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  • Australia, France reaffirm commitment on Attack-class submarine project

    Australia and France have reaffirmed their “full commitment” to the AUD80 billion (USD55.15 billion) project to build 12 Attack-class submarines for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). The joint declaration – announced 15 February – follows comments attributed to John Davis,

  • BAE Systems flies PHASA-35 solar-powered HALE UAV

    BAE Systems has flown the PHASA-35 solar-powered high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that can remain aloft for up to a year, the company announced on 17 February. The company said that the successful flight trials took place at the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)

  • Singapore Airshow 2020: Indonesia designates final Panther helicopter for anti-submarine operations

    The final AS 565MBe Panther helicopter on order for the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) is one of two aircraft that has been designated as an anti-submarine warfare (ASW) airframe, an industry source close to the matter has confirmed with Jane’s .

  • Singapore Airshow 2020: ST Engineering pushes updated Adder Micro RWS for UGV integration

    Singapore-based defence prime ST Engineering unveiled its updated Adder Micro remote weapon station (RWS), which has been optimised for unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) applications, at the Singapore Airshow 2020 exhibition held from 11–16 February. According to company specifications, the Adder

  • Indonesia receives final C-130H Hercules transport from Australia

    Indonesia has taken delivery of the fifth and final C-130H Hercules transport aircraft ordered from Australia in July 2013. The aircraft was formally inducted into the Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU) in a ceremony held on 15 February at the Abdul

  • Singapore Airshow 2020: HOPE Technik debuts CLAW tactical aircraft munitions loader

    Singapore’s HOPE Technik, a technology developer specialising in bespoke research and manufacturing for the commercial, defence, and government sectors, has taken the opportunity at the Singapore Airshow 2020 to unveil its new tactical aircraft munitions handling and loading system called the

  • Singapore Airshow 2020: Airbus mulls upgrade options for existing C295 operators

    Existing operators of the Airbus C295 multirole aircraft will soon be presented with options into how existing airframes can be upgraded to the latest standards. The company is currently studying various upgrade and retrofit possibilities, given how several operators have already indicated interest

  • DARPA seeks ‘infrastructure-less’ UAS launch and recovery under ANCILLIARY

    The US Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is seeking innovative launch and recovery concepts for small tactical unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) under the banner of AdvaNced airCraft Infrastructure-Less Launch And RecoverY (ANCILLARY). In a Request for Information (RFI) released on

  • Mexican Navy commissions first POLA long-range OPV

    The Mexican Navy’s first POLA (Patrulla Oceánica de Largo Alcance) long-range ocean patrol vessel, ARM Reformador (101), was commissioned on 6 February, the service has announced. Reformador is based on the Damen Shipyards SIGMA 10514 light frigate design, displacing 2,570 tonnes, with a

  • Kuwait declines receipt of Caracal helos, Airbus unaware of any problems

    A Kuwaiti Ministry of Defence (MoD) statement saying that it had refused to receive two Airbus Helicopters H225M Caracal medium-lift rotorcraft on account of technical malfunctions has been denied by the manufacturer, which told Jane’s on 13 February that it has received no such notification.

  • Pakistan Navy commissions first of two 2,300 tonne corvettes

    The Pakistan Navy (PN) has commissioned the first of two 2,300 tonnes multirole corvettes ordered from Dutch shipbuilder Damen in 2017. Named PNS Yarmook (F-271), the ship, which the company said is based on a Damen Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) 1900, entered serviced in a ceremony held on 13

  • Accuracy International unveils next evolution multicalibre rifle line

    Accuracy International (AI) unveiled its new AX MKIII and AX 50 ELR multicalibre sniper rifles at the British Shooting Show, which is being held in Birmingham on 14–16 February. Both rifles have been produced in line with NATO standards based on operational experience and requirements. The

  • Singapore Airshow 2020: Malaysia reveals future plans for A400M airlifters

    The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) has laid out plans to further unlock the tactical capabilities of its A400M heavy airlifters, including equipping the aircraft with full paradropping capabilities. The plans were revealed by Major Lo Chee Sing, an RMAF A400M pilot from the service’s 22

  • Boeing contracted to conclude USAF AWACS upgrades

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) has contracted Boeing to complete full-rate production of the Block 40/45 upgrade for the service’s E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft. The contract, announced on 13 February, is valued at USD99.9 million and will run through to fiscal

  • Singapore Airshow 2020: ST Engineering positions Endurance 170 for potential overseas customer

    Key Points ST Engineering Marine has developed the Endurance 170 is response to a potential contest overseas The company downplays apparent links that have been made between the product, and Singapore’s impending Joint Multi Mission Ship (JMMS) programme ST Engineering Marine has given

  • Top US Air Force officer sees MQ-9 Reaper UAV as prime candidate for armed overwatch

    Key Points The MQ-9 could provide US Special Operations Command with a quality armed overwatch capability, according to a top US Air Force officer USSOCOM is looking to procure about 75 aircraft A top US Air Force (USAF) officer believes the endurance of the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems

  • Singapore Airshow 2020: Indonesia to develop MPA variant of N219

    State-owned aerospace company PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) has been approached by the country’s navy to develop a militarised version of the N219 Nurtanio twin-turboprop aircraft, the company confirmed with Jane’s at Singapore Airshow 2020. The indigenously developed aircraft, which

  • Singapore Airshow 2020: Indonesian Navy seeks USD320 million for utility helicopters

    The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) has submitted an IDR4.59 trillion (USD320 million) request for six utility helicopters to the country’s finance ministry. A declassified copy of the request was provided to Jane’s by a military source at

  • Russia’s Tactical Missiles Corporation develops hypersonic weapons

    Russia’s Tactical Missiles Corporation (KTRV) is increasing its activities in the area of hypersonic weapons, company director general Boris Obnosov said at a briefing on KTRV’s 2019 results on 3 February. He reported that the corporation’s enterprises are implementing dozens of

  • Rafael shows Drone Dome laser intercepts

    Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems released a video on 12 February showing its Drone Dome counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system for the first time using a laser to destroy commercial quadcopters. According to the company, “The system achieved 100% success in all test

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