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  • 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

  • Berlin points finger at NATO for June ATC blackouts

    The German government has indicated that NATO electronic warfare (EW) training exercises were responsible for civilian ATC radar display blackouts in central Europe on 5 June and 10 June 2014. IHS Jane's has obtained the government's answer to a parliamentary question on 17 July, in which it noted

  • Ukrainian requests for EW equipment go unanswered

    Ukrainian requests for more sophisticated electronic warfare (EW) equipment have gone unanswered despite its air losses rising, with the downing of two more Sukhoi Su-25s on 23 July, to 11 fixed-wing aircraft and eight helicopters since April, when these shootdowns began. "It is clear that

  • Mk VI Patrol Boat promises greater reach for US coastal forces

    The US Navy (USN) is preparing to receive its first Mk VI Patrol Boat (PB), in a move that will significantly enhance the blue-water capabilities of the service's riverine and coastal forces. Designed and manufactured by Safe Boats International, the 85 ft (26 m) aluminium-hulled Mk VI PB is

  • F-35 fleet grounded as engine investigation continues

    Key Points The Pentagon is expected to soon decide whether the F-35B will be allowed to fly at the Royal International Air Tattoo and the Farnborough Airshow in the United Kingdom The US government is continuing its investigation into a 23 June F-35A fire The Pentagon grounded the entire Lockheed

  • Royal Navy's new flagship named in Rosyth

    Key Points The UK's first Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier has been formally named in Rosyth Queen Elizabeth will be handed over to the Royal Navy in 2017 The first of the United Kingdom’s two new Queen Elizabeth-class (QEC) aircraft carriers was formally named by head of state HM

  • Taliban on the offensive in Helmand

    Afghan Taliban insurgents have launched repeated attacks on security force checkpoints in northern Helmand after massing in the Sangin area, according to local officials. Large numbers of police officers have been killed and thousands of residents have left their homes as a result of the attacks,

  • South African Badger evaluation going well, says Denel

    The Badger infantry combat vehicle developed by Denel Land Systems for the South African Army is now undergoing test and evaluation by the Joint Project Team (JPT) and engineers from the defence acquisition agency Armscor. According to Denel Land Systems CEO Stephan Burger, the programme is

  • Iraqi Abrams losses revealed

    The armour on five of Iraq's M1A1 Abrams tanks was penetrated by anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) and six helicopters were shot down between 1 January and the end of May, The New York Times quoted an unnamed US official as saying on 13 June. The official said 28 Iraqi Army Abrams had been damaged

  • US Navy trials Fire Scout with new maritime search radar

    The US Navy has begun trials of the Northrop Grumman MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter fitted with a new maritime surface search radar, the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) disclosed on 16 June. Test sorties of the Fire Scout equipped with the Telephonics AN/ZPY-4(V)1 maritime search radar

  • South Korea to resume production of indigenous ASW missile

    South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on 25 May that it has improved the accuracy of a homegrown ship-launched anti-submarine missile and is on track towards restarting its mass production. The Korean Anti-Submarine Rocket (K-ASROC), or Hongsangeo as it is

  • Elbit's new Spear promises heavy mortar punch for light vehicles

    Elbit Systems unveiled a 120 mm mortar system for unstabilised lightweight vehicles at Israel's International Fire Conference. The new Soltam Spear features a soft-recoil system that reduces the firing load of the mortar from the traditional 120 tons to less than 10 tons. This enables the mortar to

  • Pratt continues AETD design work, preps for 2016 testing

    United Technologies' Pratt and Whitney military engines unit is working on the final two years of design work on the Pentagon's Adaptive Engine Technology Development (AETD) programme, according to the company official who oversees the company's sixth-generation engine work. AETD "goes through

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