• India fast-tracks purchase of MH-60R helicopters

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has issued a letter of request (LOR) to the US government on 15 November regarding the intended purchase of 24 Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk multirole naval helicopters for the Indian Navy (IN). IN officials told Jane’s that the long-delayed request to

  • Australia selects Reaper for Project Air 7003 requirement

    Australia has selected the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc’s (GA-ASI’s) MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to fulfil its Project Air 7003 requirement, the company announced on 16 November. The plan to field an armed medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) UAV was set out

  • Patriot games: Raytheon's air-defence system continues to proliferate

    With Poland, Sweden, and Romania signing contracts in 2018, the Patriot user community has increased to 16 countries, making it one of the most widely operated systems of its type. Despite entering service over 30 years ago, the system is still being actively developed and equipped to address future

  • Bahrain signs for AH-1Z attack helos

    Bahrain has confirmed the procurement of 12 Bell AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters to augment its fleet of recently upgraded AH-1 Cobras. A deal for the new helicopters was reported at the Bahrain Airshow on 15 November, six-and-a-half months after the US State Department approved the sale. As noted

  • Air superiority and nuclear deterrence dictate manned future fighter for France

    The twin requirements of air superiority and nuclear deterrence are driving France’s development of a manned next-generation fighter aircraft as part of a wider Future Combat Air System (FCAS), a senior French Air Force (Armee de L’Air: AdeLA) officer said on 15 November. Speaking at

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  • FNSS to show Marine Assault Vehicle in 2019

    The first examples of the Turkish Marine Assault Vehicle (MAV) – called the Zaha project – are to be unveiled at the IDEF Defence Exhibition to be held in Istanbul, Turkey, in May 2019, Jane’s has learnt. FNSS Savunma Sistemleri and the Undersecretariat of Defence Industries (SSM)
  • Australia names Sea 1180 patrol vessel as Arafura class

    Key Points Australia has marked further progress in its Sea 1180 programme with the naming of its new OPV class and the start of steel welding on the first of class The programme’s first of class is expected to be delivered by 2021 The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has named the offshore
  • Rheinmetall puts Mission Master UGV to the test

    Rheinmetall’s Mission Master unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) was put through its paces in the European Land Robot (ELROB) trials held from 24–27 September in Lens, Belgium. The annual competition is held in different locations in Europe and is designed to demonstrate and compare the
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