• Bahrain signs for AH-1Z attack helos

    Bahrain has confirmed the procurement of 12 Bell AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters to augment its fleet of recently upgraded AH-1 Cobras. A deal for the new helicopters was reported at the Bahrain Airshow on 15 November, six-and-a-half months after the US State Department approved the sale. As noted

  • Portugal retires NRP Jacinto Candido

    The Portuguese Navy officially withdrew its João Coutinho-class corvette NRP Jacinto Candido (F 476) from service on 15 November. The decommissioning leaves just two remaining corvettes in service: the Baptista de Andrade-class ship NRP João Roby (F 487) and João Coutinho-class

  • Air superiority and nuclear deterrence dictate manned future fighter for France

    The twin requirements of air superiority and nuclear deterrence are driving France’s development of a manned next-generation fighter aircraft as part of a wider Future Combat Air System (FCAS), a senior French Air Force (Armee de L’Air: AdeLA) officer said on 15 November. Speaking at

  • France launches definition study on new maritime surveillance aircraft

    The Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA) announced on 9 November that it had launched a one-year definition study on the future maritime surveillance and reaction aircraft (AVSIMAR). The DGA said this was part of an effort to streamline the acquisition and support of specialised

  • UK to decide Lightning variant at SDSR, to deploy STOVL F-35B 'off-strip'

    The UK is likely to decide on the final composition of its Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning force at the next Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) expected in 2020, a senior military official said on 14 November. Speaking at the IQPC International Fighter Conference in Berlin, Air Commodore

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  • Australia names Sea 1180 patrol vessel as Arafura class

    Key Points Australia has marked further progress in its Sea 1180 programme with the naming of its new OPV class and the start of steel welding on the first of class The programme’s first of class is expected to be delivered by 2021 The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has named the offshore
  • China’s Hongda details HD-1 supersonic cruise missile family

    China’s Guangdong Hongda Blasting Company (Hongda), a Guangzhou-based company specialising in mining and industrial explosives, has showcased its new indigenously developed and export-oriented HD-1 supersonic cruise missile designed for precision land attack and anti-ship missions. The
  • Russian deploys new CBRN vehicle to Syria

    Russia has deployed its newest chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) reconnaissance vehicle to Syria to operate with military police units patrolling the Idlib de-escalation zone. An RKhM-6 vehicle was seen in footage shown by the Russia 24 television network on 7 November that was
  • US Navy awards Lockheed Martin new F-35 contract

    The US Navy (USN) on 14 November awarded Lockheed Martin an undefinitised contract modification worth nearly USD23 billion for 255 F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft. This modification provides for the production and delivery of 106 aircraft for the Pentagon: 64 F-35A


  • 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