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Jane's Defence Weekly

  • First LRIP Hawkei vehicles delivered to Australian motorised infantry battalion
    An Australian Army motorised infantry battalion has taken delivery of several Hawkei Protected Mobility Vehicles - Light from what is believed to be the first low-rate initial production (LRIP) batch of the 4×4 vehicles. The 1st Battalion Royal Au…
    - 2 days ago 3 Apr 20, 12:00am -
  • Covid-19: Boeing shuts down rotorcraft sites in Philadelphia
    Boeing has temporarily closed its helicopter and tiltrotor manufacturing sites in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as part of wider company and national efforts to help contain the coronavirus pandemic. The shutdown of the Ridley Township facility affec…
    - 2 days ago 3 Apr 20, 12:00am -
  • Lockheed Martin set to receive new PrSM development contract
    The US Army is set to award Lockheed Martin with an enhanced technology maturation risk reduction (E-TMRR) contract for its Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) prototyping effort after Raytheon exited the competition. In March, Jane’s first reported t…
    - 2 days ago 3 Apr 20, 12:00am -
  • Covid-19: Kazakh military ramps up efforts to stem spread of coronavirus
    Kazakhstan is ramping up the involvement of its military in the fight against the outbreak of the Covid-19 coronavirus in the Central Asian country. In a 31 March statement the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Nur-Sultan said the Kazakh military is now…
    - 2 days ago 3 Apr 20, 12:00am -
  • German Tornados leave Jordan
    Tornado reconnaissance aircraft of Taktisches Luftwaffengeschwader (Tactical Air Force Wing) 33 returned to their home base at Büchel from Al-Asraq, Jordan, on 2 April, the Bundeswehr announced on its website the same day. Their homecoming ended a…
    - 2 days ago 3 Apr 20, 12:00am -
  • Netherlands receives first latest-standard CH-47F Chinook helo
    The Netherlands has received from Boeing the first of 14 new-build CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters to be built to the latest US Army standard, the manufacturer announced on 3 April. The helicopter, which is the first to be built for the Royal…
    - 2 days ago 3 Apr 20, 12:00am -
  • South Korea deploys PAC-3 missile battery to Cheongju Air Base
    The Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) has deployed a battery of Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) interceptor missiles to Cheongju Air Base, which hosts the service’s fifth-generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighters and is believed to be within ra…
    - 2 days ago 3 Apr 20, 12:00am -
  • UkrOboronProm presents BM-21UM Berest 122 mm MRL
    Ukraine’s state-owned Shepetivka Repair Plant (ShRP) has completed factory testing of and is ready to accept domestic and foreign orders for its new BM-21UM Berest 122 mm multiple rocket launcher (MRL), the UkrOboronProm defence conglomerate to whi…
    - 2 days ago 3 Apr 20, 12:00am -
  • Covid-19: Argentine Army activates new support battalion
    To reinforce the activities the Argentine Army is performing to counter the Covid-19 pandemic, on 2 April the force created a new support battalion: the Batallón Servicios ‘2 de abril’. The unit, created with personnel from the Army General Sta…
    - 2 days ago 3 Apr 20, 12:00am -
  • Lockheed Martin contracted to deliver F-16s to Bulgaria
    Lockheed Martin has been awarded USD512 million to deliver eight F-16V Block 70 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft to Bulgaria. The Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract, announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 2 April, includes USD4.2 mill…
    - 2 days ago 2 Apr 20, 11:00pm -
  • Covid-19: US Navy relieves carrier Theodore Roosevelt commanding officer
    The US Navy (USN) abruptly relieved Captain Brett Crozier, the commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), on 2 April for failing to properly follow the chain of command in voicing his concerns about the US Navy’s sp…
    - 2 days ago 2 Apr 20, 11:00pm -
  • Texmaco sells off stake in defence firm
    Indian firm Texmaco Rail and Engineering has announced the sale of a stake in its affiliated defence company, although the name of buyer has not been disclosed. The group said in a stock exchange filing on 1 April that it has divested a 10% stake i…
    - 3 days ago 2 Apr 20, 10:00pm -
  • Covid-19: Myanmar military rejects calls for a Covid-19-related ceasefire
    Myanmar’s armed forces (Tadmadaw) have officially rejected calls from foreign governments and local ethnic rebels for a ceasefire to facilitate a response to stem the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus in the Southeast Asian country. Brigadier Ge…
    - 3 days ago 2 Apr 20, 2:00am -
  • Covid-19: Israeli defence companies adapt sensors to screen for virus
    Israel's Ministry of Defense (MoD) is working with two Israeli defence companies to develop radar- and electro-optical-based sensors to monitor peoples’ vital signs and identify ones infected with Covid-19. The programme is being led by the Natio…
    - 3 days ago 2 Apr 20, 2:00am -
  • Russia offers Indian Navy new submarine deal
    The Indian Navy (IN) is believed to be examining a proposal by Russia’s state-owned JSC United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) to offer the service three refurbished Kilo-class submarines to augment its shortfall in diesel-electric submarines (SSKs)…
    - 3 days ago 2 Apr 20, 1:00am -
  • Covid-19: ExCel centre converted into hospital
    The ExCel Centre in East London, where the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) exhibition is held every other September, is being converted into a hospital with the support of UK military planners. Business Secretary Alok Sharma tol…
    - 3 days ago 2 Apr 20, 12:00am -
  • Covid-19: India’s Naval Dockyard designs low-cost temperature sensor

    - 3 days ago 2 Apr 20, 12:00am -
  • European Task Force Takuba to deploy to Sahel this summer
    Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, the Netherlands, and Portugal have all committed troops to a new French-led special forces mission in the Sahel region called Task Force Takuba, the French Ministry of Armed Forces announced after a meeting of defence minis…
    - 3 days ago 2 Apr 20, 12:00am -
  • Update – Covid-19: Top US Air Force officer sees more service collaboration on weapon systems
    Key Points Reduced future defence budgets due to Covid-19 could have the US military services better collaborate on weapon systems The US armed services are already working together on a munition, helicopter programme, and ground vehicle The US…
    - 3 days ago 2 Apr 20, 12:00am -
  • Indonesia approves USD280 million request for follow-on BT-3F order
    The Indonesian government has approved an IDR4633 trillion (USD280 million) request to procure a further batch of BT-3F amphibious vehicles for the country’s Marines Corps (Korps Marinir: KORMAR). The request has been approved by an Indonesian in…
    - 3 days ago 1 Apr 20, 11:00pm -
  • Update: Japan rejects foreign plans for next-generation fighter
    The Japanese Ministry of Defense’s (MoD’s) Acquisition, Technology, & Logistics Agency (ATLA) has confirmed to Jane’s that it plans to pursue a Japan-led development project of a next-generation fighter aircraft, rejecting proposals by foreign…
    - 3 days ago 1 Apr 20, 11:00pm -
  • MDA awards Raytheon multi-year production deal for SM-3 Block IA interceptor
    The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has awarded Raytheon a multi-year production contract for the SM-3 Block IB ballistic missile interceptor, marking the first time that agency officials have inked a multi-year acquisition deal for the weapon. The…
    - 3 days ago 1 Apr 20, 11:00pm -
  • Covid-19: Spanish assault ship to serve as extra hospital
    The Spanish Ministry of Defence announced on its website on 31 March that it had ordered the Armada Española (Spanish Navy) to activate the amphibious assault ship SPS Galicia to provide extra hospital accommodation for the country’s North African…
    - 3 days ago 1 Apr 20, 11:00pm -
  • Russia to deploy Konteyner OTHR to Kaliningrad
    Russia will deploy the second Konteyner (Container) over-the-horizon radar (OTHR), which is capable of detecting mass take-offs of aircraft and launches of cruise missiles and hypersonic vehicles 3,000 km away, in the Kaliningrad region. The station…
    - 4 days ago 1 Apr 20, 3:00am -
  • Turkey deploys HAWK to Idlib
    The Turkish Armed Forces have deployed at least one MIM-23 HAWK surface-to-air missile system to Syria’s Idlib province. Video clips began to circulate on 27 March showing a convoy of Turkish military vehicles that included MAN trucks towing HAWK…
    - 4 days ago 1 Apr 20, 3:00am -

International Defence Review

  • US Space Force, L3Harris spearhead counter-satcom initiatives
    The US Space Force and industry counterparts at L3Harris are leading efforts to get the latest generation of satellite communications (satcom) intercept and jamming technologies into the nascent military branch’s arsenal. Engineers at L3Harris hav…
    - 2 days ago 3 Apr 20, 12:00am -
  • FFG wins upgrade work for German Wiesel 1 weapon carriers
    The German Ministry of Defence (MoD) in December 2019 awarded Flensburger Fahrzeugbau Gesellschaft (FFG) a contract to upgrade 181 deployed Wiesel 1 Armoured Weapon Carrier (AWC) vehicles to extend their operational life to at least 2025. The company…
    - 2 days ago 3 Apr 20, 12:00am -
  • Schiebel enhances S-100 UAS control with mobile antenna
    Schiebel has introduced a new mobile antenna system to its Camcopter S-100 unmanned aircraft system (UAS) product range, expanding the line-of-sight (LOS) connectivity between the company’s existing antennas and the UAS, the company told Jane’s.…
    - 2 days ago 2 Apr 20, 11:00pm -
  • Raytheon secures multiyear deal for SM-3 Block 1B interceptor production
    Raytheon Missile Systems was awarded a USD2.14 billion contract by the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) on 26 March to manufacture and deliver Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block 1B ballistic missile interceptors under a multiyear buy contracting arrangem…
    - 2 days ago 2 Apr 20, 11:00pm -
  • Covid-19: Malaysia enlists UASs to enforce countermeasures
    The Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) and Royal Malaysian Police (RMP) have deployed micro and small-class unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) to support enforcement of the government-mandated Movement Control Order (MCO) aimed at addressing the coronavirus…
    - 3 days ago 2 Apr 20, 2:00am -
  • DoD contracts 790 JASSM-ER missiles for US and FMS customers
    Lockheed Martin has been contracted to deliver 790 AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Stand-off Missile (JASSM) systems to US Department of Defense (DoD) and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. The award, announced on 1 April, is valued at USD818.2 m…
    - 3 days ago 1 Apr 20, 11:00pm -
  • General Atomics begins flight trials of first production-standard SkyGuardian UAS
    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) has begun flight trials of the first production-standard MQ-9B SkyGuardian unmanned aircraft system (UAS), the company announced on 31 March. The first flight of aircraft BC03 took place out of GA-A…
    - 4 days ago 1 Apr 20, 1:00am -
  • Saab markets new ARTHUR Mod D radar, showcases Boxer-mounted concept
    Saab has completed the development and is now awaiting contracts for its latest generation ARTHUR (ARTillery HUnting Radar) Mod D weapon locating radar (WLR), which the company established using internal funding. In a statement, Saab said ARTHUR Mo…
    - 5 days ago 31 Mar 20, 10:00pm -
  • UAVOS, KACST demonstrate progressive flight control capability for their Saker UAVs
    UAVOS and the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) have used two ground control stations (GCSs) to fly their Saker-1B medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the first time. UAVs, with this progres…
    - 5 days ago 31 Mar 20, 12:00am -
  • UVZ upgrades STANAG-compatible 2S19M1-155 155 mm howitzer
    Russia’s Uralvagonzavod (UVZ: a subsidiary of state corporation Rostec) has upgraded its STANAG-compatible 2S19M1-155 Msta-S 155 mm self-propelled howitzer (SPH), a spokesperson for Rostec told Jane’s on 25 March. “The modernised 2S19M1-155 h…
    - 6 days ago 29 Mar 20, 11:00pm -
  • South Korean MND eyes KUS-FS UAV for RoKA Ground Operations Command
    The South Korean Minstry of National Defense (MND) is planning to procure a new reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) Ground Operations Command (GOC), MND officials said in early March. According to the…
    - 6 days ago 29 Mar 20, 11:00pm -
  • Northrop Grumman moves to LW30 PROX qualification, M-ACE CUAS testing
    Northrop Grumman Defense Systems has completed US government testing of its programmable Light Weight 30 mm Proximity Sensing Ammunition (LW30 PROX) round, and is moving towards qualification and fielding of the round to US Army and US Marine Corps a…
    - 7 days ago 29 Mar 20, 2:00am -
  • Raytheon, Quantum Imaging sign deal on SWIR capability for ISR
    Quantum Imaging, a subsidiary of Israel-based infrared sensing and imaging company Semi Conductor Devices (SCD), has finalised a deal to supply Raytheon with short-wave infrared (SWIR) cameras and optical sensor packages for use on the company’s pr…
    - 9 days ago 27 Mar 20, 1:00am -
  • IrvinGQ develops airdrop cage for THeMIS UGV
    UK-based aerial delivery equipment and parachute developer IrvinGQ has developed ATAX, an airdrop system that can deliver Tracked Hybrid Modular Infantry System (THeMIS) unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), Estonia’s Milrem Robotics announced on 26 Mar…
    - 9 days ago 27 Mar 20, 1:00am -
  • US Air Force sets April deadline for 3DELRR replacement
    US Air Force officials want defence companies to submit prototype proposals for the revamped Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar (3DELRR) system by April, as part of the service’s effort to get the beleaguered programme back on track.…
    - 10 days ago 26 Mar 20, 2:00am -
  • BAE touts Sceptre fast jet mission management tool for multidomain applications
    BAE Systems is pitching its Sceptre mission management tool for fast jets as a core campaign planning tool for multidomain operations. Speaking to Jane’s on 26 March, Louise Aiken, head of Mission Planning Programmes, and John Loader, Operational…
    - 10 days ago 26 Mar 20, 1:00am -
  • USN adopts modular approach for SUUV programme
    The US Department of Defense (DoD) has moved ahead with efforts to introduce a new unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) capability for the US Navy (USN) following the selection of two prototypes for further testing. The DoD’s Defense Innovation Unit…
    - 12 days ago 24 Mar 20, 10:00pm -
  • US Army removes Raytheon from PrSM competition, leaving only Lockheed Martin
    The US Army decided not to provide Raytheon additional funding for the Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) prototyping competition, leaving Lockheed Martin as the only remaining competitor. The move comes after Raytheon was unable to test fly its PrSM…
    - 12 days ago 24 Mar 20, 3:00am -
  • US DoD conducts second Common Hypersonic Glide Body test
    The US Army and US Navy, under the auspices of the US Department of Defense (DoD), jointly executed the second test of the developmental Common Hypersonic Glide Body (C-HGB) in a flight experiment conducted from the US Navy’s Pacific Missile Range…
    - 12 days ago 24 Mar 20, 12:00am -
  • China showcases SAR-equipped BZK-005 UAV in military led firefighting operation
    China's People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Central Theatre Command has released images of an in-service BZK-005 medium-altitude long endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that has been specifically configured for wide-area intelligence, survei…
    - 13 days ago 23 Mar 20, 12:00am -
  • China’s latest Haiyi underwater gliders complete Indian Ocean deployment
    Upgraded Haiyi (Sea Wing) underwater gliders deployed from a Chinese government scientific research vessel on 11 December 2019 have successfully conducted an underwater survey expedition in the East Indian Ocean, the company responsible for manufactu…
    - 14 days ago 22 Mar 20, 10:00pm -
  • Royal Danish Army buys Weibel muzzle velocity radar for mortars
    The Royal Danish Army is now installing Weibel Scientific’s MVR-700 – a muzzle velocity radar (MVR) – on its recently acquired Elbit Systems/ESL Cardom 10 120 mm muzzle-loaded smoothbore mortars, which arm the service’s Piranha 5 8x8 vehicles…
    - 16 days ago 20 Mar 20, 3:00am -
  • USAF tests engine for Gray Wolf low-cost cruise missile
    The US Air Force (USAF) has tested a new low-cost turbojet engine to power air-launched cruise missiles being developed under the Gray Wolf programme. The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) announced on 19 March that, along with Northrop Grumman…
    - 16 days ago 20 Mar 20, 3:00am -
  • Pearson Engineering reveals route-clearance multi-tool system
    The United Kingdom’s Pearson Engineering has developed a route proving and clearance (RP&C) multi-tool system that it is offering for export. The company said that its RP&C multi-tool system, which was developed using internal research and develo…
    - 17 days ago 19 Mar 20, 1:00am -
  • LTAMDS wraps initial round of programme tests, prepares for live target drills
    Raytheon has competed initial tests of the US Army’s Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor (LTAMDS) and is preparing to test the new radar antenna array platform against live targets ahead of official evaluations of the system by service offici…
    - 17 days ago 19 Mar 20, 12:00am -

