• India fast-tracks purchase of MH-60R helicopters

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has issued a letter of request (LOR) to the US government on 15 November regarding the intended purchase of 24 Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk multirole naval helicopters for the Indian Navy (IN). IN officials told Jane’s that the long-delayed request to

  • Australia selects Reaper for Project Air 7003 requirement

    Australia has selected the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc’s (GA-ASI’s) MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to fulfil its Project Air 7003 requirement, the company announced on 16 November. The plan to field an armed medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) UAV was set out

  • DDG 1000 to start navigation certification, crew qualifications

    The guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) is getting ready to conduct navigational certifications and crew qualifications, the US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) told Jane’s . The ship is getting ready to get under way for the certifications and qualifications after having

  • Ecuadorian Navy receives two modernised Corvettes

    The Ecuadorian Navy received corvettes Manabi (CM 12) and Loja (CM 16) from the state-run shipyard Astilleros Navales Ecuatorianos (ASTINAVE) on 15 November, following extensive modernisation of the ships. ASTINAVE’s Project Jupiter included upgrades to three Esmeralda-class corvettes. The

  • Jordanian Centauro upgrade contract announced

    Spanish company Star Defence Logistics and Engineering (SDLE) announced on 15 November that it has begun work on a maintenance and modernisation contract for 80 of Jordan’s Centauro B1 armoured reconnaissance vehicles. The upgrade covers electronics, fire direction, and thermal camera

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  • FNSS to show Marine Assault Vehicle in 2019

    The first examples of the Turkish Marine Assault Vehicle (MAV) – called the Zaha project – are to be unveiled at the IDEF Defence Exhibition to be held in Istanbul, Turkey, in May 2019, Jane’s has learnt. FNSS Savunma Sistemleri and the Undersecretariat of Defence Industries (SSM)
  • Australia names Sea 1180 patrol vessel as Arafura class

    Key Points Australia has marked further progress in its Sea 1180 programme with the naming of its new OPV class and the start of steel welding on the first of class The programme’s first of class is expected to be delivered by 2021 The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has named the offshore
  • Rheinmetall puts Mission Master UGV to the test

    Rheinmetall’s Mission Master unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) was put through its paces in the European Land Robot (ELROB) trials held from 24–27 September in Lens, Belgium. The annual competition is held in different locations in Europe and is designed to demonstrate and compare the
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