• Paris Air Show 2019: Diamond Aircraft launches new maritime surveillance variant

    Austria’s Diamond Aircraft unveiled a new maritime surveillance variant of its DA62 light utility twin prop aircraft at the Paris Air Show. Designated the DA62-MSA, the new aircraft was developed in conjunction with Italy’s Leonardo, and features an intelligence, surveillance, and

  • Indonesian MoD to acquire amphibious aircraft from Viking Air

    Canada-based utility aircraft manufacturer Viking Air announced on 18 June that it has been awarded a contract to supply six new Viking Canadair CL-515 and one upgraded Canadair CL-415EAF amphibious aircraft to Indonesia’s Ministry of Defence (MoD). Four of the CL-515 twin-turboprop aircraft

  • Iran downs Global Hawk as US struggles to rally international support

    In a further escalation of tensions in the Gulf, the Iranian military shot down a US RQ-4A Global Hawk high-altitude unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on 20 June. The US military’s Central Command (CENTCOM) said the US Navy RQ-4A Broad Area Maritime Surveillance-Demonstrator (BAMS-D) aircraft was

  • Paris Air Show: France receives NX70 micro UAVs

    The Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), the French defence procurement agency, announced on its website on 19 June that it is receiving the first 5 of 27 NX70 micro unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems it ordered from Novadem at the end of 2018. The systems will be used by

  • Sea lines security is central to ‘BALTOPS’, say US commanders

    Key Points Sea lines of communication (SLOC) security has a more significant emphasis in ‘BALTOPS’ for 2019 An amphibious capability is underscored as central to securing such SLOCs Senior US commanders have underscored a greater focus on sea lines of communication (SLOCs) and the

  • Sweden’s second upgraded Gotland submarine returns to the water

    The second Royal Swedish Navy (RSwN) A19 Gotland-class submarine to undergo a mid-life upgrade (MLU) has been relaunched by Saab’s Kockums business. HMS Uppland was lowered from the shiplift at the company’s Karlskrona facility on 19 June. The milestone occurred 12 months after the

  • Russia’s Su-25SM3 ‘deep upgrade’ programme gains pace and scope

    The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) is upgrading its fleet of Sukhoi Su-25 close air support (CAS) aircraft to the Su-25SM3 standard, a Russian military spokesperson told Jane’s on 18 June. “Since 2018, the Aerospace Forces [VKS] have been receiving Su-25SM3s, and a total of 25

  • Germany plans expanded artillery capabilities

    The German Army plans to expand its indirect fire capability and is emphasising its joint fires capability, according to Lieutenant Colonel Uwe Kraft, head of artillery and joint fires branch at the Germany Army’s Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre. The only conventional tube

  • Paris Air Show 2019: Eurofighter launches long-term development plan for Typhoon

    Eurofighter has agreed with the NATO Eurofighter & Tornado Management Agency (NETMA), on behalf of the partner countries, on a long-term capability development plan for the Typhoon combat aircraft that will span the coming decades. Announced at the Paris Air Show on 19 June, which is being held

  • Philippine Navy commissions two AW159 helicopters, four KAAVs

    The Philippine Navy (PN) commissioned two Leonardo AW159 Lynx Wildcat helicopters and four Korean Amphibious Assault Vehicles (KAAVs) in a ceremony held on 17 June at the Naval Base Heracleo Alano in Cavite City. The AW159s, which arrived in the Philippines on 7 May 2019 as part of a PHP5.24

  • UK Public Accounts Committee lambasts delays to nuclear submarine disposal

    A cross-party committee of UK parliamentarians has warned that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) could run out of storage space for decommissioned nuclear submarines unless action is taken to accelerate dismantling. In a highly critical report on submarine defueling and dismantling published on 19

  • Paris Air Show 2019: Viking Twin Otter Guardian 400 makes show debut

    Canada’s Viking has debuted its new intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance aircraft, the Guardian 400, at the Paris Air Show. The aircraft is based on the Twin Otter, and has been developed in association with Austrian company Airborne Technologies. The aircraft shown at Le Bourget

  • Philippines seeks new LPDs optimised for assault craft operations

    Key Points The Philippine government is acquiring two more landing platform dock vessels for the country’s navy At least one vessel in this contract must be constructed in-country, in partnership with a local shipyard The Philippine government has issued bidding documents for two new

  • Paris Air Show 2019: Embraer, ELTA announce new business jet AEW aircraft

    Key Points Embraer and ELTA are developing a new business jet AEW system The team is targeting a market sector of second-tier militaries that need AEW capability but cannot afford, or do not want, to operate larger aircraft Embraer and ELTA Systems Ltd (ELTA) are teaming to develop a new airborne

  • Paris Air Show 2019: French SDT Patroller tactical UAV begins qualification flights

    The Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), the French defence procurement agency, began the final phase of industrial qualification flights of the Safran Electronics & Defense Système de Drones Tactiques (SDT) Patroller tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from the DGA's

  • Paris Air Show 2019: IAI offering Kfir NG to Colombia, expects to return Sri Lanka and Ecuador jets to service

    Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI) is offering Colombia an upgraded variant of the Kfir combat aircraft it currently flies, dubbed the Kfir Next-Generation (NG). Speaking to Jane’s at the Paris Air Show, Yossi Melamed, head of IAI’s Aviation Group, said that with the Colombian Air Force

  • Russian Udaloy destroyer modernised for land-attack mission

    The Russian Navy will take delivery of its first modernised Project 1155 Udaloy-class destroyer before the end of 2019, the Izvestia newspaper reported on 29 May. Upgrades to anti-submarine warfare (ASW) destroyer Marshal Shaposhnikov will convert the ship into a robust land-attack and anti-surface

  • Anzac-class frigate HMAS Arunta rejoins RAN fleet after AMCAP upgrade

    The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) Anzac (MEKO 200)-class frigate HMAS Arunta (II) has rejoined the fleet after having undergone a 20-month-long Anzac Mid-Life Capability Assurance Program (AMCAP) upgrade at the Australian Marine Complex in Henderson, Western Australia. The RAN

  • IAF to curtail An-32 operations

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) is looking to limit the use of its ageing fleet of Antonov An-32 ‘Cline’ transport aircraft after one of them crashed in India’s mountainous northeastern region on 3 June, killing all 13 service personnel on board. Senior IAF officers said the force

  • Belarus pursues armed multirotor UAS developments

    Belarusian companies have unveiled three new weaponised multicopter unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) being developed under a wider national effort to advance indigenous unmanned technologies. The Vitebsk-based KB Display, which specialises in development and production of displays and

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