Navy International

  • NAVSEA surveys industry for Special Mission ships
    The US Navy has begun talks with shipbuilders over plans to replace its 36-year-old cable laying and repair ship USNS Zeus (T-ARC 7). Officials at Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) have also started discussing possible options for the construction…
    - 2 days ago 3 Apr 20, 12:00am -
  • India set to deliver Myanmar’s first submarine
    New Delhi is preparing to deliver a Kilo-class diesel-electric submarine that was in service with the Indian Navy as INS Sindhuvir to the Myanmar Navy. The transfer will also include operational and maintenance training to the Myanmar Navy, which w…
    - 2 days ago 3 Apr 20, 12:00am -
  • SCEPS power plant in the frame for next Mk 54 torpedo upgrade
    The US Navy (USN) is returning to a stored chemical energy propulsion system (SCEPS) to power an improved variant of the Mk 54 lightweight torpedo. The Mk 54 Mod 2 – also known as the Advanced Lightweight Torpedo (ALWT) – will additionally feat…
    - 3 days ago 2 Apr 20, 2:00am -
  • Covid-19: As US Navy battles virus impacts, service sets stage for recovery
    As Covid-19 cases mount on a deployed aircraft carrier and the US Navy (USN) cites signs of production slowdowns and disruptions, the service is laying the groundwork for future recovery by building up spares stockpiles, awarding contracts months ahe…
    - 3 days ago 2 Apr 20, 2:00am -
  • Fassmer MPV70 MK II selected for Ecuador
    German shipbuilder and design house Fassmer has confirmed the selection of its MPV70 MKII design to meet the needs of the Ecuadorian Navy's (Armada del Ecuador) new Multipurpose Combat Vessel programme. Local shipyard Astilleros Navales Ecuatoriano…
    - 3 days ago 2 Apr 20, 1:00am -
  • GeoSpectrum launches scaled down TRAPS sonar for USVs
    Canadian marine acoustics house GeoSpectrum Technologies has launched a compact version of its Towed Reelable Active Passive Sonar (TRAPS) designed specifically for unmanned surface vessels (USVs) and other small craft. The scaled down system, know…
    - 3 days ago 2 Apr 20, 1:00am -
  • US trials maritime strike role for Apache helo in Persian Gulf
    The US military has trialled the use of the Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopter in the maritime anti-surface warfare (ASuW) role in the Middle East. The US Naval Forces Central Command (USNAVCENT) announced on 2 April that it has conducted joint…
    - 3 days ago 1 Apr 20, 11:00pm -
  • Indonesia re-thinks USD900 million submarine contract with South Korea
    Key Points Indonesia is re-considering its options with regards to the contract for a second batch of three Type 209/1400 submarines. Defence policy makers are keen to explore other alternatives amid expectations of reduced defence expenditure al…
    - 4 days ago 1 Apr 20, 10:00pm -
  • Venezuelan Coast Guard patrol ship sinks following collision
    The Venezuelan Coast Guard’s third coastal patrol ship (Buque de Vigilancia de Litoral - BVL) Naiguata (GC 23) has sunk following a collision with a passenger ship northwest of La Tortuga Island, near Caracas, on 30 March. The collision resulted…
    - 4 days ago 1 Apr 20, 2:00am -
  • Covid-19: US Navy strives to balance operational requirements with virus challenges aboard carrier Roosevelt
    Reacting to a grim letter by the ship’s commanding officer about the challenges caused by Covid-19 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), the US Navy (USN) is struggling to keep the ship operational while it is moored at port…
    - 4 days ago 1 Apr 20, 12:00am -
  • Covid-19: Chile reports first military personnel infected with coronavirus
    Chile reported the first cases of military servicemen infected with the coronavirus on 31 March. The infected servicemen are six Chilean Navy personnel who arrived in Sydney, New South Wales, in early January. After being locally tested and proving…
    - 4 days ago 1 Apr 20, 12:00am -
  • Covid-19: US Navy assets deploy as service, shipyards eye more measures to combat virus impacts
    As the Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship, USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) was departing Naval Station Norfolk on 29 March for New York City in support of the nation’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) response efforts, the MSC hospital ship USN…
    - 6 days ago 30 Mar 20, 12:00am -
  • USN outlines ambitions for new Light Amphibious Warship
    The US Navy has outlined its requirements for a new class of beachable Light Amphibious Warship (LAW) intended to provide a manoeuvring and sustainment capability in contested littoral areas. A preliminary design effort is expected to start in late…
    - 7 days ago 29 Mar 20, 10:00pm -
  • Carrier Ford completes first vertical replenishment
    Aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) completed its first vertical replenishment (VERTREP) with MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopters, attached to the “Tridents” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 9 while alongside fleet replenishment oiler USN…
    - 7 days ago 29 Mar 20, 10:00pm -
  • French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle deploys to North Sea region for first time in 10 years
    Key Points The French Navy aircraft carrier FS Charles de Gaulle is conducting its first deployment to the eastern North Sea region in a decade As part of the deployment, the carrier strike group exercised with Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 Th…
    - 9 days ago 27 Mar 20, 1:00am -
  • USCG contracts eight shipbuilders for fresh round of Offshore Patrol Cutter studies
    The US Coast Guard (USCG) has tasked eight shipbuilding companies to develop proposals to help reboot its hurricane-delayed Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) programme. Worth up to USD22 million, the industry studies could lead to significant design cha…
    - 9 days ago 27 Mar 20, 1:00am -
  • Brazil discards the Barroso corvette upgrades
    The Brazilian Navy dropped its initial plan to modernise one of its frontline surface combatants, the corvette CV Barroso (V34) as part of the offset package for acquisition of four Tamandaré-class frigates, it told Jane’s on 20 March. The techn…
    - 9 days ago 27 Mar 20, 12:00am -
  • Covid-19: More sailors test positive for virus on carrier Roosevelt
    More personnel aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) have been found to be infected with Covid-19, the US Navy (USN) reported on 26 March. "As testing continues, additional positive cases of Covid-19 have been discovered aboar…
    - 9 days ago 27 Mar 20, 12:00am -
  • Brazil to receive Bofors 40 Mk4 weapon systems
    Two 40 mm BAE Systems Bofors 40 Mk4 naval gun systems are scheduled to be shipped to Brazil in August, the Brazilian Navy told Jane’s . The weapon systems, together with special tools, spares, and training, were purchased in 2013 worth EUR8.3 mil…
    - 10 days ago 26 Mar 20, 10:00pm -
  • USMC solicits industry to provide mobile air-defence system for JLTV vehicles
    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has formally begun its search for a ground-based air-defence system (GBADS) for integration aboard its Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs). A request for information (RFI) issued by the Department of Defense (DoD) on 26…
    - 10 days ago 26 Mar 20, 10:00pm -
  • USMC begins AESA upgrade for ‘classic’ Hornets
    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has begun the process of replacing the radars of some its Boeing F/A-18 legacy Hornet combat aircraft with a new active electronically scanned array (AESA) system, with the first procurement contract awarded on 26 March.…
    - 10 days ago 26 Mar 20, 10:00pm -
  • US Navy prepares for possible Columbia delay, GAO reports
    While the US Navy (USN) still considers the timely acquisition of its Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) to be its priority programme to ensure there is no gap in strategic patrols, the service is hedging against a potential delay in t…
    - 10 days ago 26 Mar 20, 10:00pm -
  • South Korea to transfer two decommissioned patrol vessels to Ecuador’s coastguard
    The Korea Coast Guard (KCG) is working towards the transfer of two recently decommissioned 300-tonne patrol vessels to Ecuador. The vessels – with pennant numbers 302 and 303 – have a length of 53.7 m, a beam of 7.4 m, and a draught of 2.5 m. Bui…
    - 10 days ago 26 Mar 20, 1:00am -
  • Covid-19: US Navy looks to accelerate future work as virus threatens current production
    The US Navy wants to accelerate new contract awards as the impacts of Covid-19 threaten to disrupt naval production and other existing programme work, James Geurts, the assistant navy secretary for Research, Development and Acquisition, told reporter…
    - 10 days ago 26 Mar 20, 12:00am -
  • Covid-19: US Navy faces impacts of increasing virus spread
    More Covid-19 cases have been reported in American naval shipyards and this has now spread to personnel on an aircraft carrier under way at sea. The US Navy (USN) is bracing for further impacts from the virus, including the likely interruption of i…
    - 11 days ago 25 Mar 20, 12:00am -

Jane's Defence

  • India set to deliver Myanmar’s first submarine
    New Delhi is preparing to deliver a Kilo-class diesel-electric submarine that was in service with the Indian Navy as INS Sindhuvir to the Myanmar Navy. The transfer will also include operational and maintenance training to the Myanmar Navy, which w…
    - 2 days ago 3 Apr 20, 12:00am -
  • FFG wins upgrade work for German Wiesel 1 weapon carriers
    The German Ministry of Defence (MoD) in December 2019 awarded Flensburger Fahrzeugbau Gesellschaft (FFG) a contract to upgrade 181 deployed Wiesel 1 Armoured Weapon Carrier (AWC) vehicles to extend their operational life to at least 2025. The company…
    - 2 days ago 3 Apr 20, 12:00am -
  • Netherlands receives first latest-standard CH-47F Chinook helo
    The Netherlands has received from Boeing the first of 14 new-build CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters to be built to the latest US Army standard, the manufacturer announced on 3 April. The helicopter, which is the first to be built for the Royal…
    - 2 days ago 3 Apr 20, 12:00am -
  • First LRIP Hawkei vehicles delivered to Australian motorised infantry battalion
    An Australian Army motorised infantry battalion has taken delivery of several Hawkei Protected Mobility Vehicles - Light from what is believed to be the first low-rate initial production (LRIP) batch of the 4×4 vehicles. The 1st Battalion Royal Au…
    - 2 days ago 3 Apr 20, 12:00am -
  • NAVSEA surveys industry for Special Mission ships
    The US Navy has begun talks with shipbuilders over plans to replace its 36-year-old cable laying and repair ship USNS Zeus (T-ARC 7). Officials at Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) have also started discussing possible options for the construction…
    - 2 days ago 3 Apr 20, 12:00am -
  • South Korea deploys PAC-3 missile battery to Cheongju Air Base
    The Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) has deployed a battery of Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) interceptor missiles to Cheongju Air Base, which hosts the service’s fifth-generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighters and is believed to be within ra…
    - 2 days ago 3 Apr 20, 12:00am -
  • Covid-19: Kazakh military ramps up efforts to stem spread of coronavirus
    Kazakhstan is ramping up the involvement of its military in the fight against the outbreak of the Covid-19 coronavirus in the Central Asian country. In a 31 March statement the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Nur-Sultan said the Kazakh military is now…
    - 2 days ago 3 Apr 20, 12:00am -
  • UkrOboronProm presents BM-21UM Berest 122 mm MRL
    Ukraine’s state-owned Shepetivka Repair Plant (ShRP) has completed factory testing of and is ready to accept domestic and foreign orders for its new BM-21UM Berest 122 mm multiple rocket launcher (MRL), the UkrOboronProm defence conglomerate to whi…
    - 2 days ago 3 Apr 20, 12:00am -
  • Raytheon secures multiyear deal for SM-3 Block 1B interceptor production
    Raytheon Missile Systems was awarded a USD2.14 billion contract by the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) on 26 March to manufacture and deliver Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block 1B ballistic missile interceptors under a multiyear buy contracting arrangem…
    - 2 days ago 2 Apr 20, 11:00pm -
  • Schiebel enhances S-100 UAS control with mobile antenna
    Schiebel has introduced a new mobile antenna system to its Camcopter S-100 unmanned aircraft system (UAS) product range, expanding the line-of-sight (LOS) connectivity between the company’s existing antennas and the UAS, the company told Jane’s.…
    - 2 days ago 2 Apr 20, 11:00pm -
  • Covid-19: Malaysia enlists UASs to enforce countermeasures
    The Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) and Royal Malaysian Police (RMP) have deployed micro and small-class unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) to support enforcement of the government-mandated Movement Control Order (MCO) aimed at addressing the coronavirus…
    - 3 days ago 2 Apr 20, 2:00am -
  • SCEPS power plant in the frame for next Mk 54 torpedo upgrade
    The US Navy (USN) is returning to a stored chemical energy propulsion system (SCEPS) to power an improved variant of the Mk 54 lightweight torpedo. The Mk 54 Mod 2 – also known as the Advanced Lightweight Torpedo (ALWT) – will additionally feat…
    - 3 days ago 2 Apr 20, 2:00am -
  • Russia offers Indian Navy new submarine deal
    The Indian Navy (IN) is believed to be examining a proposal by Russia’s state-owned JSC United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) to offer the service three refurbished Kilo-class submarines to augment its shortfall in diesel-electric submarines (SSKs)…
    - 3 days ago 2 Apr 20, 1:00am -
  • GeoSpectrum launches scaled down TRAPS sonar for USVs
    Canadian marine acoustics house GeoSpectrum Technologies has launched a compact version of its Towed Reelable Active Passive Sonar (TRAPS) designed specifically for unmanned surface vessels (USVs) and other small craft. The scaled down system, know…
    - 3 days ago 2 Apr 20, 1:00am -
  • Fassmer MPV70 MK II selected for Ecuador
    German shipbuilder and design house Fassmer has confirmed the selection of its MPV70 MKII design to meet the needs of the Ecuadorian Navy's (Armada del Ecuador) new Multipurpose Combat Vessel programme. Local shipyard Astilleros Navales Ecuatoriano…
    - 3 days ago 2 Apr 20, 1:00am -
  • US trials maritime strike role for Apache helo in Persian Gulf
    The US military has trialled the use of the Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopter in the maritime anti-surface warfare (ASuW) role in the Middle East. The US Naval Forces Central Command (USNAVCENT) announced on 2 April that it has conducted joint…
    - 3 days ago 1 Apr 20, 11:00pm -
  • DoD contracts 790 JASSM-ER missiles for US and FMS customers
    Lockheed Martin has been contracted to deliver 790 AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Stand-off Missile (JASSM) systems to US Department of Defense (DoD) and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. The award, announced on 1 April, is valued at USD818.2 m…
    - 3 days ago 1 Apr 20, 11:00pm -
  • Update: Japan rejects foreign plans for next-generation fighter
    The Japanese Ministry of Defense’s (MoD’s) Acquisition, Technology, & Logistics Agency (ATLA) has confirmed to Jane’s that it plans to pursue a Japan-led development project of a next-generation fighter aircraft, rejecting proposals by foreign…
    - 3 days ago 1 Apr 20, 11:00pm -
  • Russia to deploy Konteyner OTHR to Kaliningrad
    Russia will deploy the second Konteyner (Container) over-the-horizon radar (OTHR), which is capable of detecting mass take-offs of aircraft and launches of cruise missiles and hypersonic vehicles 3,000 km away, in the Kaliningrad region. The station…
    - 4 days ago 1 Apr 20, 3:00am -
  • Turkey deploys HAWK to Idlib
    The Turkish Armed Forces have deployed at least one MIM-23 HAWK surface-to-air missile system to Syria’s Idlib province. Video clips began to circulate on 27 March showing a convoy of Turkish military vehicles that included MAN trucks towing HAWK…
    - 4 days ago 1 Apr 20, 3:00am -
  • Bangladesh receives final surplus UK C-130J airlifter
    Bangladesh has received the last of five UK-surplus Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules transport aircraft it ordered, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) told Jane’s on 1 April. Aircraft ZH 887, a short-bodied C-130J (designated C5 in Royal Air Force […
    - 4 days ago 1 Apr 20, 2:00am -
  • South Korea adopts new locally developed port surveillance system
    South Korea has begun adopting a new locally developed port surveillance system that can “more effectively” detect, identify, and respond to low-noise underwater objects, including divers and increasingly quiet submarines, approaching its ports,…
    - 4 days ago 1 Apr 20, 2:00am -
  • Venezuelan Coast Guard patrol ship sinks following collision
    The Venezuelan Coast Guard’s third coastal patrol ship (Buque de Vigilancia de Litoral - BVL) Naiguata (GC 23) has sunk following a collision with a passenger ship northwest of La Tortuga Island, near Caracas, on 30 March. The collision resulted…
    - 4 days ago 1 Apr 20, 2:00am -
  • General Atomics begins flight trials of first production-standard SkyGuardian UAS
    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) has begun flight trials of the first production-standard MQ-9B SkyGuardian unmanned aircraft system (UAS), the company announced on 31 March. The first flight of aircraft BC03 took place out of GA-A…
    - 4 days ago 1 Apr 20, 1:00am -
  • Australian Army sets up office to bolster adoption of disruptive technologies
    The Australian Army has established a specialist office to advance knowledge in and bolster its adoption of disruptive technologies in the fields of artificial intelligence, quantum technologies, robotics and autonomous systems. Created in March 20…
    - 4 days ago 1 Apr 20, 12:00am -

