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  • 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

  • Roboteam secures US, Israel orders

    Roboteam has been contracted to deliver 75 of its Micro Tactical Ground Robot (MTGR) unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs). The systems are scheduled to be delivered by the end of 2017, and production has commenced. Roboteam CEO Shahar Abuhazira told Jane's , "These most recent orders came from

  • Turkey addresses pilot shortage

    The Turkish government issued a new decree on 25 August requiring civil aviation pilots to return to the Turkish Air Force Command (TAFC) in an attempt to bridge a serious shortage in combat pilots. The shortage has become more acute as a result of the ongoing massive purges of the Turkish Armed

  • US to provide AMISOM with enhanced ISR capability

    The US Department of State is to provide an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) surveillance system to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), a spokesperson for the US military's Djibouti-based Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) has told Jane's . The spokesman said that a

  • EDA set to launch new study into diode-based laser for UAVs

    The European Defence Agency (EDA) will soon close a tender for a small study on a big idea: a new kind of laser for drone-mounted countermeasure defences. The goal is to move away from fibre optics for generating the beam, resulting in improved performance and a reduction in cost and other factors

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