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Jane's Defence Weekly

  • newSingapore's Special Operations Task Force gets new command centre
    The Singapore Armed Forces' (SAF's) Special Operations Task Force (SOTF) inaugurated the Special Operations Command Centre (SOCC) on 4 December to enhance its capabilities to centrally plan, monitor and manage multiple counter-terrorism and contingen…
    - 19 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 1:00am -
  • newMalaysian MoD outlines procurement intentions in first-ever Defence White Paper
    Malaysia’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) outlined the armed forces’ capability requirements for the coming 10 years in its first-ever Defence White Paper, which was published on 4 December. The future force, which will include an amphibious compone…
    - 19 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 1:00am -
  • newGermany plans to spend EUR8.9 billion on armaments in 2020
    Germany plans to spend EUR8.9 billion (USD9.9 billion) on armaments in 2020, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on its website on 5 December upon publication of its latest armaments report. In 2019, the Bundeswehr received an F125 frigate, 45 Puma i…
    - 20 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • newWashington looking to restart peace talks with the Taliban
    US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad began on 3 December a trip to Afghanistan and Qatar to meet with Afghan leaders and government representatives and rejoin talks with the Taliban about the steps that could lead…
    - 20 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • newIndia’s Wipro to open cyber centre in Australia
    Indian technology group Wipro is to establish a cyber defence centre in Melbourne, Australia, it was announced on 4 December. The new facility, which is expected to commence operations soon, will be positioned to support sectors including defence,…
    - 20 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • newExpodefensa 2019: WB Group makes first appearance at convention
    Key Points WB Group made its first appearance at the Expodefensa 2019 exhibition in Bogota The company has sold its Flyeye UAV within the region Poland’s WB Group made its debut at the Expodefensa trade show in Bogota on 2 December, promoting…
    - 20 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • newSerbia receives Mi-35M and HForce H145M attack helicopters
    Serbia has received two Mi-35M attack helicopters from Russia, the Belgrade daily Politika reported on 2 December. The helicopters were airlifted by Russian An-124 transports to Batajnica Air Base in Belgrade. The Mi-35Ms will operate alongside Gaz…
    - 20 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • newIndia progresses sale of BEML
    The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) is preparing its planned sale of a major stake in public-sector company BEML (formerly Bharat Earth Movers Limited), Indian Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik has confirmed. The sale – to be progressed…
    - 21 hours ago 4 Dec 19, 11:00pm -
  • NATO improves force readiness

    - 2 days ago 4 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • Expodefensa 2019: Leonardo M-346FA aircraft makes show debut
    Key Points Leonardo’s M-346FA made its first appearance at Expodefensa The aircraft’s dual-use capability could be an affordable option for Latin America’s smaller budgets Leonardo’s M-346FA fighter attack/light combat aircraft made its…
    - 2 days ago 4 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • Infrared countermeasures on RAAF’s C-130J transports achieve FOC
    The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) announced on 4 December that the infrared countermeasures system on the Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF's) fleet of Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules tactical transport aircraft has achieved final ope…
    - 2 days ago 4 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • NATO leaders approve report assessing China challenge to allies
    NATO leaders meeting in London on 3–4 December approved a new report calling on its members and its own political and military authorities to begin assessing the impact of China’s economic and military strength on the security of the Euro-Atlanti…
    - 2 days ago 4 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • Spain funds F-110 frigate
    The Spanish government has given its approval for a loan of up to EUR1.63 billion (USD1.8 billion) to begin financing the F-110 frigate project. Construction work is due to start on the five-ship programme late next year once the final concept has…
    - 2 days ago 4 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • South Korea to advance development of indigenous long-range SAM system
    South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on 4 December that it has decided to advance the development of an indigenous long-range surface-to air missile (SAM) system amid concerns about North Korea’s growing balli…
    - 2 days ago 4 Dec 19, 2:00am -
  • UN demands full compliance with Libya embargo after report describes breaches
    The UN Security Council (UNSC) on 2 December released a statement demanding total compliance with an arms embargo on civil war-torn Libya, amid concerns of multiple violations by Jordan, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). According to the U…
    - 2 days ago 4 Dec 19, 1:00am -
  • Expodefensa 2019: Saab says Colombia wants new fighters, in a break from past practice
    Key Points A Saab executive said that Colombia wants to buy new fighters to help reinvigorate its fleet The nation has traditionally purchased used aircraft, which can come with sustainment issues The Colombian Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Colombia…
    - 2 days ago 4 Dec 19, 1:00am -
  • Saab flies first series-production Gripen E for Sweden
    Saab has flown the first series-production Gripen E aircraft for Sweden, the company announced on 3 December. An image of aircraft 6002 flying in a new splinter tri-tone grey camouflage pattern reminiscent of the Swedish Air Force’s (SwAF’s) gr…
    - 2 days ago 4 Dec 19, 1:00am -
  • Contract for design, construction of RoKN’s first FFX-III frigate to be awarded in first quarter of 2020
    South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on 4 December that the contract for the detailed design and construction of the first FFX-III-class guided-missile frigate for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) is expected t…
    - 2 days ago 4 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • US Army seeking new soldier-worn sensors to monitor performance
    On the future battlefield, US Army leadership wants to better measure soldiers’ and squads’ performance and are now on the hunt for new wearable sensors that can help them do just that. In a November request for information (RFI), the service a…
    - 2 days ago 4 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • Spain selects Pilatus to replace C101 trainer
    The Pilatus PC-21 has been chosen to replace the C101 Mirlo basic trainer used by the Spanish Air Force since 1980. The first six of a total of 24 aircraft are due to be delivered in March 2020, according to the Ministry of Defence (MoD). The tot…
    - 2 days ago 4 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • Image emerges of possible SIGINT variant of PLAAF’s GJ-2 UAV
    An image has emerged in Chinese social media showing what appears to be a signals intelligence (SIGINT) variant of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force’s (PLAAF’s) Gongji-2 (GJ-2; export designation Wing Loong II) strike-capable, reconnaissan…
    - 3 days ago 3 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • Expodefensa 2019: Sikorsky experiencing record interest in Colombian Black Hawk simulator
    Key Points Sikorsky is experiencing a surge in usage of its six-axis Black Hawk full motion simulator based in Colombia It is cheaper to use this high fidelity simulator than it is to fly an actual Black Hawk aircraft Sikorsky is experiencing r…
    - 3 days ago 3 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • LM awarded nearly USD1 bn for Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon
    Lockheed Martin has been awarded nearly USD1 billion for the critical design review, test, and production readiness support of the AGM-183A Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) air-to-surface hypersonic weapon. Announced by the US Department o…
    - 3 days ago 3 Dec 19, 2:00am -
  • Expodefensa 2019: Sikorsky offers first company-qualified armed Black Hawk with sights on regional customer
    Key Points Sikorsky is promoting its first company-qualified armed variant of its latest model Black Hawk aircraft The company has pitched this armed Black Hawk to a regional customer Sikorsky is promoting for the first time in Latin America it…
    - 3 days ago 3 Dec 19, 2:00am -
  • Safran, MTU agree framework for future fighter engine
    Safran and MTU have agreed details on the development of a next-generation aircraft engine to power the New Generation Fighter (NGF) for France, Germany and Spain. The agreement, announced on 3 December, sees Safran Aircraft Engines of France and M…
    - 3 days ago 3 Dec 19, 2:00am -

International Defence Review

  • newSingapore commissions Special Operations Command Centre
    The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has commissioned the Special Operations Command Centre (SOCC) as part of wide-ranging efforts to secure the country against the growing threat of transnational terrorism, the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) announced on…
    - 19 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 1:00am -
  • newSISU’s new GTV 4×4 gets more powerful engine
    Finland’s SISU has revealed details of its General Purpose Vehicle (GPV), a variant of the GTP 4×4 armoured vehicle that was released in 2018. The GPV has been modified to carry a more powerful engine and updated transmission, according to a Novem…
    - 20 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • newI/ITSEC 2019: Doron Precision Systems reveals JLTV trainer
    Doron Precision Systems has developed a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) driver training simulator and revealed it at the 2019 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando in December. Michael Stricek,…
    - 20 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • newPortugal seeks to modernise its Leopard 2A6 MBTs
    The Portuguese Army is to carry out a mid-life update project for its Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) Leopard 2A6 main battle tanks (MBTs) to extend the fleets’ life and modernise several subsystems, a source at the Army High-Staff's Forces Planning Di…
    - 20 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • newNetherlands MoD updates VOSS soldier system
    The Netherlands Ministry of Defence (MoD) displayed its latest version of the Verbeterd Operationeel Soldaat Systeem (Improved Operational Soldier System: VOSS) at the NEDS exhibition in Rotterdam on 28 November. MoD officials told Jane’s this was…
    - 20 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • newUSAF retires CALCM cruise missile
    The US Air Force (USAF) has retired the Boeing AGM-86C/D Conventional Air-Launched Cruise Missile (CALCM) that has been operational for nearly 35 years. The event, announced on 4 December, saw the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base (AFB) in…
    - 20 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • Pentagon selects industry teams for prototype hypersonic defence system
    The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has selected four industry bidders to develop a prototype version of a new anti-missile warning and detection system, specifically geared toward countering hypersonic weapons. MDA officials issued four separate f…
    - 2 days ago 4 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • USV operates with offboard ECM payload in NATO NEMO trial
    Thales UK has demonstrated the operation of an offboard electronic countermeasures (ECM) payload from an unmanned surface vessel (USV) testbed as part of a NATO electronic warfare trial. Although self-funded by the company, the trial outputs are in…
    - 3 days ago 3 Dec 19, 2:00am -
  • MBDA to integrate Meteor BVRAAM on RoKAF KF-X
    Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has awarded MBDA a contract, of undisclosed value, to integrate the Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) on the Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) future Korean Fighter eXperimental (KF-X) fifth-gen…
    - 3 days ago 3 Dec 19, 1:00am -
  • Expodefensa 2019: BlueBird Aero Systems’ WanderB UAV makes regional debut
    BlueBird Aero Systems’ WanderB vertical take-off-and-landing (VTOL) electric mini unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) made its Latin America debut on 2 December at the Expodefensa trade show in Bogota. The fully autonomous WanderB is designed to facili…
    - 3 days ago 3 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • Expodefensa 2019: Aertec Solutions offers armament-capable Tarsis 25 UAV
    Aertec Solutions of Spain is promoting its armament-capable Tarsis 25 light tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to potential customers. Rodrigo Valdivieso, company aerospace and defence systems business development director, told Jane’s on 2 D…
    - 3 days ago 3 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • MAC ramps up production of .50 calibre polymer ammo
    MAC, based in Mississippi, is expected to start delivering its latest .50 calibre (12.7×99 mm) polymer cased ammunition to the US Marine Corps (USMC) in 2020, according to Joe Gibbons, the company’s plant manager. This .50 calibre ammunition was…
    - 4 days ago 2 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • USAF eyes high-power microwave for directed energy weapons as tech advances
    Marked advances in development of high-powered microwave (HPM) technology in recent years could pave the way for near term breakthroughs in next-generation directed energy weapons and systems, as the US Air Force eyes a potential HPM programme of rec…
    - 4 days ago 2 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • US military, intelligence communities seek stronger ties with commercial AI, cyber sectors
    US national security, intelligence, and armed forces sectors must forge stronger ties with counterparts in the private sector, including with a more diverse group of suppliers beyond traditional defence contractors, the Pentagon’s top technology of…
    - 4 days ago 2 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • China advances unmanned underwater capabilities
    China’s scientific and defence science communities have revealed several active autonomous and unmanned underwater vehicle (AUV and UUV) development programmes within the final quarter of 2019, demonstrating the country’s intent to construct and…
    - 4 days ago 2 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • Norwegian Army MGBADS IOC by mid-2023
    The Norwegian Army is scheduled to accept initial deliveries of a new mobile ground-based short-range air-defence system from prime contractor Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (Kongsberg) in late 2022, with all units expected to be delivered, and an ini…
    - 4 days ago 2 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • Russia develops multilayered C-UAS system
    Russian defence equipment exporter Rosoboronexport, a subsidiary of the state-owned Rostec group, has developed a four-stage/dual-use counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) capability and is now actively marketing it globally, Director General Alexan…
    - 7 days ago 29 Nov 19, 3:00am -
  • Cubic Defence negotiating for UK’s SCOPIC 2 contract
    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is in negotiations to award a contract for the British Army’s SCOPIC 2 programme, which integrates synthetic resources into live training, to Cubic Defence UK (CD UK). The selection was announced on Defence Contract…
    - 10 days ago 26 Nov 19, 3:00am -
  • Portuguese Army expands its expeditionary capability
    The Portuguese Army’s Rapid Reaction Brigade is receiving 139 VAMTAC ST5 4x4 light armoured tactical vehicles from URO Vehículos Especiales (UROVESA) to meet the “Viaturas Táticas Ligeiras Blindadas” (VTLB) requirement. The order was placed…
    - 10 days ago 26 Nov 19, 3:00am -
  • Bacteria take the strain for undersoil explosives detection
    Researchers in the United States are developing a modular system for detecting buried TNT at source, by blending genetic engineering, electrical engineering, and computer science. In the 18-month Bioreporters for Subterranean Surveillance programme…
    - 10 days ago 26 Nov 19, 2:00am -
  • Royal Australian Navy trials deployable 3D printer technology
    The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has announced plans to invest USD1.01 million in a two-year Supersonic 3D deposition printer pilot. This trial of a deployable 3D printer is expected to streamline maintenance of patrol vessels by significantly incre…
    - 11 days ago 25 Nov 19, 3:00am -
  • Uzbekistan conducts first FD-2000 air-defence test
    Uzbekistan’s Air Defence Force has conducted its first practical test of the Chinese FD-2000 medium-range air-defence system against a target drone, according to a video released by the Uzbek Army on 7 November. The video footage shows a battery…
    - 14 days ago 22 Nov 19, 2:00am -
  • MBDA positions ‘disruptive’ interceptor solution for TWISTER missile defence project
    MBDA is positioning a developmental disruptive endo-atmospheric missile concept for the interceptor component of the nascent European Timely Warning and Interception with Space-based TheatER surveillance (TWISTER) missile defence capability project.…
    - 14 days ago 22 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • HUMAT study looks to improve human/machine interface
    MBDA Missile Systems has revealed details of research into novel Human Machine Teaming (HUMAT) approaches applicable to future surface attack and air defence weapon and control systems. Funded through the French/UK Materials and Components for Miss…
    - 14 days ago 22 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • Oshkosh Defense seeks TerraMax growth
    Oshkosh Defense is targeting an increasing range of applications for its TerraMax Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) autonomous technology, with the company seeing uses for TerraMax and related offerings beyond logistics and in more strategic capabilities…
    - 14 days ago 22 Nov 19, 1:00am -

Navy International

  • newNew US CNO guidance targets readiness
    In his initial guidance released on 4 December, Admiral Mike Gilday, the new US Navy (USN) chief of naval operations (CNO) identified a need for greater readiness. Adm Gilday also focused on the importance of information and electronic warfare, the…
    - 20 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • newNorthern Fleet Naval Aviation re-organised
    Two aviation regiments have been re-established at the Russian Northern Fleet’s main air base near Murmansk on the Kola Peninsula as a major re-organisation of the country’s naval aviation branch continues to be rolled out. In ceremony on 2 Dece…
    - 20 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • NATO Secretary General highlights alliance need to invest in Arctic-relevant maritime capabilities
    With the Arctic continuing to increase in strategic importance, it is essential for NATO member states to develop maritime capabilities for Arctic operations, the alliance’s secretary general told a NATO conference on 3 December. Speaking at the…
    - 2 days ago 4 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • Naval Group claims LARS first with MARIN tests
    Naval Group claims that subscale testing has proved the rough seas performance of a new unmanned surface vehicle (USV) launch and recovery system (LARS) developed by the company to meet the needs of future offboard system operations. Tank testing u…
    - 3 days ago 3 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • Type 45 power supply upgrade delayed
    Work to install a third electrical generator into the UK Royal Navy’s (RN’s) Type 45 destroyers will now not start until next year. Delays to preparatory work at Portsmouth naval base are blamed for the Type 45 Power Improvement Project (PIP) f…
    - 3 days ago 3 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • First drugs submarine seized in Spain
    Police forces in Spain have seized what is believed to be the first known submarine used to transport drugs into Europe from Latin America. The submarine has been taken to the port of Aldan, in the northwestern region of Galicia, after being captur…
    - 7 days ago 29 Nov 19, 2:00am -
  • Navantia teams up with Huisman for Dutch sub contract
    Spanish state-owned shipbuilder Navantia has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Rotterdam with local company Huisman Equipment to compete for the Royal Netherlands Navy’s Walrus-class submarine replacement programme. The company said t…
    - 7 days ago 29 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • South Korean navy receives second PKX-B missile craft
    Key Points HHIC has delivered the second PKX-B attack craft on order for the Republic of Korea Navy The vessel will strengthen the service’s defences against swarm attack tactics South Korean shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries and Constructi…
    - 10 days ago 26 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • Large-scale EU project focused on maritime picture stages its first demonstration
    OCEAN2020, the flagship project funded by the EU’s pilot defence research programme, has demonstrated real-time sharing of maritime situational awareness videos across multiple navies from heterogenous air, sea and satellite reconnaissance platform…
    - 14 days ago 22 Nov 19, 2:00am -
  • German coastguard commissions third Potsdam OPV
    The coastguard arm of the German Federal Police commissioned its third and final Potsdam-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV), FGS Bad Düben (BP 83), during a ceremony held in Cuxhaven, Germany, on 20 November. The 86 m OPVs were built under a contr…
    - 14 days ago 22 Nov 19, 2:00am -
  • Philippine Navy’s first José Rizal-class frigate to begin sea trials
    South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) is preparing the Philippine Navy’s first José Rizal-class frigate for sea trials. The vessel will sail in waters off Ulsan, Busan, and Mokpo from 23–27 November as part of the trials, the…
    - 14 days ago 22 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • Navantia continues FSS bid despite stopped competition
    Spanish shipbuilder Navantia has reaffirmed its pursuit of the UK’s Fleet Solid Support (FSS) ship programme despite the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) recent decision to halt the current competition. The company told Jane’s that it is conti…
    - 15 days ago 21 Nov 19, 3:00am -
  • Senegal orders three 62 m OPVs from Kership
    Senegal has signed a contract with French company Kership, a joint venture between Piriou and Naval Group, to procure three OPV 58 S offshore patrol vessels (OPVs). Under the terms of the contract, announced on 17 November, construction will start…
    - 16 days ago 20 Nov 19, 3:00am -
  • HMS Prince of Wales arrives in Portsmouth
    The UK Royal Navy’s (RN’s) second Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier has arrived at Portsmouth naval base ahead of handover and formal commissioning. HMS Prince of Wales sailed into its new base port on 16 November after completing an eight…
    - 17 days ago 19 Nov 19, 3:00am -
  • Rohde & Schwarz delivers communications suite on Malaysia’s Lekiu class
    Rohde & Schwarz has completed the installation of an internet protocol (IP)-based communication system on board the Royal Malaysian Navy’s (RMN’s) Lekiu-class frigates. The system, known as the NAVICS IP integrated communication system (ICS), w…
    - 18 days ago 18 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • Babcock secures UK Type 31 frigate contract
    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has contracted Babcock for the design and build of the Royal Navy’s (RN’s) new Type 31 general-purpose frigate. Signed on 15 November, the award covers the delivery of five ships at an average production cost of…
    - 18 days ago 18 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • Chilean parliament confirms decision to procure Australian frigates
    Chile moved closer to procuring two Adelaide-class frigates from Australia with the recent inclusion of crew-training funding for the ships in the Chilean parliament’s budget bill for fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020) and other further official government…
    - 18 days ago 18 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • Thailand lays keel for two T 994-class patrol vessels
    Key Points A Thai shipbuilder has laid down two more T 994-class patrol vessels for the country’s navy The pair will be the first vessels in class to be equipped with China-supplied weapon systems Thai shipbuilder Marsun has laid down the kee…
    - 18 days ago 18 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • India launches 11th Sankalp-class vessel
    India’s Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) has launched another 105 m improved Sankalp-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV) ordered for the Indian Coast Guard (ICG). The vessel was launched on 14 November at GSL’s facilities in Goa. It will be the 11th v…
    - 21 days ago 15 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • Camcopter S-100 UAV completes integration on board French LHD
    France’s Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA) procurement agency has qualified the integration of Schiebel’s S-100 Camcopter rotary-wing unmanned aerial system (UAS) on board the French Navy’s Mistral-class amphibious assault (LHD) ship D…
    - 21 days ago 15 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • First Italian PPA starts sea trials
    The first of the Italian Navy’s new multirole offshore patrol ships (Pattugliatore Polivalente d’Altura: PPA), Paolo Thaon di Revel (P 430), started initial sea trials on 12 November. The trials are being carried out from Fincantieri’s Muggia…
    - 22 days ago 14 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • EA-18G Growler upgrades under test
    The US Navy (USN) has disclosed a number of near-term upgrades to the Boeing EA-18G Growler airborne electronic attack (AEA) aircraft, including the introduction of a new Tactical Offensive Radio Operations (TORO) special capabilities pod. Revealed…
    - 23 days ago 13 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • USN completes repairs on carrier Truman
    The US Navy (USN) has completed repairs on aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and the service is now preparing the ship and its air wing to resume operations at sea, USN officials said on 12 November. Scheduled to deploy in September, th…
    - 23 days ago 13 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • US MCM systems eyed for international forces
    The countermine systems being developed by the US Navy (USN), especially for the USN Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) mission module (MM), are being sought by other international naval forces as the USN continues to successfully test and employ those syste…
    - 24 days ago 12 Nov 19, 4:00am -
  • Fincantieri revamps Wisconsin yard to meet USN FFG(X) capacity needs
    To ensure its Wisconsin shipyard can meet the US Navy (USN) requirement to build two guided-missile frigates (FFG(X)) per year to compete for the contract to build the warship, Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM) has embarked on a programme to overhau…
    - 24 days ago 12 Nov 19, 3:00am -

