• KADEX 2018: Orlan-10E makes international debut

    The Orlan-10E (E for export) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by Russian industry has made its international debut at the KADEX 2018 defence show in Astana, Kazakhstan. The Orlan-10 system comprises two to four UAVs and a catapult launcher. Each vehicle has a maximum take-off weight of 18

  • Philippines to receive Cobra helos from Jordan

    The Philippines is to receive two Bell AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters donated from Jordan, national media reported on 22 May. The procurement was announced by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, but no further details were provided. Jordan currently fields 27 AH-1E/F Cobra helicopters, including

  • Provincial leadership battles and changing approach on land redistribution make early South African general election unlikely

    Key Points The South African government is now moving towards a programme of major land redistribution under existing regulations, which will need time to show its effectiveness The ANC is struggling to resolve leadership battles in key provinces, as allies of former president Jacob Zuma resist

  • Royal Navy receives first Commando Merlin

    The UK Royal Navy (RN) has received into service the first AgustaWestland AW101 helicopter to be upgraded to the Commando Merlin HC4/4A standard. The milestone, which was marked on 24 May by a visit to the RN’s Commando Helicopter Force (CHF) at Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton by the

  • Sea Ceptor enters UK Royal Navy service

    The GWS 35 Sea Ceptor local area anti-air missile has been declared operational with the Royal Navy (RN), UK secretary of state for defence Gavin Williamson has announced. Developed and manufactured by MBDA under the umbrella of the company’s Portfolio Management Agreement with the Ministry

  • Two Israeli fast patrol boats arrive in Argentina

    Two Israeli-built Shaldag MK II fast patrol boats (FPBs) were delivered to the Prefectura Naval Argentina (Argentine Coast Guard) on 19 May: the first of four ordered platforms. The two other FPBs are scheduled to be delivered in mid-November to complete the order. Manufactured by Israel

  • UK and US launch artificial intelligence laboratory

    The UK and US have launched a new artificial intelligence (AI) hub to develop disruptive technologies for defence and security applications. Launched during the inaugural US-UK Defence Innovation Board meeting on 21 May, UK defence secretary Gavin Williamson and members of the US division of the

  • Zetor unveils 4×4 Gerlach MRAP

    Zetor Engineering, a division of Czech agricultural machinery maker Zetor Tractors, has revealed a prototype of its new 4×4 Gerlach mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicle at the IDEB 2018 exhibition in Bratislava According to the company, the baseline Gerlach has a gross vehicle weight

  • GAO rules against Sikorsky in UH-1N replacement predecisional bid protest

    Key Points GAO rules against Sikorsky in its UH-1N replacement predecisional bid protest This paves the way for the USAF to award a long-awaited UH-1N replacement contract The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) on 22 May denied in part and dismissed in part Sikorsky’s predecisional

  • Indonesia appoints new navy chief amid fleet re-organisation

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy is now being led by a new chief Appointment comes amid the most significant fleet re-organisation exercise in decades The Indonesian Navy (Tentera Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) is now being led by a new chief of naval staff, who has been appointed amid

  • China building pier at Djibouti base

    China has begun to rapidly construct a pier at its military base in Djibouti, confirming earlier reports that it would build a dock at the facility. Satellite imagery shows construction began sometime after 30 April and extended more than 330 m into the sea by 20 May. It is being constructed by

  • European MALE UAV flies under satellite control for first time

    Leonardo and its partner Thales have conducted the first satellite-controlled flight of a European medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE)-class unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The milestone, announced on 23 May, involved an unmanned Piaggio Aero P.1HH Hammerhead aircraft demonstrate the ability to be

  • Pentagon mulls PACOM name change

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) has acknowledged it is considering changing the longstanding name of Pacific Command (PACOM) to something along the lines of it being called the Indo-Pacific Command. The move would align the command’s name more with the National Defense Strategy, released

  • Saab secures FMS deal to supply Sea Giraffe AMB radar to Philippines

    Saab Defense and Security USA has been contracted by the US Naval Sea Systems Command to supply two Sea Giraffe AMB G-band shipborne radar systems for a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) case between the US government and the Philippines. Sea Giraffe AMB – designated as AN/SPS-77(V) by the US Navy

  • Slovakia procures domestically produced Zuzana 2 155 mm SPHs

    The Slovak government on 23 May approved a Ministry of Defence (MoD) request for a EUR175 million (USD206 million) procurement of 25 ShKH Zuzana 2 155 mm self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) for the Slovak armed forces. The MoD will award the contract to Slovak defence company Konstrukta-Defence, with

  • Spanish defence budget presented to parliament

    Spanish Defence Minister María Dolores de Cospedal presented the country’s 2018 defence budget to parliament on 22 May. Defence spending will rise by 6.38% to EUR9.25 billion (USD10.9 billion). This includes money allocated for overseas missions and paying off outstanding debts, while

  • UK parliamentarian proposes putting retired Type 23 frigates in ASW reserve

    A UK member of parliament, Mark Francois, has proposed that the Royal Navy’s Type 23 anti-submarine warfare (ASW) frigates be placed in a war reserve when they are retired, instead of being sold or scrapped. The proposal was made to Secretary of Defence Gavin Williamson during a 22 May

  • Upgrades alone will not preserve technological edge, says USSOCOM chief

    The head of the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) has warned that upgrades to legacy technologies currently in service with US special operations forces (SOF) will not be enough to maintain the tactical advantage over adversaries in future operations. Addressing delegates at the annual SOF

  • Airbus drops arbitration with Poland

    Key Points Following a recent Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) case precedent, Airbus has dropped its arbitration with Poland over the failed 2015 H225M deal While the company will continue to appeal the decision, the CJEU case creates problems for the arbitration process Airbus has

  • India accuses Pakistan of 881 ceasefire violations across LoC since January

    The fragile peace between nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan is under increased strain as the armies of the neighbouring countries continue to exchange artillery, missile, mortar, and small arms fire almost daily across their disputed border in northern region of Kashmir. India recently