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  • Analysis: Chinese moves to adopt new guided rocket system show ongoing value of domestic competition to PLA

    The People's Liberation Army (PLA) is planning to buy the A300 hybrid rocket system developed by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC). This purchase, revealed to IHS Jane's at the 2015 IDEX show in Abu Dhabi, signals a likely move to upgrade the short-range ballistic

  • Iraq reverses decision on Tikrit air support

    The Iraqi government has reversed its decision to sideline the United States from the offensive to recapture the city of Tikrit from the Islamic State: a move that has prompted the withdrawal of the Shia militias that were spearheading the operation. The US-led Combined Joint Task Force - Operation

  • UK to deploy Sentinel surveillance aircraft to Iraq

    The UK is to deploy a pair of Raytheon Sentinel R.1 Airborne Stand-Off Radar (ASTOR) surveillance aircraft to the Middle East to bolster its support of the international mission against the Islamic State in Iraq. The deployment, which was announced by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 26 March, will

  • US Army still has need for a manned scout helicopter

    The US Army still considers the manned scout helicopter to be an essential component of its force structure, despite retiring its current fleet and cancelling its Armed Aerial Scout (AAS) procurement programme. In an article published on the service's website in late-March, Major General Michael D.

  • Netherlands signs for initial operational F-35s

    The Netherlands has officially signed for its first eight operational Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft, the country's Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 26 March. In signing for the Royal Netherlands Air Force's (RNLAF's) initial aircraft, which are to be

  • OneSKY points the way for civil-military harmonisation

    Thales is working with Airservices Australia and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) on the development of the Civil Military Air Traffic Management System (CMATS) under the OneSKY programme. The three principal delivery partners argue that CMATS, which costs around AUD600 million (USD468.9

  • OSINT Summary: US extends airstrike campaign to support Tikrit offensive in Iraq

    United States forces launched airstrikes on Islamic State positions in the city of Tikrit in Iraq's Salah ad Din province on 25 March. The airstrikes mark an extension of the existing campaign in the country to support operations to recapture the city. The strikes began after Iraqi prime minister

  • Saudi-led Arab ground intervention in Yemen will be high risk undertaking, reflecting threat to Saudi vital interests

    Key Points Military intervention by Sunni Arab states, the implicit aim of which appears to be to restore President Hadi to power in Sanaa, signifies the evolution in the Sunni-Shia regional conflict from a proxy war to one directly involving its rival sponsors. Given their past lacklustre

  • France offers Indonesia Rafale technology transfer

    France has pledged to transfer technologies to Indonesia to enable local involvement in the production of the Dassault Rafale multirole combat aircraft if it is selected to meet a requirement in the Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU). The French ambassador to Indonesia Corinne Breuzé said in a

  • Italian agreement points to C-27J and M-345 procurements for Chile

    Chile looks set to sign a contract with Alenia Aermacchi for the procurement of the C-27J Spartan tactical transport aircraft and the M-345 jet trainer, it was disclosed on 26 March. The country's Defence Minister, Jorge Burgos, signed an agreement with his Italian counterpart, Roberta Pinotti, for

  • Philippines "partially terminates" contract to procure UH-1 helicopters

    The Philippines Department of National Defense (DND) has issued a notice to "partially terminate" a contract with a US supplier over the provision of 21 refurbished UH-1 Huey utility helicopters to the Philippine Air Force (PAF). The notice - published on 26 March - was addressed to a

  • SANG upgrades airfield technology

    Thales is set to install navaids and tower equipment for two new airfields being built near Riyadh for the Saudi Arabian National Guard (SANG). One airfield is under construction at Khashm Al An, which abuts the eastern outskirts of the capital, Riyadh. This base will have a 2,000 m-long paved

  • Exclusive: UK single-source procurement reportedly led to claims for 'croquet and magicians'

    Single-source procurement in the UK defence sector has "long been recognised as an area of weakness" that suppliers have "exploited" by charging "too high a price", UK secretary of state for defence Michael Fallon has said in an article written for IHS Jane's Defence

  • Analysis: Iraq's Shia militias roll-out heavy rockets for Islamic State offensive

    Key Points Iraq's Shia militias are using improvised heavy rockets rather than equivalent Iranian systems The Iraqi rockets prioritise warhead size over range more than their Iranian counterparts ANALYSIS The Iraqi Shia militias who are leading the fight back against the Islamic State militant

  • Competition between Islamic State and AQAP in Yemen increases risk of attacks targeting aviation

    EVENT The Sanaa wilayat (province) of the Islamic State allegedly claimed responsibility for the execution of 29 soldiers carried out on 20 March in al-Hawtah, Lahij. This claim, made on 23 March, is the third made by Islamic State in Yemen after its establishment was announced in November 2014.

  • Japan commissions helicopter carrier Izumo

    The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) commissioned first-in-class helicopter carrier JS Izumo (DDH 183) in a ceremony in Yokohama on 25 March. The 248 m-long vessel, which displaces 24,000 tonnes at full load, is the largest Japanese military ship built since the Second World War and can

  • Saudi Arabia launches intervention in Yemen

    Saudi Arabia and its allies have launched a military operation against Ansar Allah, the Yemeni Zaidi group popularly known as the Houthis, at the request of Yemen's beleaguered President Abd Rabbu Mansur Hadi, the kingdom announced on 26 March. In a statement released in the name of Saudi Arabia,

  • US operating UAVs in Lebanon

    The United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) is operating unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in support of Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) operations against Sunni militant groups dug into mountains along the country's northeast border with Syria, several diplomatic and military sources have

  • Croatia displays new AFV fleets

    The Croatian Armed Forces (CAF) presented new armoured vehicles at their Gasinci training grounds on 20 March. Four variants of the Patria Armoured Modular Vehicle (AMV) were presented: medical, logistical, and command versions, plus an armoured personnel carrier variant fitted with a Kongsberg

  • Indian Navy loses Do-228 during training flight off Goa

    An Indian Navy (IN) Dornier Do-228 maritime patrol aircraft crashed during a routine training sortie on the night of 24 March, Indian local media reported. The twin-turboprop light surveillance aircraft fell down to the sea about 25 n miles southwest of Goa. One officer was rescued but the pilot

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