• Poland exercises option for four more M-346 jet trainers, to upgrade existing fleet

    Poland has signed for four more Alenia M-346 Master advanced jet trainers and is upgrading the 12 already received. The procurement and upgrade contract, announced by the manufacturer on 14 December, is valued at EUR130 million (USD147 million) and is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2022.

  • Raytheon demonstrates X-Net autonomous radio communications system

    Raytheon in August demonstrated its X-Net radio communications system, which autonomously and instantly selects the optimal radio frequency to provide continuous communications. Barbara Borgonovi, Raytheon vice president of integrated communications systems, told Jane’s on 10 December that

  • Russia upgrades Naval Aviation

    The Russian Navy’s (VMF’s) Naval Aviation is upgrading its fleet of fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, the service’s commander, Major General Igor Kozhin, told Russian media on 10 December. “The Ka-27 anti-submarine warfare helicopters are being replaced by the Ka-27M, and the

  • Germany to replace SAR ‘Hueys’ with H145s

    The German Army is to replace its ageing Bell UH-1D ‘Huey’ search-and-rescue (SAR) helicopters with new Airbus Helicopters H145 platforms to be delivered in 2020. The Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology, and In-Service Support (BAAINWBw) has ordered seven

  • Leonardo solves overheating issue with internal F-35 training system

    Leonardo solved an overheating issue with its miniaturised P5 Combat Training System (CTS) internal subsystem on the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) by installing a radiator with the liquid coolant down the middle. Chris Lettiere, Leonardo’s vice-president for

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  • If you want peace, prepare for war: Chinese land forces modernisation

    China's military modernisation began in the mid-1990s after Beijing realised that its military was incapable of participating in a modern conflict such as the 1991 Gulf War. Sam Cranny-Evans reports on the extent to which China's land forces have been transformed by the process
  • Unmanned whirlybirds: Rotary-wing UAVs take off in Asia

    Rotary-wing UAVs have been gaining traction in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly in the maritime domain where naval forces are building ships with an eye on unmanned aviation capabilities. Land forces operating in constricted terrain are also investigating similar systems. Kelvin Wong reports
  • Silencing the airwaves: Chinese SEAD capabilities

    China’s territorial ambitions around its coast have long been among the driving forces of its military modernisation. Tiago Falcao Machado reports on how, to support the expanding missions of its air forces, the PLA is developing an increasingly effective SEAD capability
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  • European Boxer programmes take final shape

    European Boxer programmes are taking final form, with offers to the UK and Slovenia expected in 2019. Klaas Krause, head of sales Eastern Europe for Rheinmetall, which formed the Artec joint venture with Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) to produce the Boxer, said on 12 December that the UK Ministry of
  • Endeavor Robotics reveals Scorpion UGV details

    Endeavor Robotics has unveiled the design of its Scorpion unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) that it is pushing for the US Army’s Common Robotic System-Individual (CRS-I) programme. The Scorpion is a clean-sheet design weighing less than 11 kg. Its light weight ensures that it is backpackable and
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