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  • Brazil likely to soon receive final modernised F-5s

    The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) is scheduled to receive its last two modernised Northrop F-5FM Tiger II fighters between October and November and this would conclude the F-5M programme, the service told Jane's . An April 2011 contract, worth BRL276 million (USD87 million), called for Embraer to

  • USN christens Charleston, a new Independence-variant LCS

    The US Navy (USN) christened USS Charleston (LCS 18), its newest littoral combat ship (LCS), on 26 August in Mobile, Alabama. LCS 18, the sixth ship to be named for the city of Charleston, is a 128.5 m long Independence-variant LCS built by Austal USA. The LCS class has two variants; the other is

  • Army-2017: Burkina Faso orders two Mi-171Sh helicopters

    Burkina Faso has signed two agreements covering the delivery of two Mil Mi-171Sh transport helicopters and aviation weapons during Russia's Army-2017 show, Sergey Kornev, the deputy director general of the state arms export agency Rosoboronexport announced on 26 August. Kornev added that Burkina

  • Army-2017: Russia’s SFU rolls out Chaborz M-6 buggy

    Russia’s Special Forces University (SFU), which is based in Gudermes, Chechnya, has unveiled its latest Chaborz M-6 multipurpose buggy at the Army-2017 international military-technical exhibition. The four-wheel drive M-6 buggy has a laden weight of 2,700 kg and is operated by a driver with

  • Army-2017: Tractor Plants boosts BMP-3 anti-tank capability

    Tractor Plants has showcased a BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) at Army-2017 with a roof-mounted launcher for two Ataka anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs). The upgraded BMP-3 has a combat weight of 18.9 tonnes, three crew members, room for eight dismounts, maximum road speed of 70 km/h, and

  • Australia reveals design of new shipyard at Osborne

    The Australian Department of Defence unveiled its plans for a new shipyard in Osborne, near Adelaide, on 24 August, alongside the naming of key board members of newly formed company Australian Naval Infrastructure Pty Ltd (ANI). The state-owned company, which will be responsible for the development

  • Austria’s rift with Airbus hampers helicopter acquisition

    Key Points Austria's MoD has launched the procurement of 12 light multirole helicopters for EUR30–50 million Due to the legal dispute with Airbus over the 2003–2007 Typhoon acquisition, Vienna is trying to exclude Airbus Helicopters from bidding On 21 August, the Austrian Ministry of

  • Contract for first eight Saudi Chinooks awarded

    The US Department of Defense awarded a USD223 million contract to Boeing on 23 August to produce eight CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters for the Royal Saudi Land Forces Aviation Command (RSLFAC). The estimated completion date of the contract is 30 July 2021. It was announced in December 2016

  • Indonesian MoD looks to relocate defence companies

    The Indonesian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said it plans to relocate the country's biggest state-owned defence companies to Lampung province, on the western island of Sumatra, to provide greater scope for industrial expansion. The MoD said on 23 August that the plan features aerospace

  • China develops new RPG-defeating net for AFVs

    China has developed a new armour system called Flexible Grid Armour (FGA), which is now being marketed for export by China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO). The FGA is designed to provide tracked and wheeled armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs) with increased protection against anti-tank

  • Germany, Norway deepen submarine co-operation

    Following the announcement of the two nations' evolving submarine co-operation in February, Norwegian Defence Minister Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide and her German counterpart, Ursula von der Leyen, met on 22 August in Eckernförde, Germany's submarine base on the Baltic Sea. The two defence

  • Israeli Hermes 900 declared operational

    Key Points The IAF has declared the Kochav UAV is now operational The Kochav is almost certainly capable of carrying out airstrikes The Israeli Air Force (IAF) announced on 23 August that its Kochav unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) had become operational after successfully completing trials. Kochav

  • Army-2017: Tractor Plants modernises BMD-4M

    Russia's Tractor Plants Concern has showcased the BMD-4M airborne infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) upgraded with the new Sinitsa (Titmouse) combat compartment at the Army-2017 international military-technical exhibition held outside Moscow from 22–27 August. The Sinitsa is essentially a

  • Army-2017: VPK showcases BTR-87 APC

    Russia's Military Industrial Company (VPK) has unveiled the BTR-87 armoured personnel carrier (APC) at the Army-2017 international military-technical exhibition, outside Moscow. The vehicle on display features a frontally mounted powerpack, with the troop compartment located in the rear. The APC is

  • General Atomics aims for Protector UK military certification by 2021

    Key Points GA-ASI hopes to have its Protector UAV variant UK military certified by 2021 This could eventually lead to certification to fly in civil airspace and a new market for UAVs General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc (GA-ASI) is aiming to have its Protector, a variant of its Certifiable

  • General Dynamics demos ability to launch UAV from UUV

    General Dynamics demonstrated the ability to launch an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) during the US Navy’s Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) 2017. The company also displayed a prototype capability for deploying unmanned vehicles from a

  • Malaysia names and launches first Littoral Combat Ship

    Key Points Malaysia has named and launched the country’s first Littoral Combat Ship Platform will provide the Royal Malaysian Navy with all-round offensive capabilities against air, surface, and underwater threats Malaysia’s Boustead Naval Shipyard (BNS) has launched the first

  • Series of deadly accidents in Pacific reverberate across the US Navy

    US Pacific Fleet on 22 August relieved Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin, commander of the Japan-based Seventh Fleet, from his job following a slew of major accidents. Admiral Scott Swift, the US Pacific Fleet commander, relieved Vice Adm Aucoin “due to a loss of confidence in his ability to

  • NORINCO rolls out VP10 8x8 vehicle variants

    China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) has developed new variants of its export-oriented 8x8 VP10 armoured personnel carrier (APC), Jane's has learnt. The baseline VP10 APC is typically operated by a two-person crew, and carries up to 12 dismounts in the rear troop compartment. The vehicle is

  • Malaysia transfers body of possible USS John S McCain crew member to US Navy

    Key Points A number of bodies have been found onboard the stricken Arleigh Burke-class destroyer that was involved in the Singapore Strait collision Discovery of another body in the sea off Johor dims hopes of finding more survivors, even as search-and-rescue operations continue The Royal

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