• 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

  • 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

  • Canadian frigate delayed again

    A long-awaited decision on the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) frigate replacement programme has been delayed once more, although it is unclear for how long. In the official Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) update document released on 27 September, PSPC indicated no CSC design would

  • India re-issues tender for fleet support ships

    The Indian Navy’s fleet support ship (FSS) project is now up for tender once again after talks between Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) and South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) fell through. In pursuit of the tender, HSL issued a request for proposal (RFP) in early October 2018

  • Thales opens new UK centre for maritime autonomous systems

    Thales UK has established a new centre of excellence for maritime autonomous systems in Plymouth, southwest England, which the company intends to develop as the focal point for a regional enterprise cluster. Formally opened on 11 October by Minister for Defence Procurement Stuart Andrew, the

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  • 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
  • Ukraine reveals new combat UGV

    Ukranian firm Global Dynamics showcased a prototype 4×4 unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) called Ironclad at the Arms and Security exhibition held in Kiev from 9–12 October. The company first produced a prototype for the Ukranian armed forces in 2014 and has built two additional vehicles
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