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Philippine Air Force receives final batch of S-70i Black Hawk helicopters

By Ridzwan Rahmat 10 November 2021
The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has taken delivery of five more Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk combat utility helicopters, the service disclosed on 9 November.  The airframes arrived at Clark Air Base on 8 November and were flown in via an Antonov An-124...

PT PAL reprimanded over delays in construction of naval hospital ship

By Ridzwan Rahmat 10 November 2021
The Indonesian Navy's sole purpose-built hospital ship, KRI   Dr Soeharso  (990). The service is anticipating the delivery of two more similar vessels from PT PAL.   (Michael Nitz/Naval Press Service)  State-owned Indonesian shipbuilder PT PAL has received another letter of reprimand from the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Laut, TNI-AL) given delays to the service's second purpose-built hospital ship.    A copy of the letter that was forwarded to   Janes  indicates that the v...

Australia to receive first upgraded transportable air tower

By Ridzwan Rahmat 09 November 2021
The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is set to receive its first upgraded transportable air operations tower (TAOT) unit.  The unit has completed the first tranche of a mid-life upgrade (MLU) programme that will eventually be rolled-out across the...

Sierra Nevada Corp delivers two EMARSS aircraft with Mission Enhancement Kits to US Army

By Pat Host 09 November 2021
Beechcraft King Air 350ERs integrated with Sierra Nevada Mission Enhancement Kits for the US Army's Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System fleet of aircraft. The US Army has procured 16 King Air 350ER MEKs. SNC delivered the ninth system in November. (Sierra Nevada Corp)  Sierra Nevada Corp (SNC) has delivered two Beechcraft King Air 350ERs integrated with Mission Enhancement Kits (MEKs) to the US Army for its fleet of Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System (EMARSS) aircraft, according to a 3...

Czech MoD suspends tracked IFV procurement

By Ondrej Stratilik & Nicholas Fiorenza 09 November 2021
The Czech MoD on 5 November suspended procurement of 210 tracked IFVs, the contenders for which were (from left to right) the BAE Systems Hägglunds CV90 Mk IV, Rheinmetall Lynx KF41, and GDELS ASCOD 42. (Czech MoD)  The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 5 November suspended the procurement of 210 tracked infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) after a commission of experts completed the assessment of the bids.  The ministry said in a press release that the three bidders – BAE Systems Hägglunds with the CV90 Mk IV, General Dynamics European Land S...

German Hercules makes maiden flight

By Gareth Jennings 09 November 2021
The first of six new Hercules for Germany made its maiden flight in the United States on 8 November. (Lockheed Martin)  The first Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules aircraft for Germany made its maiden flight on 8 November, the Bundeswehr announced.  Aircraft 55 + 01 (tail number 5930) departed the company's Marietta production facility in the US state of Georgia for its inaugural test flight, ahead of delivery to the newly established Franco-German transport squadron in early 2022.  The Luftwaffe is contributing three ‘stretched' C-130J-30 airl...

Dynetics buys prototyping firm Spire

By Marc Selinger 09 November 2021
Dynetics, a subsidiary of US government technology provider Leidos, recently acquired Spire Advanced Technology Holdings to expand its “rapid prototyping and advanced manufacturing” capabilities, according to a Dynetics spokesperson.  Leidos paid a...

FEINDEF 2021: Thales and Indra to develop new tactical radio system

By David Ing 09 November 2021
Thales and Indra signed an agreement at the International Defence and Security Fair (FEINDEF) held in Madrid from 3 to 5 November, to jointly develop a multipurpose tactical radio system for the French and Spanish armed forces as part of the collab...

Keel laid for Pakistan Navy's fourth Milgem-class corvette

By Gabriel Dominguez 09 November 2021
Pakistan's state-owned Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works (KSEW) has laid the keel for the fourth and final Milgem-class corvette on order for the Pakistan Navy (PN).  The PN said in a statement that the keel-laying ceremony took place on 5 Novem...

Pakistan Navy commissions its first of four Type 054A/P frigates

By Gabriel Dominguez 09 November 2021
The Pakistan Navy announced on 8 November that it commissioned PNS   Tughril  , its first of four Chinese-built Type 054A/P frigates, in a ceremony held at the Hudong-Zhonghua shipyard in Shanghai.  (Pakistan Navy)  The Pakistan Navy (PN) announced on 8 November that it has inducted into service its first of four Type 054A/P multirole frigates being built by China's Hudong-Zhonghua shipyard.    Named PNS   Tughril  , the 134 m-long frigate – which was launched in August 2020 – entered service in a c...

BlueHalo buys counter-drone firm Citadel Defense

By Marc Selinger 09 November 2021
US national security technology company BlueHalo has expanded its counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) portfolio by acquiring Citadel Defense, according to US private equity firm Arlington Capital Partners, which owns BlueHalo.  Citadel's Titan...

