• FFG(X) potential growth comes under scrutiny

    The US Navy (USN) moved from an up-gunned Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) new frigate (FF) concept to a more-capable guided-missile frigate (FFG[X]) so the service could better face future threats. However, that potential is now being questioned. Specifically, the ship’s “growth

  • First Estonian minehunter enters refit

    The first of the Estonian Navy’s three ex-UK Royal Navy Sandown-class mine countermeasures vessels (MCMVs), EML Admiral Cowan (ex-HMS Sandown ), arrived at Babcock Shipyard in Rosyth, Scotland, on 3 July, to begin upgrade work as part of the country’s naval minesweeper capacity building

  • India’s Tejas LCA misses deadline to secure final operational clearance

    The developers of India’s Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Mk 1 have missed a 30 June deadline to secure the platform’s final operational clearance (FOC): a development that will further defer the fighter’s induction into the Indian Air Force (IAF). Official sources told

  • Russian tank doctrine evolves to combat modern threats

    Russian tank forces have revealed details of new tank tactics during a battalion tactical exercise held in Voronezh, state news agency RIA Novosti reported on 4 July. The development indicates that tanks will continue to provide firepower in the future battlespace. Elements of the 20th Guards Army

  • RAN grants operational licence for JFD-developed submarine rescue system

    The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and the Australian government have granted an operational licence for a new AUD19.7 million (USD14.7 million) submarine rescue system developed by JFD, the Australian subsidiary of the UK-based company announced in a 3 July statement. The move means that for the

  • Indonesia commissions seventh PC-40-class patrol vessel

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy has commissioned its seventh PC-40-class patrol boat The vessel will bolster security in the Gulf of Youtefa, and along Indonesia’s maritime border with Papua New Guinea The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) has commissioned

  • China’s Yaoying II MALE UAV conducts maiden flight

    China’s Yaoying II (‘Sparrowhawk II’) medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has conducted its maiden flight, the Xinhua news agency quoted its developer, the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), as saying on 5 July. Described as a

  • German Navy lacks at-sea refuelling capability

    The German Navy announced at the end of June that its two replenishment tankers are not available to refuel ships at sea because of wear and tear and engine problems. German navy chief Vice Admiral Andreas Krause said, “We cannot make up for the unavailability of the tankers. The navy has

  • Plans for India’s second indigenous aircraft carrier continue to stall

    The Indian Navy’s (IN’s) longstanding plan to build and commission its second indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC-2) into service by 2030–32 has been further postponed due to steadily declining budgets, technological hurdles, and, above all, enduring delays by the Ministry of Defence

  • RSAF's SPYDER air defence system attains full operational capability

    The Republic of Singapore Air Force’s (RSAF’s) SPYDER ground-based air defence system has achieved full operational capability (FOC), the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) announced in a 4 July statement. The SPYDER is part of Singapore’s enhanced Island Air Defence system, which is a

  • MQ-8C Fire Scout completes initial operational test and evaluation

    Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 (VX 1) has concluded initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E) of the US Navy’s (USN’s) MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned air system (UAS) from the Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) USS Coronado (LCS 4). Based on a modified commercial

  • USN seeks close-range armed UAVs

    The US Navy (USN) is looking to field small- and medium-sized armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that can carry an assortment of weapons, including small arms, rockets, grenades, and less-than-lethal weapons and devices. A request for information (RFI) issued by the Naval Sea Systems Command on

  • Argentina considers resuming nuclear submarine project

    Following the loss of Argentina’s TR 1700-class diesel-electric submarine (SSK) ARA San Juan in November 2017, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is considering restarting construction of sister vessel ARA Santa Fe and competing it as a nuclear variant, the Argentine Congress was informed on 3

  • Belarus unveils new UAVs and UCAVs

    The Belarusian armed forces paraded new types of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) during the country’s 3 July Independence Day parade. Shown for the first time were Burevestnik-MB fixed-wing unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs), which were carried by MAZ-6317-family trucks. The

  • IBD unveils SMART PROTech active armour solution

    IBD Deisenroth Engineering (IBD) has disclosed development of a new active armour solution designed to protect main battle tanks and medium to heavy armoured fighting platforms against tandem warhead threats. Modern anti-tank weapons – anti-tank rockets (ATRs) and anti-tank guided missiles

  • Poland grounds MiG-29s following crash

    The Polish Air Force's MiG-29 fleet has been grounded until the cause of the latest crash of an aircraft of this type is clarified, Polish Minister of National Defence Mariusz Blaszczak said at a press conference in Warsaw on 6 July. The pilot managed to eject but did not survive the crash at

  • Arquus reveals more roles for its latest VAB Mk 3

    Production of the Arquus (previously Renault Truck Defense) Vehicule de l’Avant Blinde (VAB) Mk 3 6x6 is now underway, and additional variants have been developed to meet potential export customers’ requirements. The latest VAB Mk 3 6x6 model is being described as a reconnaissance and

  • Belarus expands armoured vehicle fleet

    The Belarusian armed forces paraded new 4x4 armoured vehicles in Minsk on independence day on 3 July. On parade were several Lis-PM (Fox-PM) armoured vehicles produced by Minsk Wheel Tractors Plant (MZKT Volat) in close co-operation with Russian industry. Russia supplies stripped-down VPK-233136

  • RAF receives first ‘Centurion’ Typhoons ahead of Tornado retirement

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has received back into service the first of its Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft to be provisioned for the Project Centurion weapons fit, BAE Systems told reporters on 5 July. Speaking at the company’s Warton facility in northern England, a senior programme

  • Tunisian Navy commissions latest Damen OPV and locally built patrol boat

    The Tunisian Navy commissioned its second Damen Multi Service Offshore Patrol Vessel (MSOPV) 1400 and a third Istiklal-class patrol boat at the port of La Goulette on 25 June. Syphax (P 611), the second of four MSOPV 1400s on order for the Tunisian Navy, was delivered to Tunisia the previous month

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