• Russian VKS to receive its first Su-57 in late 2019

    The Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) are set to receive their first Sukhoi Su-57 fifth-generation multirole combat aircraft before the end of the year, Deputy Defence Minister Alexey Krivoruchko announced during a visit to Far Eastern enterprises on 7–8 November. “The first serial Su-57

  • Australia declares final operational capability for Canberra class

    The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) fleet of two Canberra-class amphibious assault ships has achieved final operational capability. In a 12 November statement announcing the milestone, Australia’s Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds described the class as one that is now ready to

  • RAN’s two LHDs achieve final operational capability

    The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) two Canberra-class landing helicopter dock (LHD) vessels have achieved final operational capability. Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said in a 12 November statement that the 27,500- tonne amphibious assault ships, which are home-ported at

  • Seven companies receive US Air Force Hypersonics Pitch Day contracts

    Seven of the nine companies invited to propose at the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) inaugural Hypersonics Pitch Day (HPD) on 1 November earned contracts with some able to potentially earn USD1 million. Powdermet, Advanced Silicon Group (ASG), and Spectral Energies all confirmed to

  • Turkish Naval Forces conduct first ship-launched Atmaca ASM test firing

    The Turkish Naval Forces (Türk Deniz Kuvvetleri – TDK) on 3 November conducted the first ship-launched firing of the Atmaca (Hawk) anti-ship missile (ASM) from the TDK Ada-class (MILGEM) corvette TCG Kinaliada (F-514) at an undisclosed location in the Black Sea. Evolved within the scope

  • Companies ready robotic combat vehicle proposals for US Army

    A handful of vendors are slated to deliver their light and medium robotic combat vehicle (RCV) proposals to the US Army in the coming days. Over the year, the service has been laying the groundwork for RCV-light (RCV-L) and RCV-medium (RCV-M) competitions and in recent weeks invited several

  • Eagle V 6×6 awaits production green light

    General Dynamics European Land Systems – MOWAG said it has completed development of its latest Eagle 6×6 and is awaiting a production contract, with the Swiss army likely the first customer. The Swiss army has said the Eagle 6×6 will meet its requirement for 100 reconnaissance

  • FCAS partners defining concepts and capabilities ahead of demo phase

    France, Germany, and Spain are looking to define the nature of the first tranche of capabilities and platforms to be developed for the Future Combat Air System (FCAS)/Système de Combat Aérien Futur (SCAF) programme as they prepare to launch the demonstrator phase in the coming weeks.

  • Fincantieri revamps Wisconsin yard to meet USN FFG(X) capacity needs

    To ensure its Wisconsin shipyard can meet the US Navy (USN) requirement to build two guided-missile frigates (FFG(X)) per year to compete for the contract to build the warship, Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM) has embarked on a programme to overhaul the yard and revamp some of its shipbuilding

  • Germany invests another EUR560 million in Bundeswehr equipment

    The Bundestag, the German parliament, on 7 November approved equipment projects for the Bundeswehr worth about EUR560 million (USD618 million) and an increase in the capital of the BwFuhrparkService vehicle park of up to EUR110 million through the issuance of new shares in the privatised service,

  • Japan awards Kongsberg follow-on contract for Joint Strike Missiles

    Norwegian company Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace announced on 12 November that it has signed a NOK450 million (USD49.2 million) follow-on contract to provide additional precision-guided Joint Strike Missiles (JSMs) for the Japan Air Self-Defense Forces’ (JASDFs’) growing fleet of

  • Patria demos Nemo 120 mm mortar in United States

    Finland’s Patria said its120 mm Nemo (New Mortar) turret, integrated onto its Armoured Modular Vehicle (AMV) 8×8, has conducted a firepower demonstration in the United States. These trials were done at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, and Fort Benning, Georgia, and included indirect and

  • PESCO to fund European Airborne Electronic Attack system

    The European Council’s Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) fund is to support the development of a new Airborne Electronic Attack (AEA) system, it was disclosed on 12 November. PESCO’s updated list of projects states that Spain, France, and Italy are to co-operate in the

  • Revised RFI anticipated for German Tornado replacement to accommodate electronic attack mission

    Representatives from German industry have said they anticipate the German government issuing an updated request for information (RFI) for its Tornado replacement requirement, to include the electronic attack (EA) mission not stipulated in the original solicitation. The statement was made by

  • US MCM systems eyed for international forces

    The countermine systems being developed by the US Navy (USN), especially for the USN Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) mission module (MM), are being sought by other international naval forces as the USN continues to successfully test and employ those systems, industry officials say. Recent operational

  • Burundi’s AMISOM contingent receives Springbuck, Fahd vehicles

    The Burundian contingent serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has taken delivery of 10 Springbuck Heavy Duty (HD) mine-resistance ambush-protected vehicles (MRAPs), the South African manufacturer DCD Protected Mobility confirmed to Jane’s . AMISOM announced on 6 November

  • Czech Pandur II availability suffers from spare parts delays

    Meeting with members of parliament (MPs) in Prague on 30 October, Czech generals revealed that 21 of the army’s 107 Pandur II armoured vehicles are inoperable because of problems with spare parts deliveries. General Stefan Muransky, chief of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) support department,

  • Final Hobart-class destroyer to be delivered to RAN in February 2020

    The third and final Hobart-class Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) on order for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is set to be handed over to the service in February 2020 after recently completing sea trials. Ahead of the warship’s provisional acceptance into service, final production work, including

  • NATO’s training mission in Iraq gaining momentum

    NATO’s train-the-trainer mission in Iraq is making progress on several fronts, including ordnance disposal, equipment codification, and cyber-awareness training, according to the mission’s out-going commander, Major General Dany Fortin. “We are setting the conditions for a

  • Spain gives go-ahead to buy final two Seahawks

    The Spanish government has given the go-ahead to buy a final two Sikorsky SH-60F Seahawk helicopters as part of a stopgap measure to cover the Armada’s (Spanish Navy) requirements ahead of procuring a new European tactical transport replacement. The cabinet approved a EUR36.3 million (USD40.2

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