• Airbus Helicopters offers H145M for Australian SOF role

    Airbus Helicopters has confirmed it is to bid its H145M battlefield support helicopter for Australia’s special forces requirement. The announcement, made by the company on 18 March, comes eight months after Jane’s first reported that Airbus was discussing with a potential customer a

  • Argentine Army receives more equipment

    The Argentine Army continues to receive additional equipment with a view to controlling its northern border. On 15 March Argentine President Mauricio Macri announced the delivery of 250 new radios (including Elbit VRC 950 HDR and Harris RF 7800H sets), 27 Carl Gustav M4 rocket launchers, and 30 FN

  • Egypt reportedly orders Su-35 fighters

    Egypt has ordered a number of Su-35 multirole fighters, the Russian business newspaper Kommersant reported on 18 March. The newspaper cited two senior defence officials as saying the order for “over two dozen” fighters was finalised in late 2018, with deliveries expected to begin in

  • Malaysia revises contract for Littoral Mission Ships

    Key Points Malaysia has revised its four warship contract with a Chinese shipbuilder The revision is latest in a series of Sino-Malaysia emendations undertaken by the new government since taking power in mid-2018 A contract to build Littoral Mission Ships (LMSs) for the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN)

  • UK begins integrating next-gen weapons for F-35

    BAE Systems has begun integrating the next tranche of UK-specific weapons onto the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning combat aircraft. The company announced on 18 March that it had been subcontracted by Lockheed Martin to begin integrating the MBDA Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM)

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  • Rocket man: SOF teams demo wearable flight systems

    SOF personnel may soon be able to turn 'jetpacks' from science fiction into reality, as wearable jet propulsion technologies appear to be advancing. A variety of jetpacks are being considered by SOF components around the world, including USSOCOM and French COS. Andrew White reports
  • Shaping the future: The UK’s Joint Expeditionary Force

    The United Kingdom’s new Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) is a pool of high-readiness forces that can respond rapidly to any peacetime security, humanitarian, or warfighting role. The independent force is developing quickly with European partners and, despite the UK’s imminent departure from the EU, the JEF is set to ensure the country will continue to play a vital role in European defence while maintaining its full commitment to NATO. David Reynolds reports
  • Keep on keeping on: South America’s navies strive to sustain submarine capabilities

    Faced with ageing submarine fleets - many fast approaching the end of their service lives - a number of South American navies have launched programmes to upgrade or replace them. Tim Fish reports
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  • New Zealand’s future hydrography ship begins sea trials

    Key Points A hydrographic and diving support vessel meant for the Royal New Zealand Navy has begun trials to validate its naval equipment The service is on track to operate the ship by November The Royal New Zealand Navy’s (RNZN’s) future hydrographic and diving support vessel, which
  • Russian deploys new CBRN vehicle to Syria

    Russia has deployed its newest chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) reconnaissance vehicle to Syria to operate with military police units patrolling the Idlib de-escalation zone. An RKhM-6 vehicle was seen in footage shown by the Russia 24 television network on 7 November that was
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