• AgustaWestland funded for FASGW integration on Wildcat

    AgustaWestland has received a GBP90 million (USD153.8 million) contract amendment from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) under which it will integrate the respective 'Light' and 'Heavy' variants of the Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapon (FASGW) onto the Royal Navy's (RN's) new Wildcat HMA.2 small

  • ASV and QinetiQ team up for target practice

    Defence science and technology company QinetiQ has established a Marine Surface Target Service in partnership with unmanned marine systems manufacturer Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASV). The UK-based venture is intended to "rapidly and effectively meet customer needs for trials and training

  • Australia seeks participation in Kongsberg's JSM

    Australia is seeking expanded engagement in Norway's air-launched anti-ship Kongsberg Joint Strike Missile (JSM) programme, the Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra confirmed to IHS Jane's on 21 July. The collaboration project is framed around both countries' participation in the Lockheed Martin

  • Cabinet reshuffle in Georgia addresses declining popular support but will not have significant impact on policy

    EVENT On 21 July 2014, Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili dismissed five ministers and reassigned two ministerial portfolios. The cabinet reshuffle affected Minister of Culture Guram Odisharia, Minister of Environmental Protection Khatuna Gogoladze, Minister of Refugees David Darakhvelidze,

  • European carriers follow US lead, halt flights to Israel

    Air France and Lufthansa on 22 July announced they are suspending all flights to Israel, after the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ordered all carriers to cancel services to Tel Aviv for 24 hours. The FAA Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) came after shrapnel from a rocket fired by Hamas hit a house

  • Indian Army completes self-propelled howitzer trials

    The Indian Army has completed trials for two 155 mm/52 calibre howitzer systems and is preparing a report for the Ministry of Defence. Official sources said two competing 155 mm/52 cal towed gun systems and two 155 mm/52 cal self-propelled tracked howitzers recently completed maintainability

  • Liberia's anti-corruption drive in public sector likely to be undermined by government's weak actions against corrupt practices

    EVENT A press release from the Executive Mansion, the office of the Liberian president, on 18 July threatened senior government officials, including ministers, with sanctions of a month's suspension and forfeiture of a month's salary "for failing to file their Income, Assets, and

  • Lockheed Martin reports sales decline, raises profit outlook

    US defence giant Lockheed Martin has reported a 1% decline in sales but a 3% increase in profitability for the second quarter of its 2014 financial year. In results released on 22 July, the company said it had revenues of USD11.3 billion in 1Q14 compared to USD11.4 billion in 1Q13 and net earnings

  • MBDA in advanced talks for Marte ER

    The Italian arm of European missile house MBDA is looking to secure a launch customer for its new Marte ER (Extended Range) anti-ship missile by the end of 2014. Speaking to IHS Jane's on 16 July during the Farnborough International Airshow, a company official said the company was in advanced

  • Putin suggests Russia open to co-operation over Ukraine conflict

    EVENT Russian president Vladimir Putin issued a brief video statement on 21 July 2014, in which he called for the security of the Malaysia Airlines crash site to be guaranteed, and promised that Russia would do "everything in its power" to ensure that the conflict moved from the military

  • Religious unrest to continue in Sri Lanka but police action more likely when tourism affected

    Key Points Rising Buddhist violence in Sri Lanka peaked in June when monks ostensibly instigated anti-Muslim riots in the tourist towns of Aluthgama and Beruwala in Western Province, in which three people were killed. The government identifies strongly with the Bodu Bala Sena's Sinhalese Buddhist

  • Retired general launches war against Islamists in eastern Libya

    Key Points Forces led by retired general Khalifa Haftar launched a ground and air offensive targeting Islamist militias, including Ansar al-Sharia, in the Libyan city of Benghazi on 16 May. Supported by several local militias and national military units, Haftar's aim of ending Islamist influence

  • RIMPAC 2014: Chinese spy ship monitoring US aircraft carrier, USN officials confirm

    Key Points A People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) auxiliary general intelligence ship has been operating near USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) China's surveillance ship has kept out of US territorial seas and the RIMPAC exercise 'box', although it is operating within the United States' exclusive

  • Rockwell Collins Q3 sales increase as divestment announced

    Rockwell Collins increased sales by 12% to USD1.26 billion in the third quarter of its 2014 financial year, but saw net profit shrink by USD6 million to USD158 million in the same period. The figures, contained the company's third quarter 2014 financial results released on 22 July, reflected

  • Saab bows out of Danish fighter procurement competition

    Saab has formally withdrawn its Saab JAS 39 Gripen E/F from Denmark's next-generation fighter aircraft competition, Denmark's Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 21 July. The MoD had set a deadline of 21 July for competing companies to submit their responses to a request for binding information

  • Saab completes Kockums acquisition

    Saab has completed the SEK340 million (USD49.6 million) purchase of Swedish shipyard ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems AB (TKMS AB formerly Kockums) from German industrial group ThyssenKrupp, Saab announced on 22 July. The business will be re-named Saab Kockums and become a business unit within Saab's

  • Shia-Sunni political co-ordination over counter-terrorism mitigates risks of bombings in Shia areas of Lebanese capital

    EVENT Lebanese-Australian cleric Hussam al-Sabbagh, who is accused of recruiting fighters for Syria and of representing Al-Qaeda within Lebanon, was detained in Tripoli on 20 July by the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF), generally perceived to be allied with Shia militant group Hizbullah. On the same

  • Thales Australia wins RAN support contract extension

    Thales Australia has secured a contract from the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) to extend its support of Royal Australian Navy (RAN) vessels at Sydney Harbour's Garden Island dockyard. The company said on 21 July that the agreement covers dock operations and services as well as ship repair

  • Tourism sector in western Venezuela continues to deteriorate due to increased murder risks

    EVENT Along with local tourist operators, the western state of Mérida's Chamber of Tourism yesterday (21 July) declared itself to be "in a state of crisis" due to the deteriorating security situation in the region. The announcement referred in particular to an increase in murders

  • Update: Typhoon avionics facility approved in Saudi Arabia

    Saudi Arabian-based Advanced Electronic Company (AEC) has received approval as an avionics repair agent for the Royal Saudi Air Force's Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft. The announcement, made on 17 July, came as the company received full authorisation to undertake repairs on two avionics boxes on the