• 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

  • Bundeswehr renews logistic truck fleet

    Germany's Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) has awarded Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) a framework contract for 629 HX2 family logistics vehicles in the last week. The contract follows on the heels of two smaller ones awarded to

  • USMC KC-130 crash kills 16 on board

    A US Marine Corps (USMC) Lockheed Martin KC-130 Hercules tanker-transport aircraft crashed on 10 July with the loss of all 16 personnel on board. The USMC confirmed the "mishap" on its website, but did not provide further details as to the precise nature of the incident, the KC-130

  • South Korean navy receives sixth KSS-2 attack submarine

    The Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) has taken delivery of its sixth air-independent propulsion (AIP)-capable KSS-2 (Type 214) diesel-electric submarine, according to a Yonhap report on 10 July. The 1,800-tonne vessel, which will be known as RoKS Yu Gwan-sun with pennant number 078 once it is

  • CH-53K makes first extended 'cross-country' flight

    Key Points Sikorsky's CH-53K made its first 'cross-country' flight from Florida to Maryland The company believes the programme is mature enough to start focusing on system qualification testing Sikorsky's CH-53K King Stallion heavy lift helicopter completed its first extended 'cross country'

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