Intelligence Review

Platforms

  • UkrOboronProm presents BM-21UM Berest 122 mm MRL
    Ukraine’s state-owned Shepetivka Repair Plant (ShRP) has completed factory testing of and is ready to accept domestic and foreign orders for its new BM-21UM Berest 122 mm multiple rocket launcher (MRL), the UkrOboronProm defence conglomerate to whi…
    - 2 days ago 3 Apr 20, 12:00am -
  • NAVSEA surveys industry for Special Mission ships
    The US Navy has begun talks with shipbuilders over plans to replace its 36-year-old cable laying and repair ship USNS Zeus (T-ARC 7). Officials at Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) have also started discussing possible options for the construction…
    - 2 days ago 3 Apr 20, 12:00am -
  • FFG wins upgrade work for German Wiesel 1 weapon carriers
    The German Ministry of Defence (MoD) in December 2019 awarded Flensburger Fahrzeugbau Gesellschaft (FFG) a contract to upgrade 181 deployed Wiesel 1 Armoured Weapon Carrier (AWC) vehicles to extend their operational life to at least 2025. The company…
    - 2 days ago 3 Apr 20, 12:00am -
  • India set to deliver Myanmar’s first submarine
    New Delhi is preparing to deliver a Kilo-class diesel-electric submarine that was in service with the Indian Navy as INS Sindhuvir to the Myanmar Navy. The transfer will also include operational and maintenance training to the Myanmar Navy, which w…
    - 2 days ago 3 Apr 20, 12:00am -
  • First LRIP Hawkei vehicles delivered to Australian motorised infantry battalion
    An Australian Army motorised infantry battalion has taken delivery of several Hawkei Protected Mobility Vehicles - Light from what is believed to be the first low-rate initial production (LRIP) batch of the 4×4 vehicles. The 1st Battalion Royal Au…
    - 2 days ago 3 Apr 20, 12:00am -
  • Covid-19: Kazakh military ramps up efforts to stem spread of coronavirus
    Kazakhstan is ramping up the involvement of its military in the fight against the outbreak of the Covid-19 coronavirus in the Central Asian country. In a 31 March statement the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Nur-Sultan said the Kazakh military is now…
    - 2 days ago 3 Apr 20, 12:00am -
  • Netherlands receives first latest-standard CH-47F Chinook helo
    The Netherlands has received from Boeing the first of 14 new-build CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters to be built to the latest US Army standard, the manufacturer announced on 3 April. The helicopter, which is the first to be built for the Royal…
    - 2 days ago 3 Apr 20, 12:00am -
  • Schiebel enhances S-100 UAS control with mobile antenna
    Schiebel has introduced a new mobile antenna system to its Camcopter S-100 unmanned aircraft system (UAS) product range, expanding the line-of-sight (LOS) connectivity between the company’s existing antennas and the UAS, the company told Jane’s.…
    - 2 days ago 2 Apr 20, 11:00pm -
  • Covid-19: Malaysia enlists UASs to enforce countermeasures
    The Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) and Royal Malaysian Police (RMP) have deployed micro and small-class unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) to support enforcement of the government-mandated Movement Control Order (MCO) aimed at addressing the coronavirus…
    - 3 days ago 2 Apr 20, 2:00am -
  • Russia offers Indian Navy new submarine deal
    The Indian Navy (IN) is believed to be examining a proposal by Russia’s state-owned JSC United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) to offer the service three refurbished Kilo-class submarines to augment its shortfall in diesel-electric submarines (SSKs)…
    - 3 days ago 2 Apr 20, 1:00am -
  • Fassmer MPV70 MK II selected for Ecuador
    German shipbuilder and design house Fassmer has confirmed the selection of its MPV70 MKII design to meet the needs of the Ecuadorian Navy's (Armada del Ecuador) new Multipurpose Combat Vessel programme. Local shipyard Astilleros Navales Ecuatoriano…
    - 3 days ago 2 Apr 20, 1:00am -
  • Update: Japan rejects foreign plans for next-generation fighter
    The Japanese Ministry of Defense’s (MoD’s) Acquisition, Technology, & Logistics Agency (ATLA) has confirmed to Jane’s that it plans to pursue a Japan-led development project of a next-generation fighter aircraft, rejecting proposals by foreign…
    - 3 days ago 1 Apr 20, 11:00pm -
  • US trials maritime strike role for Apache helo in Persian Gulf
    The US military has trialled the use of the Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopter in the maritime anti-surface warfare (ASuW) role in the Middle East. The US Naval Forces Central Command (USNAVCENT) announced on 2 April that it has conducted joint…
    - 3 days ago 1 Apr 20, 11:00pm -
  • Bangladesh receives final surplus UK C-130J airlifter
    Bangladesh has received the last of five UK-surplus Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules transport aircraft it ordered, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) told Jane’s on 1 April. Aircraft ZH 887, a short-bodied C-130J (designated C5 in Royal Air Force […
    - 4 days ago 1 Apr 20, 2:00am -
  • Venezuelan Coast Guard patrol ship sinks following collision
    The Venezuelan Coast Guard’s third coastal patrol ship (Buque de Vigilancia de Litoral - BVL) Naiguata (GC 23) has sunk following a collision with a passenger ship northwest of La Tortuga Island, near Caracas, on 30 March. The collision resulted…
    - 4 days ago 1 Apr 20, 2:00am -
  • General Atomics begins flight trials of first production-standard SkyGuardian UAS
    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) has begun flight trials of the first production-standard MQ-9B SkyGuardian unmanned aircraft system (UAS), the company announced on 31 March. The first flight of aircraft BC03 took place out of GA-A…
    - 4 days ago 1 Apr 20, 1:00am -
  • Czech Republic to begin work on 23 Pandur II IFVs for Indonesian Army
    Czech companies Excalibur Army and Tatra Defence Vehicles, both of which are members of the Czechoslovak Group (CSG), are set to begin work on 23 8×8 Pandur II amphibious infantry fighting vehicles (IFV) for the Indonesian Army (Tentara Nasional Ind…
    - 4 days ago 1 Apr 20, 12:00am -
  • UK stands-up ‘swarming drones’ development unit
    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has stood-up an experimental unit dedicated to developing an operational ‘swarming drones’ capability, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) told Jane’s . 216 Squadron was reactivated at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire on…
    - 4 days ago 31 Mar 20, 11:00pm -
  • Saab markets new ARTHUR Mod D radar, showcases Boxer-mounted concept
    Saab has completed the development and is now awaiting contracts for its latest generation ARTHUR (ARTillery HUnting Radar) Mod D weapon locating radar (WLR), which the company established using internal funding. In a statement, Saab said ARTHUR Mo…
    - 5 days ago 31 Mar 20, 10:00pm -
  • UAVOS, KACST demonstrate progressive flight control capability for their Saker UAVs
    UAVOS and the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) have used two ground control stations (GCSs) to fly their Saker-1B medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the first time. UAVs, with this progres…
    - 5 days ago 31 Mar 20, 12:00am -
  • JMSDF destroyer collides with Chinese fishing boat in East China Sea, two injured
    The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s (JMSDF’s) Hatakaze-class guided missile destroyer JS Shimakaze (pennant number 172) collided with a Chinese fishing boat in the East China Sea on 30 March, injuring two people aboard the fishing boat. A s…
    - 5 days ago 31 Mar 20, 12:00am -
  • Ukrainians wrap up Ugandan aircraft upgrade
    A team of 14 Ukrainian pilots, engineers, and designers from the Odessa Aviation Plant (OAP) have returned home from Uganda after repairing and upgraded six training and combat aircraft, Ukraine’s state-owned defence conglomerate UkrOboronProm anno…
    - 5 days ago 30 Mar 20, 11:00pm -
  • DroneGuns delivered to Middle East
    The Australian company DroneShield has revealed that it has delivered its DroneGun unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) countermeasures system to a Middle Eastern military. “Following a request by its governmental customer, it has shipped the remainder…
    - 5 days ago 30 Mar 20, 11:00pm -
  • Brazilian Army releases requirements for its new MBT project
    The Brazilian Army has recently published two documents, one outlining operational requirements and the other technical, logistical, and industrial requirements, that will lead to the potential future acquisition of a new main battle tank (MBT). Pr…
    - 5 days ago 30 Mar 20, 11:00pm -
  • Argentina completes receipt of second batch of Pampa III jets
    The Argentine Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Argentina - FAA) has received into service its sixth FAdeA IA-63 Pampa III trainer and light combat aircraft, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 27 March. The Pampa III, serial number A-705 (1033), was…
    - 6 days ago 30 Mar 20, 1:00am -

Air Platforms

  • Covid-19: Kazakh military ramps up efforts to stem spread of coronavirus
    Kazakhstan is ramping up the involvement of its military in the fight against the outbreak of the Covid-19 coronavirus in the Central Asian country. In a 31 March statement the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Nur-Sultan said the Kazakh military is now…
    - 2 days ago 3 Apr 20, 12:00am -
  • Netherlands receives first latest-standard CH-47F Chinook helo
    The Netherlands has received from Boeing the first of 14 new-build CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters to be built to the latest US Army standard, the manufacturer announced on 3 April. The helicopter, which is the first to be built for the Royal…
    - 2 days ago 3 Apr 20, 12:00am -
  • Schiebel enhances S-100 UAS control with mobile antenna
    Schiebel has introduced a new mobile antenna system to its Camcopter S-100 unmanned aircraft system (UAS) product range, expanding the line-of-sight (LOS) connectivity between the company’s existing antennas and the UAS, the company told Jane’s.…
    - 2 days ago 2 Apr 20, 11:00pm -
  • Covid-19: Malaysia enlists UASs to enforce countermeasures
    The Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) and Royal Malaysian Police (RMP) have deployed micro and small-class unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) to support enforcement of the government-mandated Movement Control Order (MCO) aimed at addressing the coronavirus…
    - 3 days ago 2 Apr 20, 2:00am -
  • Update: Japan rejects foreign plans for next-generation fighter
    The Japanese Ministry of Defense’s (MoD’s) Acquisition, Technology, & Logistics Agency (ATLA) has confirmed to Jane’s that it plans to pursue a Japan-led development project of a next-generation fighter aircraft, rejecting proposals by foreign…
    - 3 days ago 1 Apr 20, 11:00pm -
  • US trials maritime strike role for Apache helo in Persian Gulf
    The US military has trialled the use of the Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopter in the maritime anti-surface warfare (ASuW) role in the Middle East. The US Naval Forces Central Command (USNAVCENT) announced on 2 April that it has conducted joint…
    - 3 days ago 1 Apr 20, 11:00pm -
  • Bangladesh receives final surplus UK C-130J airlifter
    Bangladesh has received the last of five UK-surplus Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules transport aircraft it ordered, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) told Jane’s on 1 April. Aircraft ZH 887, a short-bodied C-130J (designated C5 in Royal Air Force […
    - 4 days ago 1 Apr 20, 2:00am -
  • General Atomics begins flight trials of first production-standard SkyGuardian UAS
    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) has begun flight trials of the first production-standard MQ-9B SkyGuardian unmanned aircraft system (UAS), the company announced on 31 March. The first flight of aircraft BC03 took place out of GA-A…
    - 4 days ago 1 Apr 20, 1:00am -
  • UK stands-up ‘swarming drones’ development unit
    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has stood-up an experimental unit dedicated to developing an operational ‘swarming drones’ capability, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) told Jane’s . 216 Squadron was reactivated at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire on…
    - 4 days ago 31 Mar 20, 11:00pm -
  • UAVOS, KACST demonstrate progressive flight control capability for their Saker UAVs
    UAVOS and the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) have used two ground control stations (GCSs) to fly their Saker-1B medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the first time. UAVs, with this progres…
    - 5 days ago 31 Mar 20, 12:00am -
  • Ukrainians wrap up Ugandan aircraft upgrade
    A team of 14 Ukrainian pilots, engineers, and designers from the Odessa Aviation Plant (OAP) have returned home from Uganda after repairing and upgraded six training and combat aircraft, Ukraine’s state-owned defence conglomerate UkrOboronProm anno…
    - 5 days ago 30 Mar 20, 11:00pm -
  • Argentina completes receipt of second batch of Pampa III jets
    The Argentine Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Argentina - FAA) has received into service its sixth FAdeA IA-63 Pampa III trainer and light combat aircraft, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 27 March. The Pampa III, serial number A-705 (1033), was…
    - 6 days ago 30 Mar 20, 1:00am -
  • South Korean MND eyes KUS-FS UAV for RoKA Ground Operations Command
    The South Korean Minstry of National Defense (MND) is planning to procure a new reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) Ground Operations Command (GOC), MND officials said in early March. According to the…
    - 6 days ago 29 Mar 20, 11:00pm -
  • Draken begins flying refurbished Mirages in Aggressor role
    Draken International has begun flying its Dassault Mirage F1M/B aircraft recently acquired from the Spanish Air Force, the company announced on 26 March. The contractor-based training company is now utilising the aircraft for ‘Red Air’ aggresso…
    - 9 days ago 27 Mar 20, 12:00am -
  • Malaysia receives first batch of donated ScanEagle UAVs from US
    Malaysia has taken delivery of the first 6 of 12 Insitu ScanEagle 2 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – along with associated equipment – that were gifted by the United States under Washington’s Maritime Security Initiative (MSI) programme. The…
    - 9 days ago 26 Mar 20, 11:00pm -
  • US Army selects Bell, Sikorsky for FARA-CP programme
    Key Points The US Army picked Bell and its 360 Invictus and Sikorsky and its Raider X to move forward with its FARA-CP effort The service expects a final downselect in mid-2023 The US Army on 25 March selected Bell and Sikorsky to move forward…
    - 11 days ago 25 Mar 20, 10:00pm -
  • Indian MH-60R helos to be Saudi-standard, plus national mods
    The Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk maritime helicopters ordered by India will be built to the latest Saudi Arabian configuration, with some additional national-specific modifications. The new initial Indian baseline standard was disclosed on the US govern…
    - 11 days ago 25 Mar 20, 12:00am -
  • Indonesia’s tactical lift aircraft sustains gunfire damage in mission over Papua
    An Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU) C295 tactical military transport aircraft has sustained damage from suspected hostile gunfire while it was on a mission in the country’s restive Papua province. These…
    - 12 days ago 24 Mar 20, 10:00pm -
  • Four companies shortlisted to replace Australia’s Shadow 200 TUAS capability
    Four companies will compete to replace the Australian Army’s Shadow 200 Tactical Unmanned Aerial System (TUAS) through project Land 129 Phase 3, the Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra announced on 20 March. The shortlisted companies – Insi…
    - 13 days ago 23 Mar 20, 12:00am -
  • F-35 programme reduces remaining SDD capability requirements, but bulkhead issue remains
    Key Points The Pentagon and Lockheed Martin have reduced their outstanding F-35 SDD requirements from 43 to six The remaining requirements involve bulkheads cracking early, especially on the F-35B The Pentagon has closed out all but six open sy…
    - 13 days ago 23 Mar 20, 12:00am -
  • China showcases SAR-equipped BZK-005 UAV in military led firefighting operation
    China's People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Central Theatre Command has released images of an in-service BZK-005 medium-altitude long endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that has been specifically configured for wide-area intelligence, survei…
    - 13 days ago 23 Mar 20, 12:00am -
  • Argentine companies present rotary-wing UAV
    Argentine companies Cicaré, INVAP, and Marinelli have presented for the first time a prototype of the Asteri RUAS 160, a rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designed for the defence, security, and agriculture markets. The presentation took p…
    - 16 days ago 20 Mar 20, 3:00am -
  • India fast-tracking purchase of 10 additional Ka-31 AEW&C helicopters
    India is fast-tracking negotiations to acquire 10 Russian-made Kamov Ka-31 ‘Helix’ airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) helicopters in time for the expected commissioning in 2021 of Vikrant , the Indian Navy’s (IN’s) indigenously design…
    - 16 days ago 20 Mar 20, 12:00am -
  • New Future Long Range Assault Aircraft phase features greater government cost share
    Key Points The FLRAA programme is entering a study phase in which the US Army will provide two-thirds of the funding Previous efforts under JMR-TD had the contractors making greater contributions The next phase of the US Army’s Future Long Ra…
    - 16 days ago 19 Mar 20, 11:00pm -
  • New ‘Air Force One’ aircraft begins modification
    Key Points The US Air Force has started modifying the first of two 747-8 aircraft that will be used for presidential service Modification of the second aircraft will begin later this year The US Air Force (USAF) on 25 February began modifying t…
    - 16 days ago 19 Mar 20, 11:00pm -

Land Platforms

  • UkrOboronProm presents BM-21UM Berest 122 mm MRL
    Ukraine’s state-owned Shepetivka Repair Plant (ShRP) has completed factory testing of and is ready to accept domestic and foreign orders for its new BM-21UM Berest 122 mm multiple rocket launcher (MRL), the UkrOboronProm defence conglomerate to whi…
    - 2 days ago 3 Apr 20, 12:00am -
  • FFG wins upgrade work for German Wiesel 1 weapon carriers
    The German Ministry of Defence (MoD) in December 2019 awarded Flensburger Fahrzeugbau Gesellschaft (FFG) a contract to upgrade 181 deployed Wiesel 1 Armoured Weapon Carrier (AWC) vehicles to extend their operational life to at least 2025. The company…
    - 2 days ago 3 Apr 20, 12:00am -
  • Covid-19: Kazakh military ramps up efforts to stem spread of coronavirus
    Kazakhstan is ramping up the involvement of its military in the fight against the outbreak of the Covid-19 coronavirus in the Central Asian country. In a 31 March statement the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Nur-Sultan said the Kazakh military is now…
    - 2 days ago 3 Apr 20, 12:00am -
  • First LRIP Hawkei vehicles delivered to Australian motorised infantry battalion
    An Australian Army motorised infantry battalion has taken delivery of several Hawkei Protected Mobility Vehicles - Light from what is believed to be the first low-rate initial production (LRIP) batch of the 4×4 vehicles. The 1st Battalion Royal Au…
    - 2 days ago 3 Apr 20, 12:00am -
  • Czech Republic to begin work on 23 Pandur II IFVs for Indonesian Army
    Czech companies Excalibur Army and Tatra Defence Vehicles, both of which are members of the Czechoslovak Group (CSG), are set to begin work on 23 8×8 Pandur II amphibious infantry fighting vehicles (IFV) for the Indonesian Army (Tentara Nasional Ind…
    - 4 days ago 1 Apr 20, 12:00am -
  • Saab markets new ARTHUR Mod D radar, showcases Boxer-mounted concept
    Saab has completed the development and is now awaiting contracts for its latest generation ARTHUR (ARTillery HUnting Radar) Mod D weapon locating radar (WLR), which the company established using internal funding. In a statement, Saab said ARTHUR Mo…
    - 5 days ago 31 Mar 20, 10:00pm -
  • Brazilian Army releases requirements for its new MBT project
    The Brazilian Army has recently published two documents, one outlining operational requirements and the other technical, logistical, and industrial requirements, that will lead to the potential future acquisition of a new main battle tank (MBT). Pr…
    - 5 days ago 30 Mar 20, 11:00pm -
  • IrvinGQ develops airdrop cage for THeMIS UGV
    UK-based aerial delivery equipment and parachute developer IrvinGQ has developed ATAX, an airdrop system that can deliver Tracked Hybrid Modular Infantry System (THeMIS) unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), Estonia’s Milrem Robotics announced on 26 Mar…
    - 9 days ago 27 Mar 20, 1:00am -
  • USMC solicits industry to provide mobile air-defence system for JLTV vehicles
    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has formally begun its search for a ground-based air-defence system (GBADS) for integration aboard its Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs). A request for information (RFI) issued by the Department of Defense (DoD) on 26…
    - 10 days ago 26 Mar 20, 10:00pm -
  • Covid-19: Czech IFV contract threatened by budget cuts
    The Czech Republic is preparing big cuts in defence spending and strategic contracts in its state budget as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. “I do not think we need the new tracked infantry fighting vehicles [IFVs] immediately but we need other i…
    - 10 days ago 26 Mar 20, 1:00am -
  • US reportedly to deploy Patriot to protect Ayn al-Asad in Iraq
    The US military intends to establish a new base for a Patriot air-defence system near Ayn al-Asad Air Base in western Iraq, Al-Ahad News cited a security source in Al-Anbar province as saying on 23 March. The source said the new base would be at Um…
    - 12 days ago 24 Mar 20, 3:00am -
  • Turkish army receives six Kaplan weapon carriers
    The Turkish Land Forces Command (TLFC) received six Kaplan tracked anti-tank vehicles from FNSS, marking the beginning of the serial production phase of the Weapon Carrier Vehicle (STA) programme, Turkey’s Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) twe…
    - 12 days ago 24 Mar 20, 12:00am -
  • UAE’s new Rabdan IFV participates in Exercise ‘Native Fury’
    The first images of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Armed Forces’ new Rabdan 8×8 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) participating in a military exercise were released by the country’s WAM news agency on 18 March. A photograph and associated video…
    - 13 days ago 23 Mar 20, 2:00am -
  • Norinco’s VP22 armoured transport vehicle possibly in PLA service
    Chinese state-owned media have released images showing the China North Industries Corporation (Norinco) VP22 armoured transport vehicle being used in what appear to be training exercises with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), suggesting that the…
    - 13 days ago 23 Mar 20, 2:00am -
  • Indian Army awaiting responses to RFI for 198 8×8 armoured fighting vehicles

