• Rafael advances fifth-generation Spike variant

    In a step-change development of its tactical weapons portfolio, Rafael Advanced Defence Systems is introducing a new, fully network-enabled capability to its family of Spike multipurpose missile systems. Designed to be fired from ground launchers, vehicles, ships and helicopters, the new Spike LR

  • Singapore Army's next-generation armoured vehicle prototypes make public debut

    Combat and recovery vehicle prototypes of the Singapore Army's next-generation armoured vehicle (NGAV) family have made their public debut during a capability demonstration and exhibition at the Army Open House 2017 event held on 27-29 May. The yet unnamed combat variant, currently designated the

  • Vietnam receives Hamilton-class cutter from US Coast Guard

    Key Points The Vietnam Coast Guard has taken delivery of its largest ever vessel to-date Platform will significantly improve the service's range and overall maritime surveillance capabilities The Vietnam Coast Guard (Cnh Sát Bin Vit Nam: CSBV) has taken delivery of a Hamilton-class

  • Coalition investigation concludes IS lured airstrike against civilians

    The US-led coalition fighting confirmed on 25 May that over 100 civilians were killed when it bombed a building in the Iraqi city of Mosul on 17 March, but blamed the Islamic State fighters who had rigged it with explosives and were using it as a sniper position. Brigadier General Matthew Isler,

  • South Africa releases defence industry strategy

    The South African Department of Defence has released for comment a draft defence industry strategy that flows from the Defence Review of 2015. The strategy has been drafted by the National Defence Industry Council (NDIC) that was established in March 2016 in terms of recommendations made by the

  • Astana agreement plan facilitates Syrian government push to secure Iraqi border crossings, a key Iranian objective

    Key Points IHS Markit data shows a significant reduction in the level of fighting in the four areas designated as de-escalation zones, but an increase in fighting in eastern provinces bordering Iraq. Despite the Astana de-escalation plan, a political settlement to end the war remains very

  • Indian Ka-226T production to nearly double unit price

    The unit cost of 140 Russian Kamov Ka-226T ‘Hoodlum’ light multirole helicopters that India plans on building indigenously for its military is nearly double that of 60 similar platforms it proposes to acquire alongside in flyaway condition. Industry officials estimate the cost of each

  • QinetiQ posts rapid rise in operating profit

    British defence research and technology company QinetiQ published its preliminary financial results for 2017 on 25 May, showing operating profit of GBP132.7 million (USD170.6 million), a rise of 76.2% year on year. The company’s revenue also rose to GBP783.1 million, although this growth of

  • Turbomeca Africa to close

    Safran Helicopter Engines (Safran HE) has decided to wind up its 51% held South African company, Turbomeca Africa, with effect from June. The decision is based on projections of reduced demand for helicopter engines coupled with a reduced demand for helicopter engine maintenance, repair, and

  • US Navy kicks-off Super Hornet Block 3 effort with IRST contract

    The US Navy (USN) has begun the process of upgrading its F/A-18E/F Super Hornet to the latest Block 3 standard, with a contract award to Boeing to incorporate the Block 2 Infrared Search and Track System (IRST) onto the combat aircraft. The cost-plus-incentive-fee contract, which was announced by

  • Wreckage of missing Indian Su-30MKI found near Chinese border

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) has found the wreckage of the Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighter that went missing in northeastern India with two pilots on board on 23 May while on a routine training flight. The wreckage was located by a search party in thick forests around 60 km north of Tezpur Air

  • BAE Systems wins contract to upgrade maritime SATCOM terminals for RAN

    BAE Systems Australia has been awarded a four-year AUD30 million (USD22.3 million) contract to upgrade the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) maritime satellite communications terminals. The upgrade, which will focus on the maritime element of the Advanced SATCOM Terrestrial Infrastructure System

  • Denmark orders 15 mortar systems for its Piranha 5s

    Denmark's Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO) signed a USD15.3 million contract with Austrian company ESL Advanced Information Technology (ESLAIT) on 18 May for the delivery of 15 automatic floor-mounted 120 mm heavy mortar systems (with an option for an additional six systems at

  • Indra appoints new head of defence

    Indra has announced a new head of its defence and security division as part of a general restructuring at the 20% state-owned Spanish IT and systems group. Manuel Escalante, who will continue the new job with his former role as head of the cybersecurity unit, was confirmed as the division’s

  • IRGC commander says third underground missile production facility completed

    Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force, said on 25 May that a third underground missile factory has been built in recent years, the Fars News Agency reported. Brig Gen Hajizadeh also said that the force is working on a

  • Lockheed Martin marks maiden flight of LM-100J

    Lockheed Martin performed the first flight of its new LM-100J Hercules airlifter on 25 May. The latest civil variant of the military C-130J departed the company's Marietta production facility in Georgia for a maiden flight that its test pilot described as 'flawless'. This milestone, which follows

  • NATO summit: Invoking the fight against terrorism, Trump demands more money from allies

    Invoking the bomb attack in Manchester and the implacable need to fight terrorism, US president Donald Trump upbraided most of NATO's European nations for "not paying what they should be paying" as they all headed into their first meeting with the US leader on 25 May. "The attack on

  • Raytheon wins out for LCS variable depth sonar

    Key Points The new variable depth sonar system will form part of the ASW escort mission module to equip USN LCSs A full pre-production test article is expected to complete in late 2018 Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems has been selected to provide a new variable depth sonar (VDS) system to form

  • Seiler to supply optical fire control kits for India's M777 howitzers

    Seiler Instrument and Manufacturing has secured a USD15.5 million Foreign Military Sales contract from the US Army to supply 145 optical fire control kits and associated spare parts in support of Indian Army (IA) M777A2 155 mm/39-calibre lightweight howitzers. Work will be performed in St Louis,

  • South Korea to introduce defence anti-corruption policy

    A policy planning committee set up by new South Korean president Moon Jae-in is reportedly looking at ways to eradicate corruption within the country’s defence industry. In a press conference in Seoul on 23 May, Kim Jin-pyo, the chief of the presidential policy planning advisory panel, said