMS Queen Elizabeth

    The UK defence secretary confirmed on 15 December previously revealed plans to have the US Marine Corps (USMC) embark aboard the Royal Navy's new Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier on its maiden operational deployment in 2021. The announcement was made by Michael Fallon during a meeting in London

  • GDBIW contracted for continued DDG 51 Flight III design work

    Key Points GDBIW contracted to continue DDG 51 Flight III design and development work The company will be laying down its first Flight III hull in 2017 The US Navy (USN) has awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works (GDBIW) a USD59 million contract for the continuation of DDG 51 Arleigh

  • Metron to advance undersea autonomy for ONR

    The US Office of Naval Research (ONR) awarded Metron Inc, of Reston, Virginia, a USD29.8 million contract to develop advanced autonomy for unmanned undersea vehicles (UUVs) on 14 December 2016. The contract contains options that, if exercised, would bring the total potential value to almost USD34

  • Myanmar commissions transport aircraft, helos

    The Myanmar Air Defence Force (Tatmadaw Lay) commissioned four Airbus Helicopters H120 (formerly designated EC120 B) Colibri helicopters and four Beechcraft 1900D utility transport aircraft in a ceremony to mark the service's 69th anniversary at Meiktila Air Base on 15 December, according to a

  • Poland orders four Regina artillery squadrons from HSW

    Poland has ordered four 'Regina' artillery squadrons from Huta Stalowa Wola (HSW) in the largest contract the Polish Ministry of National Defence (MOND) has placed locally since the country's independence in 1990. Worth PLN4.65 billion (USD1.1 billion) and signed on 14 December, the contract

  • Skeldar trialled with weather measurement payload

    UMS Skeldar has continued in its partnership with ESG, integrating a new payload on board the Skeldar V-200 rotary-wing unmanned aircraft system. Over a two-week period the companies integrated and tested weather measurement sensors on the Skeldar V-200; the sensors were developed under a research

  • South Korea's Hanwha secures Polish K9 export

    South Korean firm Hanwha Techwin has secured a KRW280 billion (USD263 million) contract from Poland to supply its K9 Thunder 155 mm/52-calibre self-propelled tracked howitzer, the company has announced. In a filing to the Korean Exchange on 15 December, Hanwha Techwin said the deal features the

  • US Navy study shows need for 355-ship fleet

    A just-completed US Navy (USN) 2016 Force Structure Assessment (FSA) shows the USN needs a fleet of 355 ships to meet demand and needs, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said, about 14% more than the fleet is slated to have within the next two years or so. The service now has a fleet of 273 ships,

  • US rules out mechanical failure in Osprey crash off Okinawa

    The crash-landing of a Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey aircraft off the coast of Okinawa on 13 December was not the result of mechanical failure, the Jiji Press news agency quoted US Lieutenant General Lawrence Nicholson, commanding general of III Marine Expeditionary Force and Marine Forces Japan, as

  • China to receive first batch of Su-35s from Russia by end of 2016, says report

    China's People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) is set to receive the first four of 24 Russian-made Sukhoi Su-35 'Flanker-E' multirole fighters before the end of 2016, Russia's TASS news agency reported on 14 December. "The first four Sukhoi Su-35s are to fly over to China by 25

  • RFI issued for long-endurance Group 2 UAS for US Marine Corps

    The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has issued a request for information (RFI) for a new long-endurance Group 2 unmanned aircraft system (UAS) for use by the US Marine Corps (USMC). The RFI, posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website on 14 December, is for a 'small' UAS capable of

  • French SSN through-life support arrangements deliver increased availability

    Key Points Nuclear-powered attack submarine through-life support is being delivered by DCNS under a five-year contract (effective as of April 2015) Operational Rubis-class boats are achieving availability levels above 80%, despite the youngest boat now being almost 25 years old The French Navy's

  • Kuwait Abrams tank upgrade package announced

    Kuwait intends to upgrade its fleet of 218 M1A2 Abrams tanks to significantly improve their crews' ability to respond to infantry threats while remaining protected inside the vehicle by adding a remote weapon station (RWS) and a .50-calibre machine gun mounted externally on the main gun. The plan

  • Russia deploys Su-30SM fighters to Kaliningrad

    Russia has boosted the military capabilities located in its Kaliningrad enclave with the arrival on 13 December of the first Sukhoi Su-30SM 'Flanker' combat aircraft to be fielded by the Baltic Fleet. A single Su-30SM, one of the most advanced variants of the Flanker currently to be fielded by the

  • Chile favours Lockheed Martin Canada for frigate midlife upgrade

    Lockheed Martin Canada has been identified as the preferred option to become the main contractor on a midlife upgrade programme for Chile's three British-built Type 23 frigates, sources in Santiago told IHS Jane's . The sources said firms bidding for the contract, potentially worth up to USD1

  • Italy begins receiving new maritime patrol aircraft

    The Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare Italiana: AMI) has received into service the first two of four Alenia ATR 72 maritime patrol aircraft, Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced on 13 December. The twin-turboprop aircraft, designated P-72A in AMI service, are to be used for maritime patrol,

  • Osprey flights suspended in Japan following crash

    The US military has suspended flight operations of its Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotors in Japan after a Marine Corps (USMC) aircraft crashed off the coast of Okinawa on 13 December. The grounding order was reportedly made at the request of the Japanese government following the incident, which

  • BAE Systems rolls out first ACV prototype

    BAE Systems has unveiled the first of 16 prototypes for the US Marine Corps (USMC) Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) 1.1 programme during a 13 December ceremony at the company's facility in York, Pennsylvania. BAE Systems partnered with Italian truck manufacturer Iveco Defence to submit a vehicle

  • Chinese navy commissions two more Jiangdao-class corvettes

    China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) commissioned its 28th and 29th Jiangdao-class (Type 056/056A) corvettes at a naval port in Lianyungang in eastern Jiangsu Province on 12 December, according to the China Military Online website. Baoding (hull number 511) and Heze (hull number 512), named

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