• Indian defence minister draws line at 36 Rafales

    Key Points India's defence minister has said Delhi will not buy more than the 36 Dassault Rafales to which it committed in April The announcement confirms the end of the MMRCA tender and the government's commitment to the Tejas LCA programme India will neither licence-build additional Dassault

  • Thales selected to provide Crowsnest mission fit

    Thales UK has won out against Lockheed Martin UK Integrated Systems in the race to supply the radar and mission system for the UK Royal Navy's (RN's) Crowsnest airborne surveillance and control (ASaC) capability. Announcing the downselection on 22 May, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said Thales

  • USAF says F-35A IOC on schedule

    Key Points The USAF still plans to declare its F-35 fleet operationally deployable in August 2016 Sensor fusion and a faulty digital maintenance and logistics system are still the main challenges to that goal The US Air Force (USAF) is on track to declare its new Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II

  • 'No technical problem' in crashed Hungarian Gripen

    Technical faults were not behind the crash of a Hungarian Air Force Saab Gripen fighter aircraft on 19 May, Czech Defence Minister Martin Stropnicky said. "It was reported that there was no technical problem," Stropnicky said as he visited Caslav Air Base in the Czech Republic where the

  • A400M operators warned to check engine control units following crash

    Airbus has recommended that operators of the A400M Atlas transport aircraft perform checks on the aircraft's engines "to avoid potential risks in any future flights". The announcement comes in the wake of the fatal crash of MSN23 on 9 May. In a statement, Airbus said on 19 May it had

  • ANDSF claims success in Ghazni, breaks Taliban siege in Ghor

    The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) reported in early May they had conquered the district of Nawa in the southeastern province of Ghazni, which had been under Taliban control for the last nine to ten years. However, Mohammad Aref Rahmani, a member of parliament from Ghazni, told

  • BAE Systems to invest in Clyde facilities, opts to retain two sites

    Key Points BAE Systems abandons plans to concentrate all shipbuilding activity in a new facility at Scotstoun Two site plan calls for over GBP100 million investment at Govan and Scotstoun sites BAE Systems Naval Ships has pulled back from plans to consolidate its Glasgow shipbuilding activities

  • Bangladesh PM calls for defence industry development

    Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has outlined a target for local defence companies to enhance capability in order to reduce dependency on imports. In comments published on 21 May by the government-run National News Agency of Bangladesh (BSS), Hasina called on local defence enterprises -

  • Belgian NH90s reach initial operational capability

    Belgium's NHIndustries NH90 multirole helicopters have declared their initial operating capability, it was announced on 20 May. The chief of the Belgian Air Component, Major General Frederik Vansina, said the 18th Squadron in Beauvechain was now ready for operations in a non-hostile environment.

  • Bulgaria to launch fighter programme

    Bulgarian defence minister Nikolai Nenchev has revealed that the country is to launch a fighter procurement by the end of June. According to Bulgarian media reports on 21 May, Nenchev told a parliamentary defence committee that the procurement would replace a number of aircraft. However, it was

  • Colombia's defence minister and ambassador to the US swap jobs

    Juan Carlos Pinzón stepped down from his position as Colombia's defence minister on 19 May and will take on a new role as Colombia's ambassador to the United States. During Pinzón's tenure the armed forces grew by 18 mobile brigades, two marine brigades, and nine task forces. They also

  • Exelis, Harris merger given green light by shareholders

    Exelis and Harris have been given the support of their shareholders to merge, Exelis announced on 22 May. The US Department of Justice has also approved the merger, which had generated anti-trust concerns over a potential market concentration. The two companies now expect the merger, valued at

  • French defence spending increase boon for procurement

    Key Points France is to spend an extra EUR1.5 billion on defence equipment by 2019 under an update to the country's military programming law Included is the addition of four C-130s, more helicopters, and the acceleration of several naval programmes French defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian

  • IMDEX 2015: CMN introduces MCM variant of Ocean Eagle trimaran

    Key Points CMN has unveiled a mine countermeasures variant of the Ocean Eagle 43 patrol boat The vessel is positioned to meet the demands of modern mine warfare operations, company says French shipyard Constructions Mécaniques de Normandie (CMN) has introduced a mine countermeasures (MCM)

  • IMDEX 2015: ST Marine, KBR in joint talks for Australia's Pacific Patrol Boat Program

    Singapore shipbuilder ST Marine is in talks with Texas-based engineering company Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR) to jointly bid for Australia's Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement Program, a source has confirmed to IHS Jane's during the IMDEX 2015 exhibition in Singapore. The potential collaboration

  • Indian Coast Guard commissions four more patrol vessels

    The Indian Coast Guard has commissioned four new vessels at Porbandar in the western state of Gujarat. The vessels - the Aadesh-class fast patrol ship ICGS Ankit (pennant number 247) and the interceptor boats C-419, C-420, and C-155 - were commissioned on 14 May. In recent months, the coastguard

  • Iraqi Kurdistan president likely to cite constitutional uncertainty and security perils to extend presidential term

    Key Points The Kurdistan Region's constitution is unlikely to be amended before President Massoud Barzani's term expires, increasing the likelihood that elections will be postponed and his term extended by at least a year. The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and the Gorran party - which

  • Italy cracks down on environmental crime

    Key Points Environmental crimes are lucrative ventures for organised crime groups in Italy, particularly in Campania and Lombardy. The state response is hindered by corruption in local administrations, although a new law has been passed that elevates environmental crimes to the status of felony.

  • JTIC Brief: Striking back - fall of Ramadi highlights largely undiminished Islamic State threat

    Key Points The Islamic State took control of the city of Ramadi, capital of Iraq's Anbar province, on 17 May, following heavy fighting with security forces. The city was the first major Iraqi urban centre to be seized since security forces and militias recaptured Tikrit in late March, representing

  • LANPAC 2015: USMC in Pacific seeks to get lighter

    The top US Marine Corps (USMC) official in the Pacific believes embarked marine forces have become too heavy and should consider dropping main battle tanks from their load plans. "Our equipment is getting too heavy … we've got to get lighter," Lieutenant General John Toolan,