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The Russian manufacturer of the BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicle, Kurganmashzavod (KMZ), faces an uncertain future owing to a slowdown in state orders and because of increasing obsolescence within its manufacturing plants. This was revealed in a December 2019 interview between the company’s
A fire broke out on the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov at a dock in Murmansk, northwestern Russia, state news agency TASS reported on 12 December, citing a source in the Ministry of the Russian Federation for Civil Defence, Emergencies, and Elimination of Consequences of Natural
Two of the nine Bell 412EPI helicopters ordered in January 2019 by the Indonesian Army (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Darat or TNI-AD) have been handed over to PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) for customisation work. Bell, a subsidiary of Textron, announced in a 4 December statement that the
South Korean shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction (HHIC) has launched four more second Patrol Killer Experimental-B (PKX-B)-class fast attack craft for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN), according to South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA). The four new
Thales has been contracted to provide the integrated anti-submarine warfare (ASW) sonar suites for the Spanish Navy’s five new F-110 frigates. A contract valued at EUR165.5 million (USD184.3 million) was awarded by prime contractor Navantia on 11 December 2019. Navantia and the Ministry of
The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has received its 12th Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime multimission aircraft, according to a 13 December statement by the Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra. The aircraft arrived the previous day at RAAF Base Edinburgh, completing the fleet for No 11
Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) is reportedly considering the sale of its major shipbuilding facility in Nagasaki. In comments to Jane’s on 13 December, the corporation did not deny the development. Japanese news reports said MHI had entered talks to sell its Koyagi Plant
The Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) has indicated a possible U-turn on its decision earlier this year to discontinue local assembly of Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft and instead focus on providing localised maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) capability. The MoD’s
India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has settled a long-standing wage dispute with employees in a bid to avert future additional work strikes. State-owned HAL said on 11 December that the company’s management has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with trade unions
Key Points Chile found human remains near where its missing C-130 last made contact on its way toward Antarctica, according to the BBC The aircraft had 38 people on board The Chilean Air Force (Fuerza Aérea de Chile: FACh) found human remains floating in the sea around where a missing

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