• Slovenia upgrades MRAP-JERRV vehicles

    The Slovenian Armed Forces presented the prototype of the upgraded Cougar 6x6 Category II mine-resistant ambush protected joint explosive ordnance disposal rapid response vehicle (MRAP-JERRV) in Ljubljana on 14 December. The vehicle has received various weapon mounts and ammunition racks,

  • Kuwait to get ‘unique’ Abrams tank variant

    The first contract covering Kuwait’s new fleet of Abrams tanks was announced by the US Department of Defense on 19 December. The USD24.3 million contract awarded to General Dynamics Land Systems covers the design, development, and building of a “unique” Abrams variant called the

  • Leidos contracted for Sea Hunter II testbed USV

    US science, technology, and services group Leidos has been contracted by the US Office of Naval Research (ONR) to build a second Sea Hunter-type Class III Medium Displacement Unmanned Surface Vessel (MDUSV) to support science and technology (S&T) advancement of autonomous technologies and

  • Malaysia discloses line of aircraft shortlisted for maritime patrol requirements

    Key Points The Royal Malaysian Air Force has shortlisted four aircraft types for its maritime patrol requirements Service has been allocated funds for up to four airframes to meet its maritime surveillance, and search-and-rescue requirements The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) has disclosed a

  • HMS Queen Elizabeth springs a leak

    HMS Queen Elizabeth has sprung a leak due to a problem with a shaft seal, which is letting in water, UK media reported on 19 December. Jane’s understands the leak is not serious enough to prevent the carrier from putting to sea or conducting trials scheduled for 2018. There appears not to be a

  • MAF’s newly inducted aircraft to boost service’s COIN capabilities

    As part of a wide-ranging modernisation programme the Myanmar Air Force (MAF) commissioned 10 new aircraft on 15 December. Comprising both turbo-fan and turbo-prop transport aircraft as well as advanced jet-trainer/ground attack platforms, the latest acquisitions reflect the growing role played by

  • Polish MiG-29 jet fighter crashes

    On 18 December at 17:15 CET, a Polish Air Force MiG-29A jet fighter from the 23 Tactical Air Base crashed near Marysin village around 13 km from Minsk Mazowiecki airfield. Despite not ejecting, the pilot survived the crash and was found in the wreck and evacuated with only minor injuries. It was

  • UK declares Airseekers to be fully operational

    The United Kingdom has declared its fleet of three L3 Technologies RC-135V/W Airseeker (Rivet Joint) intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft to be fully operational following the completion of deliveries earlier this year. The declaration of full operating capability (FOC) for

  • Bell Helicopter’s V-280 makes first flight

    Bell Helicopter’s V-280 Valor multimission tiltrotor aircraft made its first flight, the company announced on 18 December. The company provided view details in its press release and did not respond to requests for comment. The V-280 is part of the US Army’s Joint Multi-Role Technology

  • China launches 29th Jiangkai II frigate

    China has launched another Jiangkai II (Type 054A) guided-missile frigate at the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai. The vessel, which will be in service as the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN’s) 29th Type 054A frigate, was launched on 16 December. The ship is seen without its

  • South Korea advances ASR-II submarine rescue ship project

    South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on 15 December that its project to develop a new 5,200-tonne auxiliary submarine rescue ship, or ASR-II, for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) has progressed after an agreement was reached last month on the

  • IAF retires the last of its Mi-8 helicopters

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) retired the last of its Soviet-era Mil Mi-8 ‘Hip’ medium-lift helicopters during a ceremony held at Yelahanka Air Force Station in Bangalore on 17 December. Between 1972 and 1988, the IAF had inducted 10 Mi-8 squadrons that constituted the operational backbone

  • Kharkov Morozov Design Bureau unveils new T-72 upgrade

    On 11 December, the Kharkov Morozov Design Bureau released details of a new upgrade for the T-72 main battle tank coinciding with the bureau’s 80th anniversary. Designated the T-72MP, the new vehicle appears to feature many of the upgrades developed for the T-72-120, which has a NATO standard

  • BAE Systems wins Limited Interim Missile Warning Systems QRC contract

    The US Army has selected BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems to deliver an ‘interim’ mid-wave infrared missile warning system to equip UH-60M helicopters. Awarded by the US Army Contracting Command on 15 December, the USD24.4 million contract for the Limited Interim Missile

  • BTR-4MV1 clears factory tests

    Aditya Jadhav The Kharkov Morozov Design Bureau has completed factory testing of the 8x8 BTR-4MV1 armoured personnel carrier before possible adoption by the Ukrainian Army, Ukroboronprom announced on 8 December. Based on the BTR-4MV, with the same remote weapons station, engine, and transmission,

  • RNZN decommissions replenishment tanker HMNZS Endeavour

    The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) decommissioned on 15 December its fleet replenishment tanker HMNZS Endeavour after almost 30 years of service. The navy announced on its Facebook page that the ship’s white ensign was lowered for the last time during a ceremony held a Devonport Naval Base in

  • Malaysia lays keel for third Littoral Combat Ship

    Malaysia’s Boustead Naval Shipyard (BNS) has laid down the third Maharaja Lela (Gowind)-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) on order for the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN). Keel for the 111 m vessel was laid down on 18 December at BNS’ facility at Lumut, Perak, in a ceremony officiated by the

  • China displays new armed unmanned surface vehicle

    China unveiled what it claims to be the world’s fastest armed unmanned surface vehicle (USV) during the All China Maritime Conference and Exhibition (Marintec China) held between 5 and 8 December in Shanghai. Citing the Science and Technology Daily , Chinese news website ecns.cn reported on

  • France orders third Caribbean patrol ship

    The French defence procurement agency (DGA) has ordered a third light patrol vessel (Patrouilleur Léger Guyanais: PLG) from French shipbuilder Socarenam. The vessel will be delivered in 2019 for operation from Fort-de-France in Martinique to cover the Antilles archipelago. The vessel will join

  • TAI releases technical specifications for TF-X

    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has given the technical specifications of its Turkish Fighter (TF) project, also known as TF-X. The TF-X is being designed and developed in Turkey, with support from BAE Systems, to replace Turkish Air Force (TuAF) F-16s, which will gradually reach the end of

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