• Turkish military set for major shake up after failed coup

    Key Points Turkey looks set to purge and reform its military following the attempted coup on 15 July The shakeup looks set to impinge Turkey's ability to fight the PKK however Turkey's military is to undergo a major shakeup following the failed and bloody coup attempt on 15 July, Turkish

  • IAF An-32 feared lost in Bay of Bengal with 29 people on board

    An Indian Air Force (IAF) Antonov An-32 'Cline' turboprop transport aircraft with 29 people on board, including a four-man crew, was reported missing on 22 July over the Bay of Bengal while on a courier flight to India's eastern Andaman and Nicobar archipelago. Eight civilians are believed to have

  • Japan orders additional MV-22 tiltrotors

    Japan has contracted four Bell-Boeing MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft in addition to five already ordered, the US Department of Defense (DoD) announced on 20 July. The award, which is part of a USD544.7 million modification to a previously announced US government multi-year (MY) buy across

  • Kazakhstan launches new special forces small craft, progresses corvette programme

    Key Points Kazakhstan makes progress on several ongoing programmes There are new developments in plans to acquire a corvette capability Kazakhstan's Zenit Uralsk Shipyard has launched a new type of small patrol boat (pennant number 101) for the Kazakh Navy's special forces. A defence ministry

  • North Korea building new, larger submarine pens

    North Korea is constructing a fortified structure near the port city of Sinpo that will have what appears to be two covered docks (pens) that could shelter ballistic missile submarines (SSBs). Located 2.25 km south of the Sinpo shipyard, close to the Mayang-do Naval Base on the country's east

  • First Australian PC-21 trainer makes maiden flight

    The first of 49 Pilatus PC-21 turboprop trainer aircraft for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) made its maiden flight from the company's production facility in Stans, Switzerland, on 21 July. The flight, which was announced by Lockheed Martin as the lead for the ADF's Project AIR 5428 Pilot

  • Germany to operate Heron 1 UAVs in Mali

    The German Federal Ministry of Defense and the Airbus Defence and Space have signed an agreement to operate Israel Aerospace Industry (IAI) Heron 1 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in Mali, both Airbus and IAI announced on 21 July. The medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) UAVs will be leased from

  • Algeria receives third Chinese-built C28A corvette

    The Algerian Navy has received its third Chinese-built C28A guided-missile corvette, according to a report by Chinese state broadcaster CCTV. The vessel, which has been named Ezzadjer with pennant number 922, was handed over to the Algerian Navy on 12 July in Shanghai. Ezzadjer is the final

  • Armed clashes kill four suspected LeJ militants in Pakistan's Karachi

    FOUR suspected Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) militants - including a commander and two would-be suicide bombers - were shot dead in an armed clash during a police force counter-terrorism operation in Sohrab Goth area of Gadap town of Karachi in Pakistan's Sindh province on 18 July, The News reported. Two

  • Boeing announces charges ahead of earnings report

    Boeing will recognise a USD393 million charge on its KC-46 tanker programme as part of its earnings report set to be released on 27 July, the company announced on 22 July. The costs are tied to changes in the tanker programme which forced Boeing to shoulder additional cost, as the contract with the

  • Cameroon establishes base for new Special Forces unit

    Cameroon's new Special Forces (Forces Sp├ęciales) unit will be based at Kribi in the country's south province, a Cameroonian Defence Forces (CDF) officer has told IHS Jane's . The creation of the Special Forces was first publicly acknowledged by the French embassy when it donated military

  • China's State Council drives military-industrial development

    China's State Council has published a new policy document outlining a plan to achieve greater levels of defence industrial development as a driver of military capability. The policy, released 21 July, places emphasis on leveraging China's long-term industrial reform strategy - called civil-military

  • Honeywell reports second quarter sales

    Honeywell issued its earnings report for the second quarter of its fiscal year 2016 on 22 July, with sales up 2% and net income up 5% for the quarter, year-over-year. The company reported sales of USD10.0 billion for the second quarter, up from USD9.8 billion the year before. Net income for the

  • Inzpire shows off GECO mission system for air and land operations

    Inzpire has showcased its GECO mission system, which is in operational use with the British and Jordanian air forces, at the 2016 Farnborough International Airshow. GECO (Air) is a simple mission system which provides pilots with mission data and a moving map display either on a knee board or

  • MBDA proposes Brimstone derivative for future UK Apache AH-64E

    Key Points Trial firings from an AH-64E were conducted at Yuma Proving Grounds in June MBDA is also developing a common intelligent launcher interface solution for Brimstone European missile house MBDA is proposing a spirally developed version of its latest Brimstone precision-guided weapon as

  • Navantia opens sixth overseas office as it seeks to provide support, secure new work

    Key Points Navantia opened its sixth overseas office, in Norway, on 20 July The company is seeking to improve support for contracts and to build relations with indigenous industry Spanish state-owned shipbuilding and services company Navantia has established an office in an overseas country for

  • Puntland ruling clan's waning influence increases coup risk, undermining Somalia's federalisation and threatening manufacturing, oil, telecoms contracts

    EVENT Puntland's parliament unanimously agreed on 20 July to repeal a decree by the semi-autonomous Somali state's president, Abdiweli Mohamed Ali Gaas, that extended the terms of senior judges by five months. The decision affects the Constitutional Court (Puntland's highest court) and the

  • Raytheon, Kongsberg prepare ground on NSM bid for USN over-the-horizon requirement

    Key Points Raytheon and Kongsberg are awaiting the release of a draft RFP for a non-developmental, over-the-horizon LCS/FF weapon system Assembly, integration and test of NSM missiles and launchers will be undertaken in existing Raytheon facilities Raytheon and Kongsberg Defence Systems are

  • Renewed focus on Israeli-Palestinian peace process used primarily as a tool for regional diplomatic realignment

    Key Points The various mediation efforts represent a notable re-engagement of international and regional powers in one of the region's most destabilising conflicts. Nonetheless, each is undermined by questionable commitment from the EU and US, and ulterior motives by Israel and regional Sunni Arab

  • RN starts to receive COTS mini UAS systems for evaluation

    Key Points The 'COTS mini' initiative reflects a view within the RN that off-the shelf UASs could offer utility in military applications 700X NAS has been established to oversee the introduction of UASs into the fleet, and provide a focal point for UAS tactical development The UK Royal Navy's