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  • 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

  • Russian Helicopters produces first Mi-28UB

    Russian Helicopters has produced the first Mi-28UB 'Havoc' and is testing the combat helicopters, the company announced on 22 August. Eight Mi-28UBs will be delivered to the Russian Ministry of Defence by the end of the year, the company said. The holding company's CEO, Andrey Boginsky said that

  • Regional navies intensify search for missing sailors in Singapore waters after USS John S McCain collision

    Key Points A search for 10 missing US sailors off Singapore has intensified, even as the US Navy announces a review of its operations Accident and subsequent search operations have raised concerns in Beijing, given the area's close proximity to its claims in the South China Sea In the wake of a

  • Damen begins building Mexican Navy’s new patrol vessel

    Damen started building a long-range ocean patrol vessel (Patrulla Oceánica de Largo Alcance: POLA) for the Mexican Navy, according to a 17 August navy statement. The vessel is Damen Group’s Sigma 10514 frigate. Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding, in the Netherlands, will construct two

  • Indian Coast Guard receives two high-speed interceptor ships

    On 17 August 2017, Larsen and Toubro (L&T) issued a press release confirming the delivery of two high-speed interceptor boats to the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) at Kattupalli Shipyard near Chennai. The delivery comes seven months ahead of schedule. The boats are a part of two contracts signed by

  • Indian Navy commissions second Mk IV LCU

    Key Points The Indian Navy has commissioned its second indigenously built Mk IV LCU Platform will bolster the service’s amphibious assault and HADR capabilities in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands territories The Indian Navy has commissioned the second of eight Mk IV Landing Craft Utility

  • Two more Mexican Air Force T-6C+ aircraft crash

    Two Mexican Air Force (FAM) Beechcraft T-6C+ Texan II aircraft crashed on 16 August, the Secretariat of National Defence (SEDENA) announced. According to SEDENA, the aircraft were on a training flight over the Santa Lucia Military Air Base N°1 (BAM N°1) when the two aircraft brushed

  • USN punishes officers from Fitzgerald destroyer collision

    Top ranking officers on USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), which on 17 June collided with a merchant vessel, have been relieved of duty. “The commanding officer, executive officer, and command master chief of the guided-missile destroyer were relieved of their duties by Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin,

  • USN destroyer collides with tanker in South China Sea, 10 sailors missing

    Key Points A US Navy guided-missile destroyer has collided with an oil and chemical tanker at the eastern approaches of the Singapore Strait in the South China Sea Incident is the third mishap to involve an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the region since June 2017 The US Navy’s

  • China’s NORINCO reveals new armoured vehicles, active protection system

    China’s North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) revealed new armoured vehicles and a new active protection system (APS) during the Armour Day it held in Baotou, Inner Mongolia from 15-16 August. Aimed at promoting NORINCO's products to foreign customers, the event was attended by about 230

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