• Navy League 2017: NRL eyes CICADA swarm tests

    The US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is planning swarming tests of its Close-In Covert Autonomous Disposable Aircraft (CICADA) MK5 from a US Navy P-3 Orion aircraft. CICADA is a palm-sized unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designed to be deployed from a sonobuoy canister and in essence is a flying

  • Navy League 2017: NRL furthers Flying Sea Glider effort

    The US Naval Research Laboratory is developing a hybrid submersible that is designed to improve the tactical availability of unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs). The objective of the Flying Sea Glider project is to combine aircraft and underwater gliding modes into a single platform. "While

  • Thales positions Spy'Ranger UAV for army reconnaissance requirements in Asia-Pacific region

    Key Points Thales is marketing a man-portable, mini surveillance UAV system to armies in the Asia-Pacific region Product is being positioned as one that has demonstrated its capabilities for selection into the French Army Riding on its success with the French Army after being selected for the

  • Delivery of Spain's second BAM tranche brought forward

    Delivery of the first of the second tranche of Buques de Acción Marítima (BAM) offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) for the Spanish Navy, Audaz (P45), has been set for June 2018, shipbuilder Navantia said on 30 March following the vessel's launch ceremony. When the order was approved by the

  • Navy League 2017: BAE Systems, Iveco vehicle swims from Italian amphibious ship

    In late March the Italian Marines trialled an Iveco-built version of the Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) 1.1 that Iveco and BAE Systems are developing for a competitive US Marine Corps (USMC) programme. The vehicle, based on Iveco's SuperAV, is driven by a six-cylinder 700-hp FPT Industrial Cursor

  • Navy League 2017: DARPA X-Plane completes initial demos, eyes full-scale flight in 2018

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA's) LightningStrike vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) X-Plane programme has completed an initial flight demonstration phase with a scale model. A subscale vehicle demonstrator (SVD) aircraft for LightningStrike completed its planned flight

  • Navy League 2017: Textron seeks to leverage Aerosonde for USCG small UAS

    Key Points Textron Systems plans to offer its Aerosonde SUAS to cover the US National Security Cutters' existing aerial surveillance gap The selected SUAS would be used to extend the 'eyes and ears' of the NSC with manned-unmanned teaming Textron Systems plans to offer its Aerosonde system to

  • Navy League 2017: USN to employ two more CUSVs for mine-hunting on LCS

    US Navy (USN) has awarded Textron Systems USD14.8 million for two additional fourth-generation Common Unmanned Surface Vehicles (CUSV) vehicles for its Unmanned Influence Sweep System (UISS) programme. Delivery of the two CUSV systems is expected in 2018. CUSV is a multimission unmanned surface

  • Navy League 2017: USS Gerald R Ford heads to sea trials

    Key Points Lead-of-class Ford heads to sea trials before delivery to the USN With a larger size and greater power output, Ford represents the first new US carrier design in more than 35 years The US Navy's (USN's soon to be commissioned first-of-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Gerald R

  • Navy League 2017: V-22 common configuration effort expected in 2018

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) hopes in fiscal year (FY) 2018 to fund an effort for standardising its many configurations of the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft. V-22 Block C aircraft are now coming off the production line and these "are in much better shape" in terms of

  • Aero restarts L-159 ALCA production, touts Argentina as potential customer

    The first L-159 Advanced Light Combat Aircraft (ALCA) to be built for 13 years made its public debut on 31 March. Production of the jet, at Prague-based Aero Vodochody, ceased in 2004 after the last of 72 L-159s was delivered to the Czech Air Force. In a ceremony attended by Czech prime minister

  • Batam shipbuilder cuts steel on Indonesian Navy's 122 m replenishment tanker

    Indonesian shipbuilder PT Batamec has begun work on a 122 m replenishment tanker on order for the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL). A first steel-cutting ceremony for the vessel, which was presided over by the TNI-AL's Assistant for Logistics to the Navy Chief,

  • Boeing Poseidon contract includes first UK aircraft

    Boeing has received a USD2.2 billion contract for 17 P-8A Poseidon Multimission Maritime Aircraft (MMA) that includes the first for the United Kingdom. The contract, which was announced by the company on 3 April but awarded on 30 March, covers 11 aircraft for the US Navy (USN), 4 for the Royal

  • Brexit could impact future European fighter development, Airbus warns

    The United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union could have a major impact on Europe's plans to design, develop, and manufacture the next generation of combat aircraft, Airbus Defence and Space (DS) chief executive Dirk Hoke has warned. Speaking to Germany's Handelsblatt newspaper on 31

  • First Indian submariners complete Scorpène training

    The first of two crews of Indian submariners for the Kalvari (Scorpène)-class diesel-electric submarines being licence-built for the Indian Navy (IN) has completed its training, according to a 4 April press statement issued by Défense Conseil International (DCI): the reference operator of

  • Japanese shipbuilders restructure but naval programmes untouched

    Japan's major shipbuilders have announced restructuring programmes, although activities related to naval programmes are expected to be spared downsizing. Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), and Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (Mitsui) - three companies with

  • KSEW shipyard lays keel for Pakistan Navy's fourth Azmat-class fast attack craft

    Pakistan's state-owned Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KSEW) held a keel-laying ceremony on 30 March for the country's fourth missile-capable Azmat-class fast attack craft (FAC). The Pakistan Navy (PN) currently operates two 63-m Azmat-class FACs, PNS Azmat (1013) and PNS Dehshat (1014),

  • Navy League 2017: MH-60R/S life-extension, upgrades await funding

    The US Navy (USN) is working through a variety of upgrades for its workhorse Sikorsky MH-60R/S helicopters, and is awaiting studies for an upcoming life-extension programme. Officials hope to begin an MH-60R/S Service Life Assessment/Extension Program (SLAP/SLEP) to keep the aircraft flying beyond

  • Pakistan Army receives six Cessna medevac aircraft from US

    The Pakistan Army Aviation Corps has received all six medical evacuation (medevac) aircraft that it ordered from the United States in April 2016, the US Embassy in Islamabad said in a statement on 31 March. "Since November 2016 the Pakistan Army has received six Cessna planes: two Cessna 208

  • Pentagon leadership 'losing sleep' over aerial tanker shortfall

    The shortfall in the US Air Force's (USAF's) air-to-air refuelling (AAR) capacity is causing the chief of the US Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) 'to lose sleep at night', the Department of Defense (DoD) disclosed on 30 March. Appearing before Congress, General Darren McDew responded to a

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