• Brazil seeks industry consultation for building new corvettes

    The Brazilian Navy has issued a 'consultation call' for building corvettes, a procedure open to Brazilian and foreign shipbuilders and companies organised into a consortium. The effort is meant to obtain four ships forming the Tamandaré class, according to the basic project developed by the

  • China commissions another corvette, launches more frigates

    The latest Jiangdao-class (Type 056/056A) corvette to enter service with China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) was commissioned into the South Sea Fleet on 31 March in a ceremony held at the naval base in Sanya, on Hainan Island. The following day a Jiangkai II-class (Type 054A) frigate was

  • China's locally built amphibious aircraft to make maiden flight in May

    China's locally built AG600 amphibious aircraft will embark on its maiden flight in May from the southern Chinese city of Zhuhai, China's state-owned Xinhua news agency quoted the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) as saying on 30 March. "The AG600 will conduct a full resonance test

  • IDF officially declares David's Sling operational

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) declared the David's Sling air defence system officially operational on 2 April during a ceremony at Hatzor Airbase. David's Sling provides an intermediate air defence layer below the coverage of the Arrow anti-ballistic-missile system and above the anti-rocket

  • KADDB puts new 8x8 vehicle through its paces

    Jordan's King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) is currently testing its first 8x8 armoured fighting vehicle (AFV). The Almared is based on a Tatra 8x8 high-mobility cross-country chassis and features an all-welded steel armoured body that is claimed to provide ballistic protection

  • Navy League 2017: CH-53K production decision looms

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion programme is awaiting an imminent initial production decision, with four built so far and two more on long-lead contracts. The CH-53K first flew in October 2015, underwent an initial operational assessment a year later, and is scheduled for a

  • Navy League 2017: USMC, Sikorsky working through CH-53K engine issues

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion is meeting its performance goals, but officials are working though some engine issues discovered during testing. The K-model so far has been able to "meet and exceed every KPP [key performance parameter] that has been levied on the

  • Panama, Taiwan sign agreement for naval interceptor craft

    Panama and Taiwan have signed an agreement for the latter's donation of an Interceptor 1102 platform for the Central American country, Panama's Ministry of Public Security (Ministerio de Seguridad Pública: MINSEG) reported on 29 March. The Interceptor will be utilised by the National Naval Air

  • Poland orders three Boeing BBJ2 aircraft for VIP transport

    Poland has signed a contract worth PLN2.06 billion (USD517.82 million) with Boeing for three medium-sized VIP transport aircraft, the Ministry of National Defence announced on 31 March. The order comprised two new Boeing 737-800NG/Boeing Business Jet 2 (BBJ2) aircraft along with a second-hand

  • Poland revises Patriot LoR for Wisla

    The Polish Ministry of National Defence (MND) has issued a revised Letter of Request (LOR) to the United States government for the acquisition of the Patriot Air and Missile defence system under the US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) mechanism. The LOR opens a final phase of negotiations with the US

  • Russia's MoD to buy first three Yak-152 trainers in 2017

    Russia`s Ministry of Defence (MoD) is planning to sign a contract with the Irkutsk Aviation Plant (a subsidiary of the Irkut Corporation) for the first three Yakovlev Yak-152 basic trainers later in 2017, Deputy Defence Minister Yury Borisov said during a visit to the enterprise. "I hope that

  • Russia reveals Su-30SME export 'Flanker' details

    Russia has revealed new details of the Su-30SME export variant of the Sukhoi 'Flanker' fighter that it launched in early 2016. Speaking at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) exhibition in Malaysia, president of Irkut Corporation Oleg Demchenko revealed performance

  • US Army advances Robotic Wingman unmanned vehicle effort

    The US Army is looking at using either a High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) or the M113 armoured personnel carrier, as the foundation for an unmanned vehicle effort dubbed Robotic Wingman. The Robotic Wingman is currently in the science and technology development phase, Major Mike Dvorak,

  • Boeing first out of blocks with T-X proposal

    Boeing has become the first competitor to submit to the US Air Force (USAF) its proposal for the service's fighter trainer replacement programme (T-X), the company announced on 30 March. In a tweet stating it was 'turning up the heat!", Boeing said it had submitted its proposal for the USAF's

  • Patria and Schiebel work to fit MUM-T technology to Camcopter UAS

    Patria and Schiebel are working to integrate the former's Compact Airborne Networking Data Link (CANDL) communication network onto the latter's Camcopter S-100 rotary-wing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), it was announced on 30 March. The effort by the Finnish-Norwegian and Austrian companies is

  • AGAT develops Berkut-1E UAV

    Minsk, Belarus-based AGAT Control Systems has developed a new variant of its Berkut-1 small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The Berkut-1E builds on the design of the earlier system and has two configurations - a 3.3 m wingspan, 1.5 m long aircraft or a 3.7 m wingspan, 1.7 m long variant, which also

  • Indian Navy retires fleet of Tu-142M maritime patrol aircraft

    The Indian Navy (IN) decommissioned its fleet of Soviet-era Tupolev Tu-142M long-range maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft on 29 March after 29 years of service. At a ceremony presided over by IN Chief of Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba, the Tu-142Ms, of which Jane's understands

  • Indian Navy inducts first Mk IV LCU

    Key Points The Indian Navy has commissioned its first Mk IV LCU vessel Platform will strengthen the service's presence in India's Andaman and Nicobar Islands territory The Indian Navy has commissioned the first of eight Mk IV Landing Craft Utility (LCU) vessels designed and manufactured by

  • LIMA 2017: CSOC discloses further details of Littoral Mission Ship proposal for Malaysia

    Key Points A Chinese state-owned shipbuilder has shed more light on its Littoral Mission Ship proposal for Malaysia Details point to a lightly armed platform that can be quickly configured for a wide spectrum of missions An official from China Shipbuilding & Offshore International Co (CSOC)

  • Indonesian shipbuilder cuts steel on seventh PC-40-class vessel

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy has ordered another lightly armed variant of the KCR-40 missile attack craft Platform is meant to bolster the service's maritime surveillance and fishery resources protection capabilities Indonesian shipbuilder PT Caputra Mitra Sejati has begun work on a PC-40-class

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