• Argentine Pucarás to return with a new mission

    The Argentine Air Force (FAA) has decided to restart work on a Pucará aircraft prototype, the IA-58H, with Pratt & Whitney PT-6A-62 engines and complete its certification in July, a senior FAA source told Jane’s. The move comes as the force plans to retire its remaining IA-58A

  • Brazil to launch the last prototype of locally developed anti-ship missile

    The Brazilian Navy is scheduled to launch the third and final prototype of the MANSUP (Míssil Antinavio Nacional de Superfície) surface-to-surface anti-ship missile from Niterói-class frigate Independência (F44) on 18 June, a local industry source told Jane’s . The missile

  • CENTCOM says Iranian MANPADS fired at UAV

    Iranian personnel attempted to disrupt US surveillance of one of the two tankers that was attacked in the Gulf of Oman on 13 June by firing a man-portable air defence system (MANPADS) at an MQ-9 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), US Central Command (CENTCOM) said in a 16 June statement. It identified

  • F125 frigate Baden-Württemberg joins German Navy

    The F125 frigate Baden-Württemberg entered service with the German Navy on 17 June 2019 following a commissioning ceremony in the presence of German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) has announced in a press release. TKMS leads the Arbeitsgemeinschaft

  • France replaces Caracal lost in crash in 2014

    The Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), the French defence procurement agency, ordered an H225M Caracal helicopter to replace one lost in Burkina-Faso in November 2014, the agency and Airbus announced on 14 June. The decision to replace a Caracal of the 4e Régiment

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  • Rafael demos Spike LR from JLTV

    Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has demonstrated a live-fire targeted launch of the Spike weapon system from an Oshkosh-supplied 4×4 Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV). The demonstration firing, conducted during the 16th Spike Users Club Meeting (SUCM) in Slovenia from 4–6 June, was the