• F-22s arrive in Germany for training

    Key Points Four USAF F-22s arrived at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany on 28 August The aircraft are part of the ERI to assuage allies' concerns of recent Russian activity Four US Air Force (USAF) Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor combat aircraft arrived at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany on 28 August,

  • First Australian P-8s on contract

    The first four of eight Boeing P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) have been placed on contract, according to a 27 August Pentagon announcement. Boeing has received a USD1.49 billion contract modification for four full-rate production (FRP) Lot II P-8A

  • Austal delivers Australia's final Cape-class patrol vessel

    Australian shipbuilder Austal has delivered the last of eight Cape-class offshore patrol vessels on order for the Australian Border Force (ABF). The vessel, Cape York , is being supplied under an AUD330 million (USD234 million) contract awarded by the Australian government in August 2011, the order

  • Australia prepares landing craft for delivery to Tonga

    A new Australian-built landing craft to be donated to the Kingdom of Tonga is currently undertaking final sea trials and will be delivered to the archipelagic country in early September 2015, the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) announced on 31 August. The donation, first revealed in May 2014

  • Bulgaria and Romania tackle organised crime

    Key Points Since 2007, organised crime groups in Bulgaria and Romania have adapted to the two countries' membership of the European Union, reorienting towards new activities, including people smuggling, drug trafficking, and cyber and financial crime. Bulgaria is lagging significantly behind

  • Carter to propose major DoD personnel system reform

    Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter plans to soon propose major changes in how the massive Department of Defense (DoD) bureaucracy handles its people, including the introduction of more flexible career paths. An element of Carter's Force of the Future project is intended to modernise the DoD's

  • DLS, ViaSat to deliver new MIDS-LVT systems to US Navy

    The US Navy (USN) awarded Data Link Solutions (DLS) and ViaSat indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts totaling more than USD870 million for production and maintenance of new Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) Low Volume Terminals (LVT) that enable platforms to join a

  • Egyptian election likely to result in pliant parliament, only pro-army bloc will potentially challenge president

    EVENT On 30 August, Egypt's electoral commission announced that the registration of candidates for new parliamentary elections would open on 1 September for 12 days. Elections would be held in two stages, on 18 and 19 October, and on 22 and 23 November. Parliament will consist of 568 members, of

  • EU gives green light to Fokker/GKN merger

    The European Union has given the go-ahead for a merger between UK aerospace engineering group GKN and Fokker Technologies, based in the Netherlands. The approval follows a decision by the European Commission's competition authority on 28 August. GKN's acquisition of Fokker fell under the EU's

  • First NS100 radar completes factory acceptance

    Key Points The first Thales Nederland's NS100 E/F-band dual-axis multibeam surveillance radar for Singapore's LMV programme has completed FAT at the company's Hengelo facility The first NS100 will be installed on board LMV first-of-class RSS Independence The first NS100 E/F-band dual-axis

  • French Air Force launches new Air Warfare Centre

    The French Air Force officially launched its new air warfare centre on 1 September at Mont-de-Marsan air base. The new centre consolidates the former Centre d'Expériences Aérienne Militaire (CEAM) with the Centre d'Entraînement Tactique (Centac), which was traditionally in charge of

  • IN to get more Mk 54 lightweight torpedo kits

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded Raytheon a USD29.75 million contract that includes the delivery of Mk 54 Mod 0 Lightweight Torpedo (LWT) kits to the Indian Navy. The contract, which was announced on 31 August, covers the manufacture and delivery (plus engineering and repair services

  • Indonesia to deepen industrial links with Azerbaijan and Colombia

    Indonesia's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said it is looking to deepen defence industrial links with Azerbaijan and Colombia. In separate statements on 28 and 31 August the MoD said it is planning to expand links with the two countries across a range of defence activities including industrial

  • Kiev street violence and reduced parliamentary support for decentralisation demonstrate multiple challenges for peaceful resolution in Ukraine

    EVENT One member of the National Guard was killed and more than 100 people injured in a grenade explosion during protests by radical nationalists outside the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev on 31 August 2015. The protesters included supporters of the ultranationalist Freedom party (Svoboda) and the

  • Raytheon gets second contract for Qatari ADOC

    Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems has been awarded a second contract related to Qatar's air defences, the US Department of Defense (DoD) announced on 31 August. Worth USD175 million, the new contract follows the initial USD75.6 million contract awarded in November 2014 to carry out preliminary

  • Resilience Capital to buy Porter's Group

    Resilience Capital Partners has reached a deal to buy Porter's Group, a metals manufacturing company that does work for military contractors, the company announced on 1 September. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Porter's, based in North Carolina, is also producing metal components for a range

  • SAIC releases second quarter results

    US contractor SAIC released its second quarter results on 1 September, with revenue up 15% compared with the same quarter of 2014, but net income falling 35%. Revenue for the quarter was USD1.1 billion, up from USD939 million for the second quarter of 2014. Net income was USD22 million, down from

  • Taiwanese MND asks for funds to design indigenous submarine

    Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) on 31 August submitted a USD89.32 million budgetary proposal for an indigenous submarine design contract to the island's legislative Yuan. According to the MND, the Republic of China Navy (RoCN) plans to launch the four-year programme in 2016. Taiwan's

  • Thai Navy acquires four more M21-class patrol boats

    Key Points Thailand has acquired four new M21-class patrol boats Its navy now operates seven of the vessels The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has procured four new M21-class patrol boats from local shipyard Marsun Company Limited, a company official confirmed on 1 September. A contract for the vessels

  • Top lawmaker raises concerns on KC-46A delays

    Key Points Repeated delays of the KC-46A programme have attracted the attention of a top senator John McCain has warned the Pentagon that the delays could prevent the aircraft's timely delivery to the fleet The Chairman of the US Senate Armed Services Committee told Secretary of Defense Ashton