Jane's Defence

  • newNorthern Fleet Naval Aviation re-organised
    Two aviation regiments have been re-established at the Russian Northern Fleet’s main air base near Murmansk on the Kola Peninsula as a major re-organisation of the country’s naval aviation branch continues to be rolled out. In ceremony on 2 Dece…
    - 20 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • newGermany plans to spend EUR8.9 billion on armaments in 2020
    Germany plans to spend EUR8.9 billion (USD9.9 billion) on armaments in 2020, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on its website on 5 December upon publication of its latest armaments report. In 2019, the Bundeswehr received an F125 frigate, 45 Puma i…
    - 20 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • newSerbia receives Mi-35M and HForce H145M attack helicopters
    Serbia has received two Mi-35M attack helicopters from Russia, the Belgrade daily Politika reported on 2 December. The helicopters were airlifted by Russian An-124 transports to Batajnica Air Base in Belgrade. The Mi-35Ms will operate alongside Gaz…
    - 20 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • newI/ITSEC 2019: Doron Precision Systems reveals JLTV trainer
    Doron Precision Systems has developed a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) driver training simulator and revealed it at the 2019 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando in December. Michael Stricek,…
    - 20 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • newPortugal seeks to modernise its Leopard 2A6 MBTs
    The Portuguese Army is to carry out a mid-life update project for its Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) Leopard 2A6 main battle tanks (MBTs) to extend the fleets’ life and modernise several subsystems, a source at the Army High-Staff's Forces Planning Di…
    - 20 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • newSISU’s new GTV 4×4 gets more powerful engine
    Finland’s SISU has revealed details of its General Purpose Vehicle (GPV), a variant of the GTP 4×4 armoured vehicle that was released in 2018. The GPV has been modified to carry a more powerful engine and updated transmission, according to a Novem…
    - 20 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • newUSAF retires CALCM cruise missile
    The US Air Force (USAF) has retired the Boeing AGM-86C/D Conventional Air-Launched Cruise Missile (CALCM) that has been operational for nearly 35 years. The event, announced on 4 December, saw the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base (AFB) in…
    - 20 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • newExpodefensa 2019: WB Group makes first appearance at convention
    Key Points WB Group made its first appearance at the Expodefensa 2019 exhibition in Bogota The company has sold its Flyeye UAV within the region Poland’s WB Group made its debut at the Expodefensa trade show in Bogota on 2 December, promoting…
    - 20 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • Pentagon selects industry teams for prototype hypersonic defence system
    The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has selected four industry bidders to develop a prototype version of a new anti-missile warning and detection system, specifically geared toward countering hypersonic weapons. MDA officials issued four separate f…
    - 2 days ago 4 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • Expodefensa 2019: Leonardo M-346FA aircraft makes show debut
    Key Points Leonardo’s M-346FA made its first appearance at Expodefensa The aircraft’s dual-use capability could be an affordable option for Latin America’s smaller budgets Leonardo’s M-346FA fighter attack/light combat aircraft made its…
    - 2 days ago 4 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • Infrared countermeasures on RAAF’s C-130J transports achieve FOC
    The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) announced on 4 December that the infrared countermeasures system on the Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF's) fleet of Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules tactical transport aircraft has achieved final ope…
    - 2 days ago 4 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • South Korea to advance development of indigenous long-range SAM system
    South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on 4 December that it has decided to advance the development of an indigenous long-range surface-to air missile (SAM) system amid concerns about North Korea’s growing balli…
    - 2 days ago 4 Dec 19, 2:00am -
  • Saab flies first series-production Gripen E for Sweden
    Saab has flown the first series-production Gripen E aircraft for Sweden, the company announced on 3 December. An image of aircraft 6002 flying in a new splinter tri-tone grey camouflage pattern reminiscent of the Swedish Air Force’s (SwAF’s) gr…
    - 2 days ago 4 Dec 19, 1:00am -
  • Expodefensa 2019: Saab says Colombia wants new fighters, in a break from past practice
    Key Points A Saab executive said that Colombia wants to buy new fighters to help reinvigorate its fleet The nation has traditionally purchased used aircraft, which can come with sustainment issues The Colombian Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Colombia…
    - 2 days ago 4 Dec 19, 1:00am -
  • US Army seeking new soldier-worn sensors to monitor performance
    On the future battlefield, US Army leadership wants to better measure soldiers’ and squads’ performance and are now on the hunt for new wearable sensors that can help them do just that. In a November request for information (RFI), the service a…
    - 2 days ago 4 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • Contract for design, construction of RoKN’s first FFX-III frigate to be awarded in first quarter of 2020
    South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on 4 December that the contract for the detailed design and construction of the first FFX-III-class guided-missile frigate for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) is expected t…
    - 2 days ago 4 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • Image emerges of possible SIGINT variant of PLAAF’s GJ-2 UAV
    An image has emerged in Chinese social media showing what appears to be a signals intelligence (SIGINT) variant of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force’s (PLAAF’s) Gongji-2 (GJ-2; export designation Wing Loong II) strike-capable, reconnaissan…
    - 3 days ago 3 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • Expodefensa 2019: Sikorsky experiencing record interest in Colombian Black Hawk simulator
    Key Points Sikorsky is experiencing a surge in usage of its six-axis Black Hawk full motion simulator based in Colombia It is cheaper to use this high fidelity simulator than it is to fly an actual Black Hawk aircraft Sikorsky is experiencing r…
    - 3 days ago 3 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • Naval Group claims LARS first with MARIN tests
    Naval Group claims that subscale testing has proved the rough seas performance of a new unmanned surface vehicle (USV) launch and recovery system (LARS) developed by the company to meet the needs of future offboard system operations. Tank testing u…
    - 3 days ago 3 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • Type 45 power supply upgrade delayed
    Work to install a third electrical generator into the UK Royal Navy’s (RN’s) Type 45 destroyers will now not start until next year. Delays to preparatory work at Portsmouth naval base are blamed for the Type 45 Power Improvement Project (PIP) f…
    - 3 days ago 3 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • US Army seeking new ATGM technology to counter explosive reactive armour
    On the hunt for ways to defeat tanks outfitted with explosive reactive armour, the US Army is seeking vendor input on anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) and associated technologies that will be ready within eight years. The move comes at a time when…
    - 3 days ago 3 Dec 19, 2:00am -
  • LM awarded nearly USD1 bn for Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon
    Lockheed Martin has been awarded nearly USD1 billion for the critical design review, test, and production readiness support of the AGM-183A Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) air-to-surface hypersonic weapon. Announced by the US Department o…
    - 3 days ago 3 Dec 19, 2:00am -
  • Expodefensa 2019: Sikorsky offers first company-qualified armed Black Hawk with sights on regional customer
    Key Points Sikorsky is promoting its first company-qualified armed variant of its latest model Black Hawk aircraft The company has pitched this armed Black Hawk to a regional customer Sikorsky is promoting for the first time in Latin America it…
    - 3 days ago 3 Dec 19, 2:00am -
  • Safran, MTU agree framework for future fighter engine
    Safran and MTU have agreed details on the development of a next-generation aircraft engine to power the New Generation Fighter (NGF) for France, Germany and Spain. The agreement, announced on 3 December, sees Safran Aircraft Engines of France and M…
    - 3 days ago 3 Dec 19, 2:00am -
  • USV operates with offboard ECM payload in NATO NEMO trial
    Thales UK has demonstrated the operation of an offboard electronic countermeasures (ECM) payload from an unmanned surface vessel (USV) testbed as part of a NATO electronic warfare trial. Although self-funded by the company, the trial outputs are in…
    - 3 days ago 3 Dec 19, 2:00am -

Intelligence Review

Platforms

  • newSISU’s new GTV 4×4 gets more powerful engine
    Finland’s SISU has revealed details of its General Purpose Vehicle (GPV), a variant of the GTP 4×4 armoured vehicle that was released in 2018. The GPV has been modified to carry a more powerful engine and updated transmission, according to a Novem…
    - 20 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • newPortugal seeks to modernise its Leopard 2A6 MBTs
    The Portuguese Army is to carry out a mid-life update project for its Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) Leopard 2A6 main battle tanks (MBTs) to extend the fleets’ life and modernise several subsystems, a source at the Army High-Staff's Forces Planning Di…
    - 20 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • newGermany plans to spend EUR8.9 billion on armaments in 2020
    Germany plans to spend EUR8.9 billion (USD9.9 billion) on armaments in 2020, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on its website on 5 December upon publication of its latest armaments report. In 2019, the Bundeswehr received an F125 frigate, 45 Puma i…
    - 20 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • newNorthern Fleet Naval Aviation re-organised
    Two aviation regiments have been re-established at the Russian Northern Fleet’s main air base near Murmansk on the Kola Peninsula as a major re-organisation of the country’s naval aviation branch continues to be rolled out. In ceremony on 2 Dece…
    - 20 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • newI/ITSEC 2019: Doron Precision Systems reveals JLTV trainer
    Doron Precision Systems has developed a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) driver training simulator and revealed it at the 2019 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando in December. Michael Stricek,…
    - 20 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • newExpodefensa 2019: WB Group makes first appearance at convention
    Key Points WB Group made its first appearance at the Expodefensa 2019 exhibition in Bogota The company has sold its Flyeye UAV within the region Poland’s WB Group made its debut at the Expodefensa trade show in Bogota on 2 December, promoting…
    - 20 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • newSerbia receives Mi-35M and HForce H145M attack helicopters
    Serbia has received two Mi-35M attack helicopters from Russia, the Belgrade daily Politika reported on 2 December. The helicopters were airlifted by Russian An-124 transports to Batajnica Air Base in Belgrade. The Mi-35Ms will operate alongside Gaz…
    - 20 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • Expodefensa 2019: Leonardo M-346FA aircraft makes show debut
    Key Points Leonardo’s M-346FA made its first appearance at Expodefensa The aircraft’s dual-use capability could be an affordable option for Latin America’s smaller budgets Leonardo’s M-346FA fighter attack/light combat aircraft made its…
    - 2 days ago 4 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • Expodefensa 2019: Saab says Colombia wants new fighters, in a break from past practice
    Key Points A Saab executive said that Colombia wants to buy new fighters to help reinvigorate its fleet The nation has traditionally purchased used aircraft, which can come with sustainment issues The Colombian Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Colombia…
    - 2 days ago 4 Dec 19, 1:00am -
  • Saab flies first series-production Gripen E for Sweden
    Saab has flown the first series-production Gripen E aircraft for Sweden, the company announced on 3 December. An image of aircraft 6002 flying in a new splinter tri-tone grey camouflage pattern reminiscent of the Swedish Air Force’s (SwAF’s) gr…
    - 2 days ago 4 Dec 19, 1:00am -
  • Contract for design, construction of RoKN’s first FFX-III frigate to be awarded in first quarter of 2020
    South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on 4 December that the contract for the detailed design and construction of the first FFX-III-class guided-missile frigate for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) is expected t…
    - 2 days ago 4 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • Image emerges of possible SIGINT variant of PLAAF’s GJ-2 UAV
    An image has emerged in Chinese social media showing what appears to be a signals intelligence (SIGINT) variant of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force’s (PLAAF’s) Gongji-2 (GJ-2; export designation Wing Loong II) strike-capable, reconnaissan…
    - 3 days ago 3 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • Naval Group claims LARS first with MARIN tests
    Naval Group claims that subscale testing has proved the rough seas performance of a new unmanned surface vehicle (USV) launch and recovery system (LARS) developed by the company to meet the needs of future offboard system operations. Tank testing u…
    - 3 days ago 3 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • Expodefensa 2019: Sikorsky offers first company-qualified armed Black Hawk with sights on regional customer
    Key Points Sikorsky is promoting its first company-qualified armed variant of its latest model Black Hawk aircraft The company has pitched this armed Black Hawk to a regional customer Sikorsky is promoting for the first time in Latin America it…
    - 3 days ago 3 Dec 19, 2:00am -
  • US Army seeking new ATGM technology to counter explosive reactive armour
    On the hunt for ways to defeat tanks outfitted with explosive reactive armour, the US Army is seeking vendor input on anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) and associated technologies that will be ready within eight years. The move comes at a time when…
    - 3 days ago 3 Dec 19, 2:00am -
  • USV operates with offboard ECM payload in NATO NEMO trial
    Thales UK has demonstrated the operation of an offboard electronic countermeasures (ECM) payload from an unmanned surface vessel (USV) testbed as part of a NATO electronic warfare trial. Although self-funded by the company, the trial outputs are in…
    - 3 days ago 3 Dec 19, 2:00am -
  • RoKN retires final Alouette III naval helicopters
    The Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) retired its final three Aérospatiale Alouette III naval helicopters in a ceremony held on 3 December at the southwestern port city of Mokpo. In a statement issued that same day the RoKN said that it had been opera…
    - 3 days ago 3 Dec 19, 1:00am -
  • Expodefensa 2019: Aertec Solutions offers armament-capable Tarsis 25 UAV
    Aertec Solutions of Spain is promoting its armament-capable Tarsis 25 light tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to potential customers. Rodrigo Valdivieso, company aerospace and defence systems business development director, told Jane’s on 2 D…
    - 3 days ago 3 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • Expodefensa 2019: BlueBird Aero Systems’ WanderB UAV makes regional debut
    BlueBird Aero Systems’ WanderB vertical take-off-and-landing (VTOL) electric mini unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) made its Latin America debut on 2 December at the Expodefensa trade show in Bogota. The fully autonomous WanderB is designed to facili…
    - 3 days ago 3 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • Saudi-coalition Apache helo, Wing Loong UAV downed over Yemen
    The Saudi Arabian-led coalition lost an attack helicopter and a medium-range long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in separate incidents over Yemen in late November. Video posted on social media shows a Boeing AH-64 Apache helicopter…
    - 4 days ago 2 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • China deploys aerostat in South China Sea
    A satellite image shows that an unmanned, tethered aerostat has been deployed to Mischief Reef, one of the largest of the artificial islands constructed by China amongst the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. The image, which was captured on 18…
    - 4 days ago 2 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • China advances unmanned underwater capabilities
    China’s scientific and defence science communities have revealed several active autonomous and unmanned underwater vehicle (AUV and UUV) development programmes within the final quarter of 2019, demonstrating the country’s intent to construct and…
    - 4 days ago 2 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • Ecuador orders six H145M helos
    The Ecuadorian Air Force has ordered six H145M multipurpose helicopters for defence and security missions, Jane’s learnt on 28 November. Together with the helicopters Airbus will provide a training and support package. No contract value or delive…
    - 4 days ago 2 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • First drugs submarine seized in Spain
    Police forces in Spain have seized what is believed to be the first known submarine used to transport drugs into Europe from Latin America. The submarine has been taken to the port of Aldan, in the northwestern region of Galicia, after being captur…
    - 7 days ago 29 Nov 19, 2:00am -
  • Iraq receives final T-50IQ light fighter and trainer aircraft
    Iraq has received into service its 24th and final Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) T-50IQ Fighting Eagle light fighter and trainer aircraft, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 29 November. The delivery of the final batch of aircraft, which…
    - 7 days ago 29 Nov 19, 2:00am -

