• Airbus Group announces management reshuffle

    European aerospace group Airbus has confirmed a number of senior management appointments as it implements changes to the Airbus Helicopters, Aerolia and Airbus Defence and Space businesses. In a statement released on 15 April the company said that former Aerolia Chief Executive (CEO) Christian

  • An-70 passes Ukraine state tests

    The Ukrainian-designed Antonov An-70 propfan tactical transport plane has passed state acceptance trials and is finally ready to enter series production, Antonov said on 11 April. That might be a cause for celebration in the course of most military equipment programmes, particularly one that has

  • Anti-austerity protests and anarchist threats in Rome likely to spread over coming months

    EVENT Anti-austerity demonstrators and "black bloc" anarchists attempted to lay siege to Italy's Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment in central Rome on 12 April. An array of disparate left-wing social interest groups rallied in central Rome over the weekend of 12/13 April.

  • Argentina's 10 April national strike costs country one billion dollars

    EVENT Argentine media reports said the 10 April national strike, carried out by the country's main labour union confederations (Confederación General del Trabajo de la República Argentina: CGT, and Central de Trabajadores Argentinos: CTA) cost USD1.3 billion in losses. The strike

  • Climbing the ladder - Turkey prepares for presidential vote

    Key Points The victory of the ruling Justice and Development Party (Adalet ve Kalkinma Partisi: AKP) in local elections on 30 March confirms the dominance of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's leadership of Turkey, although opposition to government policies is building and political tension and

  • Doqqi explosion indicates growing militancy among Islamist supporters in Egyptian capital, but capability remains limited

    EVENT Three policemen were wounded in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack targeting a police booth in Doqqi, Cairo, on 15 April. The attack occurred during morning rush-hour traffic through the Jalaa Square intersection, near the Sheraton Cairo Hotel overlooking Charles De Gaulle Street.

  • DSA 2014: Details of Indonesia's new stealthy missile patrol craft revealed

    The Indonesian Navy's (TNI-AL's) new 63 m Klewang-class missile patrol craft will feature radar with wider coverage, missiles with longer range and a hull made from a new composite material. The information was revealed by Peter Carlqvist, head of Saab Indonesia, in an interview with IHS Jane's at

  • DSA 2014: Malaysia's SMEO in talks with Philippines over M-4 carbine deal

    Malaysia's SME Ordnance (SMEO), a subsidiary of the NADI group, is in talks with the Philippines' Government Arsenal on a joint venture over SMEO's licenced-built M-4 in order to meet the Armed Forces of the Philippines' requirements for the carbine. Colt has licenced SMEO to manufacture the M-4

  • DSA 2014: MH370 may show region's need for enhanced monitoring, surveillance

    The search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 may highlight a requirement in the southern hemisphere for enhanced monitoring and surveillance capabilities, according to Philip Dunne, UK Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology. Speaking to journalists at the Defence Services

  • DSA 2014: MRCA candidates outline leasing options for Malaysia

    Leading candidates in the stalled Malaysian programme to acquire multirole combat aircraft (MRCA) have outlined a willingness to compete for a programme that looks increasingly likely to progress as a lease or a lease-to-purchase deal. Representatives from Saab, BAE Systems and Boeing said on 15

  • DSA 2014: Saab to introduce mobile app for naval communication system

    Saab will introduce a mobile app version of its TactiCall integrated communication system (ICS) for smartphones, tablets and laptops by 2015. TactiCall is naval ICS that cross-connects modes of communications regardless of frequency spectrum or technology. This allows users from different bands,

  • DSA 2014: Selex secures Malaysian helicopter support deal

    Selex ES, a subsidiary of Italian group Finmeccanica, was awarded a contract on 14 April to supply spares and related services to Malaysian firm Airod in its support of the Royal Malaysian Navy's (RMN's) fleet of AgustaWestland Super Lynx Series 300 helicopters. The three-year contract, announced

  • EU extends Mali training mission

    The EU is extending its military training mission in Mali for another two years and creating a new one, focused on civil security, within the country following a 15 April decision by EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg. Their move extends the mandate of the EU Training Mission Mali (EUTM Mali) until

  • General Dynamics will not protest US Army's AMPV programme

    General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) has decided it will not protest the US Army's solicitation for its Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) programme, allowing the effort to move ahead with a development contract that is scheduled to be awarded in late 2014. The company was considering lodging a

  • German P-3C Orion upgrade approved by US State Department

    The US State Department has approved a USD250 million upgrade package for Germany's eight Lockheed Martin P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 11 April. The package comprises the procurement, integration, and installation of hardware and

  • Ghana plans to improve maritime awareness, rapid response capabilities

    Ghana is setting up a naval special forces unit, acquiring new aircraft, and looking to improve its maritime domain awareness to better secure its waters ahead of a planned increase in offshore oil and gas production. With up to five new fields coming on line from 2017, Ghana has formulated a

  • GKN reports increased Q1 revenues, profits

    UK engineering company GKN has increased revenues and profits in the first quarter of 2014 according to financial statements released by the company on 15 April. GKN saw sales increase from GBP1.89 billion (USD3.16 billion) in Q1 2013 to GBP1.91 billion in Q1 2014, while trading profit increased

  • Google acquires Titan Aerospace

    Internet search giant Google has acquired unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) maker Titan Aerospace for an undisclosed fee, Titan announced on 14 April. The announcement comes after the firm was linked with social media firm Facebook in March. Titan unveiled its Solara range of solar-powered extreme

  • HII delivers new class amphibious assault ship to US Navy

    Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) has handed over the lead ship of a new amphibious assault ship class designed to optimise operations of the US Marine Corps' MV-22 Osprey tiltrotors and the F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters. America (LHA 6) was delivered to the US Navy (USN) on 10 April at

  • IAI on course for JSF wing deliveries

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is on course to begin delivery of a contracted 811 production-standard wing-sets for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) in mid-2015, IHS Jane's was told in early April. Speaking at the company's headquarters and site of the new JSF