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  • AFRL’s flexible GaN could improve electronic systems

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has demonstrated a new method to transfer gallium nitride (GaN) on a flexible substrate, a development that could lead to improved communications and radar systems, as well as wearable electronics. GaN is a wide bandgap material that amplifies a signal to

  • BAE Systems wins Limited Interim Missile Warning Systems QRC contract

    The US Army has selected BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems to deliver an ‘interim’ mid-wave infrared missile warning system to equip UH-60M helicopters. Awarded by the US Army Contracting Command on 15 December, the USD24.4 million contract for the Limited Interim Missile

  • BTR-4MV1 clears factory tests

    Aditya Jadhav The Kharkov Morozov Design Bureau has completed factory testing of the 8x8 BTR-4MV1 armoured personnel carrier before possible adoption by the Ukrainian Army, Ukroboronprom announced on 8 December. Based on the BTR-4MV, with the same remote weapons station, engine, and transmission,

  • RNZN decommissions replenishment tanker HMNZS Endeavour

    The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) decommissioned on 15 December its fleet replenishment tanker HMNZS Endeavour after almost 30 years of service. The navy announced on its Facebook page that the ship’s white ensign was lowered for the last time during a ceremony held a Devonport Naval Base in

  • Malaysia lays keel for third Littoral Combat Ship

    Malaysia’s Boustead Naval Shipyard (BNS) has laid down the third Maharaja Lela (Gowind)-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) on order for the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN). Keel for the 111 m vessel was laid down on 18 December at BNS’ facility at Lumut, Perak, in a ceremony officiated by the

  • China displays new armed unmanned surface vehicle

    China unveiled what it claims to be the world’s fastest armed unmanned surface vehicle (USV) during the All China Maritime Conference and Exhibition (Marintec China) held between 5 and 8 December in Shanghai. Citing the Science and Technology Daily , Chinese news website ecns.cn reported on

  • France orders third Caribbean patrol ship

    The French defence procurement agency (DGA) has ordered a third light patrol vessel (Patrouilleur Léger Guyanais: PLG) from French shipbuilder Socarenam. The vessel will be delivered in 2019 for operation from Fort-de-France in Martinique to cover the Antilles archipelago. The vessel will join

  • TAI releases technical specifications for TF-X

    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has given the technical specifications of its Turkish Fighter (TF) project, also known as TF-X. The TF-X is being designed and developed in Turkey, with support from BAE Systems, to replace Turkish Air Force (TuAF) F-16s, which will gradually reach the end of

  • USMC, ONR conduct final autonomously operated UH-1 demonstration

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) and Office of Naval Research (ONR) capped off its Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System (AACUS) programme demonstration on 13 December by autonomously operating a UH-1 “Huey” helicopter in a series of mission scenarios at USMC base in Quantico, Virginia.

  • NATO retires second E-3A to ‘boneyard’

    NATO has retired into storage its second Boeing E-3A Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft, the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group announced on 13 December. The aircraft joins another NATO E-3A that was retired to the

  • Slovakia unveils BOV 8x8 IFV

    The Konstrukta Defence prototype BOV 8x8 wheeled armoured vehicle made its public debut on 6 December with the indigenously designed EVPU Turra unmanned turret equipped with a Russian 2A42 30 mm automatic cannon. The Slovak Ministry of Defence (MoD) selected Finland’s Patria in early November

  • T-90MS details emerge

    Jane’s has learned details of the mission systems mounted in the Russian T-90MS main battle tank (MBT), including the fire-control system (FCS), sighting and observation equipment, and vehicle-protection systems. Elements of the Kalina FCS – which is used in conjunction with the

  • NATO signs ELGTR follow-on agreement with Lockheed Martin

    The NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) has signed a five-year agreement with Lockheed Martin enabling the agency to procure Enhanced Laser Guided Training Rounds (ELGTRs) on behalf of NATO member countries. ELGTR emulates the employment characteristics of Paveway II Laser Guided Bombs

  • BAE Systems contracted for RN combat systems support

    Key Points BAE Systems has been awarded a GBP200 million contract to manage, maintain, and refresh the combat management systems, tactical data networks, and shared infrastructures fitted to RN surface ships The JSS2 contract forms part of the MoD’s new Common Support Model, which has

  • Spanish sub Galerna set for major overhaul

    Spanish S 70-class submarine Galerna is to undergo a fifth major overhaul as the navy continues to maintain the boats to cover the long-delayed arrival of the new S 80s. Financing for the project was approved by the government on 8 December, with the EUR43.2 million (USD50.8 million) costs planned

  • US Air Force awards Boeing contract for AWACS avionics upgrade

    The US Air Force (USAF) on 7 December awarded Boeing a USD46 million contract modification to upgrade the avionics in its Boeing E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft, according to a Pentagon statement. The contract modification is a firm-fixed-price and

  • Cantiere Navale Vittoria unveils details of new Italian Navy LCMs

    Italian shipbuilder Cantiere Navale Vittoria is building four new LC23-class mechanised landing craft (LCMs) for the Italian Navy. The four craft, designed to equip the service’s new landing helicopter dock (LHD), are being built under a contract awarded by Fincantieri in the first quarter of

  • Coastal connections: US marines test technology and tactics to secure the shoreline

    The USMC is continuing its push to return to its expeditionary roots, focusing on equipment and systems that get it from ship to shore and inland more quickly and easily while enhancing operations in forward locations. Michael Fabey reports After years of ground combat operations, particularly in

  • Logos outlines Russian army driver training system

    Logos has detailed the system used to train Russian main battle tank (MBT) and infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) crews. Speaking to Jane’s at the Gulf Defense & Aerospace (GDA) 2017 exhibition in Kuwait City, representatives of the Moscow-based company confirmed that the system is in

  • Northrop Grumman leads integration and testing of DARPA’s HIVE chip

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected Northrop Grumman to integrate and test a new graph processor chip, currently under development, that will enhance the efficiencies and capabilities of today’s top processors. The goal of DARPA’s Hierarchical Identify

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