• General Dynamics raises CSRA offer

    General Dynamics responded to CACI International’s competing bid for defence and government sector IT company CSRA on 20 March, increasing its offer to USD41.25 per share, bringing the value of the transaction to USD9.7 billion. General Dynamics had originally announced its proposed merger

  • HAL share offer marginally undersubscribed

    The initial public offering (IPO) of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) was marginally undersubscribed when the offer closed on the National Stock Exchange of India (NSE) on 20 March. NSE statistics show that 98.57% of the on-offer 34.1 million shares in state-owned HAL were subscribed to by

  • IAF Hawk Mk 132 crashes during training mission

    An Indian Air Force (IAF) BAE Systems Hawk Mk 132 advanced jet trainer crashed on 20 March during a routine training mission over the eastern Indian state of West Bengal. The pilot ejected safely from the aircraft shortly before it came down around 1220 h (local time), said the Indian

  • IED attack kills three people in Afghanistan's Nangarhar

    THREE people were killed and eight others were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced on a motorcycle by unidentified militants, detonated in the city of Jalalabad in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province on 19 March shortly after a rally for former Hizb-i-Islami - Gulbuddin (HIG)

  • Iran to prioritise strategic contracts with Russian and Chinese firms, now reimposition of US sanctions is more likely

    Event On 15 March, an Iranian private company, Dana Energy, and Russia’s state-owned Zarubezhneft signed a USD742 million, 10-year agreement to jointly redevelop Iran’s Aban and West Paydar fields in Ilam province. This is Iran’s first upstream contract with a Russian company

  • Kratos, Orbital ATK, reaffirm Oriole rocket motor exclusive rights deal

    Kratos Defense & Security Solutions’ Space and Missile Defense Systems business unit has reaffirmed and re-stated a longstanding agreement with Orbital ATK’s Missile Products Division that gives Kratos exclusive rights to sell Oriole Solid Propellant Rocket Motors (SPRMs) for

  • Pentagon’s increased concern over Russia, China pushing investments in directed energy weapons

    The US Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) growing concern with great power competition – specifically with China and Russia – is spurring renewed interest and investments in directed energy weapons, according to Michael Griffin, the first undersecretary of defence for research

  • Peruvian shipyard to build riverine cargo vessels

    Peru’s state-run Servicios Industriales de la Marina (SIMA) shipyard will construct six riverine cargo vessels (motochata fluvial multipropósito) for the Peruvian Army’s V Division. The order includes three 100-tonne vessels, two 200-tonne vessels, and one platform that can

  • Philippine Navy commissions second donated TC-90 aircraft

    Key Points The Philippine Navy has inducted a second TC-90 aircraft it received from Japan Airframe will improve the service’s aerial maritime surveillance capabilities The Philippine Navy has commissioned another Beechcraft TC-90 King Air aircraft from Japan. The aircraft, which was

  • Red Arrows crash, one killed

    A BAE Systems Hawk jet trainer from the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Red Arrows aerobatic team crashed on 20 March, killing one of the two crew members. The aircraft came down over RAF Valley on the island of Anglesey in North Wales. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed that, while the pilot ejected

  • Russia adjusts defence spending upward

    Russian defence expenditure has been increased to RUB2.95 trillion (USD51.35 billion) for 2018, budgetary documentation released by the Russian government has confirmed. The new total represents an 8% increase over the total initially planned for 2018. Budget execution data released by the Russian

  • Singapore denies Leopard 2A7 acquisition, but questions remain over anomalies

    Singapore’s Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) has refuted speculation that the country has acquired the A7 variant of the German-built Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) Leopard 2 main battle tank (MBT) that stemmed from a recent entry in the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s

  • Spanish Air Force reports personnel shortage

    Spain is facing a major shortage of air force personnel, especially pilots, Air Force Chief General Javier Salto has warned. Some 5,000 personnel are needed in the short term to cover current missions and new challenges such as cyber defence and space monitoring, he told a press briefing in Madrid

  • UGZ shows first production BMPT

    Russian manufacturer Uralvagonzavod (UGZ) has released a video of the first production model of the BMPT (Terminator) fire support vehicle. The footage shows a BMPT, which is based on the T-90A chassis, on the factory floor and driving on a snowy test track. UGZ deputy head of special equipment

  • USN sees room for sub-building capacity increase

    If more funding is approved, the US Navy (USN) can likely increase the submarine-building capacity in private shipyards to bolster the subsurface force, James Geurts, assistant secretary of the navy for research, development, and acquisition, has said. Currently, General Dynamics’ Electric

  • Vessel readiness checks cut into USN ship operations in Western Pacific

    The new US Navy (USN) focus on surface-ship safety and readiness in the Western Pacific is creating a better-prepared – but less available – fleet of ships, Vice Admiral Andrew Lewis, deputy chief of naval operations for operations, plans, and strategy, said. The more-vigorous ship

  • Xianglong UAVs spotted on China’s Hainan Island

    China continues to boost its aerial surveillance capabilities on its southern island of Hainan: a strategic location for military operations in the South China Sea. Commercial satellite imagery captured in February 2018 shows that two Guizhou Aviation Industry Group (GAIG) Xianglong ('Soaring

  • US denies military base planned for Ghana

    The United States is not planning to establish a military base in Ghana, its embassy in Accra said on 20 March in response to local media reports that the country’s government submitted a basing agreement to parliament for its approval earlier that day. The US embassy said the status of

  • JMSDF commissions new submarine rescue ship

    The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) commissioned the replacement submarine rescue ship JS Chiyoda in a ceremony held on 20 March in Okayama Prefecture in western Japan. The 128 m (420 ft)-long ship (with pennant number ASR 404) was inducted into the JMSDF's Submarine Flotilla 2, based in

  • Only peacekeepers and more weapons for Kiev will secure Donbass, say officials

    The stalled Minsk II ceasefire agreement for eastern Ukraine and attempts to pry away Russia’s illegal control of the territory cannot be effected without a legitimate peacekeeping force in the region and new deliveries of weapons to Kiev to protect its sovereignty, according to Ukrainian