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News - West:
A new type of Chinese frigate breaks cover
31st January 2023
The Type 054A frigate has undergone serious mass production in China, but its more modern successor is now on the horizon.
US Air National Guard begins construction of C-130J sim site
12th January 2023
The new C-130J simulators the US Air National Guard (ANG) is set to receive will feature various novel capabilities.
Opinion: East meets West on Tempest
9th January 2023
The announcement that Japan will join Italy and the UK in developing the Future Combat Air System indicates a new era of industry cooperation.
Asia makes waves in the global defence market (Opinion)
15th December 2022
Asian defence manufacturers are really starting to make themselves felt, with products being exported to new customers such as NATO and Five Eyes nations.
Ukraine air defences supplied by West force drop in Russian aircraft sorties
7th December 2022
Russia has reduced the number of sorties it is flying above Ukraine considerably, which is likely the result of a continued high threat from Ukrainian air defence systems, mostly supplied by allied nations, according to the UK MoD.
History repeating at I/ITSEC 2022 Senior Leader Panel
29th November 2022
I/ITSEC's Senior Leader Panel discussion raised some thought-provoking military simulation and training issues this year, but while some were new, others had been aired many times before.
UK selects Harland & Wolff, Navantia and BMT team for support ships
16th November 2022
New ships will take shape in Belfast once again following a decision by the UK MoD to choose Team Resolute to build the Royal Fleet Auxiliary's (RFA's) Fleet Solid Support ships.
More fiscal pain for Boeing on KC-46A Pegasus and other key programmes
1st November 2022
Parts and workforce shortages are edging Boeing into choppy financial waters, but the company insists it is on the right path.
Euronaval 2022: Israel Shipyards lifts the lid on new export-orientated ship design
19th October 2022
Euronaval marks the first time the Haifa shipyard has brought the Saar S-80 to market; however, it has already engaged with potential customers for the ship.
UK joins allies in providing air defence capability to Ukraine
14th October 2022
New air-to-air and surface-to-air systems pledged to Ukraine by the West will help to protect its key cities and infrastructure, but Kyiv will need more to be fully protected from the ongoing missile attacks, expert says.
Nigerian Army begins Aerosonde operations
12th October 2022
The Nigerian Aerosonde UAS supplied by Textron will enhance the West African country's security and ISR mission capabilities.
Integrated Review needs to be revisited in every aspect, says Ellwood
20th September 2022
MP and Chair of the Defence Select Committee Tobias Ellwood told Shephard the UK's 2021 Integrated Review needed to be revisited in 'every aspect' as the world has changed fundamentally.
Indonesia suspends Black Eagle MALE UAV programme
19th September 2022
Developing a MALE-class UAV is proving more difficult than expected for Indonesia.
Ukraine obtains unconventional answer to 122mm ammunition supply problem
8th September 2022
Ukraine has apparently obtained 122mm rounds from a circuitous route involving Pakistan, the UK and Romania or Cyprus.
Wisdom of Solomons? Shifting power dynamics in the Indo-Pacific
5th September 2022
While Pacific island nations may be small, including maritime zones, they constitute 15% of the world’s surface, and crucially they carry weight in international institutions such as the UN. Considering these factors, the Solomon Islands’ growing relationship with China is geopolitically significant.
Programme Results - Defence Insight
Light attack, Trainer
Earlier on 3 August 2017, the US State Department announced that it has approved a possible FMS of 12 A-29 Super Tucanos to Nigeria for ...
Navio Polivalente Logistico (NAVPOL) (Portugal)
Programme Background Requirements The NAVPOL is expected to feature a flexible and modular LPD design capable of amphibious operations and HADR tasks. Timeline The plans for ...
Viana do Castelo Class (second batch)
Programme Background The Viana do Castelo class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) are used for maritime patrol and surveillance, fisheries protection, SAR, anti-drug and anti-arms trafficking, illegal immigration ...
Maritime Patrol Aircraft (Singapore)
Programme Background Deployed from Changi West airbase, and jointly operated by the RSAF and Republic of Singapore Navy, the ageing Fokker 50 fleet is primarily ...
Philippine Coast Guard - Additional French OPVs
Programme Background The Philippine Coast Guard has set its sights on having a fleet of five new OPVs in its quest to sustain monitoring of ...