Air Platforms

  • newExpodefensa 2019: WB Group makes first appearance at convention
    Key Points WB Group made its first appearance at the Expodefensa 2019 exhibition in Bogota The company has sold its Flyeye UAV within the region Poland’s WB Group made its debut at the Expodefensa trade show in Bogota on 2 December, promoting…
    - 20 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • newNorthern Fleet Naval Aviation re-organised
    Two aviation regiments have been re-established at the Russian Northern Fleet’s main air base near Murmansk on the Kola Peninsula as a major re-organisation of the country’s naval aviation branch continues to be rolled out. In ceremony on 2 Dece…
    - 20 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • newSerbia receives Mi-35M and HForce H145M attack helicopters
    Serbia has received two Mi-35M attack helicopters from Russia, the Belgrade daily Politika reported on 2 December. The helicopters were airlifted by Russian An-124 transports to Batajnica Air Base in Belgrade. The Mi-35Ms will operate alongside Gaz…
    - 20 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • Expodefensa 2019: Leonardo M-346FA aircraft makes show debut
    Key Points Leonardo’s M-346FA made its first appearance at Expodefensa The aircraft’s dual-use capability could be an affordable option for Latin America’s smaller budgets Leonardo’s M-346FA fighter attack/light combat aircraft made its…
    - 2 days ago 4 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • Expodefensa 2019: Saab says Colombia wants new fighters, in a break from past practice
    Key Points A Saab executive said that Colombia wants to buy new fighters to help reinvigorate its fleet The nation has traditionally purchased used aircraft, which can come with sustainment issues The Colombian Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Colombia…
    - 2 days ago 4 Dec 19, 1:00am -
  • Saab flies first series-production Gripen E for Sweden
    Saab has flown the first series-production Gripen E aircraft for Sweden, the company announced on 3 December. An image of aircraft 6002 flying in a new splinter tri-tone grey camouflage pattern reminiscent of the Swedish Air Force’s (SwAF’s) gr…
    - 2 days ago 4 Dec 19, 1:00am -
  • Image emerges of possible SIGINT variant of PLAAF’s GJ-2 UAV
    An image has emerged in Chinese social media showing what appears to be a signals intelligence (SIGINT) variant of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force’s (PLAAF’s) Gongji-2 (GJ-2; export designation Wing Loong II) strike-capable, reconnaissan…
    - 3 days ago 3 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • Expodefensa 2019: Sikorsky offers first company-qualified armed Black Hawk with sights on regional customer
    Key Points Sikorsky is promoting its first company-qualified armed variant of its latest model Black Hawk aircraft The company has pitched this armed Black Hawk to a regional customer Sikorsky is promoting for the first time in Latin America it…
    - 3 days ago 3 Dec 19, 2:00am -
  • RoKN retires final Alouette III naval helicopters
    The Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) retired its final three Aérospatiale Alouette III naval helicopters in a ceremony held on 3 December at the southwestern port city of Mokpo. In a statement issued that same day the RoKN said that it had been opera…
    - 3 days ago 3 Dec 19, 1:00am -
  • Expodefensa 2019: BlueBird Aero Systems’ WanderB UAV makes regional debut
    BlueBird Aero Systems’ WanderB vertical take-off-and-landing (VTOL) electric mini unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) made its Latin America debut on 2 December at the Expodefensa trade show in Bogota. The fully autonomous WanderB is designed to facili…
    - 3 days ago 3 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • Expodefensa 2019: Aertec Solutions offers armament-capable Tarsis 25 UAV
    Aertec Solutions of Spain is promoting its armament-capable Tarsis 25 light tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to potential customers. Rodrigo Valdivieso, company aerospace and defence systems business development director, told Jane’s on 2 D…
    - 3 days ago 3 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • China deploys aerostat in South China Sea
    A satellite image shows that an unmanned, tethered aerostat has been deployed to Mischief Reef, one of the largest of the artificial islands constructed by China amongst the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. The image, which was captured on 18…
    - 4 days ago 2 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • Saudi-coalition Apache helo, Wing Loong UAV downed over Yemen
    The Saudi Arabian-led coalition lost an attack helicopter and a medium-range long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in separate incidents over Yemen in late November. Video posted on social media shows a Boeing AH-64 Apache helicopter…
    - 4 days ago 2 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • Ecuador orders six H145M helos
    The Ecuadorian Air Force has ordered six H145M multipurpose helicopters for defence and security missions, Jane’s learnt on 28 November. Together with the helicopters Airbus will provide a training and support package. No contract value or delive…
    - 4 days ago 2 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • Iraq receives final T-50IQ light fighter and trainer aircraft
    Iraq has received into service its 24th and final Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) T-50IQ Fighting Eagle light fighter and trainer aircraft, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 29 November. The delivery of the final batch of aircraft, which…
    - 7 days ago 29 Nov 19, 2:00am -
  • Malaysia looking to lease helicopters to replace grounded Sea Kings
    Malaysia is looking to lease helicopters to replace its fleet of grounded Sikorsky S-61 Sea King medium-lift transport helicopters. Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu told the Malaysian parliament on 27 November that the ministry was expediting the leas…
    - 7 days ago 29 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • Russia donates two MiG-29UB fighter aircraft to Mongolia
    Russia has donated two MiG-29UB ‘Fulcrum-B’ twin-seat fighter aircraft to Mongolia, according to a 26 November statement by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Moscow. “On 26 November two MiG-29UB operational trainers were handed over to the Mon…
    - 8 days ago 28 Nov 19, 2:00am -
  • Poland ends grounding of MiG-29s
    Poland’s General Command on 25 November ended the grounding of MiG-29 fighters imposed since 4 March after one of the Soviet-made aircraft crashed near Drgicz village. The General Command spokesman said that the fighters would resume flights this…
    - 8 days ago 28 Nov 19, 2:00am -
  • Australia selects MQ-9B SkyGuardian UAS for potential acquisition
    Australia has selected the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9B SkyGuardian unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to fulfil its requirement for an armed medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), Defence Ministe…
    - 8 days ago 28 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • Philippines receives two donated Cobra attack helicopters from Jordan
    Two Bell AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters donated by Jordan have arrived at Clark Air Base in the Philippines, according to local media reports. Several local media outlets quoted National Security Advisor Hermogenes Esperon as saying that the platfor…
    - 8 days ago 28 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • Malaysia considers ‘fighter exchange’ offer from Russia
    Malaysia has received an offer from Russia to part exchange its fleets of Russian multirole combat aircraft for new models, Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu has confirmed in parliament. Sabu said the government is considering the offer from Moscow but…
    - 8 days ago 28 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • German Navy delays NH90 Sea Lion flight operations
    The German Navy will not begin flight operations with its new NH90 Sea Lion helicopter for the time being because it does not meet the necessary safety and quality standards, the Bundeswehr announced in a press release on 27 November. “We are gen…
    - 9 days ago 27 Nov 19, 3:00am -
  • UK Watchkeeper UAV flies from Cyprus
    British Army Watchkeeper tactical unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have deployed to the UK air base in Cyprus for a six-month training mission. The deployment by 47 Regiment Royal Artillery, the British Army’s only unit equipped with the Watchkeep…
    - 9 days ago 27 Nov 19, 3:00am -
  • Afghanistan orders additional MD 530F helos
    Afghanistan is to receive a further 12 MD Helicopters Inc (MDHI) MD 530F Cayuse Warrior light attack and reconnaissance rotorcraft, to add to the 60 already delivered. The announcement of the additional purchase on 27 November came just two days af…
    - 9 days ago 27 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • French helicopters collide over Mali, killing 13
    Two French Army helicopters involved in Operation ‘Barkhane’ collided over Mali on the evening of 25 November, killing 13 military personnel, Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly announced in a press release the next day. Army General François…
    - 10 days ago 26 Nov 19, 2:00am -

Land Platforms

  • newSISU’s new GTV 4×4 gets more powerful engine
    Finland’s SISU has revealed details of its General Purpose Vehicle (GPV), a variant of the GTP 4×4 armoured vehicle that was released in 2018. The GPV has been modified to carry a more powerful engine and updated transmission, according to a Novem…
    - 20 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • newI/ITSEC 2019: Doron Precision Systems reveals JLTV trainer
    Doron Precision Systems has developed a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) driver training simulator and revealed it at the 2019 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando in December. Michael Stricek,…
    - 20 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • newGermany plans to spend EUR8.9 billion on armaments in 2020
    Germany plans to spend EUR8.9 billion (USD9.9 billion) on armaments in 2020, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on its website on 5 December upon publication of its latest armaments report. In 2019, the Bundeswehr received an F125 frigate, 45 Puma i…
    - 20 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • newPortugal seeks to modernise its Leopard 2A6 MBTs
    The Portuguese Army is to carry out a mid-life update project for its Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) Leopard 2A6 main battle tanks (MBTs) to extend the fleets’ life and modernise several subsystems, a source at the Army High-Staff's Forces Planning Di…
    - 20 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • US Army seeking new ATGM technology to counter explosive reactive armour
    On the hunt for ways to defeat tanks outfitted with explosive reactive armour, the US Army is seeking vendor input on anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) and associated technologies that will be ready within eight years. The move comes at a time when…
    - 3 days ago 3 Dec 19, 2:00am -
  • Rheinmetall develops new long-range howitzer
    Rheinmetall plans to develop and manufacture a new 155 mm gun with a significantly larger chamber and longer, 60-calibre barrel, the company said in a 27 November press release. Rheinmetall told Jane's on 28 November that the company was exploring th…
    - 7 days ago 29 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • Russia upgrading UAE’s Pantsirs
    The United Arab Emirates’ (UAE’s) Pantsir-S1 air defence systems are being upgraded, a senior official from Russia’s Rostec defence group told the TASS news agency on 27 November. “We are engaged in the modernisation of Pantsir systems that…
    - 8 days ago 28 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • Kazakhstan takes delivery of Arlan vehicles
    The Kazakh Ministry of Defence has taken delivery of another batch of Arlan mine-resistant, ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles, manufacturer Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE) announced on 26 November. Details of the number of vehicles delivered…
    - 9 days ago 27 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • TLVS JV expecting German MEADS contract in 2020
    The Tactical Air Defence System (Taktische Luftverteidigungssystem: TLVS) joint venture (JV) of Lockheed Martin and MBDA expects the German government to award the long-awaited contract for its Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) in the second…
    - 9 days ago 27 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • Portuguese Army expands its expeditionary capability
    The Portuguese Army’s Rapid Reaction Brigade is receiving 139 VAMTAC ST5 4x4 light armoured tactical vehicles from URO Vehículos Especiales (UROVESA) to meet the “Viaturas Táticas Ligeiras Blindadas” (VTLB) requirement. The order was placed…
    - 10 days ago 26 Nov 19, 3:00am -
  • Russian military completes testing of advanced ground platforms
    The Russian military is completing testing of advanced ground platforms, including the upgraded T-90M main battle tank (MBT), Gibka-S very short-range air defence (VSHORAD) system, and Kungas unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), ground forces commander Col…
    - 10 days ago 26 Nov 19, 3:00am -
  • Details emerge of new Chinese armoured breaching vehicle
    Details have emerged about a new Chinese amphibious vehicle described as an armoured breaching vehicle in a 23 November video released by state-owned broadcaster China Central Television-13 (CCTV-13). From the video it appears that the vehicle is b…
    - 10 days ago 26 Nov 19, 2:00am -
  • Oshkosh Defense seeks TerraMax growth
    Oshkosh Defense is targeting an increasing range of applications for its TerraMax Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) autonomous technology, with the company seeing uses for TerraMax and related offerings beyond logistics and in more strategic capabilities…
    - 14 days ago 22 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • Jordan testing upgraded Centauros
    Star Defence Logistics and Engineering (SDLE) has repaired the first 10 of 80 Centauro armoured fighting vehicles for Jordan and is about to begin delivering third-generation thermal cameras for them under a contract signed in 2018, the Spanish compa…
    - 15 days ago 21 Nov 19, 2:00am -
  • Belarus to buy Ataka ATGMs
    Belarus intends to purchase 9M120 Ataka anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) from Russia in 2020-21, the state news agency Belta reported Defence Minister Andrei Ravkov as having said during a press conference on 12 November. The missiles are fired fr…
    - 16 days ago 20 Nov 19, 3:00am -
  • Identifying a market for a transformable air-ground robot
    Robotic Research’s Pegasus may be fielded to select US Special Forces, but the company is facing challenges breaking into a US military market that can’t quite figure out how to classify a drone that can both fly and navigate on land. On 19 Nov…
    - 16 days ago 20 Nov 19, 3:00am -
  • DSEI Japan 2019: Barzan Holdings showcases multi-mission UGV
    Qatari company Barzan Holdings showcased a model of an 8×8 modular unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) at the 18-20 November DSEI Japan 2019 defence exhibition in Chiba. The multi-role platform, which is being developed in Qatar by Rheinmetall Barzan Ad…
    - 16 days ago 20 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • DSEI Japan 2019: JMU Defence Systems developing new multipurpose amphibious vehicles for JGSDF
    JMU Defence Systems, a subsidiary of Japan Marine United (JMU) Corporation, revealed at the 18–20 November DSEI Japan 2019 defence exhibition in Chiba that it is developing two types of multipurpose amphibious vehicles for the Japan Ground Self-Def…
    - 16 days ago 20 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • DSEI Japan 2019: NEC showcases autonomous driving technology
    Japanese company NEC showcased at the 18–20 November DSEI Japan 2019 defence exhibition in Chiba one of the two vehicles it has used to integrate and test the autonomous driving technology it has developed as part of the Multipurpose Autonomous Dri…
    - 16 days ago 20 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • Brazilian Army details LMV 4×4 purchase
    Iveco Defence Vehicles has inked a BRL67.8 million (USD 16.2 million) contract with the Brazilian Army for an initial tranche of 32 Light Multirole Vehicle-Brasil (LMV-BR) 4×4 light armoured tactical vehicles. Vehicle deliveries, in the multipurpo…
    - 17 days ago 19 Nov 19, 3:00am -
  • DSEI Japan 2019: CSI showcases unmanned amphibious systems
    US company Critical Solutions international (CSI) showcased two multirole unmanned amphibious systems at the 18–20 November DSEI Japan 2019 defence exhibition in Chiba. The systems, named the Sea Otter Marine Crawler and the Sea Ox Marine Crawler…
    - 17 days ago 19 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • FLIR Systems wins US Army’s CRS-H contract
    The US Army announced on 15 November that FLIR Systems has been awarded a contract to produce up to 350 Kobra unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) to fulfil the US Army’s Common Robotic System - Heavy (CRS-H) requirement. The USD109 million hybrid (co…
    - 18 days ago 18 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • DSEI Japan 2019: MHI unveils APC demonstrator for JGDSF’s Type 96 replacement programme
    Japanese company Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) unveiled an 8×8 armoured personnel carrier (APC) demonstrator at the 18-20 November DSEI Japan 2019 defence exhibition in Chiba. The 8 m-long and 2.8 m-wide demonstrator will be used as the basis…
    - 18 days ago 18 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • DSEI Japan 2019: ATLA displays model of future amphibious armoured vehicle
    The Japanese Ministry of Defense’s Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) displayed a model of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s (JGSDF’s) future amphibious armoured fighting vehicle at the 18–20 November DSEI Japan 2019 defenc…
    - 18 days ago 18 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • UAE using new raiding craft
    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Armed Forces is using what appears to be the 11 m Offshore Raiding Craft (ORC) made by the British company Holyhead Marine, it was revealed during its Union Fortress 6 public demonstration. Held on the coast of Ras al…
    - 21 days ago 15 Nov 19, 1:00am -

