• Boeing, Lockheed Martin secure XLUUV design contracts

    Key Points The Orca XLUUV programme is intended to develop a modular, open architecture long-range unmanned underwater vehicle Boeing and Lockheed Martin will complete Phase I design activities by the end of 2018, with a single contractor to be downselected for manufacture under Phase II Boeing

  • Metal Shark clinches US Navy PB(X) patrol boat contract

    Key Points Metal Shark is to build new PB(X) patrol boats for the US Naval Expeditionary Combat Command The initial order, valued at USD29.8 million, covers the delivery of 11 craft Louisiana-based shipbuilder Metal Shark has won out in a seven-way competition to build a new fleet of patrol boats

  • USS Ponce returns to homeport to retire

    Key Points AFSB(I)15 was the first ship to be fully realised and dedicated as an afloat forward staging base The ship will decommission in Norfolk, Virginia, on 14 October The US Navy (USN) afloat forward staging base-interim USS Ponce (AFSB(I) 15) has returned to Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia,

  • Germany upgrades KZO

    The ground control stations (GCS) of the German Army's Kleinfluggerät für Zielortung (KZO) target acquisition unmanned aerial vehicle have been upgraded, the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology, and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) has announced. KZO has been flight

  • Pilots killed in Ukraine training jet crash

    A Czech-built twin-seat Aero L-39 'Albatros' military training aircraft crashed after communications were lost near Starokostiantyniv, 300 km west of Kyiv, on 29 September, killing both the pilots, the Ukrainian Air Force command has reported. Rescue and law enforcement services continued to work

  • NORINCO details its latest armoured trackway layer

    China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) has developed the GLM122 Amphibious Vehicle-Carrier Armoured Trackway (AV-CAT). This vehicle has been designed to speed up amphibious landings by rapidly laying a trackway across sandy and muddy beaches to enable vehicles to rapidly cross the surf line

  • US Osprey crashes in Middle East

    A United States military Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor crashed during operations in the Middle East on 29 September, injuring two service personnel onboard. The aircraft came down in the early hours in what the US Central Command (CENTCOM) described as “a hard landing”. In a press

  • UK receives final Airseeker

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has received into service the third and final L3 Technologies RC-135V/W Airseeker (Rivet Joint) intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft, the company announced on 28 September. The aircraft (ZZ666) is understood to have arrived at its homebase of

  • Upgraded Brazilian Super Lynx makes maiden flight

    The first modernised AH-11B Super Lynx multirole helicopter for the Brazilian Navy made its maiden flight from Leonardo Helicopters’ Yeovil facility in the United Kingdom on 28 September. Leonardo is upgrading eight AH-11As to AH-11B standard under a EUR117 million (USD138 million) contract

  • Northrop Grumman launches Nomad UGV

    Northrop Grumman has rolled out a new unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), designed with independent tracks that enable the system to manoeuvre over obstacles, climb stairs, and handle a 60° incline. Nomad, part of the company’s Remotec Andros line of robots, was built using the US

  • Colombia CIAC finishing local T-27M updates, eyes international work

    The Colombian Aviation Industry Corporation (Corporación de la Industria Aeronáutica Colombiana: CIAC) is nearly finished upgrading the air force’s heavily used Embraer T-27 Tucano trainer aircraft fleet, and next hopes to sell the modernisation work internationally. In 2015 CIAC

  • Aero offers L-159 upgrade

    Aero Vodochody Aerospace announced details of a comprehensive L-159 upgrade during its recent L-39 User Group conference. According to Massimo Ghione, Chief Business Officer, the mid-life upgrade on offer to the Czech Air Force (CzAF) would cover a new ‘fourth generation-plus’ avionics

  • BAE Systems progresses Project Centurion with Brimstone milestone

    BAE Systems has completed a major milestone in its efforts to roll out the Project Centurion configuration for the United Kingdom’s Eurofighter Typhoon force by the end of 2018. Speaking to Jane’s on 28 September, Eurofighter Delivery Director Andy Flynn said the summer flight test

  • Poland issues tender for Bergepanzer 2 upgrade

    Poland has issued a tender to upgrade part of its fleet of 28 Bergepanzer 2 armoured recovery vehicles (ARVs). The Polish Land Forces plan to upgrade eight Bergepanzer 2s to the WZT-BPz (PL) standard in 2018–22, with an option to modernise another 20 ARVs in the same period or after 2022.

  • Reaper operations ramp up in France

    Key Points A French MQ-9 has taken part in 'Serpentex 2017': a JTAC exercise hosted by France in Corsica The MQ-9's participation marks the French Reaper fleet's first real domestically based operation The sole French General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9 Reaper based in France

  • US to provide 6,576 capability expansion kits for M1151A1B1 Humvees in Afghanistan

    AM General has been awarded a USD45.9 million Foreign Military Sale (FMS) contract by the US Army for the procurement of 6,576 capability expansion kits for M1151A1B1 Humvees for the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), the US Department of Defense (DoD) announced on 27 September.

  • CIAC and Colombian Air Force relegate IRIS UAV to a test asset

    Colombian Aviation Industry Corporation (Corporación de la Industria Aeronáutica Colombiana: CIAC) and the Colombian Air Force plan to use their locally developed IRIS unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) prototype as a sort of research system and not take it into production. The state-owned

  • Colombia’s CIAC marketing T-90 initial trainers

    The Colombian Aviation Industry Corporation (Corporación de la Industria Aeronáutica Colombiana: CIAC) is in negotiations to sell its T-90 Calima initial trainer aircraft internationally, after building 25 for the Colombian government. The state-owned CIAC is responsible for maintaining

  • Rila MRAP enters production

    The International Armored Group (IAG) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has confirmed to Jane’s that it has secured an export order for its latest 4x4 Rila mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP) with production already underway. As with all IAG wheeled armoured vehicles, the Rila MRAP has

  • DSEI 2017: UK grounding of Watchkeeper lifted

    The British Army has lifted a grounding order imposed on its Thales Watchkeeper unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) earlier this year after two of the service’s air vehicles were lost in crashes in the Irish Sea. “Watchkeeper is back in the air after we briefly paused flying earlier this

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