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  • Chilean Navy contracts overhaul of PC-7 powerplants

    The Chilean Navy has signed a support agreement with US firm Prime Turbines to have the PT6A-25 turboprops of its fleet of Pilatus PC-7 Turbo Trainer aircraft fully overhauled and refurbished, according to sources in Santiago. The first two engines are in the process of being sent to the United

  • FNSS readies prototype Pars 4x4 ATV for delivery

    FNSS Savunma Sistemleri has confirmed that it will hand over the Pars 4×4 anti-tank vehicle (ATV) prototype to the Turkish Land Forces Command (TLFC) for qualification once company trials have been completed. FNSS was awarded a contract for 260 ATVs in October 2016, with 76 of these vehicles

  • New Delhi approves procurement of six next-generation OPVs for Indian Navy

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved the procurement of six indigenously designed and built next-generation offshore patrol vessels (NGOPVs) for the Indian Navy (IN) for INR49.41 billion (USD706.4 million) to enhance maritime security. The MoD’s Defence Acquisition Council

  • China closing the satellite imagery capability gap

    A Chinese Earth-observation satellite launched on 31 July from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre may be capable of achieving ground-image resolution of 10 cm or less. If confirmed, this would give China a satellite-imaging capability second only to the United States and possibly comparable to the

  • Finnish MoD proposes bigger budget

    Finland's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has proposed a EUR3.2 billion (USD3.6 billion) defence budget for 2019, a EUR326 million, or 11%, increase from 2018. The ministry said on 9 August that this would increase the defence budget's share of GDP from 1.23% in 2018 to 1.32% in 2019. The MoD attributed

  • India’s CAG criticises IAF airfields upgrade

    The office of India’s Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has severely criticised what it described as the “inadequate” upgrade of a large number of Indian Air Force (IAF) airfields across the country. In a report tabled in parliament on 7 August, the CAG highlighted delays as

  • Iran unveils new tactical ballistic missile variant

    Iran revealed that it has developed a new version of its Fateh-110 family of solid-propellent tactical ballistic missiles on 13 August, but released few details about its capabilities. The new Fateh Mobin missile that was unveiled by Defence Minister Amir Hatami during a ceremony was similar to

  • Roboteam expands UGV portfolio

    Roboteam took the opportunity at the Global EOD Symposium & Exhibition in Maryland to showcase its latest unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) range, which includes the new Light Interoperable Ground Robot (LIGR) and improved Reconnaissance and Surveillance Teamed Robot (RSTR). The LIGR builds on the

  • Spain seeks UAVs to protect overseas training missions

    The Spanish Ministry of Defence (MoD) has opened a bidding contest to supply unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to help protect troops posted on overseas training missions. Some EUR4.3 million (USD4.9 million) has been budgeted for the class 1 small remote aircraft (20 kg), which are expected to be

  • UK signs for Drone Dome C-UAS system

    The United Kingdom has procured the Israeli-developed Drone Dome counter-unmanned aircraft system (C-UAS), manufacturer Rafael confirmed to Jane’s on 13 August. The selection of the Drone Dome comes eight months after it was demonstrated to the UK government in January. According to Rafael,

  • Bundeswehr orders rotary-wing UAV for K130 corvette

    The Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw), Germany's Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology, and In-Service Support, announced on 9 August that it had signed a contract at the beginning of the month with Elektroniksystem-

  • First new Australian ATC radar to enter service in November

    The first of nine new air traffic control (ATC) and surveillance radars for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is expected to become operational in November, German manufacturer Hensoldt has disclosed. The company said in a 9 August statement that the first of the Airport Surveillance Radar -

  • Mexico to acquire Evolved SeaSparrow Missiles

    The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 9 August that the US Department of State has approved an estimated USD41 million Foreign Military Sales (FMS) package of eight Raytheon RIM-162 Evolved SeaSparrow Missiles (ESSMs) to Mexico. The prospective FMS package includes six

  • Qatar on track to receive Apaches from 2019

    Qatar is on track to receive its recently ordered Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters from 2019 through to mid-2020. The Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) project officer said on 13 August that the first batch of 24 helicopters ordered in 2016 will be received before the end of next year.

  • Danish SM-2 missile buy edges closer

    Denmark is moving closer to completing a long-planned buy of Standard Missile-2 (SM-2) area air-defence missiles to equip its three Iver Huitfeldt-class anti-air warfare (AAW) frigates. The US Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) advised Congress on 31 July that the State Department had

  • Portuguese Army boosts ATGM capability

    The Portuguese Army is boosting its mobile anti-tank capability with five 8x8 General Dynamics European Land Systems Pandur II armoured anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) carriers. The army’s vehicle-based ATGM capability previously comprised MILAN and M220A1/TOW 2A series missiles carried by

  • Malaysia considers mix of manned, unmanned aircraft for maritime surveillance requirements

    Key Points The Malaysian government is studying further options for the country’s maritime surveillance requirements Country will likely operate a combination of manned and unmanned systems to fulfil the role The Malaysian government is considering a mix of both manned, and unmanned aerial

  • Brazil takes delivery of locally built armoured attack boat

    The Command of the 8th Naval District (Com8DN) of the Brazilian Navy took delivery in July of its first DGS 888 Raptor fast attack multi-mission armoured craft, called Poraquê , from local firm DGS Defense. The boat, the first heavily armoured craft of its size for Brazil, primarily reinforces

  • Lithuania acquires Sitaware Frontline for Boxer IFVs

    Systematic’s Sitaware Frontline command-and-control (C2) software is to be integrated onto the Lithuanian Land Force’s future armoured combat vehicles, the company announced on 8 August. Sitaware Frontline will be installed aboard the Land Force’s 8x8 Boxer infantry fighting

  • First 18 HIMARS ordered for Romania

    The US Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, in Alabama has awarded Lockheed Martin a USD218 million Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract for the first 18 M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launchers for Romania, the US Department of Defense announced on 9 August. The

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