• Japan, US successfully conduct BMD intercept flight test from JS Atago

    The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) successfully carried out an Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) intercept flight test from Japanese guided-missile destroyer JS Atago (DDG 177) off the coast of Kauai in Hawaii on 11 September. Designated the

  • RoKMC mulls acquiring aircraft-carrying transport ship

    The Republic of Korea Marine Corps (RoKMC) is considering the introduction of a large transport ship capable of carrying aircraft, the Yonhap news agency quoted RoKMC chief Lieutenant General Jun Jin-goo as saying during a speech delivered on 12 September. “We are considering building an LPX

  • Saudi Arabia reportedly cuts LAV order

    Saudi Arabia has cut its order for General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) LAV 8×8 armoured vehicles, Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) News reported on 10 September. It cited internal company documents from March 2017 as saying that only 742 LAV-6 vehicles were going to be delivered to the

  • UK MoD admits “misleading” report on Project Shepherd EW programme

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has admitted misleading Parliament over the delivery of a new electronic warfare (EW) information system known as Project Shepherd. The MoD’s 2013 defence equipment plan suggested that the programme had achieved its in-service date (ISD). In reality, however,

  • DX Korea 2018: Hanwha launches Unmanned Ground Combat Vehicle development for RoKA

    South Korean defence prime Hanwha has taken the opportunity at the DX Korea 2018 land forces exhibition to unveil a new 6×6 unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) prototype that will be further developed to meet a future requirement of the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA). Jane’s understands from

  • DX Korea 2018: Hanwha unveils infantry support UGV development

    South Korea’s Hanwha Group has unveiled a new 4×4 modular unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) development programme that is aimed at addressing a future Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) requirement for autonomous tactical support platforms. Under development by Hanwha Land Systems’ Defense

  • Japan Aegis BMD flight test successful through intercept

    The Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) and the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) confirmed on 12 September the successful completion of an Aegis ballistic missile defence (BMD) intercept flight test, in co-operation with the US Navy (USN), off the coast of Kauai in Hawaii. The event,

  • Uruguay opens tender to procure a second-hand Bell 206 Jet Ranger

    The Uruguay Navy recently opened an international tender to acquire a second-hand Bell 206 Jet Ranger or its military variant, the OH-58 Kiowa. The navy is looking for a helicopter with at least 500 remaining flying hours on its principal components including the engine, transmission gear, main

  • WB Electronics reveals U-Gate, new software-defined radios

    WB Group is developing a software-defined radio (SDR) for the export market that will support the company’s forthcoming Battle Overwatch and Strike Capabilities (BOSC) concept. The Personal Radio (PERAD) 6010 was in development ahead of an expected low-rate initial production (LRIP) by the

  • Australia, New Zealand to deploy MPAs to monitor North Korean vessels

    The governments of Australia and New Zealand announced on 7 September that they will deploy maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) to Japan to monitor North Korean vessels suspected of transferring goods banned by UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions. Canberra will deploy two AP-3C Orion MPAs “to

  • Brazilian Army buys 120 .50 cal HMGs

    The Brazilian Army has acquired 120 M2A1 .50 cal heavy machine guns (HMGs) through the US government’s Foreign Military Sales (FMS) process. A letter of offer and acceptance (LOA) for the newly manufactured weapons was signed in August by the Brazilian Army Commission in Washington (on behalf

  • Chinese navy decommissions fleet replenishment ship

    One of China’s first-generation fleet replenishment ships, Hongze Hu , was decommissioned in a ceremony held on 6 September at a naval base near Qingdao. Originally named Taicang , the 22,000-tonne vessel carried pennant numbers X575, Beiyun 575, and 575 before being renamed in 2002 and given

  • DX Korea 2018: RoKA unveils 4×4 K-153C ATGM carrier

    The Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) has unveiled a new anti-tank guided weapon carrier at the DX Korea 2018 exhibition. The K-153C ATGW carrier was introduced in 2017 as part of the service’s ongoing tactical vehicle fleet recapitalisation efforts, which include replacing the army’s

  • Iran claims successful ballistic missile intercept test

    The Bavar-373 long-range air defence system that Iran is developing has successfully passed ballistic missile interception tests, Iranian news agencies reported the country’s deputy air defence commander as saying on 10 September. Fars News Agency cited Brigadier General Mahmoud Ebrahiminejad

  • North Korea parades latest self-propelled howitzers, missile carriers

    North Korea displayed what appear to be a new tracked self-propelled gun-howitzer (SPGH) and a new missile carrier in a parade held in Pyongyang on 9 September to mark the 70th anniversary of the country’s founding. The SPGH, nine units of which were paraded at the event, has a similar layout

  • South Korea to begin mass-producing K806, K808 armoured combat vehicles

    South Korea’s Hyundai Rotem will begin mass-producing its K806 and K808 wheeled armoured combat vehicles later this year after the vehicles completed a series of field tests by Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) units between April and August, the country’s Defense Acquisition Programme

  • Zambian Hermes 450 UAV spotted

    The Zambian Air Force (ZAF) is operating at least one Elbit Systems Hermes 450 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), a photograph released on an internet forum has confirmed. The photograph showed the Hermes 450 inside a hangar and clearly marked with both the Zambian flag and the ZAF roundel. The UAV had

  • Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces replace heavy tractors

    Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces (RVSN) will receive new Platforma-O heavy wheeled transporters to replace those produced by Belarus’s Minsk Wheel Tractors Plant (MZKT Volat), an industry source has told Jane’s. “The newest Platforma-O family of heavy wheeled transporters

  • Afghanistan receives first recently ordered MD 530F helos

    Afghanistan has received the first five of 30 new MD Helicopters Inc (MDHI) MD 530F Cayuse Warrior light attack and reconnaissance rotorcraft that were ordered 12 months ago, the manufacturer announced on 11 September. The helicopters, which are part of a wider US Department of Defense (DoD) order

  • Further details emerge of China’s naval nuclear ambitions

    China’s state-owned media have furthered the notion that the country’s aircraft carrier fleet will feature nuclear-powered support vessels. “China’s nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, which will definitely be built, will need nuclear-powered supply ships,” stated a 10

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