• Kurganmashzavod faces uncertain future as state orders stall

    The Russian manufacturer of the BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicle, Kurganmashzavod (KMZ), faces an uncertain future owing to a slowdown in state orders and because of increasing obsolescence within its manufacturing plants. This was revealed in a December 2019 interview between the company’s

  • HHIC launches four more PKX-B-class fast attack craft for RoKN

    South Korean shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction (HHIC) has launched four more second Patrol Killer Experimental-B (PKX-B)-class fast attack craft for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN), according to South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA). The four new

  • PTDI receives two Bell 412EPI helicopters for Indonesian Army

    Two of the nine Bell 412EPI helicopters ordered in January 2019 by the Indonesian Army (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Darat or TNI-AD) have been handed over to PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) for customisation work. Bell, a subsidiary of Textron, announced in a 4 December statement that the

  • Russia’s Kuznetsov carrier catches fire

    A fire broke out on the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov at a dock in Murmansk, northwestern Russia, state news agency TASS reported on 12 December, citing a source in the Ministry of the Russian Federation for Civil Defence, Emergencies, and Elimination of Consequences of Natural

  • Airbus acquires MTM Robotics

    Airbus has acquired MTM Robotics, a US-based company that makes automated machines and tools for the aerospace industry. Airbus, which already uses MTM equipment on its commercial airplane production lines, said on 12 December that owning the small firm will help it expand the use of automation in

  • Denmark and Netherlands procure Leguan AVLBs

    Denmark has ordered Leguan armoured vehicle launched bridges (AVLBs) from Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), the company announced in a press release on 12 December, two days after it reported that the Netherlands received its first two of the systems. The Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics

  • India’s HAL settles wage dispute with workers

    India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has settled a long-standing wage dispute with employees in a bid to avert future additional work strikes. State-owned HAL said on 11 December that the company’s management has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with trade unions

  • Japan reconsiders decision to discontinue local assembly of F-35s

    The Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) has indicated a possible U-turn on its decision earlier this year to discontinue local assembly of Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft and instead focus on providing localised maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) capability. The MoD’s

  • Leidos leader to chair Professional Services Council

    Roger Krone, chairman and chief executive officer of Leidos, has been named the 2020 chairman of the US Professional Services Council’s (PSC) board of directors. In addition, Carey Smith, Parsons’ president and chief operating officer, and John Heller, PAE’s CEO, will serve next

  • Mitsubishi reportedly considers shipbuilding sale

    Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) is reportedly considering the sale of its major shipbuilding facility in Nagasaki. In comments to Jane’s on 13 December, the corporation did not deny the development. Japanese news reports said MHI had entered talks to sell its Koyagi Plant

  • No hand at the helm: US Navy pushes ahead with unmanned surface vessel development

    The USN is accelerating its bid to field a new fleet of unmanned surface vessels that could interact with the rest of the force in tactical situations. Christopher P Cavas reports A corvette-like vessel manoeuvres on a distant sea, periodically changing course and speeds to get into a firing

  • RAAF receives 12th Boeing P-8A Poseidon aircraft

    The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has received its 12th Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime multimission aircraft, according to a 13 December statement by the Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra. The aircraft arrived the previous day at RAAF Base Edinburgh, completing the fleet for No 11

  • Thales under contract for F-110 ASW sonar suite

    Thales has been contracted to provide the integrated anti-submarine warfare (ASW) sonar suites for the Spanish Navy’s five new F-110 frigates. A contract valued at EUR165.5 million (USD184.3 million) was awarded by prime contractor Navantia on 11 December 2019. Navantia and the Ministry of

  • Chilean Air Force finds human remains near where missing C-130 last made contact

    Key Points Chile found human remains near where its missing C-130 last made contact on its way toward Antarctica, according to the BBC The aircraft had 38 people on board The Chilean Air Force (Fuerza Aérea de Chile: FACh) found human remains floating in the sea around where a missing

  • Congress moves to ban Pentagon from acquiring, developing INF-banned weapons

    US lawmakers want additional oversight into Pentagon plans to develop and field intermediate-range, ground-launched missiles, and they are prepared to bar the department from procuring and even developing these weapons. The move comes as the department ramps up testing and developing such weapons

  • Croatia to begin UH-60M procurement

    The Croatian Ministry of Defence has requested the necessary parliamentary approval for two new UH-60M helicopters, a year after their donation was announced by the US and weeks after the local media reported the planned purchase of two more Black Hawks. Defence Minister Damir Krsticevic

  • Czechs overhauling two Burkinabe Mi-17s

    LOM Praha is currently overhauling two Burkina Faso Air Force (FABF) Mi-17 helicopters, Jane’s was told during a visit to the Czech company’s facility at Kbely Air Field on the outskirts of Prague. Having spent several years in storage, the two helicopters were airfreighted by an Il-76

  • Indra signs contract with Lockheed Martin to supply S-band radar components for Spanish F-110 frigates

    Indra has signed a contract worth more than EUR150 million with Lockheed Martin to supply some of the main components of the S-band radar for the Spanish Navy’s five new F-110 frigates. Announcing the deal on 12 September, the company said it forms part of an overall package for the

  • Kaman to buy Bal Seal Engineering

    Kaman Corp. has entered into an agreement to purchase fellow aircraft parts maker Bal Seal Engineering for USD330 million in cash. Kaman said the acquisition will expand its product offerings, increase its exposure to high-growth markets, and boost its cash flow and profitability. Both companies

  • Meggitt Training Systems rolls out new immersive marksmanship training system

    Meggitt Training Systems showcased its latest military immersive virtual weapons and tactical training system at the 2019 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando in December. The FATS 180MIL is an immersive, three-screen simulator from which the US