• Australian Border Force makes inaugural deployment to Sri Lanka, India

    The Australian Border Force (ABF) has dispatched the largest ship in its fleet to Sri Lanka and India in a bid to enhance co-operation and improve capabilities of maritime security agencies in the region. The vessel, Australian Border Force Cutter (ABFC) Ocean Shield , made the visit to both

  • HAL's second prototype trainer makes maiden flight

    India's Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) successfully conducted the maiden test flight of its second prototype Hindustan Turbo Trainer-40 (HTT-40) basic trainer aircraft in Bangalore on 20 May. The hour-long flight of the indigenously developed aircraft, which is powered by a Honeywell

  • MILEX 2017: Belarus develops light armoured vehicle variants

    Belorussia's Minsk Wheeled Tractor Plant (MZKT, also known as Volat) has revealed new variants of its new 4x4 light armoured vehicle at the MILEX 2017 defence exhibition held in Minsk from 20-22 May. First displayed at the Eurosatory exhibition in June 2016, a prototype baseline vehicle passed

  • Pentagon budget 2018: JLTV procurement ramps up with USD1 billion request

    The Pentagon has requested USD1.143 billion in total for its Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) programme as the effort moves into a production phase. The US Army accepted its first seven JLTVs in late September 2016 and deliveries have continued steadily since. For procurement, the Department of

  • Pentagon budget 2018: Paladin howitzer set for full-rate procurement

    The US Army in fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) has requested funding to finalise the Paladin M109A7 self-propelled howitzer's (SPH's) engineering and manufacturing development phase and begin full-rate production by buying 71 systems. A system includes one M109A7 SPH and one M992A3 ammunition carrier,

  • Pentagon budget 2018: Stryker programme gets small USD178.2 million request

    The US Army has proposed USD178.2 million for its Stryker wheeled combat vehicle programme in the fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) defence budget request, and includes funding to field a new variant armed with a 30 mm gun and to explore other 'lethality upgrades'. Funding for the vehicles - including

  • Pentagon budget 2018: US Air Force requests 6.8% boost in funding

    Key Points The USAF is requesting USD11.8 billion more for FY 2018 than last year The request would provide 46 F-35As and 15 KC-46A tankers The US Air Force's (USAF's) fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) request of USD183.2 billion is 6.8% more than the USD171.2 billion that it received in FY 2017,

  • Pentagon budget 2018: US Army focuses on legacy gear, forgoes big 'new starts'

    The US Army's USD166 billion budget request for fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) largely seeks to grow army ranks and increase readiness, and for modernisation it appears to be focusing now on legacy platforms in armour brigades. Army planners are seeking to not just maintain current competencies but to

  • Pentagon budget 2018: USMC requests production funding for new ACV amtrak

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has requested initial procurement funding for its Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) 1.1 programme for the first time in fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018). ACV, an offshoot of the former Marine Personnel Carrier programme, was requested to receive USD340.5 million in FY 2018:

  • Problems with azimuth propulsion pods keep RAN LHDs unavailable for service

    More than a month after propulsion problems were first experienced with the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) two 27,500-tonne Canberra-class landing helicopter docks (LHDs), both ships remain unavailable for service as tests continue on irregularities within their external azimuth pods. Chief of

  • US NUWC tests biomimetic minehunting UUV prototype

    US Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) is testing a new minehunting unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) that uses biomimetics that imitate sea life. Initially designed to interdict swimmer/diver threats, the Razor mine-hunting UUV is enabled with low-speed manoeuvrability and higher speed cruising

  • ONR enhances human-machine teaming with prototype undersea ROV

    The US Office of Naval Research (ONR) and Naval Surface Warfare Command (NAVSEA) Panama City, Florida, division have developed a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to increase diver survivability and limit diver undersea exposure. The Dive Buddy ROV project has designed, prototyped, and tested a

  • Sudan MIC fleshes out Sarsar APC family

    Sudan's Military Industrial Corporation (MIC) has released further details of its expanded Sarsar family of 4x4 armoured personnel carriers (APCs). MIC has not released details of the Sarsar's chassis, but this could be based on a commercial model that has been fitted with an all welded steel body,

  • Pakistan looks at COIN role for Super Mushshak aircraft

    The state-owned Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC), in Kamra, northern Pakistan, is looking at counter-insurgency (COIN) roles for its Super Mushshak training aircraft. The move comes after the company successfully integrated a new glass cockpit into the aircraft and sold units of the basic

  • Boeing prepares for Chinook Block 2 flight trials, notes notional Block 3

    Boeing expects to begin flying prototype Block 2-configured CH-47 Chinook helicopters the next couple of years, with production for the US Army set to follow after, a senior company official told reporters on 18 May. Speaking at the Philadelphia production facility, Boeing's vice-president and

  • Export version of China's Z-19 attack helo makes maiden flight

    The export version of China's Harbin Aviation Industries (Group) Company (HAIG) Z-19 Black Whirlwind armed reconnaissance/attack helicopter has made its maiden flight. Called the Z-19E, the new variant took to the skies on 18 May over the city of Harbin in China's northeastern province of

  • First Danish Piranha 5 rolled out by GDELS-Mowag

    The first of 309 Piranha 5 armoured personal carriers (APCs) for the Royal Danish Army was rolled out on 17 May in a ceremony at the facilities of manufacturer General Dynamics European Land Systems - Mowag (GDELS-Mowag) in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland. The Piranha 5 was selected by the Danish Defence

  • IMDEX 2017: GRSE lays keel for eighth Rajshee-class patrol boat

    Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) has recently laid down the keel for a Rajshree-class inshore patrol vessel (IPV) on order for the Indian Coast Guard (ICG), company officials told Jane's at the IMDEX 2017 maritime and defence exhibition in Singapore. The vessel was laid down on 15 May

  • IMDEX 2017: Singapore displays latest special forces RHIB

    The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) took the opportunity at the International Maritime Defence Exhibition (IMDEX) Asia 2017 in Singapore to showcase a new type of rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) currently undergoing operational test and evaluation (OT&E) and destined for the service's elite

  • IMDEX 2017: China's Yunzhou-Tech showcases latest USVs

    China's Zhuhai Yunzhou Intelligence Technology (Yunzhou-Tech), a company specialising in the design and development of unmanned surface vehicles (USVs), has showcased its latest indigenous USV systems at the IMDEX Asia 2017 exhibition in Singapore. Yunzhou-Tech displayed a model of its latest M75

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