Sea Platforms

  • newGermany plans to spend EUR8.9 billion on armaments in 2020
    Germany plans to spend EUR8.9 billion (USD9.9 billion) on armaments in 2020, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on its website on 5 December upon publication of its latest armaments report. In 2019, the Bundeswehr received an F125 frigate, 45 Puma i…
    - 20 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • newNorthern Fleet Naval Aviation re-organised
    Two aviation regiments have been re-established at the Russian Northern Fleet’s main air base near Murmansk on the Kola Peninsula as a major re-organisation of the country’s naval aviation branch continues to be rolled out. In ceremony on 2 Dece…
    - 20 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • Contract for design, construction of RoKN’s first FFX-III frigate to be awarded in first quarter of 2020
    South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on 4 December that the contract for the detailed design and construction of the first FFX-III-class guided-missile frigate for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) is expected t…
    - 2 days ago 4 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • Naval Group claims LARS first with MARIN tests
    Naval Group claims that subscale testing has proved the rough seas performance of a new unmanned surface vehicle (USV) launch and recovery system (LARS) developed by the company to meet the needs of future offboard system operations. Tank testing u…
    - 3 days ago 3 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • USV operates with offboard ECM payload in NATO NEMO trial
    Thales UK has demonstrated the operation of an offboard electronic countermeasures (ECM) payload from an unmanned surface vessel (USV) testbed as part of a NATO electronic warfare trial. Although self-funded by the company, the trial outputs are in…
    - 3 days ago 3 Dec 19, 2:00am -
  • China advances unmanned underwater capabilities
    China’s scientific and defence science communities have revealed several active autonomous and unmanned underwater vehicle (AUV and UUV) development programmes within the final quarter of 2019, demonstrating the country’s intent to construct and…
    - 4 days ago 2 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • First drugs submarine seized in Spain
    Police forces in Spain have seized what is believed to be the first known submarine used to transport drugs into Europe from Latin America. The submarine has been taken to the port of Aldan, in the northwestern region of Galicia, after being captur…
    - 7 days ago 29 Nov 19, 2:00am -
  • Navantia teams up with Huisman for Dutch sub contract
    Spanish state-owned shipbuilder Navantia has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Rotterdam with local company Huisman Equipment to compete for the Royal Netherlands Navy’s Walrus-class submarine replacement programme. The company said t…
    - 7 days ago 29 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • Pakistan launches fourth Azmat-class fast attack craft
    Pakistan's state-owned Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KSEW) launched on 27 November the fourth missile-capable Azmat-class fast attack craft (FAC(M)) on order for the Pakistan Navy (PN). The ship, which is expected to have pennant number 1…
    - 8 days ago 28 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • Details emerge of new Chinese armoured breaching vehicle
    Details have emerged about a new Chinese amphibious vehicle described as an armoured breaching vehicle in a 23 November video released by state-owned broadcaster China Central Television-13 (CCTV-13). From the video it appears that the vehicle is b…
    - 10 days ago 26 Nov 19, 2:00am -
  • HHIC hands over second PKX-B-class patrol craft to RoKN
    South Korean shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction (HHIC) has handed over the second Patrol Killer Experimental-B (PKX-B)-class fast attack craft on order for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN), according to South Korea’s Defense Acqu…
    - 10 days ago 26 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • US to transfer second Hamilton-class cutter to Vietnam
    US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper announced during a 19–21 November visit to Vietnam that Washington will hand over a second ex-US Coast Guard (USCG) Hamilton-class high-endurance cutter to the Southeast Asian country. “The delivery of the ves…
    - 10 days ago 26 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • South Korean navy receives second PKX-B missile craft
    Key Points HHIC has delivered the second PKX-B attack craft on order for the Republic of Korea Navy The vessel will strengthen the service’s defences against swarm attack tactics South Korean shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries and Constructi…
    - 10 days ago 26 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • German coastguard commissions third Potsdam OPV
    The coastguard arm of the German Federal Police commissioned its third and final Potsdam-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV), FGS Bad Düben (BP 83), during a ceremony held in Cuxhaven, Germany, on 20 November. The 86 m OPVs were built under a contr…
    - 14 days ago 22 Nov 19, 2:00am -
  • Philippine Navy’s first José Rizal-class frigate to begin sea trials
    South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) is preparing the Philippine Navy’s first José Rizal-class frigate for sea trials. The vessel will sail in waters off Ulsan, Busan, and Mokpo from 23–27 November as part of the trials, the…
    - 14 days ago 22 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • Navantia continues FSS bid despite stopped competition
    Spanish shipbuilder Navantia has reaffirmed its pursuit of the UK’s Fleet Solid Support (FSS) ship programme despite the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) recent decision to halt the current competition. The company told Jane’s that it is conti…
    - 15 days ago 21 Nov 19, 3:00am -
  • PLAN trials underway replenishment from commercial ships
    China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has conducted replenishment at sea (RAS) trials using commercial ships, according to a 16 November report in the Global Times newspaper. It described this as “a new approach to facilitate warship sup…
    - 16 days ago 20 Nov 19, 4:00am -
  • Senegal orders three 62 m OPVs from Kership
    Senegal has signed a contract with French company Kership, a joint venture between Piriou and Naval Group, to procure three OPV 58 S offshore patrol vessels (OPVs). Under the terms of the contract, announced on 17 November, construction will start…
    - 16 days ago 20 Nov 19, 3:00am -
  • DSEI Japan 2019: JMU unveils preliminary LHD design
    Shipbuilding company Japan Marine United (JMU) Corporation unveiled at the 18–20 November DSEI Japan 2019 defence exhibition in Chiba the preliminary design of a landing helicopter dock (LHD) amphibious assault ship that it plans to propose to the…
    - 16 days ago 20 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • DSEI Japan 2019: JMU Defence Systems developing new multipurpose amphibious vehicles for JGSDF
    JMU Defence Systems, a subsidiary of Japan Marine United (JMU) Corporation, revealed at the 18–20 November DSEI Japan 2019 defence exhibition in Chiba that it is developing two types of multipurpose amphibious vehicles for the Japan Ground Self-Def…
    - 16 days ago 20 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • HMS Prince of Wales arrives in Portsmouth
    The UK Royal Navy’s (RN’s) second Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier has arrived at Portsmouth naval base ahead of handover and formal commissioning. HMS Prince of Wales sailed into its new base port on 16 November after completing an eight…
    - 17 days ago 19 Nov 19, 3:00am -
  • DSEI Japan 2019: CSI showcases unmanned amphibious systems
    US company Critical Solutions international (CSI) showcased two multirole unmanned amphibious systems at the 18–20 November DSEI Japan 2019 defence exhibition in Chiba. The systems, named the Sea Otter Marine Crawler and the Sea Ox Marine Crawler…
    - 17 days ago 19 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • DSEI Japan 2019: ATLA displays model of future amphibious armoured vehicle
    The Japanese Ministry of Defense’s Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) displayed a model of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s (JGSDF’s) future amphibious armoured fighting vehicle at the 18–20 November DSEI Japan 2019 defenc…
    - 18 days ago 18 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • Chilean parliament confirms decision to procure Australian frigates
    Chile moved closer to procuring two Adelaide-class frigates from Australia with the recent inclusion of crew-training funding for the ships in the Chilean parliament’s budget bill for fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020) and other further official government…
    - 18 days ago 18 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • DSEI Japan 2019: KHI building second 3,000-tonne submarine for JMSDF
    Japan’s Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) has begun construction of the second of at least seven planned 3,000-tonne diesel-electric attack submarines (SSKs) to supplement the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s (JMSDF’s) fleet of Soryu-class SSK…
    - 18 days ago 18 Nov 19, 1:00am -

Unmanned Platforms

  • newExpodefensa 2019: WB Group makes first appearance at convention
    Key Points WB Group made its first appearance at the Expodefensa 2019 exhibition in Bogota The company has sold its Flyeye UAV within the region Poland’s WB Group made its debut at the Expodefensa trade show in Bogota on 2 December, promoting…
    - 20 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • Image emerges of possible SIGINT variant of PLAAF’s GJ-2 UAV
    An image has emerged in Chinese social media showing what appears to be a signals intelligence (SIGINT) variant of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force’s (PLAAF’s) Gongji-2 (GJ-2; export designation Wing Loong II) strike-capable, reconnaissan…
    - 3 days ago 3 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • Naval Group claims LARS first with MARIN tests
    Naval Group claims that subscale testing has proved the rough seas performance of a new unmanned surface vehicle (USV) launch and recovery system (LARS) developed by the company to meet the needs of future offboard system operations. Tank testing u…
    - 3 days ago 3 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • USV operates with offboard ECM payload in NATO NEMO trial
    Thales UK has demonstrated the operation of an offboard electronic countermeasures (ECM) payload from an unmanned surface vessel (USV) testbed as part of a NATO electronic warfare trial. Although self-funded by the company, the trial outputs are in…
    - 3 days ago 3 Dec 19, 2:00am -
  • Expodefensa 2019: Aertec Solutions offers armament-capable Tarsis 25 UAV
    Aertec Solutions of Spain is promoting its armament-capable Tarsis 25 light tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to potential customers. Rodrigo Valdivieso, company aerospace and defence systems business development director, told Jane’s on 2 D…
    - 3 days ago 3 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • Expodefensa 2019: BlueBird Aero Systems’ WanderB UAV makes regional debut
    BlueBird Aero Systems’ WanderB vertical take-off-and-landing (VTOL) electric mini unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) made its Latin America debut on 2 December at the Expodefensa trade show in Bogota. The fully autonomous WanderB is designed to facili…
    - 3 days ago 3 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • Saudi-coalition Apache helo, Wing Loong UAV downed over Yemen
    The Saudi Arabian-led coalition lost an attack helicopter and a medium-range long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in separate incidents over Yemen in late November. Video posted on social media shows a Boeing AH-64 Apache helicopter…
    - 4 days ago 2 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • China advances unmanned underwater capabilities
    China’s scientific and defence science communities have revealed several active autonomous and unmanned underwater vehicle (AUV and UUV) development programmes within the final quarter of 2019, demonstrating the country’s intent to construct and…
    - 4 days ago 2 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • Australia selects MQ-9B SkyGuardian UAS for potential acquisition
    Australia has selected the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9B SkyGuardian unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to fulfil its requirement for an armed medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), Defence Ministe…
    - 8 days ago 28 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • UK Watchkeeper UAV flies from Cyprus
    British Army Watchkeeper tactical unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have deployed to the UK air base in Cyprus for a six-month training mission. The deployment by 47 Regiment Royal Artillery, the British Army’s only unit equipped with the Watchkeep…
    - 9 days ago 27 Nov 19, 3:00am -
  • Russian military completes testing of advanced ground platforms
    The Russian military is completing testing of advanced ground platforms, including the upgraded T-90M main battle tank (MBT), Gibka-S very short-range air defence (VSHORAD) system, and Kungas unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), ground forces commander Col…
    - 10 days ago 26 Nov 19, 3:00am -
  • US UAV Lost Over Libya
    A US unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has been lost over the Libya capital Tripoli a day after the Italian Air Force lost a UAV in the same area. US Africa Command confirmed on 22 November that the unidentified UAV was lost the day before. “An una…
    - 11 days ago 25 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • Oshkosh Defense seeks TerraMax growth
    Oshkosh Defense is targeting an increasing range of applications for its TerraMax Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) autonomous technology, with the company seeing uses for TerraMax and related offerings beyond logistics and in more strategic capabilities…
    - 14 days ago 22 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • Elbit unveils new micro UAS
    Israel's Elbit Systems unveiled its Magni micro multi-rotor unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on 20 November, saying it is designed for squad, platoon, and company levels. A senior Elbit source told Jane’s that the Magni has already been sold to an I…
    - 14 days ago 22 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • NATO receives first AGS Global Hawk
    The first of five Northrop Grumman RQ-4D Global Hawk high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for NATO arrived at the type’s future operating base in Italy on 20 November. The Global Hawk aircraft for the NATO Alliance…
    - 14 days ago 22 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • Italian Reaper UAV crashes in Libya
    The Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare Italiana: AMI) lost an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) over Libya on 20 November, the country’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed. The General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9 Reaper came…
    - 15 days ago 21 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • Dubai Airshow 2019: Leonardo launches Skydweller HAPS
    Italy’s Leonardo has taken a minority stake in Spanish/US firm Skydweller, which is developing a solar-powered high-altitude pseudo-satellite (HAPS) system. Speaking to media at the 2019 Dubai Airshow, Leonardo executives said the company has bee…
    - 16 days ago 20 Nov 19, 4:00am -
  • Bell performs first APT 70 UAV flight with a payload
    Bell on 16 October performed the first flight of its Autonomous Pod Transport (APT) 70 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with a payload. The aircraft flew with a 27.2 kg payload, company spokesperson Felicia Votta said on 20 November. The APT 70 flew v…
    - 16 days ago 20 Nov 19, 4:00am -
  • Identifying a market for a transformable air-ground robot
    Robotic Research’s Pegasus may be fielded to select US Special Forces, but the company is facing challenges breaking into a US military market that can’t quite figure out how to classify a drone that can both fly and navigate on land. On 19 Nov…
    - 16 days ago 20 Nov 19, 3:00am -
  • DSEI Japan 2019: NEC showcases autonomous driving technology
    Japanese company NEC showcased at the 18–20 November DSEI Japan 2019 defence exhibition in Chiba one of the two vehicles it has used to integrate and test the autonomous driving technology it has developed as part of the Multipurpose Autonomous Dri…
    - 16 days ago 20 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • DSEI Japan 2019: Barzan Holdings showcases multi-mission UGV
    Qatari company Barzan Holdings showcased a model of an 8×8 modular unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) at the 18-20 November DSEI Japan 2019 defence exhibition in Chiba. The multi-role platform, which is being developed in Qatar by Rheinmetall Barzan Ad…
    - 16 days ago 20 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • DSEI Japan 2019: CSI showcases unmanned amphibious systems
    US company Critical Solutions international (CSI) showcased two multirole unmanned amphibious systems at the 18–20 November DSEI Japan 2019 defence exhibition in Chiba. The systems, named the Sea Otter Marine Crawler and the Sea Ox Marine Crawler…
    - 17 days ago 19 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • Elbit launches Magni VTOL quadcopter
    Elbit Systems has launched its new Magni quadcopter unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to provide enhanced situational awareness for mobile ground forces at squad, platoon, and company levels. The vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) Magni is billed by…
    - 17 days ago 19 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • DSEI Japan 2019: New details emerge about MHI’s CoasTitan system
    Japanese company Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has revealed more details about its CoasTitan coastal surveillance and security system. Officials told Jane’s at the DSEI Japan 2019 defence exhibition in Chiba on the 18–20 November that this…
    - 18 days ago 18 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • FLIR Systems wins US Army’s CRS-H contract
    The US Army announced on 15 November that FLIR Systems has been awarded a contract to produce up to 350 Kobra unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) to fulfil the US Army’s Common Robotic System - Heavy (CRS-H) requirement. The USD109 million hybrid (co…
    - 18 days ago 18 Nov 19, 1:00am -

Weapons

  • newPortugal seeks to modernise its Leopard 2A6 MBTs
    The Portuguese Army is to carry out a mid-life update project for its Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) Leopard 2A6 main battle tanks (MBTs) to extend the fleets’ life and modernise several subsystems, a source at the Army High-Staff's Forces Planning Di…
    - 20 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • newUSAF retires CALCM cruise missile
    The US Air Force (USAF) has retired the Boeing AGM-86C/D Conventional Air-Launched Cruise Missile (CALCM) that has been operational for nearly 35 years. The event, announced on 4 December, saw the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base (AFB) in…
    - 20 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • South Korea to advance development of indigenous long-range SAM system
    South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on 4 December that it has decided to advance the development of an indigenous long-range surface-to air missile (SAM) system amid concerns about North Korea’s growing balli…
    - 2 days ago 4 Dec 19, 2:00am -
  • LM awarded nearly USD1 bn for Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon
    Lockheed Martin has been awarded nearly USD1 billion for the critical design review, test, and production readiness support of the AGM-183A Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) air-to-surface hypersonic weapon. Announced by the US Department o…
    - 3 days ago 3 Dec 19, 2:00am -
  • MBDA to integrate Meteor BVRAAM on RoKAF KF-X
    Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has awarded MBDA a contract, of undisclosed value, to integrate the Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) on the Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) future Korean Fighter eXperimental (KF-X) fifth-gen…
    - 3 days ago 3 Dec 19, 1:00am -
  • MAC ramps up production of .50 calibre polymer ammo
    MAC, based in Mississippi, is expected to start delivering its latest .50 calibre (12.7×99 mm) polymer cased ammunition to the US Marine Corps (USMC) in 2020, according to Joe Gibbons, the company’s plant manager. This .50 calibre ammunition was…
    - 4 days ago 2 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • Norwegian Army MGBADS IOC by mid-2023
    The Norwegian Army is scheduled to accept initial deliveries of a new mobile ground-based short-range air-defence system from prime contractor Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (Kongsberg) in late 2022, with all units expected to be delivered, and an ini…
    - 4 days ago 2 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • North Korea releases image of 28 November weapon test
    Images released by North Korea’s state-run media shows that the weapon system the country tested on 28 November was the same ‘super-large multiple rocket launcher [MRL]’ it had tested on 31 October, 10 September, and 24 August. Pyongyang’s…
    - 7 days ago 29 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • Turkey test fires OMTAS missiles from moving anti-tank vehicles
    Roketsan medium-range anti-tank missiles that were test fired from moving Pars 4×4 and Kaplan armoured vehicles hit their targets, Turkey’s Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) tweeted on 25 November. Qualification testing is scheduled to be c…
    - 9 days ago 27 Nov 19, 3:00am -
  • MBDA Deutschland pitches air-launched Enforcer missile
    MBDA Deutschland is pitching an air-launched version of its Enforcer missile to Germany and beyond, a senior company representative told Jane’s on 27 November. Speaking at the Berlin Security Conference 2019 in the German capital, Head of Sales a…
    - 9 days ago 27 Nov 19, 3:00am -
  • Iran uses new SAM with indigenous HAWKs
    A new type of surface-to-air missile was used with a Mersad system during a recent air defence exercise, Iranian media coverage from 22 November showed. Photographs and TV news footage showed the modified system in action during Exercise ‘Guardia…
    - 9 days ago 27 Nov 19, 2:00am -
  • MBDA to integrate Meteor BVRAAM onto RoKAF’s future KF-X fighter
    MBDA Missile Systems announced on 22 November that it has been awarded a contract by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) for the integration of the Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) onto the Republic of Korea Air Force’s (RoKAF's)…
    - 10 days ago 26 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • Uzbekistan conducts first FD-2000 air-defence test
    Uzbekistan’s Air Defence Force has conducted its first practical test of the Chinese FD-2000 medium-range air-defence system against a target drone, according to a video released by the Uzbek Army on 7 November. The video footage shows a battery…
    - 14 days ago 22 Nov 19, 2:00am -
  • HUMAT study looks to improve human/machine interface
    MBDA Missile Systems has revealed details of research into novel Human Machine Teaming (HUMAT) approaches applicable to future surface attack and air defence weapon and control systems. Funded through the French/UK Materials and Components for Miss…
    - 14 days ago 22 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • MBDA positions ‘disruptive’ interceptor solution for TWISTER missile defence project
    MBDA is positioning a developmental disruptive endo-atmospheric missile concept for the interceptor component of the nascent European Timely Warning and Interception with Space-based TheatER surveillance (TWISTER) missile defence capability project.…
    - 14 days ago 22 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • US approves sale of 13 Mk 45 naval guns to Indian Navy
    The United States has approved the sale of 13 BAE Systems 127 mm Mk 45 naval gun systems (NGSs) to the Indian Navy (IN) for an estimated USD1.021 billion via the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) route. The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA)…
    - 15 days ago 21 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • NAVSEA to solicit for SM-6 Block IB rocket motor development
    The US Navy (USN) has set out plans for solid-propellent rocket motor prototyping and engineering development for a new extended range version of the Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) missile. Intended to achieve initial capability in fiscal year 2023 (FY…
    - 17 days ago 19 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • Details emerge of Russia’s Sokol-V gun-launched missile
    The next-generation 3UBK25 Sokol-V (Falcon) 125 mm gun-launched missile designed by the Tochmash Nudelman Precision Design Bureau is due to enter its first testing phase, according to information released through Russian sources. The tests will inc…
    - 17 days ago 19 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • Taurus Systems offers KEPD 350E air-to-surface cruise missiles for JASDF’s F-2 and F-15 fighters
    Germany’s Taurus Systems is offering its KEPD 350E air-to-surface cruise missiles for fitment onto the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s (JASDF’s) fleet of F-2 and F-15J Eagle multirole fighters. A company official told Jane’s at the 18–20 D…
    - 17 days ago 19 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • DSEI Japan 2019: Tokyo outlines hypersonic weapons’ development plan
    Japan has outlined its plan for the coming decades to develop and acquire hypersonic weapons amid concerns by Tokyo of the growing military capabilities of neighbouring countries such as China and North Korea. An 18-page report distributed by the M…
    - 17 days ago 19 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • Bundeswehr orders more Spike launchers and missiles
    The Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw), Germany’s Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support, ordered 1,500 Spike missiles and hundreds of Integrated Cont…
    - 18 days ago 18 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • More details emerge about PLA’s new assault rifle
    More details have emerged about the new assault rifle for China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) that was displayed during the 1 October parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. The design of the…
    - 22 days ago 14 Nov 19, 2:00am -
  • Update: Seven companies receive US Air Force Hypersonics Pitch Day contracts
    Seven of the nine companies invited to propose at the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) inaugural Hypersonics Pitch Day (HPD) on 1 November earned contracts with some able to potentially earn USD1 million. Ursa Major Technologies, UES, Spectral Energies,…
    - 24 days ago 12 Nov 19, 2:00am -
  • Turkish Naval Forces conduct first ship-launched Atmaca ASM test firing
    The Turkish Naval Forces (Türk Deniz Kuvvetleri – TDK) on 3 November conducted the first ship-launched firing of the Atmaca (Hawk) anti-ship missile (ASM) from the TDK Ada-class (MILGEM) corvette TCG Kinaliada (F-514) at an undisclosed location in…
    - 24 days ago 12 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • Japan awards Kongsberg follow-on contract for Joint Strike Missiles
    Norwegian company Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace announced on 12 November that it has signed a NOK450 million (USD49.2 million) follow-on contract to provide additional precision-guided Joint Strike Missiles (JSMs) for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force…
    - 24 days ago 12 Nov 19, 12:00am -

