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  • Finland receives first renovated XA-180 APC

    Patria has delivered the first renovated XA-180 6x6 armoured personnel carrier (APC) back to the Finnish Defence Forces, the company announced. Refurbishments to the pre-series vehicle included: the installation of new seating to improve road safety; the installation of new electric systems within

  • Images suggest China developing J-15 for CATOBAR-equipped carrier

    China is developing a new variant of the J-15 carrier-based fighter modified for catapult-assisted take-off but arrested recovery (CATOBAR) operations, according to images posted on the Xinhua website. China's only operational carrier, Liaoning (CV-16), has a short take-off but arrested recovery

  • Iranian RQ-170 flight likely to have featured sub-scale model

    A reported first flight by Iran of a reverse-engineered copy of the Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) appears to have featured a sub-scale model rather than a full-scale replica as announced by state media on 10 November. Video footage of the flight broadcast by Press TV

  • Russia completes assembly of Iveco armoured vehicles

    Russia has completed the assembly of 358 Iveco LMV-M65 vehicles, Russian state news agency TASS reported on 10 November. Moscow contracted for an initial batch of 358 of the vehicles it calls Rys (Lynx) in 2011, but by early 2013 had announced it would end its co-operation with Iveco at that point.

  • UK withdraws Tornados from Afghanistan

    The United Kingdom has ended manned fixed-wing combat operations over Afghanistan with the return of the final Panavia Tornado GR.4 detachment to its home base in England, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 11 November. The eight Panavia Tornado GR.4 strike aircraft of 31 Squadron have

  • Airshow China 2014: AVIC unveils FC-31 export fighter concept

    State-owned aircraft research and development firm Shenyang Aviation Company (SAC) showcased its FC-31 twin-engined, medium multirole stealth fighter design at Airshow China 2014 in Zhuhai. SAC, a subsidiary of Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), calls the FC-31 a "4th-Generation

  • Airshow China 2014: Norinco debuts Battle Robot UGV

    China North Industries Corporation (Norinco) unveiled a new unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) designed for operations in confined environments at AirshowChina 2014 in Zhuhai (11-16 November). Called the Battle Robot, the UGV is a tracked mini tactical operations platform intended for surveillance and

  • USAF proposes more gradual A-10 retirement

    The US Air Force (USAF) has scaled back a request to retire its ageing Fairchild-Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II close air support (CAS) fleet in hopes that lawmakers resistant to the full divestment will allow a partial fleet retirement, congressional and military sources told IHS Jane's on 11

  • China slams sale of six MCMVs to Taiwan

    Key Points China has protested at the inclusion of foreign components and systems in six MCMVs to be built for RoCN The MCMVs will likely form a key component of Taiwan's defence against China's possible use of increasingly sophisticated naval mines, including the EM-53 'smart mine' The Chinese

  • Japan begins process of E-767 AWACS upgrade

    Boeing is to begin the upgrade of Japan's fleet of E-767 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft with a USD25.6 million design and production contract announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 28 October. The four aircraft, which have been in service with the Japan Air

  • UK to upgrade Sentinel R.1s for maritime operations

    The United Kingdom is to begin the process of upgrading its fleet of Raytheon Sentinel R.1 Airborne Stand-Off Radar (ASTOR) surveillance aircraft to conduct maritime operations in mid-2015, the government disclosed on 24 October. Answering questions in the House of Commons, the parliamentary

  • Finland begins study on new fighter aircraft

    Finland's replacement for its Boeing F/A-18 Hornet fleet is expected to cost the country about EUR6 billion (USD7.6 billion), local media revealed on 18 October. Finland's Ministry of Defence (MoD) launched an exploratory working group in early October to examine maintenance and performance

  • Analysis: Expectations for deployment of fifth-generation fighters

    The entry into service of the US F-22 Raptor in 2005 marked the unofficial arrival of the era of the fifth-generation fighter. In the coming years, as the American F-35 Lightning II and foreign competitors such as the Sukhoi T-50 and Chengdu J-20 enter the market, the fifth-generation fighter will

  • Budget concerns hold up UCLASS RfP public release

    Key Points The DoD is carefully considering how much funding to allocate for UCLASS before allowing the navy to solicit bids for the effort. The USN has reportedly been studying two UCLASS alternatives-a smaller, more affordable ISR asset and a larger, heavily-armed vehicle capable penetrating

  • Australia leaning towards buying Soryu-class subs

    Key Points Australian officials are leaning towards replacing the Collins-class submarine fleet with Soryu-class boats bought from Japan The purchase would end submarine construction in Australia and the opposition Labor Party has said it would cancel the deal if it won the 2016 general election

  • Boeing awarded AH-6i contract for Saudi Arabia

    Boeing has been formally awarded a contract for the manufacture of 24 AH-6i Little Bird light attack/reconnaissance helicopters for Saudi Arabia. The contract, which was first revealed by Boeing in late 2013 but only announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 29 August, is valued at

  • Colombia receives final T-90 Calima primary trainer

    The Colombian Air Force's Air Maintenance Command (CAMAN) received its 25th and final T-90 Calima primary trainer on 26 August, the command announced. The T-90 Calima was selected to replace the long-serving Beechcraft T-34 Mentor in the Military Aviation School Marco Fidel Suárez located in

  • Austria further reduces QRA capabilities

    More austerity-induced cuts are being made to Austria's active air surveillance capabilities. The head of the combat section in the Austrian Ministry of Defence (MoD), Major General Karl Schmidseder, told a press conference on 20 August that the Bundesheer's 15 Eurofighter Typhoon fighters will be

  • Paramount's AHRLAC makes its first flight

    What is being billed as Africa’s first wholly designed and built military aircraft, the Paramount Group’s Advanced High-Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft (AHRLAC), reached a significant milestone with its maiden flight on 7 August. The aircraft makes its 'official public' first

  • Brazil adds BAE Systems' RG32M to VBMT-LR competition

    The Brazilian Army has begun evaluating BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa's RG32M LTV (Light Tactical Vehicle) 4x4. The army's Evaluations Center (CAEx) is studying the vehicle as part of the VBMT-LR (Viatura Blindada Multitarefa-Leve de Rodas) competition. The VBMT-LR programme will buy an

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