• First Italian PPA starts sea trials

    The first of the Italian Navy’s new multirole offshore patrol ships (Pattugliatore Polivalente d’Altura: PPA), Paolo Thaon di Revel (P 430), started initial sea trials on 12 November. The trials are being carried out from Fincantieri’s Muggiano shipyard, near La Spezia, where the

  • Israeli Navy’s Saar 4.5 replacement announced

    Israel Shipyards will design the Israeli Navy’s new Reshef class to replace its ageing Saar 4.5 vessels, the company announced on 13 November. It said the class will be based on the S-72, which it described as a “proven design”, even though none have been ordered as yet, and would

  • Philippines reveal multirole fighter options

    The Philippines is looking to acquire one of four multirole fighter types to enhance the air defence and border protection capabilities of the country’s air force. Speaking on 14 November, a senior Philippine Air Force (PAF) official presented a briefing slide showing the Eurofighter Typhoon,

  • Thailand to modernise ageing F-5 and Alpha Jet fleets

    The Royal Thai Air Force is to upgrade its fleets of Northrop F-5 and Dornier Alpha Jet aircraft under plans announced by an official on 14 November. Speaking under the Chatham House Rule, the official said that the F-5s that were first received in 1980 will be modernised with updated avionics and

  • Turkey’s ATAK Phase 2 helicopter conducts first test flight

    Ismail Demir, head of Turkey’s Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB), tweeted on 13 November that the Phase 2 (B2) version of the T129 ATAK attack helicopter has conducted its first test flight, fitted with laser warning receivers and other electronic warfare systems. The localisation of

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  • FLIR Systems enhances tethered UAS operations

    FLIR Systems will use the recently acquired intellectual property (IP) and assets of Aria Insights to enhance its Tether Kit system and further expand its tethered capabilities, the company has told Jane’s . The company announced that it had acquired the tethered drone assets of Aria
  • EA-18G Growler upgrades under test

    The US Navy (USN) has disclosed a number of near-term upgrades to the Boeing EA-18G Growler airborne electronic attack (AEA) aircraft, including the introduction of a new Tactical Offensive Radio Operations (TORO) special capabilities pod. Revealed in the Naval Air Systems Command’s in-house


  • 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