• Latest-generation Pandur Evo moves into production for Austrian Army

    General Dynamics European Land Systems – Steyr (GDELS – Steyr) is now in full scale production of its latest-generation Pandur 6×6 armoured personnel carrier (APC) for the Austrian Army. Late in 2016 the Austrian Army placed a new contract for the Pandur that covers 34 units to a

  • Indian Navy concludes trials of new submarine rescue system

    Key Points The Indian Navy has completed maiden trials of a newly acquired submarine rescue system The trials are being done to validate the service’s ability to rescue, and transfer distressed submariners The Indian Navy’s Western Naval Command concluded maiden trials of a newly

  • Portugal orders Koala helos

    The Portuguese Air Force (Força Aérea Portuguesa: FAP) has ordered five AgustaWestland AW119Kx Koala light utility helicopters for a range of support operations. The deal, announced by Leonardo on 18 October, is valued at approximately EUR20 million (USD23 million) and includes options

  • Brazil soon to receive Italian protected 4×4s

    Rio de Janeiro’s Federal Intervention Cabinet (GIFRJ) is to receive 16 VTLM Lince K2 4×4 protected vehicles (the Italian designation for modernised Iveco Light Multirole Vehicles, or LMVs) that are surplus to Italian Army requirements. The first tranche of four vehicles is scheduled to

  • Brazilian Navy chief says new nuclear submarine will be delayed until late 2020s

    Brazil’s new modern nuclear submarine, which was initially expected to enter service as early as 2021, will now likely be delayed until the end of that decade, according to Admiral Eduardo Bacellar Leal Ferreira, commander of the Brazilian Navy. The submarine should be ready “by the

  • New variant of Z-8 helo delivered to PLAN’s Aviation University

    The People’s Liberation Army Navy’s (PLAN’s) Aviation University has recently taken delivery of a new variant of the Changhe Aircraft Industry Group (CAIG) Z-8 multirole medium-lift helicopter, according to Chinese media reports. Photographs show two new platforms, designated as

  • Turkey to procure more Anka UAVs and TTZA vehicles

    Turkey’s military and security forces will receive 22 more Anka unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and special purpose tactical wheeled armoured vehicles (TTZAs), local media reported a few days after the meeting of the Defense Industry Executive Committee (SSIK) of the Turkish Defense Industries

  • US Army sets stage for Infantry Squad Vehicle competition

    The US Army is progressing with plans to compete a new contract to meet a Ground Mobility Vehicles (GMV) requirement while General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GD-OTS) continues production on the interim solution. In September the service met its First Unit Equipped timeline when it

  • Brazil renews efforts to acquire B767-300ER aircraft

    Brazil will field a Boeing B767-300ER passenger aircraft to replace one currently in service, Jane’s learnt on 16 October. The Brazilian Aeronautical Commission in Washington (CABW) on behalf of Brazilian Air Force’s Logistics Support Group (GAL) has issued an international tender to

  • US donates UH-60M helicopters to Croatia

    The United States will donate two UH-60M helicopters to Croatia, Defence Minister Damir Krsticevic has announced. The announcement was made during a visit involving two US Army UH-60Ms from Germany to Pleso airbase near Zagreb on 12 October. The helicopters are expected to be delivered by

  • Navistar Defense reveals third-generation Special Operations Tactical Vehicle

    Navistar Defense has revealed details of its third-generation Special Operations Tactical Vehicle (SOTV) to Jane’s at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) conference in October. The SOTV began as the Non Standard Tactical Truck (NSTT) concept in 2008. In early-2015 Navistar

  • Pakistan Navy commissions fleet tanker PNS Moawin

    The Pakistan Navy (PN) has commissioned a new fleet tanker in a ceremony held at the naval dockyard in Karachi. Named PNS Moawin (with pennant number 39), the 158.4 m-long vessel, which displaces about 16,400 tonnes at full load, entered service with the PN on 16 October during an event attended by

  • President Xi calls on China to deepen civilian-military integration

    China’s President Xi Jinping has urged for deeper civilian-military integration (CMI) to spur further technical advancement within the country. The call came a week after the United States government identified the CMI strategy as one that is supporting China’s rapidly expanding defence

  • RNZN outlines introduction to service plan for new Dive and Hydrographic Vessel

    The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) has released new information on the introduction to service of its new Dive and Hydrographic Vessel (DHV) – the future HMNZS Manawanui – outlining plans for a two-phase modification process ahead of the ship achieving full operational capability in late

  • Roshel’s new Senator tactical vehicle breaks cover

    Roshel has revealed its new Senator tactical vehicle, showing the platform publicly for the first time at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) conference in October. After AUSA, Roshel CEO Roman Shimonov told Jane’s that development of the Senator commenced about 18 months ago and

  • Mack Defense details new US Army M917A3 Heavy Dump Truck

    Mack Defense has confirmed additional M917A3 Heavy Dump Truck (HDT) technical details to Jane’s after showing the type publicly for the first time at the Association of the United States Army’s annual conference in October. Following a solicitation released on 26 May 2017 and a

  • AUSA 2018: Instant Eye Robotics displays UAV

    Instant Eye Robotics, based in Massachusetts, presented its Mk-3 GEN4-D1/D2 small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) exhibition held from 8 to 10 October in Washington, DC. A company press release issued on 2 June mentioned that the US Navy and Marine

  • Philippine commissions first Boracay-class patrol vessels

    The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has commissioned its first and second Boracay- (OCEA FPB 72 Mk II) class patrol vessels. The boats, which have been named BRP Boracay (2401) and BRP Panglao (2402), respectively, were commissioned on 15 October at the National Headquarters Philippine Coast Guard in

  • RACER high-speed helo passes preliminary design review

    Airbus Helicopters’ Rapid And Cost-Efficient Rotorcraft (RACER) high-speed rotorcraft concept has passed its preliminary design review (PDR), the company announced on 16 October. The technology demonstrator, which is being funded by the European Union’s H2020 framework through the Clean

  • Yemeni rebels confirm they sank UAE minehunter

    The Iranian-backed Yemeni rebel group Ansar Allah (the Houthis) released a video on 12 October, which included images that confirmed it sank one of the UAE Navy’s mine-countermeasures vessels in 2017. The images – presumably taken by an unmanned aerial vehicle – showed one of the

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