• Sweden signs for MQM-178 Firejet aerial target drone

    The Unmanned Systems Division of US-based Kratos Defense and Security Solutions has agreed a three-year indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract with Sweden’s Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) under which the company will supply its MQM-178 Firejet aerial target and

  • Excalibur Army eyes Indonesian requirements with Pandur II CZ

    Czech company Excalibur Army has developed a new version of the 8×8 Pandur II CZ armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) called the Pandur II CZ Fire Support Vehicle (FSV), which has recently undergone trials in Indonesia alongside an infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) variant. The Pandur II CZ FSV is

  • US Navy ramps up development of naval unmanned systems

    The US Navy (USN) is accelerating its development of naval unmanned systems through programmatic changes and contractual tools meant to field such systems as soon as possible, according to Captain Pete Small, programme manager for Unmanned Maritime Systems. For example, the (USN) has started the

  • AMCM squadron completes first embarkation on Lewis B Puller

    The US Navy (USN) Expeditionary Sea Base USS Lewis B Puller (ESB 3) has embarked airborne mine countermeasures (AMCM) assets for the first time since the ship began operations with the US 5th Fleet. MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter from Bahrain-based Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 15

  • DGA qualifies Rafale F3R standard

    The Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), the French procurement agency, on 9 November announced that it had qualified the new-generation F3R standard for the Rafale combat aircraft on 31 October, in line with the January 2014 contract awarded to Dassault Aviation, Thales, MBDA,

  • Germany gives green light for heavy transport helicopter

    Germany's final 2019 defence budget approved by the Bundestag (parliament) budget committee on 9 November includes an authorisation commitment of EUR5.6 billion (USD6.3 billion) for the Luftwaffe's future Schwerer Transporthubschrauber (heavy transport helicopter: STH). This is the largest line item

  • Thailand interested in acquiring L-39NG training aircraft

    Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis announced on 10 November that the Thai Ministry of Defence (MoD) has expressed interest in acquiring an undisclosed number of Aero Vodochody L-39NG jet trainers/light-attack aircraft. “They [the Thais] are interested in our aircraft, the newest generation of

  • Oman reportedly testing K2 tank

    Oman has been revealed as the potential customer for the desert-optimised K2 main battle tank that Hyundai Rotem displayed during the DX Korea exhibition held in Seoul in September. Citing industry sources, South Korea’s Pulse news website reported on 12 November that the tank had been tested

  • Turkey signs Altay MBT serial production contract with BMC

    Turkey’s Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) announced on 9 November that it had signed the first serial production contract with BMC for 250 Altay main battle tanks (MBTs). The contract covers life-cycle logistics support for the tanks as well as the establishment and operation of a Tank

  • Belgium signs motorised capability co-operation agreement with France during first European Intervention Initiative ministerial

    Belgian Defence Minister Steven Vandeput and his French counterpart, Florence Parly, signed an intergovernmental framework agreement on their countries' co-operation on Capacité Motorisée (motorised capability: CaMo) during the first European Intervention Initiative (EI2) ministerial held

  • Construction begins on final Arleigh Burke Flight IIA destroyer at BIW

    The construction officially started on 9 November at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works (BIW) shipyard of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer Patrick Gallagher (DDG 127), which will be the last Flight IIA configuration destroyer built by BIW, as the yard prepares to build Flight III

  • DDG 1001 leaves shipyard for commissioning

    The guided-missile destroyer Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001), the second ship in the Zumwalt class of destroyers, departed General Dynamics' Bath Iron Works (BIW) shipyard in Bath, Maine, on 9 November to be commissioned on the US West Coast. The destroyer is en route to California where it is scheduled

  • Pindad’s Komodo 4×4 outfitted with 120 mm mortar

    The Indonesian Pindad Komodo 4×4 light armoured vehicle has been fitted with a 120 mm smoothbore version of the Brazilian Ares Recoil Mortar System (RMS) for trials purposes. The four-door protected cab positioned in the middle of the Komodo is retained, and the 120 mm RMS is mounted on a

  • RoKAF’s first A330 MRTT arrives in South Korea for acceptance trials

    The first of four Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft ordered by the Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) has landed in Gimhae Air Base in Busan, South Korea, to undergo acceptance trials. The company announced in a statement on 12 November that the aircraft, which was piloted by

  • Sovam books orders for new-generation CBD16 D03 aircraft loader

    France’s Sovam ground-support equipment company has developed and sold a new-generation of its military aircraft loaders, the CBD16 D03, to handle heavier payloads and other requirements. Munitions and aircraft payloads are growing, and accordingly customers are asking for systems that can

  • BSVT rolls out production ready Berserk combat UGV

    Belarussian firm Belspetsvneshtechnika (BSVT) has demonstrated the production-ready version of its Centaur unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) prototype at the 174th training ground of the country’s Air Force and Air Defence Forces in early October, Jane’s has learnt. The tracked and

  • Airshow China 2018: ZB Intelligence unveils Marine Lizard amphibious combat USV prototype

    Zhongbang Intelligent Technology (ZB Intelligence), a Qingdao-based company specialising in the development of control and navigation systems for unmanned surface vessels (USVs), announced a new amphibious combat USV development called the Marine Lizard at the Airshow China 2018 exhibition in

  • Indo Defence 2018: Indonesia restarts acquisitions of MALE UAVs, passive surveillance system

    Key Points Indonesia has restarted acquisition processes for strike-capable UAVs, and a passive tracker system Processes are being restarted to maximise involvement of local industry players in the respective programmes The Indonesian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has restarted the acquisition

  • Indo Defence 2018: Indonesian Navy prepares to receive final Panther ASW helicopters

    Key Points Work on Indonesia’s final AS565 MBe Panther helicopters has been completed, and the airframes are ready to be delivered Aircraft will significantly bolster the Indonesian Navy’s embarked anti-submarine warfare capabilities Indonesian state-owned aerospace company PT

  • Dutch airborne troops opt for G-Class for AASLT requirement

    The Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) is poised to sign a contract with Mercedes-Benz Cars Netherlands for 515 Mercedes-Benz G-Class-based 12 kN AASLT (Air Assault Vehicles). Subject to Dutch parliamentary approval, the actual contract signature is expected on 15 November at the NIDV 2018 exhibition.

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