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  • Rheinmetall reveals OSIRIS command trainer

    Rheinmetall Electronics revealed its new OSIRIS constructive simulation command and staff training system at the 2017 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) exhibition in Orlando in November. This is a comprehensive upgrade of the existing system based on

  • Brazilian Army seeks to modernise remaining M113B APCs

    The Brazilian Army is seeking to modernise its remaining M113B armoured personnel carriers (APCs), it recently told Jane’s . Such a programme has not been finalised, but plans are being discussed for a “third phase” of the M113BR project, officials said. The Brazilian Army

  • CAE pursues LVC technologies with Rockwell Collins

    CAE has partnered with Rockwell Collins to advance Live Virtual Constructive (LVC) capabilities for distributed training exercises, with flight training as one of the developmental efforts currently under way. In the quest to develop LVC integrated training, the addition of the live flying aircraft

  • Future Chinese carriers to deploy J-20, J-31 stealth fighters, says report

    China’s future straight-deck carriers will operate aircraft such as the Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group J-20 and the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation J-31 ‘fifth-generation’ stealth-enhanced fighters, according to a 6 December report by the state-owned Global Times newspaper.

  • 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

  • Social media posts reveal submarine deployments

    Key Points Submariners may be identified on social media, despite generally demonstrating a higher level of operational security than most other military personnel, particularly if social network analysis is performed on their online activity. Submerged submarines cannot be tracked using open

  • 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

  • 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,

  • 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

  • PAKFA flies with production-standard engine

    The Sukhoi T-50 PAKFA fifth-generation fighter has flown with a production-standard engine for the first time, United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) announced on 5 December. The T-50 prototype flew for 17 minutes out of the Gromov Flight Research Institute (LII) in Zhukovskiy, UAC said, adding that the

  • Pakistan’s KSEW launches 600-tonne patrol vessel for PMSA

    Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works Limited (KSEW) has launched a 600-tonne maritime patrol vessel (MPV) on order for the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA), according to a statement by the state-owned shipyard. The 68.5 m-long multi-mission ship, which was launched on 5 December in

  • Pressures build on Venezuelan president

    Key Points The escape from house arrest of Venezuelan opposition leader Antonio Ledezma may have involved some degree of military complicity, although overall military loyalty appears assured. Purges, promotions, and access to economic resources are tools used by Venezuelan President Nicolás

  • Singapore Armed Forces advances air-land strike capabilities with ‘Forging Sabre’ 2017

    Key Points The Singapore Armed Forces is conducting Exercise ‘Forging Sabre’ 2017, a large scale air-land integration and live-fire exercise in Arizona The exercise will also test and validate a range of new capabilities for the army and air force The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is

  • Syria claims improved performance against Israeli strikes

    The Syrian military has claimed it shot down five Israeli missiles on 1 and 4 December. The state Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) cited an informed source as saying that Israel launched 12 surface-to-surface missiles at a military site in Damascus province at 0030 h on 1 December; two were shot down

  • USAF lifts Texan II grounding

    The US Air Force’s (USAF’s) 71st Flying Training Wing has lifted a temporary grounding order of its Beechcraft T-6A Texan II trainer aircraft that was put in place following a series of physiological events affecting pilots. The USAF announced on 5 December that no cause for the events

  • Analysis: Wings over the ocean – US Navy charts future course for carrier aviation

    Key Points Having been the sole preserve of the F/A-18 Hornet-series combat aircraft for more than a decade, the tactical air support element of the USN's CAWsis set to be joined in the coming years by the F-35C Lightning II at what is to be a pivotal point in the service's aviation history. When

  • First AAF pilots of UH-60 Black Hawks graduate

    Six Afghan Air Force (AAF) members became the first-ever AAF pilots of UH-60 Black Hawk utility helicopters after graduating from aircraft qualification training on 20 November, according to a 4 December statement by the US Air Force (USAF). "I am happily announcing that today [20 November] a

  • Honduras faces weeks of protests amid contested presidential election, likely resulting in operational delays, commercial property damage

    Key Points Some police units have refused to follow orders in enforcing a government-imposed curfew, potentially reducing the government’s capacity to enforce security. Supply chain disruptions and cargo transit delays are likely to be resolved before the end of the year. Protracted

  • Il-78M-90A rolled out

    On 29 November the prototype of the Il-78M-90A aerial refuelling tanker was rolled out at the Аviastar-SP plant in Ulyanovsk, Russia. Based on the new Il-76MD-90A, the variant will add to, and eventually replace, the fleet of 21 Il-78/Il-78M aircraft operational with the Russian air force

  • Special forces upgrade cyber-warfare capabilities

    Key Points Initiatives are being examined across the international special operations community to increase defensive and offensive toolsets for tactical cyber-warfare applications. Desired capabilities include pre-strike cyber ‘artillery barrages’, malware insertion to disable enemy

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