• Portugal sells surplus C212s to Uruguay

    Portugal is to transfer to Uruguay two C212-300 Patrullero maritime surveillance aircraft formerly in service with the Portuguese Air Force (FAP). A contract for the transfer was signed in Lisbon on 18 December between Berta Cabral, Portuguese Secretary of State for National Defence, and her

  • Russia plans to receive 55 PAK-FAs by 2020

    The Russian Air Force (VVS) will have received 55 Sukhoi PAK-FA (T-50) fighter aircraft by 2020, according to Vladislav Goncharenko, the deputy director of the United Aircraft Corporation's (UAC's) combat aircraft department. The first PAK-FA deliveries are scheduled for 2016. "The number of

  • USN studies radars and rockets for Fire Scout UAVs

    Key Points A competition for a maritime search radar for the MQ-8C could open next year Fire Scout's existing EO/IR sensors provide targeting, but USN also needs a radar for broader searches The US Navy (USN) plans to open a competition in early 2015 for a new maritime search radar for its

  • AgustaWestland outlines Polish multirole helicopter offset benefits

    Finmeccanica subsidiary AgustaWestland announced on 18 December that it has signed memoranda of understanding (MoU) with four Polish defence organisations relating to offset contracts valued at EUR800 million (USD981.5 million) to support its bid to meet Warsaw's multirole helicopter requirement.

  • Airbus hopes to double A400M delivery rate in 2015

    Airbus Defence and Space hopes to at least double its delivery rate of the A400M Atlas transport aircraft to 18 next year, after acknowledging supplier problems up to now. The company's director general for Spain, where the aircraft is made, Domingo Ureña, said the first export client,

  • Alenia offers M-346 Master to Thailand

    Alenia Aermacchi is offering its M-346 Master advanced jet trainer aircraft to Thailand as a replacement for its ageing Aero Vodochody L-39 Albatros platforms, the company told IHS Jane's on 19 December. No further details of the offer were disclosed, except to say that the offer was being made in

  • Ansar al-Sharia statements reflect increased risk of attacks on government and security targets around Tunisian presidential runoff

    EVENT In a video posted online on 17 December, four Tunisian militants fighting with the Islamic State militant group in Iraq claimed responsibility for the killing of Chokri Belaid and Mohamed Brahmi, secular political figures assassinated in Tunisia in 2013. Neither assassination had been

  • Blocking US Army aviation restructure could put FVL at risk, officials warn

    Key Points US Army officials say future fleet modernisation rests on their aviation restructure plan They warn that FVL will not come to fruition without the cutbacks US Army aviation officials are insisting that their controversial Aviation Restructure Initiative (ARI) is the only way to

  • Brazil registers over 2,000 defence products in strategic defence system initiative

    During 2014 Brazil's Registration of Companies and Products in the Defence sector (Sistema de Cadastramento de Produtos e Empresas de Defesa - SisCaPED) system accredited 60 companies and catalogued more than 2,000 products, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed to IHS Jane's on 18 December.

  • Canada to acquire fifth C-17

    The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) will purchase a fifth Boeing CC-177 Globemaster, the Canadian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 19 December. "Having a fifth C-17 will significantly augment the flexibility of the Canadian Armed Forces' strategic airlift, allowing our men and women in

  • Czech firm looks to maintain Afghan T-55s

    Excalibur Group, a Czech defence company specialising in the repair and maintenance of armoured vehicles, is currently negotiating with the Afghan Ministry of Defence (MoD) to maintain the T-55 main battle tank fleet operated by the Afghan National Army (ANA) and supply all necessary spare parts.

  • Fighting at Libya's al-Ghani facility reflects increasing risks to oil fields in Sirte basin

    EVENT Fighting at Libya's al-Ghani oil field, near Zillah, has taken place between Misratan militias and petroleum facilities security guards, local media reported on 18 December. The attack by Misratan militias, part of the Libya Dawn coalition, probably has two aims. Firstly, extracting

  • Germany receives first A400M airlifter

    Germany has received into service the first of 53 Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A400M Atlas transport aircraft, Airbus DS announced on 18 December. The aircraft - MSN018 - was handed over to the Bundeswehr in a ceremony at the final assembly line in Seville, Spain, on the same day as the

  • Italian Navy unveils fifth FREMM frigate

    Key Points Italian Navy unveils fifth FREMM frigate Alpino at Riga Trivoso, before shipping the vessel to Muggiano for final outfitting A currently planned delivery for December 2015 would see the navy receive the vessel two months ahead of schedule The Italian Navy has unveiled its fifth FREMM

  • JTIC Brief: South Sudan's 'forgotten conflict'

    Key Points Fighting between the SPLM/A and SPLM/A-IO has been ongoing for one year - instigated by a dispute between President Salva Kiir and then vice-president Riek Machar in July 2013 - leading to a worsening humanitarian situation in South Sudan. The political violence has increasingly become

  • Peruvian Navy orders new polar oceanographic research vessel

    Key Points Peru signs a contract with Spanish shipyard Construcciones Navales P. Freire S.A. to build a new polar research vessel Keel laying is expected in 2015, with the final trials phase for the new vessel scheduled to begin in December 2017 The Peruvian Navy (Marina de Guerra del Peru, or

  • Police kill a suicide bomber in Iraq's Anbar

    A SUICIDE bomber was killed when police opened fire at him, detonating his explosives, near a checkpoint northeast of the city of Ramadi in Iraq's Anbar province on 16 December, NINA reported.

  • Rafael waiting on Trophy-LV order

    Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has offered the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) its Trophy-LV active protection system for light tactical vehicles and is currently waiting for a decision by the Ministry of Defence. Although part of the Trophy family, the LV variant works differently from the Trophy-HV

  • Russia launches legal proceedings against DCNS, sailors leave St Nazaire

    The Russian training ship Smolny left the French port of Saint Nazaire on 18 December and is returning to Kronstadt with the 400 sailors and marines who had been training on board the Mistral-class vessel Vladivostok . As a result of France's postponed handover of the vessels (in response to

  • Spain receives first NH90, and upgraded Tiger HAD-E helos

    Spain has taken delivery of its first NH90 utility helicopter, as well as its first upgraded EC665 Tiger HAD-E attack helicopter, Airbus announced on 18 December. The one NH90 TTH (Troop Transport Helicopter) and two Tiger HAD-E (Helicóptero de Apoyo [Support] y Destrucción - España)