    - 17 days ago 19 Mar 20, 1:00am -
  • Pearson Engineering reveals route-clearance multi-tool system
    The United Kingdom’s Pearson Engineering has developed a route proving and clearance (RP&C) multi-tool system that it is offering for export. The company said that its RP&C multi-tool system, which was developed using internal research and develo…
    - 17 days ago 19 Mar 20, 1:00am -
  • Russia’s GAZ-3344-20 Aleut ATV enters service
    The GAZ-3344-20 ‘Aleut’ articulated all-terrain vehicle (ATV) from the Zavolzhsky Tracked Tractor Plant (ZZGT) has service entered service with Russia. The first of 123 platforms was delivered to the Russian Ground Troops stationed in the north…
    - 18 days ago 18 Mar 20, 1:00am -
  • Indian MoD concludes price negotiations for 118 Arjun Mk 1A MBTs
    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has concluded negotiations with the state-owned Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) to acquire 118 units of the indigenously developed Arjun Mk1A main battle tank (MBT) for the Indian Army (IA) for an estimated INR66 bill…
    - 18 days ago 18 Mar 20, 12:00am -
  • Iraqi armoured division exercises Abrams tanks with BMP-1s for first time
    Iraq’s 9th Armoured Division has conducted what was probably its first tactical exercise that combined M1A1 Abrams main battle tanks with BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), according to the country’s Ministry of Defence (MoD). “I think i…
    - 18 days ago 18 Mar 20, 12:00am -
  • Elbit awarded Israeli howitzer contract
    Elbit Systems of America has been awarded a USD200 million contract as part of the Israeli Ministry of Defense's automatic self-propelled howitzer gun systems programme, Elbit Systems announced on 15 March. The contract will be performed over a 12-ye…
    - 19 days ago 17 Mar 20, 12:00am -
  • Dstl orders its first fleet of autonomous UGVs
    The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) announced on 16 March that it had ordered five autonomous unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs). A GBP2.3 million (USD2.8 million) contract was awarded to HORIBA MIRA for three Viking 6×6 all-terrain UG…
    - 19 days ago 16 Mar 20, 11:00pm -
  • Germany launches MGCS study
    On 11 March the budget committee of the Bundestag, the German parliament, approved the launch of the systems architecture definition phase for the Franco-German Main Ground Combat System (MGCS), the German Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its w…
    - 20 days ago 16 Mar 20, 2:00am -
  • Polish Army to buy 4×4 vehicles
    The Polish Army is to replace its outdated all-terrain vehicles with 485 Nissan Navara pickup trucks, Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak has announced. Poland’s Inspectorate for Armed Forces Support has selected the Nisan Navara pickup to replace…
    - 20 days ago 15 Mar 20, 11:00pm -
  • UK Jackals get upgrade for UN mission in Mali
    British Army reconnaissance vehicles are receiving sensor, communications, and environmental upgrades ahead of their deployment to serve in the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) later this year. Supacat Jackal w…
    - 24 days ago 12 Mar 20, 12:00am -
  • Colombian Army purchases the Hunter XL MRAP
    The Colombian Army has confirmed the purchase of several Hunter XL Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles designed and manufactured by the Colombian company Armor International. The purchase order was issued in mid-December 2019, for a tot…
    - 25 days ago 11 Mar 20, 2:00am -

Sea Platforms

  • NAVSEA surveys industry for Special Mission ships
    The US Navy has begun talks with shipbuilders over plans to replace its 36-year-old cable laying and repair ship USNS Zeus (T-ARC 7). Officials at Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) have also started discussing possible options for the construction…
    - 2 days ago 3 Apr 20, 12:00am -
  • India set to deliver Myanmar’s first submarine
    New Delhi is preparing to deliver a Kilo-class diesel-electric submarine that was in service with the Indian Navy as INS Sindhuvir to the Myanmar Navy. The transfer will also include operational and maintenance training to the Myanmar Navy, which w…
    - 2 days ago 3 Apr 20, 12:00am -
  • Russia offers Indian Navy new submarine deal
    The Indian Navy (IN) is believed to be examining a proposal by Russia’s state-owned JSC United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) to offer the service three refurbished Kilo-class submarines to augment its shortfall in diesel-electric submarines (SSKs)…
    - 3 days ago 2 Apr 20, 1:00am -
  • Fassmer MPV70 MK II selected for Ecuador
    German shipbuilder and design house Fassmer has confirmed the selection of its MPV70 MKII design to meet the needs of the Ecuadorian Navy's (Armada del Ecuador) new Multipurpose Combat Vessel programme. Local shipyard Astilleros Navales Ecuatoriano…
    - 3 days ago 2 Apr 20, 1:00am -
  • Venezuelan Coast Guard patrol ship sinks following collision
    The Venezuelan Coast Guard’s third coastal patrol ship (Buque de Vigilancia de Litoral - BVL) Naiguata (GC 23) has sunk following a collision with a passenger ship northwest of La Tortuga Island, near Caracas, on 30 March. The collision resulted…
    - 4 days ago 1 Apr 20, 2:00am -
  • JMSDF destroyer collides with Chinese fishing boat in East China Sea, two injured
    The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s (JMSDF’s) Hatakaze-class guided missile destroyer JS Shimakaze (pennant number 172) collided with a Chinese fishing boat in the East China Sea on 30 March, injuring two people aboard the fishing boat. A s…
    - 5 days ago 31 Mar 20, 12:00am -
  • Royal Navy shadows Russian warships in English Channel
    The Royal Navy (RN) reported on its website on 26 March that nine of its vessels had completed a “concentrated operation” shadowing seven Russian warships in the English Channel and North Sea. The development came as RN specialists and planners a…
    - 6 days ago 29 Mar 20, 11:00pm -
  • USN outlines ambitions for new Light Amphibious Warship
    The US Navy has outlined its requirements for a new class of beachable Light Amphibious Warship (LAW) intended to provide a manoeuvring and sustainment capability in contested littoral areas. A preliminary design effort is expected to start in late…
    - 7 days ago 29 Mar 20, 10:00pm -
  • Australia begins construction of third Arafura-class OPV
    The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) announced on 27 March that construction work had begun on the third of 12 Arafura-class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) on order for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Unlike the first two ships of the class,…
    - 7 days ago 29 Mar 20, 10:00pm -
  • Carrier Ford completes first vertical replenishment
    Aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) completed its first vertical replenishment (VERTREP) with MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopters, attached to the “Tridents” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 9 while alongside fleet replenishment oiler USN…
    - 7 days ago 29 Mar 20, 10:00pm -
  • USCG contracts eight shipbuilders for fresh round of Offshore Patrol Cutter studies
    The US Coast Guard (USCG) has tasked eight shipbuilding companies to develop proposals to help reboot its hurricane-delayed Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) programme. Worth up to USD22 million, the industry studies could lead to significant design cha…
    - 9 days ago 27 Mar 20, 1:00am -
  • Brazil discards the Barroso corvette upgrades
    The Brazilian Navy dropped its initial plan to modernise one of its frontline surface combatants, the corvette CV Barroso (V34) as part of the offset package for acquisition of four Tamandaré-class frigates, it told Jane’s on 20 March. The techn…
    - 9 days ago 27 Mar 20, 12:00am -
  • US Navy prepares for possible Columbia delay, GAO reports
    While the US Navy (USN) still considers the timely acquisition of its Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) to be its priority programme to ensure there is no gap in strategic patrols, the service is hedging against a potential delay in t…
    - 10 days ago 26 Mar 20, 10:00pm -
  • South Korea to transfer two decommissioned patrol vessels to Ecuador’s coastguard
    The Korea Coast Guard (KCG) is working towards the transfer of two recently decommissioned 300-tonne patrol vessels to Ecuador. The vessels – with pennant numbers 302 and 303 – have a length of 53.7 m, a beam of 7.4 m, and a draught of 2.5 m. Bui…
    - 10 days ago 26 Mar 20, 1:00am -
  • China lays keel for Pakistan Navy’s second Type 054A-class frigate
    China held a keel-laying ceremony on 23 March at the Hudong Zhonghua shipyard in Shanghai for the second of four Type 054A-class frigates on order for the Pakistan Navy (PN). The contract for the first two of these frigates is believed to have been…
    - 11 days ago 25 Mar 20, 3:00am -
  • Russian Navy to receive new and overhauled submarines
    The Russian Navy is set to receive new and overhauled strategic and conventional submarines, the military service’s commander-in-chief, Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov, told Ministry of Defence newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda ( Red Star ) on 18 March. Admiral…
    - 11 days ago 25 Mar 20, 3:00am -
  • USN adopts modular approach for SUUV programme
    The US Department of Defense (DoD) has moved ahead with efforts to introduce a new unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) capability for the US Navy (USN) following the selection of two prototypes for further testing. The DoD’s Defense Innovation Unit…
    - 12 days ago 24 Mar 20, 10:00pm -
  • US carrier Ford certified for flight deck, air traffic control operations
    Aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford completed Flight Deck Certification (FDC) and Carrier Air Traffic Control Center (CATCC) Certification on 20 March, the US Navy (USN) confirmed on 23 March. With the completion of FDC and CATCC certifications, Fo…
    - 12 days ago 23 Mar 20, 11:00pm -
  • China’s latest Haiyi underwater gliders complete Indian Ocean deployment
    Upgraded Haiyi (Sea Wing) underwater gliders deployed from a Chinese government scientific research vessel on 11 December 2019 have successfully conducted an underwater survey expedition in the East Indian Ocean, the company responsible for manufactu…
    - 14 days ago 22 Mar 20, 10:00pm -
  • Indian Navy outlines plans to berth new aircraft carrier at private shipyard
    Faced with ongoing budget shortfalls that have delayed the completion of one of its major bases, the Indian Navy (IN) is now seeking to lease a private shipyard to berth its indigenously designed and built aircraft carrier INS Vikrant after its commi…
    - 16 days ago 20 Mar 20, 1:00am -
  • Japan commissions first Maya-class guided-missile destroyer
    The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) commissioned the first of two Maya (Improved Atago)-class, Aegis-equipped destroyers in a ceremony held on 19 March in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture. Named JS Maya (pennant number 179), the 170 m-l…
    - 17 days ago 19 Mar 20, 12:00am -
  • UK SSBN refuel runs behind schedule
    A GBP200 million (USD237.5 million) programme to refuel the UK Royal Navy’s (RN’s) nuclear-powered ballistic missile (SSBN) submarine HMS Vanguard is now nine months behind schedule. The submarine was originally scheduled to leave Babcock Inter…
    - 17 days ago 19 Mar 20, 12:00am -
  • Covid-19: Aircraft carrier Ford reaches milestone with anchor ops
    Aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) completed a significant milestone on 15 March, despite US Navy (USN) compliance with the restrictions of Covid-19 guidance. Ford conducted an inaugural anchoring evolution during its independent steaming e…
    - 17 days ago 18 Mar 20, 11:00pm -
  • Covid-19: Significant work continues on carrier Ford
    Work continues apace on aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) despite any restrictions and considerations due to Covid-19 guidance, according to Captain Danny Hernandez, a spokesperson for the US Navy (USN) research, acquisition and developmen…
    - 18 days ago 18 Mar 20, 2:00am -
  • Navantia looks to export market again now AIP finalised for S 80
    With its first S 80 submarine on course for handing over to the Spanish Navy in 2022, Navantia says it will be pressing ahead with presenting a similar design for the Indian Navy. In a statement released on 16 March, the engineering director for Na…
    - 19 days ago 16 Mar 20, 11:00pm -

Unmanned Platforms

  • Covid-19: Kazakh military ramps up efforts to stem spread of coronavirus
    Kazakhstan is ramping up the involvement of its military in the fight against the outbreak of the Covid-19 coronavirus in the Central Asian country. In a 31 March statement the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Nur-Sultan said the Kazakh military is now…
    - 2 days ago 3 Apr 20, 12:00am -
  • NAVSEA surveys industry for Special Mission ships
    The US Navy has begun talks with shipbuilders over plans to replace its 36-year-old cable laying and repair ship USNS Zeus (T-ARC 7). Officials at Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) have also started discussing possible options for the construction…
    - 2 days ago 3 Apr 20, 12:00am -
  • Schiebel enhances S-100 UAS control with mobile antenna
    Schiebel has introduced a new mobile antenna system to its Camcopter S-100 unmanned aircraft system (UAS) product range, expanding the line-of-sight (LOS) connectivity between the company’s existing antennas and the UAS, the company told Jane’s.…
    - 2 days ago 2 Apr 20, 11:00pm -
  • Covid-19: Malaysia enlists UASs to enforce countermeasures
    The Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) and Royal Malaysian Police (RMP) have deployed micro and small-class unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) to support enforcement of the government-mandated Movement Control Order (MCO) aimed at addressing the coronavirus…
    - 3 days ago 2 Apr 20, 2:00am -
  • General Atomics begins flight trials of first production-standard SkyGuardian UAS
    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) has begun flight trials of the first production-standard MQ-9B SkyGuardian unmanned aircraft system (UAS), the company announced on 31 March. The first flight of aircraft BC03 took place out of GA-A…
    - 4 days ago 1 Apr 20, 1:00am -
  • UK stands-up ‘swarming drones’ development unit
    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has stood-up an experimental unit dedicated to developing an operational ‘swarming drones’ capability, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) told Jane’s . 216 Squadron was reactivated at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire on…
    - 4 days ago 31 Mar 20, 11:00pm -
  • UAVOS, KACST demonstrate progressive flight control capability for their Saker UAVs
    UAVOS and the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) have used two ground control stations (GCSs) to fly their Saker-1B medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the first time. UAVs, with this progres…
    - 5 days ago 31 Mar 20, 12:00am -
  • DroneGuns delivered to Middle East
    The Australian company DroneShield has revealed that it has delivered its DroneGun unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) countermeasures system to a Middle Eastern military. “Following a request by its governmental customer, it has shipped the remainder…
    - 5 days ago 30 Mar 20, 11:00pm -
  • South Korean MND eyes KUS-FS UAV for RoKA Ground Operations Command
    The South Korean Minstry of National Defense (MND) is planning to procure a new reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) Ground Operations Command (GOC), MND officials said in early March. According to the…
    - 6 days ago 29 Mar 20, 11:00pm -
  • IrvinGQ develops airdrop cage for THeMIS UGV
    UK-based aerial delivery equipment and parachute developer IrvinGQ has developed ATAX, an airdrop system that can deliver Tracked Hybrid Modular Infantry System (THeMIS) unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), Estonia’s Milrem Robotics announced on 26 Mar…
    - 9 days ago 27 Mar 20, 1:00am -
  • Malaysia receives first batch of donated ScanEagle UAVs from US
    Malaysia has taken delivery of the first 6 of 12 Insitu ScanEagle 2 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – along with associated equipment – that were gifted by the United States under Washington’s Maritime Security Initiative (MSI) programme. The…
    - 9 days ago 26 Mar 20, 11:00pm -
  • USN adopts modular approach for SUUV programme
    The US Department of Defense (DoD) has moved ahead with efforts to introduce a new unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) capability for the US Navy (USN) following the selection of two prototypes for further testing. The DoD’s Defense Innovation Unit…
    - 12 days ago 24 Mar 20, 10:00pm -
  • Four companies shortlisted to replace Australia’s Shadow 200 TUAS capability
    Four companies will compete to replace the Australian Army’s Shadow 200 Tactical Unmanned Aerial System (TUAS) through project Land 129 Phase 3, the Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra announced on 20 March. The shortlisted companies – Insi…
    - 13 days ago 23 Mar 20, 12:00am -
  • China showcases SAR-equipped BZK-005 UAV in military led firefighting operation
    China's People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Central Theatre Command has released images of an in-service BZK-005 medium-altitude long endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that has been specifically configured for wide-area intelligence, survei…
    - 13 days ago 23 Mar 20, 12:00am -
  • China’s latest Haiyi underwater gliders complete Indian Ocean deployment
    Upgraded Haiyi (Sea Wing) underwater gliders deployed from a Chinese government scientific research vessel on 11 December 2019 have successfully conducted an underwater survey expedition in the East Indian Ocean, the company responsible for manufactu…
    - 14 days ago 22 Mar 20, 10:00pm -
  • Argentine companies present rotary-wing UAV
    Argentine companies Cicaré, INVAP, and Marinelli have presented for the first time a prototype of the Asteri RUAS 160, a rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designed for the defence, security, and agriculture markets. The presentation took p…
    - 16 days ago 20 Mar 20, 3:00am -
  • Germany to end anti-IS Tornado reconnaissance mission
    Germany will end its Tornado reconnaissance flights against the so-called Islamic State (IS) on 31 March, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 11 March after the federal government extended the mandate of other German forces in Iraq. Four Luftw…
    - 19 days ago 17 Mar 20, 2:00am -
  • Dstl orders its first fleet of autonomous UGVs
    The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) announced on 16 March that it had ordered five autonomous unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs). A GBP2.3 million (USD2.8 million) contract was awarded to HORIBA MIRA for three Viking 6×6 all-terrain UG…
    - 19 days ago 16 Mar 20, 11:00pm -
  • DARPA expands industry participation for Manta Ray UUV development
    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded four contracts in support of its Manta Ray unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) programme. Manta Ray is a multiphase project intended to demonstrate critical technologies for a new c…
    - 21 days ago 15 Mar 20, 10:00pm -
  • US Army to evaluate new manned, unmanned tethering technologies
    US Army officials are preparing to evaluate a slew of industry proposals geared toward advanced tethering technologies of air- and ground-based unmanned systems, according to a special notice issued by Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (CC…
    - 23 days ago 13 Mar 20, 1:00am -
  • Schiebel’s new S2 engine for Camcopter S-100 UAV completes acceptance tests for RAN
    Austrian company Schiebel announced on 9 March that its newly designed S2 heavy fuel engine for the Camcopter S-100 vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) had successfully completed acceptance tests for the Royal Australia…
    - 27 days ago 9 Mar 20, 1:00am -
  • UK reveals XLUUV award for MSubs
    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has disclosed the award of a Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) contract to MSubs for the test of an extra-large unmanned underwater vehicle (XLUUV). Valued at GBP1 million (USD1.3 million), the 12-month Stage…
    - 30 days ago 6 Mar 20, 2:00am -
  • UAVOS, KACST unveil Saker-1B autonomous-capable MALE UAV
    UAVOS and the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) in Saudi Arabia have created a new medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that features fully-autonomous operational capability. The Saker-1B is deriv…
    - 30 days ago 6 Mar 20, 12:00am -
  • UK MoD orders UGVs from MCL
    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has placed a GBP1.5 million (USD1.9 million) order for four Mission Adaptable Platform System (MAPS) unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) from Marlborough Communications Limited (MCL), Cohort, which MCL is part of, it was…
    - 31 days ago 5 Mar 20, 1:00am -
  • DARPA taps Lockheed Martin for Manta Ray UUV development
    Lockheed Martin has been contracted by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop and prototype a next-generation extra-large unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV). Known as Manta Ray, the multiphase project is intended to demo…
    - 31 days ago 4 Mar 20, 11:00pm -

