• India delivers first two Mi-24 attack helicopters to Afghanistan

    India has delivered the first two of four refurbished Russian-built Mil Mi-24 ‘Hind’ attack helicopters it had promised the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) in early 2018 to boost their counter-insurgency capabilities. Purchased from Belarus, the two Mi-24s were

  • Angola receives all 12 Sukhoi fighters

    The delivery of all 12 Sukhoi Su-30K fighters ordered by Angola has been completed, the Tass news agency reported on 16 May. It cited an official from Belarus’ 558th Aviation Repair Plant, which modernised the aircraft, as saying the last two aircraft were delivered in April. The Belarus

  • Damen launches first of two corvettes for Pakistan Navy

    The first of two corvettes on order for the Pakistan Navy (PN) has been launched at the facilities of Dutch shipbuilder Damen in Galati, Romania. The service announced on its Facebook page that the vessel, which had been previously described as an offshore patrol vessel (OPV), entered the water on

  • Delivery of Russia’s newest SSN delayed

    Technical problems have delayed the entry into service of the Russian Navy’s newest nuclear-powered attack/cruise missile submarine (SSN/SSGN) until late in 2020 at the earliest, according to Russian state news agency TASS on 17 May. TASS reported that auxiliary systems on the Project 885M

  • Hungary to receive Edjer Yalçin and NMS vehicles under Zrínyi 2026 programme

    The Edjer Yalçin and NMS (Yörük) protected mobility vehicles were displayed among Leopard 2A7 main battle tanks and other equipment due to enter service with Hungary at the Hungarian National Defence Day events held at Budaörs Airport on 18 May. The vehicles were displayed in

  • Norway set to write off salvaged frigate

    Norway is set to write-off the damaged Fridtjof Nansen-class frigate KNM Helge Ingstad after a report found that repairing the salvaged ship would cost more than buying a new-build replacement. Released on 15 May, the analysis prepared by the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (Forsvarsmateriell)

  • Siemens unveils new FLEX PM modular submarine propulsion motors

    Siemens premiered its new generation of modular scalable permanent magnet submarine propulsion motors at the Underwater Defence Technology (UDT) 2019 exhibition in Stockholm. To provide solutions across a wider range of applications, Siemens is evolving its Permasyn permanent magnet compact

  • Turkey’s Tubitak Bilgem invests in continuous wave laser technology

    Turkey’s Tubitak Bilgem has developed and tested two laser systems that could potentially be deployed by the Turkish Land Forces Command (TLFC). Both systems use a continuous wave laser and operate in the 1,070 nm (±10 nm) wavelength. A spokesperson declined to confirm the Technology

  • US Army looking for ways to fold AI research into expeditionary manoeuvre, air, and ground reconnaissance technologies

    At a time when the Pentagon is wading deeper into the artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) research arenas, the US Army is asking to harness the two as it develops new expeditionary manoeuvre, air, and ground reconnaissance technologies. In early May, the service announced that it

  • US Department of State approves possible sale of 160 additional AIM-120C-7 AMRAAMs to Japan

    The US Department of State has approved a possible USD317 million Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Japan of a further batch of Raytheon AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs) along with related equipment and services, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said in a

  • US Department of State approves possible sale of additional SM-2MR Block IIIB missiles to South Korea

    The US Department of State has approved a possible USD313.9 million Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to South Korea of a further batch of Raytheon Standard Missile-2 Medium Range (SM-2MR) Block IIIB (RIM-66M-5) surface-to-air missiles along with related equipment and services, the US Defense Security

  • US, Croatia trial USV-UUV teaming capabilities

    A combined US-Croatia research and development (R&D) programme is assessing the use of unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) to monitor and potentially alter navigational positioning of unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs). The concept is based on using USVs to navigate a UUV to a target, such as a

  • IMDEX 2019: Singapore navy confirms 16 m-class USVs aboard future unmanned vehicle ‘mothership’

    The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) will field 16 m-class unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) on its future Multi-role Combat Vessels (MRCVs), a senior RSN official confirmed during a media briefing on the sidelines of the IMDEX 2019 exhibition held in Singapore from 14 to 16 May. Senior Lieutenant

  • Mecar’s M929 APFSDS-T ammunition undergoes trials in Slovakia

    Belgium’s Mecar and Slovakia’s ZTS-Special conducted validation trials in late April in Slovakia with new M929 armor piercing fin-stabilised discarding sabot-tracer (APFSDS-T) ammunition developed specially for the 2A42 family of 30x165 mm calibre automatic cannons. The trials were held

  • Pratt & Miller’s EMAV put through its paces at US Army RCV rodeo

    Two examples of the Expeditionary Modular Autonomous Vehicle (EMAV) from Pratt & Miller have been assessed at the US Army’s Next Generation Combat Vehicle (NGCV) Robotic Combat Vehicle (RCV) Phase II Demonstration and Assessment Event, held at the Texas A&M RELLIS Campus in

  • Russian Navy opts for underwater weapon and sensor upgrades

    Newly developed torpedoes, torpedo defence systems, and mine countermeasures systems are to be fitted to Russian Navy warships, according to a series of announcements by an executive of the JSC Tactical Missiles Corporation. The Russian Navy’s two Project 11442 cruisers, Admiral Nakhimov and

  • UDT 2019: BAE Systems posits new approach to unmanned underwater systems on submarines

    BAE Systems presented a paper at the 2019 Undersea Defence Technology (UDT) exhibition, which was held in Stockholm from 13 to 15 May, that hopes to provoke thought before decisions on next-generation weapons handling and stowage systems and layouts are taken. According to the authors, Alan Watson,

  • Dstl develops open-source framework to enhance military tracking technology

    The UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) announced on 14 May the launch of an open-source software framework named Stone Soup, which is intended to help improve military tracking technology. The new software framework will allow the algorithms used in missiles, vehicles, or

  • Japan awards contract extension for development of new ship-launched SAM system

    The Japan Ministry of Defense’s (MoD’s) Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) announced on 10 May that it awarded a contract extension to Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (Melco) for the development of a ship-launched surface-to-air missile (SAM) system based on the

  • MILEX 2019: Belarus begins to export Konkurs-RB ATGM launcher

    Belarus has begun exporting the 9P135M1(RB) anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) launcher, a source from the country’s defence industry told Jane’s at the MILEX 2019 exhibition being held in Minsk on 15–18 May. “In 2016–2017, JSC TsNIP conducted work to resume production of

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