• Analysis: European yards face Soryu-shaped hurdle to replacing Collins class

    European companies lobbying to build Australia's next generation of conventionally powered submarines are facing a complex situation that may lack clarity but is awash with speculation. At stake is a multibillion dollar contract under Project Sea 1000 to construct a yet-to-be determined design and

  • Malaysia dismantles lighthouse in disputed maritime territory

    Malaysia has begun to dismantle the foundations of a lighthouse that it tried to build in disputed waters off the Kalimantan coast, the Indonesian Navy's (Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) corporate communications chief Admiral Manahan Simorangkir confirmed to local media on 17

  • Argentina to negotiate with Brazil for Gripen E multirole fighters

    Argentina is to begin negotiations towards potentially buying 24 Saab Gripen E multirole fighters from the Brazilian production line, the Brazilian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 21 October. The MoD said that Argentine Minister of Defence Agustin Rossi conditioned the Gripen procurement on

  • China commissions Type 81A MCMV into North Sea Fleet

    The People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has commissioned a new Type 81A mine countermeasure vessel (MCMV) into the North Sea Fleet. The vessel, named Yucheng and given the hull number 846, is the North Sea Fleet's second Type 081A and will be based in Dalian in Liaoning Province, according to the

  • Images show JF-17 flying with CM-400AKG hypersonic ASM

    Recent images of two China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC) CM-400AKG high-speed air-to-surface missiles fitted to an airborne Chengdu Aircraft Corporation (CAC) FC-1/JF-17 fighter suggest that China continues to develop the missile. While the source or date of the photos is not

  • Lockheed Martin announces Roketsan teaming on new F-35 standoff missile

    Key Points Lockheed Martin and Roketsan have agreed to collaborate to develop a derivative of Turkey's standoff cruise missile for internal carriage on the F-35 The SOM-J is scheduled for integration onto the F-35's Block IV version Lockheed Martin and Roketsan have signed an agreement to develop

  • Arrests of alleged Islamic State militants in Mauritania's north signal potential greater risk to hostages in future kidnap cases

    EVENT Four alleged Islamic State supporters were arrested on 12 October in Mauritania's northern mining town of Zouerate. The four arrested were employed by state iron ore mining company Société Nationale Industrielle et Minière (SNIM), according to reports in Mauritanian media.

  • Arson attempts increase risk of heavier intervention by police to end Hong Kong protests

    EVENT On 22 October, in Mong Kok, an anti-Occupy protester attempted to set fire to a supply station run by Occupy Central demonstrators in what appears to be the first such incident during the protests. Protesters apprehended the man before he could ignite the flammable liquid he had used. Police

  • Attack on Canadian parliament highlights increasing risk of lone-wolf terrorism

    EVENT At 0952 local time yesterday (22 October), a single gunman approached the National War Memorial in the centre of Canada's capital Ottawa and opened fire on one of the two soldiers standing guard. An Armed Forces corporal was killed in the attack. According to video footage, the assailant

  • Barco disposes of defence and aerospace products

    Esterline Corporation is on track to complete its acquisition of Barco NV's aerospace display technology businesses in the first quarter of 2015. The deal, worth about USD200 million, was announced in September and includes Barco's range of air traffice control (ATC) displays. Manufactured at

  • Boeing, Thales confirmed as preferred tenderer for Australian HATS programme

    Boeing Defence Australia and partner Thales Australia have been formally confirmed as preferred tenderer to provide a new joint helicopter aircrew training system (HATS) for Australian Army (AA) and Royal Australian Navy (RAN) personnel. This decision was reported by IHS Jane's in January, although

  • Ceasefire looks increasingly shaky as alleged Ukrainian missile damages Donetsk chemical factory

    EVENT An explosion damaged the Donetsk State Chemical Products Factory about three kilometres southwest of Donetsk International Airport on 20 October. Russian media outlet RT reports that a local militia claims the explosion was due to a Ukrainian military Tochka-U missile (SS-21 Scarab). This

  • China to introduce defence spending reforms

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) is to introduce reforms aimed at improving the efficiency of military spending, the PLA Daily newspaper reported on 22 October. It said the measures will be introduced through a collaborative effort between several PLA agencies - including its procurement

  • F-35 LRIP 8 deal expected within weeks

    Key Points The Pentagon expects a 'handshake agreement' with Lockheed Martin on LRIP 8 production in the next several weeks Prime contractors for the project have come under increased pressure to reduce costs The Pentagon is still working towards a deal for the eighth low-rate initial production

  • General Dynamics reports flat Q3 revenues as backlog increases

    US defence manufacturer and services provider General Dynamics announced relatively flat year-on-year revenues of USD7.7 billion in the third quarter (Q3) on 22 October. Net earnings for the period increased 6.4% to USD694 million for the quarter. However, the company reported declining figures for

  • German court upholds halt on Rheinmetall's Russian training contract

    A legal case brought by Rheinmetall against the German government's decision to halt shipments relating to a military training contract in Russia has been rejected by a German court. The decision - announced on 22 October by the administrative court of the German state of Hesse - confirms a

  • Greece begins ELVO assets sale

    The Greek government has commenced selling the assets of Hellenic Vehicle Industry (ELVO), the state-owned land systems producer that was placed into receivership in January this year. Accountancy group Ernst & Young - which is acting for the state - announced that it was seeking expressions of

  • Honduras receives Legacy 600, orders two Super Tucanos

    Honduras has received an Embraer Legacy 600 transport aircraft and plans to buy two new Embraer EMB-314 Super Tucano light fighters, the Honduran Foreign Ministry announced on 17 October. The 16-seat VIP transport aircraft, which was valued at USD14 million, was donated to the Honduras Air Force

  • IDF expands Kfir brigade's role

    The 900th Kfir Brigade has recently been reassigned from the 162nd Armoured Division to the 340th Division: a move that will see the Israel Defense Forces' (IDF's) youngest formation shift away from territorial security activities to become an all-purpose, multi-arena brigade. The infantry brigade

  • Indra selected for Ecuadorian radar requirement

    Ecuador has selected Indra Sistemas, over Thales and Selex ES, to provide the Ecuadorian Air Force (FAE) with a new air surveillance system, according to an 18 October announcement by President Rafael Correa. Indra will provide four long-range 3-D radars under a USD80 million agreement, which is