• French Navy pilots complete Dauphin N3 conversion training

    The first full-scale conversion course of five French Navy helicopter pilots graduated on 17 January at Lanvéoc-Poulmic Air Base in a ceremony that confirms that the fleet of four leased Airbus Helicopters Dauphin N3s is now fully up to speed. The four helicopters, owned by NHV France, have

  • IAV 2020: Elbit’s Iron Fist engages kinetic energy round

    Key Points An Iron Fist Light Kinetic (IFLK) round has successfully intercepted an APFSDS projectile in tests It is unclear how interchangeable the IFLK is with the Iron Fist Light Decoupled (IFLD) system ordered by the US and Israeli militaries Elbit Systems’ Iron Fist active protection

  • Australia proves out aviation training vessel’s disaster relief capabilities

    The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is proving out the humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) capabilities of its aviation training vessel, MV Sycamore , during its deployment with Operation 'Bushfire Assist'. The operation is the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF’s) contribution

  • IAV 2020: Rafael integrates Firefly loitering munition with vehicles

    Rafael displayed a more refined version of its Spike Firefly loitering munition during the International Armoured Vehicles (IAV) 2020 conference held in London on 20-23 January, and revealed it has been integrated with vehicles. When it was unveiled in 2018, the Spike Firefly was presented as both

  • India’s DRDO selects Israeli-made EO/IR system

    Israel’s Controp Precision Technologies has won a tender to supply its iSKY-50HD electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) system for fitment onto unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) being developed by India’s state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). In a 22 January

  • India’s OFB set to begin series production of upgraded M46 field guns

    India’s state-owned Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) is about to begin series production of an upgraded variant of the Indian Army’s M46 towed field gun (IA) following successful user trials. Official sources told Jane’s on 24 January that the OFB’s Gun Carriage Factory (GCF) at

  • Philippine Navy chief singles out Subic Bay as possible future submarine base

    The Philippine Navy’s flag-officer-in-command, Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad, has singled out the site currently occupied by Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines (HHIC-Philippines) in Subic Bay as a possible location for the country’s submarine base. "Once there's a

  • UK Royal Navy gets set to start Wilton MCM route survey task

    The UK Royal Navy (RN) plans to start operations in March with a new unmanned autonomous capability for peacetime mine countermeasures (MCM) tasks. Operating from HM Naval Base Clyde, the new capability – being delivered under Project Wilton – is due to achieve initial operating

  • Yemeni deconfliction efforts likely to be derailed by mass-casualty ballistic missile attack

    Key Points A ballistic missile attack on a military camp in Yemen’s Marib governorate on 18 January killed 111 military personnel and wounded dozens more. Although no claim of responsibility was immediately made, the government blamed the attack on Ansar Allah, which resulted in renewed

  • ANDSF casualty rate increased ‘slightly’ from June to October 2019, says US DoD

    The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) suffered “slightly” more casualties between 1 June and 31 October 2019 than during the same period the previous year, according to the US Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) latest semi-annual report to Congress on

  • Bird demos OSCAR maritime data fusion system in Africa

    Bird Aerosystems, an Israeli company that develops special-mission aircraft solutions and airborne missile protection systems, announced on 14 January that it had completed a successful trial of its Ocean Surveillance Control and Reconnaissance (OSCAR) solution for an African client it did not

  • EU preparing to expand training to Burkina Faso as security deteriorates

    Burkina Faso faces a collapse similar to the one in northern Mali in 2012 if Europe does not substantially step up its military presence and aid, according to senior EU and national military officers and officials. Speaking during a 22 January hearing of the European Parliament’s Subcommittee

  • Fincantieri, Qatar to jointly study naval technology

    Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri and the Qatari Ministry of Defence have agreed to jointly study and evaluate new technologies that could lead to the acquisition of new vessels. The topics they will examine include naval base design, ship fleet management, digital radar, and cyber security,

  • First HSI32 fast interceptors arrive at Saudi naval base

    The first two HSI32 high-speed interceptors have arrived at Royal Saudi Naval Forces’ (RSNF’s) Ras Mishab base in the Gulf, the Saudi Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 23 January. It was announced in April 2018 that 39 CMN boats will be delivered to the RSNF, with half of them

  • First USMC operational unit receives F-35C

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has received into service its first operational carrier variant (CV) Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). The aircraft, tail number 301, arrived at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar, California, on 21 January. The milestone came about five

  • Harwar’s Zhanfu H16-V12 UAV possibly in service with Chinese military

    Chinese unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer Harwar has released images of its Zhanfu (Tomahawk) H16-V12 multi-rotor, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) platform being used in what appear to be training exercises with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), suggesting that the UAV is

  • Head of Saab Kockums departing

    Gunnar Wieslander, the head of Saab’s Kockums naval business area for the past four years, is leaving the Swedish defence company. With Kockums entering “a significant production phase”, Wieslander and Micael Johansson, Saab’s president and CEO, agreed that “a new

  • Indian government to sell off stake in missile manufacturer BDL

    The government of India is preparing to sell off another stake in missile specialist Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL), a notice published recently by the Ministry of Finance’s Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM), has confirmed. The DIPAM notice said the “government

  • Tomahawk recertification/modernisation line starts ramp up

    The US Navy is planning to begin fielding the modernised and recertified Tomahawk Block V cruise missile from 2021, with the Block Va Maritime Strike Tomahawk (MST) variant to debut two years later, according to the Naval Air Systems Command’s (NAVAIR’s) programme manager. Stood up in

  • US revamps gun export oversight

    The US federal government has finalised new rules aimed at making it easier for US gun manufacturers to export some of their wares. For firearms and ammunition that do not perform an “inherently military function” or give US forces an advantage, the export licensing process will move