• Leonardo completes live sea trials for ULISSES anti-submarine warfare suite

    Leonardo announced it has completed live sea trails of new Ultra-Light Sonics Enhanced System (ULISSES) anti-submarine warfare (ASW) suite and expects to finalise development by the end of the year, enabling marketing and production to start in 2020. “At-sea demonstrating campaigns for

  • Navantia continues FSS bid despite stopped competition

    Spanish shipbuilder Navantia has reaffirmed its pursuit of the UK’s Fleet Solid Support (FSS) ship programme despite the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) recent decision to halt the current competition. The company told Jane’s that it is continuing to refine manufacture and

  • Jordan testing upgraded Centauros

    Star Defence Logistics and Engineering (SDLE) has repaired the first 10 of 80 Centauro armoured fighting vehicles for Jordan and is about to begin delivering third-generation thermal cameras for them under a contract signed in 2018, the Spanish company announced on 21 November. It said the Royal

  • Chilean Navy procures Airbus H125 helos

    The Chilean Navy has ordered two H125 light helicopters from Airbus. It is the first procurement step in the planned acquisition of five aircraft to replace the service’s Bell 206 Jet Rangers (designated SH-57) for liaison, utility and for the training of rotary-wing pilots. The order, worth

  • Italian Reaper UAV crashes in Libya

    The Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare Italiana: AMI) lost an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) over Libya on 20 November, the country’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed. The General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9 Reaper came down while flying over southern Tripoli. While

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  • Bell performs first APT 70 UAV flight with a payload

    Bell on 16 October performed the first flight of its Autonomous Pod Transport (APT) 70 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with a payload. The aircraft flew with a 27.2 kg payload, company spokesperson Felicia Votta said on 20 November. The APT 70 flew vertically, transitioned to aircraft flight where it
  • Bundeswehr orders more Spike launchers and missiles

    The Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw), Germany’s Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support, ordered 1,500 Spike missiles and hundreds of Integrated Control Launch Unit (ICLU) dismounted
  • HMS Prince of Wales arrives in Portsmouth

    The UK Royal Navy’s (RN’s) second Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier has arrived at Portsmouth naval base ahead of handover and formal commissioning. HMS Prince of Wales sailed into its new base port on 16 November after completing an eight-week period of sea trials. Handover will


  • Mk 20 Electro-Optical Sensor System (EOSS)

    Type Naval Fire-Control System (FCS). Development In 2005, following a competitive procurement process, Kollmorgen Electro-Optical (acquired by L-3 Communications in February 2012 and now operating as L-3 KEO) was chosen to provide the US Navy (USN) with an EOSS as part of the CG-47