Air Launched

  • newUSAF retires CALCM cruise missile
    The US Air Force (USAF) has retired the Boeing AGM-86C/D Conventional Air-Launched Cruise Missile (CALCM) that has been operational for nearly 35 years. The event, announced on 4 December, saw the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base (AFB) in…
    - 20 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • LM awarded nearly USD1 bn for Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon
    Lockheed Martin has been awarded nearly USD1 billion for the critical design review, test, and production readiness support of the AGM-183A Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) air-to-surface hypersonic weapon. Announced by the US Department o…
    - 3 days ago 3 Dec 19, 2:00am -
  • MBDA to integrate Meteor BVRAAM on RoKAF KF-X
    Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has awarded MBDA a contract, of undisclosed value, to integrate the Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) on the Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) future Korean Fighter eXperimental (KF-X) fifth-gen…
    - 3 days ago 3 Dec 19, 1:00am -
  • MBDA Deutschland pitches air-launched Enforcer missile
    MBDA Deutschland is pitching an air-launched version of its Enforcer missile to Germany and beyond, a senior company representative told Jane’s on 27 November. Speaking at the Berlin Security Conference 2019 in the German capital, Head of Sales a…
    - 9 days ago 27 Nov 19, 3:00am -
  • MBDA to integrate Meteor BVRAAM onto RoKAF’s future KF-X fighter
    MBDA Missile Systems announced on 22 November that it has been awarded a contract by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) for the integration of the Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) onto the Republic of Korea Air Force’s (RoKAF's)…
    - 10 days ago 26 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • Taurus Systems offers KEPD 350E air-to-surface cruise missiles for JASDF’s F-2 and F-15 fighters
    Germany’s Taurus Systems is offering its KEPD 350E air-to-surface cruise missiles for fitment onto the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s (JASDF’s) fleet of F-2 and F-15J Eagle multirole fighters. A company official told Jane’s at the 18–20 D…
    - 17 days ago 19 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • Japan awards Kongsberg follow-on contract for Joint Strike Missiles
    Norwegian company Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace announced on 12 November that it has signed a NOK450 million (USD49.2 million) follow-on contract to provide additional precision-guided Joint Strike Missiles (JSMs) for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force…
    - 24 days ago 12 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • Pentagon intensifies warning over pending programme delays
    With the US House of Representatives set to begin public impeachment hearings for President Donald Trump, the military services are ramping up their warnings of programme delays if lawmakers fail to pass a fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020) defence spending…
    - 29 days ago 7 Nov 19, 3:00am -
  • Ugandan air force improves pilot training facilities
    The Ugandan People’s Defence Force - Air Force (UPDF-AF) has upgraded its training facilities at Gulu Air Base in the Northern region, it was revealed when President Yoweri Museveni visited for the graduation of 18 cadet pilots and 20 technicians o…
    - 29 days ago 7 Nov 19, 3:00am -
  • Chinese air-launched ballistic missile may enter service soon
    An article published in the Chinese bi-monthly magazine Modern Ships illustrating how a Xian H-6N strategic bomber would carry an air-launched ballistic missile (ALBM) may indicate that this capability is in the final stages of development, or may ev…
    - 30 days ago 6 Nov 19, 2:00am -
  • Raytheon to provide Qatari air force with JSOW training
    Raytheon Missile Systems will be awarded a contract to provide the Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) with initial integrated logistics support and training for the AGM-154C Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW), according to a notice released on the US Federal Bus…
    - 31 days ago 5 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • Gap remains between France and UK on FCASW requirements
    France and the United Kingdom remain apart on their respective operational requirements for the projected Future Cruise/Anti-Ship Weapon (FCASW) programme, according to a French parliamentary report. The two governments plan to agree the next phase…
    - 32 days ago 4 Nov 19, 3:00am -
  • US Army looks to boost Hellfire Romeo, JAGM stocks
    The US Army Contracting Command has released a sources sought notice for the production of air-to-ground missiles (AGMs) for the army’s fixed-wing, rotary-wing, and unmanned aircraft system (UAS) assets. According to the notification, “The [US]…
    - 32 days ago 4 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • US Air Force increases potential JASSM, LRASM production quantities
    The US Air Force (USAF) is increasing the potential production quantities of the Lockheed Martin AGM-158A Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) and the AGM-158C Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) and plans a sole-source contract to the prim…
    - 35 days ago 1 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • France begins process of arming Block 5 Reapers
    France has begun the process for arming its General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9 Reaper Block 5 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), with a weapon integration contract awarded on 25 October. The contract for the France MQ-9 Block 5 we…
    - 38 days ago 29 Oct 19, 3:00am -
  • Raytheon reveals NGJ-MB pods for Growler
    Raytheon has released the first images of the Next Generation Jammer Mid-Band (NGJ-MB) pod it has developed for the Boeing EA-18G Growler electronic attack (EA) aircraft. The two images show the high-capacity and high-power airborne electronic atta…
    - 38 days ago 29 Oct 19, 2:00am -
  • South Korea cleared to buy C8 AMRAAM
    South Korea has been cleared to buy the extended-range Raytheon AIM-120C-8 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) as part of a wider package that includes the AIM-120C-7 it already fields. The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA…
    - 49 days ago 17 Oct 19, 11:00pm -
  • ADEX 2019: MBDA pitches Brimstone and Mistral ATAM missiles for South Korean assault helos
    MBDA is offering its Brimstone air-to-surface missile and Mistral ATAM air-to-air missile to South Korea for integration aboard two of its developmental assault helicopters. Jane’s was told at the Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibitio…
    - 52 days ago 15 Oct 19, 3:00am -
  • Images emerge of naval variant of China's Z-20 helicopter
    The first clear images of a naval variant of China’s Z-20 tactical helicopter have emerged on Chinese online forums. The platform features several significant differences from the variant used by the People’s Liberation Army Ground Force (PLAGF),…
    - 53 days ago 14 Oct 19, 2:00am -
  • Dassault Aviation releases images of second Rafale aircraft for Indian Air Force
    France’s Dassault Aviation has released images of the second of 36 Rafale multirole fighter aircraft New Delhi ordered in September 2016 for the Indian Air Force (IAF) for EUR7.9 billion (USD8.73 billion). The publication of the images, which show…
    - 56 days ago 11 Oct 19, 12:00am -
  • Arms and Security 2019: Ukraine’s Yuzhnoye introduces new supersonic ASM development
    Key Points Design bureau Yuzhnoye has detailed its progress on a new Ukrainian ASM called the Bliskavka The missile is designed to exceed the performance of the Russian Kh-31 ASM Ukrainian design bureau Yuzhnoye has revealed the next phase of a…
    - 57 days ago 10 Oct 19, 2:00am -
  • Northrop readies Hatchet glide munition for platform integration
    Northrop Grumman has achieved a technical readiness level (TRL) 7 milestone with its Hatchet unpowered precision strike munition, following the completion of a campaign of live end-to-end guide-to-hit trials in August. The next milestone will be full…
    - 60 days ago 7 Oct 19, 2:00am -
  • US ARSOAC/USSOCOM trials GBU-69/B with Gray Eagle UAS
    The United States Army Special Operations Aviation Command (ARSOAC), in association with the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), has performed a series of complex launch trials with the Dynetics baseline and Block I variant GBU-69/B S…
    - 60 days ago 7 Oct 19, 12:00am -
  • A-Darter AAM formally qualified
    Denel Dynamics completed the formal qualification review of the A-Darter imaging infrared (IIR) short-range air-to-air missile (SRAAM) in August, followed by certification in September by the South African Air Force’s (SAAF’s) Directorate Systems…
    - 60 days ago 6 Oct 19, 11:00pm -
  • Brazil and South Africa conclude development of A-Darter AAM
    The Brazilian Air Force has accepted the data package and type certificate of Denel Dynamics’ A-Darter air-to-air missile (AAM), signaling the closure of the project’s development cycle. The data package that contained the material that include…
    - 65 days ago 2 Oct 19, 1:00am -

Infantry Weapons

  • newPortugal seeks to modernise its Leopard 2A6 MBTs
    The Portuguese Army is to carry out a mid-life update project for its Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) Leopard 2A6 main battle tanks (MBTs) to extend the fleets’ life and modernise several subsystems, a source at the Army High-Staff's Forces Planning Di…
    - 20 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • MAC ramps up production of .50 calibre polymer ammo
    MAC, based in Mississippi, is expected to start delivering its latest .50 calibre (12.7×99 mm) polymer cased ammunition to the US Marine Corps (USMC) in 2020, according to Joe Gibbons, the company’s plant manager. This .50 calibre ammunition was…
    - 4 days ago 2 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • North Korea releases image of 28 November weapon test
    Images released by North Korea’s state-run media shows that the weapon system the country tested on 28 November was the same ‘super-large multiple rocket launcher [MRL]’ it had tested on 31 October, 10 September, and 24 August. Pyongyang’s…
    - 7 days ago 29 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • Turkey test fires OMTAS missiles from moving anti-tank vehicles
    Roketsan medium-range anti-tank missiles that were test fired from moving Pars 4×4 and Kaplan armoured vehicles hit their targets, Turkey’s Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) tweeted on 25 November. Qualification testing is scheduled to be c…
    - 9 days ago 27 Nov 19, 3:00am -
  • Details emerge of Russia’s Sokol-V gun-launched missile
    The next-generation 3UBK25 Sokol-V (Falcon) 125 mm gun-launched missile designed by the Tochmash Nudelman Precision Design Bureau is due to enter its first testing phase, according to information released through Russian sources. The tests will inc…
    - 17 days ago 19 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • Bundeswehr orders more Spike launchers and missiles
    The Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw), Germany’s Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support, ordered 1,500 Spike missiles and hundreds of Integrated Cont…
    - 18 days ago 18 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • More details emerge about PLA’s new assault rifle
    More details have emerged about the new assault rifle for China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) that was displayed during the 1 October parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. The design of the…
    - 22 days ago 14 Nov 19, 2:00am -
  • Vietnam modernising its AK-47 assault rifles
    Vietnam’s Z111 factory has launched a modernisation of the armed forces’ inventory of AK-47 assault rifles in a move aimed at making the weapons more accurate and user friendly, according to a 5 November report published by the Vietnamese Soha ne…
    - 25 days ago 11 Nov 19, 3:00am -
  • Raytheon, Saab conclude initial guided flight trials of Guided Carl-Gustaf Munition
    Raytheon Missile Systems and Saab Dynamics have completed an initial series of guided flight trials of the developmental Guided Carl-Gustaf Munition (GCGM) – the first guided round for the 84mm Carl-Gustaf reloadable weapon system. The trials pave…
    - 36 days ago 31 Oct 19, 1:00am -
  • AUSA 2019: Bids for US Army’s Next-Generation Squad Weapon break cover
    Key Points The US Army hopes to replace its M4 carbine and M249 squad weapon by 2023 Textron Systems, GD-OTS, and SIG Sauer are competing for the Next-Generation Squad Weapon The US Army plans to replace its 5.56 mm M4/M4A1 Carbine and M249 Squ…
    - 50 days ago 17 Oct 19, 2:00am -
  • AUSA 2019: Kongsberg on track to deliver wireless fire control to US forces
    Kongsberg is expecting to deliver wireless fire-control capability to US forces – starting with the US Marine Corps (USMC) – by the end of 2020 under an existing 18-month contract. Kongsberg is working to deliver a secure, network-based Multi-U…
    - 50 days ago 17 Oct 19, 12:00am -
  • AUSA 2019: Soldier Lethality CFT moving forward with next-gen technologies
    The US Army’s Soldier Lethality Cross-Function Team (CFT) is showcasing several items of equipment designed to assist the close-combat force at this year’s annual Association of the US Army’s conference in Washington Soldier Lethality CFT dir…
    - 53 days ago 13 Oct 19, 11:00pm -
  • Rheinmetall expands 120 mm mortar capability
    Rheinmetall Norway has developed to the prototype stage its MWS 120 Ragnarok 120 mm turntable mounted mortar system. According to Gunnar Andersson, director of sales and business development at Rheinmetall Norway AS, “we have already carried out…
    - 56 days ago 11 Oct 19, 2:00am -
  • Possible Algerian-assembled Boxer spotted
    Photographs of what appeared to be a Boxer wheeled armoured vehicle at a production facility in Algeria have added credence to claims that the type is being assembled in the North African country. The photographs released via Twitter on 7 October sh…
    - 58 days ago 9 Oct 19, 12:00am -
  • Pakistan’s MoDP reveals orders for MANPADSs and other weapon systems in 2017–18
    Pakistan’s Ministry of Defence Production (MoDP) revealed in its recently released yearbook for 2017–18 that the country ordered 52 9K129 Kornet-E anti-tank guided missile weapon systems and 295 FN-16 man-portable air-defence systems (MANPADSs) d…
    - 59 days ago 8 Oct 19, 12:00am -
  • Turkish laser weapon passes acceptance tests
    The Vehicle-Mounted Laser System (ARMOL) designed and developed by the Informatics and Information Security Research Centre (BILGEM) of Turkey’s Scientific and Technological Research Council (TÜBITAK) has successfully completed acceptance tests, a…
    - 63 days ago 4 Oct 19, 1:00am -
  • Iran displays guidance upgrade for artillery rockets
    The Iranian Army unveiled what appeared to be a new guidance upgrade called the Labeik that converts existing artillery rockets into surface-to-surface missiles on 3 October. Several Labeik units were displayed in an event attended by General Moham…
    - 63 days ago 4 Oct 19, 12:00am -
  • Poland orders more rifles and pistols
    Poland ordered more 5.56 mm Grot C16 assault rifles and 9 mm Vis 100 semi-automatic pistols from manufacturer Fabryka Broni-Lucznik Radom on 30 September. “By 2022, every third soldier of the Polish Armed Forces will be equipped with the modern G…
    - 65 days ago 2 Oct 19, 2:00am -
  • Meprolight adds new capabilities to M5 optic, explores connected apps for Foresight optic
    Meprolight has added a capability to aim with a .300 Blackout round to its Mepro M5 electro-optical red dot sight. The M5 replaced the M21 in the Israeli army in about 2014, Ilan Abramovich, Meprolight’s senior vice-president of sales and marketi…
    - 70 days ago 27 Sep 19, 2:00am -
  • Portuguese Navy reveals existence of ‘tech guerrilla’ unit
    The Portuguese Navy revealed the existence of the Unmanned Vehicle Experimentation Cell (Célula Experimentação Operacional de Veículos Não Tripulados: CEOV), dubbed Q-branch, during the ‘Recognised Environmental Picture Maritime Unmanned Syste…
    - 71 days ago 26 Sep 19, 2:00am -
  • Russian MoD speeds up acquisition of Tor SAM systems
    The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed a long-term contract on 19 September with Izhevsk Electromechanical Plant Kupol, a subsidiary of the Almaz-Antey concern, for the acquisition of Tor-M2 (9K332) and Tor-M2DT (9K331MDT) short-range surface-t…
    - 72 days ago 25 Sep 19, 2:00am -
  • Israel’s IWI eyes new markets, expands assault weapons offerings
    Israel Weapons Industry (IWI) is working towards an expanded portfolio of automatic rifles to address a wider export market outside of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). For example, IWI US was established in 2013 in Harrisburg, PA, and is 100% owned…
    - 73 days ago 24 Sep 19, 3:00am -
  • Israel’s IWI adds polymer Masada side arm, updates legacy Jericho
    IWI’s new 9X19 mm Masada pistol adds a striker-fired weapon to complement IWI’s legacy Jericho pistol, which is also being upgraded. Jericho is manufactured in polymer and steel variants, but IWI had mainly left pistols aside to focus on carbin…
    - 73 days ago 24 Sep 19, 2:00am -
  • Aselsan rolls out Alkar 81 mm mortar
    Turkish company Aselsan has completed development of its latest Alkar 81 mm mortar weapon system (MWS) using internal research and development funding. The company said production can begin as soon as orders are placed. The Alkar 81 mm MWS leverage…
    - 77 days ago 20 Sep 19, 12:00am -
  • Portugal presents weapons purchased from FN Herstal
    The Portuguese Army has formally unveiled small arms that it purchased from FN Herstal through the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) for EUR42.8 million (USD47.3 million). The army officially presented and demonstrated the first SCAR-L STD…
    - 77 days ago 20 Sep 19, 12:00am -

