• Avalon 2017: F-35 makes Australian debut

    The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is showcasing its Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) on home soil for the first time at the Australian International Airshow and Aerospace and Defence Exposition 2017 running from 28 February to 5 March. Two F-35A fighters (AU-1 and

  • Avalon 2017: F-35 transforming US Marine Corps' aviation capabilities

    The Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is transforming the aviation combat capabilities of the US Marine Corps (USMC), with early simulated trials showing unprecedented levels of mission success compared with legacy platforms, a senior service official noted on 28

  • Dassault releases statement on 2016 sales

    French firm Dassault released a statement on 2016 sales on 27 February, with EUR3.6 billion (USD3.8 billion) for the year. The figure was 14% below 2015 sales of EUR4.2 billion. Full results are due from the company on 8 March. ANALYSIS The statement, which included only two sentences, does not

  • Singapore in talks with New Zealand over deployment of F15SGs at RNZAF base

    Key Points Singapore is studying the possibility of training its F-15SG pilots in New Zealand The venue will provide the RSAF with further latitude to further hone its pilots' combat capabilities Singapore's Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) has confirmed that it is currently in talks with the New

  • USAF mulls multiplatform approach to AWACS, C2 missions

    The US Air Force (USAF) is studying its command-and-control (C2) requirements over the next few decades to determine how that battlefield role is to be addressed, and officials so far believe the solution is likely more disaggregated than its current use of specific C2 aircraft. Service planners

  • ACC chief: New light-attack aircraft must address future threats

    The US Air Force (USAF) is to soon consider buying new light-attack aircraft, but General Herbert Carlisle, head of Air Combat Command (ACC), warned that such a platform must be capable of operating in future, potentially more dangerous, environments. The USAF plans to request a new exercise, to be

  • Acknowledgement of Russia's information warfare capability indicates its strategic importance and impracticability of maintaining plausible-deniability policy

    EVENT On 22 February, the Russian minister of defence Sergei Shoigu said that Russia had established a dedicated information warfare force (voyska informatsionnykh operatsiy: VOI) within the formal structures of the Ministry of Defence. In particular, Shoigu said, "Our propaganda needs to be

  • Addis Ababa house demolitions indicate potential resumption of municipal expansion, risk restarting anti-government protests in Ethiopia's Oromia

    EVENT More than 300 homes were reportedly demolished by civic authorities in the Nifas Silk-Lafto sub-city of Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, amid unconfirmed claims of heavy gunfire in the neighbouring Bole sub-city on 23 February. Foreign-based opposition media reported that the affected homes

  • Australia, Indonesia to fully resume defence co-operation after training materials row

    Canberra and Jakarta have agreed to restore military co-operation between the two countries including personnel exchanges and training activities, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull confirmed in a joint statement with Indonesian President Joko Widodo on 26 February. The statement was issued

  • Australian Army conducts flights trials of Tiger helicopters on HMAS Canberra

    The Australian Army has begun flight trials of its Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) onboard the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) first-of-class amphibious assault ship, HMAS Canberra (L 02). The trials, which are being conducted with two airframes since 23 February, are expected to

  • Changes to party law in Cambodia indicate government's attempt to weaken opposition ahead of elections

    Key Points The amendments are intended to weaken the leadership of the opposition, Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP). The targeting of the CNRP's leadership is unlikely to weaken its electoral appeal in the upcoming commune and 2018 national elections. Prime Minister Hun Sen is unlikely to

  • China introduces more measures to boost civil-military integration

    China's government has introduced a new strategy aimed at boosting civil-military integration (CMI) and private-sector involvement in defence research, development, and manufacturing. The "measures to promote the deep development of military and civilian integration" plan was published on

  • Countries outside South China Sea region 'should not hype up threat of war', says Beijing

    China's Ministry of National Defense (MND) has said that countries outside the disputed South China Sea region "should not intentionally hype up the so-called threat of war or create tensions". "What they should do is contribute positive energy to the peace and stability in the South

  • Czech team unveils CANTAS E

    The second member of the CANTAS (CANnard TAil Sitter) unmanned aircraft system (UAS) family has been unveiled at IDEX 2017 in Abu Dhabi. Designated CANTAS E (Endurance), the new system follows the launch of the CANTAS A (Advanced) at the Indo Defence 2016 exhibition in November 2016. The aircraft

  • DCNS profit up by 50% in FY 2016

    State-controlled French naval shipbuilder DCNS published the results of its 2016 financial year on 24 February, showing improvements in both revenue generation and profit. Annual sale rose by 5.0% to just under EUR3.2 billion (USD3.4 billion), while earnings before interest, taxes and amortisation

  • Demand for cyber insurance on the rise

    Key Points States and businesses are seeking to mitigate the risk of cyber attack through threat intelligence and increasingly through insurance. It is difficult to assess the threat because of the lack of data in this embryonic industry. The ongoing aim of governments and international

  • Increased emphasis on high-end simulation for RAAF's MRTT training

    Conversion training of aircrew for the Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF's) Airbus KC-30A multi-role tanker/transport (MRTT) aircraft may soon dispense with live sorties and be entirely simulator-based. RAAF Wing Commander Brent Taylor - commanding officer of 33 Squadron, which operates the

  • Islamic State claims responsibility for rocket attack in Israel

    The Islamic State issued a statement saying it was responsible for the firing of two rockets at southern Israel from the Sinai peninsula.

  • Japan doubles number of fighters scrambled to defend airspace

    The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) has doubled the number of fighters scrambled in response to foreign aircraft approaching the country's airspace, Kyodo news agency quoted unnamed government sources as saying on 26 January. In 2016 the service began scrambling four fighters in each case of

  • Japan to equip future Soryu-class submarines with lithium-ion batteries

    Japan will likely become the first country in the world to equip diesel-electric submarines with lithium-ion batteries. GS Yuasa, a Kyoto-based developer and manufacturer of battery systems, said in a 21 February press statement that such batteries will be mounted on two Soryu-class boats currently