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  • IAF inducts first four of 15 Chinook helicopters

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) has inducted the first four of 15 Boeing CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopters ordered in late 2015. “The Chinooks will provide the IAF with the battle capability that was not there earlier,” Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa said on 25 March while inducting the

  • UK MoD commits to fast-track battlefield apps

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is committing another GBP30 million (USD40 million) in funding to accelerate the development of battlefield apps, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced on 11 March. The project for innovative application and software design, known as Platform for Rapid

  • AUSA Global 2019: Oshkosh pitches new L-ATV ambulance

    Oshkosh Defense is unveiling it new Light Combat Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle (L-ATV) ambulance, with plans to market it to the US Army and US Marine Corps (USMC). George Mansfield, the vice-president and general manager for joint programmes at Oshkosh Defense, told Jane’s that the company

  • Australian NASAMS to integrate locally designed active phased-array radars

    Canberra has confirmed that it will acquire the Raytheon/Kongsberg National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System (NASAMS), but in a configuration that will integrate Australian-designed and -manufactured radars and vehicles. In a joint statement issued on 25 March, Defence Minister Christopher

  • Belgian Sea King conducts last flight

    The fifth and last Belgian Sea King helicopter made its last flight on 21 March 2019. The five search-and-rescue (SAR) helicopters had been operating from Koksijde on the Belgian North Sea coast since 1976, having saved 1,757 lives, according to the Belgian Ministry of Defence website. Their

  • German parliament funds Leopard 2 upgrade and PzH 2000 ammunition procurement

    On 20 March, the budget committee of the Bundestag, the German parliament, approved EUR25 million (USD28 million) in funding to upgrade German Leopard 2 main battle tanks (MBTs) and the same amount to procure 155 mm ammunition for the Panzerhaubitze (PzH) 2000 self-propelled howitzer (SPH), the

  • Rheinmetall Denel Munition enhances mortar and artillery rounds

    Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) is exploring several new enhancements for its mortar and artillery ammunition, including extended range and family of 81 mm and 120 mm mortars, as well as for its 155 mm howitzer ammunition. The company is in the qualification stage for two new mortar rounds, one

  • US 7th Fleet FDNF surface ships received advanced tactical training

    For the first time, the US 7th Fleet Forward Deployed Naval Force (FDNF) in Japan received the most advanced tactical surface-warfare training to prepare its warships to operate more efficiently in bluewater combat. Three 7th Fleet FDNF guided-missile destroyers (DDGs), two amphibious ships, and a

  • US Navy reveals plan for extended range SM-6 missile

    The US Navy (USN) has disclosed plans to fast-track the development and fielding of an extended range version of the Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) missile associated with the navy’s Aegis weapon system. Known as SM-6 Block IB, the new variant is thought to be focused on improving the USN’s

  • Australia completes keel section of first Arafura-class OPV

    Key Points ASC has completed the keel section of the first Sea 1180 vessel on time, and within budget The Royal Australian Navy is on track to receive its first Arafura-class OPV in 2021 Australian shipyard ASC has completed the keel of the first Arafura-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV), the

  • Safran bags five-year Royal Australian Navy support contract

    Safran Electronics & Defense Australasia (SEDA) has received a contract for in-service support on the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) infrared search and track systems. The contract will run for an initial period of five years, with options to extend the service for up to 15 years.

  • US to award AARGM integration contract for German Tornados

    Germany is moving ahead with plans to integrate the AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) onto its fleet of Panavia Tornado combat aircraft, with a software development contract disclosed by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 21 March. The contract to be awarded by the US Naval

  • Brazil launches the second locally developed anti-ship missile

    The Brazilian Navy successfully launched the second prototype of the MANSUP (Míssil Antinavio Nacional de Superfície) surface-to-surface anti-ship missile from Niterói-class frigate Independência (F44) on 20 March. The corvette Barroso (V34) launched the first MANSUP on 27

  • Denel looking for T5-52 howitzer sale in Asia

    Denel Land Systems is in negotiations with an Asian country to purchase the company’s latest T5-52 wheeled self-propelled artillery system, a company source told Jane’s . The source said negotiations with the undisclosed country were ongoing and that other countries had also shown

  • Russian helicopters receive new NVG system

    Russia’s military rotary-wing aircraft fleet has been fully refitted with new night vision goggles (NVG), a source from the country’s aerospace industry has told Jane’s . “Following an incident on 12 April 2016, when a Mil Mi-28N attack helicopter crashed in Syria due to a

  • Thales builds up UK naval combat facility in support of Type 31e bid

    Thales is to open a UK centre of excellence to develop its TACTICOS naval combat management system (CMS) in support of the Royal Navy’s (RN’s) future Type 31e frigate programme. As part of the Babcock-led Team 31, which is proposing the Arrowhead 140 ship design to meet the Type 31e

  • Arleigh Burke destroyer life extensions accelerate US Navy’s shipbuilding plan

    The US Navy (USN) plan to extend the lives of its guided-missile Arleigh Burke-class destroyers (DDGs) anchors the service’s efforts to reach its 355-ship-fleet goal decades ahead of initially scheduled. The USN’s 2020 30-year shipbuilding plan, released on 21 March, includes

  • Bolivian Air Force to upgrade UH-1H helicopters

    The Bolivian government has authorised a budgetary increase of BOB47.7 million (USD6.8 million) to upgrade the air force’s Bell UH-1H ‘Huey’ helicopters for counter-narcotics operations. The funding, which was approved on 19 March, is in addition to an initial BOB82.7 million that

  • Nigerian Army receives new indigenous MRAP

    The Nigerian Army has taken delivery of five improved Proforce Ara mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles in early March, an industry source told Jane’s . These are now deployed in northeast Nigeria as part of the ongoing counter-insurgency campaign against the militants popularly

  • UK signs for E-7 AEW&C aircraft

    The UK has signed for five Boeing E-7 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft for USD1.98 billion, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 22 March. The E-7 (also known as the E-737) aircraft are being procured to replace the Royal Air Force’s (RAF’s) six Boeing E-3D

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