Weapons

  • South Korea deploys PAC-3 missile battery to Cheongju Air Base
    The Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) has deployed a battery of Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) interceptor missiles to Cheongju Air Base, which hosts the service’s fifth-generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighters and is believed to be within ra…
    - 2 days ago 3 Apr 20, 12:00am -
  • Raytheon secures multiyear deal for SM-3 Block 1B interceptor production
    Raytheon Missile Systems was awarded a USD2.14 billion contract by the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) on 26 March to manufacture and deliver Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block 1B ballistic missile interceptors under a multiyear buy contracting arrangem…
    - 2 days ago 2 Apr 20, 11:00pm -
  • SCEPS power plant in the frame for next Mk 54 torpedo upgrade
    The US Navy (USN) is returning to a stored chemical energy propulsion system (SCEPS) to power an improved variant of the Mk 54 lightweight torpedo. The Mk 54 Mod 2 – also known as the Advanced Lightweight Torpedo (ALWT) – will additionally feat…
    - 3 days ago 2 Apr 20, 2:00am -
  • DoD contracts 790 JASSM-ER missiles for US and FMS customers
    Lockheed Martin has been contracted to deliver 790 AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Stand-off Missile (JASSM) systems to US Department of Defense (DoD) and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. The award, announced on 1 April, is valued at USD818.2 m…
    - 3 days ago 1 Apr 20, 11:00pm -
  • Turkey deploys HAWK to Idlib
    The Turkish Armed Forces have deployed at least one MIM-23 HAWK surface-to-air missile system to Syria’s Idlib province. Video clips began to circulate on 27 March showing a convoy of Turkish military vehicles that included MAN trucks towing HAWK…
    - 4 days ago 1 Apr 20, 3:00am -
  • NAVAIR to award AARGM-ER LRIP 1 contract
    The US Navy (USN) issued a sole-source contract notification for the commencement of low-rate initial production (LRIP) of the Northrop Grumman AGM-88G Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile-Extended Range (AARGM-ER) on 31 March. The notification,…
    - 5 days ago 31 Mar 20, 1:00am -
  • China’s Norinco announces first export of HJ-12E ATGW system
    The China North Industries Corporation (Norinco) announced on 25 March that it has completed deliveries of its Red Arrow 12E (‘Hongjian-12E’, or HJ-12E) man-portable anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) system to a foreign customer. The company said…
    - 5 days ago 31 Mar 20, 1:00am -
  • Polish Army seeks disposable anti-tank weapons
    The Polish Armament Inspectorate (AI) on 26 March announced that it is to begin a technical dialogue with industry on 2-3 April for the provision of a lightweight disposable anti-tank weapon to replace the Polish Army’s RPG-7. The AI will assess…
    - 5 days ago 30 Mar 20, 11:00pm -
  • UVZ upgrades STANAG-compatible 2S19M1-155 155 mm howitzer
    Russia’s Uralvagonzavod (UVZ: a subsidiary of state corporation Rostec) has upgraded its STANAG-compatible 2S19M1-155 Msta-S 155 mm self-propelled howitzer (SPH), a spokesperson for Rostec told Jane’s on 25 March. “The modernised 2S19M1-155 h…
    - 6 days ago 29 Mar 20, 11:00pm -
  • Northrop Grumman moves to LW30 PROX qualification, M-ACE CUAS testing
    Northrop Grumman Defense Systems has completed US government testing of its programmable Light Weight 30 mm Proximity Sensing Ammunition (LW30 PROX) round, and is moving towards qualification and fielding of the round to US Army and US Marine Corps a…
    - 7 days ago 29 Mar 20, 2:00am -
  • Brazil to receive Bofors 40 Mk4 weapon systems
    Two 40 mm BAE Systems Bofors 40 Mk4 naval gun systems are scheduled to be shipped to Brazil in August, the Brazilian Navy told Jane’s . The weapon systems, together with special tools, spares, and training, were purchased in 2013 worth EUR8.3 mil…
    - 10 days ago 26 Mar 20, 10:00pm -
  • US Army removes Raytheon from PrSM competition, leaving only Lockheed Martin
    The US Army decided not to provide Raytheon additional funding for the Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) prototyping competition, leaving Lockheed Martin as the only remaining competitor. The move comes after Raytheon was unable to test fly its PrSM…
    - 12 days ago 24 Mar 20, 3:00am -
  • BAE Systems receives USD339 million order for new US Army howitzers
    The US Army has awarded BAE Systems with a USD339 million contract to produce an additional 48 self-propelled howitzer and ammunition carrier vehicle sets. In a 23 March contract announcement, the service said it was awarding the company with this…
    - 12 days ago 24 Mar 20, 2:00am -
  • USMC says goodbye to tanks and hello to long-range fires
    The US Marine Corps (USMC) is preparing to make a host of sweeping changes to its operating concept with plans to bid adieu to tanks while also expanding its long-range fires capabilities. It’s been less than a year since General David Berger too…
    - 12 days ago 24 Mar 20, 1:00am -
  • US DoD conducts second Common Hypersonic Glide Body test
    The US Army and US Navy, under the auspices of the US Department of Defense (DoD), jointly executed the second test of the developmental Common Hypersonic Glide Body (C-HGB) in a flight experiment conducted from the US Navy’s Pacific Missile Range…
    - 12 days ago 24 Mar 20, 12:00am -
  • India signs USD117.8 million deal with IWI for LMGs
    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed an INR8.8 billion (USD117.8 million) contract with Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) on 19 March for 16,749 Negev NG-7 7.62×51 mm light machine guns (LMGs) for the Indian Army (IA). “The provisioning of th…
    - 13 days ago 22 Mar 20, 11:00pm -
  • DoD contracts Sidewinder missiles for US, FMS customers
    The US Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded Raytheon USD392.4 million to deliver AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missiles to both United States and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. The award, announced on 20 March, covers live and training L…
    - 13 days ago 22 Mar 20, 11:00pm -
  • Royal Danish Army buys Weibel muzzle velocity radar for mortars
    The Royal Danish Army is now installing Weibel Scientific’s MVR-700 – a muzzle velocity radar (MVR) – on its recently acquired Elbit Systems/ESL Cardom 10 120 mm muzzle-loaded smoothbore mortars, which arm the service’s Piranha 5 8x8 vehicles…
    - 16 days ago 20 Mar 20, 3:00am -
  • USAF tests engine for Gray Wolf low-cost cruise missile
    The US Air Force (USAF) has tested a new low-cost turbojet engine to power air-launched cruise missiles being developed under the Gray Wolf programme. The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) announced on 19 March that, along with Northrop Grumman…
    - 16 days ago 20 Mar 20, 3:00am -
  • Indonesia to upgrade Exocet missile system on KRI Usman-Harun corvette
    The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) plans to upgrade the Exocet MM40 Block 2 anti-ship missiles on its KRI Usman-Harun (pennant number 359) multirole corvette/light frigate once the vessel’s mission systems ar…
    - 18 days ago 18 Mar 20, 1:00am -
  • BAE Systems to develop advanced IR seekers for THAAD interceptor
    Lockheed Martin has awarded BAE Systems a contract of undisclosed value to develop a new generation of infrared (IR) seekers for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) weapon system. Developed by Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control a…
    - 18 days ago 17 Mar 20, 11:00pm -
  • Raytheon set to deliver new CUAS capability to US Army
    Raytheon is preparing to begin deliveries of a new surface-launched counter-unmanned aircraft system (CUAS) capability to the US Army in mid-second quarter 2020, following the completion of developmental, operational, and customer acceptance testing…
    - 18 days ago 17 Mar 20, 11:00pm -
  • Indian MoD issues global RFI for 100 loitering munition systems
    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has invited responses by 7 April from foreign original equipment manufacturers and assorted vendors to its request for information (RFI) on the intended procurement of 100 man-portable loitering munition systems fo…
    - 20 days ago 15 Mar 20, 11:00pm -
  • Sea Shrike submarine payload plan suggests hypersonic missile link
    The US Navy (USN) has revealed plans to contract Northrop Grumman for the development of a payload module to enable the integration an undisclosed weapon system on Virginia-class nuclear powered attack submarines (SSNs). While the service declines…
    - 23 days ago 13 Mar 20, 12:00am -
  • EXPAL Systems to introduce in-house guidance systems for mortar and artillery ammunition
    Spain’s EXPAL Systems has begun the joint development of an in-house guidance system for ballistic munitions with the Spanish Ministry of Defence. This development is beginning with 120 mm mortar ammunition, with the intent to make the technology a…
    - 24 days ago 12 Mar 20, 2:00am -

Air Launched

  • South Korea deploys PAC-3 missile battery to Cheongju Air Base
    The Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) has deployed a battery of Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) interceptor missiles to Cheongju Air Base, which hosts the service’s fifth-generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighters and is believed to be within ra…
    - 2 days ago 3 Apr 20, 12:00am -
  • DoD contracts 790 JASSM-ER missiles for US and FMS customers
    Lockheed Martin has been contracted to deliver 790 AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Stand-off Missile (JASSM) systems to US Department of Defense (DoD) and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. The award, announced on 1 April, is valued at USD818.2 m…
    - 3 days ago 1 Apr 20, 11:00pm -
  • NAVAIR to award AARGM-ER LRIP 1 contract
    The US Navy (USN) issued a sole-source contract notification for the commencement of low-rate initial production (LRIP) of the Northrop Grumman AGM-88G Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile-Extended Range (AARGM-ER) on 31 March. The notification,…
    - 5 days ago 31 Mar 20, 1:00am -
  • DoD contracts Sidewinder missiles for US, FMS customers
    The US Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded Raytheon USD392.4 million to deliver AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missiles to both United States and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. The award, announced on 20 March, covers live and training L…
    - 13 days ago 22 Mar 20, 11:00pm -
  • USAF tests engine for Gray Wolf low-cost cruise missile
    The US Air Force (USAF) has tested a new low-cost turbojet engine to power air-launched cruise missiles being developed under the Gray Wolf programme. The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) announced on 19 March that, along with Northrop Grumman…
    - 16 days ago 20 Mar 20, 3:00am -
  • Northrop Grumman awarded second HTVSF full-rate production order
    The US Air Force (USAF) has awarded Northrop Grumman a second full-rate production order for the FMU-167/B Hard Target Void Sensing Fuze (HTVSF). Awarded in September 2019, but disclosed in late February 2020, the award is valued at USD110 million.…
    - 24 days ago 11 Mar 20, 11:00pm -
  • MBDA completes first Sea Venom/ANL qualification firing
    European missile house MBDA, in collaboration with the French Direction générale de l'armement (DGA), has conducted the first qualification firing of the new Sea Venom/Anti-Navire Léger (ANL) helicopter-launched anti-ship missile. Performed on 2…
    - 29 days ago 6 Mar 20, 11:00pm -
  • Sea Venom completes first qualification firing
    The UK and France has completed the first qualification firing trial of the MBDA Sea Venom/Anti-Navire Léger (ANL) anti-ship missile, the Defence Equipment and Support (DES) agency announced on 6 March. The missile, which will equip the Royal Navy…
    - 30 days ago 6 Mar 20, 2:00am -
  • AFA Winter 2020: USAF picked ARRW hypersonic weapon for size, producibility
    Key Points The US Air Force chose to proceed with the ARRW hypersonic effort instead of HCSW for size and industrial base reasons The service was pleased with the HCSW’s progress, but it was simply deprioritised in the budget The US Air Force…
    - 35 days ago 1 Mar 20, 12:00am -
  • JSOW ER initial development contract expected Q3 2020
    The United States Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) is expected to award a sole-source contract to Raytheon Missile Systems (RMS) in the third quarter of 2020 for concept refinement and evaluation of an extended-range variant of the baseline AGM-154…
    - 37 days ago 28 Feb 20, 3:00am -
  • Japan confirms development of new air-launched anti-ship missile
    Japan is developing a new air-launched anti-ship missile (ASM) to arm the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s (JMSDF’s) P-1 maritime patrol aircraft (MPA), a spokesperson for the Ministry of Defense’s (MoD’s) Acquisition, Technology, and Logi…
    - 37 days ago 28 Feb 20, 2:20am -
  • Latvia takes delivery of new Spike missile variants
    The Latvian National Armed Forces have begun to take delivery of initial consignments of Rafael Advanced Defence Systems Spike precision-guided tactical missiles under the provisions of a EUR108 million (USD133 million) contract signed between the La…
    - 44 days ago 21 Feb 20, 12:00am -
  • DARPA touts ‘Gunslinger’ missile/gun combo
    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is proposing development of an air-launched missile coupled with a gun to address counter insurgency (COIN) operations, close air support (CAS) and air-to-air engagement mission sets. Disclos…
    - 45 days ago 20 Feb 20, 12:00am -
  • Pakistan test-launches longer-range variant of Ra’ad II ALCM
    Pakistan announced on 18 February that it has test-launched a new variant of its Ra’ad II nuclear-capable, air-launched cruise missile (ALCM) with a range of 600 km. In a statement, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the Pa…
    - 46 days ago 19 Feb 20, 4:00am -
  • Singapore Airshow 2020: Indonesia designates final Panther helicopter for anti-submarine operations
    The final AS 565MBe Panther helicopter on order for the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) is one of two aircraft that has been designated as an anti-submarine warfare (ASW) airframe, an industry source close to th…
    - 48 days ago 17 Feb 20, 2:45am -
  • MBDA conducts first end-to-end test firing of Marte ER
    MBDA has completed the second of three planned test firings in the design, development, and qualification programme of the Marte ER anti-surface warfare (ASuW) missile. Designed to confirm the overall design and performance of the missile, the end-…
    - 48 days ago 17 Feb 20, 2:30am -
  • Singapore Airshow 2020: HOPE Technik debuts CLAW tactical aircraft munitions loader
    Singapore’s HOPE Technik, a technology developer specialising in bespoke research and manufacturing for the commercial, defence, and government sectors, has taken the opportunity at the Singapore Airshow 2020 to unveil its new tactical aircraft mun…
    - 48 days ago 17 Feb 20, 12:50am -
  • Russia’s Tactical Missiles Corporation develops hypersonic weapons
    Russia’s Tactical Missiles Corporation (KTRV) is increasing its activities in the area of hypersonic weapons, company director general Boris Obnosov said at a briefing on KTRV’s 2019 results on 3 February. He reported that the corporation’s e…
    - 52 days ago 13 Feb 20, 4:00am -
  • Defexpo 2020: Development of Hanwha Defense’s Chungum air-launched ATGM to be completed by end of 2020
    Development of South Korea’s air-launched Chungum anti-tank guided missile is expected to be completed by the end of 2020, Hanwha Defense officials told Jane’s at the 5–9 February Defexpo 2020 exhibition in Lucknow, northern India. The weapon…
    - 58 days ago 7 Feb 20, 1:00am -
  • LRASM integration planned for P-8A Poseidon
    The US Navy (USN) is moving forward with the integration of the Lockheed Martin AGM-158C Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) on the Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, and has also revealed plans to integrate a range of additional weapon…
    - 60 days ago 5 Feb 20, 3:00am -
  • Armenia to receive more Su-30SM fighters
    Armenia will soon receive another batch of Su-30SM multirole fighters, Defence Minister David Tonoyan told journalists during Army Day commemorations on 28 January, Russian news agencies reported the same day. Tonoyan also announced an increase in th…
    - 60 days ago 5 Feb 20, 12:00am -
  • US Air Force’s X-60A performs integrated vehicle propulsion system verification test
    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and Generation Orbit recently performed X-60A hypersonic flight research vehicle integrated vehicle propulsion system verification ground testing. The ground test campaign included both cold flow and hot…
    - 61 days ago 4 Feb 20, 3:00am -
  • USAF set to field StormBreaker on F-15E
    The US Air Force (USAF) is expected to declare an initial operating capability (IOC) with the Raytheon Missile Systems GBU-53/B StormBreaker glide munition on the Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle multirole combat aircraft in the first half of this year, fol…
    - 62 days ago 2 Feb 20, 11:00pm -
  • Japanese MoD confirms plans to acquire stand-off missiles amid ‘severe’ security environment
    Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) officials have confirmed Tokyo’s plans to acquire the Lockheed Martin AGM-158B Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile – Extended Range (JASSM-ER) and the AGM-158C Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) to meet a re…
    - 65 days ago 31 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • Turkey tests air-to-air missiles
    Turkey’s Gokdogan (Peregrine) beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile has been test-fired for the first time, the Defence Industries Research and Development Institute (SAGE) of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBITAK)…
    - 79 days ago 17 Jan 20, 1:00am -

