• US Air Force chief of staff unconcerned with F-35A gun inaccuracy

    Key Points The US Air Force chief of staff is not concerned with the F-35A gun’s inaccuracy He said the aircraft’s primary task is to fuse information and adjust combat strategies on the fly The US Air Force’s (USAF’s) top officer is not concerned with Lockheed Martin

  • Argentina restarts work on ARA Santa Cruz

    Maintenance work on the Argentine TR-1700-class submarine ARA Santa Cruz has resumed, according to Argentine Defence Minister Oscar Aguad. Work on the boat was halted by the Argentine Defence Ministry following the loss at sea of sister submarine ARA San Juan on 15 November 2017 to determine

  • IDEX 2019: SANNI pitching LPD to Saudi navy

    SAMI Navantia Naval Industries (SANNI) has proposed building landing platform dock (LPD) amphibious assault ships for the Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF), the company’s CEO said during the IDEX show held in Abu Dhabi, UAE, from 17 to 21 February. SANNI was formed as a joint venture between

  • Germany’s TKMS holds launch ceremony for Singapore’s first Type 218SG submarine

    Key Points TKMS has held a launch ceremony for the first Type 218SG boat on order for Singapore The country is on track to receiving its first-ever custom-built naval submarine in 2021 German shipbuilder ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) has held a launch ceremony for the first of four Type

  • Russian Navy looks to extend Akula SSN life

    The Russia Federation Navy is aiming to keep its Project 971 Shchuka-B (NATO reporting name ‘Akula’) nuclear attack submarines (SSNs) in service for another 25–30 years, according to a senior Northern Fleet officer. Speaking to the Russian Ministry of Defence’s Zvezda

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  • IDEX 2019: New Russian SPMs make international debut

    Russia’s newest self-propelled mortars (SPMs), the Floks and Drok, made their international debut at the IDEX show being held in Abu Dhabi between 17–21 February, with models of both systems being displayed for the first time. A representative of the systems’ manufacturer,
  • IDEX 2019: Nexter advances FINDEAGLE concept

    Nexter is highlighting updates to its Project ‘FINDEAGLE’ vehicle-integrated unmanned aircraft system (UAS) concept at the IDEX 2019 exhibition being held in Abu Dhabi from 17-–21 February. FINDEAGLE was first displayed at the Eurosatory exhibition in Paris in June 2018. The system
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