• Dutch special forces to buy carbines chambered in 300 BLK

    The Netherlands Maritime Special Operations Force (NL-MARSOF) are planning to purchase a new carbine chambered in the non-NATO standard 7.62x35 mm (300 BLK), with a formal tender being launched by the Netherlands' Defence Material Organisation. The tender is the first publicly known tender for the

  • UK to begin testing national A400M capabilities shortly

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) is to begin safety testing of a number of country-specific capabilities for its Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A400M Atlas transport aircraft at the end of July, the government disclosed on 2 July. Several dedicated national capabilities, such as UK parachutes and aerial

  • US Navy retires Prowler electronic attack aircraft after close to 45 years' service

    The US Navy (USN) retired from service the last of its Grumman EA-6B Prowler electronic attack (EA) aircraft during a three-day 'sundown' ceremony at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island in Washington state from 25 to 27 June. The four-seat Prowler, which was developed from the twin-seat A-6

  • Airbus Helicopters, Mahindra announce JV plans

    Airbus Helicopters and India's Mahindra Defence have signed an agreement to form a joint venture (JV) that aims "to become the first private Indian helicopter manufacturer under the 'Make in India' initiative," the two companies announced on 2 July. The JV will be "dedicated to

  • Australian senate report slams 'politicised' nature of Future Submarine programme

    Japan's involvement in the acquisition process to determine the designer and constructor of Australia's Future Submarine is based on political imperatives rather than merit and the current approach should be scrapped, an Australian parliamentary inquiry has found. In a majority finding in a report

  • Ben Machine picked up by EIC

    Canadian component manufacturer Ben Machine Products has been acquired by Winnipeg-based Exchange Income Corporation (EIC), it was announced on 2 July. Ben Machine, which manufactures machined components and assemblies for the aerospace and defence industry, was acquired for CAD46 million (USD36

  • Benelux nations make first common defence purchase

    The Benelux nations (Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg) have jointly ordered soldier modernisation equipment from Elbit Systems. Announced on 2 July, the USD150 million contract covers the provision of Elbit's Smart Vest systems for the Benelux nation's future solider programmes. These are

  • Briefing: QinetiQ pursues growth agenda for maritime business

    QinetiQ has focused on growth in its maritime business, despite the sale of its UK underwater systems interests in 2009. Richard Scott reports. Back in 2009, QinetiQ took the decision to dispose of its UK-based underwater systems business after the company's management, struggling to reposition the

  • Chinese budget inspection finds 'irregularities' in all areas of military spending

    An inspection into Chinese military spending has uncovered "irregularities" across all departments of the People's Liberation Army (PLA), its official mouthpiece, the PLA Daily , has revealed. In a report published on 2 July the newspaper said the inspection, which began in February,

  • Chinese Type 041 'makes Karachi port visit'

    A Chinese submarine's recent visit to Pakistan's main naval base at Karachi is a "routine affair and nothing more", a senior Pakistani government official told IHS Jane's on 1 July. Western defence officials told IHS Jane's that the visit took place in the second half of May. Regional

  • Curtiss-Wright sells Engineering Packaging business

    Curtiss-Wright is continuing its strategy of divesting non-core businesses to improve its financial position and announced that it has sold its Engineered Packaging business. The business - which produces electronic packaging solutions for civilian and military industries - has been acquired by

  • Data Device Corp adds UK firms to portfolio

    US-based Data Device Corporation (DDC) announced on 30 June that it had acquired the power systems businesses of US firm Emrise Corporation. The acquisition includes UK-based XCEL Power Systems and Pascall Electronics. The two firms provide electronic power supply systems for military systems, such

  • EU signs major co-operation agreement with Afghanistan

    The EU signed a sweeping and unprecedented agreement with Afghanistan on 2 July. Inked in Kabul, the new "co-operation agreement on partnership and development" (CAPD) aims to stabilise the country's political structures and economy, with an emphasis on squashing terrorist financing,

  • Germany to increase defence spending

    Germany is to increase its defence spending, aiming to support NATO guidelines of spending 2% of GDP on national defence. The Federal German Cabinet approved the 2016 budget and financial planning cycle until 2019 on 1 July. While set by the German cabinet, this is a planning assumption and not

  • Handover of US Navy's fifth LCS delayed due to repairs

    Key Points LCS Milwaukee will complete builder's trials in August following work to repair a damaged propulsion train The three-month delay in completing builder's trials means acceptance trials are expected for August or September Officials confirmed to IHS Jane's on 30 June that work to correct

  • Indecisive storm: Assessing the Saudi-led air campaign in Yemen

    After more than three months the Saudi-led campaign against the Yemeni group Ansar Allah has had mixed results, preventing the group from taking control of Aden yet failing to achieve its key objective of restoring President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, write Jeremy Binnie and Sean O'Connor In March

  • Italian Navy orders new amphibious assault ship

    The Italian Navy has ordered a new landing helicopter dock (LHD), with Fincantieri and Finmeccanica announcing they had been awarded a EUR1.1 billion (USD1.3 billion) contract for the vessel on 1 July. The delivery of the new ship is planned for the beginning of 2022. Design activities have already

  • KBM unveils decoy-resistant Verba MANPADS

    Key Points New multispectral seeker enables clearer, faster discrimination between targets and decoys Enhancements extend the missile's engagement envelope by a factor of 2.5 Russia's Konstruktorskoye Byuro Mashinostroyeniya (KBM) unveiled its next-generation 9K333 Verba (Willow) man-portable air

  • Malaysia, Singapore order VL MICA naval variant

    Key Points Malaysia to fit VL MICA in the Second-Generation Patrol Vessel - Littoral Combat Ship Singapore MINDEF reveals VL MICA selection for Littoral Mission Vessel programme European missile house MBDA Missile Systems has chalked up two additional sales for its VL MICA shipborne point defence

  • OSINT Summary: Appointment of new emir reaffirms Imarat Kavkaz's ties to Al-Qaeda

    On 2 July, senior Imarat Kavkaz commanders in Dagestan announced via social media that Magomed Suleymanov (alias Abu-Uthman al-Ghaymrawi or Abu Usman Gimrinsky) had been appointed as the new emir of the group. Unconfirmed reports in jihadist social media in late May claimed that Suleymanov had been