• Czech Republic seeks new transport aircraft

    The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced plans to buy one or two medium-sized tactical transport aircraft. Currently, the Army of the Czech Republic (ACR) operates four Airbus Military C295 medium tactical transport aircraft that fulfil the service's air transport needs. The aircraft,

  • F-35 procurement programme leaks cloud Canadian fighter plans

    Canadian defence sector stakeholders are scratching their heads yet again, following the leak earlier this month that suggested the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper has not been upfront regarding its jet fighter procurement plans. Officially, the Tory government had committed to

  • Indian Army wives campaign to get Chetak, Cheetahs taken out of service

    A group of Indian Army officers' wives have demanded that the Army Aviation Corps (AAC) stop using its fleet of obsolete Chetak (Aerospatiale Alouette III) and Cheetah (Aerospatiale SA315B Lama) helicopters due to their high accident rate. The 28-strong Indian Army Wives Agitation Group - all of

  • Russia ready to supply 'standard' Su-35s to China, says official

    Russia is ready to supply 'standard' versions of the Su-35 combat aircraft to China, Sukhoi first deputy director general Boris Bregman recently told IHS Jane's . "During talks we informed the Chinese side that we can supply a standard version of the Su-35 fighter, which has been fully

  • Australia's Johnston says he wouldn't trust ASC 'to build a canoe'

    Key Points Australian Defence Minister David Johnston has told the Senate that he wouldn't trust state shipbuilder ASC 'to build a canoe' Johnston made the comments after being asked about the status of the AWD programme, which sources have said is up to AUD800 million over budget and rising

  • Europe kick-starts tanker procurement project

    Europe has formally begun the acquisition process for a new aerial refuelling capability under the Multinational MultiRole Tanker Transport (MRTT) Fleet (MMF) project, it was announced on 21 November. With the European Defence Agency having already harmonised requirements, a co-operation agreement was signed between the NATO Support

  • Israel orders upgraded JDAM kits

    Israel is to receive 3,000 upgraded Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) tail-kits under a USD82.6 million contract announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 24 November. The contract will see Boeing deliver the tail-kits that have been upgraded with the ultra-tightly coupled (UTC)

  • ARES on track to deliver Qatar patrol boats

    Key Points ARES Shipyard is on track to supply 17 patrol craft to Qatar Production of vessels is scheduled to begin in 2015 Turkish shipbuilder ARES Shipyard is on track to supply the Qatari Coasts and Borders Security Department with 17 craft from the company's Hercules range of multirole patrol

  • Army air strikes kill at least 22 suspected militants in Pakistan's Khyber Agency

    AT LEAST 22 suspected militants were killed in army air strikes targeting militant hideouts in various parts of the Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on 21 November, Dawn reported.

  • BAE submits suggestions for Australian acquisition reform

    BAE Systems has called for the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) to reduce the cost of bidding for defence contracts and enhance its engagement with local industry. The recommendations were contained in BAE Systems' submission to the DoD's First Principles review, which aims to improve

  • Burkinabe army's control of mining ministry likely to increase mines' security but heighten tax risk

    EVENT On 24 November, the transitional government lifted the curfew imposed on 31 October after the popular uprising that brought down the government of former president Blaise Compaoré. This came a day after transitional prime minister Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida, the coup leader who was

  • Co-ordination between Yemeni southern separatists to increase operational disruption and weaken presidency, further eroding central authority

    Key Points Southern separatist protesters have established themselves in Aden and Mukalla and warned the government of 'escalation' unless all Yemenis from the north leave southern provinces and foreign energy exports are halted by 30 November. Successful use of force by the 'Ansar Allah' Houthi

  • General Dynamics, Smith & Wesson team up for modular gun

    A General Dynamics subsidiary is teaming up with gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson to compete for the US Army's Modular Handgun System (MHS) programme, the companies announced on 24 November. The army is looking to replace its M9 sidearm with a new modular system, and General Dynamics Ordinance

  • IED attack kills two security force personnel in Pakistan's Peshawar

    TWO security force personnel were killed and two others were wounded in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack carried out by Jamaat-ul-Ahrar militants and targeting a security forces vehicle on Warsak Road in Mathra Bazaar area of the city of Peshawar in Pakistan's Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa on 21

  • IED attack wounds at least 23 people in Pakistan's Karachi

    AT LEAST 23 people - including three Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) members - were wounded in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack carried out by Jamaat-ul-Ahrar militants at a MQM campaign Orangi Town of the city of Karachi in Pakistan's Sindh on 21 November, the News reported.

  • IED attack wounds four civilians in Afghanistan's Kabul

    FOUR civilian was wounded in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack targeting an International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) convoy in Qabilbai area of the ninth district of Afghanistan's capital Kabul on 24 November, Khaama Press reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the

  • India's Ashok Leyland sells stake in A&D subsidiary

    Indian military vehicle manufacturer Ashok Leyland, a subsidiary of the Hinduja Group, has sold a 32% stake in its defence affiliate Hinduja Tech Ltd (HTL) to an unidentified strategic investor. In a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on 25 November, Ashok Leyland said the sale is geared

  • Indian MoD approves mounted gun programme, defers on medium transport aircraft

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 22 November approved the long-awaited procurement of 814 155 mm/52 cal mounted gun systems for an estimated INR157.50 billion (USD2.62 billion). The MoD's Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), headed by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, stated that 100 systems

  • Indian MoD signs up for ACTAS towed array

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed an INR3.06 billion (USD51million) deal with Germany's Atlas Elektronik for six low frequency Active Towed Array Sonar (ACTAS) systems to be fitted to Indian Navy (IN) warships. The urgency of the requirement to safeguard its assets, continually

  • Kaman contracted for Peruvian SH-2G programme

    Kaman Aerospace has been contracted by General Dynamics Canada to remanufacture and upgrade four Kaman SH-2G Super Seasprite helicopters for the Peruvian Navy, and to provide support for the operation of a fifth aircraft. The five aircraft, currently operated by the Royal New Zealand Air Force in