• BAE Systems Bofors begins trials for HX2-based Archer

    A Swedish BAE Systems Bofors Archer 155 mm/52 artillery system integrated onto a German Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) HX2 (8×8) platform – aimed at the export market – has begun initial firing trials at the Bofors Test Center in Karlskoga, Sweden, the company told

  • BAE Systems receives US Army order for 160 additional AMPVs

    The US Army has awarded BAE Systems a USD400 million contract modification to cover the purchase of additional Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicles (AMPVs). The service announced on 21 January that it is buying an additional 160 AMPVs with funds from the fiscal year 2019 and 2020 European

  • IAV 2020: GDLS-UK expects Ajax IOC this year despite delivery delay

    The UK’s Ajax armoured fighting vehicle family is progressing through its trials and is on schedule to reach its initial operational capability (IOC) in 2020, the executive programme director for Ajax at General Dynamics Land Systems-UK (GDLS-UK), Rebecca McGrane, told the International

  • Russia to build five more auxiliary tankers

    Five more replenishment tankers are to be built for the Russian Navy to support warships on long-range missions. The announcement by Sergey Epifanov, Chief of the Auxiliary Fleet Service in the Russia Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) Transport Support Department, was made during a ceremony

  • Industry warned US Army officials it could not meet OMFV requirements, concerns went unanswered

    US Army officials are picking up the metaphorical pieces of their derailed Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) prototyping competition and charting a new path forward. However, despite multiple attempts by industry to question the army’s OMFV requirements and aggressive timeline, top

  • Malian forces unveil new vehicles and weapons

    The Malian Armed Forces (FAMa) displayed recently delivered vehicles during their 59th anniversary parade at the Kati military camp, the main base of the 3rd Military Region, on 20 January. These included Streit Typhoon mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles and a Paramount Marauder with a

  • Kenya commissions MD 530F helicopters

    The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) announced on 23 January that its chief, General Samson Mwathethe, had commissioned its “next-generation” MD 530F light attack helicopters at the Embakasi base in Nairobi. The United States approved the sale of 12 MD 530Fs along with FN Herstal .50 cal

  • Germany extends service life of Marder IFV

    The Bundeswehr awarded Rheinmetall a EUR110 million (USD122 million) contract in December to extend the service life of the Marder infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), the company announced in a press release on 20 January. The company said the drivetrain of 71 Marder 1A5 IFVs would be replaced to

  • Indonesia completes diving trials on first locally assembled submarine

    Indonesia’s first indigenously assembled Nagapasa-class diesel-electric submarine, Alugoro (405) , has successfully completed the nominal diving depth (NDD) phase of its sea trials. The trial phase was conducted on 20 January in waters off Banyuwangi in East Java and in the Bali Sea,

  • Saab begins T-X assembly

    Saab has started assembly of the first aft-fuselage section of the T-7A Red Hawk for the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase of the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) T-X trainer aircraft replacement programme. The Swedish manufacturer said on 21 January that it had begun

  • Bell-Boeing flies first Osprey for US Navy

    The first Bell-Boeing CMV-22B Osprey carrier on-board delivery (COD) tiltrotor aircraft for the US Navy (USN) made its maiden flight on 21 January. The aircraft, serial number 9435, flew out of Bell’s Amarillo Assembly Center in Texas ahead of delivery to the USN’s Air Test and

  • DARPA, Dynetics move Gremlins focus to aerial recovery

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Dynetics are shifting their focus in the Gremlins programme to aerial recovery of the X-61A demonstrator after completing the device’s first flight test in November 2019. The goal of this third phase of Gremlins will be the

  • UK orders more Jupiter training helos

    The United Kingdom has ordered a further four Airbus Helicopters H145 Jupiter training helicopters to add to the three already received, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 21 January. The new helicopters, along with 29 smaller H135 Junos, are used to instruct pilots on the rotary-wing (RW)

  • Ukraine trials 2S22 Bogdana wheeled artillery

    The Ukrainian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has started trials of the 2S22 Bogdana, a wheeled self-propelled howitzer (SPH) armed with a 155 mm ordnance. The first trials were conducted with wooden blocks, as opposed to a munition, which is designed to test whether the barrel can handle the necessary

  • Polish paratroopers receive airdrop-capable vehicles

    Polish Minister of National Defence Mariusz Blaszczak handed 15 airdrop-capable 4×4 vehicles to the Polish 6th Airborne Brigade in Krakow on 15 January, his ministry reported on its website the same day. KAFAR, the company supplying the vehicles, said on its website that a PLN33.1 million

  • Hermes 900 MALE UAV enters service with Philippine Air Force

    The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has begun operating the Elbit Systems Hermes 900 medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Images of two of the nine Hermes 900 platforms ordered from Israel have been circulating on social media since November 2019, with a video emerging a

  • Russia hands over second batch of T-72 tanks, BRDM-2M ARVs to Laos

    Russia has delivered a second batch of T-72 main battle tanks (MBTs) and BRDM-2M 4×4 armoured reconnaissance vehicles (ARVs) to the Lao People’s Armed Forces (LPAF). The Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) said that the handover took place during a ceremony to commemorate the 71st

  • Two more Type 056A corvettes enter service with PLAN

    Two more anti-submarine warfare (ASW)-capable Type 056A (Jiangdao)-class corvettes have entered service with China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). The first, Lu’an (pennant number 611), was commissioned on 18 January, while Liaocheng (608) was commissioned the following

  • Netherlands deploys PzH 2000 SPHs to Lithuania for first time

    The Royal Netherlands Army has deployed Panzerhaubitze (PzH) 2000 self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) to Lithuania for the first time as part of the German-led NATO Enhanced Forward Presence (EFP) battlegroup, the Dutch Ministry of Defence announced on its website on 15 January. The SPHs arrived on 14

  • Three-engined variant of China’s Tengden TB001 UAV makes maiden flight

    Images have emerged of a three-engined variant of the Sichuan Tengden Technology Company (also spelled Tengoen) TW328/TB001 strike-capable, reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) conducting what Chinese media have said was the platform’s first flight. The new variant took to the skies

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