• Bundeswehr releases report on July 2017 Tiger helicopter crash in Mali

    The Bundeswehr announced on its website on 12 December that it submitted a report to the German parliament's defence committee on the 26 July 2017 crash of a Tiger combat helicopter supporting the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), which killed the two pilots.

  • New CH-4 UAV variant to feature kerosene-burning engine

    A new variant of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) Cai Hong 4 (Rainbow 4, or CH-4) strike-capable, medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) will be fitted with a kerosene-burning engine, the state-owned Global Times newspaper reported on 18

  • Canada retires Sea King after 55 years

    The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) has retired the last of its Sikorsky SH-3A (CH-124 in national service) Sea King helicopters after 55 years of operations. A final flypast of the anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and anti-surface warfare (ASuW) helicopter took place on 17 December along

  • Spain gives green light for frigate, IFV orders

    The Spanish cabinet gave the official go-ahead on 14 December for three major new military programmes worth more than EUR7.3 billion (USD8.2 billion) over 15 years. The largest programme is a five-ship order for the navy for the long-planned F-110 frigate, worth EUR4.32 billion. A further EUR2.1

  • El Salvador deploys second aviation unit to Mali

    Three Salvadoran Air Force (FAS) MD 500E armed reconnaissance helicopters have arrived in Gao, Mali, to support the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). MINUSMA announced that the helicopters arrived on 11 December and released photographs of them

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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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  • Weaponised Mission Master UGV takes shape

    Rheinmetall Canada continues to expand the capabilities of its 8×8 Mission Master unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), which it has been developing using internal research and development funding since 2016. Jane’s understands that the company plans to integrate a range of weapons systems to
  • Weaponised Mission Master UGV takes shape

    Rheinmetall Canada continues to expand the capabilities of its 8×8 Mission Master unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), which it has been developing using internal research and development funding since 2016. Jane’s understands that the company plans to integrate a range of weapons systems to
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