• 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

  • India, Indonesia hold inaugural edition of Exercise ‘Samudra Shakti’

    Key Points The Indian, and Indonesian navies are taking part in a new bilateral exercise known as ‘Samudra Shakti’ Exercise has been widely interpreted as part of New Delhi’s move to strengthen its presence in the strategic maritime region In a further sign of increasingly

  • 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

  • Parliamentary budget deliberations give Germany’s 2019 defence budget slight boost

    The budget committee of the Bundestag, the German parliament, on 9 November approved an additional EUR327 million (USD368 million) to the EUR42.9 billion 2019 defence budget already approved by the cabinet before the summer recess. However, the increase is much more modest than was hoped for by

  • UPDATE: US Navy F/A-18 crashes in Philippine Sea

    A US Navy (USN) Boeing F/A-18 Hornet fighter assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 crashed into the Philippine Sea on 12 November. The crew was performing routine operations when the aircraft experienced a mechanical issue, resulting in the crew ejecting. The crew was safely recovered by

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  • 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
  • BSVT rolls out production ready Berserk combat UGV

    Belarussian firm Belspetsvneshtechnika (BSVT) has demonstrated the production-ready version of its Centaur unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) prototype at the 174th training ground of the country’s Air Force and Air Defence Forces in early October, Jane’s has learnt. The tracked and