• Two more Type 056A corvettes in service with the Chinese navy

    Two more Type 056A (Jiangdao)-class corvettes have recently entered service with China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). The ships have been named Bazhong (pennant number 625) and Shuozhou (610), both of which are the names of prefecture-level cities in China. No official

  • Argentina develops rotary-wing UAS for naval operations

    Argentine company INVAP is working with the national helicopter manufacturer Cicaré on the development of the Rotary-winged Unmanned Aerial System (RUAS), Jane’s learned from an industry source on 9 December. The RUAS, which is to be geared towards maritime operations, will be an

  • 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 Krstičević

  • 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

  • DARPA reveals plans for NOMARS unmanned ship

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has laid out plans for another innovative unmanned autonomous ship programme a decade after launching its ground-breaking anti-submarine warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) programme. In an information notice issued on 3

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  • Rheinmetall advances Next Generation 130 mm tank gun

    Rheinmetall Weapons and Ammunition “has completed developmental efforts” of an initial new Next Generation (NG) 130 mm smooth bore tank gun, but some further design changes are expected, company officials told Jane’s. The first NG 130 mm smooth bore gun, unveiled at Eurosatory
  • USAF retires CALCM cruise missile

    The US Air Force (USAF) has retired the Boeing AGM-86C/D Conventional Air-Launched Cruise Missile (CALCM) that has been operational for nearly 35 years. The event, announced on 4 December, saw the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base (AFB) in Louisiana disassemble and decommission the final


  • 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