• Bell Helicopter preps for V-280 ground test

    Key Points Bell Helicopter is preparing for a ground test of its V-280 tiltrotor prototype The ground test is an important milestone in an aircraft’s development Bell Helicopter will soon perform its initial ground run, an important milestone in the development of its V-280 Valor tiltrotor

  • Croatia to arm OH-58D helicopters with Hellfire missiles

    On 7 September, the government of Croatia approved funding to purchase AGM-114 Hellfire missiles for the Croatian Air Force. The missiles will arm the 16 recently acquired Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters donated to Croatia by the United States. A down payment for the Hellfires is expected

  • DSEI 2017: ASMAR completes basic engineering for new icebreaker, gears up for construction

    Chile's state-run shipyard ASMAR is nearing completion of the design and basic engineering of a new icebreaker for the Chilean Navy. The new Polar PC5 ice-class Antarctic support ship, dubbed Antártica 1 , is intended to replace the Chilean Navy’s Type 1200 survey ship Contre-Almirante

  • DSEI 2017: Dragonfire laser turret makes its public debut

    A full-scale turreted version of the Dragonfire laser weapon demonstrator being built for the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) was unveiled for the first time at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2017 exhibition in London. The system is being developed under the GBP30 million

  • DSEI 2017: Leidos moves fulfilment centre forward

    Key Points Leidos is working on implementation of a major outsourced UK defence logistics contract The contract represents a significant outsourcing of logistics tail, and will help the company move into larger support programmes for the Ministry of Defence Leidos is in the process of bringing

  • DSEI 2017: Leonardo signs up for ASDOT bid with Discovery Air, Inzpire

    Leonardo announced on 12 September that it was to join the team led by Discovery Air and Inzpire to pitch for the Royal Air Force’s (RAF's) aggressor training programme. A Leonardo spokesperson told Jane’s that the company would be looking to be involved in the contract delivery and

  • DSEI 2017: Oxbotica details vision-based navigation system

    UK-based robotics and automation company Oxbotica has detailed a vision-based navigation system used to enable navigation for automated vehicles in GPS-denied environments. Speaking to Jane’s at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI), Oxbotica CEO Graeme Smith said that the

  • DSEI 2017: Rheinmetall presents Gladius 2.0 soldier system for first time

    Rheinmetall’s Gladius 2.0 soldier system saw its debut at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2017. This latest version of Gladius results from broader export requirements than the Future Soldier - Expanded System (Infanterist der Zukunft - Erweitertes System: IdZ-ES) in

  • DSEI 2017: Roketsan targets Eastern Europe

    Turkey’s Roketsan is moving to target opportunities in Eastern Europe, and is looking at building on its position as a key supplier to Raytheon’s Patriot ground-based air defence (GBAD) system, company representatives have told Jane’s . Poland has been a potential market for the

  • DSEI 2017: UMS Skeldar launches lease deal for V-200 UAVs

    UMS Skeldar – the joint venture (JV) between Saab and UMS Aero – chose the opening day of London’s Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2017 exhibition on 12 September to launch a leasing product for its V-200 rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in combination

  • DSEI 2017: US Army eyes future autonomous capabilities for field commanders

    New technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) have prompted a new look at the tactics, techniques, and procedures for US ground forces, Dr Robert Sadowski, chief of robotics for the US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center

  • US Army aims to buy more Lightweight Carl Gustaf rifles

    The US Army is preparing to buy more shoulder-fired recoilless Carl Gustaf weapons to meet current operational needs. On 30 August the army announced it "intends to solicit, negotiate, and award a sole source contract to Saab Dynamics" for 84 mm Lightweight Carl Gustaf rifles in support

  • Zambia inaugurates L-15 training centre

    Zambia's President Edgar Chagwa Lungu officially opened a new training centre at Lusaka Air Abase to support the Zambian Air Force's new HAIC L-15 jets, it was announced on 5 September. In a statement posted on his Facebook page, Lungu described the new facility as a "cutting edge,

  • UK lays down markers for Type 31e frigate

    Key Points The Type 31e design philosophy is of a standard ‘core’ platform offered with a matrix of ‘adaptable’ options to meet potential export requirements A design and build contract award is planned for early 2019 following a fast-track competition Details released by

  • Airbus flies HForce weapons system on H145M helo

    Airbus Helicopters announced on 8 August the first flight of an H145M fitted with the company’s new HForce Generic Weapon System (GWS). The flight, which took place at the company’s Donauwörth facility in southern Germany at the end of August, saw the twin-engined helicopter fly

  • First flight for French Phénix MRTT

    The first of an expected 12 Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A330-200 MultiRole Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft made its maiden flight on 7 September, the company announced. The aircraft, which is the first of nine to be contracted with three more under option, made its 3 h 25 min maiden flight from

  • Iraqi F-16 and pilot lost in training accident

    An Iraqi Air Force (IqAF) Lockheed Martin F-16IQ Fighting Falcon combat aircraft was lost in a training accident on 5 September, killing the pilot. The single-seat fighter crashed while training in the United States with the Arizona Air National Guard’s 162nd Wing, based in Tucson. The US

  • M1 Abrams tanks progress towards new enhancement package

    General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) and the US Army are progressing with two upgrade efforts for M1 Abrams main battle tanks (MBTs), including prototype work towards a new enhancement package. The company was awarded a contract to design, develop, and integrate “multiple engineering changes

  • South Korea launches ninth and final KSS-2 attack submarine

    South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has launched the Republic of Korea Navy's (RoKN's) ninth KSS-2-class (Type 214) diesel-electric attack submarine. The 1,800-tonne Sin Dol-Seok was launched on 7 September in a ceremony held at the HHI shipyard in Ulsan, according to an RoKN

  • Indian Army Advanced Light Helicopter crashes in Ladakh region

    Several Indian Army (IA) personnel, including two generals, survived with only minor injuries the crash of their Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) on 5 September in India’s Himalayan region of Ladakh.  Officials said the IA’s twin-engine ALH, which is built by state-owned

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