• ILA 2018: Boeing pitches Growler to Germany

    Boeing is pitching its EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft to the Luftwaffe as part of a wider drive to replace Germany’s Panavia Tornados with the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. Speaking to Jane’s at the ILA Airshow in Berlin, Boeing director for global sales for strike, surveillance,

  • ILA 2018: Eurofighter touts Typhoon as pathway to FCAS future combat aircraft

    Eurofighter has touted its Typhoon as a technological pathway to the new Future Combat Air System (FCAS) being developed by France and Germany. Speaking at the ILA Airshow in Berlin, consortium representatives said that upgrades planned for the Typhoon over the coming years would better enable

  • India to offer dated, refurbished materiel to ‘friendly’ countries

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has recently called upon the armed forces to draw up a list of outdated equipment that can be refurbished and gifted to ‘friendly’ countries in an effort to deepen New Delhi’s regional defence ties. Official sources told Jane’s that

  • Lockheed Martin bullish on US defence budget increases

    Lockheed Martin reported strong first quarter bookings and profits this morning and the company boosted guidance on key metrics, following the company’s first quarter (Q1) results release on 24 April. According to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Marillyn Hewson, the bullishness was in large

  • Saudi air force credited with killing Yemeni rebel leader

    The Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) was responsible for the airstrike that killed a senior leader of the Yemeni rebel group Ansar Allah (Houthis), according to Prince Khalid bin Salman, the Saudi ambassador to the United States. “The RSAF has targeted the second-most senior Iranian-backed Houthi

  • Bank robberies in capital highlight increased crime levels in Jordan; pharmacies, post offices, fuel stations also at risk

    Event Since January 2018, six banks and one money exchange shop have been robbed in Amman. Post offices and pharmacies have also been subject to armed robberies. Overall crime is limited in Jordan, both in terms of range and type. According to the Public Security Directorate’s Criminal

  • CAE expands profile in Australia

    Canadian simulation and training specialist CAE has inaugurated a new office in Canberra, Australia, to support growth within the market, it announced on 25 April. CAE said the new office will be run by its defence and security division and adds to “already significant presence” in

  • Damen begins work on first of two OPVs for Pakistan Navy

    Dutch shipbuilder Damen Shipyards has begun work on the first of two 1,900 tonne multipurpose offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) for the Pakistan Navy (PN). An article published in the April issue of the PN’s Navy News magazine revealed that a steel-cutting ceremony for the first ship was held at

  • Hanwha launches US defence subsidiary

    Hanwha Corporation has established a US subsidiary and opened a new office in Washington DC, the South Korean group announced on 25 April. Hanwha said its expansion in the US will support efforts to expand sales of defence and security products to the market. The US subsidiary will be headed by

  • Lockheed Martin positions fifth-generation fighter for Japan

    US contractor Lockheed Martin is preparing to meet a combat aircraft requirement in Japan by leveraging “fifth generation” technologies possibly sourced from two of the corporation’s frontline fighter platforms: the F-22 Raptor and the F-35 Lightning II. Jane’s understands

  • New Ethiopian PM’s approach towards demonstrators’ demands, contraband networks will determine protest and violence one-year outlook

    Key Points Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed will likely ease the restrictions and the security forces’ presence under the state of emergency (in place since February) and allow it to expire in August 2018. Anti-government protests in Oromia and Amhara regions will likely resume within the one-year

  • Update: USAF continues targeting Taliban, IS-K targets in Afghanistan

    The US Air Force (USAF) released more munitions over Afghanistan in March than in the same month in previous years since 2009, according to US Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT). Recently released data shows that USAF aircraft (manned and unmanned) released a total of 339 weapons in March as part

  • TransDigm completes Extant Aerospace acquisition

    TransDigm announced on 24 April that it had completed the acquisition of Florida-based Extant Components Group Holdings from private equity firm Warburg Pincus. The deal was valued at USD525 million. Extant is involved in the avionics and electronics lifecycle sustainment market, with the bulk of

  • UK creates Submarine Delivery Agency

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has established a new Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA) that will lead in the procurement, in-service support, and decommissioning of all of the country’s nuclear submarines. Ahead of the introduction of the Royal Navy’s new Dreadnought-class nuclear

  • US Air Force, Boeing remain out of sync on KC-46 delivery date

    The US Air Force (USAF) and Boeing continue to disagree on when the first KC-46 Pegasus aerial refuelling tankers will be delivered, according to USAF testimony. “We believe the schedule that Boeing has is overly ambitious and we’d like to get an agreement on a delivery date and drive

  • Cellula Robotics developing AUV fuel cell technology for Canadian DND

    British Columbia-based Cellula Robotics is to begin initial development work on fuel cell technology for autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) under the first of a possible three phases for Canada’s Department of National Defence (DND). The company was awarded a CAD647,944 (USD506,055)

  • DARPA’s CHASE programme aims to automate enterprise network cyber

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is seeking to improve how enterprise networks can rapidly detect and defend against cyber attacks. The goal is to be able to build adaptive technologies that can recognise, detect, and defend enterprise networks with the same kind of speed

  • Pentagon plans to consolidate hypersonic efforts as part of ‘road map’

    Key Points The Pentagon plans to consolidate many of its hypersonic weapon development efforts There is much technical overlap among the programmes The Pentagon plans to eventually consolidate many of its hypersonic weapon development efforts as part of a “road map” it is developing

  • Saleh’s nephew joins UAE-backed offensive in Yemen

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced that Brigadier General Tariq Muhammad Abdullah Saleh, who commanded Yemen’s Republican Guard on behalf of his uncle, former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, is leading an offensive in southern Yemen. Brig Gen Saleh was reported to have been killed in

  • Pakistan Navy releases images of Zarb coastal defence system

    The Pakistan Navy (PN) has released one of the first images of its Zarb land-based anti-ship cruise missile (ASCM) system (also known as the Zarb Weapon System) being test-launched. In the April issue of its Navy News magazine, the PN published a photograph of the Zarb ASCM being fired from an