Naval Weapons

  • US approves sale of 13 Mk 45 naval guns to Indian Navy
    The United States has approved the sale of 13 BAE Systems 127 mm Mk 45 naval gun systems (NGSs) to the Indian Navy (IN) for an estimated USD1.021 billion via the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) route. The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA)…
    - 15 days ago 21 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • NAVSEA to solicit for SM-6 Block IB rocket motor development
    The US Navy (USN) has set out plans for solid-propellent rocket motor prototyping and engineering development for a new extended range version of the Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) missile. Intended to achieve initial capability in fiscal year 2023 (FY…
    - 17 days ago 19 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • Turkish Naval Forces conduct first ship-launched Atmaca ASM test firing
    The Turkish Naval Forces (Türk Deniz Kuvvetleri – TDK) on 3 November conducted the first ship-launched firing of the Atmaca (Hawk) anti-ship missile (ASM) from the TDK Ada-class (MILGEM) corvette TCG Kinaliada (F-514) at an undisclosed location in…
    - 24 days ago 12 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • Gap remains between France and UK on FCASW requirements
    France and the United Kingdom remain apart on their respective operational requirements for the projected Future Cruise/Anti-Ship Weapon (FCASW) programme, according to a French parliamentary report. The two governments plan to agree the next phase…
    - 32 days ago 4 Nov 19, 3:00am -
  • US Air Force increases potential JASSM, LRASM production quantities
    The US Air Force (USAF) is increasing the potential production quantities of the Lockheed Martin AGM-158A Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) and the AGM-158C Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) and plans a sole-source contract to the prim…
    - 35 days ago 1 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • UK receives first Poseidon MRA1
    The United Kingdom took formal delivery of its first Boeing P-8A Poseidon MRA1 maritime multi-mission aircraft at the manufacturer’s production facility near Seattle, Washington, on 29 October. Aircraft ZP801 was turned over to senior officers fr…
    - 37 days ago 30 Oct 19, 2:00am -
  • MADEX 2019: South Korea aims to deploy Tiger Shark torpedo by 2020
    South Korea is expected to deploy the Tiger Shark torpedo on its naval submarines by 2020, a South Korean government agency has told Jane’s . The weapon, which has been designed for the KSS-2 and KSS-3 classes of submarines, was showcased at the…
    - 43 days ago 24 Oct 19, 12:00am -
  • Russia’s Ka-52M combat helicopter to receive AESA radar
    Russia’s new Ka-52M combat helicopter will receive new targeting sensors instead of upgraded versions of present systems. The new V006 Rezets (Cutter) active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar is being developed by the St Petersburg-based…
    - 46 days ago 21 Oct 19, 2:00am -
  • Philippines equips lead Parola-class vessel with Israeli-made weapon system
    The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has equipped its lead Parola-class patrol vessel, BRP Tubbataha (4401), with a stabilised remote-controlled weapon station (RCWS) from Israeli company Elbit Systems. The system, which has been incorporated with a 12…
    - 53 days ago 13 Oct 19, 11:00pm -
  • Thales and Nexter developing 40 mm CTAS RAPIDFireNaval
    Thales and Nexter Systems are teamed to develop a new multi-role weapon system, called RAPIDFireNaval, to meet potential French Navy requirements and are eyeing DGA funding in the first half of 2020, according to Sylvain Richy, managing director of C…
    - 56 days ago 11 Oct 19, 2:00am -
  • Arms and Security 2019: Ukraine’s Yuzhnoye introduces new supersonic ASM development
    Key Points Design bureau Yuzhnoye has detailed its progress on a new Ukrainian ASM called the Bliskavka The missile is designed to exceed the performance of the Russian Kh-31 ASM Ukrainian design bureau Yuzhnoye has revealed the next phase of a…
    - 57 days ago 10 Oct 19, 2:00am -
  • Finland receives interim Torpedo System 45
    Finland has received Torpedo System 45 lightweight torpedo assets on loan from Sweden for installation on board the Hamina-class strike craft FNS Tornio . The loan arrangement forms part of a wider bilateral co-operation, formalised by Sweden’s D…
    - 57 days ago 9 Oct 19, 11:00pm -
  • USN completes first GQM-163A Coyote east coast target launch
    The US Navy (USN) has undertaken first launches of the GQM-163A Coyote Supersonic Sea Skimming Target (SSST) from an east coast range facility. Performed on 12 September from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility (WFF) in Virginia, the launch of two GQM…
    - 59 days ago 8 Oct 19, 2:00am -
  • Pakistan’s MoDP reveals orders for MANPADSs and other weapon systems in 2017–18
    Pakistan’s Ministry of Defence Production (MoDP) revealed in its recently released yearbook for 2017–18 that the country ordered 52 9K129 Kornet-E anti-tank guided missile weapon systems and 295 FN-16 man-portable air-defence systems (MANPADSs) d…
    - 59 days ago 8 Oct 19, 12:00am -
  • North Korea says it test-fired a new type of submarine-launched ballistic missile
    North Korea announced on 3 October that the missile it had test-launched the previous day from waters off its eastern coast was a new type of submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) called the Pukguksong-3 (also spelled Pukkuksong-3). Pyongyang…
    - 64 days ago 3 Oct 19, 2:00am -
  • Russia ready to test extended-range Oniks missile variant
    NPO Mashinostroyenia, part of Russia’s Tactical Missiles Corporation, is developing an extended-range version of the P-800 Oniks (3M55) supersonic naval cruise missile. The new variant, designated Oniks-M, will have a range of up to 800 km and wi…
    - 65 days ago 2 Oct 19, 12:00am -
  • North Korea test-fires possible SLBM
    North Korea test-fired what appeared to be a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) from waters off its eastern coast on 2 October. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said that same day that the missile, which it believed to be a type…
    - 65 days ago 2 Oct 19, 12:00am -
  • Algeria tests land-attack sub-launched missile
    Algeria has acquired land-attack missiles for its two new Project 636.1 ‘Improved Kilo’-class submarines, its Ministry of National Defence (MDN) revealed on 29 September, when it said both had fired missiles against land targets during a visit by…
    - 66 days ago 1 Oct 19, 12:00am -
  • China showcases JL-2 submarine-launched ballistic missile at 70th anniversary parade
    The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has given the JL-2 submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) its first official appearance. The weapon was one of several missile types that made their debut on 1 October at the 70th National Day celebrations…
    - 66 days ago 30 Sep 19, 11:00pm -
  • Russia upgrades Kalibr cruise missiles
    Russia has improved the targeting system of its ship- and submarine-launched 3M14 Kalibr cruise missiles to improve their ability to conduct time sensitive attacks. Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu revealed the development, which was initiated as a r…
    - 72 days ago 25 Sep 19, 2:00am -
  • DSEI 2019: BAE Systems showcases Kingfisher naval munition concept
    BAE Systems unveiled its Kingfisher concept round for sub-surface warfare at the 2019 Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition (DSEI 2019) in London. The Kingfisher is still at an early conceptual phase and is planned to be added to BA…
    - 85 days ago 12 Sep 19, 6:00am -
  • Indonesia conducts first firing of Exocet MM40 Block 3 from SIGMA corvette
    Key Points The Indonesian Navy has conducted its first firing of the Exocet MM40 Block 3 missile from a Diponegoro-class corvette The firing validates its latest anti-surface capabilities, including the ability to strike targets that are close to…
    - 87 days ago 10 Sep 19, 7:04am -
  • UK MoD discloses further details of Interim SSGW plan
    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has disclosed more details of its plans to procure a stopgap ship-launched heavyweight anti-ship missile system, revealing that the so-called Interim Surface-to-Surface Guided Weapon System (I-SSGW) is only intended t…
    - 99 days ago 29 Aug 19, 12:00am -
  • US Department of State approves possible sale of 31 Mk 54 lightweight torpedoes to South Korea
    The US Department of State has approved a possible USD72 million Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of Mk 54 All-Up-Round lightweight torpedoes along with related equipment and services to South Korea, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) annou…
    - 100 days ago 28 Aug 19, 3:00am -
  • Images show PLAAF H-6N bomber armed with KD-20 and KD-63 cruise missiles
    Images have emerged on Chinese social media showing a China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) Xian H-6N strategic bomber armed with what appear to be two KD-20/CJ-10K and two KD-63 land-attack cruise missiles (LACMs). The images, whi…
    - 27 Aug 19, 2:00am -

C4ISR

  • newPortugal seeks to modernise its Leopard 2A6 MBTs
    The Portuguese Army is to carry out a mid-life update project for its Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) Leopard 2A6 main battle tanks (MBTs) to extend the fleets’ life and modernise several subsystems, a source at the Army High-Staff's Forces Planning Di…
    - 20 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • Infrared countermeasures on RAAF’s C-130J transports achieve FOC
    The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) announced on 4 December that the infrared countermeasures system on the Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF's) fleet of Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules tactical transport aircraft has achieved final ope…
    - 2 days ago 4 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • Pentagon selects industry teams for prototype hypersonic defence system
    The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has selected four industry bidders to develop a prototype version of a new anti-missile warning and detection system, specifically geared toward countering hypersonic weapons. MDA officials issued four separate f…
    - 2 days ago 4 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • US Army seeking new soldier-worn sensors to monitor performance
    On the future battlefield, US Army leadership wants to better measure soldiers’ and squads’ performance and are now on the hunt for new wearable sensors that can help them do just that. In a November request for information (RFI), the service a…
    - 2 days ago 4 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • Expodefensa 2019: Sikorsky experiencing record interest in Colombian Black Hawk simulator
    Key Points Sikorsky is experiencing a surge in usage of its six-axis Black Hawk full motion simulator based in Colombia It is cheaper to use this high fidelity simulator than it is to fly an actual Black Hawk aircraft Sikorsky is experiencing r…
    - 3 days ago 3 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • Type 45 power supply upgrade delayed
    Work to install a third electrical generator into the UK Royal Navy’s (RN’s) Type 45 destroyers will now not start until next year. Delays to preparatory work at Portsmouth naval base are blamed for the Type 45 Power Improvement Project (PIP) f…
    - 3 days ago 3 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • Safran, MTU agree framework for future fighter engine
    Safran and MTU have agreed details on the development of a next-generation aircraft engine to power the New Generation Fighter (NGF) for France, Germany and Spain. The agreement, announced on 3 December, sees Safran Aircraft Engines of France and M…
    - 3 days ago 3 Dec 19, 2:00am -
  • US military, intelligence communities seek stronger ties with commercial AI, cyber sectors
    US national security, intelligence, and armed forces sectors must forge stronger ties with counterparts in the private sector, including with a more diverse group of suppliers beyond traditional defence contractors, the Pentagon’s top technology of…
    - 4 days ago 2 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • USAF eyes high-power microwave for directed energy weapons as tech advances
    Marked advances in development of high-powered microwave (HPM) technology in recent years could pave the way for near term breakthroughs in next-generation directed energy weapons and systems, as the US Air Force eyes a potential HPM programme of rec…
    - 4 days ago 2 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • New Zealand begins infrastructure work to accommodate future P-8A Poseidon aircraft fleet
    New Zealand has begun construction work to accommodate the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s (RNZAF’s) future fleet of four Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime multi-mission aircraft (MMA) at RNZAF Base Ohakea. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Wellington…
    - 4 days ago 2 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • Russia develops multilayered C-UAS system
    Russian defence equipment exporter Rosoboronexport, a subsidiary of the state-owned Rostec group, has developed a four-stage/dual-use counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) capability and is now actively marketing it globally, Director General Alexan…
    - 7 days ago 29 Nov 19, 3:00am -
  • Cubic Defence negotiating for UK’s SCOPIC 2 contract
    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is in negotiations to award a contract for the British Army’s SCOPIC 2 programme, which integrates synthetic resources into live training, to Cubic Defence UK (CD UK). The selection was announced on Defence Contract…
    - 10 days ago 26 Nov 19, 3:00am -
  • Turkey carries out first tests with S-400s
    Turkey carried out the first tests of the radar of the S-400 air defence systems it is procuring from Russia with its F-16 and F-4 fighters on 25–26 November, Turkish media reported. The Ankara governor’s office announced on 24 November that Tu…
    - 10 days ago 26 Nov 19, 3:00am -
  • Lockheed Martin to provide two Solid State Radars for Japan’s Aegis Ashore BMD systems
    Japan’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) has awarded Lockheed Martin a contract for the production and supply of two Solid State Radar (SSR) antenna sets for the two land-based Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defence (BMD) systems Tokyo plans to deploy by…
    - 10 days ago 26 Nov 19, 2:00am -
  • High-speed 3D printing technology to be trialled for RAN patrol boat maintenance
    Australia’s Department of Defence (DoD) is funding a two-year, AUD1.5 million (USD1.02 million) trial to assess the ability of a uniquely-fast 3D printer to improve the availability of parts for the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) fleet of Armi…
    - 10 days ago 26 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • France launches realisation phase of SIGINT aircraft programme
    The French ministry for the armed forces has officially launched the realisation phase of the ARCHANGE Programme on 18 November. Under this project, Dassault Aviation and Thales will deliver three Falcon 8X aircraft equipped with a signals intellig…
    - 14 days ago 22 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • Leonardo completes live sea trials for ULISSES anti-submarine warfare suite
    Leonardo announced it has completed live sea trails of new Ultra-Light Sonics Enhanced System (ULISSES) anti-submarine warfare (ASW) suite and expects to finalise development by the end of the year, enabling marketing and production to start in 2020.…
    - 15 days ago 21 Nov 19, 3:00am -
  • Dubai Airshow 2019: Diamond Aircraft adds TS-80 radar to DA62 MSA options
    Austrian aircraft manufacturer Diamond Aircraft and Italy’s Leonardo announced at the Dubai Airshow that the two companies were now offering the Leonardo Gabbiano Ultra-Light TS-80 radar as an option on the Diamond Aircraft DA62 MSA. Integration…
    - 16 days ago 20 Nov 19, 4:00am -
  • JY-27A radar spotted in Pakistan
    Key Points Jane’s has identified a JY-27A CVLO radar in imagery captured of Mianwali Air Base in Pakistan A modern VHF-band system, China’s JY-27A was not previously known to have been exported to Pakistan Satellite imagery captured on 29 Aug…
    - 16 days ago 20 Nov 19, 4:00am -
  • Russian military focuses on C-UAV capabilities
    Russia’s Aerospace Forces (VKS) are focusing on counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) missions, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced in a press release published on its website on 14 November. “During this year’s training, VKS air defenc…
    - 17 days ago 19 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • DSEI Japan 2019: Rafael unveils new mobile fire detection and location system
    Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems unveiled a new vehicle-mounted passive electro-optical hostile fire detection and location system at the 18-20 November DSEI Japan 2019 exhibition held in Chiba. Called Land Spotter, the system, which can…
    - 17 days ago 19 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • DSEI Japan 2019: Excelitas Technologies showcases Merlin-LR 2 weapon-mounted night sight
    Excelitas Technologies showcased the newest addition to its Merlin family of weapon-mounted night sights at the 18-20 November DSEI Japan 2019 defence exhibition in Chiba. Called Merlin-LR 2, the new sight is described by the company as an image-in…
    - 17 days ago 19 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • DSEI Japan 2019: Mitsubishi Electric‘s JTPS-P80 coastal surveillance radar enters service with JGSDF
    The Mitsubishi Electric JTPS-P80 coastal surveillance radar has entered service with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF). A JGSDF official told Jane’s at 18-20 November DSEI Japan 2019 exhibition in Chiba that the radar, which can also be…
    - 17 days ago 19 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • Rohde & Schwarz delivers communications suite on Malaysia’s Lekiu class
    Rohde & Schwarz has completed the installation of an internet protocol (IP)-based communication system on board the Royal Malaysian Navy’s (RMN’s) Lekiu-class frigates. The system, known as the NAVICS IP integrated communication system (ICS), w…
    - 18 days ago 18 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • Australia orders vehicle-mounted, active phased-array radars for NASAMS air-defence system
    Australia’s Department of Defence (DoD) has awarded an AUD137 million (USD93 million) contract to local company CEA Technologies for the supply of vehicle-mounted, active phased-array tactical radars for the country’s future short-range, ground-b…
    - 21 days ago 15 Nov 19, 1:00am -

C4ISR Air

  • Infrared countermeasures on RAAF’s C-130J transports achieve FOC
    The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) announced on 4 December that the infrared countermeasures system on the Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF's) fleet of Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules tactical transport aircraft has achieved final ope…
    - 2 days ago 4 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • Expodefensa 2019: Sikorsky experiencing record interest in Colombian Black Hawk simulator
    Key Points Sikorsky is experiencing a surge in usage of its six-axis Black Hawk full motion simulator based in Colombia It is cheaper to use this high fidelity simulator than it is to fly an actual Black Hawk aircraft Sikorsky is experiencing r…
    - 3 days ago 3 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • Safran, MTU agree framework for future fighter engine
    Safran and MTU have agreed details on the development of a next-generation aircraft engine to power the New Generation Fighter (NGF) for France, Germany and Spain. The agreement, announced on 3 December, sees Safran Aircraft Engines of France and M…
    - 3 days ago 3 Dec 19, 2:00am -
  • Russia develops multilayered C-UAS system
    Russian defence equipment exporter Rosoboronexport, a subsidiary of the state-owned Rostec group, has developed a four-stage/dual-use counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) capability and is now actively marketing it globally, Director General Alexan…
    - 7 days ago 29 Nov 19, 3:00am -
  • France launches realisation phase of SIGINT aircraft programme
    The French ministry for the armed forces has officially launched the realisation phase of the ARCHANGE Programme on 18 November. Under this project, Dassault Aviation and Thales will deliver three Falcon 8X aircraft equipped with a signals intellig…
    - 14 days ago 22 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • Dubai Airshow 2019: Diamond Aircraft adds TS-80 radar to DA62 MSA options
    Austrian aircraft manufacturer Diamond Aircraft and Italy’s Leonardo announced at the Dubai Airshow that the two companies were now offering the Leonardo Gabbiano Ultra-Light TS-80 radar as an option on the Diamond Aircraft DA62 MSA. Integration…
    - 16 days ago 20 Nov 19, 4:00am -
  • Russian military focuses on C-UAV capabilities
    Russia’s Aerospace Forces (VKS) are focusing on counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) missions, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced in a press release published on its website on 14 November. “During this year’s training, VKS air defenc…
    - 17 days ago 19 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • Australia orders vehicle-mounted, active phased-array radars for NASAMS air-defence system
    Australia’s Department of Defence (DoD) has awarded an AUD137 million (USD93 million) contract to local company CEA Technologies for the supply of vehicle-mounted, active phased-array tactical radars for the country’s future short-range, ground-b…
    - 21 days ago 15 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • Japan to outfit Kawasaki P-1 MPAs with AI technology
    Japan plans to equip an undisclosed number of its Kawasaki P-1 maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) with artificial intelligence (AI) to boost the platform’s intelligence gathering capabilities, an official at the Ministry of Defense’s Acquisition, Tec…
    - 23 days ago 13 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • Germany sets out ‘challenging’ airborne electronic attack timeline for NATO
    The German Air Force (Luftwaffe) is waiting on a government decision to launch a programme to field a dedicated airborne electronic attack (EA) capability for NATO by the mid-2020s, a senior officer said on 13 November. Speaking in Berlin, Luftwaff…
    - 23 days ago 13 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • FCAS partners defining concepts and capabilities ahead of demo phase
    France, Germany, and Spain are looking to define the nature of the first tranche of capabilities and platforms to be developed for the Future Combat Air System (FCAS)/Système de Combat Aérien Futur (SCAF) programme as they prepare to launch the dem…
    - 24 days ago 12 Nov 19, 3:00am -
  • PESCO to fund European Airborne Electronic Attack system
    The European Council’s Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) fund is to support the development of a new Airborne Electronic Attack (AEA) system, it was disclosed on 12 November. PESCO’s updated list of projects states that Spain, France, an…
    - 24 days ago 12 Nov 19, 3:00am -
  • US Air Force plans aircraft communications survivability test in December
    Key Points The USAF is planning a communications test between a F-22 and F-35, both of which use different languages and frequencies to exchange data The test is part of a USAF effort to develop capability in four-month increments The US Air Fo…
    - 28 days ago 8 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • British Army releases RFI for weapon locating radar
    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) released an initial request for information (RFI) on 31 October for new weapon locating radar systems being procured under the Project Serpens programme. Formerly the Next Generation Weapon Locating System (MGWLS), th…
    - 29 days ago 7 Nov 19, 4:00am -
  • J-11B images fuel speculation about AESA radar upgrade
    Images have emerged in Chinese state-owned media showing at least two People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) Shenyang Aircraft Corporation J-11B multirole combat aircraft featuring light-grey radomes instead of the usual black ones, prompting s…
    - 29 days ago 7 Nov 19, 4:00am -
  • Saab begins escort jammer flight testing
    Saab has begun flight testing of a low-band Electronic Attack Jammer Pod (EAJP) developed as part of the company’s Arexis family of fast-jet electronic-warfare (EW) equipment. A Swedish Air Force two-seat Gripen D aircraft made a first test fligh…
    - 29 days ago 7 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • Saab flies new electronic attack pod on Gripen for first time
    Saab flew its Electronic Attack Jammer Pod (EAJP) on the Gripen combat aircraft for the first time on 4 November, the company announced. According to Saab, the pod’s interfaces with the aircraft’s hardware and software, as well as cockpit contr…
    - 29 days ago 7 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • Slon wind tunnel test model revealed
    Russia’s Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI) announced on 5 November that it had completed the manufacture of an aerodynamic model of its proposed heavy-lift transport aircraft known as “Slon” (Elephant). The model, made of aluminium a…
    - 30 days ago 6 Nov 19, 3:00am -
  • USN begins AN/SPN-50 radar testing
    The US Navy (USN) has begun land-based testing of its new AN/SPN-50(V)1 Shipboard Air Traffic Radar (SATR) at the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division Webster Outlying Field (NAWCAD WOLF) facility in St Inigoes, Maryland, the Naval Air Systems…
    - 30 days ago 6 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • AVT Australia to develop system to improve UAV-captured imagery
    The Australian government has awarded an AUD5.2 million (USD3.6 million) Defence Innovation Hub contract to AVT Australia to develop a system capable of improving the quality of images captured by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Under the deal, AV…
    - 31 days ago 5 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • US Air Force hosts heat pipe experiment on most recent X-37B mission
    The US Air Force (USAF) hosted a heat pipe experiment on its most recent Boeing X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) mission, which could help the service learn how to better manage heat with spacecraft. The X-37B reusable unmanned spacecraft returned…
    - 37 days ago 30 Oct 19, 3:00am -
  • US approves upgrade for Japanese Eagles
    The United States has authorised an upgrade to Japan’s fleet of Mitsubishi-Boeing F-15J Eagle fighter aircraft, with the State Department announcing its decision on 29 October. As noted by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), the ap…
    - 37 days ago 30 Oct 19, 2:00am -
  • Bangladesh Air Force orders Leonardo’s Kronos Land radar
    Italian company Leonardo announced on 29 October that it has signed a contract for the supply of an undisclosed number of Kronos Land 3D radar systems to the Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) to provide air surveillance. Leonardo, which announced the cont…
    - 38 days ago 29 Oct 19, 1:00am -
  • US Air Force X-37B returns to earth after 780 days in space

