• Nigerian Air Force to develop armed UAV

    The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) plans to indigenously develop an armed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), Chief of the Air Staff Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar announced during a 15 February ceremony held to mark the induction into service of the Tsaigumi UAV. The Tsaigumi is “just a stepping stone to

  • Romanian government approves purchase of HIMARS, corvettes

    Romania’s commitment to raise its defence budget to the NATO-stipulated target of 2% of GDP has led to the new Romanian government approving on 15 February the procurement of a number of previously requested US-sourced land systems – notably artillery rocket systems – as well as

  • Russia set to finalise TOR-M2DT SHORAD testing

    Russia is set to begin final qualification of the TOR-M2DT (9K331MDT) Arctic short-range air defence (SHORAD) system. Initial test firings of the TOR-M2DT were planned for 15 February at Kapustin Yar test site in Astrakhan Oblast, with the system scheduled to enter serial production and Russian

  • Saab reports strong 2017 figures

    Saab has reported higher sales across all business units and a double digit rise in order bookings in 2017 on the back of what it described as “strong” interest in its products. The Swedish defence and security group reported sales of SEK31.4 billion (USD3.95 billion) for the year; 10%

  • Top US marine wants more submarines

    US Marine Corps Commandant General Robert Neller has said he wants a stronger undersea force to ensure marine access to the shore. “I want more submarines,” Gen Neller said on 15 February during a speech at the Amphibious Warship Congressional Forum, sponsored by the Amphibious Warship

  • USAF steps up Afghan campaign in January

    The US Air Force (USAF) released more weapons over Afghanistan last month than in any other January since 2011, according to US Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT). Recently released data show that USAF aircraft released a total of 321 weapons in January 2018 as part of Operation

  • Amphibious ships need new C2 suites to pace aircraft, USMC commandant says

    With the increasing use of MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft and the advent of F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter deployments on US Navy (USN) large-deck amphibious assault ships, the US Marine Corps (USMC) sees a need for more advanced communications networks on the vessels. “We’re

  • Argentina to buy more RBS 70 launchers and missiles

    The Argentine government has approved a purchase of 18 RBS 70NG anti-aircraft missile launchers, three simulators, and an undisclosed number of missiles, an Argentine Air Force source told Jane’s . The purchase, as well as some restorations for other anti-aircraft weapons – 25 mm and 30

  • Arlington Capital buys Integrity Applications

    US private equity fund Arlington Capital Partners has announced the acquisition of US intelligence and defence consultancy organisation Integrity Applications Inc. Terms of the transaction – announced on 16 February – were not disclosed. Arlington said that the company would be

  • Boeing aims high in Asia Pacific and Middle East

    Boeing has revealed a major expansion in international defence sales over the past decade, with increasing emphasis on emerging markets in the Asia-Pacific region and Middle East. In comments to Jane’s at the recent Singapore Airshow, Gene Cunningham, vice-president of Boeing Defense, Space

  • Brazilian Army to upgrade last M113Bs

    The Brazilian Army has authorised its commission in Washington, DC, to amend a previous Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) in order to now modernise the service’s entire fleet of M113B armoured carriers. Modernisation kits, provided by BAE Systems, for the last 150 vehicles will be ordered

  • IED attack wounds two civilians in Iraq's Baghdad

    TWO civilians were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated near street markets in the al-Maamel area of Iraq's capital Baghdad on 14 February, Iraqi News reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • JetLease, Arista Aviation join for UH-60A rebuild and sale

    JetLease and Arista Aviation have revealed that they have combined to provide ex-US Army Sikorsky UH-60A Black Hawk helicopters to the second-hand market. While the initial agreement was signed about two years ago, the companies have only just revealed details of the arrangement, which involves

  • Kalashnikov moves further into private hands

    Russian small-arms, boat-building, and unmanned aerial systems group Kalashnikov has become a majority privately owned company after Moscow agreed to the sale of an additional 26% stake to a private consortium. Russian state industrial holding group Rostec announced on 15 February that it now held

  • Pentagon budget 2019: US Army to ‘pure fleet’ Javelin Block I capability

    The US Army has requested USD161.4 million in fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) to convert 969 Javelin Block 0 Command Launch Units (CLUs) to the newer Block 1 configuration. The CLU upgrades will be for Javelin systems deployed with armoured brigade combat teams (ABCTs) – these are the only

  • PwC sells US public sector business

    Veritas Capital has announced the purchase of the US public sector business of corporate consultancy group PricewaterhouseCoopers. Terms of the transaction – announced on 14 February – were not disclosed. The deal will see 1,500 employees transfer from PwC. The division provides

  • Saab notes AEW&C sales successes in 2017

    Saab secured SEK3.35 billion (USD420 million) in sales for its airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) systems in 2017, the company disclosed during its annual results briefing on 16 February. The figure was secured across two separate sales announced in January and May of last year, valued

  • Saudi and Houthi willingness to start peace talks reflects both sides’ need to end war in Yemen

    Key Points The outgoing United Nations special envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, announced on 9 February that Oman had agreed to host a new round of peace talks, following a meeting with Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi. While Saudi Arabia has been trying to find an exit strategy to

  • Sweden to reintroduce ASW 600 anti-submarine grenade launcher

    The Royal Swedish Navy (RSwN) is to return the ASW 600 Elma anti-submarine grenade launching system to frontline service as part of efforts to bolster its anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities. According to Sweden’s Defence Materiel Administration (FMV), the ASW-600 Elma systems –

  • Turkey deploys upgraded M60Ts to Afrin

    Turkey has deployed upgraded M60T main battle tanks (MBTs) for its Operation ‘Olive Branch’ against Kurdish fighters in the Afrin region of northwest Syria. Images taken on the Turkish side of the border near Afrin in mid-February show a number of M60Ts equipped with laser warning