• Lockheed Martin delays F-35 Block 3F software final certification to February

    Key Points Lockheed Martin expects to complete F-35 Block 3F final certification in February This is later than a previously estimated goal of the end of 2017 A Lockheed Martin executive expects the company to complete final certification for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Block

  • Magellan Aerospace invests in new Indian facility

    Magellan Aerospace has started construction of a new facility in India, the Canadian company has announced. In a statement on 15 November, Magellan said the facility – located on seven acres in the Hi-tech, Defence, and Aerospace Park near the Bangalore International Airport – will be

  • Navantia lays keel for first RAN replenishment vessel

    Spanish shipbuilder Navantia held a keel-laying ceremony for the first of two auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) vessels ordered by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) at its Ferrol yard on 17 November. According to Navantia the launch of the first oiler is planned for the third quarter of 2018, with

  • Security forces kill two would-be Islamic State militants in Iraq's Kirkuk

    In al-Zab, Kirkuk province, the Iraqi Security Forces killed two Islamic State would-be suicide bombers who targeted them.

  • Spain considers relocating Canary Islands naval base

    Spain is to look at moving its naval base on the Canary Island of Gran Canaria, defence minister María Dolores de Cospedal announced on 15 November. However, while she promised a commission to study possible new locations would be set up between the Ministry of Defence and local authorities by

  • Suspected Wilayat Gharb Afriqiyya militants kill 14 people in Nigeria's Borno

    FOURTEEN people were killed and 29 others were wounded when two male and two female suicide bombers detonated their explosives targeting Muna Gari community near Maiduguri in Nigeria's Borno state on 15 November, This Day reported. The first suicide bomber detonated their explosives at a prayer

  • Turkey withdraws troops from NATO exercise

    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on 17 November that Turkey has withdrawn 40 Turkish troops from a NATO military drill in Norway in which he and Turkey’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, were listed in an “enemy chart”. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg apologised for

  • USAF mulling better defended satellites

    US Air Force (USAF) Space Command (AFSPC) hopes to better defend its space assets that peer adversaries may target, and expects to try defending a potentially forthcoming missile warning satellite. Major General David Thompson, special assistant to the AFSPC commander, said adversaries may use

  • Brazil’s GESPI finalises new 70 mm air-launched rocket

    Brazil’s GESPI Defense Systems has finalised development of its self-funded 70 mm/2.75 inch calibre Strike-70 unguided air-to-surface rocket. The certification phase of the Strike-70 was completed on 31 October with an undisclosed number of firings conducted from a ground-based LAU-68/A

  • DARPA’s XAI seeks explanations from autonomous systems

    Through its Explainable Artificial Intelligence (XAI) programme, the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is working on technologies to enable autonomous systems to better explain their actions. In situations where autonomous systems provide analysts with information about

  • Dubai Airshow 2017: Textron showcases unmanned aircraft in drive for regional sales

    Textron Systems showcased two unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) at the Dubai Airshow, as it looks to secure sales in the Gulf region in general and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in particular. The Aerosonde Small UAS (SUAS) and Nightwarden tactical UAS (TUAS) were both displayed at the event that

  • IAF leverages VR for maintenance training

    The Israeli Air Force (IAF) is using virtual reality (VR) headsets and 3D models to provide maintenance training for technicians and engineers. The training systems have been developed by the IAF’s Educational Research and Development Section, located at the IAF’s Technological Air

  • Mattis: Cyber, space, and USN fleet emerge as key focus areas for FY 2019

    Cyber concerns, space, and the US Navy (USN) fleet loom large as Pentagon planners are working on a fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) budget that is expected to include a longer-term plan for growing the US military, according to Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis. “We’re looking at what changes

  • Mattis: Security progress in Afghanistan to be quantitatively and qualitatively measured

    The US, Afghan, and coalition partner governments will constantly measure and report – quantitatively and qualitatively – on conditions in Afghanistan, as the military campaign there will no longer use timelines. The US and Afghan governments reached an agreement outlining over 100

  • Northrop Grumman takes aim at GPS countermeasures with ASAF

    Northrop Grumman has demonstrated a software capability that fuses data from multiple sensors, enabling aircraft to operate safely in a GPS-denied environment. The tests, conducted earlier in 2017 for the US Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL),

  • Russian official says MENA country has Iskander-E missiles

    Russia has delivered Iskander-E ballistic missile systems to a country in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, an official from Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation told the RIA Novosti news agency during the Dubai Airshow held from 12 to16 November. The

  • UAE base in Somaliland under construction

    Construction of a United Arab Emirates naval base in the separatist region of Somaliland has begun, according to a UN report released on 8 November. It was announced in February that Somaliland’s parliament had approved the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) request to establish a military

  • Chile eyes helicopters, landing craft to augment amphibious assault capabilities

    The Chilean Navy has launched two tenders, one for four second-hand medium transport helicopters and another for an unspecified number of landing craft vessels, local military sources have told Jane’s . The helicopters, expected to be Eurocopter AS332L2 Super Puma Mk IIs, would fulfil a

  • Germany records swift rise in defence exports to the Middle East

    The German government has been criticised for increasing the value of its defence exports to Saudi Arabia and Egypt, which according to a political opposition is contributing to the conflict in Yemen that is considered to include too many attacks on civilians. Politician Stefan Liebich revealed

  • House Armed Services Committee member warns of budget caps

    Following the release of the US government’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference report in early November, House Armed Services Committee (HASC) Democrats have warned that budget caps need to be lifted in order for programmes to be properly funded in line with the requirements