• Qatari Coast Guard inaugurates main base

    The Qatari Coast Guard’s new main base was officially inaugurated on 14 July, a milestone event in the major expansion in the force’s capabilities. Located about 30 km north of Doha and called the Al-Daayen Naval Base, the facility was opened by Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al

  • Two more F-35A fighter aircraft arrive in South Korea

    The third and fourth of 40 Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters ordered for the Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) arrived at South Korea’s Cheongju Air Base on 15 July, according to a report by the Yonhap News Agency. Citing the country’s Defence Acquisition

  • Russia unveils export-oriented Rubezh-ME coastal defence missile system

    The Typhoon JSC Research and Production Enterprise/Kaluga Instrument-Making Plant (part of the Morinformsystem-Agat Concern) unveiled a new export variant of the Bal-E (SSC-6 Sennight) mobile coastal anti-ship missile system – designated Rubezh-ME – at the International Maritime Defence

  • USAF to proceed with next-gen area attack weapon production

    The US Air Force (USAF) is to shortly move ahead with production of its next-generation area-attack weapon, with the disclosure on 15 July that it is to issue a request for proposals (RFP) for manufacture of the BLU-136/B warhead. A pre-solicitation notification posted by the Air Force Materiel

  • ARL research addresses bandwidth challenges for battlefield cyber defence

    The US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is seeking to address bandwidth restrictions in its tactical networks, work that could have several cybersecurity advantages on the battlefield, the organisation told Jane’s. The work was initiated to solve problems that ARL and its Cyber Security Service

  • BAE Systems teaming up with US Army on ERCA

    In the US Army’s bid to develop a Strategic Long-Range Cannon programme, BAE Systems has been officially tapped to help the service build an Extended Range Cannon Artillery (ERCA) prototype. The company announced on 15 July that it had received a USD45 million contract to help the service build an ERCA Increment 1 prototype

  • Developers look to ‘ubiquitous radar’ technologies for 360-degree vision

    Ubiquitous radar may be coming of age, and could offer enhancements to short-range battlefield air surveillance in the future. A conventional radar either rotates a single antenna mechanically to sweep a 360-degree field of view (FOV), or uses fixed flat-panel arrays to scan the horizon with the

  • Nigeria’s Proforce gets first MRAP export order

    Nigerian defence company Proforce has signed a contract for the sale of 20 of its new Ara 2 mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles. The company did not wish to disclose the name of the customer, only acknowledging that the purchase was made by an African country. However, a source with

  • US Air Force seeks information on Combat Rescue Helicopter aircrew training system

    Key Points The US Air Force seeks industry information for a possible HH-60W aircrew trainer This could lead to an acquisition programme The US Air Force (USAF) seeks information from industry on potential capabilities supporting a ground-based aircrew trainer (GBAT) for the new Sikorsky HH-60W

  • Airbus Helicopters announces plans to restructure executive committee

    Airbus Helicopters will introduce measures to simplify the organisation of the business, including a leaner executive committee and approach to operating structure. Effective as of 1 September, the company aims to “simplify and strengthen cross-function collaboration” by reorganising

  • DroneShield launches new counter-UAV jammer

    Australia-based company DroneShield announced on 14 July the launch of a new lightweight jammer to counter unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Called the DroneGun MKIII, the device has been described by the company as a pistol-shaped UAV jammer that weighs less than 2 kg, has an effective range of 500

  • India delivers first batch of indigenous lightweight torpedoes to Myanmar

    India has delivered the first batch of Shyena advanced lightweight torpedoes to Myanmar as part of a USD37.9 million deal that New Delhi signed with Naypyitaw in early 2017. Official sources told Jane’s on 15 July that an undisclosed number of these torpedoes, which were designed by

  • Russian SAM Troops deputy commander dubs S-350 ‘cruise missile killer’

    The deputy commander of the Russian Aerospace Forces’ Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) Troops, Colonel Yuri Muravkin, has told the Ministry of Defence (MoD) newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda that the newly adopted S-350 Vityaz SAM system that is to replace the medium-range S-300PS system in the current

  • UK Poseidon makes maiden flight

    The first Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime multimission aircraft (MMA) for the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) made its maiden flight on 13 July. The first of nine Poseidon MMAs for the UK, serial number ZP801, made its inaugural flight out of Boeing’s Renton facility near Seattle, Washington, ahead of

  • China launches Malaysia’s second Keris-class Littoral Mission Ship

    Key Points China’s Wuchang Shipbuilding has launched a second Keris-class patrol vessel on order for Malaysia The ship is scheduled to be handed over to the Royal Malaysian Navy in April 2020 A second Keris-class Littoral Mission Ship (LMS) on order for the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) has

  • IMDS 2019: High Precision Systems delivers Palma AAGMs to Russian Navy, foreign customers

    Russia’s holding company High Precision Systems, a subsidiary of Rostec, has completed deliveries of 10 Palma naval anti-aircraft gun-missile (AAGM) systems to the Russian Navy and foreign customers, a company representative told Jane’s at the International Maritime Defence Show 2019

  • Sarmat ICBM to enter final trials in late 2020

    Russia’s new RS-28 Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) will enter the final stage of testing in late 2020, Roscosmos director-general Dmitry Rogozin said during a visit to JSC Krasnoyarsk Machine-Building Plant (Krasmash) on 6 July. “We are conducting firing trials, most of

  • Luftwaffe tests A400M as aerial tanker for foreign deployments

    The Luftwaffe announced on its website on 8 July that it is testing its A400M transport aircraft as an aerial tanker in foreign deployments. Air Transport Wing 62 (Lufttransportgeschwader 62: LTG 62) has been preparing the A400M to refuel German and allied aircraft flying against the so-called

  • Nigerian Army commissions new locally produced vehicles

    The Nigerian Army formally commissioned into service a range of new indigenously designed and manufactured vehicles during its annual celebration day at the Ikeja Military Cantonment in Lagos state on 6 July. Several types produced by the Nigerian Army Vehicle Manufacturing Company (NAVMC) were

  • France launches first Barracuda SSN

    France’s first new-generation Suffren-class (Barracuda) nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN), Suffren, was ceremonially launched at Naval Group’s Cherbourg site on 12 July. Although the event was qualified as a launching ceremony, Suffren’s drydock will not actually be flooded

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