• DGA qualifies Rafale F3R standard

    The Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), the French procurement agency, on 9 November announced that it had qualified the new-generation F3R standard for the Rafale combat aircraft on 31 October, in line with the January 2014 contract awarded to Dassault Aviation, Thales, MBDA,

  • Oman reportedly testing K2 tank

    Oman has been revealed as the potential customer for the desert-optimised K2 main battle tank that Hyundai Rotem displayed during the DX Korea exhibition held in Seoul in September. Citing industry sources, South Korea’s Pulse news website reported on 12 November that the tank had been tested

  • Turkey signs Altay MBT serial production contract with BMC

    Turkey’s Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) announced on 9 November that it had signed the first serial production contract with BMC for 250 Altay main battle tanks (MBTs). The contract covers life-cycle logistics support for the tanks as well as the establishment and operation of a Tank

  • Belgium signs motorised capability co-operation agreement with France during first European Intervention Initiative ministerial

    Belgian Defence Minister Steven Vandeput and his French counterpart, Florence Parly, signed an intergovernmental framework agreement on their countries' co-operation on Capacité Motorisée (motorised capability: CaMo) during the first European Intervention Initiative (EI2) ministerial held

  • Construction begins on final Arleigh Burke Flight IIA destroyer at BIW

    The construction officially started on 9 November at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works (BIW) shipyard of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer Patrick Gallagher (DDG 127), which will be the last Flight IIA configuration destroyer built by BIW, as the yard prepares to build Flight III

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  • Germany gives green light for heavy transport helicopter

    Germany's final 2019 defence budget approved by the Bundestag (parliament) budget committee on 9 November includes an authorisation commitment of EUR5.6 billion (USD6.3 billion) for the Luftwaffe's future Schwerer Transporthubschrauber (heavy transport helicopter: STH). This is the largest line item
  • Turkey signs Altay MBT serial production contract with BMC

    Turkey’s Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) announced on 9 November that it had signed the first serial production contract with BMC for 250 Altay main battle tanks (MBTs). The contract covers life-cycle logistics support for the tanks as well as the establishment and operation of a Tank
  • AMCM squadron completes first embarkation on Lewis B Puller

    The US Navy (USN) Expeditionary Sea Base USS Lewis B Puller (ESB 3) has embarked airborne mine countermeasures (AMCM) assets for the first time since the ship began operations with the US 5th Fleet. MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter from Bahrain-based Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 15
  • US Navy ramps up development of naval unmanned systems

    The US Navy (USN) is accelerating its development of naval unmanned systems through programmatic changes and contractual tools meant to field such systems as soon as possible, according to Captain Pete Small, programme manager for Unmanned Maritime Systems. For example, the (USN) has started the
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