• COTECMAR begins Colombian Navy’s fifth landing craft, soon to deliver Honduras’ first

    Colombia’s state-run Science and Technology Corporation for the Development of Naval, Maritime, and Riverine Industries (COTECMAR) in mid-September began cutting steel on a fifth landing craft unit for the Colombian Navy, and a first export of the type is due for delivery to Honduras on 1

  • Peruvian Navy designates new flagship

    The Peruvian Navy renamed BAP Montero (FM-53) as BAP Almirante Grau on 26 September, as the platform becomes the fleet’s new flagship. It replaces the previous Grau (CLM-81), a light cruiser that was retired on the same day. The new flagship is a Carvajal-class frigate constructed by the

  • France to buy third PLG for French Guiana

    In the wake of Hurricane Irma in the French Antilles, the French Ministry of Defence has announced that a third French Guianese Light Patrol Boat (Patrouilleur Léger Guyanais: PLG) will be ordered within the coming weeks, with delivery expected as soon as 2019. The vessel will be based in the

  • Indian Navy commissions fourth improved Car Nicobar-class patrol vessel

    The Indian Navy (IN) has commissioned its fourth improved Car Nicobar-class patrol vessel, according to a statement by the Indian government’s Press Information Bureau (PIB). Named INS Tarasa (T 94), the 48.9 m-long ship entered service on 26 September in a ceremony presided over by Vice

  • Ukraine upgrades An-32 transport for BAF

    Ukraine’s SE PLANT 410 CA aircraft repair company has overhauled and upgraded one of the three Antonov An-32 'Cline' turboprop transport aircraft in service with the Bangladesh Air Force (BAF). The aircraft, which had arrived at the plant earlier this month, was handed over to the BAF on 25

  • Australia commissions first Hobart-class air warfare destroyer

    The first of three 7,000-tonne Hobart-class air warfare destroyers (AWDs) was formally inducted into the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) on 23 September and is expected to be ready for operational tasking in late 2018. Attending the commissioning ceremony of HMAS Hobart held at Fleet Base East in

  • Babcock, BMT team as start gun fires for Type 31e programme

    Key Points Babcock and BMT Defence Services have teamed to bid for the UK’s Type 31e frigate programme A RFI to support Type 31e market testing was released on 11 September, with responses due back by 16 October A first teaming for the UK Royal Navy's (RN's) Type 31e frigate programme has

  • India deploys Magar-class amphibious ship to Bangladesh on Rohingya relief mission

    The Indian Navy has deployed a Magar-class amphibious ship to the port of Chittagong, Bangladesh in support of a humanitarian relief mission for Rohingya refugees. The ship, INS Gharial , departed India on 25 September with 1,000 tonnes of humanitarian supplies, said an Indian Navy spokesperson via

  • New SEAHAWK LW variants unveiled

    MSI-Defence Systems has unveiled two new lightweight (LW) variants of its SEAHAWK family of small-calibre naval gun systems. The SEAHAWK LW mounting has been specifically designed by MSI-Defence to provide smaller patrol craft and security vessels with a stabilised remote control weapon system

  • China’s CH-5 UAV conducts live-fire trial with new precision weapon

    Key Points The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation integrated a new 80 kg precision guided missile on its Cai Hong 5 armed reconnaissance UAV The latest test in northwestern China also enabled engineers to refine the CH-5's sensor systems as well as its payload release mechanisms

  • First US Army upgraded Stryker DVH rolls through production

    Production has begun for the US Army’s fourth Stryker Double V-Hull brigade, which will be the first to incorporate new updates to the wheeled combat vehicles. First production A1-configured Stryker is slated to roll off the assembly line in September, Gordon Stein, General Dynamics Land

  • Israeli cyber defence directorate declared operational

    The Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF’s) C4i and Cyber Defense Directorate declared initial operational capacity in early September, the commander in charge of designing the military's cyber defences has told Jane's . The move is part of a wider restructuring of the IDF’s cyber operations

  • Italian Typhoon crashes at air show

    An Italian Air Force (AMI) Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft crashed during an air display on 24 September, killing the pilot. The single-seat aircraft came down into the sea south of Rome after it failed to recover from a high-speed dive. The pilot seemingly did not attempt to eject, and his

  • NAVSEA awards Columbia-class SSBN development contract

    The US Naval Sea Systems (NAVSEA) Command has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat Corporation a sole-source USD5.071 billion contract for the Integrated Product and Process Development design completion for the US Navy’s (USN’s) Columbia-class ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs). The

  • Orbital ATK rolls out XM813 automatic cannon for US Army Strykers

    Orbital ATK Armament Systems is ramping up production of their latest 30 mm calibre XM813 Bushmaster dual feed automatic cannon. The weapon will first be installed in the Kongsberg Medium Calibre Remote Controlled Turret (MC-RCT) installed on the latest General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) 8x8

  • Philippine Navy fires on Vietnamese fishing boats, two dead

    Key Points The Philippine Navy has opened fire on a Vietnamese fishing boat, killing two persons Increasing cases of IUU fishing in the region are showing signs of potentially escalating maritime conflicts The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has assured Hanoi that a thorough

  • Rheinmetall Defence unveils Gladius 2.0 soldier ensemble

    Rheinmetall Defence has developed a new version of its Gladius soldier system, known as Gladius 2.0, and launched it at DSEI 2017 in London. Gladius 2.0 is modular and has an open architecture, allowing sensors, communications, and other devices to be easily integrated according to a

  • ST Marine launches Singapore’s fifth Littoral Mission Vessel

    Key Points Singapore has launched the country’s fifth Littoral Mission Vessel Republic is on track to operate its class of eight Independence-class ships by 2020 Singapore shipbuilder ST Marine has launched the country’s fifth Littoral Mission Vessel. The vessel, which will be in

  • Team Polaris forms for US Army’s SMET

    Polaris Government and Defense has joined with robotics and autonomous technology specialists to develop an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) that is being put forward for the US Army’s Squad Multipurpose Equipment Transport (SMET) programme, Jane’s has learnt. Through ‘Team

  • Valhalla Turrets reveals new 57 mm remote gun system development

    Valhalla Turrets of Slovenia have revealed that they have commenced a private-venture project to develop the Hildgard 57 Medium Remote Gun System (MRGS), with a technology demonstrator expected to be completed by the second half of 2018. The Hildgard MRGS effort leverages from their developed

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