    - 39 days ago 28 Oct 19, 2:00am -
  • Collins Aerospace completes US Navy Tactical Combat Training Systems Increment II CDR
    Key Points Collins Aerospace recently completed its critical design review (CDR) for the Tactical Combat Training Systems Increment II programme CDR ensures a system can proceed into fabrication and test and can meet stated performance requiremen…
    - 44 days ago 23 Oct 19, 2:00am -

C4ISR Land

  • Slon wind tunnel test model revealed
    Russia’s Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI) announced on 5 November that it had completed the manufacture of an aerodynamic model of its proposed heavy-lift transport aircraft known as “Slon” (Elephant). The model, made of aluminium a…
    - 30 days ago 6 Nov 19, 3:00am -
  • US Army to trial TITAN in 2020 to counter A2/AD
    The US Army is to trial elements of its Tactical Intelligence Targeting Access Node (TITAN) during the ‘Defender-Europe 20’ exercise in April–May 2020 to provide actionable intelligence for its long-range fires in anti-access/area denial (A2/AD…
    - 31 days ago 5 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • Bangladesh Air Force orders Leonardo’s Kronos Land radar
    Italian company Leonardo announced on 29 October that it has signed a contract for the supply of an undisclosed number of Kronos Land 3D radar systems to the Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) to provide air surveillance. Leonardo, which announced the cont…
    - 38 days ago 29 Oct 19, 1:00am -
  • Rafael’s Trophy APS delivered to US Army for Abrams integration
    Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has delivered its first Trophy Active Protection Systems (APSs) to the US Army for integration on the M1 Abrams main battle tank. In mid-October the company announced that its first Trophy APSs had been delivered to…
    - 44 days ago 23 Oct 19, 1:00am -
  • Collins Aerospace showcases US Army’s new MAPS Gen II solution
    Collins Aerospace revealed details of its system selected by the US Army for the service’s next-generation Mounted Assured Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (APNT) System (MAPS) for manned ground vehicles. The system was showcased at the Associat…
    - 45 days ago 22 Oct 19, 2:00am -
  • AUSA 2019: Raytheon wins US Army’s LTAMDS prototyping contract
    There was a question looming in the air during this year’s Association of the US Army 2019 (AUSA 2019) annual conference: which company would win the coveted contract to replace the Patriot air and missile defence radar? Just hours after the show e…
    - 50 days ago 17 Oct 19, 2:00am -
  • AUSA 2019: L3Harris delivers new handheld combat radio to USSOCOM
    L3Harris has begun low-rate initial production (LRIP) deliveries of the AN/PRC-163 two-channel handheld combat radio to US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), with company officials anticipating deliveries of full production models to begin within…
    - 51 days ago 16 Oct 19, 3:00am -
  • AUSA 2019: CAE reveals MBT engine maintenance trainer availability
    CAE announced at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) annual meeting in Washington, DC, in October that it was ready to deliver the first Abrams M1A2 main battle tank (MBT) engine maintenance trainer to the Manoeuvre Centre of Excellence…
    - 51 days ago 16 Oct 19, 1:00am -
  • AUSA 2019: NIWC finishes JLTV communications integration a year ahead of schedule
    The US Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) has completed its communications equipment integration work on the US Marine Corps (USMC) Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) nearly a year ahead of schedule, US Navy (USN) officials confirmed on 15 Octo…
    - 51 days ago 16 Oct 19, 12:00am -
  • AUSA 2019: US Army awards infrared weapon sights to Leonardo DRS
    The US Army awarded Leonardo DRS a USD89 million contract to produce advanced infrared weapon sights, the company confirmed on 15 October. The follow-on delivery order is part of an existing Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity contract to suppl…
    - 51 days ago 15 Oct 19, 11:00pm -
  • AUSA 2019: US Army soldiers getting new hot-weather uniform, new protective equipment
    The US Army’s Program Executive Office Soldier (PEO Soldier) is fielding a new hot-weather uniform and new soldier protective equipment meant to scale for varying threat levels. The Improved Hot-Weather Combat Uniform, designed for hot and tropic…
    - 52 days ago 15 Oct 19, 3:00am -
  • AUSA 2019: US Army looks to ‘componentise’ Israel’s Iron Dome for on-the-move defence
    The US Army is purchasing two Iron Dome air-defence batteries from Israel and will evaluate the systems to see if it can ‘componetise’ any of the elements for a more permanent programme, according to Brigadier General Brian Gibson, head of the ar…
    - 52 days ago 15 Oct 19, 3:00am -
  • Ricardo delivers drives to keep CVR(T) in UK service
    The British Army Training Unit Suffield (BATUS) has received the first four replacement final drives for the United Kingdom’s Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked) (CVR[T]) family from Ricardo Performance Products, the company announced in a pres…
    - 52 days ago 15 Oct 19, 1:00am -
  • AUSA 2019: 3M’s F70 helmet out for demonstrations
    Minnesota-based conglomerate 3M has sent its new lightweight, mid-level protection helmet to law enforcement and special forces around the world for demonstrations and human-factors testing, a company official told Jane’s ahead of the Association o…
    - 53 days ago 14 Oct 19, 1:00am -
  • AUSA 2019: Collins Aerospace on track for 400 Abrams M1A2 electric generator deliveries by 2021
    Key Points Collins Aerospace expects to deliver more than 400 electric generators for the Abrams M1A2 by 2021 This electric generator delivers 50% more onboard power than the vehicle’s legacy system Collins Aerospace expects to deliver more t…
    - 53 days ago 14 Oct 19, 12:00am -
  • Thales UK supplying new TI camera for Challenger 2 tanks
    Thales UK has confirmed that it is supplying its Catherine MP thermal imaging (TI) camera as a replacement for the legacy TI camera installed in the British Army’s Challenger 2 main battle tank (MBT) Thermal Sighting System (TSS), which is mounted…
    - 56 days ago 11 Oct 19, 2:00am -
  • US Army fielding new position, navigation, timing programme for Stryker
    The US Army is fielding its new position, navigation, and timing (PNT) system for tactical and armoured vehicles, with the latest tranche being deployed to army Stryker units at US European Command (EUCOM). The first iteration of the Mounted Assure…
    - 56 days ago 11 Oct 19, 2:00am -
  • US Air Force progresses toward directed energy counter-UAV programme of record
    Key Points The US Air Force is moving toward procuring directed energy counter-UAV systems The service is interested in these ground-based directed energy weapons to protect its assets and airspace from enemy UAVs The US Air Force (USAF) is mov…
    - 71 days ago 26 Sep 19, 3:00am -
  • Thales reveals new ISR concepts
    Thales has developed new intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) concepts in both the land and air domains and demonstrated these at DSEI 2019 in London in September. Digital Crew is a real-time self-learning artificial intelligence (A…
    - 74 days ago 22 Sep 19, 11:00pm -
  • Czech SHORAD procurement delayed
    The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) has delayed the Army of the Czech Republic’s (ACR’s) CZK10 billion (USD427 million) short-range air defence (SHORAD) system procurement. Deputy Defence Minister Filip Ríha told Jane’s recently that the contr…
    - 78 days ago 19 Sep 19, 2:00am -

C4ISR Maritime

  • Rohde & Schwarz delivers communications suite on Malaysia’s Lekiu class
    Rohde & Schwarz has completed the installation of an internet protocol (IP)-based communication system on board the Royal Malaysian Navy’s (RMN’s) Lekiu-class frigates. The system, known as the NAVICS IP integrated communication system (ICS), w…
    - 18 days ago 18 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • USN begins AN/SPN-50 radar testing
    The US Navy (USN) has begun land-based testing of its new AN/SPN-50(V)1 Shipboard Air Traffic Radar (SATR) at the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division Webster Outlying Field (NAWCAD WOLF) facility in St Inigoes, Maryland, the Naval Air Systems…
    - 30 days ago 6 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • India marks milestone in indigenous development of submarine AIP system
    India has successfully operationalised a land-based prototype (LBP) of an indigenously developed air independent propulsion (AIP) system, the country’s defence ministry announced on 30 October. The LBP, which has been developed by the Defence Res…
    - 31 days ago 5 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • Northrop Grumman begins testing of SEWIP Block 3 hardware
    Northrop Grumman has revealed that it has begun testing of engineering development model (EDM) hardware developed under the US Navy’s (USN’s) Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 3 programme. The company said it is “on…
    - 35 days ago 1 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • NRL’s multifunction RF testbed demonstrates antenna sharing and pattern capabilities
    Northrop Grumman and the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) have demonstrated simultaneous multifunction radio frequency (RF) resource management and antenna sharing during testing of a prototype system at NRL’s test facility in Chesapeake Beach, M…
    - 35 days ago 1 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • KraitSense ASW towed sonar tested in NATO REP(MUS) experiment
    UK-based maritime systems group SEA has successfully completed sea trials of its KraitSense thin-line passive sonar system as part of the recent NATO Recognized Environmental Picture augmented by Maritime Unmanned Systems REP(MUS) 2019 experiment.…
    - 36 days ago 31 Oct 19, 12:00am -
  • South Korea deploys indigenously developed coastal radar
    South Korea has operationalised the first example of an indigenously developed coastal surveillance radar, the country’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on 30 October. The system, which has been referred to by DAPA as…
    - 37 days ago 30 Oct 19, 3:00am -
  • RAN decommissions final Adelaide-class frigate
    The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) last operational Adelaide-class guided-missile frigate, HMAS Melbourne , was decommissioned in a ceremony held on 26 October at its home port of Fleet Base East, Garden Island in Sydney. During its 27 years i…
    - 39 days ago 28 Oct 19, 2:00am -
  • Maxar to open St Louis facility to support US NGA
    Maxar Technologies, a space technology company based near Denver, Colorado, plans to open a new facility in St Louis, Missouri, in January to handle its growing workload for the US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). The 10,500 sq ft fac…
    - 39 days ago 28 Oct 19, 12:00am -
  • MADEX 2019: Integrated mast options emerge for Korea’s KDDX
    Models of two new integrated mast designs for South Korea’s Next-Generation Destroyer (KDDX) programme were shown by LIG Nex1 and Hanwha Defense at the MADEX show in Busan. The separately developed designs incorporate a range of sensors – most…
    - 43 days ago 23 Oct 19, 11:00pm -
  • Elbit payload selected for Canada’s NOMAD active offboard decoy
    Rheinmetall Canada has selected Israel’s Elbit Systems to supply an offboard electronic countermeasures (ECM) payload for the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN’s) Naval Offboard Anti-missile Active Decoy (NOMAD) programme. Designed to address the re…
    - 50 days ago 17 Oct 19, 2:00am -
  • Combat systems testing starts for French FDI frigate
    Combat management system (CMS) and sensor trials for the French Navy’s future Fregate de defense et d’intervention (FDI) frigates are set to start next month, the Direction générale de l’armement (DGA) has confirmed. During a 27 September b…
    - 51 days ago 16 Oct 19, 2:00am -
  • AUSA 2019: Digital engineering expands across programmatic life
    Digital engineering is being expanded beyond platforms and systems to include acquisition, operations, and even end-of-life disposals, according to SAIC engineers focusing on that field. “We look across the lifecycle,” Kim Nunn, SAIC chief syst…
    - 51 days ago 15 Oct 19, 11:00pm -
  • Images emerge of naval variant of China's Z-20 helicopter
    The first clear images of a naval variant of China’s Z-20 tactical helicopter have emerged on Chinese online forums. The platform features several significant differences from the variant used by the People’s Liberation Army Ground Force (PLAGF),…
    - 53 days ago 14 Oct 19, 2:00am -
  • ONR awards contracts for long-endurance soft-kill decoy payloads
    The US Office of Naval Research (ONR) has awarded small-scale 12-month concept-design contracts for radio frequency (RF) and electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) payloads intended to equip a next-generation expendable offboard decoy system able to stay a…
    - 56 days ago 11 Oct 19, 2:00am -
  • Arms and Security 2019: Ukraine’s Yuzhnoye introduces new supersonic ASM development
    Key Points Design bureau Yuzhnoye has detailed its progress on a new Ukrainian ASM called the Bliskavka The missile is designed to exceed the performance of the Russian Kh-31 ASM Ukrainian design bureau Yuzhnoye has revealed the next phase of a…
    - 57 days ago 10 Oct 19, 2:00am -
  • RAN to equip ships with Hawklink digital datalink system
    The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is to implement the Hawklink Ku-band digital datalink system on major surface fleet units, informed sources told Jane's on 10 October. When operational, the 10 MB per second uni-directional Hawklink system will enabl…
    - 57 days ago 9 Oct 19, 11:00pm -
  • Safran contracted for key systems for Project SEA 1000 submarines
    Safran Electronics & Defense Australasia has been contracted to design three major combat system components for Australia’s Future Submarine programme. The AUD36.77 million (USD24.8 million) contract, announced by Lockheed Martin Australia and th…
    - 58 days ago 9 Oct 19, 12:00am -
  • Pacific 2019: DSIT launches SwordFish towed array sonar for export market
    Key Points DSIT has received approval to market a lightweight anti-submarine sonar system to international customers The system allows operators to conduct anti-submarine patrols from vessels as light as 400 tonnes Israeli company DSIT Solution…
    - 58 days ago 8 Oct 19, 11:00pm -
  • Squadron 2020 order marks first for Saab’s SLIM integrated sensor mast
    Saab has confirmed that the four new Pohjanmaa-class corvettes being procured by Finland under the Squadron 2020 corvette programme will be the first ships to receive the company’s SLIM [Saab Lightweight Integrated Mast] integrated sensor mast. F…
    - 63 days ago 3 Oct 19, 11:00pm -

