• Spain takes delivery of last Tiger helicopter

    Spain has taken delivery of the last of 24 Tiger helicopters, an HAD-E (Helicóptero de Apoyo y Destrucción) attack version. Known as the Tigre in Spain, it was handed over at Airbus Helicopters’ Albacete plant on 14 January at a ceremony attended by Secretary of State for Defence

  • Pentagon seeks proposals for future Pilot Training Next prototypes

    Key Points The Pentagon has issued a solicitation to further its Pilot Training Next work Desired technologies include network and data architecture and simulation environment The Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) is soliciting proposals from industry to build upon the

  • Turkey tests air-to-air missiles

    Turkey’s Gokdogan (Peregrine) beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile has been test-fired for the first time, the Defence Industries Research and Development Institute (SAGE) of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBITAK) tweeted with a video on 10 January.

  • Boeing flies Advanced Chinook Rotor Blade for first time

    Boeing has flown a Block 2-standard CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopter for the first time with the Advanced Chinook Rotor Blade (ACRB), the company announced on 16 January. The flight came some 10 months after the first Block 2 helicopter made its maiden flight with standard rotor blades. No

  • Brazilian Army releases its new strategic plan

    The Brazilian Army has recently released its strategic plan paper covering the period from 2020 to 2023. The document directs the force’s investment effort over the next four years, continuing the army’s transformation process. The document covers 15 main actions and a total of 34

  • Deliveries to Eurofighter partner nations near conclusion

    The programme-of-record (PoR) for the four Eurofighter partner nations will shortly be concluded, with the final two air forces set to receive their last aircraft imminently, a company spokesperson told Jane’s on 17 January. With the United Kingdom and Germany having received their final

  • Israel stands-up second F-35 unit

    The Israeli Air Force (IAF) formally stood up a second unit to field the Lockheed Martin F-35I Adir combat aircraft, the service announced on 16 January. 116 Squadron ‘Defenders of the South’ will join the already established 140 Squadron ‘Golden Eagle’ at Nevatim Air Base

  • RMN’s first Littoral Mission Ship arrives in Malaysia

    The Royal Malaysian Navy’s (RMN’s) first warship made in China has arrived in Malaysia. KD Keris (with pennant number 111), the service’s first of four Littoral Mission Ships (LMSs), was officially welcomed at the Sepanggar naval base at Kota Kinabalu – located in the state

  • Surface Navy 2020: USN expects Ford weapons elevators work to be done next year

    The four operational Advanced Weapons Elevators (AWEs) on aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78) have performed 5,000 cycles and the US Navy (USN) expects work on all 11 to be done in the first half of 2021, according to Captain Ron Rutan, CVN 78 Class programme manager. “We’ll be

  • Surface Navy 2020: USN to start search for new Medium Unmanned Underwater Vehicle

    The US Navy (USN) is set to kick off a competition to acquire a new Medium Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (MUUV) designed to support both mine countermeasures and oceanographic/environmental data gathering missions. To be deployed from both surface ships and submarines, the MUUV will be the de facto

  • US State Department approves potential USD1.5 billion FMS to support RAN’s Hobart-class destroyers and Hunter-class frigates

    The US Department of State has approved a potential USD1.5 billion Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Australia of long-lead items, engineering development activities and other defence services to support the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) Surface Combatant Program, the US Defense Security

  • IronVision trialled on Challenger 2 Streetfighter II

    The IronVision situational awareness system has been trialled on a modified Challenger 2 Streetfighter II for the first time, according to Elbit Systems. The trials were conducted in early December 2019 and began with familiarisation for the crew at the UK’s Copehill Down urban operations

  • New Russian amphibious ship prepares for acceptance trials

    Shipbuilders and state acceptance trials for Russia’s latest amphibious ship are to be combined to speed the vessel’s entry into navy service. The Project 11711 large landing ship Pyotr Morgunov completed the first phases of its builder’s trials in the Baltic Sea in December 2019,

  • Ajax deliveries to British Army delayed

    Key Points GDLS-UK has missed the target to deliver the first squadron set of Ajax vehicles by the end of 2019 This will delay training on the new vehicle by the Household Cavalry Regiment Deliveries of production standard Ajax armoured vehicles to the British Army have been delayed, missing a

  • Belgium receives Squire radar from Netherlands

    Belgium has received nine Squire battlefield surveillance radar from the Netherlands Ministry of Defence (MoD), the Belgian MoD announced on its website 10 January. The ministry said the radar will replace Belgium’s current EL-1205 battlefield surveillance radar, which date back to 1987 and

  • Finnish Navy receives first FAC missile boat Tornio after MLU

    The first of four Hamina-class missile fast attack craft (FAC), FRNS Tornio , has been delivered to the Finnish Navy following the completion of its Squadron 2000 mid-life upgrade (SQ2000 MLU) programme. Work was carried out under a contract awarded to Patria in 2018. Under the terms of the

  • France orders eight diving tenders

    France’s Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA) has ordered eight new diving tenders from Merré Shipyard for operation by the French Navy, the French Ministry of the Armed forces announced on 15 January. Under the terms of the contract, which was awarded to Merré

  • L&T delivers over half of K9 Vajra-T SPHs to Indian Army ahead of schedule

    India’s private-sector defence contractor Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has delivered ahead of schedule more than half of the 100 K9 Vajra-T 155 mm/52 cal tracked self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) ordered by the Indian Army (IA). The company handed over the 51st Vajra-T, which is a variant of

  • Russia to trial Drozd-2 active protection system on T-72BK

    The Russian Ministry of Defence has contracted the KBP Instrument Design Bureau (Shipunov) to integrate the TKB-0252 Drozd-2 hard kill active protection system (APS) onto a T-72BK for trials, according to a contract (number 52/23/19) published on the Russian Unified Procurement Information System

  • SimCentric develops new range-planning software

    Training with live ammunition is a critical element of ground forces training, but live-fire training has an inescapable risk factor and there is a small but steady worldwide casualty rate from live-fire training accidents. The risks can be mitigated by careful planning of danger areas and

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