• India’s Tejas LCA production affected as IAF demands modifications

    Series production of the Mk 1 variant of India’s indigenously developed Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) faces disruption following frequent modifications demanded by the Indian Air Force (IAF) to enhance the fighter’s capabilities. The Tejas LCA has been jointly designed and developed

  • Brazil to resume operations with Heron 1 UAVs

    The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) and Federal Police will jointly operate the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Heron 1 medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), it was announced by the Brazilian Official Gazette on 8 January. The agreement was tabled on 27 December 2018 and

  • Japan to develop electronic warfare aircraft

    The Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) is looking to develop electronic warfare (EW) aircraft capable of jamming enemy radar and communications at stand-off range. An MoD spokesperson told Jane’s on 15 January that the move is based on Japan’s new Mid-Term Defense Plan (MTDP) for the

  • Surface Navy 2019: HELIOS preliminary design review expected this year

    Lockheed Martin expects to have its High Energy Laser and Integrated Optical-dazzler with Surveillance (HELIOS) system ready for preliminary design review this year, Paul Lemmo, Lockheed Martin vice-president and general manager, Integrated Warfare Systems and Sensors, said on 15 January during a

  • Surface Navy 2019: US Navy moving out on new FVL light- to medium-helicopter fleet

    Although the US Navy (USN) is moving out on requirements to develop a new, light- to medium-helicopter fleet, currently the army says it is tracking progress but will not be investing in the effort. Speaking with Jane’s on 4 January, Future Vertical Lift (FVL) Cross Functional Team director


  • Rising sons: Japanese ground forces transformation continues apace

    The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force is in the advanced stages of a service-wide restructuring and modernisation programme that seeks to transform it into a leaner and more flexible organisation, better positioned to address a wider spectrum of domestic and international challenges. Kelvin Wong investigates the service’s latest capabilities and future plans
  • 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
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