• Japan launches second Izumo-class helicopter carrier

    Japan's second and final Izumo-class helicopter carrier was launched at the Japan Marine United shipyard in Yokohama on 27 August. Named Kaga (the first Japanese naval ship to take the name since the Second World War aircraft carrier that took part in the Pearl Harbor attacks and was lost at the

  • MAKS 2015: Irkut showcases Yak-130 strike upgrades

    Irkut Corporation demonstrated for the first time at the MAKS 2015 air show its Yak-130 'Mitten' trainer/strike aircraft fitted with a nose-mounted laser rangefinder. An Irkut representative stated that "the laser rangefinder enables using the Yak-130 over a very irregular terrain [mountains,

  • Argentina progresses Pucara upgrade with ground-based engine tests

    Argentina has begun ground trials of an upgraded variant of the Fabrica Argentina de Aviones (FAdeA) Pucara counterinsurgency light strike aircraft designated the IA-58H, IHS Jane's has learned. A testbed aircraft (serial A-561) underwent ground-based engine tests at the FAdeA plant in Cordoba,

  • Auditors recommend more tailored training, equipment for US Army RAF units

    Auditors found the US Army's regionally aligned forces (RAF) concept is working well for the most part, but suggested several areas for improvement that the Pentagon said it is now addressing. The army's RAF units align with geographic combatant commands to provide force packages that have been

  • Australia to buy 200 grenade launchers

    Australia is to buy more than 200 lightweight automatic grenade launchers (LWAGL) with an estimated value of AUD47 million (USD34 million), the government announced on 27 August. The contract, signed under Project Land 40 Phase 2 with Australian company Nioa, will see deliveries begin in the third

  • Boeing launches rotary-wing MRO venture in Saudi Arabia

    Boeing announced on 26 August that it had signed an agreement to create a new helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul joint venture in Saudi Arabia. The agreement, signed by Boeing, Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries, and the Alsalam Aircraft Company, will see the creation of the Saudi

  • Egypt set to receive Ka-52 attack helicopters

    Egypt is to receive about 50 Kamov Ka-52 'Hokum-B' attack helicopters before the end of the decade, a company report has disclosed. The report by the Research and Production Corporation Precision Instrumentation Systems (JSC SPC CPR) company, which is developing the helicopter's new ECO-52

  • EU's defence-transfers directive up for review

    Key Points The EU is reviewing its five-year-old ICT directive Although designed to simplify administration of defence transfers within the EU, the directive has so far done little of any practical benefit, EU and industry officials stated The European Union's (EU's) directive on Intra-Community

  • French Air Force recreates wing structure

    The French Air Force will complete its return to a wing-based structure by the beginning of September, with seven new 'escadres' (wings) being created between 25 August and 3 September. The move started on 25 August with the Cazaux-based 8th Escadre, which will bring together three

  • IED attack kills tribal elder in Pakistan's Bajaur

    A TRIBAL elder - reportedly associated with the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) - was killed when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced on a roadside by unidentified militants, detonated in the Zari area of Bajaur Agency in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on 23 August,

  • IED attack wounds three soldiers in Pakistan's Bajaur

    THREE soldiers were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated targeting their vehicle in the Sperai area of Wara Mamond in Bajaur Agency in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on 23 August, The News reported. No group

  • India releases updated RfI for battlefield UAVs

    The Indian Army has invited responses by 9 September from indigenous manufacturers to a request for information (RfI) for mini unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) intended to provide "battlefield transparency" to its 382 infantry battalions and over 100 counter-insurgency units. The RfI,

  • Ireland presents Defence White Paper

    The Irish government released its second-ever Defence White Paper on 26 August. It updates a document released in 2000 and focuses on new security threats such as climate change, migration, non-state threats, and resource scarcity, as well as the need for some equipment renewal. The White Paper

  • Irish Defence White Paper details naval capabilities required to meet growing, more complex security threats

    Key Points Irish government's Defence White Paper identifies new security risks such as climate change, migration, resource issues, and non-state threats Navy upgrade plans include replacement of Eithne-class patrol vessel with a multirole platform The Irish government released the country's

  • Japan sends 'team Soryu' to Australia on charm offensive

    A heavyweight Japanese government and industry delegation has delivered the first public sales pitch to support Japan's bid to design and construct the replacement for the Royal Australian Navy's Collins-class submarine fleet. Addressing an Adelaide industry forum on 26 August, delegation members

  • NATO ACT commander seeks information systems 'resiliency'

    NATO must invest more in 'resiliency' to ensure it can still operate if information systems are degraded or attacked, French General Jean-Paul Palomeros, NATO's Supreme Allied commander for Transformation, told reporters during a 27 August roundtable in Washington, DC. "We need to reinvest in

  • NATO preps for 'Trident Juncture', largest exercise in a decade

    Key Points The event is to include more than 36,000 troops and range from disaster relief to high-intensity combat operations NATO hopes to conduct similar large-scale exercises as it seeks to reinvest in manoeuvre warfare capabilities Exercise 'Trident Juncture 2015' is set for 3 October through

  • NATO rotates Baltic Air Policing Mission

    NATO has begun the process of rotating its Baltic Air Policing Mission, with Norway handing over the lead for the operation to Hungary. The Norwegian detachment of four Lockheed Martin F-16AM Fighting Falcon fighters is in the process of being replaced at Siauliai Airbase Base in Lithuania by four

  • New Nammo Group CEO takes charge

    Norwegian munitions manufacturer Nammo Group announced on 26 August that Chief Executive Officer Edgar Fossheim had retired. Fossheim is to be replaced by Morten Brandtzæg, formerly of the company's Missile Products division, in a move that was first announced in March.

  • Polish defence priorities under review

    The administration of newly inaugurated Polish president Andrzej Duda is likely to push for changes to the defence planning inherited from his predecessor Bronislaw Komorowski, US industry representatives and Polish defence experts in Warsaw have told IHS Jane's . Duda, who assumed office on 6