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  • IDEX 2019: Milrem Robotics unveils missile-armed THeMIS UGV

    Estonia’s Milrem Robotics unveiled a variant of its Tracked Hybrid Modular Infantry System (THeMIS) unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) equipped with MBDA’s Integrated MMP Precision Attack Combat Turret (IMPACT) at the IDEX 2019 exhibition held in Abu Dhabi on 17–21 February. The IMPACT

  • Komatsu to stop developing LAV for JGSDF

    Japanese vehicle manufacturer Komatsu has announced it will no longer develop new models of its Light Armored Vehicle (LAV) for the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF), citing slim profit margins. A Komatsu spokesperson told Jane’s on 21 January that the company, which stopped

  • USN releases RFI for Unmanned Maritime Autonomy Architecture

    The US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) issued a request for information (RFI) on 15 February for the service’s proposed Unmanned Maritime Autonomy Architecture (UMAA). NAVSEA’s Program Executive Office (PEO) Unmanned and Small Combatants (USC), Unmanned Maritime Systems (UMS) Program

  • Aero India 2019: Russian Helicopters works towards local production of Ka-226T helicopter in India

    Russian Helicopters has signed memoranda of understanding (MOUs) with five Indian private companies in a bid to localise production of the Kamov Ka-226T helicopter, it announced at Aero India 2019. Director General of Russian Helicopters Holding Company Andrey Boginsky signed MOUs with

  • Aero India 2019: ADA unveils Tejas AF Mk 2 Medium Weight Fighter

    India’s Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) revealed a model of the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Tejas AF Mk 2 Medium Weight Fighter (MWF) at Aero India 2019. The Tejas AF Mk 2 MWF, which was displayed on 20 February, is being pitched to the Indian Air Force (IAF) to fit into its

  • IDEX 2019: Nexter advances FINDEAGLE concept

    Nexter is highlighting updates to its Project ‘FINDEAGLE’ vehicle-integrated unmanned aircraft system (UAS) concept at the IDEX 2019 exhibition being held in Abu Dhabi from 17-–21 February. FINDEAGLE was first displayed at the Eurosatory exhibition in Paris in June 2018. The system

  • IDEX 2019: Serbian Mini Aleks UAV to make first public flight in July

    The Mini Aleks vertical take-off and landing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by Serbia’s Engine Development & Production (EDePro) is set to make its first public flight during an exhibition that will be held in Belgrade in July, Jane’s was told during the IDEX show held in

  • JASDF F-2 fighter crashes into Sea of Japan

    A Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) Mitsubishi F-2B fighter aircraft operating from Tsuiki Air Base in Fukuoka Prefecture crashed into the Sea of Japan (also known as East Sea) near Yamaguchi Prefecture on 20 February. The two crew members, who managed to eject, were rescued via helicopter and

  • IDEX 2019: New Russian SPMs make international debut

    Russia’s newest self-propelled mortars (SPMs), the Floks and Drok, made their international debut at the IDEX show being held in Abu Dhabi between 17–21 February, with models of both systems being displayed for the first time. A representative of the systems’ manufacturer,

  • IDEX 2019: Saudi company displays armoured buggy

    Saudi engineering company Bandaria Auto displayed an all-terrain light armoured vehicle called the Nasser at the IDEX show held in Abu Dhabi on 17–21 February. Designed for patrol, reconnaissance, and fast-attack missions, the version on display can carry three people with one manning a

  • Iran commissions Fateh submarine

    The Islamic Republic of Iran Navy (IRIN) officially commissioned its first indigenously developed Fateh-class submarine on 17 February. The ceremony was held at the Bandar Abbas naval base and was attended by President Hassan Rouhani. Defence Minister Amir Hatami was quoted as saying that the

  • Singapore discloses further details of Invincible-class submarines

    Key Points Singapore has given further details on the capabilities of its new Type 218SG submarines The vessels will be equipped with indigenously developed data analytics as well as sense-making systems Singapore’s Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) has disclosed further details of its new Type

  • BAE Systems moves forward with AMPV low-rate production

    The US Army is moving forward with its Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) programme, and has awarded BAE Systems two contract modifications valued up to USD575 million to kick-start low-rate initial production (LRIP). In a 19 February release, the company announced that the dual contracts mark

  • Lockheed Martin-led team unveils new Falcon mobile air defence solution

    A collaborative industry team led by Lockheed Martin unveiled a new mobile open architecture short-to-medium range air defence solution – designated the Falcon Weapon System – at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference in Abu Dhabi on 18 February. According to the team,

  • IDEX 2019: Streit Group unveils new vehicles

    Streit Group unveiled the Salamander 8×8, Shaman 8×8, and Pangolin demining system at the IDEX defence show being held in Abu Dhabi, UAE, from 17 to 21 February. The Shaman 8×8 has a 3-litre turbo diesel engine, six-speed automatic transmission, and is fully amphibious. Developed for

  • ATEC files bid protest over US Army’s improved turbine helicopter engine award

    Key Points ATEC filed a bid protest over the US Army choosing GE for ITEP This programme will replace not only all Black Hawk and Apache engines but will also power some FVL aircraft The Advanced Turbine Engine Company (ATEC) said on 19 February it filed a bid protest over the US Army selecting

  • Belarusian special forces receive first Kaiman armoured reconnaissance vehicles

    The Belarusian Special Operations Forces’ (SSO’s) 103rd Airborne Brigade has received its first batch of Kaiman armoured reconnaissance vehicles (ARVs), a Belarusian Ministry of Defence (MoD) source told Jane’s on 16 February. “On 15 February the 103rd Airborne

  • EU legislators move one big step closer to setting up European Defence Fund

    Key Points The Council and European Parliament provisionally agreed the EDF will receive EUR13 billion from the EU’s 2021–27 general budget. The EDF will promote technological innovation and defence sector co-operation on advanced interoperable European equipment The EU’s two

  • IDEX 2019: Aselsan Serdar weapon aims for export market

    Aselsan has completed development and testing of its latest Serdar anti-tank missile launching system (ATMLS) remote weapon station (RWS), and production can commence as soon as orders are placed. This Serdar was developed as a private venture and builds on the experience Aselsan has had in

  • US Air Force chief of staff unconcerned with F-35A gun inaccuracy

    Key Points The US Air Force chief of staff is not concerned with the F-35A gun’s inaccuracy He said the aircraft’s primary task is to fuse information and adjust combat strategies on the fly The US Air Force’s (USAF’s) top officer is not concerned with Lockheed Martin

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