• Boeing announces offset agreements ahead of Danish fighter aircraft selection

    Boeing has signed a series of agreements with Danish defence companies relating to opportunities linked to Boeing's offering of the F/A-18 Super Hornet to meet Denmark's next-generation fighter aircraft requirement. The US corporation said on 30 October that agreements have been reached with Danish

  • Chilean Navy leads multinational effort to standardise embarked helicopter operations

    The Chilean Navy has announced that its 12,000-tonne Sargento Aldea LSDH (former French Foudre) is now certified to serve as a multipurpose platform on global deployments. The announcement came at the end of the Inter-American Naval Conference on Helicopter Operations from Ships other than Aircraft

  • Euronaval 2014: DCNS and Airbus DS sign agreement to develop Tanan UAS

    Key Points DCNS and Airbus team up to complete development of the Tanan VTOL UAV Collaboration intended to speed up market release of the system DCNS and Airbus Defence and Space (DS) have joined forces to complete development of the Tanan vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) ship-based unmanned

  • Kongsberg reports improved Q3 results

    Norwegian defence and energy engineering group Kongsberg has reported improved sales and earnings for the third quarter of the year, although the strong performance of the Defence Systems and Marine divisions masked underlying losses in the Protech remote weapons and Oil and Gas units. The group

  • UK ponders Afghan request for air support

    Afghanistan's government has asked the UK to continue to provide close air support (CAS) for its ground troops after NATO forces pull out of the central Asian country at the end of the year amid fears that Kabul's air force is not yet ready to offer a full-spectrum support capability for its army.

  • A-10 retirement restrictions imperil F-35A IOC for USAF

    Key Points The USAF's F-35A fleet might not be operationally deployable by August 2016 as planned Experienced A-10 maintenance personnel were expected to comprise the majority of new F-35 maintainers, but lawmakers are working to block the legacy aircraft's retirement The US Air Force's (USAF's)

  • Iraq prepares to deploy Mi-28NE attack helos against the Islamic State

    Iraq will soon deploy its recently acquired Mil Mi-28NE 'Havoc' attack helicopters in the fight against the Islamic State, the defence ministry announced in late October. With the first examples having arrived in-country at the end of August, the Iraqi Army has been preparing them for their

  • Taiwan starts trials of 'carrier killer' corvette

    Taiwan's Republic of China Navy (RoCN) began sea trials of an indigenously designed twin-hull missile corvette dubbed a 'carrier killer' on 27 October, according to naval sources as cited by local media. The 500-tonne vessel, Tuo Jiang (618), is said to have been towed from Lung Teh Shipbuilding's

  • Euronaval 2014: Lebanese FAC contract yet to be finalised

    Negotiations to supply Lebanon with three fast attack craft (FACs) are continuing, the French shipbuilder CMN told IHS Jane's at Euronaval 2014. Lebanon is negotiating to acquire a new variant of CMN's venerable Combattante series of missile-armed FACs, dubbed the FS 56, as part of a USD3 billion

  • France completes MdCN naval cruise missile firing trials

    The French defence procurement agency (Direction générale de l'armement: DGA), conducted the final test firing of the MBDA Missile de Croisière Naval (MdCN) cruise missile on 27 October. The missile is intended to equip the French Navy's FREMM frigates from 2015, and its

  • Gabon buys ARAVIS armoured vehicles

    Gabon's battalion in the Central African Republic (CAR) will get a significant improvement in its firepower and levels of protection when it receives the 12 Nexter Systems Aravis armoured vehicles that were ordered on 29 October. Nexter announced later that day that the contract had been signed in

  • Airport authorities receive attack threat in India's Kerala

    AUTHORITIES at Kochi airport in India's Kerala state reportedly received information of a possible improvised explosive device (IED) or suicide attack targeting Air India flights on Mumbai-Kochi and Ahmedabad-Mumbai routes, The Times of India reported. Reports added that security was increased at

  • Army air strikes kill 20 Islamic State militants in Iraq's Anbar

    TWENTY Islamic State militants were killed during army air strikes targeting their positions near the city of Amiriyah Fallujah in Iraq's Anbar province on 28 October, NINA reported. Three militant vehicles were also destroyed in the strikes.

  • Arrests indicate risk of anti-government IED, grenade, and firearm attacks in southern and central Ukrainian cities

    EVENT The Ukrainian Security Service (Sluzhba Bezpeki Ukraiyny: SBU) on 29 October claimed to have disrupted a "subversive" group planning to carry out terrorist attacks in Mariupol, Donetsk region. The SBU said the leader of the group was detained on 25 October and weapons seized,

  • Canadian future Arctic patrol fleet numbers at risk

    Canada's plans to revitalise its Arctic naval presence have come under fire from the country's Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO). According to the Budget Analysis for the Acquisition of a Class of Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships (A/OPS) report released on 28 October, government plans to deliver six to

  • Curtiss-Wright identifies more businesses for sale

    Aerospace and power systems group Curtiss-Wright has confirmed that another five businesses have been earmarked for disposal as it continues a strategy of divesting non-core assets. The US-headquartered group announced in the release of its third quarter results on 29 October that it has

  • Early poll results indicate pro-European parliament likely for Ukraine

    EVENT Ukraine's first parliamentary election since the overthrow of former president Viktor Yanukovych in February took place on Sunday 26 October. Early election poll results indicate that the next Ukrainian parliament will be pro-European in tone with President Petro Poroshenko's bloc highly

  • EPP militants demand release of six militants in exchange for hostage release in Paraguay

    IN A VIDEO released on 22 October showing two hostages - Arlan Fick, kidnapped on 2 April and the soldier Edelio Morinigo, kidnapped on 5 July - the Ejercito del Pueblo Paraguayo (EPP) demanded the release of six EPP militants held by the Paraguayan government in exchange for the release of

  • EU military Ebola response role unclear

    As the international Ebola crisis grows, the role of Europe's militaries - whether flagged by the European Union or NATO - remains unclear, although both organisations are looking at possible contingency plans or support activities, say officials. The European Union has sent teams of civil and

  • Euronaval 2014 - Spain pins down F-110 baseline design

    Key Points The Spanish Navy's F-110 frigate programme has entered the project definition phase Outputs from the F-110 work may feed into a separate Project SEA 5000 risk reduction study being performed by Navantia for Australia Spanish shipbuilder and systems group Navantia has revealed details