Infantry Weapons

  • China’s Norinco announces first export of HJ-12E ATGW system
    The China North Industries Corporation (Norinco) announced on 25 March that it has completed deliveries of its Red Arrow 12E (‘Hongjian-12E’, or HJ-12E) man-portable anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) system to a foreign customer. The company said…
    - 5 days ago 31 Mar 20, 1:00am -
  • UVZ upgrades STANAG-compatible 2S19M1-155 155 mm howitzer
    Russia’s Uralvagonzavod (UVZ: a subsidiary of state corporation Rostec) has upgraded its STANAG-compatible 2S19M1-155 Msta-S 155 mm self-propelled howitzer (SPH), a spokesperson for Rostec told Jane’s on 25 March. “The modernised 2S19M1-155 h…
    - 6 days ago 29 Mar 20, 11:00pm -
  • Northrop Grumman moves to LW30 PROX qualification, M-ACE CUAS testing
    Northrop Grumman Defense Systems has completed US government testing of its programmable Light Weight 30 mm Proximity Sensing Ammunition (LW30 PROX) round, and is moving towards qualification and fielding of the round to US Army and US Marine Corps a…
    - 7 days ago 29 Mar 20, 2:00am -
  • BAE Systems receives USD339 million order for new US Army howitzers
    The US Army has awarded BAE Systems with a USD339 million contract to produce an additional 48 self-propelled howitzer and ammunition carrier vehicle sets. In a 23 March contract announcement, the service said it was awarding the company with this…
    - 12 days ago 24 Mar 20, 2:00am -
  • USMC says goodbye to tanks and hello to long-range fires
    The US Marine Corps (USMC) is preparing to make a host of sweeping changes to its operating concept with plans to bid adieu to tanks while also expanding its long-range fires capabilities. It’s been less than a year since General David Berger too…
    - 12 days ago 24 Mar 20, 1:00am -
  • India signs USD117.8 million deal with IWI for LMGs
    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed an INR8.8 billion (USD117.8 million) contract with Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) on 19 March for 16,749 Negev NG-7 7.62×51 mm light machine guns (LMGs) for the Indian Army (IA). “The provisioning of th…
    - 13 days ago 22 Mar 20, 11:00pm -
  • Royal Danish Army buys Weibel muzzle velocity radar for mortars
    The Royal Danish Army is now installing Weibel Scientific’s MVR-700 – a muzzle velocity radar (MVR) – on its recently acquired Elbit Systems/ESL Cardom 10 120 mm muzzle-loaded smoothbore mortars, which arm the service’s Piranha 5 8x8 vehicles…
    - 16 days ago 20 Mar 20, 3:00am -
  • MBDA leverages Complex Weapons portfolio in support of British Army CF(L)35 initiative
    MBDA Missile Systems is positioning a developmental surface-to-surface effector concept, along with exploiting derivatives of the Complex Weapons portfolio, to support prospective near- and longer-term Land Joint Fires requirements within the scope o…
    - 24 days ago 11 Mar 20, 11:00pm -
  • Ukraine evolves thermobaric rockets, grenades
    Based on lessons learned from fighting in the Donbass region, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence (MoD) is seeking new thermobaric rockets and has introduced new grenades. Domestic development of thermobaric rockets had been initiated in 2016, with U…
    - 25 days ago 11 Mar 20, 2:00am -
  • Lockheed Martin conducts second PrSM test
    Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control conducted the second consecutive flight test of its candidate next-generation surface-to-surface missile solution for the US Army's Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) programme at White Sands Missile Range, New Me…
    - 25 days ago 11 Mar 20, 12:00am -
  • US approves possible Javelin sale to Poland
    The US State Department notified Congress on 4 March of a possible US Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Poland of 180 Javelin anti-tank missiles, 79 command launch units, and related equipment and services for an estimated cost of USD100 million, the US…
    - 27 days ago 9 Mar 20, 2:00am -
  • US Army deciding if Raytheon can proceed in PrSM competition
    As a result of technical problems that have prevented Raytheon from flight testing its Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) prototype, the US Army must now decide if the company can remain in the competition. Brigadier General John Rafferty, the service…
    - 27 days ago 9 Mar 20, 1:00am -
  • Ukraine unveils new RAM loitering munition
    Ukraine has unveiled a new lightweight catapult-launched loitering weapon system, dubbed RAM. Developed by Ukrainian company CDET, RAM was jointly showcased by Ukraine's Spetstekhnoexport and the UAE's International Golden Group at the recent UMEX…
    - 28 days ago 8 Mar 20, 10:00pm -
  • USAF issues pilots with new carbine rifle
    The US Air Force (USAF) has completed the rollout of a new 5.56 mm rifle to most of its pilots flying in ejection-seat aircraft, the service announced in mid-February. Based on the Colt M4 Carbine, the GAU-5A Aircrew Self Defense Weapon (ASDW) is b…
    - 46 days ago 19 Feb 20, 1:00am -
  • Accuracy International unveils next evolution multicalibre rifle line
    Accuracy International (AI) unveiled its new AX MKIII and AX 50 ELR multicalibre sniper rifles at the British Shooting Show, which is being held in Birmingham on 14–16 February. Both rifles have been produced in line with NATO standards based on op…
    - 51 days ago 14 Feb 20, 1:00am -
  • Defexpo 2020: India unveils Wheeled Armoured Platform, upgraded Sarath IFVs
    India’s defence industry unveiled two new infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), the Wheeled Armoured Platform (WhAP) and an upgraded variant of the BMP-2/2K Sarath, during the 5-9 February Defexpo 2020 defence exhibition in Lucknow, northern India.…
    - 59 days ago 6 Feb 20, 3:00am -
  • BDL unveils new Amogha-III ATGM
    India’s Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) unveiled a model of a new, third generation anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) at the Defexpo 2020 defence exhibition in Lucknow from 05–09 February. Designated ‘Amogha-III’, the new man-portable, ‘fire-…
    - 59 days ago 6 Feb 20, 12:00am -
  • Malaysia looking to buy new medium-range anti-tank guided missiles
    Malaysia has requested bids for the supply of an undisclosed number of medium-range, anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) that are likely to be deployed from the Malaysian Army’s future 4×4 vehicles. The request, which was published by the Ministry…
    - 59 days ago 6 Feb 20, 12:00am -
  • Greece prepares to deploy Patriot to Saudi Arabia
    A Greek Patriot air-defence unit was activated on 20 January ahead of its deployment to Saudi Arabia, government spokesman Stelios Petsas said in a radio interview on 3 February. He said about 130 personnel will be deployed to Saudi Arabia, which i…
    - 60 days ago 5 Feb 20, 3:00am -
  • Raytheon tests laser-guided Excalibur S round for US Navy
    Raytheon Missile Systems has conducted live firing tests of its Excalibur S semi-active laser (SAL) guided artillery projectile against a moving target. Conducted at the Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona in April 2019, but not disclosed until 5 Februa…
    - 60 days ago 5 Feb 20, 3:00am -
  • French Army receives first O-NYX night vision goggles
    The French Army has begun receiving Thales O-NYX night vision goggles (NVGs), Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly announced on the website of the Direction générale de l’armement (DGA), the French armament procurement agency, on 30 January 2020.…
    - 60 days ago 5 Feb 20, 3:00am -
  • Indian Army stockpiling ammunition for 10 days of 'intense war'
    The Indian Army (IA) is looking to boost its depleted ammunition stocks to enable it to sustain 10 days of ‘intense’ combat by 2022–23, after which it aims to further stockpile its munition reserves for 40 days of combat. Senior IA officers t…
    - 60 days ago 5 Feb 20, 3:00am -
  • Australia to acquire Spike LR2 missile system to meet long-range direct-fire support capability requirement
    The Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra announced on 5 February that the Australian Army and the wider Australian Defence Force (ADF) will acquire the Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Spike LR2 missile system as its “Long Range Direct Fire Suppo…
    - 60 days ago 5 Feb 20, 3:00am -
  • IAV 2020: Elbit’s Iron Fist engages kinetic energy round
    Key Points An Iron Fist Light Kinetic (IFLK) round has successfully intercepted an APFSDS projectile in tests It is unclear how interchangeable the IFLK is with the Iron Fist Light Decoupled (IFLD) system ordered by the US and Israeli militaries…
    - 72 days ago 24 Jan 20, 2:00am -
  • Civil Aviation Organization of Iran confirms Tor-M1s fired at airliner
    The Civil Aviation Organization of Iran (CAOI) has confirmed that a Tor-M1 launched two missiles at Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 (PS752) before it crashed soon after taking off from Tehran’s international airport on 8 January. The To…
    - 75 days ago 21 Jan 20, 3:00am -

Naval Weapons

  • SCEPS power plant in the frame for next Mk 54 torpedo upgrade
    The US Navy (USN) is returning to a stored chemical energy propulsion system (SCEPS) to power an improved variant of the Mk 54 lightweight torpedo. The Mk 54 Mod 2 – also known as the Advanced Lightweight Torpedo (ALWT) – will additionally feat…
    - 3 days ago 2 Apr 20, 2:00am -
  • Brazil to receive Bofors 40 Mk4 weapon systems
    Two 40 mm BAE Systems Bofors 40 Mk4 naval gun systems are scheduled to be shipped to Brazil in August, the Brazilian Navy told Jane’s . The weapon systems, together with special tools, spares, and training, were purchased in 2013 worth EUR8.3 mil…
    - 10 days ago 26 Mar 20, 10:00pm -
  • Indonesia to upgrade Exocet missile system on KRI Usman-Harun corvette
    The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) plans to upgrade the Exocet MM40 Block 2 anti-ship missiles on its KRI Usman-Harun (pennant number 359) multirole corvette/light frigate once the vessel’s mission systems ar…
    - 18 days ago 18 Mar 20, 1:00am -
  • Sea Shrike submarine payload plan suggests hypersonic missile link
    The US Navy (USN) has revealed plans to contract Northrop Grumman for the development of a payload module to enable the integration an undisclosed weapon system on Virginia-class nuclear powered attack submarines (SSNs). While the service declines…
    - 23 days ago 13 Mar 20, 12:00am -
  • MBDA completes first Sea Venom/ANL qualification firing
    European missile house MBDA, in collaboration with the French Direction générale de l'armement (DGA), has conducted the first qualification firing of the new Sea Venom/Anti-Navire Léger (ANL) helicopter-launched anti-ship missile. Performed on 2…
    - 29 days ago 6 Mar 20, 11:00pm -
  • Russian frigate fires hypersonic missile for first time
    A Russian Navy warship has fired an NPO Mashinostroyeniya 3M22 Zircon (Tsirkon) hypersonic missile for the first time during trials in the Barents Sea. Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu confirmed the start of the test programme by the Northern…
    - 34 days ago 2 Mar 20, 1:00am -
  • Raytheon, US Navy, test first SM-2 missile from restarted production line
    Raytheon Missile Systems and the US Navy (USN) have successfully flight tested the first Standard Missile-2 (SM-2) all-up-round (AUR) to come off the re-started SM-2 production line for Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. The USN ceased acquiri…
    - 34 days ago 2 Mar 20, 12:00am -
  • First batch of F21 torpedoes delivered to Brazil and France
    Naval Group has delivered a first batch of F21 heavyweight torpedoes to the Brazilian and French navies. Announcing the deliveries during a press conference in Paris on 21 February, Naval Group said a first batch of six torpedoes was handed over to…
    - 38 days ago 27 Feb 20, 1:00am -
  • Venezuelan navy conducts rare live-missile exercise
    The Venezuelan frigate Almirante Brion (F-22) launched a MBDA Otomat missile as part of the Venezuelan military’s exercise ‘Bolivarian Shield 2020’ (‘Escudo Bolivariano 2020’), marking the first time since 2013 the country’s naval forces…
    - 39 days ago 26 Feb 20, 12:00am -
  • MBDA conducts first end-to-end test firing of Marte ER
    MBDA has completed the second of three planned test firings in the design, development, and qualification programme of the Marte ER anti-surface warfare (ASuW) missile. Designed to confirm the overall design and performance of the missile, the end-…
    - 48 days ago 17 Feb 20, 2:30am -
  • Pentagon budget 2021: USN FY 2021 request emphasises enhanced strike capability
    The proposed fiscal year (FY) 2021 budget request for the US Navy (USN) underscores the USN’s desire to develop more capable strike capability, according to USN budget documents released on 10 February. The USN is looking to accelerate the develo…
    - 55 days ago 10 Feb 20, 1:00am -
  • US State Department approves potential sale of up to 200 LRASMs to Australia
    The US Department of State has approved a potential USD990 million Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Australia of up to 200 AGM-158C Long Range Anti-Ship Missiles (LRASMs), along with related equipment and services, the US Defense Security Cooperation A…
    - 55 days ago 10 Feb 20, 1:00am -
  • Pentagon confirms deployment of W76-2 low-yield submarine-launched ballistic missile
    The US Navy (USN) has fielded the W76-2 low-yield submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) warhead, John Rood, US Under Secretary of Defense for Policy said on 4 February in a statement. “In the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review, the department iden…
    - 61 days ago 4 Feb 20, 3:00am -
  • Indonesia completes CIWS installation on second Martadinata frigate
    Key Points Work to install weapon systems on Indonesia’s second Martadinata-class frigate has begun The vessel is expected to be fully operational for high-tempo operations by early 2021 Indonesian state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL has completed…
    - 61 days ago 4 Feb 20, 12:00am -
  • Expal Systems to provide ammo, mortars for Philippine Navy
    Spain’s Expal Systems has been awarded two separate contracts to supply the Philippine Navy (PN) with naval gun ammunition and mortars. Under a USD1.2 million contract Expal is set to deliver 720 training and 748 high-explosive, point-detonating…
    - 75 days ago 21 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • US Navy kicks off with mine modernisation effort
    The US Navy (USN) is embarking on a major recapitalisation of its offensive mining portfolio to deny freedom of movement to adversary forces in a future high-end conflict. Speaking at the Surface Navy Association annual symposium on 16 January, Cap…
    - 75 days ago 21 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • Philippines developing remote weapon station for naval vessels
    The Philippines is developing its own remote weapon station (RWS) for potential use on its warships and patrol vessels. The RWS is being developed by the Philippine Navy (PN), the Department of Science and Technology’s Metals Industry Research an…
    - 76 days ago 20 Jan 20, 2:00am -
  • India test-fires locally developed K-4 SLBM
    India’s government-run Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully test-fired on 19 January its locally developed, nuclear-capable K-4 intermediate-range submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) off the country’s east coa…
    - 76 days ago 20 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • Surface Navy 2020: Boeing promotes its Compact Laser Weapon System for US Navy use
    Key Points Boeing is offering its Compact Laser Weapon System to the US Navy The weapon comes in both 2 and 5 kW configurations Boeing is promoting its Compact Laser Weapon System (CLWS) at the 2020 National Surface Navy Association Symposium a…
    - 80 days ago 16 Jan 20, 2:00am -
  • Surface Navy 2020: USN, USMC eye shore-based Naval Strike Missile
    The US Navy (USN) and US Marine Corps (USMC) are considering a shore-based version of the Naval Strike Missile (NSM), said James Geurts, assistant secretary of the Navy for Research, Development & Acquisition (RD&A). “It’s certainly something w…
    - 80 days ago 16 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Surface Navy 2020: Potential USN ammo could turn LCS into counter-drone ship
    A new kind of ammunition round being pursued by Northrop Grumman for the on-board Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) gun system could help the US Navy (USN) counter drone attacks, according to Kevin Knowles, the head of business development for LCS/Unmanned…
    - 81 days ago 15 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • Indonesia commissions shore-based 76 mm naval gun
    Key Points The Indonesian Navy has commissioned a shore-based 76 mm naval gun It is the first of several weapon types that will be featured at the newly constructed range at Paiton The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan La…
    - 97 days ago 30 Dec 19, 3:00am -
  • China hands over two ex-PLAN frigates to Bangladesh Navy
    Two Type 053H3 (Jiangwei II)-class frigates decommissioned by the China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) have been handed over to the Bangladesh Navy (BN). The BN said in a statement that the 2,200-ton diesel-powered ships, formerly known…
    - 20 Dec 19, 4:00am -
  • 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)…
    - 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…
    - 19 Nov 19, 1:00am -

