• US clears transport and attack helo sales to Middle East

    The US government has approved a package of transport and attack helicopters for the Middle East valued at USD7.01 billion. Two separate sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) worth USD3.51 billion and USD3.5 billion respectively were approved by the State Department on 8

  • Joint venture develops digital sandbox, geospatial database training tool

    Nexter Systems and Krauss Maffei Wegmann (KMW) showcased one of the first fruits of their joint venture - KMW + Nexter Defense Systems (KNDS) - at the 2016 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) exhibition in Orlando in December. The Nexter FINDMP Digital Sand

  • NORINCO develops new RWS

    China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) has expanded its range of remote weapon stations (RWS) with the development of the UW4A, IHS Jane's has learned. At this stage it has not been confirmed if the UW4A has been developed to meet the operational requirements of the People's Liberation Army

  • North Korea denies involvement in cyber attack on South Korea's MND

    North Korea has denied any involvement in a hacking attack against South Korea's Ministry of National Defense (MND), saying Seoul is pulling off "a childish plot" to divert public attention from a political crisis, Yonhap news agency quoted North Korea's state-run Uriminzokkiri website as

  • Australia looks to the US to boost EW capability

    The US State Department has approved the potential sale to Australia of military electronic warfare (EW) equipment to support its Boeing E/A-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft. The Foreign Military Sale features an additional AEA-18G EW range system and related support, equipment, and training

  • Morocco requests another batch of TOW missiles

    The US State Department has approved a Moroccan request for 1,200 BGM-71-4B-RF wireless TOW 2A anti-tank missiles worth an estimated USD108, the Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 8 December. The DSCA said the missiles will "advance Morocco's efforts to develop an

  • New US intelligence to combat Russian 'active measures'

    A new piece of legislation that has quietly made its way through the US Congress over the past several months is calling for the creation of a new committee that would take concrete and even proactive steps against Russian 'new-generation warfare' and intelligence operations targeted against

  • South Korea calls for ban on submarine component exports to North Korea

    South Korea has drawn up a list of 60 submarine components to be banned from export to North Korea, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in Seoul said in an 8 December statement. The watch list, which calls on other governments to ensure that the parts are not shipped to the communist country,

  • South Korean defence minister calls for vigilance after vote to impeach President Park

    South Korean defence minister Han Min-koo has ordered the country's military to tighten vigilance against a possible North Korean provocation after parliament voted to impeach President Park Geun-hye over a corruption scandal, Yonhap news agency quoted the ministry as saying. The National Assembly

  • US and UK's Russian surveillance flights revealed

    US and UK strategic surveillance aircraft are flying more than one mission a week over the Baltic, Ukraine, and Black Seas as part of an intensified effort to monitor Russian military activity in these sensitive regions. The flights included two missions by USAF Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk

  • Aleppo resistance on verge of collapse

    Syrian government forces appeared on the verge of overrunning the last pocket of opposition fighters in Aleppo on 9 December, the rebels having lost more than 75% of their territory in the city since the Russian-backed offensive began on 18 November. The latest advances involved Syrian troops

  • BAE Systems wins Australian AWD support deal

    BAE Systems Australia has been awarded a contract to provide support for the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) Air Warfare Destroyers (AWDs), the Department of Defence (DOD) in Canberra announced on 9 December. The contract is valued at AUD70 million (USD52 million) and runs for five years, said the

  • Boeing makes waves with acquisition

    Boeing announced on 6 December that it had entered into an agreement to acquire US unmanned surface vehicle (USV) company Liquid Robotics. Details and timelines of the transaction were not disclosed. Liquid Robotics has designed a wave- and solar-powered sea-skimming USV known as the Wave Glider.

  • Brazil maintains major naval plans despite budget constraints

    Despite significant budget constraints the Brazilian Navy still plans to procure another 20 500-tonne class coastal patrol vessels, but is focused on priorities such as submarines and corvettes, the head of the service's Directorate of Strategic Programs Management (DGePEM), Vice Admiral Afranio de

  • Cameroon Special Forces receive new equipment from France

    The French government has donated 15 new vehicles, along with weapons, communication, and ballistic equipment to Cameroon for use by the country's Special Forces. The handover to the Cameroonian military took place on 29 November in Yaoundé during a ceremony attended by Defence Minister Joseph

  • Canada selects Airbus C295W search-and-rescue aircraft, ending 14-year saga

    The Canadian government has selected the Airbus Defence and Space (DS) C295W aircraft for its Fixed Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) contract, Minister of Public Services and Procurement Judy Foote announced on 8 December. Over the next 11 years the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) will receive 16 new

  • Cognitive Systems looks to military applications for 'radio on a chip'

    Cognitive Systems is looking to transition its commercial R10 integrated circuit (IC), referred to as "radio frequency [RF] situational awareness on a chip", to military customers seeking a high-performance, agile, and low-size, weight, and power (SWaP) solution. RF situational awareness

  • Colombia sends battalion to Sinai peace mission

    A new contingent of 165 Colombian troops will be deployed to the Sinai Peninsula to join the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO), which was created in 1979 to supervise implementation of an Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty, the Colombian Army announced on 6 December. The contingent (COLCON) will

  • Drug seizures in Ecuador set fresh record, but related violence likely to remain limited in 2017

    EVENT On 6 December, Ecuador's interior minister Diego Fuentes announced that 10 tonnes of cocaine had been seized in four operations over three days in the cities of Guayaquil and Esmeraldas and the island of San Cristóbal. The latest seizures bring the total to just over 90 tonnes between 1

  • France and Australia sign information sharing agreement to support submarine programme

    On 9 December French defence minister Jean Yves Le Drian signed a defence co-operation agreement aimed at improving the sharing of classified information with Australia, according to a statement released by the country's Attorney-General George Brandis QC. The agreement is designed to support the