• Russian Airborne Troops to launch BMD-2 refit programme

    The Russian Airborne Troops (VDV) are planning to upgrade a large number of BMD-2 air-droppable infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) to the BMD-2M standard, a military source has told Jane’s . “The VDV is set to conduct a major upgrade of 600 BMD-2s, fitting the vehicles with new weapons

  • Airbus flies first serial production H160 helo

    Airbus Helicopters has flown the first serial production H160 to roll off the line at Marignane in southern France, the company announced on 18 December. The event, which took place on 14 December, marked an important milestone in the development of the H160 helicopter, which was selected in 2017

  • 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

  • NAVSEA funds Raytheon for development of SM-2 Block IIIC active upgrade

    The US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) has awarded Raytheon Missile Systems a sole-source contract for engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) of the new Block IIIC variant of the Standard Missile-2 (SM-2) anti-air warfare missile. Being developed under the SM-2 Improvement programme,

  • PROSUB achieves key milestone with launch of first S-BR submarine

    The first of four Scorpène diesel-electric (S-BR) submarines being built under Brazil’s PROSUB (Programa de Desenvolvimento de Submarinos) programme has been launched by Itaguaí Construções Navais (ICN). Riachuelo was lowered into the water at the Itaguaí naval

  • Update: Singapore’s new stealth combatant craft breaks cover

    Key Points The Singapore Armed Forces is testing a stealthy new combatant craft that appears to be optimised for special operations The combatant craft could be a replacement for the Singapore Army’s Very Slender Vessel (VSV) The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is quietly testing a stealthy

  • Schiebel demos new payloads on S-100 VTOL UAV for Australian Army

    Austrian vertical take-off and landing unmanned aerial vehicle (VTOL UAV) developer Schiebel has successfully demonstrated two new payloads aboard its S-100 Camcopter platform to the Australian Army as part of a two-week technology survey for the Australian Department of Defence’s

  • 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

  • Spain’s Pizarro combat engineer vehicle takes shape

    General Dynamics European Land Systems – Santa Barbara Sistemas (GDELS-SBS) is completing the first of 36 Pizarro combat engineer vehicles (CEVs) for the Spanish Army at its Seville facility. Following company trials, the vehicle will be handed over to the Spanish Army for formal

  • 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

  • Myanmar shows off Thunder fighters

    The Myanmar Air Force (Tatmadaw Lay – TL) has received the first of up to 16 Pakistan Aeronautical Complex/Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation (PAC/CAC) JF-17 Thunder combat aircraft it ordered in 2015, it was disclosed on 15 December. At least four aircraft were shown on static display in

  • Pakistan Navy commissions one ATR-72 MPA, two Sea King helicopters

    The Pakistan Navy (PN) has inducted two ex-British Westland Sea King helicopters and the first of two ATR-72 maritime patrol aircraft (MPAs) on order for the service. The platforms entered service in a ceremony held on 12 December at naval air station PNS Mehran that was attended by Chief of the

  • Canadian Coast Guard adds first new icebreaker in 25 years

    The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) icebreaker CCGS Captain Molly Kool officially joined the fleet on 14 December, becoming the first new icebreaker for the CCG in 25 years. Captain Molly Kool is the first of three icebreakers procured by the Canadian government under a CAD610 million (USD457 million)

  • US Air Force releases RFI for SRP-O ASLON-45 small launch effort

    The US Air Force (USAF) seeks industry feedback on draft mission requirements for a small launch effort called Small Rocket Program-Orbital (SRP-O) Agile Small Launch Operational Normalizer (ASLON)-45. One goal of ASLON-45 is to launch an orbital demonstration mission delivering a 39 kg spacecraft

  • Poland exercises option for four more M-346 jet trainers, to upgrade existing fleet

    Poland has signed for four more Alenia M-346 Master advanced jet trainers and is upgrading the 12 already received. The procurement and upgrade contract, announced by the manufacturer on 14 December, is valued at EUR130 million (USD147 million) and is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2022.

  • European Boxer programmes take final shape

    European Boxer programmes are taking final form, with offers to the UK and Slovenia expected in 2019. Klaas Krause, head of sales Eastern Europe for Rheinmetall, which formed the Artec joint venture with Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) to produce the Boxer, said on 12 December that the UK Ministry of

  • Endeavor Robotics reveals Scorpion UGV details

    Endeavor Robotics has unveiled the design of its Scorpion unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) that it is pushing for the US Army’s Common Robotic System-Individual (CRS-I) programme. The Scorpion is a clean-sheet design weighing less than 11 kg. Its light weight ensures that it is backpackable and

  • Sikorsky-Boeing team delays Defiant first flight

    Key Points Sikorsky and Boeing delayed their Defiant rotorcraft first flight until early 2019 Undisclosed issues arose during PSTB testing The Sikorsky-Boeing team developing the SB>1 Defiant compound helicopter delayed the aircraft’s first flight from late 2018 until early 2019 due to

  • Slovakia signs for F-16V fighters

    The Slovak government has signed a EUR1.6 billion (USD1.8 billion) procurement contract with the US Department of Defense (DoD) for 14 Lockheed Martin F-16V Block 70/72 Fighting Falcon multirole combat aircraft. “The Slovak Republic officially signed documents on the basis of which it will

  • France completes Phénix order with three additional aircraft

    France has ordered a further three Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A330-200 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft, bringing its total procurement to 12. The addition of the extra Phénix platforms, announced by Airbus on 13 December, fuflils the French Air Force’s (Armée de

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