C4ISR Joint Comm Equip

  • Turkey carries out first tests with S-400s
    Turkey carried out the first tests of the radar of the S-400 air defence systems it is procuring from Russia with its F-16 and F-4 fighters on 25–26 November, Turkish media reported. The Ankara governor’s office announced on 24 November that Tu…
    - 10 days ago 26 Nov 19, 3:00am -
  • Cubic Defence negotiating for UK’s SCOPIC 2 contract
    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is in negotiations to award a contract for the British Army’s SCOPIC 2 programme, which integrates synthetic resources into live training, to Cubic Defence UK (CD UK). The selection was announced on Defence Contract…
    - 10 days ago 26 Nov 19, 3:00am -
  • Lockheed Martin to provide two Solid State Radars for Japan’s Aegis Ashore BMD systems
    Japan’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) has awarded Lockheed Martin a contract for the production and supply of two Solid State Radar (SSR) antenna sets for the two land-based Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defence (BMD) systems Tokyo plans to deploy by…
    - 10 days ago 26 Nov 19, 2:00am -
  • Leonardo completes live sea trials for ULISSES anti-submarine warfare suite
    Leonardo announced it has completed live sea trails of new Ultra-Light Sonics Enhanced System (ULISSES) anti-submarine warfare (ASW) suite and expects to finalise development by the end of the year, enabling marketing and production to start in 2020.…
    - 15 days ago 21 Nov 19, 3:00am -
  • US Army leaders test out latest militarised HoloLens AR architecture
    US Army soldiers are evaluating the latest iteration of Microsoft’s modified HoloLens 2 headset as part of the service’s effort to inject augmented reality (AR) into how the force trains and conducts combat missions. Under the Integrated Visual…
    - 22 days ago 14 Nov 19, 2:00am -
  • Germany sets out ‘challenging’ airborne electronic attack timeline for NATO
    The German Air Force (Luftwaffe) is waiting on a government decision to launch a programme to field a dedicated airborne electronic attack (EA) capability for NATO by the mid-2020s, a senior officer said on 13 November. Speaking in Berlin, Luftwaff…
    - 23 days ago 13 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • Huber+Suhner’s GPSoF aims to share power and data via fibre cables
    Huber+Suhner is exploring a growing number of applications for its new Direct GPS over Fiber (GPSoF) technology, designed to enable communication equipment and other devices to be powered via fibre-optic cable. GPSoF was launched in early September…
    - 24 days ago 12 Nov 19, 3:00am -
  • NATO’s training mission in Iraq gaining momentum
    NATO’s train-the-trainer mission in Iraq is making progress on several fronts, including ordnance disposal, equipment codification, and cyber-awareness training, according to the mission’s out-going commander, Major General Dany Fortin. “We a…
    - 25 days ago 11 Nov 19, 3:00am -
  • IDF planners make increased use of battle simulations
    The Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF) Operations Branch has been making increasingly effective use of a battle simulation computer system, an officer in charge of operational simulations has told Jane’s . “The combination of the development of tec…
    - 28 days ago 8 Nov 19, 3:00am -
  • Northrop Grumman to deliver tactical data link systems to ADF
    Northrop Grumman announced on 6 November that has been awarded a three-year contract by the Australian Defence Force Tactical Data Link Authority (ADFTA) to deliver an undisclosed number of tactical data link (TDL) systems and training as part of the…
    - 28 days ago 8 Nov 19, 2:00am -
  • US Army seeking right mix of systems, capabilities in key tactical network drill
    Hitting the right mix of network and communication platforms, systems, and capabilities for US Army ground units will be one of several key objectives for a major upcoming demonstration of the newest iteration of the service’s Integrated Tactical N…
    - 29 days ago 7 Nov 19, 4:00am -
  • British Army releases RFI for weapon locating radar
    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) released an initial request for information (RFI) on 31 October for new weapon locating radar systems being procured under the Project Serpens programme. Formerly the Next Generation Weapon Locating System (MGWLS), th…
    - 29 days ago 7 Nov 19, 4:00am -
  • Airbus DS to offer improved A330 MRTT
    Airbus Defence and Space (DS) announced an improved variant of the A330-200 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft during the annual Trade Media Briefing (TMB), held at the company’s Manching facility near Munich. The improved aircraft is ge…
    - 29 days ago 7 Nov 19, 3:00am -
  • Australian Army enlists SitaWare HQ for Track Management Capability
    The Australian Army has selected Systematic’s SitaWare Headquarters (HQ) software to enhance its deployable command-and-control (C2) capabilities, the company announced on 7 November. The software will be used by the service as its interim Track…
    - 29 days ago 7 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • US Army to trial TITAN in 2020 to counter A2/AD
    The US Army is to trial elements of its Tactical Intelligence Targeting Access Node (TITAN) during the ‘Defender-Europe 20’ exercise in April–May 2020 to provide actionable intelligence for its long-range fires in anti-access/area denial (A2/AD…
    - 31 days ago 5 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • Australia to begin construction of High Performance Computing Centre
    Construction of a ‘next-generation High Performance Computing Centre (HPCC)’ for the Australian defence establishment will begin in November following the award of an AUD57 million (USD39.4 million) contract by the Australian government to the Ha…
    - 31 days ago 5 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • US Navy pleased with Pentagon AI centre's COTS focus
    US Navy Secretary Richard Spencer said the Department of Defence’s new Joint Artificial Intelligence Centre (JAIC) is meeting the service’s demands for AI-based technologies, enabling navy officials to concentrate on fielding and employment of th…
    - 35 days ago 1 Nov 19, 3:00am -
  • Russian Naval Aviation to form new combat headquarters
    Two new air division headquarters are to be formed by the Russian Naval Aviation in the Kaliningrad and Crimea regions. The new headquarters, dubbed ‘combat hubs’ by Russian Navy sources, will control air operations in real time over the sensit…
    - 35 days ago 1 Nov 19, 2:00am -
  • NRL’s multifunction RF testbed demonstrates antenna sharing and pattern capabilities
    Northrop Grumman and the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) have demonstrated simultaneous multifunction radio frequency (RF) resource management and antenna sharing during testing of a prototype system at NRL’s test facility in Chesapeake Beach, M…
    - 35 days ago 1 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • KraitSense ASW towed sonar tested in NATO REP(MUS) experiment
    UK-based maritime systems group SEA has successfully completed sea trials of its KraitSense thin-line passive sonar system as part of the recent NATO Recognized Environmental Picture augmented by Maritime Unmanned Systems REP(MUS) 2019 experiment.…
    - 36 days ago 31 Oct 19, 12:00am -

CBRNE & EOD Defence

  • Bacteria take the strain for undersoil explosives detection
    Researchers in the United States are developing a modular system for detecting buried TNT at source, by blending genetic engineering, electrical engineering, and computer science. In the 18-month Bioreporters for Subterranean Surveillance programme…
    - 10 days ago 26 Nov 19, 2:00am -
  • US State Department approves sale of counter-IED systems to Australia
    The US Department of State has approved a potential USD245 million Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Australia of up to 850 Joint Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare Increment 1 Block 1 (JCREW I1B1) systems, the US De…
    - 10 days ago 26 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • DSEI Japan 2019: IHI unveils autonomous underwater mine-detection system
    Japanese company IHI unveiled an autonomous underwater mine-detection system at the 18–20 November DSEI Japan 2019 defence exhibition in Chiba. The system, which comprises two different unmanned vehicles, is designed to acquire, process, classify…
    - 18 days ago 18 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • US MCM systems eyed for international forces
    The countermine systems being developed by the US Navy (USN), especially for the USN Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) mission module (MM), are being sought by other international naval forces as the USN continues to successfully test and employ those syste…
    - 24 days ago 12 Nov 19, 4:00am -
  • Chile, Ecuador, and Peru continue demining operations
    The armed forces of Chile, Ecuador, and Peru are continuing to remove mines and other unexploded ordnance from their borders. A total of 1,092 mines have been destroyed from an area encompassing 26,740 m 2 along Peru’s border with Ecuador, the Pe…
    - 56 days ago 11 Oct 19, 2:00am -
  • US Navy stretches modular MCM mindset with T-ESB 4 tests
    The US Navy (USN) has further expanded its modular concept for countermine (MCM) operations with recent MCM equipment testing aboard the Military Sealift Command’s Expeditionary Sea Base USNS Hershel Williams (T-ESB 4). The MCM equipment and syst…
    - 73 days ago 24 Sep 19, 3:00am -
  • Ecuador seeks to remove 95% of mines from border with Peru by 2021
    The Ecuadorian Ministry of Defence wants to remove up to 95% of land mines along its border with Peru by 2021, according to the Ministry of National Defence’s newly released strategy plan that spans 2017–21 (Plan Sectorial de Defensa 2017–2021)…
    - 22 Aug 19, 1:00am -
  • New defence group to start operations in late 2019, says AirBoss
    Canada-based AirBoss expects to complete the formation of AirBoss Defense Group (ADG) in the fourth quarter of 2019 by merging its defence activities with privately run US company Critical Solutions International (CSI). AirBoss announced the deal i…
    - 14 Aug 19, 12:00am -
  • OPEC Systems to supply new lightweight ensemble as part of CBRN protection contract
    Australian company Oil Pollution and Environmental Control (OPEC) Systems announced on 19 June that it has signed an AUD23 million (USD15.8 million) contract with Leidos Australia to provide a range of equipment, including a newly developed protectiv…
    - 20 Jun 19, 12:00am -
  • Thales targets April 2020 delivery for MMCM demonstrators
    Thales is working to complete integration, testing, and qualification of Maritime Mine Countermeasures (MMCM) demonstrator systems planned to be delivered to France and the UK in April 2020. Being jointly funded by the two nations, the MMCM program…
    - 14 Jun 19, 12:00am -
  • Japan mulls acquiring early warning satellite capability to detect ballistic missiles
    Japan is considering acquiring its own early warning satellite capability to detect ballistic missiles launched from North Korea and elsewhere, government officials said on 12 June. To explore such possibilities the Ministry of Defense (MoD) in Tok…
    - 12 Jun 19, 1:00am -
  • German Army to receive Mungo reconnaissance nuclear/chemical variant
    The German Ministry of Defence (MoD) plans to procure nine air-transportable Mungo armoured multirole transport nuclear/chemical (A/C) reconnaissance vehicles from Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) for EUR51 million (USD57 million), including training and…
    - 29 May 19, 1:00pm -
  • Navy League 2019: Raytheon mine clearance package moves ahead with AQS-20C sonar, Barracuda effector
    The US Navy (USN) now has 10 production Raytheon AQS-20C mine-hunting sonar units in the fleet, as the service hopes these can help shift to single sortie detect-to-engage (SSDTE) mine clearance missions. The AQS-20C has gone through testing but Ra…
    - 6 May 19, 11:00pm -
  • MoD transformation fund primes RN autonomy initiatives
    The UK Royal Navy (RN) has secured a GBP75 million (USD98 million) injection from the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) Defence Transformation Fund to advance initiatives intended to ‘mainstream’ the introduction of autonomous technologies into t…
    - 11 Apr 19, 12:00am -
  • L3-Micreo awarded contract to supply additional Silvershield C-IED systems for ANDSF
    The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has awarded Brisbane-based company L3-Micreo a contract to manufacture and deliver more than 14,000 additional Silvershield counter-improvised explosive device (C-IED) systems to the Afghan National Defense…
    - 10 Apr 19, 1:00am -
  • Indian Navy commissions facility to train against NBC contamination
    The Indian Navy (IN) inaugurated its first facility designed to train personnel in detecting, monitoring, and cleansing nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) contamination on its platforms on 25 March. Built by Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL), the NBC…
    - 26 Mar 19, 2:00pm -
  • Indian Navy orders additional mine countermeasure systems
    The Indian Navy (IN) signed an INR3.06 billion (USD42.8 million) deal in early February with Thales Australia for the supply of eight additional underwater mine countermeasure systems for fitment onto the service’s fast-attack craft. IN spokesman…
    - 7 Feb 19, 3:00pm -
  • Surface Navy 2019: Raytheon prepares to demonstrate its Barracuda MCM in 2019
    Raytheon is seeking to test an early prototype of its Barracuda mine neutralisation system later in 2019 as well as demonstrate aspects of the system during the US Navy’s (USN’s) 2019 Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX). “We have early…
    - 15 Jan 19, 2:00am -
  • South Korea details five-year spending plan
    South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has disclosed more details about its proposed defence spending plan for 2019–23 during which time it is pushing through major reforms to modernise the country’s armed forces. The MND confirmed…
    - 14 Jan 19, 12:00am -
  • Australia completes deliveries of Silvershield C-IED systems to Afghanistan
    The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has completed delivery of Silvershield counter-improvised explosive device (C-IED) systems to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF). Australian Defence Minister Christopher Pyne announced on 7 De…
    - 12 Dec 18, 12:00am -
  • North Korean nuclear programme advances
    North Korea's nuclear weapons programme, based on the simultaneous development of a weaponisable nuclear device and ballistic missile delivery systems, appears to have advanced incrementally in early 2016. Following Pyongyang's claimed - although w…
    - 30 Mar 16, 12:09pm -
  • Saudi Arabia requests USD500 million ammo replenishment
    The US State Department has approved the sale of a large amount of ammunition to Saudi Arabia to replenish stocks depleted by the ongoing conflict in Yemen, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 29 July. The DSCA said the propo…
    - 31 Jul 15, 12:00am -
  • China slams sale of six MCMVs to Taiwan
    Key Points China has protested at the inclusion of foreign components and systems in six MCMVs to be built for RoCN The MCMVs will likely form a key component of Taiwan's defence against China's possible use of increasingly sophisticated naval mine…
    - 3 Nov 14, 12:00am -
  • Satellite imagery shows Parchin explosion aftermath
    Satellite imagery indicates that there was an explosion at Iran’s Parchin military research, development, and production facility on 5 October, raising fears about safety precautions at a site where nuclear weapons research allegedly has been carri…
    - 9 Oct 14, 1:00am -
  • Brazil adds BAE Systems' RG32M to VBMT-LR competition
    The Brazilian Army has begun evaluating BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa's RG32M LTV (Light Tactical Vehicle) 4x4. The army's Evaluations Center (CAEx) is studying the vehicle as part of the VBMT-LR (Viatura Blindada Multitarefa-Leve de Rodas)…
    - 31 Jul 14, 12:00am -

Security

  • newSingapore commissions Special Operations Command Centre
    The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has commissioned the Special Operations Command Centre (SOCC) as part of wide-ranging efforts to secure the country against the growing threat of transnational terrorism, the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) announced on…
    - 19 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 1:00am -
  • newSingapore's Special Operations Task Force gets new command centre
    The Singapore Armed Forces' (SAF's) Special Operations Task Force (SOTF) inaugurated the Special Operations Command Centre (SOCC) on 4 December to enhance its capabilities to centrally plan, monitor and manage multiple counter-terrorism and contingen…
    - 19 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 1:00am -
  • newMalaysian MoD outlines procurement intentions in first-ever Defence White Paper
    Malaysia’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) outlined the armed forces’ capability requirements for the coming 10 years in its first-ever Defence White Paper, which was published on 4 December. The future force, which will include an amphibious compone…
    - 19 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 1:00am -
  • newSerbia receives Mi-35M and HForce H145M attack helicopters
    Serbia has received two Mi-35M attack helicopters from Russia, the Belgrade daily Politika reported on 2 December. The helicopters were airlifted by Russian An-124 transports to Batajnica Air Base in Belgrade. The Mi-35Ms will operate alongside Gaz…
    - 20 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • newNew US CNO guidance targets readiness
    In his initial guidance released on 4 December, Admiral Mike Gilday, the new US Navy (USN) chief of naval operations (CNO) identified a need for greater readiness. Adm Gilday also focused on the importance of information and electronic warfare, the…
    - 20 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • newWashington looking to restart peace talks with the Taliban
    US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad began on 3 December a trip to Afghanistan and Qatar to meet with Afghan leaders and government representatives and rejoin talks with the Taliban about the steps that could lead…
    - 20 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • newNetherlands MoD updates VOSS soldier system
    The Netherlands Ministry of Defence (MoD) displayed its latest version of the Verbeterd Operationeel Soldaat Systeem (Improved Operational Soldier System: VOSS) at the NEDS exhibition in Rotterdam on 28 November. MoD officials told Jane’s this was…
    - 20 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • newSISU’s new GTV 4×4 gets more powerful engine
    Finland’s SISU has revealed details of its General Purpose Vehicle (GPV), a variant of the GTP 4×4 armoured vehicle that was released in 2018. The GPV has been modified to carry a more powerful engine and updated transmission, according to a Novem…
    - 20 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • newNorthern Fleet Naval Aviation re-organised
    Two aviation regiments have been re-established at the Russian Northern Fleet’s main air base near Murmansk on the Kola Peninsula as a major re-organisation of the country’s naval aviation branch continues to be rolled out. In ceremony on 2 Dece…
    - 20 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • NATO improves force readiness

    - 2 days ago 4 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • NATO leaders approve report assessing China challenge to allies
    NATO leaders meeting in London on 3–4 December approved a new report calling on its members and its own political and military authorities to begin assessing the impact of China’s economic and military strength on the security of the Euro-Atlanti…
    - 2 days ago 4 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • NATO Secretary General highlights alliance need to invest in Arctic-relevant maritime capabilities
    With the Arctic continuing to increase in strategic importance, it is essential for NATO member states to develop maritime capabilities for Arctic operations, the alliance’s secretary general told a NATO conference on 3 December. Speaking at the…
    - 2 days ago 4 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • Spain funds F-110 frigate
    The Spanish government has given its approval for a loan of up to EUR1.63 billion (USD1.8 billion) to begin financing the F-110 frigate project. Construction work is due to start on the five-ship programme late next year once the final concept has…
    - 2 days ago 4 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • OSINT monitoring enables identification of Russian military insignia and vehicle markings
    Key Points Jane’s has been able to compile a database of insignia and vehicle markings for many Russian military units through order of battle (ORBAT) data and open-source research. The research enables recognition of specific units from video and…
    - 2 days ago 4 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • Dismantling of armed neo-Nazi movement underlines growing risk posed by right-wing extremism in Italy
    Key Points Italian authorities announced that a new national neo-Nazi movement had been dismantled and a large quantity of weapons seized in a series of co-ordinated counter-terrorism operations across the country. Although the group had formed a…
    - 3 days ago 3 Dec 19, 1:00am -
  • Indian Navy stands up sixth Dornier 228 squadron

    - 4 days ago 2 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • Dutch frigate to join French-led Gulf surveillance mission
    The Royal Netherlands Navy will send the frigate HNLMS De Ruyter to participate in the French-led maritime surveillance mission in the Gulf, the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed on 29 November. The Dutch ANP news agency reported on 25 Nove…
    - 4 days ago 2 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • Japan, India agree to enhance bilateral defence and security ties
    Tokyo and New Delhi agreed to further deepen their bilateral defence and security co-operation during the first India-Japan 2+2 Foreign and Defence Ministerial Meeting on 30 November. During the meeting, which was held in New Delhi and attended by…
    - 4 days ago 2 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • New Czech Army concept published
    The Czech Army general staff and Ministry of Defence published a new strategic concept on 20 November describing the modernisation priorities of the armed forces over the next 10 years. “We have to accelerate the acquisition of new technologies a…
    - 4 days ago 2 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • Malaysian parliament approves country’s first Defence White Paper
    Malaysia’s parliament unanimously approved the country’s first Defence White Paper (DWP) on 2 December, outlining the strategic outlook for the next 10 years. Tabling the document, which has yet to be released to the public, Defence Minister Mo…
    - 4 days ago 2 Dec 19, 2:00am -
  • India accuses PLA of 1,025 border transgressions between 2016 and 2018
    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has accused China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of “transgressing” the 4,075 km-long disputed border between the nuclear-armed neighbours a total of 1,025 times over a three-year period. The MoD told p…
    - 4 days ago 2 Dec 19, 1:00am -
  • Japan to buy uninhabited island for US carrier-borne aircraft drills
    The Japanese government announced on 2 December that it has agreed to buy Mage Island, an uninhabited island located about 40 km south of Kyushu – the southwesternmost of Japan’s main islands –, as a training site for US carrier-based aircraft…
    - 4 days ago 2 Dec 19, 1:00am -
  • Chilean Army to transfer APCs to police in exchange for new vehicles
    The Chilean government is planning to transfer up to 100 Piranha 6×6 armoured personnel carriers (APCs) from the army to the Carabineros, the national police force. The army is set to be compensated with funding to acquire new armoured vehicles fr…
    - 7 days ago 29 Nov 19, 2:00am -
  • Allies agree to reduce US contribution to NATO common funding
    NATO's European members and Canada have agreed to increase their contributions to the common budgets of the alliance and to reduce the US share the week before their 3-4 December leaders' meeting in London, sources have confirmed. A NATO official t…
    - 7 days ago 29 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • German Army stands up new panzer battalion
    The German Army is standing up a new panzer battalion, the Bundeswehr announced on its website on 27 November. Based in Hardheim, Baden-Württemberg, Panzerbataillon (Armour Battalion) 363 will be equipped with 44 Leopard 2 main battle tanks. The b…
    - 7 days ago 29 Nov 19, 12:00am -

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