• Kazakh navy commissions first Project 10750E minesweeper

    Kazakhstan's navy has commissioned its first Russian-built Lida (Project 10750E)-class mine countermeasure (MCM) vessel. Named Alatau , the 32 m-long vessel entered service with the Kazakh Naval Forces (KNF) during a ceremony held on 1 June in Aktau, a city located on the east bank of the Caspian

  • SVOS unveils S80 tactical vehicle

    Czech Republic-based armoured vehicles specialist, SVOS displayed publicly for the first time a new light tactical vehicle at IDET 2017 in Brno. The S80 vehicle has been developed by the company in cooperation with China's BAIC Group [Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co., Ltd.]. Project-related

  • General Dynamics unveils two new LAV support variants

    General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada (GDLS-C) unveiled two new Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV) variants at the annual CANSEC conference in Ottawa from 31 May to 1 June. The LAV 6.0 Combat Support Vehicle- Ambulance (CSV-A) and the LAV 6.0 Combat Support Vehicle- Maintenance and Recovery (CSV-MR) are

  • India begins sea trials of second Scorpène submarine

    India has begun sea trials for the second of six Kalvari (Scorpène)-class diesel-electric attack submarines (SSKs) built under licence by French company DCNS. The submarine, which has been named Khanderi , sailed out from Mumbai Harbour on 1 June, according to an official statement issued by

  • USN accepts delivery of new Ford aircraft carrier

    Key Points Ford was delivered to the USN five days after completing its acceptance trials USN leadership noted cyber security would be a priority with Ford 's new digital systems The US Navy (USN) accepted delivery of the first-of-class future nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford

  • India’s first Scorpène boat completes final tests and readies for commissioning

    The Indian Navy (IN) will imminently commission into service the first of six licence-built French Kalvari (Scorpène)-class diesel-electric submarines, according to the navy’s chief of staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba. “INS Kalvari is going through the final phase of trials and we are

  • German Navy weighs up Lynx replacement options

    The German Navy is currently studying options for the programme to replace the service's AgustaWestland Lynx Mk 88A helicopters, which are primarily used as shipboard helicopters operating from frigates. Speaking at the UDT 2017 conference in Bremen, Germany, Commander René Levien, a German

  • UDT 2017: Italy confirms plans for four new submarines

    Key Points Italy to buy four more submarines, giving a force level of eight boats The boats will be an evolution of its current U212A hulls The Italian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed plans to procure four new submarines. The navy will now maintain its current force level of eight boats,

  • Czech army acquires Perun special operations vehicle

    The Army of the Czech Republic (ACR) has acquired a new 4x4 special operations vehicle for its 601st Special Forces Group, Jane's has learnt at the IDET 2017 exhibition being held in Brno from 31 May to 2 June. Developed by SVOS Prelouc to meet the specific requirements of the army special forces,

  • IAF confirms both Su-30 MKI pilots died in crash

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) has confirmed that the two pilots aboard a Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter that crashed in northeastern India on 23 May died in the accident. An analysis of the fighter's flight data recorder and other objects recovered from the crash site - located 60 km north of Tezpur Air

  • Thales details Spy'Ranger UAS delivery to France

    Thales will deliver the first batch of Spy'Ranger fixed-wing mini unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) to the French armament procurement agency Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA) late in 2018, the company's product line manager of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), Pascal Sécretin told

  • Colombian Navy receives new riverine patrol craft

    The Colombian Navy (ARC) has received a new LPR 40 MK II riverine patrol craft, which was delivered by the Colombian Science and Technology Corporation of Naval, Maritime, and Riverine Industry Development (COTECMAR). The vessel, christened ARC Río Cusiana , was delivered at the company's

  • Kamov talks of developing Ka-62-based naval helicopter

    JSC Kamov, a subsidiary of Rostec's Russian Helicopters holding, has alluded to developing a naval version of its latest Ka-62 utility helicopter, the prototype of which made its maiden flight on 25 May. "We do not see a problem with it," said the company's general designer, Sergei

  • US Navy completes C-130T upgrade

    The US Navy (USN) has completed an engine control and cockpit upgrade programme for its fleet of Lockheed Martin C-130T Hercules transport aircraft, the service announced on 30 May. The last of the C-130T Electronic Propeller Control System and Engine Instrument Display System (EPCS/EIDS)

  • Pakistan receives seven Sea King helicopters from UK

    The Pakistan Navy (PN) has received the seven surplus Westland Sea King multirole helicopters it ordered from the United Kingdom in 2016, according to a statement by the High Commission of Pakistan in London. The platforms were officially handed over on 24 May in a ceremony attended by Pakistan's

  • Austal delivers second Cape-class patrol boat to RAN

    Austal has delivered the second Cape-class patrol boat to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), the Australia-based shipbuilder announced in a 29 May statement. Cape Inscription is one of two offshore patrol vessels of the class being leased to the RAN to meet the service's border protection commitments.

  • Belarus expands UAV offering

    A number of new unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and variants were presented at the MILEX 2017 exhibition, which took place in Minsk from 20-22 May. They included a new version of the United Arab Emirates' Adcom Systems Yabhon Flash-20 medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) UAV known as the Belar

  • Greek Mirage crashes into sea, pilot rescued

    An Hellenic Air Force Dassault Mirage 2000 combat aircraft crashed into the Aegean Sea on 29 May, with the pilot later being rescued. The Mirage 2000EGM-variant fighter came down into the sea off the island of Skopelos while engaged in air-to-air combat training. The pilot from 332 Squadron, 114

  • Indonesian marines begin operating Ukrainian-made BTR-4M APCs

    A battalion of the Indonesian Marine Corps (Korps Marinir: KORMAR) has officially begun operating the five Ukrainian-made BTR-4M 8x8 amphibious armoured personal carriers (APCs) delivered by SpetsTechnoExport in January, the Ukrainian state arms export agency announced on 26 May. "From early

  • Malaysia Coast Guard inducts 30 mm naval gun system on first NGPC

    The Malaysia Coast Guard has successfully inducted the SMASH 30 mm remote-controlled stabilised naval gun system on its first-of-class New Generation Patrol Craft (NGPC) KM Bagan Datuk (4541). According to a statement on 30 May by the system's manufacturer Aselsan, the weapon completed its harbour

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