• 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

  • Farnborough 2018: Romania moves towards Venom and Viper procurement

    Romania has recently taken a step forward in its plans to procure both the Bell UH-1Y Venom and AH-1Z Viper helicopters for which it earlier issued a letter of request (LOR). Speaking to Jane’s on 17 July, Bell’s international business development manager Joel Best said that the early

  • Navantia releases more details of Saudi corvette deal

    The Spanish shipbuilding company Navantia released more details of its deal to build five corvettes for Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) announced in April that it and Navantia had signed letters of intent covering the design and construction of five Avante 2200 corvettes, but

  • Indian Army to resume test firings of M777 howitzer after 10-month gap

    The Indian Army (IA) is to resume firing tests of the BAE Systems M777 155 mm/39-calibre lightweight howitzer after they were suspended in September 2017 when one of the guns malfunctioned. IA sources told Jane’s that four M777s are set to fire about 150 rounds of locally-made ammunition over

  • Taiwan commissions first Apache attack helicopter brigade

    Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) commissioned its first air brigade equipped with Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters on 17 July. The 29 Apache helicopters will be operated by Republic of China Army’s (RoCA’s) 601st Air Cavalry Brigade, which operates under

  • Five killed in South Korean helicopter crash

    A Republic of Korea Marine Corps (RoKMC) MUH-1 helicopter crashed at a military airport in the southeastern South Korean city of Pohang on 11 July, killing five of the six marines aboard and injuring the other, the Yonhap news agency reported that same day. The helicopter was being test flown after

  • PSM details Puma AIFV upgrades

    The German Army’s Puma armoured infantry fighting vehicle (AIFV) will be upgraded in two key steps that Projekt System & Management GmbH (PSM) calls Puma S1 and Puma S2. PSM is a joint venture of Rheinmetall and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann. Puma S1 covers command-and-control, situational

  • Farnborough 2018: Aero reveals F/A-259 light attack jet

    Czech manufacturer Aero Vodochody has revealed a new more capable variant of its L159 light attack aircraft, designated the F/A-259. Artwork and performance specifications for the single-seat F/A-259 were shown for the first time at the Farnborough Airshow on 16 July. The F/A-259 builds on the

  • Farnborough 2018: RAF opens up on Shadow special mission aircraft

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has partially lifted the veil of secrecy that surrounds its Raytheon Shadow R1 special mission aircraft, with a first ever media briefing on the platform held on 16 July. Speaking at the Farnborough Airshow, Royal Air Force (RAF) and Raytheon officials disclosed

  • Turkey confirms sale of 30 T129 attack helicopters to Pakistan

    Ankara has signed an agreement with Islamabad for the sale of 30 T129 ATAK combat helicopters for the Pakistan Army in a move described by the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSB) – formerly the Turkish Defence Industries Undersecretariat (SSM)

  • OCEA launches third FPB 72 Mk II patrol vessel for the Philippines

    Key Points A third FPB 72 Mk II boat on order for the Philippine Coast Guard has been launched The service is expected to operate all four vessels in the class by 2019 French shipbuilder OCEA has launched the third FPB 72 Mk II patrol boat on order for the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG). The

  • Farnborough 2018: UMS Skeldar announces maritime-focused V-200B UAV

    UMS Skeldar has developed a new maritime variant of its V-200 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), it announced at the Farnborough Airshow, being held 16-22 July. The V-200B is an improvement of the baseline heavy-fuelled unmanned helicopter developed by UMS Skeldar. “The new version [boasts]

  • KC-46 programme completes flight tests required for October delivery

    Key Points The KC-46 programme completed final test flights required for October delivery Prime contractor Boeing believes it can reach its October delivery goal The Boeing KC-46 Pegasus aerial refuelling tanker programme on 6 July completed the final test flights required to deliver the first

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