• Aero India 2019: India’s Nirbhay cruise missile to make final developmental flight in April

    The Nirbhay cruise missile developed by India’s Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) is set to make its final developmental trial in April, more than a year after the weapon successfully completed its previous flight test, an ADE official told Jane’s during the 20–24

  • IDEX 2019: New Emirati fund announces new investments

    The United Arab Emirates’ newly launched Defence and Security Development Fund (DSDF) has made further investments in local companies developing technologies and systems for the country. The DSDF announced on 19 February that it had made an equity investment of an undisclosed amount in

  • Komatsu to stop developing LAV for JGSDF

    Japanese vehicle manufacturer Komatsu has announced it will no longer develop new models of its Light Armored Vehicle (LAV) for the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF), citing slim profit margins. A Komatsu spokesperson told Jane’s on 21 January that the company, which stopped

  • Saab awarded contract to update Australian Army’s C-RAM capability

    Saab has been awarded a contract to update the Wireless Audio Visual Emergency System (WAVES) for the counter-rocket, artillery, and mortar (C-RAM) sense-and-warn systems operated by the Australian Army (AA). The company announced in a 21 February statement that it had received an order in late

  • Aero India 2019: Russian Helicopters works towards local production of Ka-226T helicopter in India

    Russian Helicopters has signed memoranda of understanding (MOUs) with five Indian private companies in a bid to localise production of the Kamov Ka-226T helicopter, it announced at Aero India 2019. Director General of Russian Helicopters Holding Company Andrey Boginsky signed MOUs with

  • China’s CSIC expands presence in UAE

    China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) has established a representative office in Dubai, China’s State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence (SASTIND) said on 20 February. SASTIND, the government’s leading defence-industrial agency, said

  • ST Engineering records growth for 2018

    Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering) has recorded mild growth in fiscal year 2018, the group announced on 21 February. ST Engineering said its revenue increased year on year by 3% to SGD6.69 billion (USD4.95 billion) while earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) rose 5% to SGD570.3

  • Aero India 2019: ADA unveils Tejas AF Mk 2 Medium Weight Fighter

    India’s Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) revealed a model of the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Tejas AF Mk 2 Medium Weight Fighter (MWF) at Aero India 2019. The Tejas AF Mk 2 MWF, which was displayed on 20 February, is being pitched to the Indian Air Force (IAF) to fit into its

  • IDEX 2019: Rheinmetall unveils C-UAV jammer

    Rheinmetall Defence unveiled a counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) jammer at the IDEX 2019 conference being held in Abu Dhabi on 17–21 February. The company said the modular multichannel jammer can be configured through software programming to all frequencies up to 8 GHz, depending on the

  • IDEX 2019: ALIT displays small MANPADS for UAVs

    China Aerospace Long-March International (ALIT) displayed what was labelled as the FN-M Multi-role Missile System at the IDEX show held in Abu Dhabi on 17–21 February. An ALIT official said it is primarily designed for shooting down unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), making it a manportable

  • IDEX 2019: Jadara developing new sight for Terminator missile

    Jordan’s Jadara Equipment and Defence Systems is developing a new sight for the Terminator man-portable guided missile system, a company official told Jane’s during the IDEX show held in Abu Dhabi from 17–21 February. Unveiled at the SOFEX show held in Jordan in March 2018, the

  • IDEX 2019: Serbian Mini Aleks UAV to make first public flight in July

    The Mini Aleks vertical take-off and landing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by Serbia’s Engine Development & Production (EDePro) is set to make its first public flight during an exhibition that will be held in Belgrade in July, Jane’s was told during the IDEX show held in

  • JASDF F-2 fighter crashes into Sea of Japan

    A Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) Mitsubishi F-2B fighter aircraft operating from Tsuiki Air Base in Fukuoka Prefecture crashed into the Sea of Japan (also known as East Sea) near Yamaguchi Prefecture on 20 February. The two crew members, who managed to eject, were rescued via helicopter and

  • Russia wraps up trials of Poliment-Redut SAM system on Project 22350 frigates

    The Russian Navy (VMF) has completed trials of the Poliment-Redut shipborne surface-to-air missile (SAM) system for Project 22350 frigates, navy commander-in-chief Admiral Vladimir Korolyov told Russian media on 11 February. The system comprises the Poliment phased array radar and Redut vertical

  • Aero India 2019: HAL unveils rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle

    Indian aerospace and defence company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) unveiled a full-scale prototype of a locally designed rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at the Aero India 2019 defence exhibition being held in Bangalore on 20–24 February. Specifically designed to perform

  • Aero India 2019: US awards full-rate production for Javelin F-model missile

    The Javelin Joint Venture (JJV), a partnership of Lockheed Martin and Raytheon, has received a production contract for 2,100 of the latest variant of the Javelin missile series. This production contract, announced on 20 February, will mark the beginning of the full-rate production agreement for the

  • Taiwan to upgrade Hsiung Feng II Block II anti-ship missile

    Taiwan has decided to upgrade its Hsiung Feng II Block II (also referred to as Hsiung Feng IIB or HF-IIB) anti-ship missile and complete mass production of the improved weapon system by 2023, defence officials told Jane’s on 18 February The upgrade is being carried out by Taiwan’s

  • IDEX 2019: New Russian SPMs make international debut

    Russia’s newest self-propelled mortars (SPMs), the Floks and Drok, made their international debut at the IDEX show being held in Abu Dhabi between 17–21 February, with models of both systems being displayed for the first time. A representative of the systems’ manufacturer,

  • IDEX 2019: Saudi company displays armoured buggy

    Saudi engineering company Bandaria Auto displayed an all-terrain light armoured vehicle called the Nasser at the IDEX show held in Abu Dhabi on 17–21 February. Designed for patrol, reconnaissance, and fast-attack missions, the version on display can carry three people with one manning a

  • IDEX 2019: Yugoimport unveils RALAS missile

    Serbia’s Yugoimport unveiled the RALAS non-line-of-sight missile at the IDEX show held in Abu Dhabi, UAE, from 17 to 21 February, prominently displaying an eight-round launcher mounted on the company’s Lazar 3 8×8 armoured vehicle. The RALAS is essentially a smaller version of the

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