• Nexter orders first batch of 40 mm CTAS for Jaguar

    Nexter has ordered the first batch of 40 mm Cased Telescoped Armament Systems (CTAS) from CTA International for France’s Jaguar 6x6 armoured fighting vehicle (AFV), Pierre Clouvel, president of the Nexter–BAE Systems joint venture, said on 18 May. The order for 110 CTAS was placed

  • Update: Indonesia formally accepts first Apache helos

    Indonesia has formally received into service the first Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters that arrived in-country in late 2017. An acceptance ceremony for the first three of eight helicopters on order was held at the Army Aviation Centre (Puspenerbad) at Lanud Ahmad Yani Semarang in

  • Konstrukta Defence unveils new 8×8 Eva self-propelled gun system

    Slovakia’s Joint-Stock Company Konstrukta Defence has showcased the new 8×8 variant of its Eva 155/52 mm calibre self-propelled gun-howitzer, which is also known by its export designation of Truck Mounted Gun (TMG). The latest 8×8 TMG – which is jointly developed by Konstrukta

  • US strengthens capacity building efforts across Asia Pacific with expeditionary fast transport ships

    Key Points The US Navy has expanded on the scope and involvement of its Spearhead-class fast transport ships in a series of humanitarian and capacity building missions Vessel type is proving out to be an instrumental component of the service’s effort to strengthen relationships with partners

  • TWL launches fuel barge for Indian Navy

    Kolkata-based Titagarh Wagons Limited (TWL) has launched the first of two barges on order for the Indian Navy (IN) capable of carrying 1,000 tons of fuel. In an 18 May statement, the IN said that the 68-m long vessel, which has an overall maximum displacement of 2,000 tons, entered the water on 17

  • Japan deploys second F-35A to Misawa Air Base

    The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) has deployed a second F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter to Misawa Air Base in northern Japan. The fifth-generation fighter, which arrived at Misawa on 15 May, was the third aircraft to undergo Final Assembly and Check Out (FACO) at Mitsubishi Heavy

  • RAF starts talks on E-3D AWACS replacement

    Key Points The RAF has begun to consider replacing its E-3D AWACS aircraft It is becoming increasingly costly to maintain the E-3Ds, meaning that replacing rather than upgrading them might be the most cost-effective option Senior UK Royal Air Force (RAF) officers and procurement officials have

  • Indonesia’s second Nagapasa-class submarine arrives home

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy has received its second South Korean-built diesel-electric boat Service is on track to operate a fleet of four submarines, including two older boats, in 2018 The Indonesian Navy’s (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL’s) second

  • Modernisation work starts on Peruvian submarine Chipana

    Peru has officially started work on modernising its naval submarine fleet with the recent hull-cut into submarine BAP Chipana (SS 34), the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said in a statement released on 16 May. The upgrading of the platform is taking place in the Callao facilities of the Peruvian

  • USMC receives first CH-53K heavy-lift helo

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has received the first of 200 Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopters that are set to arrive over the coming years. The milestone, which took place on 16 May, saw the corps accept the first helicopter to enter into the Supportability Test Plan (STP) that will

  • Jaguar prototype unveiled

    Key Points A prototype of France's Jaguar AFV was unveiled at Nexter on 16 May before it is displayed at Eurosatory 2018 The Jaguar, Griffon, upgraded Leclerc MBT, and VBMR léger are part of France's Scorpion programme A prototype of France's Jaguar 6x6 armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) was

  • Indian MoD issues RFP for 200 Ka-226T helicopters

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has issued a request for proposal (RFP) to the joint venture (JV) formed between Russian Helicopters and India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the supply of 200 Kamov Ka-226T ‘Hoodlum’ light multirole helicopters for the Indian Air

  • USS Milwaukee fires missiles to start LCS missile module testing

    The Freedom-class variant Littoral Combat Ship USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) conducted a live-fire missile exercise to start mission-module testing off the coast of Virginia on 11 May, US Navy (USN) officials said. Milwaukee fired four Longbow Hellfire missiles that successfully struck fast inshore attack

  • Sudan’s new FTC-2000 jets arrive

    The Sudanese Air Force has taken delivery of its new Chinese-made FTC-2000 jets, the Sudanese Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 16 May. The MoD said that a new squadron for the FTC-2000s had been officially inaugurated in a ceremony attended by the Major General Awad Khalafallah Marawi, the

  • First leased King Air 350 certified for use by RNZAF

    The first of four leased Beechcraft King Air 350 aircraft has been certified for use by the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF), New Zealand’s Minister of Defence, Ron Mark, announced on 10 May, adding that the remaining three platforms will be delivered progressively into 2019. The

  • Bangladesh procurement of surplus UK C-130Js confirmed with support deal

    The sale of two UK-surplus Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules transport aircraft to Bangladesh has been confirmed by a support contract announced by Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group on 10 May. While a government-to-government agreement on the sale of two of the Royal Air Force’s 10

  • Delayed simulator hits German Navy Sea Lion preparations

    The German Navy is having to adjust its plans to introduce the NH90-variant Sea Lion helicopter into service due to a delay in procuring a bespoke simulator system, a senior service official told reporters on 14 May. Speaking at the home of German Naval Aviation at Naval Air Station (NAS) Nordholz,

  • China’s second aircraft carrier begins sea trials

    China’s second aircraft carrier sailed from the Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (DSIC) shipyard on 13 May to commence initial sea trials, according to Chinese state media, a move which comes just one year and two weeks after the ship was launched. The ship, which has yet to be given

  • New UAVs completing Russian state testing

    Russia is testing and may soon procure four new types of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), including its first heavy strike UAV, according to Deputy Defence Minister Yury Borisov. Borisov, who is believed to be in line to become deputy prime minister for defence industry in the new Russian

  • Tu-22M3M bomber to make maiden flight in third quarter of 2018

    Preparations of the Tu-22M3M prototype are nearing completion for its maiden flight, in the third quarter of 2018, which could take place in August, a Russian aerospace industry source has told Jane’s . “Assembly of the aircraft is being completed,” the source reported. The

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