C4ISR

  • UkrOboronProm presents BM-21UM Berest 122 mm MRL
    Ukraine’s state-owned Shepetivka Repair Plant (ShRP) has completed factory testing of and is ready to accept domestic and foreign orders for its new BM-21UM Berest 122 mm multiple rocket launcher (MRL), the UkrOboronProm defence conglomerate to whi…
    - 2 days ago 3 Apr 20, 12:00am -
  • GeoSpectrum launches scaled down TRAPS sonar for USVs
    Canadian marine acoustics house GeoSpectrum Technologies has launched a compact version of its Towed Reelable Active Passive Sonar (TRAPS) designed specifically for unmanned surface vessels (USVs) and other small craft. The scaled down system, know…
    - 3 days ago 2 Apr 20, 1:00am -
  • Russia to deploy Konteyner OTHR to Kaliningrad
    Russia will deploy the second Konteyner (Container) over-the-horizon radar (OTHR), which is capable of detecting mass take-offs of aircraft and launches of cruise missiles and hypersonic vehicles 3,000 km away, in the Kaliningrad region. The station…
    - 4 days ago 1 Apr 20, 3:00am -
  • South Korea adopts new locally developed port surveillance system
    South Korea has begun adopting a new locally developed port surveillance system that can “more effectively” detect, identify, and respond to low-noise underwater objects, including divers and increasingly quiet submarines, approaching its ports,…
    - 4 days ago 1 Apr 20, 2:00am -
  • Australian Army sets up office to bolster adoption of disruptive technologies
    The Australian Army has established a specialist office to advance knowledge in and bolster its adoption of disruptive technologies in the fields of artificial intelligence, quantum technologies, robotics and autonomous systems. Created in March 20…
    - 4 days ago 1 Apr 20, 12:00am -
  • KC-46A Pegasus fuel system leaks excessively
    Key Points The KC-46A’s fuel system leaks unreasonably in 16 platforms This could put pressure on the US Air Force’s desire to divest legacy tankers The US Air Force (USAF) has upgraded an existing deficiency of the Boeing KC-46A Pegasus ae…
    - 4 days ago 31 Mar 20, 11:00pm -
  • RoKAF to upgrade KF-16s with new IFF, datalink
    South Korea is to integrate advanced identification friend or foe (IFF) and datalink systems onto its Lockheed Martin KF-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft as part of a wider upgrade of the type. The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) an…
    - 5 days ago 30 Mar 20, 11:00pm -
  • Venezuela’s Simón Bolívar satellite stops working
    The Venezuelan government has announced that its Simón Bolívar (VeneSat-1) satellite is no longer operational, without citing specific causes. The platform was an important component of the country’s defence and telecommunications sector. In 20…
    - 6 days ago 30 Mar 20, 12:00am -
  • Update: Pentagon evaluating extending F-35 OLED helmet-mounted display life expectancy
    Key Points The Pentagon wants to extend the life expectancy of its F-35 OLED helmet-mounted display to reduce sustainment costs A former programme official believes that Lockheed Martin paid at least a share for the HMD redesign so it could meet…
    - 6 days ago 29 Mar 20, 11:00pm -
  • Raytheon, Quantum Imaging sign deal on SWIR capability for ISR
    Quantum Imaging, a subsidiary of Israel-based infrared sensing and imaging company Semi Conductor Devices (SCD), has finalised a deal to supply Raytheon with short-wave infrared (SWIR) cameras and optical sensor packages for use on the company’s pr…
    - 9 days ago 27 Mar 20, 1:00am -
  • Brazil selects Raytheon to perform Condor Mk3 upgrade to legacy radar systems
    The Brazilian Air Force has contracted Raytheon to upgrade several of its legacy Monopulse Secondary Surveillance Radar (MSSR) systems to the company’s latest variant of the system, dubbed the Condor Mk3, company officials announced on 24 March.…
    - 9 days ago 26 Mar 20, 11:00pm -
  • USMC begins AESA upgrade for ‘classic’ Hornets
    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has begun the process of replacing the radars of some its Boeing F/A-18 legacy Hornet combat aircraft with a new active electronically scanned array (AESA) system, with the first procurement contract awarded on 26 March.…
    - 10 days ago 26 Mar 20, 10:00pm -
  • US Air Force sets April deadline for 3DELRR replacement
    US Air Force officials want defence companies to submit prototype proposals for the revamped Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar (3DELRR) system by April, as part of the service’s effort to get the beleaguered programme back on track.…
    - 10 days ago 26 Mar 20, 2:00am -
  • BAE touts Sceptre fast jet mission management tool for multidomain applications
    BAE Systems is pitching its Sceptre mission management tool for fast jets as a core campaign planning tool for multidomain operations. Speaking to Jane’s on 26 March, Louise Aiken, head of Mission Planning Programmes, and John Loader, Operational…
    - 10 days ago 26 Mar 20, 1:00am -
  • Gripen E/F shifts focus from flight to sensor tests
    Saab has shifted the focus of its Gripen E/F testing away from basic flight trials towards the aircraft’s tactical and sensor suites as the programme ramps up ahead of the first upcoming deliveries to Sweden and Brazil. Speaking at Saab’s annua…
    - 10 days ago 26 Mar 20, 12:00am -
  • US Air Force awards Edgybees contract for Argus augmented reality software
    Key Points The USAF has awarded Edgybees a contract to provide its Argus augmented reality software Argus will be used with the MQ-9 Reaper and ScanEagle UAVs The US Air Force on 17 March awarded Edgybees a contract for the company’s Argus au…
    - 10 days ago 25 Mar 20, 11:00pm -
  • NATO receives first AGS mobile exploitation station
    NATO has received its first mobile and transportable ground-based exploitation station for its Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) programme, it announced on 23 March. The first of the European-sourced Mobile General Ground Stations (MGGSs) that wil…
    - 13 days ago 23 Mar 20, 1:00am -
  • Nigerian Air Force upgrades Alpha Jet avionics
    The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) revealed the installation of new avionics in an Alpha Jet it has reactivated when the aircraft (NAF 455) was recommissioned by the 407 Air Combat Training Group at Kainji Air Base on 21 March. “The avionics upgrade, w…
    - 13 days ago 23 Mar 20, 1:00am -
  • USN completes development testing of NGJ-MB pods for Growler
    The US Navy (USN) has completed developmental testing of the Next Generation Jammer Mid-Band (NGJ-MB) pods being developed by Raytheon for the Boeing EA-18G Growler electronic attack (EA) aircraft. The milestone, announced by the Naval Air Systems…
    - 14 days ago 22 Mar 20, 10:00pm -
  • Second Indonesian PKR frigate completes testing for combat systems upgrade
    Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) and its Indonesian partner PT PAL have completed the integration and test of a package of combat system enhancements to the second of the Indonesian Navy’s ((Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL…
    - 17 days ago 19 Mar 20, 1:30am -
  • China’s Long March 7A launch vehicle fails to place satellite into orbit
    China’s space programme suffered a setback with the failure of a Long March 7A (CZ-7A) launch vehicle that lifted off from the Wenchang space launch centre on the southern island of Hainan on 16 March but failed to place its satellite payload into…
    - 17 days ago 19 Mar 20, 12:00am -
  • LTAMDS wraps initial round of programme tests, prepares for live target drills
    Raytheon has competed initial tests of the US Army’s Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor (LTAMDS) and is preparing to test the new radar antenna array platform against live targets ahead of official evaluations of the system by service offici…
    - 17 days ago 19 Mar 20, 12:00am -
  • USAF deploys ‘urgent need’ helicopter protection systems from Leonardo DRS
    The US Air Force (USAF) has deployed Sikorsky HH-60G Pave Hawk combat search-and-rescue (CSAR) helicopters fitted with an urgent need protection system supplied by Leonardo DRS. The US-based subsidiary of the Italian company announced on 18 March t…
    - 18 days ago 18 Mar 20, 1:00am -
  • Germany to end anti-IS Tornado reconnaissance mission
    Germany will end its Tornado reconnaissance flights against the so-called Islamic State (IS) on 31 March, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 11 March after the federal government extended the mandate of other German forces in Iraq. Four Luftw…
    - 19 days ago 17 Mar 20, 2:00am -
  • Pakistan aiming to procure radomes for its AN/TPS-77 and YLC-18A radar systems
    The Directorate of Procurement (Air) for the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has issued invitations for tenders to procure an undisclosed number of radomes for the service’s Lockheed Martin AN/TPS-77 and China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CET…
    - 19 days ago 16 Mar 20, 11:00pm -

C4ISR Air

  • KC-46A Pegasus fuel system leaks excessively
    Key Points The KC-46A’s fuel system leaks unreasonably in 16 platforms This could put pressure on the US Air Force’s desire to divest legacy tankers The US Air Force (USAF) has upgraded an existing deficiency of the Boeing KC-46A Pegasus ae…
    - 4 days ago 31 Mar 20, 11:00pm -
  • RoKAF to upgrade KF-16s with new IFF, datalink
    South Korea is to integrate advanced identification friend or foe (IFF) and datalink systems onto its Lockheed Martin KF-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft as part of a wider upgrade of the type. The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) an…
    - 5 days ago 30 Mar 20, 11:00pm -
  • Venezuela’s Simón Bolívar satellite stops working
    The Venezuelan government has announced that its Simón Bolívar (VeneSat-1) satellite is no longer operational, without citing specific causes. The platform was an important component of the country’s defence and telecommunications sector. In 20…
    - 6 days ago 30 Mar 20, 12:00am -
  • Update: Pentagon evaluating extending F-35 OLED helmet-mounted display life expectancy
    Key Points The Pentagon wants to extend the life expectancy of its F-35 OLED helmet-mounted display to reduce sustainment costs A former programme official believes that Lockheed Martin paid at least a share for the HMD redesign so it could meet…
    - 6 days ago 29 Mar 20, 11:00pm -
  • Raytheon, Quantum Imaging sign deal on SWIR capability for ISR
    Quantum Imaging, a subsidiary of Israel-based infrared sensing and imaging company Semi Conductor Devices (SCD), has finalised a deal to supply Raytheon with short-wave infrared (SWIR) cameras and optical sensor packages for use on the company’s pr…
    - 9 days ago 27 Mar 20, 1:00am -
  • USMC begins AESA upgrade for ‘classic’ Hornets
    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has begun the process of replacing the radars of some its Boeing F/A-18 legacy Hornet combat aircraft with a new active electronically scanned array (AESA) system, with the first procurement contract awarded on 26 March.…
    - 10 days ago 26 Mar 20, 10:00pm -
  • BAE touts Sceptre fast jet mission management tool for multidomain applications
    BAE Systems is pitching its Sceptre mission management tool for fast jets as a core campaign planning tool for multidomain operations. Speaking to Jane’s on 26 March, Louise Aiken, head of Mission Planning Programmes, and John Loader, Operational…
    - 10 days ago 26 Mar 20, 1:00am -
  • Gripen E/F shifts focus from flight to sensor tests
    Saab has shifted the focus of its Gripen E/F testing away from basic flight trials towards the aircraft’s tactical and sensor suites as the programme ramps up ahead of the first upcoming deliveries to Sweden and Brazil. Speaking at Saab’s annua…
    - 10 days ago 26 Mar 20, 12:00am -
  • US Air Force awards Edgybees contract for Argus augmented reality software
    Key Points The USAF has awarded Edgybees a contract to provide its Argus augmented reality software Argus will be used with the MQ-9 Reaper and ScanEagle UAVs The US Air Force on 17 March awarded Edgybees a contract for the company’s Argus au…
    - 10 days ago 25 Mar 20, 11:00pm -
  • Nigerian Air Force upgrades Alpha Jet avionics
    The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) revealed the installation of new avionics in an Alpha Jet it has reactivated when the aircraft (NAF 455) was recommissioned by the 407 Air Combat Training Group at Kainji Air Base on 21 March. “The avionics upgrade, w…
    - 13 days ago 23 Mar 20, 1:00am -
  • USN completes development testing of NGJ-MB pods for Growler
    The US Navy (USN) has completed developmental testing of the Next Generation Jammer Mid-Band (NGJ-MB) pods being developed by Raytheon for the Boeing EA-18G Growler electronic attack (EA) aircraft. The milestone, announced by the Naval Air Systems…
    - 14 days ago 22 Mar 20, 10:00pm -
  • China’s Long March 7A launch vehicle fails to place satellite into orbit
    China’s space programme suffered a setback with the failure of a Long March 7A (CZ-7A) launch vehicle that lifted off from the Wenchang space launch centre on the southern island of Hainan on 16 March but failed to place its satellite payload into…
    - 17 days ago 19 Mar 20, 12:00am -
  • USAF deploys ‘urgent need’ helicopter protection systems from Leonardo DRS
    The US Air Force (USAF) has deployed Sikorsky HH-60G Pave Hawk combat search-and-rescue (CSAR) helicopters fitted with an urgent need protection system supplied by Leonardo DRS. The US-based subsidiary of the Italian company announced on 18 March t…
    - 18 days ago 18 Mar 20, 1:00am -
  • Germany to end anti-IS Tornado reconnaissance mission
    Germany will end its Tornado reconnaissance flights against the so-called Islamic State (IS) on 31 March, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 11 March after the federal government extended the mandate of other German forces in Iraq. Four Luftw…
    - 19 days ago 17 Mar 20, 2:00am -
  • Pentagon lacks performance metrics for F-35’s ALIS logistics system
    Key Points The Pentagon is unable to measure how the F-35’s logistics system performs A congressional watchdog believes this contributes to inadequate mission-capability rates The Pentagon is unable to judge the overall performance of the Loc…
    - 19 days ago 16 Mar 20, 11:00pm -
  • BAE Systems trials new UAS SIGINT payload for DARPA
    Programme engineers at BAE Systems demonstrated a new aerial signals intelligence (SIGINT) payload for US armed forces and representatives from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), featuring the company’s latest software-defined r…
    - 20 days ago 16 Mar 20, 10:00pm -
  • USN set to test, roll out E-2D Advanced Hawkeye upgrades
    The US Navy (USN) is preparing to introduce a raft of enhancements for its E-2D Advanced Hawkeye carrier-borne airborne early warning and control aircraft. Upgrades include an aerial refuelling capability, communications and Navigation Warfare (NAV…
    - 20 days ago 16 Mar 20, 1:00am -
  • China launches penultimate BeiDou navigation satellite
    The penultimate satellite required to complete the BeiDou global positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) system was launched from the Xichang satellite launch centre in southwestern China on 9 March. The BeiDou system has been developed in three…
    - 24 days ago 11 Mar 20, 11:00pm -
  • USAF to upgrade F-16s with pylon-based IR warner from Elbit
    The US Air Force (USAF) has contracted Elbit Systems of America to equip its reserve Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft with a pylon-based missile approach warning system (MAWS). The USD471 million contract, which was announced by…
    - 27 days ago 8 Mar 20, 11:00pm -
  • US Navy seeks advanced multi-domain sensor payload technologies for unmanned systems
    Navy research and engineering officials are casting a wide net among industry to help the service develop a new generation of multi-domain sensor payload technologies for manned and unmanned systems. A broad agency announcement (BAA) issued by Nava…
    - 30 days ago 6 Mar 20, 2:00am -
  • US Air Force, Boeing close to KC-46A remote vision system fix
    Key Points The US Air Force and Boeing are close to a fix for the KC-46A remote vision system that is supposed to allow airmen to guide the refuelling boom into receiver aircraft The remote vision system has contributed to two of the programme’…
    - 32 days ago 3 Mar 20, 11:00pm -
  • US Air Force cites Qatar precedent for wanting to sole source F-15EX engines from GE
    Key Points The US Air Force wants to sole source GE F110-GE-129 engines for the F-15EX because that is the engine in the Qatar F-15QA This could be an effort by the USAF to accelerate F-15EX fielding; competitor Pratt & Whitney is protesting Th…
    - 33 days ago 3 Mar 20, 2:00am -
  • USAF buys AESA radars for F-16s
    The US Air Force (USAF) is progressing integration of the Northrop Grumman AN/APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) aboard the Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon, with a USD262 million radar procurement award announced on 28 February. The contr…
    - 34 days ago 2 Mar 20, 12:00am -
  • UAE Mirages to get Sniper pods
    The Dassault Mirage 2000 jets flown by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Air Force and Air Defence (AFAD) will be the first of the type to use the Sniper targeting pod, manufacturer Lockheed Martin announced on 26 February. It said it had received a d…
    - 38 days ago 27 Feb 20, 1:00am -
  • L3Harris seeks operational review of new podded SIGINT programme
    L3Harris is seeking an operational evaluation of its newest podded technology for signals intelligence (SIGINT) missions, looking to build upon a recent live flight test of the platform aboard a high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aircraft…
    - 39 days ago 26 Feb 20, 3:00am -

C4ISR Land

  • Pentagon budget 2021: US Navy, Marine Corps see uptick in network, EW and information warfare capabilities
    US Navy and Marine Corps procurement accounts maintained current levels or saw upticks in investments for network upgrades, electronic and information warfare capabilities aboard the sea service’s warship fleet and the Marines’ ground-based commu…
    - 55 days ago 10 Feb 20, 3:00am -
  • Pentagon budget 2021: MDA seeks funding to keep SBX missile defence radar at sea longer
    The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has requested USD118.3 million in fiscal year 2021 (FY 2021) to expand operating days for the Sea-based X-band (SBX) radar system that supports missile defence intercepts via midcourse warhead tracking and discrimi…
    - 55 days ago 10 Feb 20, 1:00am -
  • Czech MoD orders DPET radar systems
    The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) has ordered two Deployable Passive Electronic Support Measures (ESM) Tracker (DPET) radar systems for the Czech Army from ERA Pardubice. The contract, worth CZK1.5 billion (USD66.3 million), was approved by the M…
    - 61 days ago 4 Feb 20, 3:00am -
  • IDF orders Fire Weaver network fire control system
    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has procured the Fire Weaver networked sensor-to-shooter fire control system, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems announced on 3 February. Developed jointly by Rafael, Israel’s Directorate of Defense Research and Devel…
    - 61 days ago 4 Feb 20, 3:00am -
  • IronVision trialled on Challenger 2 Streetfighter II
    The IronVision situational awareness system has been trialled on a modified Challenger 2 Streetfighter II for the first time, according to Elbit Systems. The trials were conducted in early December 2019 and began with familiarisation for the crew a…
    - 80 days ago 16 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • Russian Airborne Troops to receive new C4 system in 2021
    Russian Airborne Troops (VDV) are completing development of a new command, control, communications and computer (C4) system in 2021 for their BTR-MDM, BMD-4M, and KamAZ-63968 armoured fighting vehicles, the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) reported…
    - 86 days ago 10 Jan 20, 4:00am -
  • Russia receives systems to ‘heavy drop’ armoured vehicles with crews inside

    - 89 days ago 7 Jan 20, 2:00am -
  • Pentagon deploys new command cells for electromagnetic spectrum ops
    The US Department of Defense has created a new cadre of forward deployed, operational teams specifically tasked with aiding combat commanders in waging war across the electromagnetic spectrum, a top US general said. The Joint Electromagnetic Spectr…
    - 94 days ago 2 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • Russian Gibka-S VSHORAD system completes state trials
    Russia’s new Gibka-S self-propelled very short-range air defence (VSHORAD) system has completed its state trials, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced in a press release on 25 December. “State trials of the [Gibka-S] system were successfully…
    - 96 days ago 31 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • Turkish Aerospace opens Pakistan office
    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has launched an office in Pakistan to boost its profile in the South Asian country. TAI announced the opening of the office on 24 December. The ceremony was attended by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. TAI said…
    - 96 days ago 31 Dec 19, 12:00am -
  • Robotic Research providing footwear sensors to US Army
    The US Army is moving out with plans to outfit soldiers’ footwear with sensors designed to monitor their location, even in GPS-denied environments. Robotic Research announced on 19 December that it had secured a USD16.5 million contract with the…
    - 20 Dec 19, 3:10am -
  • I/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,…
    - 5 Dec 19, 2:00am -
  • 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…
    - 19 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • 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…
    - 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…
    - 19 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • 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…
    - 15 Nov 19, 1:00am -
  • 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 23 Oct 19, 1:00am -

