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  • General Atomics begins flight trials of first production-standard SkyGuardian UAS

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) has begun flight trials of the first production-standard MQ-9B SkyGuardian unmanned aircraft system (UAS), the company announced on 31 March. The first flight of aircraft BC03 took place out of GA-ASI’s Flight Operations Facility in El Mirage,

  • Covid-19: US Army extends delivery deadline for up-gunned Stryker bid samples

    US Army acquisition officials are still assessing how to deal with the novel coronavirus’ impact on its modernisation efforts but have decided to give vendors vying for the embattled Stryker up-gunning competition an additional 30 days to deliver bid samples. Companies left competing for the

  • Czech Republic to begin work on 23 Pandur II IFVs for Indonesian Army

    Czech companies Excalibur Army and Tatra Defence Vehicles, both of which are members of the Czechoslovak Group (CSG), are set to begin work on 23 8×8 Pandur II amphibious infantry fighting vehicles (IFV) for the Indonesian Army (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Darat: TNI-AD). The

  • Japan rejects foreign plans for next-generation fighter

    The Japanese Ministry of Defense's (MoD's) Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) has confirmed to Jane’s that it plans to pursue a Japan-led development project of a next-generation fighter aircraft, rejecting proposals by foreign manufacturers, including the one by Lockheed

  • Russia to deploy Konteyner OTHR to Kaliningrad

    Russia will deploy the second Konteyner (Container) over-the-horizon radar (OTHR), which is capable of detecting mass take-offs of aircraft and launches of cruise missiles and hypersonic vehicles 3,000 km away, in the Kaliningrad region. The station will be able to monitor airspace over all European

  • South Korea adopts new locally developed port surveillance system

    South Korea has begun adopting a new locally developed port surveillance system that can “more effectively” detect, identify, and respond to low-noise underwater objects, including divers and increasingly quiet submarines, approaching its ports, the country’s Defense Acquisition

  • Venezuelan Coast Guard patrol ship sinks following collision

    The Venezuelan Coast Guard’s third coastal patrol ship (Buque de Vigilancia de Litoral - BVL) Naiguata (GC 23) has sunk following a collision with a passenger ship northwest of La Tortuga Island, near Caracas, on 30 March. The collision resulted in serious damage to the

  • UK stands-up ‘swarming drones’ development unit

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has stood-up an experimental unit dedicated to developing an operational ‘swarming drones’ capability, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) told Jane’s . 216 Squadron was reactivated at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire on 1 April, the MoD said. Previously, the

  • Saab markets new ARTHUR Mod D radar, showcases Boxer-mounted concept

    Saab has completed the development and is now awaiting contracts for its latest generation ARTHUR (ARTillery HUnting Radar) Mod D weapon locating radar (WLR), which the company established using internal funding. In a statement, Saab said ARTHUR Mod D was its “answer to the requirements for a

  • JMSDF destroyer collides with Chinese fishing boat in East China Sea, two injured

    The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s (JMSDF’s) Hatakaze-class guided missile destroyer JS Shimakaze (pennant number 172) collided with a Chinese fishing boat in the East China Sea on 30 March, injuring two people aboard the fishing boat. A spokesperson at the Ministry of Defense

  • UAVOS, KACST demonstrate progressive flight control capability for their Saker UAVs

    UAVOS and the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) have used two ground control stations (GCSs) to fly their Saker-1B medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the first time. UAVs, with this progressive flight control capability, can automatically

  • Brazilian Army releases requirements for its new MBT project

    The Brazilian Army has recently published two documents, one outlining operational requirements and the other technical, logistical, and industrial requirements, that will lead to the potential future acquisition of a new main battle tank (MBT). Project ‘Viatura Blindada de Combate-Carro de

  • DroneGuns delivered to Middle East

    The Australian company DroneShield has revealed that it has delivered its DroneGun unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) countermeasures system to a Middle Eastern military. “Following a request by its governmental customer, it has shipped the remainder of the DroneGun Middle Eastern Ministry of

  • Ukrainians wrap up Ugandan aircraft upgrade

    A team of 14 Ukrainian pilots, engineers, and designers from the Odessa Aviation Plant (OAP) have returned home from Uganda after repairing and upgraded six training and combat aircraft, Ukraine’s state-owned defence conglomerate UkrOboronProm announced on 28 March. It said the team was put

  • Argentina completes receipt of second batch of Pampa III jets

    The Argentine Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Argentina - FAA) has received into service its sixth FAdeA IA-63 Pampa III trainer and light combat aircraft, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 27 March. The Pampa III, serial number A-705 (1033), was the third and final aircraft of the second

  • Royal Navy shadows Russian warships in English Channel

    The Royal Navy (RN) reported on its website on 26 March that nine of its vessels had completed a “concentrated operation” shadowing seven Russian warships in the English Channel and North Sea. The development came as RN specialists and planners and other UK armed services were preparing

  • South Korean MND eyes KUS-FS UAV for RoKA Ground Operations Command

    The South Korean Minstry of National Defense (MND) is planning to procure a new reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) Ground Operations Command (GOC), MND officials said in early March. According to the MND, between two and three complete systems

  • Australia begins construction of third Arafura-class OPV

    The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) announced on 27 March that construction work had begun on the third of 12 Arafura-class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) on order for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Unlike the first two ships of the class, which are being built at the Osborne Naval

  • Carrier Ford completes first vertical replenishment

    Aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) completed its first vertical replenishment (VERTREP) with MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopters, attached to the “Tridents” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 9 while alongside fleet replenishment oiler USNS Joshua Humphreys (T-AO-188) in the

  • USN outlines ambitions for new Light Amphibious Warship

    The US Navy has outlined its requirements for a new class of beachable Light Amphibious Warship (LAW) intended to provide a manoeuvring and sustainment capability in contested littoral areas. A preliminary design effort is expected to start in late Fiscal Year (FY) 2020/early FY 2021, with

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