• India commissions 12th Car Nicobar-class patrol vessel

    The Indian Navy has commissioned its 12th Car Nicobar-class patrol vessel. The platform, which has been named INS Tillanchang with pennant number T 92, was commissioned on 9 March in a ceremony presided over by the navy's Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Naval Command, Vice Admiral Girish

  • NATO's CMRE highlights challenges in bringing unmanned systems into underwater domain

    Navies face several challenges in introducing unmanned systems into the underwater environment, Dr Kevin LePage, principal scientist and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) programme manager at NATO's Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE), told the TDN UK 'Underwater Defence and Security'

  • Polisario receives new armoured vehicles

    Algeria has recently supplied new armoured vehicles to the Polisario Front, according to Moroccan press reports. With extensive Algerian support, the Polisario Front resisted Morocco's 1976 annexation of most of the western Sahara until a ceasefire came into effect in September 1991. The Moroccan

  • Bell reveals FCX-001 future helicopter concept

    Bell Helicopter has unveiled a new concept helicopter to help develop 'safer, smarter, and more efficient' rotorcraft solutions of the future. Artist impressions of the FCX-001, as the concept aircraft is known, were revealed at the HAI HELI-EXPO event taking place in Dallas in early March.

  • Singapore retires Fearless-class patrol boat in preparation for LMV induction

    Key Points Singapore has begun decommissioning its Fearless-class patrol boats Class will be retired to make way for the republic's new Littoral Mission Vessels The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has decommissioned the 55 m Fearless-class patrol vessel, RSS Independence (87), after 19 years of

  • Iran reveals Saba-248 domestically developed helo

    Iran has unveiled what it purports to be a new domestically developed and manufactured helicopter, national media announced on 7 March. The Saba-248, which was reportedly designed and built by Iran's Helicopter Renovation and Logistics Company (PANHA) in partnership with the Defence Ministry's

  • Afghan Air Force Super Tucano crashes in US training accident

    An Afghan Air Force (AAF) Embraer-Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft crashed during a training sortie in the United States on 6 March, the US Air Force (USAF) announced. The twin-seat turboprop came down in a residential area of southern Georgia. Both crew

  • MDHI reveals new MD 6XX platform

    MD Helicopters Inc (MDHI) revealed its new MD 6XX platform for military and civil applications at the HAI HELI-EXPO event in Dallas on 6 March. An image posted on MDHI's official Twitter page showed the MD 6XX to be a derivative of the company's MD 600N helicopter, but with a conventional tail

  • More details of Russia's Bumerang emerge

    Russia has released additional details of its latest Bumerang (Boomerang) family of wheeled 8x8 armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs) that are the long-term replacement for the currently deployed BTR-80 8x8 amphibious armoured personnel carrier (APC). The Bumerang chassis has the designation VPK-7829,

  • Stratobus demonstrator set for 2018 launch

    Thales has secured contracts with a number of military customers for preliminary studies of its Stratobus airship project, with the company preparing to launch a demonstrator of the system next year. The company describes Stratobus as being halfway between an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and a

  • Syrian MiG-23 crashes on Turkish territory, pilot recovered

    The Syrian pilot of an MiG-23 fighter belonging to Syria that crashed on 4 March near the Turkish town of Samandag in Hatay province, close to the Syrian border, is undergoing treatment at a Turkish hospital. Meanwhile, the Turkish military invited a Russian team to join an examination on the

  • Thales readies AUSS for operations in 2019

    Thales' Autonomous Underwater and Surface System (AUSS) will be available for naval use in late 2019 and negotiations are underway with several possible customers, according to company representatives. AUSS is an electrically powered hybrid unmanned system, capable of both surface and underwater

  • Hungarian company presents MALE UAV

    Hungarian unmanned aerial system house Da21-Dron presented the DA 120, a multi-purpose medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (MALE UAV), at the 2017 Security and Defence-industry Conference and Exhibition held on 28 February in Budapest. Like other UAVs developed by the company,

  • Indian Navy decommissions aircraft carrier INS Viraat

    The Indian Navy (IN) decommissioned INS Viraat (ex-HMS Hermes), its 57-year-old 24,300-tonne Centaur-class aircraft carrier, on 6 March. The naval ensign and commissioning pennant aboard Viraat were lowered for the last time in a ceremony held in Mumbai, ending the carrier's almost 30-year-long

  • Sudan reveals new Khatim variants

    Sudan's Military Industry Corporation (MIC) has developed two further versions of the Khatim armoured personnel carrier (APC) - the Khatim-3 and Khatim-4. Khatim-3 (DCA05) is a self-propelled anti-aircraft gun (SPAAG) and is essentially the standard Khatim APC with the roof modified to accept the

  • Danish Seahawks near IOC

    Key Points The RDN is completing final training and integration work to clear its MH-60Rs for deployment, but isn't expecting to have full capability until 2019 Denmark has ordered nine MH-60Rs and intends to have a continuous helicopter deployment available in the North Atlantic Commander Claus

  • Probot put through its paces with US Army

    Roboteam's Professional Robot (Probot) unmanned ground vehicle has undertaken trials with the US Army at Fort Benning, Georgia. The company is pitching Probot as a potential solution for the army's Squad Multipurpose Equipment Transport (SMET) programme. The trials represented the first time that

  • Jamaica commissions new Damen vessels

    Two new naval platforms for the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Coast Guard were named and commissioned during a ceremony at the JDF Coast Guard headquarters in Port Royal, Kingston, on 28 February. HMJS Cornwall and HMJS Middlesex are Stan Patrol 4207 vessels produced by Damen Shipyards Group. This

  • RAN's first air warfare destroyer completes sea acceptance trials

    The first of three Hobart-class air warfare destroyers (AWDs) on order for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has successfully completed 21 days of sea acceptance trials off the coast of South Australia. According to a 6 March press release by the AWD Alliance, the consortium responsible for building

  • Sudan upgrades BRDM-2 scout car

    Sudan's Military Industry Corporation (MIC) has developed and tested an automotive upgrade for the BRDM-2 4x4 amphibious scout car. BRDM-2 is normally powered by a GAZ-41 V-8 water-cooled petrol engine developing 140 hp coupled to a manual transmission. This gives a maximum road speed of up to 100

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