• Japan selects F-35B for STOVL requirement

    The Japanese Ministry of Defense announced on 16 August that it has selected the F-35B variant of the Lockheed Martin Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), which was the only contender for its short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) requirement. The procurement of STOVL aircraft and the

  • New Kilo-class submarine begins sea trials

    Russia’s latest Project 636.3 Varshavyanka (Improved Kilo-class) conventionally powered submarine (SSK) has begun shipbuilder’s trials in the Baltic Sea, ahead of its delivery to the country’s Pacific Fleet. The sailing of the SSK, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky , from the Admiralty

  • SSDS contract secures Lockheed Martin role as USN surface-fleet combat manager

    Lockheed Martin’s recent contract win to provide combat system engineering support on the Ship Self-Defense System (SSDS) has put the company squarely on course to be the surface-fleet combat system manager for the US Navy (USN). SSDS is the combat management system for USN aircraft carrier

  • USN EASR tests start at Wallops Island

    Raytheon and the US Navy (USN) recently completed the first system-level tests of the AN/SPY-6(V)2, the Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar (EASR) at the Surface Combat System Center at Wallops Island, Virginia, the company confirmed on 20 August. Thanks in part to built-in commonality with the

  • US delivers two additional Metal Shark Defiant 32s to Uruguay

    The US officially delivered a second batch of two Metal Shark 32-ft (9.8m) fast patrol boats on August 14 to the Uruguayan Navy Comando de Infanteria de Marina (Marines). With the addition of the two new boats, Uruguay has four Defiant 32s in service with the Infanteria de Marina. The donation was

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  • Taiwan’s Cloud Leopard II M2 prototype breaks cover

    Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) showcased a prototype of the next-generation 8×8 Cloud Leopard II armoured vehicle development in public for the first time at the 2019 Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition (TADTE) exhibition held from 15 to 17 August. The M2