HEADLINES

  • UAE deploys Wing Loong II UAV to Eritrea

    The United Arab Emirates has deployed at least one of its new Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) Wing Loong II unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to its base at Assab airport in Eritrea, satellite imagery has confirmed. A DigitalGlobe image from 3 August shows a UAV with dimensions matching

  • Hyundai lays keel for New Zealand’s naval fleet tanker

    Key Points Hyundai has laid down a 173 m fleet tanker on order for the Royal New Zealand Navy Country is on track to receive the vessel, which will support global deployments of the New Zealand Defence Force, by 2020 South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has laid down the fleet

  • US legislation temporarily banning F-35 deliveries to Turkey becomes law

    Key Points US legislation temporarily bans delivering F-35s to Turkey The ban is in effect until the Pentagon issues a report assessing many topics, including how S-400 acquisition may affect other joint programmes US legislation temporarily banning deliveries of the Lockheed Martin F-35

  • Roboteam expands UGV portfolio

    Roboteam took the opportunity at the Global EOD Symposium & Exhibition in Maryland to showcase its latest unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) range, which includes the new Light Interoperable Ground Robot (LIGR) and improved Reconnaissance and Surveillance Teamed Robot (RSTR). The LIGR builds on the

  • Spain seeks UAVs to protect overseas training missions

    The Spanish Ministry of Defence (MoD) has opened a bidding contest to supply unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to help protect troops posted on overseas training missions. Some EUR4.3 million (USD4.9 million) has been budgeted for the class 1 small remote aircraft (20 kg), which are expected to be

  • Swedish FMV signs Patriot agreement

    The FMV, the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration, announced on 10 August that it had signed an agreement with the United States to purchase the Patriot air defence system. The agreement was signed by Swedish Air Force Lieutenant General Johan Svensson, chief of Armed Forces Training and

  • FNSS readies prototype Pars 4x4 ATV for delivery

    FNSS Savunma Sistemleri has confirmed that it will hand over the Pars 4×4 anti-tank vehicle (ATV) prototype to the Turkish Land Forces Command (TLFC) for qualification once company trials have been completed. FNSS was awarded a contract for 260 ATVs in October 2016, with 76 of these vehicles

  • New Delhi approves procurement of six next-generation OPVs for Indian Navy

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved the procurement of six indigenously designed and built next-generation offshore patrol vessels (NGOPVs) for the Indian Navy (IN) for INR49.41 billion (USD706.4 million) to enhance maritime security. The MoD’s Defence Acquisition Council

  • Bundeswehr orders rotary-wing UAV for K130 corvette

    The Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw), Germany's Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology, and In-Service Support, announced on 9 August that it had signed a contract at the beginning of the month with Elektroniksystem-

  • Qatar on track to receive Apaches from 2019

    Qatar is on track to receive its recently ordered Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters from 2019 through to mid-2020. The Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) project officer said on 13 August that the first batch of 24 helicopters ordered in 2016 will be received before the end of next year.

  • Portuguese Army boosts ATGM capability

    The Portuguese Army is boosting its mobile anti-tank capability with five 8x8 General Dynamics European Land Systems Pandur II armoured anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) carriers. The army’s vehicle-based ATGM capability previously comprised MILAN and M220A1/TOW 2A series missiles carried by

  • Malaysia considers mix of manned, unmanned aircraft for maritime surveillance requirements

    Key Points The Malaysian government is studying further options for the country’s maritime surveillance requirements Country will likely operate a combination of manned and unmanned systems to fulfil the role The Malaysian government is considering a mix of both manned, and unmanned aerial

  • Brazil takes delivery of locally built armoured attack boat

    The Command of the 8th Naval District (Com8DN) of the Brazilian Navy took delivery in July of its first DGS 888 Raptor fast attack multi-mission armoured craft, called Poraquê , from local firm DGS Defense. The boat, the first heavily armoured craft of its size for Brazil, primarily reinforces

  • RAF revises Hercules plans to reflect Iraq loss

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) is to adjust the composition of its planned future Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules fleet to reflect the recent loss of an aircraft on operations in Iraq. The RAF fields both the ‘short-bodied’ C-130J (designated C5 in RAF service) and

  • First Guardian-class PPB starts sea trials

    Australian shipbuilder Austal announced on 9 August that the first Guardian-class Pacific Patrol Boat (PPB) had begun sea trials. The vessel is one of 21 Austal-designed and -built patrol boats that are to be gifted by Canberra to Pacific Island states as part of Australia’s security

  • Slovakia completes first overhaul of AAF Mi-17V-5 helicopter

    Slovak aircraft repair company Trencín (LOTN) has completed the first general overhaul of an Afghan Air Force (AAF) Mil Mi-17V-5 transport/utility helicopter under a contract awarded in 2016 through NATO’s Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA), the Slovak Ministry of Defence (MoD)

  • Columbia construction still slated to start on schedule despite tube-welding issues

    Despite welding defects discovered in missile tubes slated for the US Navy’s (USN’s) attack and ballistic-missile submarine forces, the service says its Columbia-class submarines meant to replace the Ohio-class ballistic-missile fleet is still on schedule to start construction in fiscal

  • USN sees greater possible savings with two-carrier deal

    The US Navy (USN) could save about USD2.5 billion if it were to fund the third and fourth Ford-class aircraft carriers under a single contract, according to USN Secretary Richard Spencer. That is about USD500 million more than shipbuilding industry officials had estimated earlier this year. There

  • Zephyr claims new endurance record

    The Airbus Defence and Space (DS) Zephyr ‘pseudo-satellite’ unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has logged another endurance record, the company announced. The first production-standard Zephyr S landed just under 26 days after departing on its maiden flight on 11 July, logging the longest

  • Update: Côte d’Ivoire parades Belarusian Cayman vehicles

    Côte d’Ivoire revealed itself to be the first known exporter user of the Belarusian-made Cayman 4x4 light armoured vehicle when several featured in the 7 August independence day parade. Three Caymans were seen in the black livery of the country’s gendarmerie and another four in

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