• UAC on course to complete MiG-35 trials in late 2017/early 2018

    Russia's United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) is on course to complete flight trials of its latest MiG-35 'Fulcrum-F' combat aircraft at the turn of the new year, ahead of the launch of serial production in 2018, a senior company representative told Jane's on 24 June. Speaking during the Paris Air

  • Carlskrona completes life extension refit

    Key Points The life extension refit is intended to ensure that Carlskrona can remain in service through to 2025 Saab Kockums was responsible for performing the life extension refit The support vessel HMS Carlskrona has been re-delivered to the Royal Swedish Navy (RSwN) after completing a life

  • HII awarded USD3 billion for LHA 8 Bougainville

    The US Naval Sea Systems Command awarded Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) a total of approximately USD3 billion for the detail, design, and construction of Landing Helicopter Assault (LHA) Replacement Flight 1 amphibious assault ship the future USS Bougainville (LHA 8) on 16 June 2017.

  • US approves sale of 22 non-weaponised Guardian UAVs to India

    The United States has approved a USD3 billion Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of 22 non-weaponised General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) Guardian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to the Indian Navy (IN), Indian industry officials told Jane's on 23 June. Speaking on condition of anonymity the

  • US Marine Corps cancels select F-35B flight operations due to ALIS issues

    On 22 June the US Marine Corps (USMC) indefinitely cancelled flight operations of select Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft due to issues with the Automated Logistic Information System (ALIS). USMC spokesman Major Kurt Stahl said on 22 June that 3rd Marine

  • USMC, Raytheon begin producing new turrets for LAV anti-tank vehicles

    The first two production models of the US Marine Corps' (USMC's) Light Armored Vehicle Anti-Tank Modernization (LAV-ATM) A2 models, updated with an improved rocket launcher, have been completed. The new model includes an unmanned Raytheon Modified Target Acquisition System (MTAS) that is a

  • USN reveals source of EMALS mechanical issues

    The General Atomics-built Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) installed on the first-of-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78) is being "fine-tuned" to overcome a vibrational issue associated with optimising the launch and recovery of different

  • Paris Air Show 2017: Airbus DS outlines progress on armed C295

    Airbus Defense and Space (DS) is set to deliver its first armed intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) C295 aircraft to an undisclosed customer in September, Pablo Melero, marketing manager for ISR Military Aircraft at Airbus DS, told Jane's. The modified aircraft features a

  • Paris Air Show 2017: LASA Engineering unveils its T-Bird armed surveillance aircraft

    Bulgarian company Light Armed Surveillance Aircraft (LASA) Engineering Ltd showcased its T-Bird intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) counter-insurgency (COIN) aircraft for the first time at the Paris Air Show. Based on the Thrush 510G agricultural aircraft airframe, the T-Bird is

  • Paris Air Show 2017: MiG-35 dubbed 'transitional link' between fourth- and fifth-gen fighters

    Russia is touting its MiG-35 'Fulcum-F' as a transitional platform between the fourth- and fifth-generation of combat aircraft. Speaking to Jane's at the Paris Air Show on 19 June, Deputy General Director of RSK-MiG, Viktor Chernov, described the latest iteration of the MiG-29 as a 'bridging'

  • Royal Thai Navy lays keel for second OPV

    The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has laid down the keel for its second 90 m offshore patrol vessel (OPV), which it is building in collaboration with BAE Systems. The keel laying ceremony was held on 23 June at the RTN’s Mahidol Adulyadej Naval Dockyard in Sattahip, Chonburi, a facility managed by

  • IOMAX negotiating Archangel sale to UAE, upgrading AT-802s for Jordan and Egypt

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is in the final stage of negotiations with IOMAX for the sale of 12 Archangel Block 2 Border Patrol Aircraft (BPA) with the option of 12 more, Jane's was told on 22 June. The direct commercial sale (DCS) will see the UAE Air Force and Air Defence (UAE AF & AD)

  • Chilean Navy expects to begin new submarine programme this year

    The Chilean Navy will begin a process to acquire two new diesel-electric submarines during the second half of 2017 by issuing a request for information (RFI) for a programme to replace older boats commissioned in the 1980s, military sources in Santiago told Jane's . Admiral Julio Leiva, who took

  • China building possible submarine-surveillance ship

    Images have emerged on Chinese online forums showing that a new-design catamaran auxiliary ship is under construction for China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) at the Huangpu shipyard in Guangzhou. The vessel appears to have been launched recently and is in the process of fitting out. Only

  • Denmark confirms selection of Eagle V

    The Danish Defence Acquisition Organisation (DALO) announced on 16 June that it had signed two contracts, one for acquisition and the other for sustainment, of Eagle V 4x4 armoured patrol vehicles. The acquisition contract is a seven-year framework agreement for 36 vehicles in four different

  • Paris Air Show 2017: Bell Helicopters details Huey II delivery schedule for Africa

    Bell Helicopters is close to delivering the last of eight Huey II helicopters to the Kenya Air Force (KAF), Arnie Easterly, the company's director for sales and marketing in Africa, told Jane's during the Paris Air Show. "One is in Amsterdam right now on its way to Kenya [and should be

  • Paris Air Show 2017: NAVAIR may compress remaining CH-53K test points following positive progress

    The US Navy may compress the remaining test campaign of the Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopter following the positive progress made so far, a senior company official told reporters on 21 June. Speaking at the Paris Air Show, Sikorsky president Dan Schultz said that the Naval Air

  • RE2 tasked with robot pilot development

    RE2 Robotics has been awarded a USD1.5 million contract from the US Air Force to develop a robotic system that can fly manned aircraft. Speaking to Jane's , Jorgen Pederson, president and CEO of RE2 Robotics, explained that the focus of the effort is on rapidly demonstrating the feasibility of a

  • Indian Navy abandons plans to equip Scorpène-class submarines with indigenous AIP system

    The Indian Navy (IN) has abandoned plans to equip the last two of its six Kalvari (Scorpène)-class diesel-electric submarines under construction with locally developed air-independent propulsion (AIP) systems. Senior IN officials told Jane's on 22 June that the decision followed delays by the

  • Pakistan confirms downing Iranian UAV

    The government of Pakistan has confirmed that the country's air force shot down an Iranian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that was flying over the Panjgur district in Pakistan's southwestern province of Balochistan. The unidentified UAV was downed by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) on 19 June while it

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