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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

  • Australia commissions first MH-60R flight simulator

    The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has commissioned the first of two flight simulators that will be used to train pilots for the MH-60R Seahawk helicopter, the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) announced on 27 March. The full-motion simulators are part of a package for the delivery of 24 new

  • Exclusive: US drafting cyber deterrence policy

    The US National Security Council (NSC) is in the process of drafting a new strategy built around deterrence to prevent cyber attacks, sources have confirmed to IHS Jane's . Andrew Scott, the director for International Cyber Policy with the NSC is leading the process, and sources said that draft

  • Failure by Saudi proxies to secure Yemeni capital would increase pressure on Riyadh government for ground intervention.

    Key Points Saudi Arabian and other Arab League ground forces are ill-placed to support the reinstatement of President Abdurabu Mansour Hadi's government in Sanaa without a high-risk commitment to taking on the Houthi in their mountainous homeland in north Yemen. The Saudis are likely to seek to

  • Finmeccanica, ENAER sign MoU as part of C-27J bid

    Italian company Finmeccanica and Chilean group ENAER have signed a memorandum of understanding for industrial participation as Finmeccanica looks to sell the C-27J to Chile. The deal covers support for the C-27J as well as M-345 High Efficiency Trainor. In a press release Finmeccanica noted that

  • 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

  • IED attack wounds woman in Colombia's Antioquia

    A WOMAN was wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated in a residential area west of the city of Medellin in Colombia's Antioquia department on 25 March, El Colombiano reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • 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

  • NATO exercises to hone 'spearhead' rapid reaction force plans

    Alliance officials are working through plans to redesign the NATO Response Force, and expect upcoming exercises to inform shortfalls and structural decisions. NATO planners are still finalising the NATO Response Force and its new 'spearhead' rapid reaction force as part of the alliance's Readiness

  • Peruvian military offensive against illegal runways in VRAEM aims to reduce drug trafficking and terrorism risks

    EVENT On 24 March, the Peruvian Armed Forces Joint Command (Comando Conjunto de las Fuerzas Armadas: CCFFAA) announced that between 20 and 22 March they destroyed or neutralised 21 illegal runways used by drug traffickers in the Valley of the Apurímac, Ene, and Mantaro rivers (VRAEM). This

  • 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

  • Pre-election rebel campaign increases risk of attacks on fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters in southern Sudan

    EVENT The rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) attacked a Sudanese military garrison on 23 March in Bau, Blue Nile State, killing six government soldiers. Local reports indicate the remaining government soldiers retreated north to Ad-Damazin, allowing the SPLM-N to seize a large

  • Quad-A 2015: US Army receives first new-build Lakota trainer

    Key Points The first Airbus UH-72A Lakota in US Army training configuration was delivered to the Pentagon The Lakota will enter the army training curriculum this year as the Bell TH-67 Creek training fleet is divested The first Airbus UH-72A Lakota in US Army training configuration has been

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