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  • Australia hands over Guardian-class patrol vessel to Samoa

    The Australian government has handed over a Guardian-class patrol vessel to Samoa. The boat, which has been named Nafanua II , was handed over to representatives from the Samoan government at Henderson, Western Australia on 16 August.

  • Rafale seen with UAV kill marking

    A marking has been spotted on a French Rafale fighter indicating it has shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The Rafale, which had the UAV stencilled next to bomb markings symbolising ground attack missions it has performed, was seen in a photograph released by the French Ministry of Armed

  • Six percent of US Air Force C-130 fleet remains out of service due to rainbow-fitting inspections

    Approximately 6% of the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules medium transport/multirole aircraft fleet remains out of service as the air force continues its rainbow-fitting inspections.The USAF announced on 7 August that 123 of 450 aircraft were temporarily removed from service after atypical cracks were found on the lower centre wing joint, or rainbow fitting, during programmed depot maintenance.

  • TADTE 2019: Taiwan’s NCSIST unveils new MALE-class UAV development

    Taiwan’s primary defence research and development agency has unveiled a prototype of a medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at the 2019 Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition (TADTE), which is being held from 15 to 17 August. A full-scale mock-up

  • Poland orders support vehicles for Rak mortars

    The Polish Armament Inspectorate signed a PLN129 million (USD32.8 million) contract with Huta Stalowa Wola (HSW) on 13 August for the delivery of 24 Artyleryjski Wóz Amunicyjny (AWA) ammunition supply vehicles for Rak M120 self-propelled mortar companies in 2019–20. “I hope that in

  • TADTE 2019: NCSIST unveils Fire Cardinal mini-UAV

    Taiwan’s National Chung Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) has unveiled a new entry to its Hong Que (Cardinal) family of tactical mini-unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at the 2019 Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition (TADTE), which is being held in Taipei from 15

  • Indian MoD tries to avert month-long OFB strike

    Officials from the Indian Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) Department of Defence Production met with union leaders representing the workforce of the state-owned Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) on 14 August to try to prevent a strike later this month that will cause an estimated 85,000 OFB

  • Israeli corvette upgraded with ALPHA radar

    At least one of the Israeli Navy’s three Saar-5 corvettes now has the new IAI-Elta ELM-2258 Advanced Lightweight Phased Array (ALPHA) radar, images emerging from the multinational Exercise ‘Mighty Waves’ have shown. The ALPHA is a multi-function active electronically scanned array

  • TADTE 2019: Taiwan advances Mobile Mortar System development

    The Taiwanese Ministry of National Defense’s (MND’s) Materiel Production Center (MPC) took the opportunity at the 2019 Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition (TADTE), which is being held in Taipei from 15 to 17 August, to unveil an updated version of the 81/120 mm Mobile

  • USN reaches milestones with Ford propulsion plant, AAG

    Work on the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) propulsion plant has been completed as the US Navy (USN) confirmed the Ford-class Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) system received the green light to recover all “props and jets” aircraft, according to the Aircraft Recovery Bulletin

  • USN sets out headmarks for T-AGOS(X)

    The US Navy (USN) is moving forward with plans to recapitalise its fleet of ocean surveillance ships (T-AGOS) with a new class of large Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull (SWATH) vessels. Designed to gather underwater acoustical data over a wide area using Surveillance Towed-Array Sensor System

  • TADTE 2019: Taiwan displays its latest weapon systems

    Key Points Taiwan’s TADTE defence exhibition saw a number of new systems put on display Apart from developing its own systems, Taiwan is looking to secure more significant procurements of US weapons systems Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) showcased some of its latest

  • Iran unveils new Raad MRAP

    Iran has unveiled what appears to be its first indigenously developed mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicle (MRAP) on 13 August. The Raad was unveiled in a ceremony held at the Defense Industries Organization in Isfahan and attended by Defence Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami, as well as

  • USAF F-35As deploy to austere Middle East airbase

    A detachment of US Air Force F-35A Lightnings has carried out the first deployment of the stealth aircraft to a temporary operating site in the Middle East, US Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT) announced on 12 August. It said the F-35As from the 4th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron (EFS) and

  • Tumosan advances indigenous powerpack development

    Turkey’s Tumosan is developing and testing new diesel engine and automatic transmission systems such as the ALP Lightweight Tracked Vehicle Powerpack (LTVP) using internal research and development funding. The ALP has been trialled aboard the FNSS Savunma Sistemleri Armoured Combat Vehicle 15

  • US GAO says USN should provide FFG(X) independent cost estimate

    The US Navy (USN) should provide Congress with an independent cost estimate for the service’s proposed new guided-missile frigate (FFG[X]) before awarding the detail design-and-construction contract for the ship and also seek ship warranty-cost information from industry as part of the request

  • USMC deems JLTV ready to deploy

    US Marines in the I and III Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) will begin receiving Oshkosh Defense’s Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs) by the end of September after the service announced that the vehicle is ready to deploy and support operations abroad. On 2 August, the US Marine Corps

  • Update: F-35 test fleet struggles with low readiness rates as key deadline approaches

    Key Points The F-35 programme’s test fleet has a fully mission-capable rating that is roughly 10% of its goal This could make it difficult for the Pentagon to make an educated decision on whether to enter full-rate production The Pentagon’s Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint

  • Russian Air Force commander details trials of new aircraft

    The Russian Air Force (VVS), an integral part of the Aerospace Forces (VKS), will activate several new aircraft in the coming years, VVS commander Lt Gen Sergey Dronov told the Ministry of Defence’s official newspaper, Krasnaya Zvezda, on 12 August. In the interview marking VVS Day, Lt Gen

  • Singapore showcases latest defence capabilities during 54th National Day celebration

    The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) have taken the opportunity to display a range of new equipment and platforms at the country’s national day parade on 9 August. SAF equipment formed a significant part of a 1.3 km-long convoy, which featured 171 assets drawn from the SAF, Singapore Police Force

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