• JPO counters media report that F-35 cannot dogfight

    The Joint Program Office (JPO) for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) has taken the unusual step of publicly defending the aircraft's air-to-air capabilities following a damning media report that called into question its ability to 'dogfight' with even today's

  • RAF Typhoon force trains for maritime role

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has renewed focus on the air-maritime integration (AMI) role, with the deployment of its No II(AC) Squadron Typhoons to RNAS Culdrose from 22-25 June to conduct AMI training, something the RAF accepts it had neglected in the recent past. In deploying to RNAS Culdrose in

  • UK orders CTAS 40 mm cannons for new armoured vehicles

    The UK Ministry of Defence has placed a GBP150 million (USD236 million) order for CTA International 40 mm Case Telescoped Armament System (CTAS) cannons for its future fleet of tracked armoured fighting vehicles. The contract, awarded to CTA International (CTAI), includes 515 cannons for the

  • UK-based Scout production study due

    A study into setting up an assembly line for the General Dynamics Scout Specialist Vehicles (SV) in the UK will be presented to government ministers later this month, UK defence sources have told IHS Jane's . Dubbed the economic viability review, the exercise by Ministry of Defence (MoD) officials

  • Another military takeover unlikely in Burkina Faso despite ongoing dispute between presidential guard unit and prime minister

    EVENT President Michel Kafando of Burkina Faso held an emergency meeting on 30 June to resolve the ongoing dispute between the presidential guard unit (Régiment de Sécurité Présidentielle: RSP) and Prime Minister Isaac Zida. Senior RSP soldiers are now urging Kafando to dismiss

  • Austal delivers seventh Cape-class patrol vessel

    Australian shipbuilder Austal Limited has delivered the seventh Cape-class offshore patrol boat to the Australian Border Force (ABF), the company announced on 2 July. The ship, Cape Wessel , is part of an AUD330 million (USD250.7 million) contract awarded by the Australian government in August 2011

  • Brazil to receive new search and rescue C295 aircraft in 2017

    The Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira: FAB) is to receive three Airbus Defence and Space (DS) C295 (C-105 Amazonas in national service) transport aircraft configured for the search and rescue (SAR) mission in 2017, it disclosed on 1 July. The aircraft, designated SC-105 in the

  • Brazil, US strengthen military co-operation

    Two major co-operative agreements between Brazil and the United States for defence and security matters were recently reached and touted during a high-profile state visit. The Defense Cooperation Agreement (DCA) and the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) are intended to

  • Bulgaria to begin negotiations for 'new' fighter aircraft

    Bulgaria has approved the procurement of a new combat aircraft type to replace its ageing MiG-29 'Fulcrum' and Sukhoi Su-25 'Frogfoot' platforms, national media reported on 1 July. The country's cabinet approved the purchase of an as-yet-unidentified combat aircraft to replace the air force's

  • Chinese Type 041 'makes Karachi port visit'

    A Chinese submarine's recent visit to Pakistan's main naval base at Karachi is a "routine affair and nothing more", a senior Pakistani government official told IHS Jane's on 1 July. Western defence officials told IHS Jane's that the visit took place in the second half of May. Regional

  • Congressional political reform approval without government input weakens Brazilian president's political standing

    Key Points The proposed changes are far from radical, but gave Cunha's party, the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (Partido do Movimento Democrático Brasileiro: PMDB), the opportunity to score another victory against President Dilma Rousseff. The bill's impact is likely to be neutral: its

  • Continued foreign funding for Afghan security forces will maintain government capacity to withstand Taliban threat

    EVENT The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) agreed on 30 June to transfer control of a key international fund that finances and pays the Afghan National Police (ANP) to the Kabul government. Under the agreement, control of the Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan (LOTFA) will

  • Dutch special forces to buy carbines chambered in 300 BLK

    The Netherlands Maritime Special Operations Force (NL-MARSOF) are planning to purchase a new carbine chambered in the non-NATO standard 7.62x35 mm (300 BLK), with a formal tender being launched by the Netherlands' Defence Material Organisation. The tender is the first publicly known tender for the

  • EU training mission to provide Somali army only with basic equipment

    The European Union Training Mission in Somalia (EUTM Somalia) is now prioritising ways to provide Somalia's soldiers with basic supplies and equipment, the mission's commander told reporters in Brussels on 1 July. "We are now exploring the possibility to boost concrete support to the Somali

  • Former ST Marine executive pleads guilty to court charges

    Patrick Lee, former group financial controller of Singapore Technologies Marine (ST Marine) has pleaded guilty to charges made under the Singapore Penal Code, it was announced on 1 July. ST Marine's parent company, ST Engineering, said in a statement that Lee pleaded guilty to seven charges under

  • GRSE launches three fast attack craft for Indian Navy

    Kolkata-based shipbuilder Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE) launched three fast attack craft (FAC) for the Indian Navy at its Rajabagan shipyard on 30 June. The vessels - Tarmugli (T 91), Tillanchang (T 92), and Tihayu (T 93) - are the first three vessels to be built under a

  • Guatemalan president likely to face corruption probe ahead of September election following constitutional court's decision

    EVENT A congressional investigative commission has once again been granted the right to strip Guatemala's President Otto Pérez Molina of his presidential immunity following a constitutional court ruling on 1 July. The investigative commission is looking into the president's role in a series

  • India resends request to US for M777 guns

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) re-issued its letter of request (LoR) to the US government on 23 June for 145 BAE Systems M777 towed 155 mm/39 calibre lightweight howitzers, official sources said. This followed MoD approval on 13 May of the estimated USD694 million purchase, including Selex Laser

  • Indonesian Air Force crash prompts calls for modernisation

    The crash on 30 June of an Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU) Lockheed Martin C-130B Hercules transport aircraft, which is estimated to have killed more than 140 people, has prompted calls for the country to review its procurement methods as well as replace its ageing military inventories. The aircraft

  • Iraq receives four more Russian combat helicopters

    The Iraqi Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 2 July that it has taken delivery of four more "advanced combat helicopters" from Russia. It did not identify the type of aircraft that has been delivered. Iraq currently has Mi-28NE Night Hunter attack helicopters and Mi-35M assault