• Ukrainian state firm Ukrinmash details design bid for Brazilian corvette competition

    Ukrainian state-owned company Ukrinmash, part of the Ukroboronprom conglomerate, is proposing a version of its Project 58250 corvette for the Brazilian Navy’s Tamandaré-class corvette acquisition programme. The Brazilian bid, known as the Project 58300 ‘Amazonas’ corvette, is

  • Singapore decommissions two more Fearless-class patrol vessels

    Key Points Singapore has retired two more Fearless-class patrol vessels Class is progressively being retired to make way for the new Littoral Mission Vessels The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has decommissioned two more Fearless-class patrol vessels. The 55 m ships, which were formerly in

  • Farnborough 2018: Airlander to air defender

    The operational benefits of a cost-efficient, stable platform, with very long duration have resulted in the Airlander team turning its attention to defence and security applications. Talking at Farnborough International Airshow 2018, Airlander Executive Director Tom Grundy and Head of Defence Simon

  • Farnborough 2018: UAE F-16 upgrades announced

    F-16 multirole fighters will receive BAE Systems’ Digital Flight Control Computer, the company announced during the Farnborough International Airshow in the United Kingdom. “The initial order from Lockheed Martin includes a range of services such as design, qualification, integration,

  • US Army selects Raytheon’s Coyote to counter hostile UAVs

    The US Army is to use the Raytheon Coyote unmanned aircraft system (UAS) and KRFS (Ku-band radio frequency system) radar to counter the escalating threat of hostile unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) above the battlefield, the company announced in a press release on 17 July. The Coyote is a small,

  • IAF pilot killed in MiG-21 crash

    An Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot was killed on 18 July when his MiG-21 fighter aircraft crashed in the Kangra district of the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The incident took place at around 13:20 (local time): about an hour after the aircraft had taken off from Air Force Station

  • Iran reportedly to produce 700–800 tanks

    The Iranian military will receive up to 800 new and upgraded tanks, the Tasnim News Agency reported Reza Mozaffariniya, the deputy minster for industry in the Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL), as saying on 18 July. The news agency quoted Mozaffariniya as saying the MODAFL is

  • PLAN possibly equipping marine corps with new lightweight battle tank

    An image posted on Chinese online forums suggests that China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) may be equipping its marine corps with a locally developed lightweight battle tank that has commonly been referred to as the ZTQ-15. Published in mid-July on the fyjs.cn website, the

  • RCAF Cyclone helicopter makes operational debut

    A Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CH-148 Cyclone helicopter deployed operationally for the first time by boarding a Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) frigate as part of Operation ‘Reassurance’. The Cyclone helicopter, developed by Sikorsky, embarked on the Halifax - class frigate HMCS Ville de

  • Farnborough 2018: UK coastguard lauds S-92 search-and-rescue helo

    The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has praised the increased capability and reliability that the Sikorsky S-92 search-and-rescue (SAR) helicopter has provided since it replaced the military’s Westland Sea Kings in 2015. Speaking at the Farnborough International Airshow on 18 July,

  • Farnborough 2018: Longsword in ‘holding pattern’ while L3 waits on launch customer

    The L3 Aerospace Systems–Air Tractor AT-802L Longsword light attack aircraft is waiting on a launch customer to be signed up before the weapons certification process can proceed, Jane’s was told on 18 July. Speaking at the Farnborough Airshow, L3’s senior project manager for the

  • Laos receives four repaired Mi-17 helicopters

    Russian Helicopters, part of state corporation Rostec, has delivered a batch of four repaired Mi-17 helicopters to the Lao People's Liberation Army Air Force (LPLAAF), the company announced in a 12 July statement. The transfer of the platforms, which took place during a ceremony held at an air base

  • Pakistan Navy receives first of two ATR-72 MPAs

    The Pakistan Navy (PN) received the first of two ATR-72 twin-engine turboprops converted into maritime patrol aircraft (MPAs) in the second quarter of 2018, Aerodata, a company involved in the process, announced in a 2 July statement. The delivery “represents a major milestone for Rheinland

  • Russia to test Sprut-SDM1 SPATG at end of 2018

    Russia plans to test the 2S25M Sprut-SDM1 air-droppable amphibious self-propelled anti-tank gun (SPATG) at the end of 2018, an industry source has told Jane's. “State trials of the Sprut-SDM1 are scheduled for the fourth quarter of this year. Prototypes of the system are ready for trials, and

  • Serbia plans to procure Pasars-16 Terminator mobile hybrid air defence system

    Serbia test-fired its new Pasars-16 Terminator 6x6 mobile hybrid air defence system in the Pasuljanske Livade training area on 11 July. The firing of the 40 mm Bofors gun was part of testing ahead of the system being introduced into the Serbian Army by the end of 2018, Nenad Miloradovic, assistant

  • Update: Boeing views MH-139’s affordability as key to USAF UH-1N replacement success

    Key Points Boeing believes the affordability of its MH-139 will bring it UH-1N replacement success The aircraft is lighter and smaller, meaning cheaper, than a key competitor Boeing views its MH-139 offering’s affordability for the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) UH-1N helicopter

  • Farnborough 2018: F-35 moving towards ‘rapid capability insertion’, says programme chief

    The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter programme is moving to a spiral development model as the project moves ahead, according to a programme brief given at Farnborough. A key focus for the programme is now “rapid capability insertion”, said Greg Ulmer, who was installed as

  • Chile receives first batch of Black Hawk helicopters

    The Chilean Air Force (Fuerza Aérea de Chile: FACh) received three Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk helicopters during a ceremony in Mielec, Poland, on 13 July. The multipurpose platforms will undergo final inspections before they are transported to Chile, according to a FACh press communique dated 14

  • Farnborough 2018: Europe to settle on one future fighter solution, Eurofighter CEO

    The two future fighter development programmes recently launched in Europe will eventually be whittled down to a single solution that will feature strong technological input from the Eurofighter Typhoon, the CEO of the consortium told reporters on 17 July. Speaking at the Farnborough Airshow, Volker

  • Farnborough 2018: Netherlands orders MQ-9 UAVs

    The Netherlands ordered four MQ-9 Block 5 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from the United States on 17 July during the Farnborough Airshow. The government-to-government agreement was signed by Vice Admiral Jan de Waard, director of the Dutch Defence Materiel Organisation, and Lieutenant General

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