• Brazilian Army seeks additional remote weapon stations

    The Brazilian Army is to procure additional REMAX (REparo de Metralhadora Automatizado X) and UT30BR lightweight remote-controlled weapon stations from Elbit Systems' ARES, the service's Projects Management Office (EPEx) told IHS Jane's . REMAX was developed jointly with army's Science and

  • Canada announces new peace, stability ops programme

    Canada has launched a new Peace and Stabilization Operations Program (PSOPs) and pledged to make available up to 600 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel for possible UN peace operation deployments. In a 26 August announcement, the Canadian government said it would devote CAD450 million (USD346

  • DoD IG: Army should buy or cancel XM25, no more development

    The US Department of Defense Inspector General (DoD IG) has recommended the US Army either move forward or cancel the XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement (CDTE) weapon programme. Army officials deployed prototype XM25 systems to Afghanistan as part of a 'forward operational assessment' from

  • German Puma AIFV production ramps up

    Key Points Production of the German Army's Puma armoured infantry fighting vehicle is set to increase from 2017 Future upgrades to the vehicle are also being planned Projekt System and Management (PSM) is now ramping up production of the Puma Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle (AIFV) for the

  • Australian DoD issues warning to DCNS following data leak

    DCNS Group, the French shipbuilder selected to lead Australia's Future Submarine programme in April, has received a warning from the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) following a substantial leak of technical data relating to the company's Scorpene submarine design. The unauthorised release of

  • BAE Systems tops UK suppliers list

    BAE Systems has topped the list suppliers to the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) over the past year, according to data published by the London-based ministry on 25th August. The ministry's spend with the UK-based defence giant was some GBP3.67 billion (USD4.85 billion) in the financial year 2015-16 or

  • Boeing wins contract for RNZAF P-3K2 Orion UWISR upgrade

    Key Points Boeing will deliver the Underwater Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance capability package for New Zealand's P-3K2 Orion fleet New Zealand companies Safe Air, Beca, and Marops Limited will be involved in supporting the acquisition through-life Boeing has clinched a NZD36

  • Colombian government, FARC announce final peace agreement

    The Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have reached a final agreement towards ending a bloody war ongoing since the 1960s, the parties announced on 24 August. "We have reached a final accord, complete and definitive, to end an armed conflict with the

  • F-35 programme remains at risk at SDD conclusion, chief Pentagon test official warns

    Key Points The Pentagon's director of operational testing has warned that the F-35 programme is still at risk of failing to deliver its full combat capability at the conclusion of SDD The USAF and the USMC have declared IOC with interim 3i combat software, while the USN has said that it will wait

  • GAO warns of capability gaps after USAF A-10 retirement

    Key Points GAO has raised concerns about lost mission capability if the A-10 is retired CSAR-Sandy and FAC(A) are two mission sets that could be weakened if the USAF divests the aircraft Congressional auditors have raised concerns about potential for lost mission capability in a 24 August report

  • India's Scorpene submarine data leak becomes murkier

    The Australian newspaper has published a new set of leaked documents on its website that provide further details about the operational capabilities of the six Scorpene-class submarines that French shipbuilder DCNS is licence-building for the Indian Navy (IN) in Mumbai. Marked 'Restricted Scorpene

  • Islamic State militants attack QSD fighters in Syria's AL-Hasakah

    ACCORDING to the pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an unspecified number of Qiwaat Suriyya al-Dimoqratiyya (QSD), or Syrian Democratic Forces, fighters and Islamic State militants were killed during armed clashes that broke out when Islamic State militants launched two suicide

  • Kongsberg reports strong earnings growth in Q2

    Norwegian defence and marine technology company Kongsberg Gruppen published its second quarter of 2016 (Q2) financial results on 26 August, showing sales performance broadly in line with recent trends, but strong growth in earnings. In the three months to 30 June the company generated revenues of

  • Mortar attack kills two people in Iraq's Baghdad

    TWO people were killed and nine others were wounded when two mortar shells, fired by unidentified militants, hit the villages of Al-Naseer and Al-Salam in Abu Ghraib district, 20km west of Iraq's capital Baghdad, on 24 August, Iraqi News reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the

  • New Zealand secures local involvement in Orion upgrade programme

    New Zealand's project to upgrade the systems onboard its Lockheed Martin P-3K2 Orion maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) will involve several local companies contracted through government's programme to promote local industrial engagement. The New Zealand Defence Industry Association (NZDIA) said on 25

  • Raytheon introduces cyber management tool for EWPMT programme

    Raytheon has developed the Cyber and Electromagnetic Battle Management (CEBM) system to support the US Army's Electronic Warfare Planning and Management Tool (EWPMT). CEBM is aimed at providing a shared situational understanding of electronic warfare (EW), electromagnetic spectrum (EMS), and

  • RUAG first half results show jump in earnings

    Swiss state-owned aerospace and defence company RUAG Holding released its interim results for 2016 on 25 August and reported sales growth of 8.7% year on year. The company generated sales of CHF896 million (USD927 million) in the first six months of the year, on which it earned CHF52 million in net

  • Security forces detain two alleged would-be suicide bombers in Saudi Arabia's Eastern

    TWO alleged Islamic State would-be suicide bombers - identified as Abdullah Abdulrahman Al-Ghunaimi and Hussain Mohammed Ali, a Syrian national - were arrested by security forces at a checkpoint in Tarout Island in Saudi Arabia's Eastern province on 24 August, Al-Arabiya reported. The suspects were

  • Stalemate likely to prevail in Yemen in three-month outlook despite US and Saudi efforts to restart negotiations

    Key Points The failure of UN-brokered Yemeni peace negotiations in Kuwait which ended on 7 August is unlikely to lead to either side breaking the stalemate on the ground in north Yemen in the three-month outlook. During this period, IHS Jane's assesses that coalition air strikes, predominantly by

  • Taliban intensify attacks in northern Afghanistan

    The Taliban have stepped up their attacks in Afghanistan's northern provinces of Kunduz and Takhar in a move that highlights the group's capability to expand its area of operations beyond the east and south of the country by executing co-ordinated offensives. The militants temporarily seized