• NATO details preliminary APS standards

    NATO’s Standardisation Agency has released initial details of the Standardisation Agreement (STANAG) covering active protection systems (APS). While still a working draft, STANAG 4686, in addition to the accompanying Allied Engineering Publication (AEP)-62 has already defined methodologies for

  • Qatar signs for 12 more Rafale fighters

    Qatar has exercised its option to buy a further 12 Dassault Rafale combat aircraft, the manufacturer announced on 7 December. The agreement, which adds to Qatar’s previous buy of 24 Rafales signed in May 2015, was penned during a visit to the Gulf state by French President Emmanuel Macron.

  • Queen Elizabeth commissioned as Royal Navy's new flagship

    The first of the UK’s two new aircraft carriers, Queen Elizabeth , has been commissioned into the Royal Navy (RN) as its new flagship at a ceremony held at HM Naval Base Portsmouth. The ceremony on 7 December was attended by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, UK

  • Second Zumwalt-class ship starts builder’s trials

    The second Zumwalt-class guided-missile destroyer, Michael Monsoor (DDG 1002), departed Bath Iron Works on 4 December to start builder’s sea trials, the shipbuilder reported. Meanwhile, the lead ship of the class, USS Zumwalt , is still undergoing combat-systems trials, US Navy (USN)

  • Triumph Group merges business units

    Aerospace components manufacturer Triumph has announced the merger of its Aerospace Structures and Precision Components businesses into a single unit that will retain the Aerospace Structures name. The unit will be led by Peter Wick who currently runs the Precision Components unit.

  • US Army moves to rapidly improve EMC capability

    Three months after taking delivery of the Enroute Mission Command (EMC) system, the US Army is exploring how to make it more agile, increase performance and security, and potentially drive down maintenance and sustainment costs. Over the next two years, the army will work to enhance EMC with

  • US Army seeks air defence and C-UAV system for Stryker vehicles

    The US Army is looking for an interim close-in air defence and counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) system to field on its Stryker wheeled infantry carrier and reconnaissance vehicles. A request for information (RFI) for 72 Interim Maneuver Short-Range Air Defense (IM-SHORAD) systems was issued

  • Lockheed Martin highlights synthetic training capabilities for F-35

    Lockheed Martin is promoting its F-35 Ground Based Training System (GBTS), covering the full continuum of learning from the schoolhouse through advanced tactics and mission rehearsal, as an affordable but high-fidelity alternative for pilots and aircraft maintainers to gain proficiency in their

  • Anaren acquired by TTM Technologies

    US-based TTM Technologies announced on 3 December that it had acquired Anaren for USD775 million in cash from private equity firm Veritas Capital. Anaren undertakes the development and manufacture of a range of printed circuit board and radio frequency components and subsystems for the defence,

  • Australian DoD awards USD3.5 million contract for development of IED-identifying system

    Australia’s Department of Defence (DoD) has awarded a AUD4.6 million (USD3.5 million) to New South Wales-based company RingIR Pty Ltd to develop a system capable of locating and identifying improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne announced in a 6

  • Turkey seeks to buy Harriers as an interim measure until F-35Bs are ready

    Turkey has been seeking to buy an unknown number of Harrier fighters as a stop-gap measure until the F-35B short take-off/vertical landing (STOVL) version of the Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is ready for Turkish service, Jane’s has learned from reliable Turkish and Western defence

  • Canadian government rejects FREMM bid for new surface combatant

    A last-minute offer to build the Royal Canadian Navy’s future Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) warship has been rejected by Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC). A combined Fincantieri and Naval Group submission offered a fixed-price of CAD30 billion to build 15 Frégates

  • Colombian Army to receive new fire simulators

    A new artillery fire control simulator for the Colombian Army was revealed at the 2017 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) exhibition in Orlando in November. Development of the Mobile Artillery Simulator (MAS) by a partnership of Florida-based ETech

  • First KC-46A tanker for USAF makes maiden flight

    The first Boeing KC-46A Pegasus tanker earmarked for the US Air Force (USAF) made its maiden flight on 5 December, the manufacturer has announced. The first USAF aircraft and the seventh to be built overall departed Paine Field in Washington state for a three-and-a-half hour test flight that saw it

  • India successfully tests Akash SAM with locally developed seeker

    India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully tested on 5 December an Akash surface-to-air missile (SAM) fitted with an indigenously designed radio-frequency seeker. Fired from the Integrated Test Range in Chandipur against a ‘Banshee’ aerial target,

  • Iranian Navy commissions fourth Sina FAC-M

    The Islamic Republic of Iran Navy (IRIN) commissioned its fourth domestically built Sina fast attack craft (FAC) on 5 December. The commissioning of Separ (P 234) took place at the IRIN’s Bandar-e Anzali base on the Caspian. The first three Sinas were commissioned by the Caspian fleet between

  • Israel declares F-35 to be operational

    The Israeli Air Force (IAF) has declared its fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft to be operational, the service announced on 6 December. This milestone for the IAF’s F-35, which is designated F-35I Adir (‘Mighty One’) in national

  • Japan cool on long-range missile reports

    Japan is conducting studies about the missile capabilities required to boost national security but it has not yet adopted a policy to equip its fighter aircraft with long-range precision air-launched missiles that could strike North Korean missile sites, Japan’s Defence Minister Itsunori

  • Japan nears end of X-2 fighter trials

    Japan’s Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) has confirmed to Jane’s that it is nearing the end of the testing phase of its Mitsubishi X-2 ‘Shinshin’ (Spirit) combat technology demonstrator aircraft as part of a wider project to assess capabilities in support

  • Mexico receives final Panther helo

    The Mexican Navy has received into service its tenth and final AS565 MBe Panther helicopter during a delivery ceremony at Airbus Helicopters in Marignane on 6 December, the manufacturer announced. The final two helicopters were handed over on schedule, some three years after the order was placed in

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