• China developing large autonomous underwater vehicles

    China has embarked on a project to develop large autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), according to a 20 July report by the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post ( SCMP ) newspaper. Designated the 912 Project, its goal is to develop the new capability by the time of the centenary celebrations of

  • Elbit expands Air Keeper family

    Elisra, the electronic warfare (EW) and signals intelligence (SIGINT) arm of Elbit Systems has developed a rotary-wing version of its Air Keeper multifunction SIGINT and EW system and is working on an unmanned aircraft version, Jane’s has learned. The Air Keeper system includes an electronic

  • India finalising negotiations for 48 additional Mi-17-V5 helicopters from Russia

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) is concluding negotiations with Russia to acquire 48 additional Mi-17-V5 military transport/utility helicopters for USD1.1 billion for the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). Official Indian sources told Jane’s on 23 July that

  • KMW expands Dingo protected vehicle family

    Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) has updated its Dingo family of protected vehicles with the 6x6 Dingo 2 Heavy Duty (HD) platform. The original Dingo is a 4x4 vehicle based on the Mercedes-Benz UNIMOG chassis. More than 1,000 vehicles have been manufactured for the home and export markets with customers

  • Last Dutch Boxer rolls off production line

    The last of 200 Dutch Boxers ordered in 2013 has rolled off the Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles-Nederland production line, the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 17 July. The final vehicle delivered was a cargo variant, according to the ministry. The first Boxer, a driver training

  • Lithuanian Boxers enter trials

    The Lithuanian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its website on 18 July that the country’s first two Boxer infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) prototypes have entered trials in Germany under the leadership of the Artec industrial consortium between Rheinmetall and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW).

  • Saab to ramp-up Gripen E trials as two new prototypes prepare for flight

    Saab is to introduce two new test platforms as it intensifies the flight trials campaign for its Gripen E combat aircraft. Speaking at the Farnborough International Airshow in mid-July, Saab’s head of Aeronautics, Jonas Hjelm, said that test aircraft 39-9 and 39-10 will join prototype 39-8 as

  • Thailand to develop midget submarines

    A project by the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) to develop a midget submarine – provisionally known as the Chawalan class – has been approved by the Thai government, it has been confirmed to Jane’s . Under the project, the RTN has been allocated THB200 million (USD6 million) to develop and

  • UK halts Type 31e frigate competition

    Key Points The United Kingdom's Type 31e acquisition process has stopped due to insufficient competition Plans are being scoped for a new procurement competition The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has been forced to rethink the acquisition strategy for its Type 31e general-purpose frigate programme

  • UK selects GECO for CSAT programme

    United Kingdom-based Inzpire announced at the 2018 Farnborough International Airshow that its GECO system has been selected by the UK Ministry of Defence for its rotary-wing cockpit situational awareness tool (CSAT) programme. Jonny Smith, Inzpire’s head of mission systems, told Jane’s

  • US Navy awards OBOGS contract to counter hypoxia for Goshawk pilots

    The US Navy (USN) is to equip its Boeing T-45 Goshawk jet trainer aircraft with a back-up oxygen generation system in a bid to counter physiological effects being experienced by pilots, it was disclosed on 23 July. As the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of the Hawk-derivative aircraft, Boeing

  • ZVS completes 125 mm Tapna ammunition development

    Slovakia’s ZVS has completed development of its latest two-piece 125 mm armour-piercing fin-stabilised discarding sabot-tracer (APFSDS-T) ammunition. Called the Tapna, this has been designed for the 125 mm 2A46-series smoothbore guns installed in the Russian T-72 and T-90 main battle tanks

  • India's first indigenous aircraft carrier to begin sea trials in 2020

    The Indian Navy (IN) will begin in 2020 sea trials of Vikrant , the country’s first indigenously built aircraft carrier, the Indian government’s Press Information Bureau (PIB) announced in a 19 July statement. “The main propulsion plant, power generation equipment, deck machinery,

  • Nigerian Navy looking at Indian landing ships

    The Nigerian Navy is considering ordering two landing ships from India’s Goa Shipyard for USD102 million, the Times of India newspaper reported on 20 July. “Nigeria floated a global tender and we have emerged as the lowest bidder, but that itself is not sufficient,” the newspaper

  • Azerbaijan looks to produce Aeronautics multirotor UAV

    A memorandum of understanding (MOU) has opened up the possibility of Azerbaijan co-operating on the Pegasus 120 multirotor UAV made by the Israeli company Aeronautics, although it represents a statement of intent, not a signed contract, Jane’s has learnt. The information clarifies an 11 July

  • China progressing integrated electric propulsion for warships

    A professor at China’s Naval Engineering University (NEU) has been awarded a first-class merit citation by President Xi Jinping for his work in developing full electric propulsion (FEP) for warships, according to a report in the state-owned Global Times newspaper on 20 July. Xiao Fei heads a

  • UK MoD selects five teams for Autonomous Last Mile Resupply System Phase 2

    On 19 July the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced the final five teams to take part in phase 2 of the Autonomous Last Mile Resupply System (ALMRS) programme: Animal Dynamics Ltd, Barnard Microsystems Ltd, Fleetonomy, HORIBA MIRA, and QinetiQ. Phase 2 of the ALMRS programme will last for 12

  • Farnborough 2018: SteelRock Technologies launches UAVs, counter-UAV systems

    SteelRock Technologies (SR) conducted its hard launch during the Farnborough International Airshow. The UK start up is marketing its family of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and soft-kill UAV countermeasures and unveiled the WO3 Protector Counter-IED UAV at the show. Designed by a serving

  • KADDB unveils weaponised UGV

    Jordan’s King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) has developed a weaponised unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) under a private venture. A complete system comprises the UGV, handheld control unit and a lightweight communications backpack. According to company specifications, the 250

  • ESSM Block 2 completes GTV-1 flight test

    Raytheon and the US Navy (USN) have successfully executed a first guided flight test of the RIM-162 Evolved SeaSparrow Missile (ESSM) Block 2 missile. Performed from the US Navy’s (USN’s) Self-Defense Test Ship (SDTS) in June, the Guided Test Vehicle-1 (GTV-1) event saw the new Block 2

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