• Turkmenistan parades Al Shibl APCs

    Turkmenistan has displayed what appear to be newly acquired Al Shibl 2 wheeled armoured personnel carriers (APCs) in a parade to mark the country’s Independence Day on 27 October. Each of the eight Al Shibl 2s shown in the Turkmen capital Ashgabat was armed with what appeared to be a .50

  • Colombia orders two Dauphin helos for naval use

    Colombia has acquired two Airbus AS365N3 Dauphin helicopters to be used by the country’s navy. The second-hand aircraft, which were built in 2004, will be delivered in December for use aboard the Colombian Navy’s 20 de Julio-class offshore patrol vessels. Plans for the aircraft to be

  • MDHI to deliver armed ‘Little Bird’ helos to Kenya, Lebanon

    MD Helicopters Inc (MDHI) is to deliver 12 of its MD 530F/G scout and light-attack platforms to Kenya and Lebanon as part of a wider US Army effort to equip allied air arms with up to 150 ‘Little Bird’-series rotorcraft. Under the awards, announced by MDHI on 27 September and 1 October,

  • Two Nigerian F-7s crash

    The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) announced that two CAC F-7NI jet fighters had crashed on 28 September during a rehearsal for the 1 October military parade celebrating Nigeria’s 58th anniversary of independence. The NAF did not elaborate on the cause of the crashes, only saying that the three

  • India’s CCS clears procurement of five S-400 air-defence missile systems

    India’s Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) ‘quietly’ cleared on 26 September the procurement of five Almaz-Antei S-400 Triumf self-propelled surface-to-air (SAM) missile systems for the Indian Air Force (IAF) for USD5.5 billion. Disregarding the threat of the United States

  • China building bridging systems for heavy vehicles

    China’s NORINCO and its partners are producing and offering for export a range of bridging systems – including the new HZ21 – that must handle the newer, heavier armoured platforms replacing older Chinese systems. NORINCO markets a range of mobile bridging systems on tracked and

  • China developing new 8x8 self-propelled howitzer

    Images have emerged on Chinese online forums showing what appears to be a new large-calibre 8x8 self-propelled howitzer (SPH) under development by the China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO). Citing an article published by Chinese magazine Modern Weapons , the Weixin website reported on 27

  • China develops large transonic wind tunnel

    China has developed a large-scale transonic wind tunnel that will be one of the most advanced in the world, according to information released on 25 September by the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC). The continuous-loop wind tunnel will feature a test chamber capable of

  • Denel’s Miniaturised Guidance System moves towards tests

    South Africa’s Denel Dynamics’ Miniaturised Guidance System (MGS), formerly called AcuFuze, is being internally developed to boost artillery accuracy for 155 mm artillery projectiles and unguided surface-to-surface rockets. The first application is expected to be for 155 mm artillery

  • KMW debuts new VR, AR trainers for maintenance personnel

    KMW developed a new maintenance trainer and virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) systems for vehicle maintenance personnel, officials told Jane’s . The systems were displayed at the DVD 2018 event held at the UK’s Millbrook proving ground in September. KMW said its VR could

  • US Army contract continues effort toward fielding IBCS

    Key Points Award will enable upgrades to IBCS EOC Northrop Grumman will also update IBCS software version 4.5 Northrop Grumman has been awarded a USD289 million US Army contract to continue system design and development of the Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System

  • Kenya signs for six MD 530F helos

    Kenya has signed for six MD Helicopters Inc (MDHI) MD 530F Cayuse Warrior scout and light-attack platforms to be delivered between April and August 2019. The contract, announced by the manufacturer on 27 September, covers half of the 12 helicopters that were approved by the State Department in May

  • Second Admiral Gorshkov frigate nears completion

    Construction of the Russian Navy’s second Project 22350 frigate is almost complete, with the ship poised to begin factory trials in November, Severnaya Verf shipyard’s director general has told Jane’s . “The second Project 22350 frigate, Admiral Kasatonov , is now 99%

  • Kaohsiung Maritime 2018: Philippine Navy’s fourth batch of MPACs to inherit Mk III design

    A fourth batch of multipurpose attack craft (MPAC) on order for the Philippine Navy (PN) will largely inherit the design of the Mk III vessels that were commissioned in 2017, an industry official has told Jane’s . The official, who spoke at the Kaohsiung International Maritime and Defence

  • US approves Bahraini ATACMS, GMLRS sale

    The US State Department has approved the sale of Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) and Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) munitions to Bahrain, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 28 September. The GMLRS is the guided version of the 270 mm artillery rocket used

  • Kaohsiung Maritime 2018: CSBC reveals further details of LPD on order for Taiwan

    Taiwanese shipbuilder CSBC Corporation has given further details of the landing platform dock (LPD) vessel that it will build for the Republic of China Navy (RoCN). CSBC received a contract for the vessel, which has been ordered to fulfil the RoCN’s amphibious assault requirements, in April

  • Kaohsiung Maritime 2018: NCSIST, CSBC Corporation unveil frigate concept for export market

    Key Points A Taiwan defence research institute has teamed up with a private shipbuilder on a light frigate concept Project reflects the country’s ambition to capture international demand for similar surface combatants Taiwan’s National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology

  • Kaohsiung Maritime 2018: NCSIST, Lung Teh team up on stealthy assault craft concept

    Taiwan’s National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) has teamed up with local shipbuilder Lung Teh to produce a 25 m assault craft concept with low-observability features. The concept, which was on display at the 2018 Kaohsiung International Maritime and Defence

  • Lockheed Martin picks Harris for F-35’s next-generation computer processor

    Key Points Lockheed Martin picked Harris to provide the F-35’s next-generation processor This processor should provide a 25-times increase in computing power Lockheed Martin said on 27 September that it selected Harris to develop and deliver the next-generation Integrated Core Processor

  • Lockheed Martin, Pentagon ink F-35 Lot 11 contract; F-35B crashes

    Key Points Lockheed Martin and the Pentagon finalised a new deal for F-35 Lot 11 aircraft The F-35A conventional variant unit price is now below USD90 million The Pentagon and Lockheed Martin finalised a USD11.5 billion contract for the production and delivery of 141 F-35 Lightning II Joint

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