• Denel, South Korea in talks to integrate Al-Tariq bomb kit on FA-50s

    Denel Dynamics, the missile and UAV division of South Africa's Denel, is in talks with South Korea about integrating the Al-Tariq precision-guided bomb kit with the Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) FA-50 light fighter, a senior company executive has disclosed. Thiens Botha, the company's product

  • Hizbullah airstrip revealed

    ANALYSIS Lebanon's militant Shia group, Hizbullah, has constructed an airstrip in the northern Bekaa Valley for its unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), an analysis of satellite images suggests. Located in a remote and sparsely populated area 10 km south of the town of Hermel and 18 km west of the

  • LHD model hints at potential Chinese requirements

    An apparent company-produced model of a landing helicopter dock (LHD) amphibious assault ship may offer an indication of the configuration and capabilities of such a ship that is expected to be produced for the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). An image of the model appeared on Chinese military

  • Russia to deploy Orlan-10 TUAVs to the Arctic in May

    Russia is to deploy an undisclosed number of Special Technology Center (STC) Orlan-10 tactical unmanned aerial vehicles (TUAVs) to the Arctic region from 1 May, the defence ministry announced on 24 April. The announcement comes four months after state news agency ITAR-TASS first disclosed that

  • USN demonstrates autonomous aerial refuelling with X-47B

    Key Points The Northrop Grumman X-47B received fuel from a tanker on 22 April The event marked the first time that an unmanned aircraft was refuelled in flight The US Navy (USN) successfully demonstrated fully autonomous aerial refuelling (AAR) with the Northrop Grumman X-47B Unmanned Combat Air

  • Airbus, Defence Materiel Organisation team up to establish Australian helicopter MRO facility

    Airbus Group Australia Pacific - a subsidiary of Airbus Helicopters - has commissioned a helicopter support centre in partnership with the Australian Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO). An Airbus spokesman told IHS Jane's on 24 April that the joint facility is a "streamlining of an existing

  • AVIC and Shanghai stock exchange sign deal to support expansion of AVIC's military companies

    The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) and the Shanghai Stock Exchange have signed an agreement to support the corporate expansion of AVIC's military subsidiaries, it was announced on 24 April. According to a corporation statement, the accord will enable AVIC's military companies to gain

  • Azerbaijan-Iran relations set for historic rapprochement amid calls for defence co-operation, reducing maritime war risks

    EVENT On 20-21 April 2015, the Iranian defence minister Hossein Dehghan travelled to Azerbaijan on an official visit, which included meetings with his counterpart Zakir Hasanov, President Ilham Aliyev, and Minister of Defence Industry Yaver Jamalov. This was Dehghan's reciprocal visit as Hasanov

  • BAE Systems mulls divestment of some US businesses

    BAE Systems is considering the future of the manpower and services business of its Intelligence and Security unit in the United States. The UK-headquartered group said in a statement on 24 April, "The US-based manpower and services businesses of the Group's US Intelligence and Security

  • Chile takes delivery of first of two stop-gap C-130s

    The Chilean Air Force (FACh) took delivery of a Lockheed Martin KC-130R Hercules in mid-April, as confirmed by social media images available since 20 April. The KC-130R is a former USMC aircraft offered by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency as an Excess Defense Article (EDA) in September

  • Coalition or minority administration almost certain in UK, increasing policy and government instability risks

    Key Points No party is likely to win an overall majority, resulting in another 'hung parliament' with another coalition government or a minority administration seeking case-by-case support. Whatever government is formed, government and policy instability risks will increase, albeit from low bases

  • Cobham divests Aeroflex business units

    UK defence and aerospace group Cobham has announced the sale of two business units specialising in radio frequency and microwave products. US-based Inmet and Weinschel will be sold to API Technologies for USD80 million, the companies announced on 23 April. API is a NASDAQ-listed developer of

  • Colombian army operations could soon shift from guerrillas to crime networks

    Colombian army operations against the FARC persist, despite continuing peace talks between the government and the guerrillas, and the service believes it could play a similar role in future against other criminal networks. Brigadier General Emiro Barrios, head of the army's air assault division,

  • Cyber-espionage and attacks on public and commercial targets by Russian individuals to intensify in Baltic states

    EVENT This week (20-26 April) the Tallinn-based NATO Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence is hosting Locked Shields 2015, the largest NATO cyber-exercise to date. According to IHS sources, the exercise will simulate attacks by Russia and the Islamic State, indicating the growing concern over Russian

  • EU reviews East African missions

    The EU's foreign policy wing, the European External Action Service (EEAS), is reviewing the mandates of its security-oriented missions along East Africa's coast with an eye to giving them the flexibility to respond to crises in the region. The review will be ready by the end of 2015, according to a

  • Finmeccanica faces new investigation in Italy

    Italian financial police have visited the premises of Finmeccanica's rotary-wing business unit AgustaWestland following allegations of improper conduct. The authorities said that the investigation related to helicopter contracts in Algeria between 2009 and 2011. Finmeccanica responded to the

  • Germany defence minister sees 'no future for G36'

    German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen questioned the future of the German military service rifle, the Heckler & Koch (HK) G36, in a non-public meeting of a parliamentary special committee on 22 April. The comment adds to increasing criticism since 2012 of the rifle's performance under

  • IDF mulls unifying cyber units

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) could soon take a decision to unify its offensive and defensive cyber units into a single command that would operate more effectively on the cyber battlefield. The IDF's C4I Corps' Cyber Defense Division currently overseas a range of military cyber defence tasks,

  • JTIC Brief: Heavy fighting persists in Yemen despite weeks of concerted Saudi-led airstrikes

    Key Points Saudi-led coalition airstrikes have targeted Ansar Allah militant personnel and material across Yemen for almost four weeks. Despite substantial losses, the strikes have not halted the group's advance across the country and have generated a serious humanitarian crisis, particularly in

  • Likelihood of constitutional crisis and coup in Honduras reduced following court decision on presidential re-election

    EVENT On 23 April, the Supreme Court declared unconstitutional a law barring presidential re-election. The decision follows two separate requests by a group of ruling National Party (Partido Nacional: PN) legislators and by former president Rafael Leonardo Callejas Romero, also of the