• Scanter 6002 radar selected for Australia’s SEA 1180 OPVs

    Australia’s SEA 1180 Phase 1 offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) will be equipped with the Scanter 6002 air and surface surveillance radar system from Terma. A contract for the system was signed between Saab Australia and Terma in May 2018, the latter revealed in an announcement in late July the

  • US Army discloses timelines for Block 3 Chinook

    Boeing is to begin development of a Block 3-standard Boeing CH/MH-47 Chinook transport and assault helicopter toward the end of the 2020s, ahead of fielding by the US Army in the late 2030s/early 2040s. The timeline was disclosed by the army’s MH-47G programme manager, Lieutenant Colonel

  • Gvozdika SPH deliveries to Ukraine completed

    Delivery of 33 Russian-designed 2S1 Gvozdika self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) to the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence (MoD) was completed at the end of June, Excalibur Army, a Czech defence company specialising in refurbishing former Eastern bloc surplus land systems which supplied the artillery, has

  • Indian Army’s Smerch launchers to be mounted on locally designed 10x10 vehicles

    The launchers for the Indian Army’s 9K58 Smerch 300 mm multiple rocket launch (MRL) systems will be mounted on indigenously designed 10×10 high-mobility vehicles provided by Indian private-sector defence manufacturer Ashok Leyland. A company official told Jane’s on 30 July that the

  • Poland to upgrade 14 more Leopard 2A4s to Leopard 2PL standard

    Poland will upgrade 14 more Leopard 2A4 tanks to the Leopard 2PL standard, PGZ confirmed to Jane's on 30 July. Poland's Armament Inspectorate (AI) signed the PLN300 million (USD82 million) deal with PGZ Zaklady Mechaniczne Bumar-Labedy on 20 June. Reports of the deal appeared in the

  • Russian Navy commissions Project 22350 frigate Admiral Gorshkov

    On 28 July the Russian Navy (VMF) commissioned the Project 22350 frigate Admiral Gorshkov , the day before its debut during the Naval Day parade. The ship is the first in class of new blue water frigates for the VMF, according to Vice Admiral Viktor Bursuk, deputy chief of naval armaments. “We

  • ARL seeks manufacturers for its galvanic aluminium powder

    Key Points Last year’s discovery will make it easier to store and transport hydrogen ARL could begin receiving industry licensing applications by September The US Army believes the discovery last year by a team of its scientists for a new approach to creating hydrogen fuel from a

  • China launches first stretched Type 052D destroyer

    The first stretched variant of China’s Luyang III (Type 052D) destroyer class was launched in early July at the Jiangnan Changxingdao shipyard near Shanghai. The ship, which is the 14th Type 052D to be built overall, is 4 m longer than its predecessors, resulting in a 4 m larger flight deck.

  • IAI and DOK-ING to partner to create a CBRNE platform

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced on 26 July that it had signed a collaboration agreement with Croatian rugged mine-clearing vehicle manufacturer DOK-ING to produce a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive (CBRNE) unmanned ground vehicle (UGV). Although details of the

  • Kuwait to upgrade legacy Hornets with new countermeasures

    Kuwait is to upgrade its Boeing F/A-18C/D Hornet combat aircraft with defensive countermeasures to be delivered by the end of March 2021. According to the US Department of Defense (DoD), Raytheon has been awarded USD32 million to deliver F/A-18 CD-108B/ALE-50(V) control, dispenser, decoy,

  • Persistent Systems’ MPU5 gets FIPS 140-2 Level 2 validation

    Persistent Systems’ MPU5 radio has been certified by the US government to meet basic security for a cryptographic module as well as the requirements for enhanced physical security. The company received the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 Level 2 in July 2018 for its MPU5

  • US approves support for Bahrain’s frigate

    The US Department of State has approved follow-on technical support for the Bahraini frigate Sabha worth an estimated USD70 million, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 26 July. Sabha is an ex-US Navy Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate that was commissioned by the Royal

  • US Naval Special Warfare targets precision engagement capability

    The US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) is looking to equip Naval Special Warfare (NSW) combatant craft with a Maritime Precision Engagement (MPE) capability to defeat asymmetric threats on land and at sea. Giving a briefing on 23 May at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC)

  • Indonesia restores damaged sonar on Diponegoro-class corvette

    The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) has restored the hull-mounted sonar system of its Diponegoro (Sigma)-class corvette that ran aground in January 2015. The vessel, KRI Frans Kaisiepo (368), ran aground while navigating the Surabaya Western Shipping Route (Alur

  • China prepares to test S-400 SAM system

    China plans to test for the first time the Almaz-Antei S-400 Triumf self-propelled surface-to-air missile (SAM) system it recently received from Russia, according to a 27 July report by the TASS news agency. “It is planned that in late July/early August the unit of the Chinese

  • Lockheed Martin to provide radar for Japan’s Aegis Ashore BMD systems

    The Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) said on 30 July that it has selected the Lockheed Martin Solid State Radar (SSR) for the two land-based Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defence (BMD) systems, which the country plans to install. The two radars will cost a total of about JPY248 billion (USD2.3

  • Portugal eyes acquisition of amphibious ship and advances plans for additional OPVs

    Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa has announced plans for the local construction of a multipurpose logistics ship for the Portuguese Navy. Speaking at the naming ceremony of the Viana do Castelo-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV) NRP Sines (P363) on 20 July, he said the logistics

  • Russian shipyard chief details Admiral Kuznetsov repairs

    The focus of repairs to Admiral Kuznetsov , the Russian Navy’s only aircraft carrier, will be on its engines, propulsion system, and electronics, according to Sergei Marichev, general director of Zvezdochka Ship Repair Centre. Speaking to TASS news agency on 25 July, Marichev said the repair

  • Spanish Navy receives first batch 2 BAM OPV

    The fifth of the Spanish Navy’s Buque de Acción Marítima (BAM) offshore patrol vessels and the first of its second tranche, Audaz (P-45), was handed over at Navantia’s La Carraca yard at San Fernando near Cadiz on 27 July. Audaz is one of two follow-up ships ordered for

  • Indian MoD approves import of NASAMS air-defence system

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved the USD1 billion acquisition of an upgraded version of the Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace/Raytheon National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS) – commonly referred to as NASAMS II – for the Indian Air Force (IAF) to

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