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France launches F4 upgrade for Rafale

France has formally launched development of the F-4-standard for the Dassault Rafale combat aircraft, the manufacturer announced on 14 January. Eric Trappier, chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation, received the F4-standard development contract for...

German Navy chief sees challenging year ahead

The German Navy has a challenging year ahead, with new ships entering service, the Inspekteur der Marine (Germany’s navy chief), Vice Admiral Andreas Krause, told the service’s 59th Historisch-Taktische Tagung (Historical-Tactical Meeting) held in...

MBDA validates dual-role capability for Mistral missile

MBDA has validated a dual-role capability with the latest version of its Mistral very short-range surface-to-air missile with a demonstration of a surface-to-surface engagement with effector at an undisclosed range off the Mediterranean coast...

French Navy receives first F3R-standard Rafale

The French Navy (Marine Nationale: MN) has received the first Dassault Rafale combat aircraft to be upgraded to the latest F3R standard. The commander of the Landivisiau Naval Air Base near Brest has formally...

Laos receives Yak-130s from Russia

The Lao People’s Liberation Army Air Force (LPLAAF) has received at least three Yakovlev Yak-130 ‘Mitten’ advanced jet trainer/light-attack aircraft from Russia, an LPLAAF source told Jane’s on 14 January. The platforms, the first...

Indian Army develops armed quadcopter

The Indian Army (IA) has announced the development of what it described as an armed quadcopter prototype to partially meet its operational requirements along India’s disputed borders with China and Pakistan. Designed by two...

South Korea details five-year spending plan

South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has disclosed more details about its proposed defence spending plan for 2019–23 during which time it is pushing through major reforms to modernise the country’s armed forces....

Japan to deploy five more coastguard vessels in 2019

The Japan Coast Guard (JCG) plans to deploy five more large patrol vessels in 2019 to bolster its present fleet of 62 at-sea boats. The additional deployment will consist of one 6,500-tonne, two 6,000-tonne,...

Russian Air Force got 50 new combat aircraft in 2018

The Russian air force in 2018 received more than 36 new+bild combat aircraft, included modern Su-35S fighter jets. According to the report of the Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies (CAST), the Russian...

Indonesia orders 8 H225Ms

The Indonesian Air Force has ordered eight additional H225M helicopters. Photo: Airbus They will delivered to PT Dirgantara Indonesia (Persero) (PTDI) in Bandung for reassembly, mission equipment outfitting and customization. Indonesia will eventually have...

Israel to receive additional AIM-9X missiles worth $9.2M

Israel has purchased Raytheon’s AIM-9X Block II tactical missiles for $9.2 million, the Israel Defense website reported. Citing a report by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), the Israel Defense website reported that Raytheon...

Ukraine orders Turkish unmanned combat aerial vehicles

Ukraine’s state-owned defense exports and industry agency Ukrspecexport signed a contract for the procurement of six Bayraktar TB2 unmanned combat aerial vehicles from the Turkish company Baykar Makina. On 12 January Ukrainian President Petro...

Converting merchant ships into missile carriers

An article published by the U.S. Naval Institute suggests the U.S. Navy look at the option of converting merchant ships into missile carriers. English: Petty Officer 2nd Class Luke Pinneo, U.S. Coast Guard [Public...

BriteCloud being integrated on RAF Eurofighter

The Royal Air Force intends to integrate the Leonardo BriteCloud expendable active decoy (EAD) into service on its Eurofighter fleet. By Selex ES [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons Jane’s says a contract notice...

Israel halts F-16 sale to Croatia

Israel’s government has abandoned a plan to sell surplus Lockheed Martin F-16s to Croatia, as the Middle Eastern country could not obtain approval from the USA to transfer the second-hand fighters fitted with Israeli...

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