C4ISR Maritime

  • GeoSpectrum launches scaled down TRAPS sonar for USVs
    Canadian marine acoustics house GeoSpectrum Technologies has launched a compact version of its Towed Reelable Active Passive Sonar (TRAPS) designed specifically for unmanned surface vessels (USVs) and other small craft. The scaled down system, know…
    - 3 days ago 2 Apr 20, 1:00am -
  • South Korea adopts new locally developed port surveillance system
    South Korea has begun adopting a new locally developed port surveillance system that can “more effectively” detect, identify, and respond to low-noise underwater objects, including divers and increasingly quiet submarines, approaching its ports,…
    - 4 days ago 1 Apr 20, 2:00am -
  • Second Indonesian PKR frigate completes testing for combat systems upgrade
    Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) and its Indonesian partner PT PAL have completed the integration and test of a package of combat system enhancements to the second of the Indonesian Navy’s ((Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL…
    - 17 days ago 19 Mar 20, 1:30am -
  • Naval Group Australia signs subcontracts for Attack-class submarine batteries
    Naval Group Australia has signed subcontracts with Australian company PMB Defence Pty Ltd, and Greek company Systems Sunlight, for the design of the main storage batteries that will go onboard the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) future Attack-class s…
    - 20 days ago 15 Mar 20, 11:00pm -
  • Thales, PT Len Industri to upgrade mission systems on TNI-AL’s Usman-Harun frigate
    Thales and PT Len Industri signed a contract on 10 March to modernise the mission systems on the Indonesian Navy’s (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) KRI Usman-Harun (pennant number 359) multirole frigate. In a statement issue…
    - 24 days ago 12 Mar 20, 12:00am -
  • US Navy moves ahead with surface-fleet laser plans
    The US Navy (USN) remains on course with programmes to outfit its surface fleet with laser weapons with a recent installation of one system aboard a guided-missile destroyer, plans to put another system aboard a Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), and propos…
    - 37 days ago 28 Feb 20, 2:40am -
  • Thales awarded sensor contracts for Dreadnought submarine programme
    Thales UK has been awarded contracts worth around GBP330 million to develop the sonar suite and above-water sensor systems for the new Royal Navy (RN) Dreadnought-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs). Previously known as Succe…
    - 37 days ago 28 Feb 20, 2:00am -
  • US Navy’s Unmanned Influence Sweep System programme reaches Milestone C
    The US Navy’s Unmanned Influence Sweep System (UISS) programme – part of the service’s counter-mine mission packages designed to be deployed from Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs) and vessels of opportunity – has reached Milestone C, contractor Te…
    - 37 days ago 28 Feb 20, 12:00am -
  • India’s technology demonstration vessel receives new radar as it nears completion
    A technology demonstration vessel (TDV) being built for India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) at Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) has been fitted with a housing for a new type of dual-panel long-range radar system. There is li…
    - 38 days ago 27 Feb 20, 3:00am -
  • Spanish S 80 AIP system passes final tests
    The air-independent propulsion (AIP) system for Spain’s new S 80-class submarines has now passed its final tests, with Abengoa being chosen as the supplier, Navantia announced on 26 February. The AIP system was originally due to be integrated int…
    - 38 days ago 27 Feb 20, 1:00am -
  • Cambridge Pixel to provide SPx radar technology for RoKN vessels
    UK-based company Cambridge Pixel announced on 19 February that it has been selected by South Korean defence company Hanwha Systems to supply its SPx radar technology for installation on the Republic of Korea Navy’s (RoKN’s) fleet of Chamsuri II (…
    - 39 days ago 26 Feb 20, 12:00am -
  • JFD receives contract extension for RAN submarine rescue service
    JFD Australia has been contracted to continue the provision of submarine escape-and-rescue services to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) through to the end of 2023. Valued at approximately AUD70 million (USD46.2 million) the deal is intended to ensur…
    - 44 days ago 21 Feb 20, 1:00am -
  • DDG 1000 testing awaits validation test on SDTS
    The US Navy (USN) will conduct a critical engineering validation test on its Self Defense Test Ship (SDTS) next month which, if successful, will pave the way for the resumption of live fire testing in support of the DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class destroyer p…
    - 45 days ago 20 Feb 20, 1:00am -
  • Israeli Navy close to completing radar upgrades for ships
    The Israeli Navy is set to complete all radar upgrades on its Sa’ar 4.5 and Sa’ar 5 ships in less than a year, a senior naval official has told Jane's . The navy is currently upgrading its Sa’ar 4.5s with the IAI Elta ELM-2258 Advanced Lightw…
    - 47 days ago 18 Feb 20, 3:00am -
  • Saab to provide next-generation CMSs for RAN’s major surface ships
    Saab Australia has signed an Enterprise Partnering Agreement (EPA) with the Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra to provide its ‘next-generation’ combat management systems (CMSs) across all the major surface ships of the Royal Australian Navy…
    - 52 days ago 13 Feb 20, 1:00am -
  • Russian frigate Admiral Kasatonov conducts trials before commissioning
    Russia’s second Project 22350 Gorshkov-class frigate, Admiral Kasatonov, is conducting trials before commissioning, the Northern Fleet press service reported on the Ministry of Defence website. The service announced on 11 February that Admiral Kasa…
    - 53 days ago 12 Feb 20, 12:00am -
  • Pentagon budget 2021: US Navy, Marine Corps see uptick in network, EW and information warfare capabilities
    US Navy and Marine Corps procurement accounts maintained current levels or saw upticks in investments for network upgrades, electronic and information warfare capabilities aboard the sea service’s warship fleet and the Marines’ ground-based commu…
    - 55 days ago 10 Feb 20, 3:00am -
  • DOT&E warns on DDG 1000 self-defence capability
    Test events conducted on the US Navy's (USN's) Self-Defense Test Ship (SDTS) have revealed significant problems affecting the ship self-defence capability of the new DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class destroyer, according to the Pentagon's Director, Operational…
    - 55 days ago 10 Feb 20, 1:00am -
  • JMSDF despatches destroyer to Middle East on intelligence-gathering mission
    Amid tensions between Washington and Tehran, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) destroyer JS Takanami left for the Middle East on 2 February to take part in an 11-month intelligence-gathering mission aimed at helping ensure the safety of vesse…
    - 62 days ago 3 Feb 20, 3:00am -
  • US Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center looks to expand live-fire training
    The US Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) wants to expand its live-fire training events to better mimic real-life scenarios, Rear Admiral Scott Robertson, the SMWDC’s commander told Jane’s . “We’re looking to add…
    - 62 days ago 3 Feb 20, 12:00am -
  • US Navy has no plans for MMP, despite NGA study
    The US Navy (USN) said it has no plans to field Boeing’s Multi-Mission Pod (MMP) aboard any of its intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) platforms or to support efforts to develop an exportable version of the pod to allied nations, d…
    - 69 days ago 27 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • USN reports further progress on Ford Advanced Weapons Elevators
    Another three Advanced Weapons Elevators (AWEs) are working and being rigorously tested aboard aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), said Rear Admiral James Downey, USN programme executive officer for carriers. Two of those elevators are ex…
    - 69 days ago 27 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • Bird demos OSCAR maritime data fusion system in Africa
    Bird Aerosystems, an Israeli company that develops special-mission aircraft solutions and airborne missile protection systems, announced on 14 January that it had completed a successful trial of its Ocean Surveillance Control and Reconnaissance (OSCA…
    - 72 days ago 24 Jan 20, 3:00am -
  • UK Royal Navy gets set to start Wilton MCM route survey task
    The UK Royal Navy (RN) plans to start operations in March with a new unmanned autonomous capability for peacetime mine countermeasures (MCM) tasks. Operating from HM Naval Base Clyde, the new capability – being delivered under Project Wilton –…
    - 72 days ago 24 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • UK awards contracts to explore Intelligent Ship technologies
    The UK’s Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is seed funding nine companies – including Frazer-Nash Consultancy (FNC), Roke Manor Research, and Thales UK – to explore and mature artificial intelligence (AI) techniques and automation technol…
    - 73 days ago 23 Jan 20, 3:00am -

C4ISR Joint Comm Equip

  • UkrOboronProm presents BM-21UM Berest 122 mm MRL
    Ukraine’s state-owned Shepetivka Repair Plant (ShRP) has completed factory testing of and is ready to accept domestic and foreign orders for its new BM-21UM Berest 122 mm multiple rocket launcher (MRL), the UkrOboronProm defence conglomerate to whi…
    - 2 days ago 3 Apr 20, 12:00am -
  • Russia to deploy Konteyner OTHR to Kaliningrad
    Russia will deploy the second Konteyner (Container) over-the-horizon radar (OTHR), which is capable of detecting mass take-offs of aircraft and launches of cruise missiles and hypersonic vehicles 3,000 km away, in the Kaliningrad region. The station…
    - 4 days ago 1 Apr 20, 3:00am -
  • Australian Army sets up office to bolster adoption of disruptive technologies
    The Australian Army has established a specialist office to advance knowledge in and bolster its adoption of disruptive technologies in the fields of artificial intelligence, quantum technologies, robotics and autonomous systems. Created in March 20…
    - 4 days ago 1 Apr 20, 12:00am -
  • Update: Pentagon evaluating extending F-35 OLED helmet-mounted display life expectancy
    Key Points The Pentagon wants to extend the life expectancy of its F-35 OLED helmet-mounted display to reduce sustainment costs A former programme official believes that Lockheed Martin paid at least a share for the HMD redesign so it could meet…
    - 6 days ago 29 Mar 20, 11:00pm -
  • Raytheon, Quantum Imaging sign deal on SWIR capability for ISR
    Quantum Imaging, a subsidiary of Israel-based infrared sensing and imaging company Semi Conductor Devices (SCD), has finalised a deal to supply Raytheon with short-wave infrared (SWIR) cameras and optical sensor packages for use on the company’s pr…
    - 9 days ago 27 Mar 20, 1:00am -
  • Brazil selects Raytheon to perform Condor Mk3 upgrade to legacy radar systems
    The Brazilian Air Force has contracted Raytheon to upgrade several of its legacy Monopulse Secondary Surveillance Radar (MSSR) systems to the company’s latest variant of the system, dubbed the Condor Mk3, company officials announced on 24 March.…
    - 9 days ago 26 Mar 20, 11:00pm -
  • US Air Force sets April deadline for 3DELRR replacement
    US Air Force officials want defence companies to submit prototype proposals for the revamped Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar (3DELRR) system by April, as part of the service’s effort to get the beleaguered programme back on track.…
    - 10 days ago 26 Mar 20, 2:00am -
  • BAE touts Sceptre fast jet mission management tool for multidomain applications
    BAE Systems is pitching its Sceptre mission management tool for fast jets as a core campaign planning tool for multidomain operations. Speaking to Jane’s on 26 March, Louise Aiken, head of Mission Planning Programmes, and John Loader, Operational…
    - 10 days ago 26 Mar 20, 1:00am -
  • Gripen E/F shifts focus from flight to sensor tests
    Saab has shifted the focus of its Gripen E/F testing away from basic flight trials towards the aircraft’s tactical and sensor suites as the programme ramps up ahead of the first upcoming deliveries to Sweden and Brazil. Speaking at Saab’s annua…
    - 10 days ago 26 Mar 20, 12:00am -
  • US Air Force awards Edgybees contract for Argus augmented reality software
    Key Points The USAF has awarded Edgybees a contract to provide its Argus augmented reality software Argus will be used with the MQ-9 Reaper and ScanEagle UAVs The US Air Force on 17 March awarded Edgybees a contract for the company’s Argus au…
    - 10 days ago 25 Mar 20, 11:00pm -
  • NATO receives first AGS mobile exploitation station
    NATO has received its first mobile and transportable ground-based exploitation station for its Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) programme, it announced on 23 March. The first of the European-sourced Mobile General Ground Stations (MGGSs) that wil…
    - 13 days ago 23 Mar 20, 1:00am -
  • Second Indonesian PKR frigate completes testing for combat systems upgrade
    Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) and its Indonesian partner PT PAL have completed the integration and test of a package of combat system enhancements to the second of the Indonesian Navy’s ((Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL…
    - 17 days ago 19 Mar 20, 1:30am -
  • LTAMDS wraps initial round of programme tests, prepares for live target drills
    Raytheon has competed initial tests of the US Army’s Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor (LTAMDS) and is preparing to test the new radar antenna array platform against live targets ahead of official evaluations of the system by service offici…
    - 17 days ago 19 Mar 20, 12:00am -
  • Pakistan aiming to procure radomes for its AN/TPS-77 and YLC-18A radar systems
    The Directorate of Procurement (Air) for the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has issued invitations for tenders to procure an undisclosed number of radomes for the service’s Lockheed Martin AN/TPS-77 and China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CET…
    - 19 days ago 16 Mar 20, 11:00pm -
  • USN set to test, roll out E-2D Advanced Hawkeye upgrades
    The US Navy (USN) is preparing to introduce a raft of enhancements for its E-2D Advanced Hawkeye carrier-borne airborne early warning and control aircraft. Upgrades include an aerial refuelling capability, communications and Navigation Warfare (NAV…
    - 20 days ago 16 Mar 20, 1:00am -
  • Raytheon Australia to provide ADF with joint adversarial training and testing services
    The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has signed an AUD330 million (USD204 million) eight-year contract with Raytheon Australia for the delivery of Joint Adversarial Training and Testing Services (JATTS). The DoD announced on 29 February that…
    - 20 days ago 15 Mar 20, 11:00pm -
  • New IDF C4I system now operational
    An upgraded version of the Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF’s) Digital Army Program (DAP) C4I system for linking together multiple military branches and domains has entered service, according to Elbit Systems, the system's manufacturer. Called Gideo…
    - 23 days ago 13 Mar 20, 12:00am -
  • L3Harris reveals new compact team radio
    L3Harris is developing a new compact team radio in response to customer requests and revealed details during a briefing at the SMi Future Soldier Technology conference in London from 10-11 March 2020. The RF-9820S is a small form factor, wideband (…
    - 24 days ago 12 Mar 20, 2:00am -
  • China launches penultimate BeiDou navigation satellite
    The penultimate satellite required to complete the BeiDou global positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) system was launched from the Xichang satellite launch centre in southwestern China on 9 March. The BeiDou system has been developed in three…
    - 24 days ago 11 Mar 20, 11:00pm -
  • UK MoD seeks replacement for vehicle-based Land Environment Air Picture Provision
    The UK Ministry of Defence has issued an initial Invitation to Tender (ITT) for a replacement for the British Army’s vehicle-based Land Environment Air Picture Provision (LEAPP) capability, which was published on the Defence Contracts Online websit…
    - 25 days ago 11 Mar 20, 2:00am -
  • Elbit to supply Canada with ELSAT 2100 satcom on-the-move
    Elbit Systems’ C4I & Cyber Division is to supply the Canadian Land Forces with its ELSAT 2100 satcom on-the-move (SOTM) system to provide a real-time broadband communication system, according to a 3 March company statement. The system is to be pr…
    - 30 days ago 6 Mar 20, 3:00am -
  • Armenia receives weapon location radars from India
    Armenia has recently acquired four Indian weapon locating radars for USD40 million to enhance its counter-rocket, artillery and mortar (C-RAM) and counter-battery fire capabilities. Military officials in New Delhi told Jane’s on 29 February that…
    - 31 days ago 5 Mar 20, 2:00am -
  • NATO eyes AI to cut tactical air mission planning times
    Artificial intelligence (AI) will be tested within the next few years to help armed forces at a critical juncture of operations – tactical briefing and planning. According to NATO military planners, the goal is to radically reduce the mission plann…
    - 33 days ago 3 Mar 20, 2:00am -
  • Ravenswood displaces Saab for British Army Kenya training contract
    Ravenswood Solutions has won the British Army’s Tactical Engagement Simulation in Kenya (TESIK) re-competed contract it was announced on the UK Ministry of Defence’s Defence Contracts Online (DCO) website on 2 March 2020. It will replace incumben…
    - 34 days ago 2 Mar 20, 4:00am -
  • DARPA’s Assured Autonomy shifts into higher gear
    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA’s) Assured Autonomy programme is scaling up in its second phase to incorporate larger neural networks and more challenging environments for autonomous systems, the head of the programme to…
    - 41 days ago 24 Feb 20, 12:00am -

CBRNE & EOD Defence

  • Covid-19: Kazakh military ramps up efforts to stem spread of coronavirus
    Kazakhstan is ramping up the involvement of its military in the fight against the outbreak of the Covid-19 coronavirus in the Central Asian country. In a 31 March statement the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Nur-Sultan said the Kazakh military is now…
    - 2 days ago 3 Apr 20, 12:00am -
  • Australia to supply additional Silvershield C-IED systems for ANDSF
    The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) announced on 29 March that more than 15,000 additional units of the Silvershield counter-improvised explosive device (C-IED) system will be delivered to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF…
    - 6 days ago 29 Mar 20, 11:00pm -
  • New contracts awarded to support Australian CBRN training capabilities
    Contracts worth AUD24.4 million (USD17 million) have been awarded to two Australian companies to supply equipment as part of a major chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) defence project for the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Mini…
    - 82 days ago 14 Jan 20, 1:00am -
  • Hyundai Rotem awarded contracts for K600 CEVs, K1E1 MBTs
    South Korean company Hyundai Rotem announced on 26 December that it has been awarded contracts for the mass production of the K600 combat engineer vehicle (CEV) for the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) as well as for the upgrade of additional K1 main ba…
    - 26 Dec 19, 1:50am -
  • Ukraine starts work on new CBRN reconnaissance vehicle
    Ukraine has started development of a new chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) reconnaissance vehicle based on the Kozak-2M protected mobility vehicle, according to a 10 December report from Army Inform, the Ukrainian Ministry of Def…
    - 16 Dec 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…
    - 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…
    - 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 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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 -
  • 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 -

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