• German Wiesels to receive Camac armour upgrade

    UK-based Morgan Advanced Materials has been awarded a subcontract for Camac appliqué armour to equip the German Army’s Wiesel 1 armoured weapons carrier (AWC). Forming part of a broader upgrade programme, the contract was awarded by FFG Flensburger Fahrzeugbau GmbH and will have three

  • USN expects to meet Columbia-class sub-motor delivery schedule

    Despite some earlier problems with a prototype main propulsion motor for its Columbia-class strategic submarine replacement fleet, the US Navy (USN) expects to keep to the proposed delivery schedule for that equipment, Admiral James Caldwell, director of naval nuclear propulsion, said.

  • COTECMAR’s BAL-C logistics ships garner more interest

    Colombian shipbuilder COTECMAR is moving towards potential new orders for its Short Range Logistic Support Ship (BAL-C) from Peru, Paraguay, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), sources in Bogota told Jane’s . A USD13.5 million BAL-C vessel was ordered in October 2016 by Honduras, was

  • TAI begins development of ATAK 2 heavy attack helicopter

    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) announced on 31 October that it has begun domestic development of the ATAK 2 attack helicopter. TAI began the project to build the six-tonne ATAK 2 domestically without foreign help based on technical knowledge and operational experience gained with the T129

  • Ukraine to purchase more BTR-3DA IFVs

    The Ukrainian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has placed an order with the Kiev Armoured Plant for BTR-3DA vehicles, Ukraine-based industry sources reported on 30 October. The order is for an unknown quantity of BTR-3DA infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), a locally developed upgrade for the BTR family of

  • South Korea launches fourth and final LST-2 tank landing ship

    South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) launched on 2 November the fourth and final LST-2 tank landing ship for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) at its Ulsan dockyard, the company said in a press statement. The 127 m-long vessel, which has been named Nojeokbong (with pennant number

  • Bolivian Army showcases new UAVs, apparently from China’s Yuneec

    The Bolivian Army showcased its new unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) during a military exercise, ‘Paucarpata II’, on 27 October. The Bolivian government has not revealed what type of UAV was acquired, but Jane’s has reviewed footage of a 14 October ceremony, during which President

  • China testing new 6×6 amphibious armoured vehicles

    Images have emerged on online forums suggesting that China is testing new 6×6 amphibious armoured vehicles. The photographs appear to show two very similar, but subtly different vehicles. The first vehicle seems to follow a fairly conventional 6×6 layout, with driver and commander at the

  • Germany contracts second phase of Orion upgrade

    The German Navy is moving ahead with the upgrade of its eight Lockheed Martin P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft (MPA), with the manufacturer announcing a USD158.5 million contract on 1 November. The contract is for the second phase of a wider German P-3C upgrade effort that began in 2016 and is

  • Pakistan says it downed Indian surveillance UAV

    The Pakistani military announced on 27 October that it had shot down what it claimed was an Indian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that entered Pakistani airspace across the line of control (LOC) in the disputed northern region of Kashmir. Major General Asif Ghafoor, the head of the Inter-Services

  • Russian Helicopters begins hot climate trials in Pakistan of Ansat helicopter

    Russian Helicopters announced on 31 October that it had begun 'hot climate' trials in Pakistan of its Ansat lightweight multirole helicopter. The Moscow-based helicopter manufacturer, which is part of Russian state holding company Rostec, said in a statement that the trials aim to confirm the

  • China trials new marine propulsion system

    China has successfully conducted trials of a new permanent magnet electric propulsion motor installed in an unidentified naval vessel at the Sanya naval base on the country’s southern Hainan Island, the state-owned Global Times newspaper reported on 24 October. The report follows the claim

  • New Zealand to retire replenishment ship in December 2017

    The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) will retire its 138 m replenishment ship, HMNZS Endeavour (A 11), on 15 December. The vessel, which has been in service since April 1988, will be retired in a decommissioning ceremony that will be held at the Devonport Naval Base in Auckland, said the service.

  • Singapore receives fourth Littoral Mission Vessel

    Key Points The Republic of Singapore Navy has taken delivery of its fourth Littoral Mission Vessel Service will commission two more vessels by end-2017, and is on track to operate all eight ships in the class by 2020 The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has taken delivery of its fourth Littoral

  • Turkmenistan parades ground vehicles for special forces

    Turkmenistan has displayed several recently acquired foreign-made ground vehicles for its special forces in a parade to mark the country’s Independence Day on 27 October. Among the equipment shown in the capital Ashgabat were products from US-based manufacturer Polaris Government and Defense

  • USMC can ‘print’ UAVs with expedition forces

    The US Marine Corps can manufacture small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) using highly portable 3D printing systems, Gunnery Sergeant Douglas McCue told Jane’s during the Bold Alligator amphibious exercise along the North Carolina coast. McCue said his expeditionary 3D printing systems can

  • USMC sees need for different unmanned undersea littoral systems

    The US Marine Corps is discovering not one-size-fits-all for effective operations of unmanned undersea vehicles in the littorals. “We’ve found out a lot of different environments need different systems,” Major Justin Gogel told Jane’s during a break in unmanned operations

  • Hungary auctions off MiG-29s

    Hungary launched an auction process on 25 October to sell 23 decommissioned MiG-29 aircraft, complete with engines, at a starting price of HUF4.8 billion (USD18 million). The auction includes 20 spare engines, an unspecified number of missiles integrated into the MiGs, and 1,251 spare parts.

  • Namibian Navy commissions ‘sub chasers’

    The Namibian Navy commissioned two ex-People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) patrol vessels at its main base in Walvis Bay on 27 October. Namibian President Hage Geingob gave a speech, saying China offered to donate what he described as “two submarine chasers with surface and

  • Slovakia receives first Spartan airlifter

    Slovakia officially inducted into its inventory the first of two Alenia Aermacchi C-27J Spartan tactical transport aircraft on 31 October. The twin-engined turboprop, which actually arrived in-country the previous week, was welcomed into service during a ceremony at Malacky-Kuchyna air base near

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