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  • 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

  • USMC, ONR conduct final autonomously operated UH-1 demonstration

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) and Office of Naval Research (ONR) capped off its Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System (AACUS) programme demonstration on 13 December by autonomously operating a UH-1 “Huey” helicopter in a series of mission scenarios at USMC base in Quantico, Virginia.

  • Slovakia unveils BOV 8x8 IFV

    The Konstrukta Defence prototype BOV 8x8 wheeled armoured vehicle made its public debut on 6 December with the indigenously designed EVPU Turra unmanned turret equipped with a Russian 2A42 30 mm automatic cannon. The Slovak Ministry of Defence (MoD) selected Finland’s Patria in early November

  • BAE Systems contracted for RN combat systems support

    Key Points BAE Systems has been awarded a GBP200 million contract to manage, maintain, and refresh the combat management systems, tactical data networks, and shared infrastructures fitted to RN surface ships The JSS2 contract forms part of the MoD’s new Common Support Model, which has

  • Spanish sub Galerna set for major overhaul

    Spanish S 70-class submarine Galerna is to undergo a fifth major overhaul as the navy continues to maintain the boats to cover the long-delayed arrival of the new S 80s. Financing for the project was approved by the government on 8 December, with the EUR43.2 million (USD50.8 million) costs planned

  • Cantiere Navale Vittoria unveils details of new Italian Navy LCMs

    Italian shipbuilder Cantiere Navale Vittoria is building four new LC23-class mechanised landing craft (LCMs) for the Italian Navy. The four craft, designed to equip the service’s new landing helicopter dock (LHD), are being built under a contract awarded by Fincantieri in the first quarter of

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