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  • Russia overhauls Hungarian Mi-24s

    Russia is overhauling the Hungarian Air Force’s (HunAF’s) 12 Mi-24D attack helicopters under an agreement signed with Hungary on 31 October. In mid-November, a Russian An-124 transport aircraft took off from Kecskemet Air Base to St Petersburg with an unspecified number of Mi-24s on

  • BAE Systems providing C-UAS prototype to USN for Mk 38 testing

    Key Points The capability is not expected to use lasers or rely on signals jamming The USN intends to install the prototypes on ships in September 2019 The US Navy (USN) is expected to issue a sole source contract to BAE Systems to add a counter-unmanned aerial systems (C-UAS) capability to the

  • Final ex-USAF F-16s set to be delivered to Indonesia

    Indonesia is to shortly receive into service the last six surplus Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft acquired from the US Air Force (USAF), the service announced on 6 December. The single-seat F-16C Block 25 aircraft were the last of 24 F-16C/D Block 25 aircraft that have been

  • Finland’s Boomeranger Boats to deliver special operations RHIBs to UAE, India

    Finnish boat manufacturer Boomeranger Boats announced on 27 November that it had signed contracts to deliver special operations rigid-hull inflatable boats (RHIBs) to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) military and the Indian Navy (IN). The company said in a statement that it will provide 34 such boats

  • Poland commissions ORP Kormoran mine countermeasures vessel

    The Polish Navy has confirmed it commissioned ORP Kormoran , the first Project 258 Kormoran II mine countermeasures (MCM) vessel, in late November. The non-magnetic steel hull Kormoran II class is designed for mine hunting in Poland’s exclusive economic zone, with task forces in the Baltic

  • US Navy sends deep-water team to search for C2-A aircraft

    The US Navy (USN) will deploy a team of deep-water salvage experts to search for the C-2A Greyhound carrier onboard delivery (COD) aircraft that crashed in the Philippine Sea on the way to aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan on 22 November, USN officials said in a statement. While the

  • Brazil hopes to buy, commission UK’s HMS Ocean by June 2018

    The Brazilian Navy is seeking to commission the UK Royal Navy’s HMS Ocean landing platform helicopter (LPH) by June 2018, the navy told Jane’s on 6 December. The navy is authorised to negotiate with the United Kingdom towards a GBP84.6 million (USD113 million) procurement. Prior to

  • Brazilian Army seeks to modernise remaining M113B APCs

    The Brazilian Army is seeking to modernise its remaining M113B armoured personnel carriers (APCs), it recently told Jane’s . Such a programme has not been finalised, but plans are being discussed for a “third phase” of the M113BR project, officials said. The Brazilian Army

  • European Defence Agency steps up its cyber focus

    Key Points The agency has broadened its cyber activities in recent years Collaboration with industry will assist in developing capabilities For the first time the focus of the European Defence Agency’s (EDA's) annual conference was exclusively on one topic: cyber, reflecting the importance

  • Future Chinese carriers to deploy J-20, J-31 stealth fighters, says report

    China’s future straight-deck carriers will operate aircraft such as the Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group J-20 and the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation J-31 ‘fifth-generation’ stealth-enhanced fighters, according to a 6 December report by the state-owned Global Times newspaper.

  • Meggitt introduces FATS 300 training system

    Meggitt Training Systems has expanded its range of small arms training systems, launching its FATS 300 multi-screen immersive trainer at the 2017 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) exhibition in Orlando. The system consists of five flat 150x84 inch, 16:9

  • Queen Elizabeth commissioned as Royal Navy's new flagship

    The first of the UK’s two new aircraft carriers, Queen Elizabeth , has been commissioned into the Royal Navy (RN) as its new flagship at a ceremony held at HM Naval Base Portsmouth. The ceremony on 7 December was attended by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, UK

  • US Army seeks air defence and C-UAV system for Stryker vehicles

    The US Army is looking for an interim close-in air defence and counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) system to field on its Stryker wheeled infantry carrier and reconnaissance vehicles. A request for information (RFI) for 72 Interim Maneuver Short-Range Air Defense (IM-SHORAD) systems was issued

  • Canadian government rejects FREMM bid for new surface combatant

    A last-minute offer to build the Royal Canadian Navy’s future Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) warship has been rejected by Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC). A combined Fincantieri and Naval Group submission offered a fixed-price of CAD30 billion to build 15 Frégates

  • Colombian Army to receive new fires simulators

    A new artillery fire control simulator for the Colombian Army was revealed at the 2017 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) exhibition in Orlando in November. Development of the Mobile Artillery Simulator (MAS) by a partnership of Florida-based ETech

  • Iranian Navy commissions fourth Sina FAC-M

    The Islamic Republic of Iran Navy (IRIN) commissioned its fourth domestically built Sina fast attack craft (FAC) on 5 December. The commissioning of Separ (P 234) took place at the IRIN’s Bandar-e Anzali base on the Caspian. The first three Sinas were commissioned by the Caspian fleet between

  • Israel declares F-35 to be operational

    The Israeli Air Force (IAF) has declared its fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft to be operational, the service announced on 6 December. This milestone for the IAF’s F-35, which is designated F-35I Adir (‘Mighty One’) in national

  • Mexico receives final Panther helo

    The Mexican Navy has received into service its tenth and final AS565 MBe Panther helicopter during a delivery ceremony at Airbus Helicopters in Marignane on 6 December, the manufacturer announced. The final two helicopters were handed over on schedule, some three years after the order was placed in

  • PAKFA flies with production-standard engine

    The Sukhoi T-50 PAKFA fifth-generation fighter has flown with a production-standard engine for the first time, United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) announced on 5 December. The T-50 prototype flew for 17 minutes out of the Gromov Flight Research Institute (LII) in Zhukovskiy, UAC said, adding that the

  • Pakistan’s KSEW launches 600-tonne patrol vessel for PMSA

    Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works Limited (KSEW) has launched a 600-tonne maritime patrol vessel (MPV) on order for the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA), according to a statement by the state-owned shipyard. The 68.5 m-long multi-mission ship, which was launched on 5 December in

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