• A-7 Corsair II finally retires from service

    The Hellenic Air Force (HAF) held a decommissioning ceremony for its LTV (later Vought) A-7 Corsair II aircraft at Araxos Air Base, home of the 116 Combat Wing, on 17 October. The world's last operator of the A-7 Corsair II, 336 Squadron, decommissioned 15 A-7E and two TA-7C aircraft at the event.

  • AWD programme now AUD800 million over budget

    The projected cost of Australia's troubled Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) programme has risen to about AUD800 million (USD688 million) more than its AUD8.5 billion budget, informed sources have told IHS Jane's . This figure is nearly AUD500 million more than an overrun forecast by an Australian

  • BAE Systems to acquire SilverSky cyber security group

    BAE Systems announced on 21 October an agreement to purchase commercial cyber services provider Perimeter Internetworking Group (which operates as SilverSky) for USD232.5 million. US-based SilverSky is a provider of cloud-based email and network security products, which has around 5,000 customers

  • Beechcraft acquisition boosts Textron's Aviation results

    Textron's acquisition of aircraft manufacturer Beechcraft has paid dividends for the company, according to Textron's third quarter (Q3) results released on 17 October. Textron Aviation, which combines the company's Cessna, Hawker, and Beechcraft businesses, recorded revenue of USD1.08 billion in Q3

  • HS Okeanos re-delivered to Hellenic Navy

    Greece's Type 209/1200 submarine HS Okeanos (S-118) was redelivered back to the Hellenic Navy (HN) from Hellenic Shipyards at Skaramangason on 20 October, having completed its Neptune II mid-life upgrade programme. Sea trials of the boat are expected to begin immediately and it should be fully

  • India further eases licensing rules for private sector

    India's government has made further moves to ease defence production licence regulations as part of its continuing effort to incentivise private sector participation in the sector. The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MCI) said on 20 October that it had removed the requirement for approval before

  • India re-releases LPD tender to private-sector shipyards

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) reissued a request for proposal (RfP) in mid-September to three local private sector shipyards to build four amphibious assault ships for an estimated INR250 billion (USD4.16 billion. The RfP to ABG, Larsen & Toubro (L&T), and Pipavav Defence and Offshore

  • Modi places onus on domestic materiel development

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 11 October called on the military to play a "vital role" in improving the country's military-industrial base and to source its many requirements domestically. Addressing his first Senior Combined Commanders Conference in New Delhi, Modi urged the

  • New Zealand awards helicopter simulator contract to CAE

    Canadian group CAE has secured a contract to supply synthetic training systems to support the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF's) Kaman SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite maritime helicopters, the company announced on 21 October. Under the terms of the contract, the value of which was not disclosed, CAE will

  • Russia announces unmanned ground vehicles roadmap tender

    The Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade (Minpromtorg) has announced the publication of a tender opportunity to create a roadmap for the development of robot systems and unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) by the country's military industrial base. In a statement on its website Minpromtorg said the

  • TriMas acquires Allfast fastening systems

    TriMas Corporation - a US based manufacturer of engineered products - has announced the acquisition of industrial fasteners producer Allfast Fastening Systems for USD360 million. The purchase - announced on 20 October - closed on 17 October. It was first announced on 22 September.

  • US approves Iraqi tank ammo sale

    The US government has approved the sale of 46,000 rounds of 120 mm ammunition for Iraq's M1A1 Abrams tanks, the Defense Security Co-operation Agency (DSCA) announced on 20 October. The DSCA suggested the ammunition would be used in ongoing operations against Sunni militants, saying it "will

  • US focused on Iraq, not Kobane battle

    The Islamic State's commitment to taking the northern Syrian town of Kobane has exposed the Sunni militant group to heavy casualties, but the battle is not the main focus of Operation 'Inherent Resolve', according to General Lloyd Austin, the commander of US Central Command (CENTCOM). Gen Austin

  • USAF completes third unmanned spacecraft mission, readies for fourth

    Key Points The X-37B returned from its third mission on 17 October and the USAF is planning for another mission in 2015 The Pentagon has offered little detail about the X-plane's long-term purpose The US Air Force's (USAF's) Boeing X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) - an unmanned, reusable

  • Abduction of Chinese oil worker in Sudan underscores high kidnap risk to expatriates across southern region

    EVENT On 16 October, unidentified armed men in a land cruiser and on motorcycles surrounded a group of oil workers leaving the Beleila oil field for nearby Kareem in West Kordofan. They kidnapped a Chinese oil engineer working for Petrodar, a consortium majority-owned by China National Petroleum

  • Appointment of security ministers a milestone for Iraq's political progress, but unlikely to produce early security gains

    Key Points The appointment of security ministers represents the first step in the political progress needed to redress Iraq's deteriorating security environment, indicating slightly improved political stability. Parliament's backing of the new ministers, which include a Kurd, increases the

  • ATK and Orbital merger may slip to January

    The merger between ATK and Orbital Sciences Corporation may be delayed until the beginning of 2015, Orbital chairman, president, and chief executive officer David Thompson told investors at the company's third quarter 2014 results on 17 October. The companies expect to be ready to commence business

  • Australian Tigers to receive tactical datalink

    Approval for an interim tactical datalink for 21 of the Australian Army's 22 Airbus Helicopters Tiger armed reconnaissance helicopters (ARHs) was announced on 20 October by Defence Minister David Johnston. The minister said in a statement that the interim datalink, costing less than AUD20 million

  • BMT Isis, MSubs propose sea range for unmanned maritime vehicles

    Safety and risk management company BMT Isis and Plymouth-based unmanned submersibles group MSubs are jointly proposing the development of an instrumented sea range facility off south-west England for the test and evaluation of unmanned maritime craft. A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed by

  • Guerrilla operations likely to continue delaying Peruvian gas pipeline expansion works and pose security threat to contractors

    EVENT Ricardo Ferreiro, the general manager of Transportadora de Gas del Peru (TgP), Camisea's gas pipeline operator, said on 13 October that operations by the Sendero Luminoso had delayed Camisea's gas pipeline expansion project works for nearly a year. The gas pipeline currently connects the