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  • Indian Army Advanced Light Helicopter crashes in Ladakh region

    Several Indian Army (IA) personnel, including two generals, survived with only minor injuries the crash of their Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) on 5 September in India’s Himalayan region of Ladakh.  Officials said the IA’s twin-engine ALH, which is built by state-owned

  • BAE Systems develops advanced UGV

    BAE Systems has revealed to Jane’s details of its new Ironclad unmanned ground vehicle (UGV). According to the company, the tracked platform is designed to undertake a number of roles, including reconnaissance, casualty evacuation (CASEVAC), area denial, and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD).

  • First Sea Ceptor firings from Type 23

    Key Points HMS Argyll undertook first-of-class firings of the GWS 35 Sea Ceptor local area air defence system in July Sea Ceptor will replace the GWS 26 Mod 1 VL Seawolf point defence missile system The Royal Navy (RN) Type 23 Duke-class frigate HMS Argyll has completed initial firings of the new

  • Second Lockheed Martin GPS III satellite completes acoustic testing

    Key Points The third GPS III satellite recently completed acoustic testing The test, composed of vibrating the satellite with deafening sound, is a critical test Lockheed Martin’s second Global Positioning System III (GPS III) satellite for the US Air Force (USAF) recently completed

  • Type 23 frigate completes Sea Ceptor first firings

    Key Points HMS Argyll is the first Royal Navy Duke-class Type 23 frigate to complete a life extension refit Sea Ceptor is being retrofitted to all 13 Type 23 frigates to replace the GWS 26 Mod 1 VL Seawolf point defence system The first UK Royal Navy (RN) Duke-class Type 23 frigate to complete

  • US Air Force anticipates F-35 OBOGS testing through end of 2017

    Key Points The US Air Force anticipates F-35 oxygen system testing to last through the end of 2017 The service, earlier this year, restricted the aircraft’s flight envelope after physiological issues The US Air Force (USAF) anticipates testing for the on-board oxygen generation system

  • KBP unveils ShAK-12 heavy assault rifle

    Russia's Tula-based Instrument Design Bureau (KBP), a subsidiary of the High-Precision Weapons holding, has developed the ShAK-12 heavy assault rifle, which it unveiled at the KBP firing range. The ShAK-12 is intended for engaging soldiers wearing body armour, under light cover or in soft-skin

  • PLAN commissions carrier replenishment ship

    The largest replenishment ship to be built for China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has entered service. Named Hulun Hu (with pennant number 965), the 240 m-long ship was commissioned in a ceremony held on 1 September at the Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI) facility on Longxue Island

  • Remdizel rolls out Taifun MRAP for airborne troops

    Russia's Remdizel – Defence Solutions (RD-DS) company has developed the K-4386 Taifun mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicle intended for airborne troops and special forces, which it unveiled at the recent Army-2017 exhibition held outside Moscow from 22-27 August. The K-4386 is a 4x4

  • Belgium presents its new Raven mini UAS

    The Belgian Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) Battalion in Heverlee, east of Brussels, presented its new RQ-11B Raven tactical mini unmanned aerial system (UAS) on 31 August. The Belgian Ravens will be operated by a platoon of the ISTAR Battalion. The

  • ViaSat to provide MDD software to protect devices at tactical edge

    ViaSat has been awarded a production contract for its Mobile Dynamic Defense (MDD) cyber-security software to protect and secure Tactical Local Area Network (TACLAN) Field Computing Device – Wearable (FCD-W) platforms. MDD will protect platforms from intrusion, even if disconnected from a

  • Malaysia reveals Condor logistics vehicle prototype

    Malaysia’s Deftech unveiled a converted Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Condor 4x4 logistics support vehicle prototype during Malaysia’s Independence Day parade on 31 August. The original armoured personnel carrier (APC) has been converted into a flatbed logistics support vehicle,

  • NORINCO fleshes out VP11 MRAP family

    China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) has produced new variants of its 4x4 VP11 lightweight mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicle with armoured personnel carrier (APC) and internal security (IS) models rolling out of a recent production run, Jane’s can confirm.

  • Northrop Grumman, USAF develop plan to keep E-8C JSTARS flying through 2030

    Key Points Northrop Grumman and the US Air Force have developed a strategy to fly E-8Cs through 2030 JSTARS recapitalisation is one of the service's top priorities, but the programme has been repeatedly delayed Northrop Grumman and the US Air Force (USAF) are developing a roadmap to keep the

  • Royal Navy considers two carriers essential for F-35 trials

    Two Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers are needed to keep the UK flight trials of the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II combat aircraft on schedule to allow the Royal Navy (RN) to declare its full carrier strike capability, according to the senior officer of the second in the class. Speaking

  • Alcon develops F550 upgrade

    High-performance brake and clutch system specialist, Alcon Components, has developed an upgrade package for the Ford F550, as the company continues its push into the defence sector. “We have for many years offered upgrade solutions for the Toyota Land Cruiser range, this is without doubt

  • Elbit Systems announces F-5 upgrade for Asia Pacific customer

    Israel’s Elbit System announced on 29 August that it was awarded a contract worth approximately USD93 million from an undisclosed Asia-Pacific country to upgrade its F-5 light fighter fleet, with work expected to be completed by 2020. According to the company’s statement, it will supply

  • Hyundai selects Servowatch ship management system for Philippine Navy frigates

    Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has selected the Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS) from UK-based company Servowatch Systems for two new frigates that the former will deliver to the Philippine Navy (PN). HHI signed a PHP15,744,571,584 (USD307 million) contract with the Philippine

  • Indonesian Army establishes new strategic reserve command division

    The Indonesian Army’s (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Darat: TNI-AD’s) Strategic Reserve Command (KOSTRAD) is currently in the process of forming up a new rapid strike composite division consisting of 1,200 personnel. The organisation, which has been named the ‘Cakra

  • Poland ponders possibilities for upgrading T-72s

    Polish company Zaklady Mechaniczne Bumar-Labedy is scheduled to present two upgraded versions of the T-72 main battle tank (MBT) at the MSPO-2017 defence exhibition in September. The two vehicles, designated PT-17 and PT-91M2, were designed in response to the

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