• UK sells Panther fleet

    The UK Defence Equipment Sales Authority (DESA) has put the British Army’s entire fleet of Panther 4x4 vehicles on sale. Fielded to meet a requirement for the Future Command and Liaison Vehicle (FCLV), the Panther is based on the Italian Iveco Light Multirole Vehicle (LMV), 401 of which were

  • Bahrain cleared to procure AH-1Z attack helos

    The United States has approved the potential sale to Bahrain of 12 Bell AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters. The State Department approval, which was announced by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 27 April, covers the helicopters and their associated sustainment and support equipment, as

  • MTU to supply engines for Philippine Coast Guard’s new French-built OPV, patrol boats

    An 84 m offshore patrol vessel (OPV) on order for the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) will be powered by a pair of MTU 16V 4000 M73 engines, the company has announced. The OPV, which will be the largest ship to be operated by the PCG, is currently being worked on by French shipbuilder OCEA. It is part

  • NORINCO rolls out palletised loading system

    China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) is now offering its Palletised Loading System (PLS) integrated on a 6×6 Shaanxi SX2190 truck platform on the export market. According to NORINCO, the baseline PLS has an unladen weight of 13,400 kg and can accommodate a flat rack with associated

  • Singapore trials S-100 Camcopter on Littoral Mission Vessel

    Key Points The Republic of Singapore Navy has conducted at-sea trials of the S-100 Camcopter from a Littoral Mission Vessel Trials meant to establish operating parameters of rotor-wing unmanned aerial vehicles for the new ship type The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has concluded a series of

  • Ukraine re-roles 2S1 SPH for infantry combat

    Ukraine’s UkrInnMash Corporation is now offering the Kevlar-E infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) based on the Russian 122 mm 2S1 self-propelled howitzer (SPH) platform. The original turret 2S1 SPH has been removed and the area to the immediate rear of the diesel power pack and driver’s

  • Export LAV 700 enters production

    General Dynamics Land Systems - Canada (GDLS Canada) has released additional details of its latest 8x8 Light Armoured Vehicle 700 (LAV 700) vehicle, which is now in production for an unidentified export customer. This is believed to be Saudi Arabia. The LAV 700 leverages on technology from the 8x8

  • Brazil receives first modernised twin-seat Skyhawk

    The Brazilian Navy took delivery of its first modernised McDonnell Douglas AF-1C Skyhawk fighter aircraft on 24 April. Embraer was awarded a contract in April 2009 to upgrade nine A-4KUs and three TA-4KUs to AF-1B and AF-1C standard respectively, out of 20 A-4KUs and three TA-4KUs that were

  • Singapore receives fifth Littoral Mission Vessel

    Key Points The Republic of Singapore Navy has taken delivery of its fifth Littoral Mission Vessel Service will commission the vessel in 2018 and is on track to operate all eight ships in the class by 2020 The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has taken delivery of its fifth Independence-class

  • ILA 2018: Airbus lifts lid on European MALE RPAS

    A full-scale mock-up of the European medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) remotely piloted air system (RPAS) was unveiled for the first time at the ILA Airshow in Berlin on 26 April. The European MALE RPAS (also referred to as the EuroMALE, although a final name has not yet been decided) was

  • Russian Navy to upgrade Kuznetsov

    Key Points A contract has reportedly been signed to upgrade Admiral Kuznetsov : Russia's sole aircraft carrier However, only a limited upgrade is envisaged A contract has been signed for a modernisation of the Russian Navy’s sole aircraft carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov , Russian news sources

  • Switzerland seeks reconnaissance UAVs

    The Swiss Army is conducting flight tests of fixed-wing mini reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems, the Zurich daily Tages-Anzeiger has reported. The tests are part of a CHF8 million (USD8.1 million) programme to purchase two types of mini UAVs: quadcopters weighing less than 6 kg

  • Royal Malaysian Navy commissions two new training ships

    The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) commissioned two new training ships in a ceremony held at the Lumut Naval Base on 26 April. Named KD Gagah Samudera (with pennant number 271) and KD Teguh Samudera (with pennant number 272) the ships, which have an overall beam of 11 m and a draught of 3 m, had been

  • US plans upgrade for Royal Thai Navy Do 228 maritime surveillance aircraft

    Plans are being developed by the US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) for the upgrade of seven Royal Thai Navy (RTN) Dornier 228 maritime surveillance aircraft under the US government-funded Building Partner Capacity programme. Used for maritime patrol and exclusive economic zone surveillance, the

  • India bolsters Andaman and Nicobar territories with third Mk IV landing craft

    Key Points The Indian Navy has commissioned its third Mk IV landing craft Programme is part of New Delhi’s plan to improve capabilities at India’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands The Indian Navy has commissioned a third Mk IV landing craft utility (LCU) platform that was built by

  • India reveals P-17A frigate configuration

    Indian naval shipbuilder Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDSL) unveiled a scale model of the Project 17A (P-17A) frigate at the Defexpo 2018 exhibition. MDSL is building four ships in the class, while the remaining three are being constructed by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE).

  • DARPA cancels LightningStrike eVTOL X-plane programme

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) cancelled its LightningStrike XV-24A electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) X-plane programme. DARPA Tactical Technology Office (TTO) Director Fred Kennedy said in a 25 April email that the agency recognised, during a recent programme

  • Indonesian Navy receives second Nagapasa-class submarine

    South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) has handed over the second of three Nagapasa (Type 209/1400)-class diesel-electric submarines (SSKs) ordered by the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) in 2011. The TNI-AL received the 61.2

  • MoD, industry provide UK parliament with more details on Boxer procurement

    Key Points About 500 Boxers will be procured for GDP4.4 billion for the first 10 years, including integration The driver module and all the mission modules will be produced in the United Kingdom UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) and industry officials on 24 April gave the Parliament Defence Committee

  • ILA 2018: Boeing pitches Growler to Germany

    Boeing is pitching its EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft to the Luftwaffe as part of a wider drive to replace Germany’s Panavia Tornados with the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. Speaking to Jane’s at the ILA Airshow in Berlin, Boeing director for global sales for strike, surveillance,

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