• Paramount Combat Systems seeks business rescue

    A division of South Africa’s Paramount Group has voluntarily entered into business rescue, it has been revealed. A statement provided to Jane’s on 19 February said that the company had made the decision, which affected part of the company’s South African armoured vehicle

  • T-90 MBTs delivered to Iraq

    Images published online on 15 February appear to show the first deliveries of Russian-manufactured T-90 main battle tanks (MBTs) to Iraq. Photographs published on Twitter show three T-90s on transporters leaving the southern port of Umm Qasr en route to Baghdad. The tanks were previously filmed

  • Ukraine seeks improved artillery capabilities

    Ukraine has “long term” plans to adopt the NATO 155 mm/52 calibre standard for its conventional tube artillery forces, a senior official has revealed. Speaking at the IQPC Future Indirect Fires Eastern Europe conference in Bucharest, Romania, Major General Andrii Koliennikov, deputy

  • US AFRICOM donates patrol craft to Senegal

    US Africa Command (AFRICOM) handed over two Metal Shark 38 Defiant patrol craft to the Senegalese Navy in Dakar on 8 February. The two craft were funded by AFRICOM’s Counternarcotic and Transnational Threats Programs Division and are to be used by Senegal to patrol its Exclusive Economic Zone

  • Cross-strait military build-up heightens war-risk and increases likelihood of discrimination against Taiwan and US companies in China

    Key Points Taiwan’s relations with China have deteriorated significantly since President Tsai Ing-wen assumed office, as indicated by an increase in hostile rhetoric and Chinese military activities near Taiwan’s airspace, including increased frequency and scale of Chinese military

  • Disrupted attack indicative of restrictive security environment, reducing likelihood of successful assault causing property damage in Kenya

    Event Kenyan armed police on 15 February arrested two suspected Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabaab) militants and shot and killed another during a security operation in Merti, Isiolo county. Police seized five AK-series automatic rifles and 36 hand grenades, as well as high-impact

  • HAL engages with local firms over Dhruv production

    India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has approached domestic private-sector companies to build under licence the civilian version of its Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH). HAL said on 16 February that it has invited expressions of interest (EOI) from local firms with a view to

  • Lockheed Martin opens new Australia facility

    Lockheed Martin officially opened its new Australian headquarters on 19 February in an effort to drive further expansion in the country. The corporation said the facility, in which Lockheed Martin invested AUD12 million (USD9.5 million), will be its centre for in-country corporate and business

  • Pentagon Budget 2019: Congressional opposition mounts to USAF’s JSTARS recap cancellation

    Key Points Capitol Hill opposition to the USAF’s JSTARS recapitalisation cancellation is growing Lawmakers have stopped the service from divesting platforms, such as the A-10, in the past Influential lawmakers are opposing the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) plan to cancel the Joint

  • Philippines launches hearing into CMS procurement

    The Philippines Senate started a public inquiry on 19 February into the government’s acquisition of the combat management system (CMS) to be integrated onto two frigates on order from South Korean shipyard Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI). The hearing follows a series of claims made by the

  • 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 –

  • 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.

  • 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