• China justifies Spratly Islands construction as Carter presses Beijing to stop work

    The Chinese foreign ministry official in charge of boundary and maritime affairs has said the country's island building in the Spratlys is necessary for the country to "fulfill her relevant international responsibilities and obligations" and is in no way an attempt to firm up its

  • Images emerge of new Chinese twin-fuselage HALE UAV concept

    Images have appeared on a Chinese website of a new large twin-fuselage turbofan-powered unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that could serve as a new high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) multi-mission platform. Reportedly produced by the 601 Institute of the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation (SAC), the large

  • Israeli Navy expands role of RHIB unit

    The Israeli Navy is assigning more offensive roles to one of its three fast inflatable boat units that are traditionally used for port security missions, a senior naval source said on 27 May. The three Snapir (Fin) units operate small rigid-hulled inflatable boats (RHIBs) made by US-based Safe

  • Simultaneous international drills show growing PLAN confidence

    The participation of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) in international exercises continues to increase, with Chinese warships involved in three separate exercises in the second half of May. Type 054A 'Jiangkai II'-class frigate Yulin was dispatched to Singapore to take part in the

  • USMC poised for successful completion of F-35B operational test

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) is on schedule to conclude the first operational test (OT-1) of its new short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) variant of the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aboard amphibious assault ship USS Wasp on 27 May, USMC and US Navy officials told

  • Egyptian fighter order a shot in the arm for RSK-MiG

    The imminent sale by Russia of 46 Mikoyan MiG-29 fighters to Egypt, reported by Russian business daily Vedomosti on 25 May, was stated to be worth about USD2 billion, making it the largest order for the MiG-29 since the fall of the Soviet Union. The MiG-29 contract would follow the announcement in

  • Libyan National Army continues to receive support from Egypt, UAE

    More evidence has emerged showing that the Libyan National Army (LNA) continues to receive aircraft and armoured vehicles from Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The LNA is a coalition of military units and allied militias that is fighting on behalf of the Tobruk-based government

  • Canada releases second Defence Acquisition Guide

    Canada has released the second edition of its Defence Acquisition Guide (DAG) long-term procurement planning document and formally confirmed that it will stand up a third-party panel to "review and validate" projects valued at CAD100 million (USD80 million) or more. The announcement was

  • EDA's goal of UAV C2 transfer between satellites falling short of live demo

    The European Defence Agency's (EDA's) newest research project into transferring command-and-control (C2) of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from one satellite to another should carry that goal a step or two closer to regulatory and operational reality, but will fall short of actually demonstrating

  • India moves to sign off on Apache, Chinook deals

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has cleared the USD2.5 billion procurement of 22 AH-64E Apache and 15 CH-47F Chinook helicopters from Boeing ahead of US defence secretary Ashton Carter's visit to New Delhi in early June. Industry sources said the MoD had forwarded the tenders to the finance

  • NATO eyes more 'capacity building' efforts in Middle East, North Africa

    NATO is considering expanding its activities in the Middle East and North Africa to address instability there through 'capacity building', according to Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Challenges along the alliance's southern perimeter tend to stem from non-state actors and, therefore, the

  • Pilots killed in Chinese trainer aircraft crash

    Chinese news media have reported a fatal accident involving a training aircraft on 13 May, thought to be from the Naval Aviation Academy at Huludao. The 27-year-old instructor and 22-year-old student pilot were killed when the aircraft crashed following an engine failure caused by fire. Coverage on

  • Private company procures Bell 407GT light attack helo for use in Africa, the Middle East

    Bell Helicopter has sold its first 407GT light attack and armed reconnaissance platform to BBM Inc to perform a variety of security missions in the Middle East and Africa, it was announced on 27 May. Bell Helicopter did not disclose how many of the armed 407GTs are to be acquired, but the private

  • Saudi F-15 not lost over Yemen

    Saudi sources have denied claims that an F-15 crashed in Yemen on the night of 23-24 May. The claims made by various Yemeni media organisations were prompted by photographs and videos purportedly showing the wreckage of the aircraft that had crashed near the capital Sanaa during an attempt to bomb

  • Sweden could train 250 Brazilian scientists under Gripen offset agreement

    A total of 250 Brazilian scientists, engineers, and technicians could be sent to Sweden for training and to increase their knowledge of fighter aircraft technologies, the Brazilian government announced on 27 May. The idea was discussed during a meeting in Brazil between Brazilian defence minister

  • Vietnam deepens industrial ties with France and India

    Vietnam has deepened defence industrial ties with France and India as part of Hanoi's efforts to secure technology transfers and develop indigenous capabilities. State media in Hanoi reported on 27 May that senior officials from Vietnam's Ministry of National Defence (MND) and the international

  • Brazil's 2015 defence procurement budget cut by 25%

    Key Points Brazil is to cut its defence procurement funding from USD7.3 billion to USD5.4 billion in 2015 The cuts, due to wider economic issues, could slow or cancel some acquisitions Brazil's 2015 defence procurement budget will be reduced from a previously approved BRL22.6 billion (USD7.3

  • Canada names third Arctic/Offshore patrol ship

    Canada has named its third Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) after a Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) coxswain, officials announced on 25 May. The AOPS will be named after Chief Petty Officer Max Bernays, who served as the Coxswain of the RCN's HMCS Assiniboine during the Battle of the Atlantic in the

  • Egypt reportedly to buy 46 MiG-29s

    Egypt has agreed a deal to buy 46 MiG-29 multirole fighters in a deal that could be worth around USD2 billion, Russian business daily Vedomosti reported on 25 May. The deal is expected to be signed in "the nearest future", according to two sources in the Russian aviation industry cited by

  • EUMC advice for Med counter-trafficking operations leaked

    Key Points The leaked advice from the EU Military Committee (EUMC) on the proposed counter-human trafficking EU mission in the Mediterranean argues that strong rules of engagement are essential to the mission's success The EUMC also argue that the European Union is coy about publicising its