• ASPI report calls for sea change in Australian approach to amphibious warfare

    The Australian Defence Force (ADF) currently lacks the tradition, culture, and organisational expertise needed to maintain and employ a world-class amphibious warfare capability, according to a new study by a leading think-tank. The paper, released by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute

  • NATO intercepts record numbers of Russian aircraft over Baltic

    NATO fighters intercepted record numbers of Russian combat aircraft over the Baltic region during air policing alerts in late July, the alliance announced. Fighters from Belgium, Italy, Norway, and the UK assigned to the Baltic Air Policing Mission were scrambled to intercept 22 Russian aircraft as

  • Northrop Grumman awards Triton component deal to Australian firm

    Northrop Grumman has awarded Australian firm Ferra Engineering a contract to produce components for the US corporation's MQ-4C Triton maritime surveillance high altitude long endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), it was announced on 30 July. The contract, the value of which was not disclosed,

  • Pentagon satellite-launching UAV development enters new phase ahead of 2016 competition

    Key Points DARPA has awarded Boeing USD6.6 million to continue work on the XS-1 Experimental Spaceplane The agency plans to hold a Phase II competition among the three teams working on the project next year for the follow-on production order The Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects

  • Philippines announces 16% defence budget increase

    The Philippine defence budget will increase by 16.3% in 2016 to PHP115.8 billion (USD2.5 billion), according to the National Expenditure Program released on 29 July 2015. Total defence spending from within the state budget including unprogrammed appropriations and military pensions will increase to

  • Philippines investigation says no 'corruption' in helicopter procurement programme

    The Philippines' Department of National Defense (DND) has announced that an investigation into the procurement of refurbished Bell UH-1D Huey combat utility helicopters from a United States supplier has found no evidence of wrongdoing. The investigation was conducted following media allegations of

  • Portugal abandons plan to buy French LPD

    Portugal has decided not to buy the FS Siroco (L9012) landing platform dock (LPD) from the French Navy the country's Ministry of National Defence has told IHS Jane's .. Technical visits were made to the ship and requests of information were issued by Portugal, but no acquisition proposal was

  • Australia begins receiving Growlers

    Key Points The RAAF on 29 July received its first EA-18G Growler during a rollout ceremony Australia is the first and only international customer for the electronic attack aircraft Boeing rolled out the first Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Growlers on 29 July during a ceremony at the company's

  • BAE Systems may 'gap' Typhoon production in 2018

    BAE Systems may have to 'gap' production of the Eurofighter Typhoon in 2018, if further near-term orders are not forthcoming, IHS Jane's was told on 28 July. Speaking at the company's manufacturing facility at Warton, production manager Matt Heritage, said that as the current orderbook stands,

  • Pentagon test chief raps F-35B reliability ahead of IOC

    Key Points The F-35B demonstrated poor reliability in sea trials aboard the USS Wasp Despite the findings, the USMC is poised to declare the aircraft suitable for limited combat operations The short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) version of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint

  • Afghan forces reportedly growing, but casualty rates remain high

    The Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) appear to be growing and their attrition rates declining, but continue to suffer from capability shortfalls and troubling casualty rates, said a new quarterly audit report published on 30 July. The ANDSF's "assigned force strength"

  • Alenia completes trials of winglet-fitted C-27J

    Alenia Aermacchi has completed flight testing of a C-27J tactical transport aircraft fitted with wingtip devices, the company announced on 29 July. According to the company the winglets are designed "to improve the already very good overall flight performance of the aircraft by increasing the

  • An alleged senior Jabhat al-Nusra commander dies in suicide attack in Syria's Hama

    AL-MANAR TV reported on 28 July that an alleged senior Jabhat al-Nusra commander, identified as Abu Hamza al-Zawbi, had been killed in a suicide attack he carried out in Sahl al-Ghab in Syria's Hama governorate earlier that day. Zawbi reportedly posted on his purported Twitter account few hours

  • Analysis: The KMW-Nexter merger and Europe's defence industrial base

    The merger of Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) and Nexter Systems is a long-awaited tie-up for the two companies, which have been seeking to consolidate their businesses for years. However, there are hurdles for the two companies and Europe's wider defence-industrial base, writes Charles Forrester. The

  • Armed clashes erupt between CPI-M and security forces during operation in India's Odisha

    ARMED clashes broke out between security forces and 50 to 60 Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-M) militants as security forces were conduction a cordon and search operation targeting a senior CPI-M commander, identified only as Jampanna, in Pongabaju forest in Kalahandi district of India's Odisha

  • Australia receives seventh C-17 transport aircraft

    Australia's seventh Boeing C-17A Globemaster III strategic transport aircraft arrived at its homebase of RAAF Base Amberley in Queensland on 29 July, only three months after its acquisition was announced. Australia said it would purchase two C-17s on 10 April after requesting four in late 2014. The

  • BAE Systems reports improved half-year results

    Favourable exchange rates and incremental sales associated with the Typhoon tranche 3 multirole combat aircraft helped BAE Systems to improved sales during the first half of 2015. The UK-headquartered group reported sales of GBP8.47 billion (USD13.2 billion) for the six months to 30 June, up from

  • Brazil and Sweden reach financing agreement on fighter deal

    The Brazilian Ministry of Defence and Swedish Export Credit Corporation agreed on 29 July to a financing plan that fixes annual interest rates at 2.19%, compared with the 2.54% requested by the Swedish government to finance Brazil's acquisition of 36 Saab Gripen E/F combat aircraft. The

  • Brazil set to receive last Gepard SPAAGs

    The last eight of 34 Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) Gepard 1A2 self-propelled anti-aircraft guns (SPAAGs) are scheduled to depart from Germany in the first week of August and arrive in Rio de Janeiro 20 days later, a source told IHS Jane's on 27 July. The Gepards were procured from Germany by the

  • Brazilian budget cuts cause schedule slippage for KC-390 airlifter

    New reports based on Embraer's second quarter 2015 earnings report indicates that delivery of the first KC-390 airlifter to the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) is likely to slip by up to two years. The initial delivery was originally scheduled for the second half of 2016 but is now not expected to take