• Pentagon seeks alternate gearbox to mitigate CH-53K production risk

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) is looking to address ongoing problems with the Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion’s main gearbox (MGB) by sourcing an alternate supplier. The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) issued a solicitation on 22 April for alternative sources for the MGB to mitigate

  • India launches third Project 15B destroyer

    Key Points India has launched its third Project 15B guided-missile destroyer The warship will improve the Indian Navy’s ability to conduct task-group-based operations once it is in service India’s Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) has launched the country’s third Project

  • Indonesia signs LOI with PT Pindad for Kaplan medium tanks

    Indonesia has reaffirmed its interest in acquiring the Kaplan MT Modern Medium Weight Tank (MMWT) developed by Turkish company FNSS Savunma Sistemleri and Indonesian land systems company PT Pindad. On 12 April the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Jakarta signed a letter of intent (LOI) with PT Pindad

  • UK MoD launches autonomous UUV competition

    The UK government’s Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) mechanism has launched a new multi-year themed competition, seeking proposals to develop an autonomous version of an existing large underwater vehicle. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) aims to address the Royal Navy’s need to

  • Denmark introduces CAESAR 155 mm, Piranha 120 mm indirect fire systems

    The Danish Army indirect fire support capability is being refreshed with the introduction of two new systems: the French Nexter Systems CAESAR 155 mm/52 calibre self-propelled (SP) artillery system and the General Dynamics European Land Systems MOWAG Piranha 5 modified to carry the latest generation

  • Industry, USN teams help accelerate Fitzgerald restoration and overhaul

    The US Navy (USN) launched the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) on 16 April and moored the ship pier-side at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII’s) Ingalls Shipbuilding shipyard, hitting a major milestone in the ship’s complex repair and restoration. The relatively

  • IAF inaugurates repair and overhaul facility for Mi-17-V5 helos

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) inaugurated a repair and overhaul facility for its fleet of Russian-made Mil Mi-17-V5 ‘Hip’ medium-lift helicopters on 17 April at Chandigarh, some 250 km north of New Delhi. India had acquired 151 twin-engine Mi-17-V5s between 2008 and 2016 for USD2.87

  • New Swedish SIGINT ship launched

    Sweden’s new signals intelligence (SIGINT) vessel was launched from the Nauta Shiprepair Yard in Gdynia, Poland, on 17 April. To be named HMS Artemis , the ship is to replace the Royal Swedish Navy’s (RSwN’s) current intelligence-gathering vessel HMS Orion , which entered service

  • Turkey positions Type 209, 214 submarines for Indonesia’s third Nagapasa batch

    Key Points Turkey’s STM has made a presentation on its Type 209 and Type 214 boats to the Indonesian Navy The service has further requirements for at least four more submarines beyond 2024 Turkish naval shipbuilder Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret (STM) has made a formal

  • UK safety watchdog highlights Watchkeeper UAV shortfalls

    Key Points The British Army is still having issues operating its Watchkeepers, despite the UAVs having received their ‘release to service’ certification Three Watchkeeper UAVs have crashed in recent years while on UK-based training sorties UK safety investigators have identified

  • Turkey advances Anka-Aksungur MALE UAV development

    Turkish Aerospace is expanding the testing envelope of its internally funded Anka-Aksungur medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (MALE UAV) development with the aim of pushing the air vehicle into series production by the first quarter of 2020, company sources told Jane’s .

  • US Air Force finding minor issues following B-1B grounding

    A key US Air Force (USAF) officer has no deep concerns about the viability of the Rockwell B-1B Lancer strategic bomber following a 28 March grounding. “I am not finding any major additional significant system issues,” General Timothy Ray, Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) chief

  • AAAA 2019: Aurora promotes Odysseus ultra-long-endurance UAV to US Army aviators

    Key Points Aurora Flight Sciences displayed its Odysseus UAV at a major US Army trade show Odysseus is solar powered, autonomous, and can provide communications and ISR capability Aurora Flight Sciences promoted its Odysseus high-altitude ultra-long-endurance solar-powered autonomous unmanned

  • Brazil readies new fluvial hospital ship for commissioning

    A new Brazilian fluvial hospital ship, to be managed by the St. Francis of Assisi Fraternity, is scheduled to be commissioned in late April, the Brazilian Navy (Marinha do Brasil) said. The vessel, named Papa Francisco in honor of Pope Francis, has a length of 35 m, displaces 190 tonnes, and has a

  • Brazil’s Ares unveils upgraded M113 MB1 APC

    Ares Aeroespacial e Defesa, a Brazilian subsidiary of Elbit Systems, is marketing an upgrade package for the Brazilian Army’s M113BR armoured personnel carriers (APCs) that includes the company’s REMAX III lightweight remote-controlled weapon station (RCWS). The army has shown interest

  • China’s amphibious USV emerges

    The state-owned China Shipbuilding Industry Company (CSIC) announced on its Weibo social media account on 8 April that its Wuchang Shipbuilding subsidiary in Wuhan has successfully completed factory acceptance tests of the Marine Lizard amphibious combat unmanned surface vessel (USV) prototype.

  • Indian Navy loses helicopter in Arabian Sea

    A three-member Indian Navy (IN) aircrew escaped unharmed after they were forced to ditch their Chetak (Aérospatiale Alouette III) helicopter in the Arabian Sea when the platform encountered technical problems, according to an IN statement issued on 16 April. IN spokesperson Captain D K Sharma

  • MDHI reveals Griffin-armed MD 969 combat helo

    MD Helicopters Inc (MDH) has equipped its recently revealed MD 969 Combat Explorer with a precision-guided munition (PGM) capability. The capability, which was showcased at the 2019 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit held in Nashville from 14–16 April, is a first for a helicopter and

  • RFI response deadline approaches for Brazilian polar support ship project

    Contractors have until 13 May to respond to the Brazilian Navy’s request for information (RFI) for the service’s new proposed Antarctic support ship, Navio de Apoio Antártico (NApAnt). Published on 22 February in the Brazilian official gazette and sent to several companies, the

  • Update: LAAD 2019: Jetwind of Brazil develops 3-in-1 UAV

    Jetwind Brasil Services and Technologies has developed a 3-in-1 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that has military applicability, according to a company official. Tiago Giglio Rodrigues, Jetwind founder and executive director, told Jane’s on 5 April at the 2019 LAAD Defence & Security

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