• AOEW transitions to EMD phase

    Key Points The AOEW AMP, designated AN/ALQ-248, is a self-contained EW pod hosting both high-sensitivity receiver and electronic attack subsystems for anti-ship missile defence NAVSEA has exercised a USD23.6 million option with Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems for the EMD phase Lockheed

  • Australian firms enter partnerships on Land 400 programme

    Australian defence companies announced new partnerships with foreign counterparts on 20 September in support of bids to supply anti-tank guided missiles (ATMGs) to the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Queensland-based Ferra Engineering signed an agreement with MBDA to supply the European

  • Brazil, South Korea look to naval collaboration

    Brazil and South Korea are looking to expand defence industrial ties on naval programmes, following a meeting between Brazilian and Korean officials on 19 September. A delegation from South Korea’s Defence Acquisition Programme Authority (DAPA), met with officials from the Brazilian Ministry

  • CASC unveils next generation USV concepts

    China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) outlined its plans for a new family of unmanned surface vessels (USVs) at the 2017 International Ocean Science and Technology (OST) exhibition in Qingdao. The platforms are aimed at addressing a range of maritime security and naval

  • Policy officials and pundits split over Europe’s future defence capability development

    Officials and defence experts in Brussels are split over how the EU’s new initiatives, such as its European Defence Fund (EDF), should support multinational defence capability programmes, and whether the latter should be open to non-EU players. At stake is future EU-NATO military

  • Russian plans to upgrade T-80 and T-90 jeopardise Armata programme

    The Russian Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) 7 September announcement that it was revising plans to permanently remove 10,000 armoured vehicles from its inventory and upgrade T-80 and T-90 series main battle tanks (MBTs) could jeopardise the future of the Armata programme. The announcement

  • Syrian troops cross Euphrates

    Key Points Syrian government forces have established a bridgehead on the eastern side of the Euphrates The SAA is now in a position to secure crucial oil fields and prevent the SDF advancing further down the Euphrates valley Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops have staged a river crossing to set up a

  • US-India Business Council seeks clarity on India’s Strategic Partner policy

    Key Points Business organisation looks to engage with Indian MoD on addressing ‘ambiguity’ in new policy Concerns remain about who owns and controls foreign technologies transferred to India The US-India Business Council (USIBC) has welcomed the Indian Ministry of Defence’s

  • Vietnam outlines defence industrial ambitions

    The government of Vietnam has outlined a requirement for its defence industrial base to become more competitive in domestic and international defence markets. At a government meeting on 20 September to shape the development of the defence industry over the coming decade, Vietnam’s Prime

  • AFA 2017: US Air Force not pushing for additional RD-180s

    Key Points A key US Air Force officer said the service doesn’t want to buy more Russian rocket engines The service is paying companies to develop next-generation launch systems The US Air Force (USAF) is not pushing Congress for permission to buy additional Russian-developed rocket engines,

  • Bundeswehr sends invitations to tender for G36 assault rifle replacement

    The Bundeswehr has sent invitations to tender for the assault rifle, which will replace the G36. Germany’s Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology, and In-Service Support (Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr: BAAINBw)

  • French Army receives last upgraded VBCIs

    The French Army took delivery of the last upgraded Nexter Véhicule Blindé de Combat d'Infanterie (VBCI) 8x8 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), the service’s spokesperson recently told Jane’s . Ninety-five out of a total of 520 29.3-tonne Véhicule de Combat d'Infanterie

  • Japan to fund USN contract for construction of USMC headquarters on Guam

    The Japanese government is to fund a USD17.9-million contract awarded to Virginia-based firm Contrack Watts for the construction of a waterfront headquarters building at US Naval Base Guam, as part of an agreement between Tokyo and Washington to relocate Okinawa-based US Marine Corps (USMC)

  • Lockheed Martin wins F-15C IRST competition

    Lockheed Martin’s Legion Pod has been selected as the infrared search and track (IRST) system for the US Air Force’s (USAF's) Boeing (McDonnell Douglas) F-15C fleet, according to a company statement. Lockheed Martin said on 19 September that it will produce more than 130 systems, which

  • Philippines to receive six ScanEagle UASs

    The Philippines is to receive six Insitu ScanEagle unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) under a USD9.97 million contract announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 18 September. The contract covers the six UASs – one UAS typically comprises upwards of 12 air vehicles as well as associated

  • Rheinmetall outlines Multi-Mission UGV plans

    Rheinmetall has detailed its plans for the development of its Multi-Mission Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV). Speaking with Jane’s , Alain Tremblay, a vice-president of business development at Rheinmetall, said that the future version of the vehicle will be modular in design and “it will

  • Sevastopol Aviation Enterprise transferred to Russian government

    The Russian government has formally transferred the Crimea-based Sevastopol Aviation Enterprise (SAE) to the control of the Ministry of Industry and Trade. SAE undertakes a range of maintenance and support work on helicopters including the Mil Mi-8, Mi-17, Ka-25, and Ka-27. The company was owned

  • Spanish Army to start incorporating Lince BMS in its vehicles

    A new battle management system (BMS) upgrade developed by Indra and Thales is expected to start integration into Spanish Army units from early 2018 and be fully operational within two years. The latest BMS-Lince ET [Ejercito de Tierra or Army] will be fitted in “all the army’s

  • Thailand to acquire Mk 54 lightweight torpedo array kits

    Northtrop Grumman has been awarded a USD18.6 million contract to produce Mk 54 Mod 0 lightweight torpedo array kits for operators of the weapon including Thailand, according to information published by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 19 September. The contract combines purchases for the US

  • US Army retires final Kiowa Warrior

    The US Army has flown its final sortie for the Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior scout helicopter, bringing to an end its three-and-a-half year divestment process for the type. The final flight took place on 19 September from Felker Army Airfield at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia, and came some 40