HEADLINES

  • Russian MiG-31 crashes, crew ejects

    A Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) MiG-31 ?Foxhound' interceptor crashed in the central Nizhny Novgorod region of the country on 19 September, state media reported. The twin-seat combat aircraft came down not long after take-off, with the RT news agency saying that flames were reported

  • ECA Group to supply Cobra UGVs to Thai military

    French robotics company ECA Group has been awarded a new contract to supply several units of its Cobra MK2 E unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) to the Thai military. The company said in an 11 September statement that it will execute the contract for the wheeled UGVs, which are to be used to counter

  • MBDA unveils Spectre combat UAV concept

    MBDA in the United Kingdom has unveiled a new combat unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) concept designed to provide on-call, low-cost organic precision effects close air support for forward-deployed land forces. Spectre is a tilt wing, electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) combat air system

  • GDELS to start work on upgrading Spanish Marines’ IFVs

    General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) is set to begin work on upgrading some of the first batch of Piranha 1 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) it supplied to the Infanteria de Marina (the Spanish Marines) in 2003-04. The 8x8 vehicles will go through a mid-life maintenance programme and

  • IAI eyes UK AEW&C opportunity

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has expressed hope that the United Kingdom will launch an open tender for a new airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft for the Royal Air Force (RAF), Jane’s was told on 18 September. IAI’s subsidiary, Elta Systems, has been holding a

  • Russian Helicopters says ‘not liable’ for Slovak-overhauled Mi-17V-5

    Russian Helicopters announced on 17 September that it will not be held responsible for any possible issues related to the safe operation of an Afghan Air Force (AAF) Mi-17V-5 transport/utility helicopter that was recently overhauled by Slovak aircraft repair company Trencín (LOTN).

  • Ural AZ upgrades Ural-53099 MRAP vehicle

    Russia’s Ural Automotive Plant (Ural AZ) has upgraded its Ural-53099 4x4 mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicle, which the Russian government calls the Taifun-U, that is primarily intended for military units. The Ural-53099 is 9.55 m long, 2.55 m wide, and 3.35 m high. The updated

  • USAF B-52 conducts Arctic flight

    A US Air Force (USAF) B-52H nuclear-capable bomber has flown a long-range mission along Russia’s Arctic region as both countries continue to make shows of strength around each other’s coasts. The 1950s vintage bomber, using the call sign Chaos 43, took off for its mission from Royal Air

  • Russian surveillance aircraft mistakenly shot down by Syrian ally

    An Ilyushin Il-20 ‘Coot’ surveillance aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Force (VKS) was accidentally shot down by Syrian forces defending against an Israeli air raid on 17 September. The four-engined turboprop with 15 personnel onboard disappeared over the Mediterranean Sea at the same

  • Netherlands upgrades Apaches

    Dutch State Secretary of Defence Barbara Visser and Mich?le Hizon, principal director for Security Assistance at the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), signed a letter of offer and acceptance (LOA) on 14 September for the modernisation of the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) fleet of

  • RNLAF reforms squadron to operate Reapers

    The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) is re-activating its 306 Squadron at Leeuwarden Air Base to operate the four MQ-9 Reaper Block 5 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) it is procuring, the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its website on 14 September. The Netherlands ordered four

  • AFA 2018: Mercury Systems offers a new processing blade for on-platform processing

    Mercury Systems has introduced a new processing blade for advanced on-platform processing, machine learning, and artificial intelligence (AI) applications. Each EnsembleSeries LDS3517 blade combines an Intel Xeon D server-class processor, a Xilinx UltraScale field-programmable gate array (FPGA),

  • AFA 2018: Sikorsky enters final stages of Combat Rescue Helicopter development

    Sikorsky is entering the final stages of HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH) development and expects the first two engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) aircraft to soon start flight testing. Tim Healy, company director of air force programmes, told Jane’s on 19 September at the

  • IDF says Syrian military entirely responsible for downing Russian Il-20

    In response to Moscow’s allegation that Israeli jets used the Il-20 that was shot down on 17 September as cover for an airstrike, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has blamed indiscriminate fire by Syrian air defence units for the loss of the Russian electronic intelligence aircraft. In a rare

  • Indian MoD approves procurements worth USD1.25 billion

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved the procurement of military equipment worth INR91 billion (USD1.25 billion), including two regiments of the Akash self-propelled, surface-to-air missile (SAM) system. The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), which is headed by Defence Minister

  • Qatari industrial capabilities grow as procurements increase

    As the deal between Qatar and the United Kingdom for Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft has come into force, the development of Qatar’s defence industrial capabilities is continuing apace. Following on from the raft of defence collaboration agreements signed at the DIMDEX trade show in Doha in

  • AFA 2018: Insitu unveils Integrator Extended Range ISR UAV

    Key Points Insitu unveiled its Integrator Extended Range small UAV The SATCOM-enabled aircraft will have 10 hours time on station at 200 n miles Insitu on 17 September unveiled its Integrator Extended Range (IER) 66 kg beyond line-of-sight (BLOS) intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance

  • Croatia to establish Centre for Unmanned Aerial Systems

    The Croatian government announced on 13 September that the Croatian Armed Forces (CAF) would return to Pula airfield on the Istria peninsula, some 190 km southwest of Zagreb, after abandoning it in 2012. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) plans to base 150 troops from the CAF’s support command,

  • South Korea launches first KSS-III submarine

    South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) launched the first KSS-III (also called KSS-3) diesel-electric submarine on order for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) on 14 September, the country’s Defence Acquisition Programme Administration (DAPA) announced in a

  • BAE Systems details Black Night demonstrator

    On 11 September, Jane’s was given an exclusive tour of Black Night, BAE Systems’ Challenger 2 Life Extension Project (LEP) technology demonstrator. The LEP is intended to address mission system obsolescence and ensure that the vehicle remains supportable until 2035. However, BAE

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