• Alenia decides not to contest Indian MTA requirement

    Alenia Aermarchi has decided not to offer its C-27J Spartan transport aircraft to India, telling IHS Jane's that it is too advanced for the basic requirements of the Medium Transport Aircraft (MTA) programme. "Alenia Aermacchi has always worked for the development of its products aiming at the

  • Boeing announces offset agreements ahead of Danish fighter aircraft selection

    Boeing has signed a series of agreements with Danish defence companies relating to opportunities linked to Boeing's offering of the F/A-18 Super Hornet to meet Denmark's next-generation fighter aircraft requirement. The US corporation said on 30 October that agreements have been reached with Danish

  • Cancellation of Indian military aid to Afghanistan would signal new Afghan president's foreign policy departure regarding Pakistan

    EVENT Quoting unnamed Afghan diplomatic sources, The Indian Express reported on 30 October that Afghan president Ashraf Ghani had withdrawn his predecessor's request for Indian military aid. Since 2012, former president Hamid Karzai's administration had been seeking military aid from India to

  • Chilean Navy leads multinational effort to standardise embarked helicopter operations

    The Chilean Navy has announced that its 12,000-tonne Sargento Aldea LSDH (former French Foudre) is now certified to serve as a multipurpose platform on global deployments. The announcement came at the end of the Inter-American Naval Conference on Helicopter Operations from Ships other than Aircraft

  • Despite a new gas deal, the new Ukrainian parliament and the conflict over the separatist election on 2 November signals worsening of relations with Russia

    Key Points Public expectations that the political situation in Ukraine will ease following the 30 October gas deal will not be met given that the 2 November elections in the separatist controlled Luhansk and Donetsk regions increases the likelihood of the ceasefire failing. Rising economic

  • Dutch to purchase new BMD-capable radars

    The Netherland's Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 30 October its intention to replace its two Medium Power Radars (MPRs) with a ground-based version of the Thales Netherlands Smart-L Early Warning Capability (EWC) radars with a missile defence capability. Currently one ageing Thomson-CSF ARES

  • Euronaval 2014: Algeria adds new MCMV to fleet modernisation

    Algeria has signed a contract for a new mine countermeasures vessel (MCMV), with an option for a second, as it continues a major fleet modernisation effort. As part of its undertaking the country has introduced a new landing platform dock (LPD) vessel from Italy's Fincantieri, and ordered two

  • Euronaval 2014: DCNS and Airbus DS sign agreement to develop Tanan UAS

    Key Points DCNS and Airbus team up to complete development of the Tanan VTOL UAV Collaboration intended to speed up market release of the system DCNS and Airbus Defence and Space (DS) have joined forces to complete development of the Tanan vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) ship-based unmanned

  • Euronaval 2014: Lockheed Martin, Intermarine in six-ship MCM deal with Taiwan

    Key Points The Taiwanese Navy is to receive six MCMVs, built and equipped by an international industrial team All six ships are to be delivered by 2024 Officials from US systems house Lockheed Martin announced at the Euronaval 2014 exhibition in Paris on 28 October that Taiwan has selected an

  • Euronaval 2014: Philippine OPV contract confirmed

    The Philippines Coast Guard will receive a new 82 m offshore patrol vessel (OPV) by around 2016, shipbuilder OCEA told IHS Jane's at the Euronaval exhibition in Paris. A EUR90 million (USD113 million) contract for five vessels from France was announced by Philippine coastguard chief Rear Admiral

  • Euronaval 2014: Saab develops ROV capability to help US tackle maritime IEDs

    As part of efforts to tackle the threat of waterborne improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and limpet mines, the US government's Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO) has awarded Saab Underwater Systems a contract to develop a new type of remotely operated vehicle (ROV) capability for

  • Euronaval 2014: Thales Nederland showcases I-Mast 500

    Thales Nederland revealed at the Euronaval exhibition in Paris details of a new member of its I-Mast family of integrated mast systems. The new variant is designed to meet the surveillance and missile-guidance needs of frigate- and destroyer-sized vessels. Known as I-Mast 500, the new integrated

  • Exelis reports third quarter earnings with revenue down

    US contractor Exelis reported its third quarter results on 31 October, with its revenue from products flat but service revenue down bringing overall revenue to a 6.4% decline at USD1.1 billion. Thus far in the company's fiscal 2014 revenue, it is off nearly 10%. Although Exelis was able to cut its

  • Extortion against mining assets likely to continue in Mexico's Michoacán despite general improvement in security environment

    EVENT An audio recording released on social media on 28 October featuring Knights Templar Leader Servando Gómez Martínez (alias La Tuta) suggests that his criminal organisation, the most powerful in the state of Michoacán and parts of Guerrero, has been severely weakened by federal

  • Grenade attack kills child in Pakistan's Karachi

    A NINE-MONTH-OLD girl was killed and eight other people were wounded when a grenade, thrown by unidentified militants, detonated outside an Imambargah (Shia Muslim place of worship) in the Federal B area of the city of Karachi in Pakistan's Sindh province on 28 October, The News reported. No group

  • Grenade attack wounds three civilians in Afghanistan's Kabul

    THREE civilians were wounded when a grenade, thrown by unidentified militants, detonated targeting a police checkpoint in the Kote Sangi area of Afghanistan's capital Kabul on 29 October, Khaama Press reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • Kongsberg reports improved Q3 results

    Norwegian defence and energy engineering group Kongsberg has reported improved sales and earnings for the third quarter of the year, although the strong performance of the Defence Systems and Marine divisions masked underlying losses in the Protech remote weapons and Oil and Gas units. The group

  • L-3 earnings released after accounting review completed

    L-3 Communications released its fiscal third quarter results on 30 October, reporting largely stagnant sales figures and final accounting adjustments following the review of misconduct in its Aerospace Systems division. Sales were down 2% at USD2.9 billion compared with the third quarter of fiscal

  • New Zealand receives final NH90 helo

    The Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) has received into service the last of eight operational NHIndustries NH90 Tactical Transport Helicopters (TTHs) it ordered in 2006, the defence force announced on 31 October. The final helicopter arrived at Base Ohakea on North Island on the same day as the

  • Nidaa Tounes's victory likely to ease socio-economic risks and heighten terrorism threats in Tunisia

    Key Points Nidaa Tounes is now likely to form a government of secular parties, leaving Al-Nahda in opposition. The new government is likely to be internally weaker than its predecessor, but able to rely on Al-Nahda to support pro-business economic policy on a case-by-case basis. A secular