Military UAS - fixed-wing, Military UAS - MALE
Programme Background Domestic Production Possibility As reported by TurDef, a defence news outlet focussing on Turkey, in March 2023, İsmail Yusuf Abba, Nigeria's ambassador to Ankara, stated at ...
Daegu Class (FFX Batch II) (South Korea)
Programme Background The Incheon and Daegu classes are part of a re-capitalisation effort to replace the older Pohang-class corvettes and Ulsan-class frigates with a new FFX class ...
Submarines nuclear, ballistic missile
Programme Background The Type 096 SSBNs are expected to operate alongside the PLANs Type 094 Jin-class submarines which entered service between 2007 and 2020. These ...
APCs/IFVs - 4x4
LAV Replacement (Japan)
Programme Background The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) and Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) received 1,937 Light Armoured Vehicles (LAVs) from Komatsu between 2001 and ...
Military helicopters - attack
Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) (USA)
Programme Background Requirement The US Army initiated the FARA project in 2018 to develop a replacement for Army attack and scout helicopters, such as the OH-58D Kiowa and AH-64 Apaches. ...
Military UAS - rotary-wing, Military UAS - tactical
Système de Drone Aérien pour la Marine (SDAM) [France]
Programme Background Requirement The requirement for the SDAM programme is a rotary-wing VTOL-capable UAV with a modular configuration capable of hosting a range of payloads. ...
Submarines: nuclear, attack
SSN(R) Astute Class Replacement Programme
Programme Background Requirements The UK MoD has begun the planning process to replace the seven Astute-class nuclear attack submarines (SSNs) under the SSN-Replacement (SSN(R)) programme ...
Equipment Results - Defence Insight
The CESA (Centre d’Essais et de Services sur les Systèmes Autonomes) UAV test centre is a collaboration between the Bordeaux TechnoWest technopole, DSAC (Directions de ...
OPV 190 MKII
The OCEA OPV 190 MKII is descended from the OCEA OPVs range. To fulfil its maritime security missions, the design of the vessel OCEA-type OPV ...
Land: software-defined radios and modems
The Falcon III RF-300H is Harris’s next-generation Falcon radio. The manpack solution was first presented at the AFCEA West conference on 21 February 2017. The ...
Sea: procedural training
DAS supports the development and deployment of the Interactive Multisensor Analysis Training (IMAT) system for the US Navy, used at navy schoolhouse and training centres, ...
Fighter - electronic warfare
Tornado ECR EW
The Panavia Tornado Electronic Combat Reconnaissance Aircraft (ECR), is a twin-engine multi-role combat aircraft developed and manufactured jointly by the governments and industry bases of Italy, ...
RPK-8, also known as Zapad (West), is a rocket launcher system designated to provide protection against surface ships, enemy submarines and torpedoes. At the core ...
The Leopard 1 was developed from 1956-65 to meet the requirement of the West Germany Army for a new MBT to replace the US-supplied M47s ...
The MP5 is one of the most prolific 9mm SMGs in production, with more than 100 variants developed to meet the requirements of military, paramilitary ...
Air: helicopter flight simulators
UH-60 Black Hawk Training Devices
FlightSafety offers UH-60A/L pilot training on their Black Hawk Level D simulator at West Palm Beach, Florida. The UH-60A/L pilot training features the company’s exclusive ...
The RPB 33 offshore patrol boat from France's Raidco Marine is designed for the use of naval forces to enhance maritime surveillance capabilities. This new ...
Land: fire control systems
Fieldguard is an active all-weather fire control system used to improve the accuracy of field artillery and multiple rocket launchers. Originally developed by Oerlikon Contraves ...
The T58 is a US turboshaft helicopter engine. Development commenced with a 1953 USN requirement for a helicopter turboshaft to weigh under 180kg while delivering ...
Submarines: conventional, attack
Santa Cruz (TR 1700) Class
The Santa Cruz-class diesel-electric submarines were built for the Argentine Navy by Thyssen Nordseewerke. Six submarines based on the TR 1700 type were planned for ...
Military UAS - fixed-wing, Military UAS - HALE
The Caihong (Rainbow), also known as the Cai Hong or CH, is a solar-powered HALE platform designed for near-space flight. It is suitable for military ...
Air: Defensive Systems - Radar Warning Receivers
BAE Systems’ AN/ALQ-221 is a self-protection system equipping the United States Air Force’s Lockheed Martin U-2S Dragon Lady reconnaissance aircraft. The company announced that it ...