• Boeing-Saab fly second T-X prototype

    The second BTX prototype aircraft to be built by Boeing and Saab performed its maiden flight on 24 April. The flight out of Boeing's St Louis facility in Missouri lasted for approximately one hour, and was used to validate key aspects of the aircraft which is identical to the first prototype which

  • RAF Typhoons arrive in Romania

    Four UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft arrived in Romania on 24 April ahead of a four-month deployment in support of NATO's enhanced Air Policing mission. The arrival of the jets and their 150 support personnel at Mihail Kogalniceanu air base near the Romanian Black Sea

  • Russian Project 23550 Arctic patrol ship laid down

    Russia's JSC Admiralty Shipyards, a subsidiary of the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), laid down the lead Project 23550 ice-class patrol ship Ivan Papanin (factory number 02460) on 19 April. The ship was developed by the Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau under the auspices of its designer

  • South Korean industry develops artillery-locating radar

    South Korea has successfully developed an artillery-locating radar system to boost national defence, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on 24 April. The programme, led by Seoul-based LIG Nex1 in partnership with DAPA’s Agency for Defense Development (ADD),

  • US warns of 'another tough year' for security forces in Afghanistan

    As the United States reviews its Afghanistan policy, US secretary of defence Jim Mattis has said that he is "under no illusions" about the challenges faced by the security forces in the Central Asian country. "2017 will be another tough year for the Afghan security forces and the

  • USAF deploys F-35A to Estonia for 'training'

    The US Air Force (USAF) is to deploy its Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) to Estonia for training purposes, national media reported on 24 April. An undisclosed number of the eight aircraft that began arriving at Royal Air Force (RAF) Lakenheath in the UK on 15 April for

  • Chinese navy, oceanic administration sign co-operation agreement

    China's State Oceanic Administration (SOA) and the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) have signed a framework agreement aimed at boosting co-operation between civil and military sectors in the maritime domain. "The two sides pledged to promote integrated development … to support the

  • GAO: F-35 software likely a year behind could add USD1.7 billion

    US government auditors expect a year-long delay and about USD1.7 billion in added costs for the next software configuration on the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). JSF programme officials expected completing the software tests would require another five months and

  • Indonesia issues tender to upgrade naval pier on South China Sea island

    Key Points Indonesia has taken more steps towards upgrading its naval facilities in the South China Sea Upgrades will allow the deployment of larger vessels in the disputed maritime region The Indonesian Ministry of Defence has issued a tender to upgrade a naval pier at Sabang Mawang on Pulau

  • IRGC Navy receives Nasir anti-ship missiles

    The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Navy (IRGCN) formally took delivery of the first consignment of the new Nasir anti-ship missile during a ceremony held on 22 April. Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan said the Nasir can be mounted on speedboats, prepared quickly for launch, flies at a low flight

  • JMSDF conducts joint drills with USN CSG headed to Korean Peninsula

    The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) began joint exercises with the US Navy's (USN's) Carl Vinson carrier strike group (CSG) on 23 April as the latter heads to waters near the Korean Peninsula amid heightened tensions in the region. "Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN

  • Lockheed Martin's LRDR on track for production in early 2018

    Lockheed Martin is on track to meet an upcoming series of design reviews scheduled for 2017 for its Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR) programme, following completion of its preliminary design review (PDR) in March. The company will deliver its S-band discrimination radar, which is designed to

  • Malaysia signs contract with China for four littoral mission ships

    Malaysia signed a contract on 21 April for the purchase of an initial four littoral mission ships (LMSs) from China for the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN). The agreement, which is part of a comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries, was signed in Beijing by the China Shipbuilding

  • Mácron remains favourite for French presidency, but Le Pen can still threaten election of centrist, market-friendly president

    Key Points Mácron, now backed by many candidates who lost in the first-round, is a clear favourite for the 7 May run-off. Markets reacted positively, with French bond yields declining and the euro appreciating against major currencies. A Mácron victory would indicate short- to

  • Pentagon budget 2017: Congress still lacks funding deal as 28 April deadline looms

    The US Congress is approaching a self-imposed 28 April deadline to pass a federal budget and, although no deals appear to have yet materialised, lawmakers are expected to keep the government funded and avert an embarrassing shutdown. An ambitious agenda and crippling partisanship have so far kept a

  • Rockwell Collins and Leonardo DRS to build USN encrypted training system

    The US Navy (USN) has awarded Rockwell Collins and Leonardo DRS a contract to upgrade naval aircraft training ranges with the latest iteration of the encrypted, next-generation tactical training system (TTS). Under the terms of the contract, the two companies will develop an airborne, ground, and

  • Russia denounces NATO Svalbard meeting

    NATO's Parliamentary Assembly (PA) on 21 April announced a meeting in Svalbard to be held from 8-10 May that will be attended by some 80 NATO representatives. Under international treaty the Arctic Svalbard archipelago is a demilitarised, semi-autonomous Norwegian territory in which military bases

  • Russia working on new medium-calibre ammo

    Russia has confirmed that it is working on what it calls "special shrapnel" ammunition for use by 30 mm and 57 mm cannons, with the latter likely developed with a view to engaging unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The work is being carried out by Russia's NPO Pribor research and industrial

  • US carrier loses aircraft en route to Korean Peninsula

    US Navy (USN) aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson lost one of its F/A-18E Super Hornet multirole fighters on 21 April as the aircraft conducted routine flight operations during a transit in the Celebes Sea. The pilot flying the aircraft "safely ejected and was quickly recovered by a helicopter

  • USN sets out plan for new mine neutraliser for MCM USV deployment

    Key Points Barracuda has been conceived as a low-cost expendable neutraliser conforming to the form factor of an A-size sonobuoy A final RFP is expected in late FY 2017 The US Navy (USN) has outlined plans for the acquisition of a new mine neutralisation system to form part of the Littoral Combat