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  • Argentina sends rebuilt icebreaker on sea trials

    The Argentine Navy icebreaker ARA Almirante Irízar began its first sea trails on 4 July, after being rebuilt and modernised following a fire on 10 April 2007. Repairs proceeded slowly due to political and budgetary problems, and indecision over whether to simply repair the ship or to also

  • Denel delivers additional Casspir armoured vehicles

    Denel announced on 5 July that 21 Casspir armoured vehicles are ready for delivery to an African customer it did not identify, but is likely to be Angola. The company said the consignment is part of an order for 45 vehicles that are based on its new-generation Casspir NG2000 series, the first batch

  • Lockheed Martin launches LCS 15

    Lockheed Martin launched the future steel monohull Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) variant USS Billings (LCS 15) into the Menominee River in Marinette, Wisconsin, at the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard on 1 July 2017. To prepare for the launch, 118-m long Billings was moved to its

  • Type 26 contract leaves unanswered questions on RN ship numbers

    Key Points Type 26 frigates will be produced at a rate of one ship every two years, with the first ship entering service in the mid-2020s The planned retirement of one Type 23 per year from 2023 has increased the importance of establishing a funded Type 31 GPFF acquisition programme Questions

  • Wreckage of missing IAF helicopter found in Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh

    The wreckage of an Indian Air Force (IAF) Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) that went missing on 4 July in India's mountainous northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh has been found. "The wreckage was found [on 5 July] in the Papum Pare district by rescue teams from the Indian Army, the

  • Belgian C-130s fly again

    Belgian air force C-130H transport aircraft are flying again and are "practically operational", the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 4 July. Some of the aircraft are still grounded but will return to the air in the next few days and the entire fleet of 11 C-130s will be operational

  • Modified WR-21 recuperator set for Type 45 deployment test

    Key Points A modified WR-21 recuperator completed a 500-hour Accelerated Simulated Mission Endurance Test earlier this year The modified recuperator design has now been installed on a Type 45 for sea trials A Rolls-Royce WR-21 gas turbine incorporating a modified recuperator design has begun

  • Serbia deploys upgraded BOV light armoured vehicles

    An undisclosed number of the Serbian Land Forces' 4x4 BOV light armoured vehicles (LAVs) have been upgraded by the Serbian Military Technical Institute (MTI) to extend their operational lives. The improved vehicles have been designated the BOV M-16. The upgrade package includes the installation of

  • Serbia showcases upgraded BVP M-80AB1 IFV

    The Military Technical Institute (MTI) of the Republic of Serbia has unveiled a prototype of its upgraded BVP M-80A tracked infantry fighting vehicle (IFV). The upgraded vehicle has been designated the BVP M-80AB1. A new passive applique armour package has been fitted to the hull and turret to

  • Sweden upgrades Gävle-class corvettes

    The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) awarded Saab Dynamics a SEK1.247 (USD146.4 million) contract for the mid-life upgrade of Sweden's Gävle-class corvettes, the company announced on 30 June. The upgrade, due to be carried out in 2017-20, will see HMS Gavle and HMS Sundsvall

  • Turkey releases RFIs for UAV development

    Turkey's Defence Industries Undersecretariat (SSM) released a request for information (RFI) on 29 June for the development of mini unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for reconnaissance. The RFIs are open to local companies only and the deadline for responses is 28 July, according to an SSM statement

  • Project 20385 Gremyaschiy-class corvette launched at Northern Shipyard

    Russia's Northern Shipyard (Severnaya Verf), a subsidiary of the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), has launched the lead ship of the Project 20385 Gremyaschiy-class corvettes, Jane's has learned. According to the shipyard's director general, Igor Ponomaryov, the Project 20385 corvette designed

  • Turkey launches last MILGEM corvette

    Turkey's Kinaliada corvette, the fourth warship of the National Vessel (MILGEM) project, was launched on 3 July. The last MILGEM Ada-class corvette, TCG Kinaliada , will become operational in 2019. Two smaller corvettes of the class, TCG Heybeliada and TCG Büyükada , are operational, and

  • Poland receives first Rak 120 mm mortar vehicles

    The Polish 17 Mechanised Brigade's 1 Mechanised Battalion based in Miedzyrzecz received eight self-propelled 120 mm Rak mortar systems and four all-wheel drive (AWD) command post vehicles on 30 June. The brigade is currently equipped with 247 Rosomak-based vehicles. Two AWR 4x4 artillery

  • UK signs up for first three Type 26 frigates

    Key Points The long-awaited Batch 1 contract covers the construction of the first three of a planned class of eight ships The formal steel cutting for the first of class will occur at BAE Systems' Govan facility later this month BAE Systems will officially begin production of the first of the UK

  • South Korea cuts steel on third KSS-III submarine

    Key Points South Korea has begun work on a third KSS-III diesel-electric boat Programme will see South Korea operate its largest and most capable submarines South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has held a steel-cutting ceremony for the country's third KSS-III submarine, the

  • Argentina's FAdeA rolls out first production Pampa III

    Argentina's Fábrica Argentina de Aviones SA (FAdeA) on 29 June rolled out the first IA-63 Pampa III destined to the Argentine Air Force. This is the first of an initial small order for three aircraft and is to be followed by a second larger batch that is being negotiated. The aircraft's first

  • Nexter Systems expands TITUS trials fleet

    Nexter Systems is building a further two examples of its Tactical Infantry Transport and Utility System (TITUS) vehicle, Jane's has learned. TITUS has been developed as a private venture using internal research and developing funding and was first shown in 2013. Two prototypes have already been

  • China confirms conducting trials of new light battle tank in Tibet

    China's Ministry of National Defense (MND) has confirmed media reports that the People's Liberation Army (PLA) recently conducted trials of a new light battle tank (LBT) in Tibet. "Recently a new type of tank has undertaken trials on the Tibetan Plateau. The trials were aimed at testing the

  • Chinese navy commissions 25th Jiangkai II-class frigate

    China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) commissioned its 25th Jiangkai II-class (Type 054A) frigate on 29 June, just six days after the previous ship of the class. Named Wuhu and given pennant number 539, the vessel is expected to join two other Type 054A frigates operated by the 10th

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