Serbia signs LOI with Spain on C295 transport aircraft

By Igor Bozinovski 09 November 2021
Serbian Assistant Minister of Defence for Material Resources Nenad Miloradović (right) and Spanish National Armaments Director Adm Santiago Ramon Gonzalez Gomez (left) signed an LOI in Madrid on 4 November declaring the Serbian MoD's intent to procure Airbus C295 transport aircraft, supported and assisted by the Spanish MoD. (Spanish MoD)  Serbian Assistant Minister of Defence for Material Resources Nenad Miloradović and Spanish National Armaments Director Admiral Santiago Ramon Gonzalez Gomez signed a letter of intent (LOI) in Madrid on 4 No...

Nigeria orders Turkish OPVs

By Cem Devrim Yaylali 08 November 2021
A computer-generated image of the Dearsan OPV 76 offshore patrol vessel. (Dearsan Shipyard)  The Nigerian Navy signed a contract with the Turkish shipyard Dearsan covering the delivery of two new 76 m offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) on 3 November.  It released a video of the signing ceremony during which Chief of the Naval Staff Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo said the order is a milestone in achieving the navy's 2021–2030 strategic plan. He described the OPVs as high-endurance vessels capable of maritime interdiction, surveillance, special forces o...

DARPA's Gremlins programme achieves first mid-air capture and recovery

By Richard Scott 08 November 2021
DARPA and Dynetics have completed the first mid-air recovery of an X-61 Gremlins Air Vehicle. (DARPA)  The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Dynetics have completed a first successful in-flight capture and recovery of an unmanned air vehicle under the agency's Gremlins programme.  A fourth round of flight tests performed last month at Dugway Proving Ground, Utah, saw two X-61 Gremlin Air Vehicles (GAVs) fly in formation with a Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules before one was recovered to the aircraft.  Launched by DARPA's...

Bahamas Defence Force receives new radar from US NORTHCOM

By Alejandro Sanchez 08 November 2021
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) has received a USD2.4 million radar from US Northern Command (NORTHCOM) to improve maritime security operations. Delivered on 28 October, the radar, known as a Maritime Surveillance System (MSS), is located in...

Australia progressing Loyal Wingman development programme

By Alessandra Giovanzanti 08 November 2021
The first Boeing Loyal Wingman prototype (shown here) made its maiden flight on 27 February 2021, while the second one flew in early November. Boeing Australia is currently building the fifth such aircraft. (Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence)  Boeing Australia is progressing the development of the Airpower Teaming System (ATS), also known as the ‘Loyal Wingman' unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), it is developing in partnership with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), with two prototypes currently conducting flight test missions...

US Air Force moves ahead with new SIGINT sensor prototypes

By Carlo Munoz 08 November 2021
A nose view of the RQ-4 Global Hawk Block 20 AV 04 2015 that shows the types enlarged under fuselage sensor housing and the provision for SIGINT antennas built into both sides of its forward fuselage. (Northrop Grumman Corporation)  The US Air Force (USAF) is moving headlong into the prototype phase of the service's new, open architecture-based signals intelligence (SIGINT) programme, tapping Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems to develop the sensor hardware and networking backbone in support of the effort.  Engineers at BAE Systems and Northrop...

Chinese air force deploying recently unveiled J-16D in combat training

By Gabriel Dominguez & Andreas Rupprecht 08 November 2021
A screengrab from video footage released by CCTV on 6 November showing a J-16D bearing PLAAF insignia. The state broadcaster revealed that same day that the service had begun deploying this new EW-capable variant in combat training. (CCTV)  China's People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) has begun using the new electronic warfare (EW)-capable variant of the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation (SAC) J-16 fighter aircraft in combat training.  Footage released by state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) on 6 November shows at least two J-1...

USAF commits nearly USD11 billion to future F-22 upgrades

By Gareth Jennings 08 November 2021
The US Air Force has earmarked close to USD11 billion to future upgrades for its fleet of 186 F-22 Raptor aircraft over the coming decade. (US Air Force)  The US Air Force (USAF) has committed nearly USD11 billion to future upgrades for the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor combat aircraft.  The service awarded the original equipment manufacturer USD10.863 million on 5 November for Advanced Raptor Enhancement and Sustainment for the F-22 Program Office.  “This [indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity] contract vehicle provides support for the neces...

Pentagon updates cyber certification guidelines for industry

By Carlo Munoz 08 November 2021
The US Department of Defense has issued a new, updated version of cyber-security guidelines and certifications for industry-led programme development efforts, in the hope of simplifying and increasing the ethical standards of the certification regi...
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