• India launches first private-sector howitzer facility

    India’s Larsen & Toubro (L&T) officially launched the country’s first private-sector Armoured Systems Complex (ASC) on 19 January, in which the Indian Army’s (IA’s) K-9 Vajra (Thunderbolt) – a variant of the Hanwha Techwin K-9 Thunder 155 mm/52-calibre tracked

  • Kazakhstan to assemble Mil Mi-8AMT and Mi-171 helicopters under licence

    Moscow and Astana have agreed to launch the assembly of Mil Mi-8AMT and Mi-171 ‘Hip-H’ helicopters in Kazakhstan following the signing of a related memorandum of understanding (MOU) in 2017. A contract was signed on 18 January between Russian Helicopters, Kazakhstan Engineering, and

  • Laotian military parades Russian- and Chinese-made equipment

    The Laotian military unveiled several upgraded BRDM-2M 4×4 reconnaissance vehicles and displayed a large number of Russian- and Chinese-made platforms during a parade held in the capital Vientiane on 20 January to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Lao People’s Army (LPA).

  • RAF brings back fast jet training on Hawk T1

    A continuing shortage of capacity in its flying training organisation has led the UK’s Royal Air Force (RAF) to return to training pilots on Hawk T1 aircraft, three years after it retired the analog cockpit-equipped jet from this role. Later this year, the RAF will begin training fast jet

  • Brazil looks ahead to first RBS 70 NG delivery

    The Brazilian Army is scheduled to receive its first RBS 70 NG very-short-range air defence (VSHORAD) system on 30 June 2021, it told Jane’s on 21 January. A contract worth USD5.3 million was placed with Saab on 27 December 2018 by the Brazilian Army Commission in Washington on behalf of the

  • China’s FL-1 MALE UAV performs maiden flight

    Zhong Tian Guide Control Technology Company (ZT Guide), a Xi’an-based manufacturer of electronic and industrial equipment, announced on 20 January that it has successfully completed the maiden flight of its Fei Long-1 (Flying Dragon-1 or FL-1) medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial

  • Dozens killed in Taliban attack on NDS facility

    Dozens of people have been killed in a Taliban attack carried out on 21 January on what local media have described as a training facility of Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security – the country’s primary intelligence agency – in the central province of Maidan Wardak.

  • France orders new EDA-S landing craft

    An industry team led by French equipment manufacturer CNIM has been awarded a contract by defense procurement and technology agency Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA) to build 14 new EDA-S (Engin de Débarquement Amphibie Standard) landing craft for the French Navy.

  • India, Ukraine to resume stalled An-32 upgrade programme for IAF

    India and Ukraine have agreed to resume the upgrade programme for the Indian Air Force’s (IAF’s) fleet of Antonov An-32 ‘Cline’ turboprop transport aircraft as Kiev has developed alternatives to replace the Russian-made systems in the platforms. Official sources told

  • Leonardo develops M60A3 MBT upgrade

    Leonardo has developed and tested a major upgrade package for the US General Dynamics Land Systems M60A3 main battle tank (MBT). This M60A3 upgrade was developed and tested using internal funding for the export market, according to Massimo Gualco, director of marketing and sales at Leonardo Defence

  • Rafael unveils Suite for Future Armoured Vehicles

    Rafael is planning to trial its Suite for Future Armoured Vehicles, which is in development for the Israeli Carmel future fighting vehicle programme, with a live fire demonstration in late July or early August 2019, according to a company representative at the International Armoured Vehicles (IAV)

  • Rolling revolution: SRVL trials pave the way for improved F-35B ‘bring back’ on new UK carriers

    Key Points F-35B SRVL recoveries performed during development testing on board HMS Queen Elizabeth have proven the initial manoeuvre capability Further envelope expansion will be undertaken as part of trials later in 2019 First trials of Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II aircraft executing the

  • Russian MoD to test UBIM armoured engineering vehicle in 2019

    The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) plans to test the newest UBIM (Universalnaya Bronirovannaya Inzhenernaya Mashina) multipurpose armoured engineering vehicle (AEV) in 2019, an industry source told Jane’s . “State trials of the UBIM are scheduled for this year. The vehicle, developed

  • Saudi-led coalition identifies Yemeni attack UAV

    The Saudi-led coalition has revealed the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that it said was involved in an attempted attack on a Yemeni government delegation heading for a ceasefire meeting on 11 January. Yemeni Minister of Information Moammar al-Iryani announced on 13 January that Ansar Allah, the

  • South Korea begins series production of C2A command-and-control system

    South Korea has begun series production of a locally developed automatic command-and-control system, the country’s Defence Acquisition Programme Administration (DAPA) announced on 22 January. The move comes after DAPA had awarded Hanwha Systems – the lead company in the programme

  • Brazilian Army seeks new helicopters

    The Brazilian Army is considering a number of proven attack and medium-sized multirole helicopters as possible candidates to meet two separate requirements of its Army Aviation Strategic Programme (Prg EE Av Ex). Testing of several candidate platforms was conducted by the Testing and Assessment

  • Image emerges of Z-8G helicopter variant

    A photograph circulating online showing the underside of a Chinese military helicopter gives the clearest indication to date that a variant of the Changhe Aircraft Industry Group Z-8G medium-lift rotorcraft has been developed for use by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). The designation Z-8L

  • Indian Air Force’s Cheetal helicopter facing rotor blade problems

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) is facing “serious problems” with its fleet of retrofitted Cheetal light utility helicopters (LUHs) due to quality issues related to the licence production of upgraded rotor blades for the platforms by state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), according

  • Japan releases audio file in ‘final statement’ on radar lock-on dispute with South Korea

    The Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) has released an 18 second audio file containing what Tokyo claims is the sound – converted from radio waves – recorded when a Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) destroyer locked its fire-control radar onto a Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF)

  • Côte d’Ivoire signs for C295 airlifter

    Côte d’Ivoire has signed for a single Airbus Defence and Space C295 tactical transport aircraft, the manufacturer announced on 21 January. The Côte d’Ivoire Air Force (Force Aérienne de la Côte d’Ivoire) is acquiring the aircraft in its baseline transport

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