• Textron nears completion of SSC prototype

    Key Points Subsystem testing of LCAC 100, the SSC prototype, is now underway LCAC replacement promises greater efficiency and other improvements over the legacy design Textron Marine & Land Systems expects the prototype Ship-to-Shore Connector (SSC) air-cushion landing craft to begin afloat

  • Airbus DS demonstrates helicopter refuelling from C295W airlifter

    Airbus Defence and Space (DS) recently demonstrated the ability of the C295W medium transport aircraft to conduct aerial refuelling with a helicopter. The demonstration, which took place in December but was not announced until 17 January, saw the C295W perform a series of contacts with an Airbus

  • Estonian MoD outlines plans for cyber range

    Developing a state-of-the-art cyber range and improving the level of automation in a number of aspects of its functionalities are amongst the Estonian Defence Forces' (EDF's) plans to enhance this capability. Speaking to IHS Jane's, Kusti Salm, National Armaments Director at the Estonian Ministry

  • Rolls-Royce reaches USD813 million settlements to end corruption investigations

    Rolls-Royce has reached penalty agreements with authorities in Brazil, the United Kingdom, and United States totalling GBP671 million (USD813 million) to bring to an end bribery and corruption investigations concerning the UK aerospace and energy group's activities in a number of international

  • Taiwan begins F-16V modernisation effort

    Taiwan has begun the process of upgrading its Lockheed Martin F-16 fighting Falcon combat aircraft to the latest F-16V configuration, with the first jets arriving at the Aerospace Industrial Development Corp (AIDC) facility in Taichung, it was reported on 17 January. The first four of the Republic

  • Thailand aims to operate fleet of three submarines by 2026

    The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has outlined a requirement to operationalise its planned fleet of three submarines by 2026, and is currently in the process of submitting this proposal to the country's military government. The matter was disclosed by Captain Prawoot Rodmanee, chief of the RTN's submarine

  • US DoD contracts C-130 ELINT upgrade for Egypt

    Egypt will equip at least one of its Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules transport aircraft with an electronic intelligence (ELINT) capability, it was disclosed in early January. According to a notification posted on the Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) website, the US Air Force (USAF) has

  • China likely to increase non-tariff barriers against South Korean companies in run-up to THAAD anti-missile deployment

    EVENT The Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) reported on 12 January that China's commerce ministry had extended anti-dumping duties imposed on South Korean-made optical fibres for five more years from 1 January 2017. This followed the exclusion of various models of electrical vehicles

  • China's Kuang-Chi invests in UK technology firm

    The Kuang-Chi Group, a Chinese technology developer, has announced that it is investing USD30 million in Gilo Industries, a UK-based firm involved in aerospace and engineering activities. Kuang-Chi, which is listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange, said in a press release on 16 January that the

  • Crowsnest ASaC manufacture contract confirmed

    Key Points Crowsnest will use an updated and improved version of the Thales Cerberus mission suite and Searchwater radar New Merlin-based system will replace the RN's SKASaC when it goes out of service in late 2018 Lockheed Martin UK Integrated Systems is to deliver the UK Royal Navy's (RN's) new

  • Gambian president-elect's return for inauguration with Senegalese support increases probability of incumbent being forced to stand aside

    EVENT President-elect Adama Barrow insisted on 16 January that his inauguration will proceed on 19 January on Gambian soil despite incumbent Yahya Jammeh's attempts to block the ceremony. Barrow expects to be sworn in at the national stadium after arriving from Senegal the same day. He left Gambia

  • Hungary purchases light aircraft from Zlin

    Hungary's ministry of defence (MoD) has purchased four light training and reconnaissance aircraft from Zlin Aircraft, the MoD told IHS Jane's. The piston engine aircraft, two Z-242L two-seat basic training and two Z-143LSi four-seat reconnaissance/utility aircraft, are scheduled to arrive at the

  • Indonesia hints at submarine fleet mix that includes midget boats

    The Indonesian Navy's (Tentera Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL's) plans to operate a fleet of 12 submarines by 2024 may include a number of midget boats, said Commodore Muhammad Ali, commander of the service's maritime security task force, on 17 January. The commodore was speaking at the

  • Industry seeks power boost for navy lasers

    With US Navy (USN) officials continuing to seek more powerful lasers, industry is looking for ways to provide the power needed to operate such weapons. During the Surface Navy Association symposium in mid-January, navy officials discussed fitting a 150 kw laser at sea in about a year's time, with

  • Islamic State reverses in Middle East likely to increase threat to minorities and foreigners in Pakistan

    EVENT Unidentified Pakistani intelligence officials have warned of a growing militant threat to Punjab, posed by Islamic State fighters returning to the province from the Middle East through Afghanistan, according to a report by news outlet Dawn on 14 January. The report reflects increasing

  • Japan to provide six patrol vessels to Vietnam

    Japan will provide six patrol vessels to Vietnam as part of a loan offered to the Southeast Asian country totalling about JPY117 billion (USD1 billion) to enhance bilateral co-operation, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe was quoted by Kyodo news agency as saying on 16 January during a two-day visit

  • Japan unveils 8x8 APC prototype

    Japan's Ministry of Defense (MoD) has unveiled a prototype 8x8 armoured personnel carrier (APC) that is expected to replace the Komatsu Type 96 APC in use by the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF). Built by Japanese manufacturer Komatsu, the (Improved) Wheeled Armoured Personnel Carrier

  • Kashmir neighbours install new security chiefs

    Key Points A series of incidents in 2015 and 2016 called into question India's ability to defend against militant incursions, although its intelligence capabilities against mobile targets appear to have improved. With India maintaining a clandestine network of agents within Pakistan, Islamabad is

  • Kuwaiti RFI points to wider naval acquisition plan

    A request for information (RFI) released on behalf of the Kuwaiti Navy suggests it is considering acquiring new fast attack craft (FAC) armed with MBDA Exocet MM40 anti-ship missiles. Released by the US Federal Business Opportunities website on 10 January, the RFI said the US Naval Sea Systems

  • Malaysia bolsters submarine rescue capabilities with USN certification

    The privately owned Malaysian submarine rescue ship, MV Mega Bakti, has received certification from the US Navy (USN) as an approved commercial vessel of opportunity (VOO), and can now be deployed to rescue distressed submariners, a senior Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) confirmed on 17 January. The