• US clears Venom sale to Czech Republic

    The potential sale of Bell UH-1Y Venom utility and assault helicopters to the Czech Republic has been approved by the US State Department, it was announced on 23 October. The Foreign Military Sale (FMS), which is valued at USD575 million, covers 12 helicopters, mission equipment, spares, support,

  • Cammell Laird, BAE Systems tie knot for Type 31e frigate bid

    Commercial engineering, shiprepair, and shipbuilding group Cammell Laird has teamed with BAE Systems to bid for the UK Royal Navy’s (RN’s) GBP1.25 billion (USD1.65 billion) Type 31e general purpose frigate requirement. The move, announced on 18 October, positions Birkenhead-based

  • Brazilian Army eyes new Leopard MBTs

    The Brazilian Army is considering buying surplus Krauss-Maffei Wegmann Leopard 1A5 main battle tanks (MBTs) and support vehicles, and internal preliminary reports are now being drafted, the service told Jane’s . Officials stressed that no decision has yet been made and no resources are

  • Denel details AAM developments

    South Africa’s state-owned Denel Group, in its “Twenty 16/17 Integrated Report” has detailed a number of development milestones in the air-launched guided weapons segment managed by the Group’s Denel Dynamics division. Released in late September, the report noted that the

  • First Mi-28UB helicopters to be delivered to Russian MoD in November

    Russian Helicopters, a Rostec holding company, has manufactured the first batch of Mi-28UB combat training helicopters, which will be delivered to the Russian Ministry of Defenсe (MoD) in November, the holding company has announced. “The aircraft have passed all necessary factory tests.

  • German U212A submarine damaged during deep water trials

    One of the X rudder blades of the German Navy's U35 U212A submarine was damaged during deep-water trials in the Kattegat, the service announced on 18 October. The boat is being examined at ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) in Kiel. The U35 was conducting various tests off the Norwegian coast until

  • US Army M1A2 Abrams upgrades move forward with congressional support

    The US Army’s M1A2 Abrams main battle tank upgrade efforts appear to have solid support among congressional committees in fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018), which could be a key year as the service prepares to introduce or develop a number of capability updates. For the M1A2 Abrams, the FY 2018

  • Ecuadorian Navy commissions first Damen Stan Patrol 5009 OPV

    The Ecuadorian Navy commissioned Isla San Cristobal (LG 30) on 15 October at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, on San Cristobal Island, in the Galapagos Archipelago, the navy said. The new vessel is the first of two Dutch designed Damen Stan Patrol 5009 offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) produced by Ecuadorian

  • Two SSK builders opt out of India's Project-75(I) programme

    Key Points Two of six international SSK builders have opted out of India’s long-delayed Project-75(I) programme Mitsubishi Heavy Industries/Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Navantia did not respond to the RFI by its 16 October deadline Two of six conventional submarine manufacturers have opted

  • ADEX 2017: Saab touts GlobalEye and Swordfish for anticipated South Korean requirements

    Saab is promoting its GlobalEye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) and Swordfish maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) for separate requirements that it expects to be issued by the South Korean government. Briefing at the Seoul International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (ADEX) 2017,

  • Australia completes operational evaluation phase of the ScanEagle UAS

    Key Points The Royal Australian Navy has completed operational evaluation of the ScanEagle UAS Milestone paves the way for greater adoption of MUM-T operations across the service After executing a number of successful missions from an Adelaide (Oliver Hazard Perry)-class guided-missile frigate in

  • RE2 Robotics tasked with initial work on ARCH effort

    RE2 Robotics has received a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract from the US Navy to develop an Autonomous Robotic Cargo Handling (ARCH) system. The ARCH concept envisages an automated cargo loading system, which will be demonstrated with a UH-1H optionally piloted aircraft

  • UK looks to replace Desert Hawk mini UAV

    British Army chiefs are hoping that the upcoming war fighting development experiment will generate the replacement for its fleet of 221 Lockheed Martin Desert Hawk Mk 3 mini-unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Senior army officers involved in intelligence, surveillance, targeting, acquisition, and

  • Draft RFP for USCG Heavy Polar Icebreaker released

    The US Navy (USN), in collaboration with the US Coast Guard (USCG) under an Integrated Program Office (IPO), released a draft request for proposals (RFP) on 19 October for the detail design and construction of a Heavy Polar Icebreaker (HPIB). The draft RFP is for one HPIB, with options for two

  • Indonesia delays decommissioning of Ahmad Yani-class frigates amid South China Sea obligations

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy has delayed the planned retirement of its ex-Royal Netherlands Navy frigates Move to ensure that the service can fulfil operational requirements and deployment obligations, especially in the South China Sea The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia –

  • US Coast Guard donates cutters to Costa Rica

    The US Coast Guard (USCG) donated two vessels to the Costa Rican Coast Guard (Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas) on 13 October as part of the Office of International Acquisition’s Excess Defense Articles programme. The two patrol boats, Long Island and Roanoke Island , are 110-ft Island-class

  • Davie launches Resolve-class naval support ship

    Canada’s Davie Shipbuilding launched its Resolve-class auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) conversion from the company’s yard in Quebec City on 15 October. The vessel represents the largest-ever naval vessel to be launched from a Canadian shipyard and will serve as an interim supply

  • Egyptian corvette, sub arrive in Alexandria

    The Egyptian Navy’s first Gowind-class corvette Elfateh (971) and second Type 209/1400 submarine S 42 (864) have arrived at the main naval base in Alexandria for the first time, the Egyptian Ministry of Defence announced on 18 October. The second of four submarines ordered by Egypt, S 42 was

  • Four JASDF personnel missing following UH-60J helo crash off coast of Shizuoka Prefecture

    Four Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) personnel are missing, presumed dead, after their UH-60J search-and-rescue helicopter crashed off the coast of Japan's Shizuoka Prefecture on 17 October. The UH-60J vanished from radar screens some 30 km south of the JASDF’s Hamamatsu Air Base at

  • ADEX 2017: KAI refining KFX configuration ahead of key milestones

    Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) is in the process of refining the final configuration of its Korean Fighter Experimental (KFX) aircraft ahead of a number of milestones that are due in the coming months and years, Jane’s was told on 17 October. Speaking at the Seoul International Aerospace

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