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  • Exostar grows cyber security capability

    A joint venture (JV) founded to manage defence supply chains is increasingly focusing on cyber security, as interactions between major primes and smaller companies open potential vulnerabilities. Exostar was founded in 2000 by five of the biggest companies in aerospace and defence: Boeing, BAE

  • Malaysia transfers body of possible USS John S McCain crew member to US Navy

    Key Points A number of bodies have been found onboard the stricken Arleigh Burke-class destroyer that was involved in the Singapore Strait collision Discovery of another body in the sea off Johor dims hopes of finding more survivors, even as search-and-rescue operations continue The Royal

  • Russian Helicopters produces first Mi-28UB

    Russian Helicopters has produced the first Mi-28UB 'Havoc' and is testing the combat helicopters, the company announced on 22 August. Eight Mi-28UBs will be delivered to the Russian Ministry of Defence by the end of the year, the company said. The holding company's CEO, Andrey Boginsky said that

  • USAF awards GBSD TMRR contracts

    The US Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center (AFNWC) on 21 August awarded two Technology Maturation and Risk Reduction (TMRR) contracts for its prospective Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) weapon system requirement. The GBSD is the weapon system

  • USN flexes LCS’ missile capabilities off Guam amid threats from North Korea

    Key Points The US Navy has demonstrated the Littoral Combat Ship’s anti-surface capabilities near Guam Missile firing comes in the wake of threats by North Korea to launch missiles at the Western Pacific island, and demonstrates the LCS’ lethal capabilities even while on overseas

  • LRASM tactical configuration completes first flight from B-1B

    A first firing of a production-representative, tactical configuration AGM-158C Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) has been completed from a US Air Force (USAF) B-1B Lancer bomber. Conducted on 17 August over the Sea Range at Point Mugu, California, the LRASM all-up-round executed a number of

  • Regional navies intensify search for missing sailors in Singapore waters after USS John S McCain collision

    Key Points A search for 10 missing US sailors off Singapore has intensified, even as the US Navy announces a review of its operations Accident and subsequent search operations have raised concerns in Beijing, given the area's close proximity to its claims in the South China Sea In the wake of a

  • Chile eyes new shipborne long-range land attack capability

    Chile may become the first South American nation to deploy a shipborne cruise missile with the capability to reach targets deep in land, as its navy is eyeing IAI/Malam’s Long Range Attack (LORA) hybrid missile and ballistic weapon, military sources in Santiago told Jane's . Interest in LORA,

  • Damen begins building Mexican Navy’s new patrol vessel

    Damen started building a long-range ocean patrol vessel (Patrulla Oceánica de Largo Alcance: POLA) for the Mexican Navy, according to a 17 August navy statement. The vessel is Damen Group’s Sigma 10514 frigate. Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding, in the Netherlands, will construct two

  • General Atomics sees potential in UAV communication-denial capabilities

    Key Points GA-ASI believes communication denial capabilities hold promise in era of contested airspace The US and allies have operated in uncontested airspace for over a decade General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), is working on communication denial capabilities for its unmanned

  • Indian Coast Guard receives two high-speed interceptor ships

    On 17 August 2017, Larsen and Toubro (L&T) issued a press release confirming the delivery of two high-speed interceptor boats to the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) at Kattupalli Shipyard near Chennai. The delivery comes seven months ahead of schedule. The boats are a part of two contracts signed by

  • Indian Navy commissions second Mk IV LCU

    Key Points The Indian Navy has commissioned its second indigenously built Mk IV LCU Platform will bolster the service’s amphibious assault and HADR capabilities in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands territories The Indian Navy has commissioned the second of eight Mk IV Landing Craft Utility

  • Two more Mexican Air Force T-6C+ aircraft crash

    Two Mexican Air Force (FAM) Beechcraft T-6C+ Texan II aircraft crashed on 16 August, the Secretariat of National Defence (SEDENA) announced. According to SEDENA, the aircraft were on a training flight over the Santa Lucia Military Air Base N°1 (BAM N°1) when the two aircraft brushed

  • USN punishes officers from Fitzgerald destroyer collision

    Top ranking officers on USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), which on 17 June collided with a merchant vessel, have been relieved of duty. “The commanding officer, executive officer, and command master chief of the guided-missile destroyer were relieved of their duties by Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin,

  • USN destroyer collides with tanker in South China Sea, 10 sailors missing

    Key Points A US Navy guided-missile destroyer has collided with an oil and chemical tanker at the eastern approaches of the Singapore Strait in the South China Sea Incident is the third mishap to involve an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the region since June 2017 The US Navy’s

  • China’s NORINCO reveals new armoured vehicles, active protection system

    China’s North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) revealed new armoured vehicles and a new active protection system (APS) during the Armour Day it held in Baotou, Inner Mongolia from 15-16 August. Aimed at promoting NORINCO's products to foreign customers, the event was attended by about 230

  • NORINCO demonstrates GL5 APS

    China North Industries Group Corporation (NORINCO) has released details on a previously opaque active protection system (APS) known as the GL5. The hard-kill APS was demonstrated during a live-fire display as part of NORINCO’s second ‘Armour Day’ in Bautou, Inner Mongolia. The

  • Proteus dual-mode undersea vehicle demonstrated at ANTX

    Key Points Proteus has been designed and built to serve as a large-diameter undersea vehicle prototype for both manned and unmanned missions During ANTX, Proteus was used to ingress contested battlespace and launch three micro-UUVs Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII’s) Proteus

  • Bundeswehr plans first deployment of MANTIS to Mali

    The Bundeswehr is planning to deploy the Modular, Automatic and Network capable Targeting and Interception System (MANTIS) counter-rocket, artillery and mortar defence (C-RAM) system for the first time to Mali, Jane's has learned. Deployment of MANTIS in the “sense and warn”

  • Chinese Xian H-6K with refuelling probe suggests new missions

    A vague image of a Xian Aircraft Corporation H-6K with a nose-mounted refuelling probe suggests additional missions may be in store for this much-modified 65-year-old medium bomber design, which first flew in 1952 as the Soviet-era Tupolev Tu-16. Appearing for the first time on 15 August on a

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