• China launches latest Yaogan-series satellite

    China placed its latest satellite in orbit on 27 August, carried by a Long March 4C rocket launched from the Taiyuan satellite launch centre in northern China. Yaogan-27 was described by Chinese media as a remote sensing satellite to be used for land surveys, crop yield forecasts, and disaster

  • Russian Borey-class SSBN nears completion of transfer to Pacific Fleet

    Key Points Russian Borey-class SSBN scheduled to complete transfer to Pacific Fleet Russia plans to base four Boreys in the Pacific The Russian Navy's Borey-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) Alexander Nevsky is scheduled to arrive at its Pacific Fleet home base in early

  • USN kicks off LRASM integration on F/A-18E/F

    The US Navy (USN) has begun initial integration of the Lockheed Martin's Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) onto the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet carrier-borne strike fighter. Fit checks are being conducted at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Maryland, ahead of the start of airworthiness

  • Last Brazilian Army SPAAGs arrive in Rio de Janeiro

    The last eight of 34 Krauss-Maffei Wegmann Gepard 1A2 self-propelled anti-aircraft guns (SPAAGs) acquired from German Army surplus disembarked in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 31 August. After completing an official receipt process, the vehicles, which are the sixth batch received, will conduct a

  • Poland set to acquire Poprad SHORAD system

    Pit Radwar (formerly Bumar Elektronika) has been selected by the Armament's Inspectorate of the Polish Ministry of National Defence (MND) to engage in exclusive negotiations for the acquisition of its Poprad short-range air defence (SHORAD) system for the Polish Army. MND spokesperson Colonel Jacek

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  • New Zealand selects LMT rifle for Steyr replacement

    US small arms manufacturer Lewis Machine & Tool Co (LMT) has been named the preferred tenderer in the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) Individual Weapon Replacement programme. IHS Jane's understands that LMT's AR-15-derived CQB16 has been selected to replace the Steyr AUG A1 assault rifle in
  • IN to get more Mk 54 lightweight torpedo kits

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded Raytheon a USD29.75 million contract that includes the delivery of Mk 54 Mod 0 Lightweight Torpedo (LWT) kits to the Indian Navy. The contract, which was announced on 31 August, covers the manufacture and delivery (plus engineering and repair services

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