• DARPA awards Boeing contract for Phantom Swift as new VTOL X-Plane

    Key Points Boeing will continue refining its Phantom Swift X-Plane design for the Pentagon The programme is geared at demonstrating efficient hover and high-speed flight Boeing has been awarded a USD9.4 million contract modification to continue refining its design of the experimental vertical

  • Indonesian Navy takes delivery of KCR-60M missile craft

    The Indonesian Navy (Tentera Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut, TNI-AL) has taken delivery of the PT PAL-built vessel KRI Tombak (629), the second-in-class of its KCR-60M missile attack craft. PT PAL's public relations manager, Bayu Witjaksono, told Indonesian media that the handover of Tombak on

  • Opening of second front as peace talks flounder indicates a military stalemate is developing in eastern Ukraine

    Key Points Peace talks were held between Russia and Ukraine in Minsk on 26 August, although little progress was made in finding a solution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine, as separatist fighters apparently launched a new offensive towards the city of Mariupol. The poor organisation, logistics,

  • Singapore, Australia expand technology collaboration

    Australia and Singapore have agreed to increase collaboration in defence science and technology in line with a bilateral commitment to boost strategic ties. In a statement on 25 August, the two governments said that a focus of the co-operation would be technologies related to systems engineering

  • SOCOM buying more Carl Gustaf weapons under new contract

    US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) has signed a new framework contract with Saab to extend its procurement of the Carl Gustaf man-portable weapon system, according to a 27 August company statement. "The contract is a follow on agreement to a previous five-year contract for the 84 mm

  • Spain updates defence export regulations

    A new set of Spanish government regulations on the export of defence and dual-use materiel came into force on 27 August, the day after the royal decree was published. The government said the new system would bring the regulations together "in one sole document", expanding on previous

  • Tata secures offset subcontracting deal with Pilatus

    Tata Advanced Systems (TASL), a subsidiary of Indian conglomerate Tata, has signed an agreement with Pilatus Aircraft to locally manufacture airframes for the Swiss firm's PC-12 single-engine utility aircraft. Statements on 25 August said the agreement formed part of Pilatus' defence offset

  • 3-D printing promises radical change for equipment procurement and support, says NAVAIR

    An AV-8B Harrier aircraft damaged during a hard landing on board a US Navy amphibious assault ship has been rapidly repaired and returned to service using additive manufacturing (AM) technology, according to Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). Technicians at Fleet Readiness Centre East (FRCE), part

  • Attempted assassination of Djiboutian president indicates heightened political instability and terrorism risks ahead of 2016 election

    EVENT On 25 August 2014, a member of the presidential guard was arrested following a shooting targeting the delegation of President Ismail Omar Guelleh at the Djibouti-Ambouli international airport, according to a government spokesperson. The airport is dual civilian-military use, serving as the

  • Chinese J-11BH 'aggressive' with USN P-8A, says DoD

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) and Chinese Ministry of National Defense (MND) are engaged in a war of words over an incident on 19 August when a People's Liberation Army Navy Air Force (PLANAF) Shenyang J-11 fighter harassed a US Navy (USN) Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft.

  • Colombia receives final T-90 Calima primary trainer

    The Colombian Air Force's Air Maintenance Command (CAMAN) received its 25th and final T-90 Calima primary trainer on 26 August, the command announced. The T-90 Calima was selected to replace the long-serving Beechcraft T-34 Mentor in the Military Aviation School Marco Fidel Suárez located in

  • Creation of new national park in Dominican Republic highlights increased anti-mining sentiment but adequate compensation assured

    EVENT The Chamber of Deputies of Dominican Republic's Congress on 26 August approved a bill declaring Loma Miranda, an area located in the Monseñor Nouel province, northwest of Santo Domingo, as a national park. Glencore's Xstrata subsidiary Falconbridge's Falcondo nickel mine operates in the

  • Dutch to withdraw Patriots from Turkey

    The Netherlands is to withdraw its Raytheon Patriot surface-to-air (SAM) missile batteries from Turkey in January 2015, citing strain on personnel and a pending technical modification. The Dutch deployed two of its three Patriot Fire Units from the Defence Ground-Based Air Defence Command (DGBADC),

  • Egypt to train PA Presidential Guard to perform border security mission

    Egypt has agreed to train the Presidential Guard (PG) of the Palestinian Authority (PA) in border security duties, PA sources have confirmed. The agreement was reached at a meeting between PA President Mahmoud Abbas and his Egyptian counterpart, President Lieutenant General Abdul Fatah al-Sisi, on

  • FAdeA delivers cargo doors for prototype KC-390

    Argentina's state-owned aircraft manufacturer Fábrica Argentina de Aviões (FAdeA) announced on 24 August that it had delivered the first cargo door for the prototype Embraer KC-390 to Brazil's Embraer. Argentina joined the KC-390 programme in April 2011 with the signing of a partnership

  • India clarifies changes to defence FDI regulations

    The Indian government has clarified details of its foreign direct investment (FDI) in defence policy following its Cabinet's ruling to increase the cap on foreign ownership in the sector from 26% to 49%. A notice published by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry's Department of Industrial Policy

  • India inducts first locally built ASW corvette

    The Indian Navy (IN) commissioned INS Kamorta , the first of four 3,500-tonne Project 28 anti-submarine warfare (ASW) missile corvettes, at Naval Dockyard Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh on 23 August. Kamorta was originally scheduled for delivery in 2012. However, construction delays and the ship

  • India opts for 'partial ban' on Finmeccanica

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) imposed a "partial ban" on Finmeccanica on 26 August that permits the Italian defence conglomerate and its subsidiaries to pursue ongoing local contracts but prohibits them from bidding for any new tenders. The announcement follows the 1 January

  • India to buy replacement C-130

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) plans to acquire a Lockheed Martin C-130J-30 military transport aircraft to replace the one it lost in an accident in central India on 28 March. Air Chief Marshal (ACM) Arun Raha told India Strategic magazine on 18 August that the replacement aircraft would be ordered to

  • India, Russia kick off first-ever joint air drills

    The Indian and Russian air forces began exercises in Russia's southern Astrakhan region near the Caspian Sea on 25 August, their first drills together despite decades of close defence relations between the two countries. The Indian Air Force (IAF), however, is not fielding any of its assets for the