• Australia proves out aviation training vessel’s disaster relief capabilities

    The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is proving out the humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) capabilities of its aviation training vessel, MV Sycamore , during its deployment with Operation 'Bushfire Assist'. The operation is the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF’s) contribution

  • India’s OFB set to begin series production of upgraded M46 field guns

    India’s state-owned Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) is about to begin series production of an upgraded variant of the Indian Army’s M46 towed field gun (IA) following successful user trials. Official sources told Jane’s on 24 January that the OFB’s Gun Carriage Factory (GCF) at

  • UK Royal Navy gets set to start Wilton MCM route survey task

    The UK Royal Navy (RN) plans to start operations in March with a new unmanned autonomous capability for peacetime mine countermeasures (MCM) tasks. Operating from HM Naval Base Clyde, the new capability – being delivered under Project Wilton – is due to achieve initial operating

  • BAE Systems receives US Army order for 160 additional AMPVs

    The US Army has awarded BAE Systems a USD400 million contract modification to cover the purchase of additional Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicles (AMPVs). The service announced on 21 January that it is buying an additional 160 AMPVs with funds from the fiscal year 2019 and 2020 European

  • Russia to build five more auxiliary tankers

    Five more replenishment tankers are to be built for the Russian Navy to support warships on long-range missions. The announcement by Sergey Epifanov, Chief of the Auxiliary Fleet Service in the Russia Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) Transport Support Department, was made during a ceremony

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  • BAE Systems Bofors begins trials for HX2-based Archer

    A Swedish BAE Systems Bofors Archer 155 mm/52 artillery system integrated onto a German Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) HX2 (8×8) platform – aimed at the export market – has begun initial firing trials at the Bofors Test Center in Karlskoga, Sweden, the company told
  • Russian ship designers show latest advanced naval platforms

    Russian shipyards displayed scale models of new project developments during a meeting of Russian military officials and navy commanders in Sevastopol in early January. Among the items on display was a scale model of a Kalibr-armed version of the Project 20386 medium-sized multi-capability surface