• China building coastguard ship based on Type 056 corvette hull

    Photographs have appeared on Chinese military websites of a China Coast Guard (CCG) vessel under construction at the Huangpu shipyard in Guangzhou, southern China, with a hull form that appears to be derived from the Type 056 Jiangdao corvette. The Huangpu shipyard has built five of the 17 Type 056

  • China readies indigenous special mission aircraft production

    Chinese state-owned defence equipment firm China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC) revealed that it has entered into an agreement with Austrian light aircraft constructor Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH to indigenously develop and manufacture special mission aircraft based on the DA42

  • Czech Republic seeks new transport aircraft

    The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced plans to buy one or two medium-sized tactical transport aircraft. Currently, the Army of the Czech Republic (ACR) operates four Airbus Military C295 medium tactical transport aircraft that fulfil the service's air transport needs. The aircraft,

  • F-35 procurement programme leaks cloud Canadian fighter plans

    Canadian defence sector stakeholders are scratching their heads yet again, following the leak earlier this month that suggested the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper has not been upfront regarding its jet fighter procurement plans. Officially, the Tory government had committed to

  • Indian Army wives campaign to get Chetak, Cheetahs taken out of service

    A group of Indian Army officers' wives have demanded that the Army Aviation Corps (AAC) stop using its fleet of obsolete Chetak (Aerospatiale Alouette III) and Cheetah (Aerospatiale SA315B Lama) helicopters due to their high accident rate. The 28-strong Indian Army Wives Agitation Group - all of

  • Russia ready to supply 'standard' Su-35s to China, says official

    Russia is ready to supply 'standard' versions of the Su-35 combat aircraft to China, Sukhoi first deputy director general Boris Bregman recently told IHS Jane's . "During talks we informed the Chinese side that we can supply a standard version of the Su-35 fighter, which has been fully

  • Ansar Allah rejects UAE terrorism designation

    IN A STATEMENT released on 16 November, a spokesman for the Yemeni Shia Huthi militant group Ansar Allah stated that the United Arab Emirates' (UAE's) decision to designate the group as a terrorism group on 15 November was hasty and far from reality, Marib Press reported.

  • Boeing delivers sixth P-8I aircraft to Indian Navy

    Boeing has delivered the sixth P-8I Neptune long-range maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) to the Indian Navy, the company announced in a statement on 25 November. The aircraft was said to have arrived at Indian Naval Station (INS) Rajali in Arakkonam, southern India, on 24 November. It joins five other

  • British Army tests Mastiff MRAPs in mechanised infantry role

    Key Points The British Army is conducting testing on whether the Mastiff MRAP is suitable for a conventional mechanised infantry role The UK bought over 400 Mastiff's and is keen to establish whether they have any other utility beyond counter-insurgency operations British Army units are carrying

  • China allows private sector to bid for military training contracts

    China's State Council has made an unprecedented and unexpected move to allow private sector companies in the country to bid for defence contracts. The decision was announced by the Chinese government on 25 November and enables, for the first time, non-state-owned corporations to undertake research,

  • China clamps down on military photographers

    Chinese news media have reported that a resident of the port city of Qingdao, the location of the North Sea Fleet's headquarters, has been arrested and is awaiting trial for taking photographs of the naval base from which aircraft carrier Liaoning operates. He is accused of passing the photos to

  • Colombia takes delivery of Hermes 900

    The Colombian Air Force (FAC) took delivery of an Elbit Hermes 900 medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial system (UAS) in early November during a public event in Colombia, according to local press reporting on 24 November. Colombian sources indicated that the Hermes 900 is undergoing

  • Denel establishes new division

    The South African state-owned defence group Denel has established a new division, Denel Integrated Systems and Maritime (DISM), the company announced on 26 November. The new division will incorporate the Denel Integrated Systems Solutions (DISS) business unit previously overseen by Denel Dynamics,

  • Europe kick-starts tanker procurement project

    Europe has formally begun the acquisition process for a new aerial refuelling capability under the Multinational MultiRole Tanker Transport (MRTT) Fleet (MMF) project, it was announced on 21 November. With the European Defence Agency having already harmonised requirements, a co-operation agreement

  • FLIR reports success in Raytheon lawsuit

    US contractor FLIR Systems reported on 24 November that a court had rejected claims by Raytheon that FLIR had misappropriated 31 trade secrets. Twenty-seven of the 31 points were determined to not be trade secrets, and the remaining 4 were not misappropriated, FLIR said the court determined. The

  • French refusal to deliver Mistral warships to Russia raises contract enforcement and sanction risks

    EVENT The French government suspended on 25 November the delivery of two Mistral-class amphibious assault warships ordered by Russia. France and Russia signed a contract in June 2011 for France to build and deliver the Vladivostok and Sevastopol for the Russian navy. Such warships have the

  • IED attack kills seven Ansar Allah militants in Yemen's Al-Bayda

    SEVEN Ansar Allah militants were killed in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack carried out by suspected Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants in the Bani Ali area of Mekerib in Yemen's Al-Bayda governorate on 23 November, Marib Press reported. AQAP immediately claimed

  • IED attack reportedly kills 12 Ansar Allah militants in Yemen's Al-Bayda

    IN A statement issued on 21 November on their purported Twitter account Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) claimed responsibility for an improvised explosive device (IED) attack that had killed 12 Ansar Allah militants in the Bani Ali region of Makerib in Qayfat Radaa in Yemen's Al-Bayda

  • Indonesia threatens missile attacks against intrusions in South China, Celebes seas

    Tensions near the South China Sea region have been raised a notch after Indonesia indicated that it is considering deploying ship-launched missiles against foreign fishing vessels that intrude into its territorial waters. The remark was made by Indonesia's newly appointed co-ordinating minister for

  • Israel still planning to acquire 50 F-35s despite reduction of second order

    The Israeli defence establishment is still determined to acquire 50 Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fighters, despite a recent decision by a ministerial committee to reduce the second order to 14 aircraft, defence sources have told IHS Jane's . The ministerial committee for military acquisitions