• US gifts Greece Kiowa scout helicopters

    The Greek Government Council for Foreign Affairs and Defence (KYSEA) has accepted a US donation of 70 retired OH-58D Kiowa Warrior reconnaissance helicopters for the Hellenic Army. KYSEA authorised the Ministry of Defence to receive EUR44.16 million (USD52.8 million) for restoring the helicopters

  • BAE Systems contracted to integrate APKWS II onto USMC legacy Hornets

    The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has awarded BAE Systems a USD577,300 contract to integrate the WGU-59/B Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II (APKWS II) onto F/A-18A-D Hornet strike fighters. The contract, which was awarded on 3 October 2017 but not disclosed until 10 January,

  • Indonesia in pursuit of exports in emerging markets

    Indonesia is pursuing new defence export opportunities in Senegal and Laos as part of its expanding efforts to penetrate emerging international defence markets. Indonesia’s state-run Antara news agency reported on 10 January that Senegal is looking to procure an additional CN-235 transport

  • Russian MoD announces procurement of Czech-designed L-410 aircraft

    The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced it will procure 18 Czech-designed L-410 Turbolet short-range, twin-engined, short take-off and landing (STOL) capable transport aircraft for an undisclosed price from the Ural Works of Civil Aviation (UZGA) in Yekaterinburg, where the aircraft are

  • Surface Navy 2018: Orbital ATK joins efforts to develop US Navy’s next 5-inch round

    Orbital ATK has unveiled its Precision Guidance Kit (PGK)-Aft Guided 5-inch projectile concept for navy guns, which uses similar technology to the company's 155 mm M1156 PGK. The US Navy (USN) has a need, although not a specific requirement yet, for adding a precision-guidance capability for its

  • Surface Navy 2018: Orbital ATK plans to test 6 lb air-dropped Hatchet munition in 2018

    In 2018 Orbital ATK plans to conduct live-fire guide-to-hit trials with an all-up Hatchet air-launched munition, an internally funded effort to develop a 6 lb (2.72 kg) precision-guided weapon. Company officials told Jane’s that, although it has a small explosive charge, Hatchet’s

  • Surface Navy 2018: Construction to begin in May for USN’s first Arleigh Burke Flight III destroyer

    The next-generation of the US Navy’s (USN's) guided missile destroyers, the DDG 51 Arleigh Burke-class Flight III, is finishing a final design phase and shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) is scheduled to start construction in May. Final 3D ‘zone’ modelling was

  • Turkey to recruit more than 43,000 additional military personnel in 2018

    The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) will recruit more than 43,000 new military personnel in 2018 to fill gaps and to meet urgent requirements after more than 8,000 staff were dismissed or arrested in purges following the July 2016 failed coup attempt. Turkish Defence Minister Nurettin Canikli told a

  • PGZ reveals surge in exports

    Poland’s Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ) announced its 2017 earnings on 9 January and outlined its projections for future growth, as exports surge. According to PGZ, in 2017 the firm exported PLN798 million (USD228 million) through completed contracts and also secured agreements valued at

  • Remanufactured Apaches take off in Boeing Q4 deliveries

    Boeing has revealed the numbers of aircraft it delivered in the fourth quarter of 2017, with remanufactured Apache rotorcraft accounting for the highest number of deliveries in its defence business. A total of 14 remanufactured Apaches were delivered in the fourth quarter, and 57 over the total

  • Surface Navy 2018: US officials believe they will field 38 amphibious ships

    The US Navy (USN) believes it is on track to provide the US Marine Corps with the 38 amphibious ships the marines say they need. The USN’s fleet includes so-called big-deck amphibious assault ships – landing helicopter assaults (LHAs) and landing helicopter docks (LHDs) – and

  • Surface Navy 2018: Wittman sees bipartisan support for new USCG icebreakers

    Key Points A key lawmaker sees bipartisan support for buying new US Coast Guard icebreakers Lawmakers split on whether the Pentagon or DHS should pay for these new ships A key lawmaker sees bipartisan support on Capitol Hill for the US Coast Guard (USCG) to buy one or more new polar icebreakers,

  • Russia expects to receive BMPTs in March

    Russian manufacturer Uralvagonzavod is expected to deliver more than 10 new BMPT (Terminator) fire support vehicles based on the T-90A chassis to the Russian military in 2018, the Interfax news agency has reported. The previous Terminator 2 variant used a T-72 chassis. The vehicle has yet to be

  • Chinese authorities to exert greater control over military-related information

    Chinese authorities are embarking on several new initiatives seemingly intended to exert greater control over military-related information published by local media. The state-owned Xinhua news agency reported on 6 January that China’s Central Military Commission (CMC) recently issued a new

  • Pyongyang, Seoul agree to hold inter-Korean military talks to ease tensions

    North and South Korea agreed on 9 January to hold bilateral military talks amid heightened regional tensions over Pyongyang’s development and testing of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, and joint US-South Korean military exercises. “Both sides recognised the need to resolve

  • Syrian military says it thwarts Israeli strikes

    The Syrian military announced on 9 January that it had prevented three Israeli attempts to attack targets in the Al-Qutayfah area northeast of Damascus earlier that day. In a statement reported by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the military’s General Command said Israeli aircraft

  • Another Israeli Arrow 3 test aborted

    The Israel Ministry of Defense (MoD) and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) halted the latest test of the Arrow 3 ballistic missile interceptor on 10 January, citing a technical error. The Arrow 3, which became operational a year ago, releases a ‘kill vehicle’ to intercept incoming

  • China aims to speed up training of carrier pilots

    China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is exploring ways of streamlining the training and increasing the number of fast jet pilots to keep pace with the country’s growing number of aircraft carriers, the state-owned Global Times newspaper reported on 7 January. Quoting Song

  • Orbital ATK to deliver armed C-208B aircraft to Afghanistan

    The US Air Force (USAF) is to award Orbital ATK a sole-source contract to procure, modify, and deliver seven Cessna C-208B Grand Caravan aircraft to Afghanistan. The notification, which was posted on the Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) website in late December 2017 and modified on 9

  • Surface Navy 2018: CNO seeks faster shipbuilding programmes

    The US Navy (USN) needs to find ways to build ships faster, Admiral John Richardson, the chief of naval operations, said. The USN is looking at current programmes such as its new guided-missile frigate FFG(X) and its Ford-class aircraft carriers for more rapid shipbuilding opportunities, Adm

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