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  • Two SSK builders opt out of India's Project-75(I) programme

    Key Points Two of six international SSK builders have opted out of India’s long-delayed Project-75(I) programme Mitsubishi Heavy Industries/Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Navantia did not respond to the RFI by its 16 October deadline Two of six conventional submarine manufacturers have opted

  • ADEX 2017: Saab touts GlobalEye and Swordfish for anticipated South Korean requirements

    Saab is promoting its GlobalEye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) and Swordfish maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) for separate requirements that it expects to be issued by the South Korean government. Briefing at the Seoul International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (ADEX) 2017,

  • Australia completes operational evaluation phase of the ScanEagle UAS

    Key Points The Royal Australian Navy has completed operational evaluation of the ScanEagle UAS Milestone paves the way for greater adoption of MUM-T operations across the service After executing a number of successful missions from an Adelaide (Oliver Hazard Perry)-class guided-missile frigate in

  • RE2 Robotics tasked with initial work on ARCH effort

    RE2 Robotics has received a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract from the US Navy to develop an Autonomous Robotic Cargo Handling (ARCH) system. The ARCH concept envisages an automated cargo loading system, which will be demonstrated with a UH-1H optionally piloted aircraft

  • UK looks to replace Desert Hawk mini UAV

    British Army chiefs are hoping that the upcoming war fighting development experiment will generate the replacement for its fleet of 221 Lockheed Martin Desert Hawk Mk 3 mini-unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Senior army officers involved in intelligence, surveillance, targeting, acquisition, and

  • Draft RFP for USCG Heavy Polar Icebreaker released

    The US Navy (USN), in collaboration with the US Coast Guard (USCG) under an Integrated Program Office (IPO), released a draft request for proposals (RFP) on 19 October for the detail design and construction of a Heavy Polar Icebreaker (HPIB). The draft RFP is for one HPIB, with options for two

  • Indonesia delays decommissioning of Ahmad Yani-class frigates amid South China Sea obligations

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy has delayed the planned retirement of its ex-Royal Netherlands Navy frigates Move to ensure that the service can fulfil operational requirements and deployment obligations, especially in the South China Sea The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia –

  • US Coast Guard donates cutters to Costa Rica

    The US Coast Guard (USCG) donated two vessels to the Costa Rican Coast Guard (Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas) on 13 October as part of the Office of International Acquisition’s Excess Defense Articles programme. The two patrol boats, Long Island and Roanoke Island , are 110-ft Island-class

  • Davie launches Resolve-class naval support ship

    Canada’s Davie Shipbuilding launched its Resolve-class auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) conversion from the company’s yard in Quebec City on 15 October. The vessel represents the largest-ever naval vessel to be launched from a Canadian shipyard and will serve as an interim supply

  • Egyptian corvette, sub arrive in Alexandria

    The Egyptian Navy’s first Gowind-class corvette Elfateh (971) and second Type 209/1400 submarine S 42 (864) have arrived at the main naval base in Alexandria for the first time, the Egyptian Ministry of Defence announced on 18 October. The second of four submarines ordered by Egypt, S 42 was

  • Four JASDF personnel missing following UH-60J helo crash off coast of Shizuoka Prefecture

    Four Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) personnel are missing, presumed dead, after their UH-60J search-and-rescue helicopter crashed off the coast of Japan's Shizuoka Prefecture on 17 October. The UH-60J vanished from radar screens some 30 km south of the JASDF’s Hamamatsu Air Base at

  • ADEX 2017: KAI refining KFX configuration ahead of key milestones

    Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) is in the process of refining the final configuration of its Korean Fighter Experimental (KFX) aircraft ahead of a number of milestones that are due in the coming months and years, Jane’s was told on 17 October. Speaking at the Seoul International Aerospace

  • Discovery Air Defence offering F-16s for USAF CAF Adversary Air competition

    Key Points Discovery Air Defence is offering F-16s for the USAF’s AdAir competition Discovery is part of a potentially crowded field aiming for a multi-billion-dollar programme Discovery Air Defence is offering General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon multirole fighters for the US Air

  • US Navy decommissions Ponce Afloat Forward Staging Base

    Afloat Forward Staging Base (Interim) USS Ponce (AFSB (I) 15) was decommissioned 14 October in Norfolk, Virginia, after more than 46 years in service. Best known in its last three years of service for shipboard US Navy laser-systems testing, Ponce served as an amphibious ship before proving out the

  • ADEX 2017: Honeywell seeks South Korean aircraft upgrade contracts

    US firm Honeywell is in discussions to upgrade a number of South Korean aircraft types as part of a wider effort to increase its national and regional portfolio. Speaking at the Seoul International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (ADEX) on 17 October, Tim Van Luven, vice-president of Honeywell's

  • India commissions third Kamorta-class anti-submarine corvette

    Key Points The Indian Navy has commissioned its third Kamorta-class corvette Platform will improve the Indian Navy’s anti-submarine warfare capabilities, particularly in the Indian Ocean region The Indian Navy has officially inducted its third Kamorta (Project 28)-class anti-submarine

  • Peruvian Navy commissions new social action platform

    The Peruvian Navy commissioned Lake Titicaca I , an Itinerant Social Action Platform (Plataforma Itinerante de Acción Social: PIAS) on 16 October to assist communities in the Puno region that borders Lake Titicaca. The vessel is equipped to provide health, government, and banking services to

  • ADEX 2017: South Korea showcases unmanned solutions

    South Korean defence contractors have put unmanned aircraft systems (UASs)/unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at the forefront of their exhibits at this year’s Seoul International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (ADEX), as they look to showcase technologies and developments for a number of

  • FLIR Systems to provide PD-100 Black Hornet 2 micro-UAVs for Australian Army

    FLIR Systems has been awarded a USD6.8 million contract to supply an undisclosed number of its PD-100 Black Hornet 2 Personal Reconnaissance Systems (PRSs) to the Australian Army. The US-based company announced on 10 October that the micro unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to be delivered under the

  • Spanish Hornet lost in crash

    The Spanish Air Force suffered its second fatal aircraft accident in five days on 17 October when a Boeing EF-18 Hornet crashed while taking off from Torrejón de Ardoz Air Base east of Madrid. The pilot, from Ala ('Wing') 12, failed to eject and died when the aircraft crashed within the

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