• Brazil renews efforts to acquire B767-300ER aircraft

    Brazil will field a Boeing B767-300ER passenger aircraft to replace one currently in service, Jane’s learnt on 16 October. The Brazilian Aeronautical Commission in Washington (CABW) on behalf of Brazilian Air Force’s Logistics Support Group (GAL) has issued an international tender to

  • US donates UH-60M helicopters to Croatia

    The United States will donate two UH-60M helicopters to Croatia, Defence Minister Damir Krsticevic has announced. The announcement was made during a visit involving two US Army UH-60Ms from Germany to Pleso airbase near Zagreb on 12 October. The helicopters are expected to be delivered by

  • AUSA 2018: Infrared ID makes a showing

    Israeli company Infrared ID presented its range of combat identification patches and panels for vehicles and personnel at the Association of the US Army (AUSA) exhibition held from 8 to 10 October in Washington, DC. An important attribute of Infrared ID’s solutions is that they are passive in

  • AUSA 2018: Safe Shoot unveils Green Shield infantry IFF system

    Israeli company Safe Shoot launched its Green Shield IFF system for ground forces at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) exhibition held from 8 to 10 October in Washington, DC. The Green Shield system features a weapon-mounted wireless transceiver that uses a GPS and global navigation

  • Bittium wins orders for ‘Tough SDR’ on Spanish vehicles

    In September 2018, Bittium secured a contract to supply Tough software defined radio (SDR) transceivers for the Spanish wheeled combat vehicle (Vehiculo de Combate sobre Ruedas: VCR) project that is progressing with technology demonstration platforms, according to Bittium. Bittium, a Finnish

  • Brazil soon to receive Italian protected 4×4s

    Rio de Janeiro’s Federal Intervention Cabinet (GIFRJ) is to receive 16 VTLM Lince K2 4×4 protected vehicles (the Italian designation for modernised Iveco Light Multirole Vehicles, or LMVs) that are surplus to Italian Army requirements. The first tranche of four vehicles is scheduled to

  • Brazilian Army eyes acquisition of 155 mm towed howitzers

    The Brazilian Army is considering the purchase of 155 mm towed howitzers to progressively replace its 42 M114 and 33 M114A1 155 mm guns. To move forward with this effort it has recently approved operational, technical, logistics, and industrial requirements to procure a howitzer and associated

  • Brazilian Navy chief says new nuclear submarine will be delayed until late 2020s

    Brazil’s new modern nuclear submarine, which was initially expected to enter service as early as 2021, will now likely be delayed until the end of that decade, according to Admiral Eduardo Bacellar Leal Ferreira, commander of the Brazilian Navy. The submarine should be ready “by the

  • Chinese company claims successful flight test of supersonic cruise missile

    China’s Guangdong Hongda Blasting Company claimed on 15 October that it has successfully flight-tested a new supersonic cruise missile intended for export. Known as the HD-1, the weapon, which reportedly uses “advanced solid-fuel ramjet technology”, was tested at an undisclosed

  • Malta orders OPV

    Malta contracted Italian shipyard Cantiere Navale Vittoria on 3 October to build an offshore patrol vessel (OPV) for its armed forces, with an option for a second ship, the European Union's Tenders Electronic Daily announced. The EUR48.6 million (USD56.2 million) contract includes an integrated

  • Navistar Defense reveals third-generation Special Operations Tactical Vehicle

    Navistar Defense has revealed details of its third-generation Special Operations Tactical Vehicle (SOTV) to Jane’s at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) conference in October. The SOTV began as the Non Standard Tactical Truck (NSTT) concept in 2008. In early-2015 Navistar

  • New variant of Z-8 helo delivered to PLAN’s Aviation University

    The People’s Liberation Army Navy’s (PLAN’s) Aviation University has recently taken delivery of a new variant of the Changhe Aircraft Industry Group (CAIG) Z-8 multirole medium-lift helicopter, according to Chinese media reports. Photographs show two new platforms, designated as

  • Northrop Grumman readies Hatchet for all-up testing

    Northrop Grumman is set to conduct the first live end-to-end test of an all-up Hatchet miniature precision strike munition by the end of this year. Developed with internal research and development (IRAD) funding, Hatchet was originally unveiled in April 2012 as a low-cost gravity-dropped weapon

  • Oshkosh’s FMTV A2 nixes cab-over-engine design

    Oshkosh Defense has revealed additional technical details to Jane’s of its FMTV A2, which it first showed in October at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) 2018 conference in Washington, DC, from 8 to 10 October. Following a competition between Oshkosh and AM General, on 7

  • Pakistan Navy commissions fleet tanker PNS Moawin

    The Pakistan Navy (PN) has commissioned a new fleet tanker in a ceremony held at the naval dockyard in Karachi. Named PNS Moawin (with pennant number 39), the 158.4 m-long vessel, which displaces about 16,400 tonnes at full load, entered service with the PN on 16 October during an event attended by

  • RNZN outlines introduction to service plan for new Dive and Hydrographic Vessel

    The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) has released new information on the introduction to service of its new Dive and Hydrographic Vessel (DHV) – the future HMNZS Manawanui – outlining plans for a two-phase modification process ahead of the ship achieving full operational capability in late

  • Turkey to procure more Anka UAVs and TTZA vehicles

    Turkey’s military and security forces will receive 22 more Anka unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and special purpose tactical wheeled armoured vehicles (TTZAs), local media reported a few days after the meeting of the Defense Industry Executive Committee (SSIK) of the Turkish Defense Industries

  • Turkey’s FNSS develops anti-tank system

    FNSS, a 51:49 joint venture between Nurol Holding and BAE Systems, has been successfully tested, local industry sources have told Jane’s . Under the Arms Carrier Vehicle (STA) project, FNSS has installed an anti-tank guided missile launcher in the turret of an armoured vehicle to increase the

  • Unmanned Aviation Warfare Center equipment installed on carrier Eisenhower

    The US Navy (USN) reached a technical milestone towards the operation of aircraft carrier-borne unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) with the recent installation of Unmanned Aviation Warfare Center (UAWC) equipment aboard USS Dwight D Eisenhower (CVN 69). USN officials announced on 16 October the

  • US Army sets stage for Infantry Squad Vehicle competition

    The US Army is progressing with plans to compete a new contract to meet a Ground Mobility Vehicles (GMV) requirement while General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GD-OTS) continues production on the interim solution. In September the service met its First Unit Equipped timeline when it

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