• Australian industry and government form alliance for frigate upgrades

    The Australian government has signed an agreement with local industry to sustain the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) fleet of eight ANZAC-class frigates, it was announced on 29 April. Under what is called the Warship Asset Management Agreement (WAMA), the government will join forces to support the

  • British, Portuguese fighters take over Baltic air policing

    United Kingdom Eurofighter Typhoons from the Royal Air Force's II(AC) Squadron deployed on 27 April to Amari Air Base in Estonia to take part for four months in NATO's Baltic Air Policing Mission. The four Typhoons will be joined by four Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons from Portugal, which

  • CACI reports third-quarter earnings

    US defence services provider CACI reported its third-quarter earnings for the company's fiscal year 2016 on 27 April, with revenue up 20% and operating income up 19% year over year. The company reported revenue of USD977 million for the third quarter of 2016, up from USD818 million for the third

  • China shipbuilding focuses on civilian-military integration to spur innovation

    The China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) has said it will focus activities on civilian-military integration (CMI) in a bid to spur innovation and boost revenues. In outlining its priorities for China's 13th Five Year Plan (2016-20), CSIC said on 28 April that CMI, which aims to leverage

  • F-22s arrive for training in Lithuania

    Two Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptors and one Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker arrived at Èiauliai Air Base on 27 April after concluding a training mission in Romania, the US Air Force (USAF) announced. The F-22s and about 20 supporting airmen are from the 95th Fighter Squadron at Tyndall Air Force Base,

  • French Army Leclerc upgrade gets under way

    Nexter Systems is moving forward with the upgrade of the French Army Leclerc main battle tanks (MBT) and armoured recovery vehicles (ARV). In March 2015, the French Procurement Agency, the DGA, awarded Nexter Systems a EUR300 million (USD339.5 million) contract covering 200 Renovated Leclerc MBTs

  • Indian Navy programmes face long delays, cost overruns

    Key Points Despite concerted efforts to 'indigenise' production, important programmes face cost overruns and significant delays adding to operational woes. Systemic deficiencies, particularly procedural delays in finalising contracts, contribute to project postponements. The Indian Navy's (IN's)

  • Indonesia's PT Pindad and Germany's Jungians team up for fuze production

    Indonesia's state-owned land systems specialist PT Pindad has entered an agreement with German company Junghans Defence - a joint venture between Diehl and Thales - to produce fuzes for a range of munitions. PT Pindad said on 28 April that the memorandum of understanding is intended to maximise

  • North Korea announces third SLBM launch

    Photographs released by Pyongyang on 24 April suggest North Korea has a second submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) that uses solid fuel and 'cold launch' technologies, in addition to the liquid-fuel Pukgeukseong-1 (Polaris-1) it has already revealed. The official Korean Central News Agency

  • Raytheon Anschütz upgrades Malaysian hydrography ship with Synapsis IBC

    A bridge modernisation effort by Raytheon Anschütz to install its Synapsis Intelligent Bridge Control (IBC) suite aboard the Royal Malaysian Navy's (RMN's) hydrographic survey ship KD Perantau is in progress. New bridge equipment supplied by Raytheon Anschütz also include a Standard 22

  • Raytheon reports first-quarter earnings

    Raytheon reported earnings for the first quarter of the company's fiscal year 2016 on 28 April, with sales increasing 9% but operating income down 27% year over year. Sales for the first quarter were USD5.8 billion, up from USD5.3 billion for the same quarter in 2015. Operating income was USD612

  • Russia launches Vietnam's first ASW-variant Gepard frigate

    Key Points Vietnam's third Gepard-class frigate, the first of two ASW variants, has been launched Zelenodolsk Shipyard says that ships three and four in the class remain on schedule for delivery in 2016 Russia's Zelenodolsk Shipyard has launched the first anti-submarine warfare (ASW) variant of

  • Singapore quietly introduces the VAMTAC ST5 high mobility tactical vehicle

    The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has taken delivery of a number of Spanish-made 4x4 Vehículo de Alta Movilidad Táctico (VAMTAC) ST5 high mobility tactical vehicles to add to its fleet, with at least two vehicles configured as light utility or troop transport platforms observed travelling

  • SpaceX lands first military launch contract

    The US Air Force (USAF) has awarded SpaceX USD82.7 million to provide satellite launch services, marking the company's first military launch contract, the Pentagon announced on 27 April. The contract is for the launch of a GPS III satellite aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in May 2018. SpaceX last

  • Thai marine corps to raise paramilitary force

    The Thai government has approved the raising of the Royal Thai Marine Corps' (RTMC's) first paramilitary counter-insurgency force. The new regiment of RTMC Rangers will join similar regiments under the command of the Royal Thai Army (RTA) as regular army and marine battalions are withdrawn from the

  • Turkey opens military base in Qatar

    Turkey signed a formal agreement with Qatar on 28 April to form a joint military base in the Gulf country. The Qatari base will become Turkey's first foreign military base in the Gulf, with the agreement being signed in Doha by Turkish defence minister Ismet Yilmaz and his Qatari counterpart Khalid

  • Turkey ramps up military presence along the border with Syria

    Key Points Turkey has bolstered its military presence along its border with Syria in response to cross-border rocket attacks The United States will also deploy HIMARS rocket systems to Turkey to help assist in counter-battery fires Turkey's military has significantly reinforced the country's 900

  • United 40 UAV started tests in Russia, media report

    Russia has begun flight tests of the Adcom United 40 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), according to Russian state news. RIA Novosti cited a defence industry source as saying the tests were taking place at the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) flight-test centre in

  • UPDATE: North Korea's Musudan missile launch ends in failure

    Key Points Two launches of the Musudan IRBM by North Korea on 27-28 April appear to have failed. These mark the third successive launch failure of the Musudan in its land-based configuration. Two North Korean intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) tests appear to have ended in failure on

  • US Army Pacific receives AH-64s re-assigned under Aviation Restructure Initiative

    A US Army Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB) in Hawaii has received its AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopters from various National Guard units as the active duty force implements its Aviation Restructure Initiative (ARI). The controversial ARI, opposed by the National Guard for not wanting to lose