• BAE Systems begins new round of CFT trials for Typhoon

    BAE Systems is currently assessing the aerodynamic characteristics of conformal fuel tanks (CFTs) for the Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft, the company announced on 22 April. Wind tunnel trials of the twin 'shoulder-mounted' blister tanks are now being held to accelerate the clearance processes

  • Sikorsky demonstrates optionally piloted Black Hawk

    Sikorsky has conducted the first flight of its Optionally-Piloted Black Hawk (OPBH) helicopter during a demonstration at its West Palm Beach facility in Florida, the company announced on 21 April. The flight took place at Sikorsky's Development Flight Center on 11 March and saw the OPBH demonstrate autonomous hover and flight operations while under the control of a man-portable ground control station (GCS). This demonstration was an important milestone in the Manned/Unmanned Resupply Aerial

  • Additional military police deployments in largest Honduran cities set to improve security

    EVENT Honduran president Juan Orlando Hernández on 21 April confirmed that an additional 1,000 military police officers would be deployed in Honduras' two largest cities by the beginning of May. The additional personnel will raise the total number of active military police officers to 2,000.

  • Almaz-Antey eyes Indian partnerships

    Almaz-Antey is in discussions with potential Indian business partners for joint production of air traffic control (ATC) hardware and software, the Russian company disclosed on 23 April. This follows remarks from Almaz-Antey's director general, Alexander Vedrov, that Indian civil aviation companies

  • Antonov workers call for chairman's reinstatement

    Workers at Ukrainian aircraft manufacturer Antonov have called on the country's interim government to cancel a decree sacking the state-owned company's chairman. At a worker's meeting held on 18 April, trade union representatives reiterated their support for outgoing Chairman Dmitry Kiva and called

  • Boeing reports improved Q1 figures

    US aerospace and defence giant Boeing has reported sales of USD20.465 billion for the first quarter of 2014, up USD1.57 billion (8%) on Q1 2013, although profit shrank by USD141 million to USD965 million in the same period. According to Boeing's Q1 2014 financial results, released on 23 April, its

  • Chadian cabinet reshuffle reflects president's efforts to deflect international and domestic criticism

    EVENT Half of the Chadian cabinet has been removed in a reshuffle of the government of Prime Minister Kalzubet Deubet, national television channel Télé Tchad reported on 20 April. Several ministerial positions were amalgamated, reducing the number of appointees from 33 to 21. The tenure

  • China looks to market listing of military R&D units

    China is reported to be drawing up plans to transform some of its state-run military research and development (R&D) institutes into listed companies as part of its long-standing commitment to promote self-sufficiency within its national defence industrial base. Local reports suggest the

  • F-35's programme costs decreasing, but acquisition costs are up, Pentagon report shows

    Key Points The procurement cost increase was caused by rising labour costs and the decision to defer airplane procurement to later years in the programme. As a result, the programme's total cost is not coming down as fast the Pentagon would like. An annual acquisition report to the US Congress

  • France to send four Rafales to India for quadrennial 'Garuda' exercises

    France will send four Dassault Rafale fighters to India in June to take part in the fifth round of joint 'Garuda' air exercises, an Indian Air Force spokesman said in New Delhi on 22 April. He told IHS Jane's that the Rafales, accompanied by a KC-135 Stratotanker tanker, will undertake combat

  • Further attacks in Egyptian cities and on army interests likely in run-up to presidential poll

    Key Points This bombing, and other recent incidents, highlight growing jihadist operations and capability in mainland Egypt, west of the Suez Canal. Extension of jihadist recruitment and targeting in Egypt is likely to challenge the capability of security forces to detect and disrupt militant

  • Greece to retire Corsair IIs by end of the year

    The Hellenic Air Force (HAF) is to retire its fleet of Vought A-7 Corsair II strike aircraft in October, service officials confirmed to IHS Jane's on 23 April. The withdrawal of the remaining 28 single-seat A-7E and 15 twin-seat TA-7C aircraft currently serving with 336 Squadron at Araxos will end

  • HIT reveals new information on Al Khalid-I MBT

    Officials from Pakistan's Heavy Industries Taxila (HIT) disclosed new information about the greatly anticipated Al Khalid-Improved (I) main battle tank (MBT) during the recent DSA 2014 exhibition held in Kuala Lumpur. Brigadier Ghulam Murtaza Qureshi (rtd), HIT's director of budget, marketing and

  • Insurgent roadblocks and IED attacks increase risk to cargo and transport in southwest Colombia

    EVENT A group of gunmen staged a temporary illegal checkpoint on the road connecting the towns of El Cairo and Argelia in the southwestern Colombian department of Valle de Cauca on 22 April. According to local media, the gunmen stopped traffic and robbed vehicle occupants. A similar temporary

  • iRobot reports revenue rise but lower earnings

    US robotics company iRobot saw its revenue increase from USD106.2 million in Q1 2013 to USD114.2 million in Q1 2014, although profit fell from USD8.4 million to USD5.3 million, primarily as a result of greater R&D spending and higher income tax charges. According to iRobot's Q1 2014 results,

  • Islamic World Web Watch

    Syria Relationship between ISIL and local Syrian rebels breaks down Al-Qaeda's central command on 2 February released a statement entitled Communiqué concerning the relationship between the Qaidat al-Jihad - generally referred to as Al-Qaeda - and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

  • Jacobs Engineering to acquire Federal Network Systems

    Jacobs Engineering announced on 22 April that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Verizon Communications subsidiary Federal Network Systems (FNS). The acquisition, for an undisclosed amount, is expected to take place by September 2014. According to Jacobs Group Vice President Robert

  • July election unlikely to end Thailand's political paralysis if key opposition Democrat Party continues to boycott polls

    EVENT Thailand's Election Commission (EC) on 22 April met with political parties to discuss a date for Thailand's next general election, following the Constitutional Court's annulment of the 2 February poll. Although the EC has alluded to the "possibility" of a general election being

  • Lebanon's parliament unlikely to agree on president before current presidential term ends delaying contract decisions

    EVENT Lebanon's parliament held a session on 23 April to vote in a new president, who under Lebanese convention must be a Maronite Christian. None of the candidates reached the threshold required to win. The term of current president Michel Suleiman ends on 25 May. However, deep political

  • Northrop Grumman reports first quarter earnings rise

    Northrop Grumman Corporation's profit increased by USD90 million to USD579 million in the first quarter of 2014 despite a drop in sales of USD256 million, according to the company's first quarter 2014 financial results, released on 23 April. Sales were down across all of the company's operating