• First modernised Duro tactical vehicles delivered to Switzerland

    General Dynamics European Land Systems-Mowag (GDELS-Mowag) delivered the first 40 modernised Duro 4x4 tactical vehicles to the Swiss defence procurement agency armasuisse at the end of May, the Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection, and Sport announced in a press release on 26 July.

  • Koni expands combat vehicle shock absorber portfolio

    Dutch company Koni is targeting the wheeled and tracked armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) market with its expanded range of shock absorbers. Koni supplies shock absorbers to vehicle original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), as well as vehicle suspension system developers such as Axle Tech, Texelis,

  • Airbus shows off H145M HForce in push for further sales

    Airbus Helicopters is capitalising on the recent export success of its H145M HForce to Hungary with a series of in-country customer and prospective customer demonstrations of the battlefield rotorcraft and modular weapons system combination. Speaking to reporters in Hungary on 27 July, senior

  • Australia’s second AWD accepted by Department of Defence

    The second of the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) three Hobart-class air warfare destroyers (AWDs) was officially handed over to the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) on 27 July. Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne, who attended the acceptance ceremony of NUSHIP Brisbane

  • India’s ocean surveillance ship starts harbour trials

    India’s indigenously designed classified missile tracking and ocean surveillance ship (OSS) is undergoing harbour trials at Vishakhapatnam on the country’s east coast, ahead of starting sea trials by the end of the year, security sources told Jane’s. Thereafter, the 15,000-tonne

  • IRGC reactivates and upgrades Su-22 strike jets

    Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) announced on 25 July that it had reactivated and upgraded 10 Sukhoi Su-22 aircraft. Iranian media outlets reported that IRGC commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari and IRGC Aerospace Force commander Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh had

  • China’s AVIC reveals solar-electric UAV development

    The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) is pursuing a solar-electric, long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) development programme called Qi Mingxing (Venus), Chinese aviation news portal CAN News reported in late July. According to the report, AVIC’s First Aircraft Institute

  • Colombian Navy commissions new amphibious ship

    The Colombian Navy (Armada de la República de Colombia: ARC) commissioned the amphibious landing vessel ARC Bahía Colombia (244) during a ceremony in Cartagena on 23 July. The ship is a rapid-reaction unit variant and features a Sormec crane, two 90 kW emergency power generators, and a

  • Marsun launches five M21 boats for Royal Thai Navy

    Key Points Marsun has launched another five M21-class patrol boats for the Royal Thai Navy The service is now anticipating delivery of 10 vessels in the class Thai shipbuilder Marsun Company Limited has launched another five M21-class patrol boats for the Royal Thai Navy (RTN). The vessels,

  • IDF details new Barak tank

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has released details of its future Barak variant of the Merkava Mk 4 tank, saying it will feature artificial intelligence (AI) that will provide commanders with ‘recommendations’. The Barak is under development and expected to begin rolling off production

  • Spanish Navy receives re-designated training ship

    The Spanish Navy took delivery of a training ship on 23 July that will also continue its previous duties as a government fishery support vessel. The 1,400-tonne Intermares is the first ship to be received by the navy in six years. Following delivery, the cost of running Intermares will be shared

  • India aims to help Bangladesh design warships

    Indian state-owned naval shipyard Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to assist Bangladesh’s Khulna Shipyard Limited (KSY) in designing and building warships, Indian Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre told parliament on 25

  • Italy awards first Centauro II contract

    The Italian Ministry of Defence has signed a EUR159 million (USD186 million) contract with the Iveco-Oto Melara consortium (CIO) for first 10 Centauro II fire-support vehicles. CIO stated in a 24 July press release that the contract covers the first tranche of 136 Centauro IIs that will be ordered

  • Philippine Navy to receive ASW helicopters in March 2019

    The Philippine Navy (PN) will receive two Leonardo AW159 Lynx Wildcat naval helicopters with anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities in March 2019, the state-owned Philippines News Agency (PNA) quoted PN flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad as saying on 23 July. Once commissioned,

  • Boeing uses advanced composites for extra Chinook lift with Block 2 rotor blades

    Key Points Advanced composites help allow Boeing to get extra lift in new Chinook Block 2 blades The extra 1,500 lb helps the aircraft perform better at high altitude Advanced composites and manufacturing techniques allowed Boeing to develop a new rotor blade for its Chinook Block 2 enhancements

  • Oshkosh Defense awarded contract to develop US Army leader/follower technology

    As part of the Expedient Leader Follower (ExLF) programme, Oshkosh Defense received USD49 million to integrate its autonomous technology onto Palletized Load System (PLS) vehicles. The programme, led by the US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), was awarded

  • BAE Systems delivers 150th IFF antenna to USN

    BAE Systems has delivered its 150th OE-120 Identification Friend-or-Foe (IFF) antenna to the US Navy (USN). The antenna is used to identify friendly aircraft and vessels and support shipboard air traffic management systems for both IFF and secondary surveillance radars. The OE-120 is designed to

  • Boeing begins assembly of second and third Chinook Block 2 EMD aircraft

    Key Points The second and third Chinook Block 2 EMD aircraft are in assembly Assembly is a milestone of the programme and its Block 2 enhancements Boeing is assembling the second and third Chinook Block 2 engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) heavy-lift helicopters and expects them to

  • China to gift frigate to Sri Lanka to bolster bilateral defence ties

    China will gift Sri Lanka a frigate to deepen bilateral defence ties between the two countries, a People’s Liberation Army (PLA) officer announced in Colombo on 23 July. Senior Colonel Xu Jianwei from the Chinese Embassy in Colombo, who made the announcement during a reception in the Sri

  • Fire breaks out on unfinished Italian support ship

    A fire broke out, for reasons unknown, aboard the logistic support ship (LSS) Vulcano on the night of 22/23 July. The ship is being built by Fincantieri for the Italian Navy. “At the moment it is too early to know the damage and causes of the fire,” Fincantieri said in a statement. It

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