• Over half of Bundeswehr’s Leopard 2 MBTs are not operationally ready

    German media reported on 16 November that only 95 of the 244 Leopard 2 main battle tanks (MBTs) in service with the Bundeswehr are operationally ready. A further 53 vehicles – thought to be Leopard 2A6Ms – are being converted to the new Leopard 2A6M+ standard, and 86 are in a state of

  • Argentina loses contact with one of its submarines

    The Argentine Navy has lost contact with one of its submarines: the TR 1700-class boat ARA San Juan . The last communication with the vessel was on the morning of 15 November and there has been no further news from it since then. The navy has deployed the destroyer ARA Sarandi and the frigates ARA

  • Dossier shows ‘Iranian’ missile that landed in Saudi Arabia

    Key Points The Saudi-led coalition has compiled a dossier of evidence of Iranian military support for Yemen’s rebels. It includes photographs of a ballistic missile that landed in Saudi Arabia. The remnants of at least one Iranian Qiam ballistic missile have been recovered in Saudi Arabia,

  • Multicarrier drills help USN develop new CSG operational concepts

    The rare convergence of three carrier strike groups (CSGs) this month in the Western Pacific provided US Navy (USN) planners a chance to combine the disparate forces in novel ways compared with traditional deployments. “This is a unique opportunity,” Rear Admiral Gregory Harris,

  • Australia names future replenishment vessels

    The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) future auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) vessels will be named Supply and Stalwart , according to a 17 November statement by Australian Defence Minister Marise Payne. The ships, which will replace the RAN’s current replenishment vessels HMAS

  • BAE Systems to provide Hawk engineering support to UAE

    BAE Systems will transfer some expertise relating to its Hawk trainer aircraft to a maintenance provider in the United Arab Emirates to support the domestic air force’s fleet of export-specific models. The OEM signed an agreement with Advanced Military Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Center

  • China reveals more details about locally developed electromagnetic catapult

    Further details have been revealed about China’s development of a conventionally powered electromagnetic catapult that will reportedly be fitted onto the second of the country’s indigenously built aircraft carriers, commonly referred to as the Type 002. Rear Admiral Yin Zhuo, director

  • Indian Army issues RFI for 60 short-range UAVs

    The Indian Army’s (IA’s) Director General of Artillery has invited responses from local vendors by 28 December to its request for information (RFI) for the development and supply of 60 short-range remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPASs). Issued on 16 November, the RFI states that the

  • Lebanese PM's resignation extends political paralysis, and facilitates political case for Israeli war

    Key Points An extended period of political paralysis is likely, raising the risk of the delay of Lebanese elections and of the inability to form a cabinet if elections are held as scheduled in May 2018. Should Hizbullah manage to form a cabinet regardless, this would indicate a much higher risk of

  • Management of Australia’s strategic risk becoming more demanding, warn strategists

    Two of Australia’s leading strategic thinkers have warned that Australia’s strategic outlook is deteriorating and that for the first time since the Second World War the country faces an increased prospect of threat from a major power. Writing in a research paper for the Australian

  • Northrop Grumman wins Australian C-27J support contract

    Approximately 40 jobs will be secured in Australia as a result of the government awarding a sustainment contract to Northrop Grumman to support the Royal Australian Air Force’s Leonardo C-27J Spartan transport. An AUD200 million contract has been awarded by the Minister for Defence Industry,

  • Queen Elizabeth to formally join fleet

    The UK Royal Navy’s first Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier is to complete its contractors’ sea trials and formally join the fleet on 7 December. UK defence secretary Gavin Williamson made the announcement on 16 November during his first visit to the carrier, while it was at sea

  • Terma agrees Indian technology transfer

    Danish company Terma has teamed with Tata Advanced Systems to transfer its surveillance radar technology to be indigenously developed for installation on Indian navy vessels. Under the navy’s surface surveillance radar project, 31 systems will be delivered to the service, which will be

  • Australia invites SMEs to bid for air defence supply contracts

    The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) is inviting local companies to bid for supply contracts on the programme to procure a short-range ground-based air defence (GBAD) capability for the Australian Army. The DoD said in a press release on 17 November that it will hold seven industry showcase

  • Chinese armour plays prominent role in Zimbabwe coup

    The Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) made extensive use of Chinese-made Type 89 armoured vehicles during what appeared to be a bloodless coup that ousted President Robert Mugabe on 14 November. Photographs and video footage of ZNA deployments around the capital Harare showed multiple Type YW534s, the

  • First Tu-160M2 airframe rolled out

    The first Tu-160M2 supersonic strategic bomber was rolled out at the PJSC ‘Tupolev’ Gorbunov Aircraft Plant’s factory in Kazan, Russia, on 16 November. The roll-out took place in the presence of the commander of Long-Range Aviation, Lieutenant General Sergey Kobylash. The

  • KAI selects Harris payload carriage and release systems for KFX

    Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has selected Harris Corporation to supply bomb rack units (BRUs) for South Korea’s next-generation Korea Fighter Experimental (KFX) development programme, the Melbourne, Florida-based company announced on 14 November. Harris said in a statement that it will

  • Latest IL-76 set to feature DAS

    Recently released imagery and reports in the Russian media suggest that the new Ilyushin IL-76MD-90A transport aircraft will be equipped with a defensive aids suite (DAS). Data have previously pointed to an optional electronic countermeasure (ECM) fit for the IL-76 family being available since the

  • Likely series of prosecutions of senior Indonesian politicians will reduce preferential treatment of politically connected local firms

    Event On 15 November, Setya Novanto, the parliamentary speaker and chairperson of the Golkar party, a junior partner in Indonesia's ruling coalition, fled his private residence shortly before anti-corruption officials and the police arrived to arrest him. Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication

  • Lockheed Martin delays F-35 Block 3F software final certification to February

    Key Points Lockheed Martin expects to complete F-35 Block 3F final certification in February This is later than a previously estimated goal of the end of 2017 A Lockheed Martin executive expects the company to complete final certification for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Block