• Scaled Composites flies new Model 401 prototype

    Scaled Composites flew its Model 401 experimental prototype aircraft for the first time on 11 October, the company announced on the same day. The single-seat single-engined aircraft is one of two that have been built by the Northrop Grumman-subsidiary to demonstrate advanced, low-cost manufacturing

  • Taiwan plans domestic upgrade programme for its M60A3 MBTs

    Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has said that it plans to earmark USD6.6 million for research into the development of an upgrade programme for its fleet of M60A3 main battle tanks (MBTs). The ministry has chosen the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST)

  • USN COBRA mine-detection systems reaches IOC

    The US Navy (USN) AN/DVS-1 Coastal Battlefield Reconnaissance and Analysis (COBRA) airborne mine-detection system achieved initial operational capability (IOC) on 10 October, USN officials announced. COBRA is being developed for integration with the USN’s MQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned air system

  • AUSA 2017: AeroVironment upgrades Puma for heavier payloads

    AeroVironment has undertaken a number of upgrades to its Puma and Raven unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), including strengthening the Puma’s airframe, updating the data link, adding new avionics, and integrating a new infrared (IR) sensor. Puma, which will now be designated the Puma 3 AE , has

  • AUSA 2017: Bell V-280 Valor prototype tests at full rotor power

    Bell Helicopter’s V-280 Valor tiltrotor prototype has run at full RPMs, and the company is now readying its aircraft for its first flight scheduled for later this year, said Carl Coffman, company director of business development for Advanced Tiltrotor Systems. The V-280 prototype aircraft has

  • AUSA 2017: Minigun developer Dillon Aero extends marinisation to all M134D weapons

    Key Points Dillon Aero is standardising marinisation on all of its M134D miniguns This will improve the lifespan of the guns, reducing customer costs for spare parts Arizona-based minigun developer Dillon Aero is incurring cost to extend marinisation coatings to all of its M134D variants,

  • Japan launches second Asahi-class destroyer

    Key Points A Japanese shipyard has launched the country’s second Asahi-class destroyer Vessel is expected to assume the principal anti-submarine escort role for the JMSDF Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has launched a second Asahi-class destroyer on order for the Japan Maritime

  • Philippine Coast Guard’s sixth Parola-class vessel arrives home

    Key Points The Philippine Coast Guard has received its sixth Parola-class patrol vessel Service is on track to receive the entire class of 10 vessels by end-2018 The Philippine Coast Guard’s (PCG) sixth multirole response vessel (MRRV) has arrived in the country, the service announced on 11

  • Safran Helicopter Engines reveals new engine family for rotorcraft

    Safran Helicopter Engines has unveiled a new family of powerplants for military and commercial rotorcraft covering the 2,500 to over 3,000 shp power range. The Aneto high power engine family was launched in early October and is said by the French-based company to feature

  • AUSA 2017: Initial Ground Mobility Vehicles now in testing, wider acquisition expects next year

    The US Army is trialling two Ground Mobility Vehicles (GMVs) at Aberdeen Proving Ground for an urgent material release, and next year will begin a competition for a wider GMV requirement. Under GMV Phase I the army is buying light mobility vehicles for Airborne infantry brigade combat teams through

  • AUSA 2017: US Army will soon determine future Humvee roles

    US Army leaders are now determining how to posture the thousands of Humvees that remain in the service’s formations as it prepares to field new Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs) that are partially replacing ageing Humvees. A full-rate production decision for the JLTV is expected in

  • RUAG Aviation to provide two more Dornier 228 aircraft for BN

    RUAG Aviation has signed a contract for the sale of two more Dornier 228 twin-turboprop aircraft to the Bangladesh Navy (BN), the Switzerland-based company announced in an 11 October statement. The new production aircraft will add to the two Dornier 228 NG maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) already in

  • AUSA 2017: Two new, more heavily armed Stryker variants heading to Europe

    The US Army's first 30 mm Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicle – Dragoon, along with the first Stryker with CROWS-Javelin (CROWS-J), will go to Europe in December for an operational test, officials said during the Association of the US Army’s (AUSA's) annual conference. Army leaders are

  • Chile to upgrade Piloto Pardo class bridge command systems

    The Chilean Navy has awarded a contract worth USD60,000 to local firm BZ Naval Engineering for the upgrade of the Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine's VisionMaster FT integrated bridge command system fitted on board its four Piloto Pardo patrol ships. The upgrade includes the replacement and

  • RAF increases F-35 risk rating

    The United Kingdom has increased its risk rating of the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter because of delays in delivering representative simulators to the Royal Air Force (RAF). Details of the issues with the United Kingdom’s F-35 simulators were revealed in a

  • Remdiesel unveils modernised MT-LB multi-purpose armoured vehicle

    Russian firm’ Remdiesel has unveiled an updated version of the MT-LB multi-purpose armoured vehicle that has been designated MLBSh, thought to mean Multi-Purpose Light Protected Amphibious Chassis. The MLBSh has a laden weight of 10,500 kg, and can carry a payload of 2,500 kg and a crew of

  • South Korea to equip KSS-3 class with indigenous submarine combat system

    Key Points South Korea will equip its KSS-3 class submarines with a locally developed combat system Platform will also feature a number of indigenous components including sensors and weapons South Korea’s class of KSS-3 will be equipped with an indigenous submarine combat system that has

  • AUSA 2017: CRS-I, RCIS down-select expected next year

    The US Army now has requests for proposals out for its Common Robotic System – Individual (CRS-I) and Route Clearance Interrogation System (RCIS) unmanned ground vehicles, and expects to down-select vendors early in the third quarter of fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018), Bryan McVeigh, project

  • AUSA 2017: SMET unmanned ground vehicle headed to IBCTs for trials

    The US Army’s Squad Maneuver Equipment Transport (SMET) is expected to soon complete an initial demonstration before up to four configurations are chosen for trials with infantry brigade combat teams (IBCTs), Bryan McVeigh, project manager for Force Projection, told reporters on 10 October.

  • Malaysia selects NiDAR surveillance system for Littoral Combat Ship

    Key Points Malaysia has selected the NiDAR maritime surveillance system for its Maharaja Lela class System will enhance the platform’s ability to detect perimeter threats such as divers and small boats Malaysia has selected the NiDAR long range maritime surveillance and anti-intruder system

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