• F-35B begins new ski-ramp testing campaign

    Key Points A land-based ski-ramp has been built at NAS Patuxent River to support testing for the United Kingdom The Phase 2 test programme is designed to expand the ski-jump envelope for the F-35B The F-35 Lightning II Pax River Integrated Test Force has begun a second round of land-based F-35B

  • South Korea to start building training ship in August

    South Korea will begin construction of a new dedicated training ship for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) in August after an agreement was reached on the vessel’s final design, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) in Seoul said a 17 July statement. Referred to by the MND as the ATX, the

  • Threod Systems develops new Stream UAV variant

    Estonia’s Threod Systems is developing a new variant of its Stream small tactical unmanned aircraft system (UAS), Jane’s has learned. The Stream C will be a larger platform and will maintain the catapult launch capability of the in-service model, however, plans are in place to introduce

  • Drone Nest readies for trials

    Estonia’s Eli Airborne Solutions expects to start field testing of its Drone Nest later this year, with a goal of having a production-ready system in early 2018, Jane’s has learned. Mikk Sarapik, Eli’s sales manager, told Jane’s that trials with the Estonian Border Guard are

  • Chile to upgrade its two Type 209/1400 submarines

    The Chilean Navy's commander in chief, Vice Admiral Julio Leiva Molina, confirmed earlier this month, during Chile's submarine centennial celebrations, that the two German-built Thomson (Type 209/1400) class diesel-electric submarines currently operated by the service will undergo a final

  • First steel cut for Italian Navy’s new LHD

    Fincantieri marked the start of construction for the Italian Navy’s new landing helicopter dock (LHD) with a steel cutting ceremony at its shipyard in Castellammare di Stabia near Naples on 12 July. The new LHD is being built under a EUR1.1 billion (USD1.3 billion) contract awarded to an

  • Turkey’s Anka armed UAV conducts first strike

    Turkey’s Anka medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) conducted its first strike early on 12 July in the Bingöl district in eastern Anatolia, killing five members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), the Turkish Ministry of Defence announced on its

  • COTECMAR expected to deliver Honduran vessel in November

    Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos announced that a multipurpose vessel the country is constructing for Honduras will be delivered on 6 November. The statement was made at a 12 July meeting with Honduran president Juan Orlando Hernandez, during which the two leaders visited the platform,

  • RMMV details German HX2 order

    Following a trio of quick-succession defeats at the hands of Sweden’s Scania, Germany’s Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) recently bounced back to secure a Bundeswehr order that has the potential to exceed 2,200 vehicles. RMMV announced on 7 July that Germany’s Federal

  • Thai navy evaluates upgraded V-150 armoured vehicle

    The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has completed initial testing of a re-engineered and upgraded Cadillac Gage V-150 Commando 4x4 light armoured vehicle. Designated HMV-150, the donor platform for the project was a damaged vehicle salvaged from southern Thailand in October 2016 by local company Panus

  • UK to decide on future F-35 variant 'at appropriate time'

    The UK government has given its clearest indication to date that it could be considering a split-buy for its future fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters (JSF). Answering questions in Parliament, the Minister of State for Defence and Deputy Leader of the House of Lords,

  • Brazil’s Almirante Gastão Motta tanker operational again

    The Brazilian Navy’s Almirante Gastão Motta (G 23) tanker has rejoined the fleet after five months in maintenance. The platform was taken to Arsenal de Marinha do Rio de Janeiro, a maintenance centre, where its turbine was repaired and the motor and energy generators were inspected, the

  • China commissions Type 056 corvette into South Sea Fleet

    China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has commissioned another Type 056 (Jiangdao)-class corvette into the service's South Sea Fleet. The vessel, Hanzhong (pennant number 520), was commissioned on 11 July, and was launched in July 2016. According to Jane's Fighting Ships , the Type 056

  • Colombian Navy christens OPV Victoria

    The Colombian Navy (ARC) christened offshore patrol vessel (OPV) ARC Victoria during an 8 July ceremony in Cartagena. The platform, based on Fassmer’s OPV-80 model, was built by Colombia’s state-run COTECMAR. Victoria is 80.6 m long, weighs 1,800 tonnes, has a maximum speed of 21 kts,

  • First US expeditionary sea base deploys

    Key Points USNS Lewis B. Puller will primarily support AMCM and special forces operations in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility The ship will replace the 46-year old USS Ponce The US Navy's (USN’s) first purpose-built expeditionary sea base is en-route to the Gulf to begin its maiden

  • 3D printed parts help keep USN T-45 trainers aloft

    Key Points The navy is using 3-D printed parts in its T-45 trainer aircraft The parts could help reduce physiological episodes in pilots The US Navy’s (USN’s) Additive Manufacturing (AM) Warfare Center Working Group recently addressed a critical fleet need using 3-D printing, USN

  • Oman receives first Pars III IFVs

    Turkey’s FNSS Savunma Sistemleri armoured vehicle manufacturer revealed on 12 July that Oman had ordered 172 8x8 Pars III armoured vehicles when it announced that the first ones had been delivered. The announcement included photographs of a Pars III infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) painted in

  • Poland reinforces armour

    Under its new strategic defence review, Poland plans to expand its armoured component by purchasing additional Leopard 2 main battle tanks (MBTs), upgrading older T-72 and PT-91 tanks, and increasing the level of protection of other combat vehicles. The defence review, published in May 2017, sets

  • Bangladesh Air Force training aircraft crashes in Chittagong

    A Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) Yakovlev Yak-130 'Mitten' training aircraft crashed on 11 July in Bangladesh’s southeastern Chittagong District, according to local media reports. BAF officials were quoted by the online news portal bdnews24.com as saying that both pilots ejected safely from the

  • Thales proposes Watchkeeper UAS for Indonesian Air Force's ISTAR requirements

    Key Points Thales has offered the Watchkeeper UAS for the Indonesian Air Force's requirements System is being considered to improve the service's surveillance, reconnaissance, and target acquisition capabilities Thales UK is positioning the company's WK 450 Watchkeeper unmanned aircraft system

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