• Atlantis develops long-range 40 mm grenade

    The Atlantis Corporation in South Africa has developed an innovative long-range 40x46 mm grenade that is compatible with standard low-velocity grenade launchers. Atlantis previously developed a medium-velocity grenade propulsion system that it sold to German interests, and has since been working on

  • Canadian defence budget gets USD9.7 billion boost

    Canada's 2015 federal budget, presented to parliament in a speech by Finance Minister Joe Oliver on 21 April, will include an increase of CAD11.8 billion (USD9.6 billion) to the country's defence spending over 10 years. The increase will be implemented by raising the Department of National

  • Germany defence minister sees 'no future for G36'

    German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen questioned the future of the German military service rifle, the Heckler & Koch (HK) G36, in a non-public meeting of a parliamentary special committee on 22 April. The comment adds to increasing criticism since 2012 of the rifle's performance under

  • Indian defence imports rise 56% in three years

    India has spent a total of INR838 billion (USD13.1 billion) on defence imports over the past three years, with related expenditure climbing by more than 50% during this period, new figures published by the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) show. Citing parliamentary remarks made by defence minister

  • Philippines to request more US equipment for security

    The Philippines is preparing to submit a request to the US government to procure additional military equipment to boost efforts to secure territory, Peter Paul G Galvez, Philippines Department of National Defense's spokesman told IHS Jane's on 27 April. Speaking ahead of planned security meetings

  • SAF makes inaugural deployment of personnel from newly formed HADR centre

    The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has deployed two C-130 Hercules aircraft and a team of six personnel from the newly established Changi Regional Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Co-ordination Centre (RHCC) to Nepal following the major earthquake there. The quake, which measured

  • South Africa's Armscor confirms new CEO

    South African defence acquisition body Armscor has confirmed the appointment of Kevin Wakeford as its new chief executive officer. Wakeford - the former head of the South African Chamber of Commerce - will succeed Sipho Mkwanazi on 1 May. Mkwanazi was acting CEO. Wakeford's appointment was first

  • Spain, Qatar to sign defence MoU

    Spain is to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on defence with Qatar in the near future, the European country's embassy has revealed. While no further details were given, Spain's ambassador to Qatar Ignacio Escobar told the parliamentary Foreign Affairs Commission in Madrid that he saw the

  • US Navy sheds light on plans, processes, decisions for new frigate

    Key Points US Navy to nail down frigate design and requirements by October 2016 A common combat system decision is expected to be made in mid-2015 The US Navy (USN) has shed light upon the plans, processes, and decisions that must be made to hit key milestones for the navy's revamped small

  • USN confirms 2016 as starting point for deploying two Littoral Combat Ships to Singapore

    Key Points Two LCSs will operate out of Singapore's Changi Naval base in 2016 USN's deployment of four LCSs by 2018 will include two Independence-class ships Two US Navy (USN) Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs) will be forward deployed to Singapore in 2016, a senior USN official has confirmed. Rear

  • Denel, South Korea in talks to integrate Al-Tariq bomb kit on FA-50s

    Denel Dynamics, the missile and UAV division of South Africa's Denel, is in talks with South Korea about integrating the Al-Tariq precision-guided bomb kit with the Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) FA-50 light fighter, a senior company executive has disclosed. Thiens Botha, the company's product

  • Hizbullah airstrip revealed

    ANALYSIS Lebanon's militant Shia group, Hizbullah, has constructed an airstrip in the northern Bekaa Valley for its unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), an analysis of satellite images suggests. Located in a remote and sparsely populated area 10 km south of the town of Hermel and 18 km west of the

  • LHD model hints at potential Chinese requirements

    An apparent company-produced model of a landing helicopter dock (LHD) amphibious assault ship may offer an indication of the configuration and capabilities of such a ship that is expected to be produced for the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). An image of the model appeared on Chinese military

  • Russia to deploy Orlan-10 TUAVs to the Arctic in May

    Russia is to deploy an undisclosed number of Special Technology Center (STC) Orlan-10 tactical unmanned aerial vehicles (TUAVs) to the Arctic region from 1 May, the defence ministry announced on 24 April. The announcement comes four months after state news agency ITAR-TASS first disclosed that

  • USN demonstrates autonomous aerial refuelling with X-47B

    Key Points The Northrop Grumman X-47B received fuel from a tanker on 22 April The event marked the first time that an unmanned aircraft was refuelled in flight The US Navy (USN) successfully demonstrated fully autonomous aerial refuelling (AAR) with the Northrop Grumman X-47B Unmanned Combat Air

  • Airbus, Defence Materiel Organisation team up to establish Australian helicopter MRO facility

    Airbus Group Australia Pacific - a subsidiary of Airbus Helicopters - has commissioned a helicopter support centre in partnership with the Australian Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO). An Airbus spokesman told IHS Jane's on 24 April that the joint facility is a "streamlining of an existing

  • AVIC and Shanghai stock exchange sign deal to support expansion of AVIC's military companies

    The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) and the Shanghai Stock Exchange have signed an agreement to support the corporate expansion of AVIC's military subsidiaries, it was announced on 24 April. According to a corporation statement, the accord will enable AVIC's military companies to gain

  • Azerbaijan-Iran relations set for historic rapprochement amid calls for defence co-operation, reducing maritime war risks

    EVENT On 20-21 April 2015, the Iranian defence minister Hossein Dehghan travelled to Azerbaijan on an official visit, which included meetings with his counterpart Zakir Hasanov, President Ilham Aliyev, and Minister of Defence Industry Yaver Jamalov. This was Dehghan's reciprocal visit as Hasanov

  • BAE Systems mulls divestment of some US businesses

    BAE Systems is considering the future of the manpower and services business of its Intelligence and Security unit in the United States. The UK-headquartered group said in a statement on 24 April, "The US-based manpower and services businesses of the Group's US Intelligence and Security

  • Chile takes delivery of first of two stop-gap C-130s

    The Chilean Air Force (FACh) took delivery of a Lockheed Martin KC-130R Hercules in mid-April, as confirmed by social media images available since 20 April. The KC-130R is a former USMC aircraft offered by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency as an Excess Defense Article (EDA) in September