• US Army places R&D contract for Rheinmetall StrikeShield APS

    The US Army is to begin testing of Rheinmetall’s StrikeShield active protection system (APS) in October 2020 under a USD11 million contract, the company announced in a 3 December press release. StrikeShield is the new name for the ADS system, previously developed and marketed by Rheinmetall

  • First modernised P-3 delivered to Chile

    The first of two Chilean Navy Lockheed P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft (MPAs) undergoing modernisation and mid-life upgrade work in Canada was delivered back to Chile in the first week of December. Work on the aircraft started in April 2017 under a USD36 million contract awarded to IMP from

  • Sonardyne to provide underwater positioning and tracking technology for RoKN's future ASR-II submarine rescue ship

    Sonardyne International has been awarded a contract by General Electric's (GE’s) Power Conversion business to provide underwater positioning and tracking technology for the Republic of Korea Navy’s (RoKN’s) future 5,200-tonne auxiliary submarine rescue ship (ASR-II). In a 3

  • USN deploys USS New Orleans and USS America to Japan

    The US Navy (USN) has announced the deployment of a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock vessel and of its lead America-class amphibious assault ship to the Japanese coastal city of Sasebo to become part of the service’s Forward Deployed Naval Forces. The transport dock vessel, USS New

  • Portugal seeks to modernise its Leopard 2A6 MBTs

    The Portuguese Army is to carry out a mid-life update project for its Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) Leopard 2A6 main battle tanks (MBTs) to extend the fleets’ life and modernise several subsystems, a source at the Army High-Staff's Forces Planning Division told Jane's . The plan, in line with

  • SISU’s new GTV 4×4 gets more powerful engine

    Finland’s SISU has revealed details of its General Purpose Vehicle (GPV), a variant of the GTP 4×4 armoured vehicle that was released in 2018. The GPV has been modified to carry a more powerful engine and updated transmission, according to a November announcement. The company said the

  • Expodefensa 2019: WB Group makes first appearance at convention

    Key Points WB Group made its first appearance at the Expodefensa 2019 exhibition in Bogota The company has sold its Flyeye UAV within the region Poland’s WB Group made its debut at the Expodefensa trade show in Bogota on 2 December, promoting products including its Flyeye mini unmanned

  • Expodefensa 2019: Leonardo M-346FA aircraft makes show debut

    Key Points Leonardo’s M-346FA made its first appearance at Expodefensa The aircraft’s dual-use capability could be an affordable option for Latin America’s smaller budgets Leonardo’s M-346FA fighter attack/light combat aircraft made its debut with a model shown at the

  • Expodefensa 2019: Saab says Colombia wants new fighters, in a break from past practice

    Key Points A Saab executive said that Colombia wants to buy new fighters to help reinvigorate its fleet The nation has traditionally purchased used aircraft, which can come with sustainment issues The Colombian Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Colombiana: FAC) wants to procure new fighter aircraft to

  • Saab flies first series-production Gripen E for Sweden

    Saab has flown the first series-production Gripen E aircraft for Sweden, the company announced on 3 December. An image of aircraft 6002 flying in a new splinter tri-tone grey camouflage pattern reminiscent of the Swedish Air Force’s (SwAF’s) green and brown scheme from the Cold War was

  • Contract for design, construction of RoKN’s first FFX-III frigate to be awarded in first quarter of 2020

    South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on 4 December that the contract for the detailed design and construction of the first FFX-III-class guided-missile frigate for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) is expected to be awarded in the first quarter of 2020.

  • Image emerges of possible SIGINT variant of PLAAF’s GJ-2 UAV

    An image has emerged in Chinese social media showing what appears to be a signals intelligence (SIGINT) variant of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force’s (PLAAF’s) Gongji-2 (GJ-2; export designation Wing Loong II) strike-capable, reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The

  • Naval Group claims LARS first with MARIN tests

    Naval Group claims that subscale testing has proved the rough seas performance of a new unmanned surface vehicle (USV) launch and recovery system (LARS) developed by the company to meet the needs of future offboard system operations. Tank testing undertaken at the Maritime Research Institute

  • Expodefensa 2019: Sikorsky offers first company-qualified armed Black Hawk with sights on regional customer

    Key Points Sikorsky is promoting its first company-qualified armed variant of its latest model Black Hawk aircraft The company has pitched this armed Black Hawk to a regional customer Sikorsky is promoting for the first time in Latin America its first company-qualified, fully integrated armed

  • US Army seeking new ATGM technology to counter explosive reactive armour

    On the hunt for ways to defeat tanks outfitted with explosive reactive armour, the US Army is seeking vendor input on anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) and associated technologies that will be ready within eight years. The move comes at a time when the service is modernising its ground combat

  • USV operates with offboard ECM payload in NATO NEMO trial

    Thales UK has demonstrated the operation of an offboard electronic countermeasures (ECM) payload from an unmanned surface vessel (USV) testbed as part of a NATO electronic warfare trial. Although self-funded by the company, the trial outputs are intended to inform research being undertaken by the

  • RoKN retires final Alouette III naval helicopters

    The Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) retired its final three Aérospatiale Alouette III naval helicopters in a ceremony held on 3 December at the southwestern port city of Mokpo. In a statement issued that same day the RoKN said that it had been operating the Alouette IIIs since 1977 in different

  • Expodefensa 2019: Aertec Solutions offers armament-capable Tarsis 25 UAV

    Aertec Solutions of Spain is promoting its armament-capable Tarsis 25 light tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to potential customers. Rodrigo Valdivieso, company aerospace and defence systems business development director, told Jane’s on 2 December at the Expodefensa trade show that the

  • Expodefensa 2019: BlueBird Aero Systems’ WanderB UAV makes regional debut

    BlueBird Aero Systems’ WanderB vertical take-off-and-landing (VTOL) electric mini unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) made its Latin America debut on 2 December at the Expodefensa trade show in Bogota. The fully autonomous WanderB is designed to facilitate covert, over-the-hill operations or

  • China advances unmanned underwater capabilities

    China’s scientific and defence science communities have revealed several active autonomous and unmanned underwater vehicle (AUV and UUV) development programmes within the final quarter of 2019, demonstrating the country’s intent to construct and field increasingly sophisticated and

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