• Saab acquires naval shipyard, composites specialist

    Swedish defence company Saab announced three acquisitions on 21 and 22 December with capabilities gained in naval construction and advanced composite materials. The first two transactions saw Saab conclude an agreement, effective on 29 December, to acquire Swedish combat boat manufacturer N. Sundin

  • Indian Coast Guard commissions last of six Samarth-class OPVs

    The last of six Samarth-class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) built by Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) for the Indian Coast Guard (ICGS) was commissioned into service on 21 December 2017. Sujay will be based at Paradip on India’s east coast. The other five ships of the class were from late 2015

  • India advances import of 22 non-weaponised Guardian UAVs

    India is advancing the import of 22 non-weaponised General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) Guardian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for the Indian Navy (IN) under the US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme. Responding to a question in parliament, India’s Minister of State for

  • France receives first HAP Tiger retrofitted to HAD standard

    France has received back into service the first of its Airbus Helicopters EC665 Tigre/Tiger attack helicopters to be upgraded to the HAD (Hélicoptère d'Appui Destruction) configuration. The milestone, which was announced by the manufacturer on 21 December, saw the French Army receive the

  • Boeing releases image of offering for US Navy’s MQ-25 competition

    Boeing on 19 December released an image of its proposal for the US Navy’s (USN's) MQ-25 Stingray Unmanned Carrier Aviation Air System (UCAAS) competition. Boeing spokesperson Deborah VanNierop on 19 December declined to comment, citing competition sensitivities. However, VanNierop said that,

  • Malaysia lays keel for first helicopter-capable coastguard OPV

    Key Points The first of three new 83 m offshore patrol vessel destined for the Malaysia Coast Guard has been laid Service is on track to receive the first platform in class by 2020 A Malaysian shipbuilding joint venture has laid down the keel for an 83 m offshore patrol vessel (OPV) that is being

  • Brazil launches Tamandaré-class corvette competition

    The Brazilian Navy on 19 December issued a request for proposal (RFP) seeking four general-purpose Tamandaré-class corvettes, and said it expects to select a supplier in September 2018. The effort is slated to cost about USD1.6 billion. Brazil wants local construction by a state-owned or

  • Embraer declares IOC for KC-390

    Embraer has declared that its KC-390 transport/tanker aircraft now has the initial capabilities required for the Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira: FAB) to accept the aircraft into service in 2018. The declaration of initial operating capability (IOC) for the twin-turbofan

  • IAF begins modifying Su-30MKIs for integration with BrahMos-A cruise missiles

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) has begun modifying some 40 Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighters to enable them to carry the BrahMos-A (Air) supersonic cruise missile, and thus boost the aircraft’s long-range precision-strike capabilities. Official sources told Jane’s that the state-owned

  • Luftwaffe Eurofighters gain air-to-ground capability

    Eurofighters of the Luftwaffe’s Taktische Luftwaffengeschwader (Tactical Air Force Squadron, TaktLwG) 31 “Boelcke” in Nörvenich have gained an air-to-ground capability to deliver laser- and GPS-guided Guided Bomb Unit 48 (GBU-48) bombs, the Luftwaffe announced on 18 December.

  • Slovenia upgrades MRAP-JERRV vehicles

    The Slovenian Armed Forces presented the prototype of the upgraded Cougar 6x6 Category II mine-resistant ambush protected joint explosive ordnance disposal rapid response vehicle (MRAP-JERRV) in Ljubljana on 14 December. The vehicle has received various weapon mounts and ammunition racks,

  • Kuwait to get ‘unique’ Abrams tank variant

    The first contract covering Kuwait’s new fleet of Abrams tanks was announced by the US Department of Defense on 19 December. The USD24.3 million contract awarded to General Dynamics Land Systems covers the design, development, and building of a “unique” Abrams variant called the

  • Leidos contracted for Sea Hunter II testbed USV

    US science, technology, and services group Leidos has been contracted by the US Office of Naval Research (ONR) to build a second Sea Hunter-type Class III Medium Displacement Unmanned Surface Vessel (MDUSV) to support science and technology (S&T) advancement of autonomous technologies and

  • Malaysia discloses line of aircraft shortlisted for maritime patrol requirements

    Key Points The Royal Malaysian Air Force has shortlisted four aircraft types for its maritime patrol requirements Service has been allocated funds for up to four airframes to meet its maritime surveillance, and search-and-rescue requirements The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) has disclosed a

  • HMS Queen Elizabeth springs a leak

    HMS Queen Elizabeth has sprung a leak due to a problem with a shaft seal, which is letting in water, UK media reported on 19 December. Jane’s understands the leak is not serious enough to prevent the carrier from putting to sea or conducting trials scheduled for 2018. There appears not to be a

  • 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

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