• Brazil narrows corvette choices

    The Brazilian government has selected four industry teams to progress to the next stage of the navy’s corvette replacement programme. Four general-purpose Tamandaré-class corvettes will initially be acquired by the navy’s programme management directorate, which has down-selected

  • Epic Alabama acquires BAE Systems shipyard

    Epic Alabama Shipyard has announced that it has acquired BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards Alabama, adding the ship repair and maintenance service to its offerings. It will incorporate all of the BAE Systems business’ shipyard facilities in Mobile, Alabama, and use the existing dry docks to

  • Egypt shows Wing Loong UAV

    The Egyptian military released the first imagery of one of its Chinese-made AVIC Wing Loong unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) on 14 October as part of a video to mark the Egyptian Air Force’s 45th anniversary. The footage showed a single Wing Loong taking off from a desert airbase with one

  • F-35B test aircraft complete DT-1 trials on Queen Elizabeth

    Two F-35B Lightning II aircraft from the F-35 Integrated Test Force (ITF) have left the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth after completing a first phase of first-of-class flying trials (FOCFT) activity off the east coast of the United States. Instrumented aircraft BF-04 and BF-05 returned to

  • Lithuania buys more G36 assault rifles

    The Lithuanian Ministry of Defence (MoD) placed a follow-on order for G36 assault rifles from Heckler & Koch, the company announced on 16 October. The order is for a modified version of the rifle, designated G36 KA4M1 by the Lithuanians, with an HK269 40 mm-grenade launcher, a new buttstock,

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  • RG31 gets TRT-30 weapon system

    South Africa’s Denel Vehicle Systems has developed, using internal research and development funding, a new version of its RG31 Mk5 4×4 mine protected vehicle as a mobile gun platform called the Ibululu. The baseline RG31 is typically used as an armoured personnel carrier (APC) with the
  • Northrop Grumman readies Hatchet for all-up testing

    Northrop Grumman is set to conduct the first live end-to-end test of an all-up Hatchet miniature precision strike munition by the end of this year. Developed with internal research and development (IRAD) funding, Hatchet was originally unveiled in April 2012 as a low-cost gravity-dropped weapon
  • RG31 gets TRT-30 weapon system

    South Africa’s Denel Vehicle Systems has developed, using internal research and development funding, a new version of its RG31 Mk5 4×4 mine protected vehicle as a mobile gun platform called the Ibululu. The baseline RG31 is typically used as an armoured personnel carrier (APC) with the
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