• China quietly increasing warship numbers

    Analysis of commercial satellite imagery indicates that the number of warships launched and commissioned in China in 2018 is significantly greater than has been officially confirmed. Until recently, the launch of ships for the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has been accompanied by

  • UK looks to buy new combat submersibles

    The United Kingdom is planning to acquire new US-built manned combat submersibles to replace the current Mk 8 Mod 1 SEAL Delivery Vehicles (SDVs) used by its Special Boat Service (SBS). Disclosing the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) case on 20 September, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency

  • US Navy demonstration converts heat into sound

    The US Navy has demonstrated a sonar made from carbon nanotubes, called a thermophore, that takes heat and converts it into sound without any moving parts. The demonstration was conducted using a small unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) during the annual Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX)

  • AAD 2018: China’s Blowfish I VTOL UAV enters service with PLAN

    Officials from Chinese company Ziyan revealed at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2018 exhibition in South Africa on 19–23 September that the Blowfish I vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has entered service with the People’s Liberation Army Navy

  • DVD 2018: Fletcher laser-guided weapon system goes into low-rate initial production

    US company Arnold Defense announced that the Fletcher 2.75 inch/70 mm weapon system has gone into low-rate initial production. In a press release dated 13 September the company said it was working on the initial production run of the Fletcher launcher system and that the first one was to be

  • DVD 2018: Jankel unveils new 6x6 variants of Fox light tactical vehicle

    Jankel displayed a new 6x6 variant of the company’s Toyota-based Fox light tactical vehicle range at the DVD 2018 defence exhibition held in Millbrook, Bedfordshire, on 19–20 September. According to a Jankel press release published on 17 September, the variants are available on Toyota

  • DVD 2018: Supacat unveils HMT 600 Coyote fitted with AUDS

    UK companies Supacat and Chess Dynamics displayed the former's HMT 600 Coyote tactical support vehicle in the counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) role fitted with the latter’s Anti-UAV Defence System (AUDS) at DVD 2018, held at Millbrook in Bedfordshire, on 19–20 September.

  • DVD 2018: UK proceeds with Boxer procurement

    UK Defence Minister Stuart Andrew has “given the green light to bring forward concrete plans for the project” to procure the Boxer armoured vehicle for the British Army, he said during a speech on the first day of the DVD 2018 defence exhibition held at the United Kingdom’s

  • Serbia confirms procurement of Chinese UAVs

    Serbian Deputy Defence Minister Nenad Miloradovic on 17 September confirmed that Serbia will buy unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs) from China. Miloradovic made his statement, broadcast by the Tanjug state news agency, in Beijing a day after several Belgrade media reported that Serbia would

  • US coastal patrol ships complete Griffin missile shoot

    Five Cyclone-class coastal patrol ships from the US Navy’s (USN’s) Bahrain-based 5th Fleet Combined Task Force (CTF) 55 have completed a series of Mk 60 Griffin Missile System (GMS) live firings against high-speed manoeuvring targets during an exercise in the Gulf. USS Hurricane (PC 3),

  • DVD 2018: HIPPO ATSV gains autonomy

    Hippo Multipower displayed an autonomous variant of its amphibious HIPPO All Terrain Support Vehicle (ATSV) at Defence Vehicle Dynamics (DVD) 2018, Millbrook, Bedfordshire, UK, fitted with a robotic applique kit. Hippo Multipower has teamed with Digital Concepts Engineering (DCE) to demonstrate the

  • Indonesia lays keel for eighth, ninth PC-40-class patrol vessels

    Key Points An Indonesian shipbuilder has laid down two more PC-40-class patrol vessels for the Indonesian Navy The service is further bolstering its patrol boat programmes amid the rise of non-conventional maritime threats in the region Indonesian shipbuilder PT Caputra Mitra Sejati (CMS) has

  • Russia upgrades Uran-9 combat UGV

    The Russian defence industry is upgrading the Uran-9 unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), Jane’s has learnt. The baseline Uran-9 UGV was unveiled in December 2015. “The trials of the Uran-9 combat UGV will be finished by the year-end,” an industry source said. “The vehicle has

  • Rwanda to receive two MEDEVAC aircraft for UN missions in Africa

    Rwanda is to receive two new aircraft to be used for medical evacuation and light transport missions during international peacekeeping operations throughout Africa, it was disclosed on 20 September. A sources sought notification issued by the US Air Force (USAF) calls for two single-engined

  • Brazil receives last AAV7A1 RAM/RS armoured amphibious vehicle

    The last of 23 AAV7A1 Reliability, Availability, Maintainability/Rebuild to Standard (RAM/RS) armoured amphibious vehicles for the Brazilian Navy Marine Corps (Corpo de Fuzileiros Navais: CFN) arrived in the country on 17 September, the force told Jane’s the following day. The AAVP7A1 RAM/RS

  • Damen, Saab compete for Brazilian corvette project

    The Dutch shipbuilder Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding and Swedish major Saab have formed the Damen Saab Tamandaré consortium to compete to build four Tamandaré-class multi-purpose ships for the Brazilian Navy in a proposal that includes significant transfer of technology (ToT) and

  • DVD 2018: GDLS UK displays first production standard Ajax variants

    General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) UK displayed the first four production standard variants of the Ajax armoured fighting vehicle at the DVD 2018 exhibition held at the UK’s Millbrook Proving Ground on 19-20 September. GDLS UK Vice-President Kevin Connell told Jane’s on 19 September,

  • DVD 2018: MBDA teams with Kongsberg to integrate MMP onto remote weapon stations

    European missile house MBDA demonstrated a proof-of-concept mounting for the Missile Moyenne Portée (MMP) anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) on a Kongsberg M153 Protector remote weapon station at the DVD 2018 exhibition held in Millbrook, Bedfordshire, on 19-20 September. The M153 was shown fitted

  • SKASaC takes final bow ahead of retirement

    The UK Royal Navy (RN) is preparing to retire its last Sea King ASaC.7 (SKASaC) helicopters, bringing to an end the Sea King’s near 50-year career in UK military service. Two of the remaining SKASaC aircraft from 849 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) flew a farewell flypast around southwest England on

  • USN acquires three more LCSs, considers more buys

    As expected, the US Navy (USN) signed deals to buy three more Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs) under fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) funding. However, the service will not release the price for the ships because it is considering acquiring additional ships through the FY 2019 budget. The three LCSs awarded

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