• Covid-19: Thailand considers postponing military acquisitions

    The Thai government is considering potentially postponing military procurements in response to the expected economic impact of Covid-19, Lieutenant General Kongcheep Tantravanich, the spokesperson for the Thai Ministry of Defence (MoD), said on 8 April. Lt Gen Kongcheep also said that any potential

  • Leonardo completes Kopter acquisition

    Italy’s Leonardo announced on 8 April that it has finished buying Switzerland-based Kopter Group, which builds the new SH09 single-engine helicopter. Leonardo is paying USD185 million, plus a future milestone-based amount, to acquire Kopter from Swiss private equity firm Lynwood. Leonardo

  • Lockheed Martin receives LRASM Lot 3 production contract

    Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control has been awarded a USD 167.47 million contract for fiscal year (FY) 2019 procurement of the AGM-158C Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) for the US Air Force (USAF) and the US Navy (USN). The contract, awarded on 7 April by the Air Force Life Cycle

  • Costs mount for repairs to Russian carrier Kuznetsov

    The head of Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), Alexei Rakhmanov, on 3 April announced that the cost of damage from a fire on board the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov on 12 December 2019 now amounts to RUB500 million (USD6.6 million), state-run RT television has reported.

  • Sailor dies following explosion on Indian nuclear submarine

    A sailor has died following an accident on board an Indian Navy nuclear submarine berthed alongside at the Ship Building Centre (SBC) in Vishakhapatnam. The incident, which took place on 1 April, involved a material failure of the high-pressure air system (HPAS) in the forward area of the

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  • GeoSpectrum launches scaled down TRAPS sonar for USVs

    Canadian marine acoustics house GeoSpectrum Technologies has launched a compact version of its Towed Reelable Active Passive Sonar (TRAPS) designed specifically for unmanned surface vessels (USVs) and other small craft. The scaled down system, known as TRAPS-USV, retains the low frequency active
  • Fassmer MPV70 MK II selected for Ecuador

    German shipbuilder and design house Fassmer has confirmed the selection of its MPV70 MKII design to meet the needs of the Ecuadorian Navy's (Armada del Ecuador) new Multipurpose Combat Vessel programme. Local shipyard Astilleros Navales Ecuatorianos (ASTINAVE EP) will build the vessel at its


  • 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