• Navantia Australia proposes IPMS centre of excellence

    Navantia Australia, which is bidding to win an AUD35 billion (USD26 billion) programme to build next-generation frigates for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), has proposed the establishment of a new facility to support the development of naval vessel control systems. Navantia Australia said on 21

  • QuEST outlines aerospace expansion plans

    Key Points Singapore-headquartered QuEST looks to leverage an expansive geographic profile Company also puts a premium on applying new technologies in manufacturing Aerospace group QuEST Global is positioning itself for expansion by investing in new technologies, building its geographic

  • RAF assumes control for UK’s military space activities

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has been given responsibility for the country’s military space activities as part of a wider Defence Space Strategy to be revealed in the coming weeks. The RAF’s Air Command has taken on responsibility for command and control (C2) of all UK military space

  • Russia to modernise some Kh-22 air-to-surface missiles

    Russia plans to modernise some retired Kh-22 (AS-4 ‘Kitchen’) air-to-surface missiles and return them to operational status, according to a 15 May report in Izvestia . Ministry of Defence sources told the newspaper a total of 32 missiles will be refurbished under a three-year contract

  • Violent risks intelligence bulletin – 21 May 2018

    Americas Chile – 20 May 2018: The students’ confederation, Confech, confirmed that it would carry out a national protest action against the government’s education policies on 1 June. Past protests have drawn tens of thousands of participants. Mexico – 20 May 2018: In

  • Australia selects Spike LR2

    Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has been selected by the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) to supply its Spike LR2 anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) for the Australian Army. Australia becomes the second export customer for Spike LR2, after Latvia ordered an undisclosed quantity earlier this

  • Konstrukta Defence unveils new 8×8 Eva self-propelled gun system

    Slovakia’s Joint-Stock Company Konstrukta Defence has showcased the new 8×8 variant of its Eva 155/52 mm calibre self-propelled gun-howitzer, which is also known by its export designation of Truck Mounted Gun (TMG). The latest 8×8 TMG – which is jointly developed by Konstrukta

  • Philippine lawmaker denounces presence of H-6K bomber on disputed South China Sea island

    A Philippine lawmaker has publicly condemned the reported landing of a People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) H-6K strategic bomber on a South China Sea island. On 18 May, the official Twitter account of state-owned People’s Daily of China posted a video of what appears to be touch-and-go

  • US strengthens capacity building efforts across Asia Pacific with expeditionary fast transport ships

    Key Points The US Navy has expanded on the scope and involvement of its Spearhead-class fast transport ships in a series of humanitarian and capacity building missions Vessel type is proving out to be an instrumental component of the service’s effort to strengthen relationships with partners

  • Mercury Systems develops new SSDs for defence applications

    Mercury Systems has developed a new generation of ball grid array (BGA)-based solid state drives (SSDs) that have a 10-fold increase in performance as well as improved security over its earlier secure SSD products. The TRRUST-Stor secure SSD is optimised for embedded computing applications in

  • Hizbullah leader plays down Israeli strikes

    Key Points Nasrallah claimed Israel suffered heavy damage in a 9 May rocket attack Satellite imagery indicates the Israeli reprisals hit at least four targets in Syria, including two previously identified as Iranian bases Hassan Nasrallah, the secretary general of the Iranian-backed Lebanese

  • Pentagon denies cutbacks in exercise with South Korea

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) is denying media reports that it is cutting back its joint annual ‘Max Thunder’ exercise with South Korea in response to North Korean cancellations of talks with its southern neighbour over concerns about the drills. North Korea abruptly cancelled the

  • Rostec reports rising Russian defence exports

    Russia’s military exports reached an annual value of USD13.4 billion in 2017, according to comments Rostec Corporation CEO Sergei Chemezov made to state news agency TASS on 17 May. The figure represents a rise of 2.3% compared with 2016. Chemezov also reported that Rostec’s total

  • Russia disputes OPCW’s Syrian chlorine attack assessment

    The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’ (OPCW's) confirmation that chorine was likely used in an attack in Syria on 4 February is “a source of deep confusion”, according to a statement released by the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD). The 15 May report by the

  • TWL launches fuel barge for Indian Navy

    Kolkata-based Titagarh Wagons Limited (TWL) has launched the first of two barges on order for the Indian Navy (IN) capable of carrying 1,000 tons of fuel. In an 18 May statement, the IN said that the 68-m long vessel, which has an overall maximum displacement of 2,000 tons, entered the water on 17

  • US Air Force seeks ‘smart’ commonality with navy, army hypersonic weapon efforts

    Key Points The USAF seeks commonality with other US military services on hypersonics It could allow the service to find better technology at lower costs The US Air Force (USAF) is seeking “smart commonality” with the US Army and US Navy (USN) on its hypersonic weapon efforts as the

  • BAE Systems and Dell EMC develop a scalable and secure cloud solution

    BAE Systems and Dell EMC have partnered to create a federated secure cloud that is flexible enough to power agency-level IT modernisation or support smaller, forward-operating units. The BAE Systems, Dell EMC solution arrives mission-ready and pre-engineered embedded with customisable Dell EMC and

  • Japan deploys second F-35A to Misawa Air Base

    The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) has deployed a second F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter to Misawa Air Base in northern Japan. The fifth-generation fighter, which arrived at Misawa on 15 May, was the third aircraft to undergo Final Assembly and Check Out (FACO) at Mitsubishi Heavy

  • RAF starts talks on E-3D AWACS replacement

    Key Points The RAF has begun to consider replacing its E-3D AWACS aircraft It is becoming increasingly costly to maintain the E-3Ds, meaning that replacing rather than upgrading them might be the most cost-effective option Senior UK Royal Air Force (RAF) officers and procurement officials have

  • Boeing cleared to begin preparatory work on Apache multiyear contract

    Boeing has been authorised to begin preparatory work on a USD3.4 billion multiyear contract to supply newbuild and remanufactured AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters to the US Army and Saudi Arabia, a company official told Jane’s on 17 May. The authorisation to begin work on lots 7-11