• USN acquires three more LCSs, considers more buys

    As expected, the US Navy (USN) signed deals to buy three more Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs) under fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) funding. However, the service will not release the price for the ships because it is considering acquiring additional ships through the FY 2019 budget. The three LCSs awarded

  • USN, JFD develop combat-navigation module for divers

    The US Navy (USN) Naval Surface Warfare Center – Panama City Division and subsea-capability provider James Fisher and Sons’ JFD have developed an advanced hands-free combat diver navigation module called Shadow Nav. Designed to help divers conduct accurate underwater navigation missions

  • AAD 2018: CSOC reveals details of armed USV concept

    Officials from Chinese state-owned shipbuilder China Shipbuilding and Offshore International Company (CSOC) have revealed technical specifications of a concept for a new 20-tonne armed unmanned surface vessel (USV) it is showcasing at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2018 exhibition in South

  • ST Engineering and Paramount team up on Belrex

    Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering) and South Africa’s Paramount Group have signed an agreement to collaborate on marketing the Belrex family of 4x4 military vehicles to global defence markets. ST Engineering said on 19 September that the agreement applies to 10 variants of

  • Reaper UAV scores first air-to-air kill during USAF trial

    The US Air Force (USAF) scored the first air-to-air kill for the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) during trials late last year, the service disclosed on 19 September. The disclosure by a senior officer speaking at the Air Force Association

  • Hyundai cuts steel for Philippine Navy’s second 107 m frigate

    Key Points Hyundai Heavy Industries has begun construction work on a second HDF-3000 frigate on order for the Philippine Navy The service is on track to receive both vessels by 2021 South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has held a steel-cutting ceremony for the second 107 m

  • Czechs and Slovaks to pursue joint procurement

    The prime ministers of the Czech Republic and Slovakia announced plans for their respective countries to co-operate more closely on defence procurement after a meeting in Kosice, eastern Slovakia, on 17 September. Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis and his Slovak counterpart, Peter Pellegrini,

  • Russia restarts naval exercises off Syria

    Russian naval forces have launched a new series of exercises across the eastern Mediterranean in a move that could limit the ability of Israeli aircraft to strike at targets in Syria. The Russian military issued a notice to airmen (NOTAMs) on 18 September closing off nine exercise areas of airspace

  • Russia’s advanced military helicopters to get new rocket pods

    New Russian combat and military transport helicopters will be armed with the 9-A-5013 80 mm rocket pods developed by JSC Zaslon, a source from the company told Jane’s . “The 9-A-5013 pod has been developed for the Mil Mi-28NM combat helicopter. It features modular design and can be

  • Second Project 677 Lada-class submarine launches

    The Russian Navy’s second Project 677 Lada-class submarine diesel-electric attack submarine, Kronshtadt , was launched in a ceremony at Admiralty Shipyards on 20 September. Kronshtadt and third boat Velikiye Luki (ex- Sevastopol ) were laid down in 2005 and 2006 respectively, but construction

  • Thailand orders four more H225M helos

    Thailand has ordered four more H225M (previously designated EC725) multirole helicopters to augment the eight already procured, Airbus Helicopters announced on 20 September. The order comes on the back of the initial order for four helicopters in 2012 (received in 2015), two more in 2014 (received

  • Rheinmetall demonstrates Skyranger counter-UAV capabilities

    Key Points Skyranger shot down jet UAVs with its 35 mm gun firing AHEAD air burst munition The demonstration illustrated the “Patriot and Below Concept”, which also includes NASAMS Rheinmetall demonstrated its Skyranger system’s capabilities to counter unmanned aerial vehicles

  • MBDA unveils Spectre combat UAV concept

    MBDA in the United Kingdom has unveiled a new combat unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) concept designed to provide on-call, low-cost organic precision effects close air support for forward-deployed land forces. Spectre is a tilt wing, electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) combat air system

  • IAI eyes UK AEW&C opportunity

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has expressed hope that the United Kingdom will launch an open tender for a new airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft for the Royal Air Force (RAF), Jane’s was told on 18 September. IAI’s subsidiary, Elta Systems, has been holding a

  • Russian MiG-31 crashes, crew ejects

    A Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) MiG-31 ?Foxhound' interceptor crashed in the central Nizhny Novgorod region of the country on 19 September, state media reported. The twin-seat combat aircraft came down not long after take-off, with the RT news agency saying that flames were reported

  • MBDA unveils Future Land Indirect Fires concepts

    MBDA has unveiled a number of land precision effects concepts for integration with the ARTEC 8x8 Boxer infantry fighting vehicle to address the British Army’s future land surface-to-surface fire requirements. In April this year, UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced that it will re-join the

  • ECA Group to supply Cobra UGVs to Thai military

    French robotics company ECA Group has been awarded a new contract to supply several units of its Cobra MK2 E unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) to the Thai military. The company said in an 11 September statement that it will execute the contract for the wheeled UGVs, which are to be used to counter

  • USN starts programme for mine warfare instructors

    Acknowledging the growing importance of mine countermeasures (MCM) operations with the increasing focus on littoral missions, the Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) has started a new Mine Warfare (MIW) Warfare Tactics Instructor (WTI) programme. The new MIW WTI programme

  • A-Darter completes flight tests

    South Africa’s Denel Dynamics has completed qualification testing of its fifth-generation A-Darter short-range air-to-air missile, Denel announced on 17 September. Four guided launches were carried out at the Overberg Test Range, all of them against Skua targets. The first was carried out on

  • AFA 2018: US Air Force views Advanced Battle Management as a system of systems

    Key Points The US Air Force will pursue ABMS as a system of systems, rather than a traditional monolithic acquisition programme This will be tricky as a top acquisition official admitted this has been difficult in the past The US Air Force (USAF) wants its next-generation Advanced Battle

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