• Suspected PKK IED attack wounds 18 people in Turkey's Mersin

    SEVENTEEN police officers and a civilian were wounded in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack targeting a bus carrying police officers in the Yenisehir municipality in Turkey's Mersin province on 17 October, Reuters reported. Although there was no immediate claim of responsibility for the

  • Taiwan reaches out to US defence industry

    Key Points Taiwan’s deputy defence minister says United States is its “priority choice” for defence industrial partnerships Major new programmes in Taiwan will require US technologies but co-operation faces several challenges Taiwan has reached out to the United States to

  • UK Single Source Regulations Office chief resigns

    The head of the UK single source contracts watchdog has resigned in a surprise move that has seen the organisation lose three senior leaders in 18 months. In a brief statement issued on 16 October, the UK’s Single Source Regulations Office (SSRO) announced that its chief executive, Marcine

  • US Coast Guard donates cutters to Costa Rica

    The US Coast Guard (USCG) donated two vessels to the Costa Rican Coast Guard (Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas) on 13 October as part of the Office of International Acquisition’s Excess Defense Articles programme. The two patrol boats, Long Island and Roanoke Island , are 110-ft Island-class

  • US offers EMALS technology to India for IN's proposed second indigenous carrier

    The United States has approved the transfer of the technology behind the General Atomics Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) to the Indian Navy (IN) for the latter’s proposed second indigenous aircraft carrier, said senior officials in Washington and New Delhi. Speaking at the

  • US, South Korean naval forces conduct drills off the Korean Peninsula

    Amid growing tensions between the Washington and Pyongyang, the US and South Korean navies started two sets of scheduled drills this week off the Korean Peninsula. Vessels from the US Navy (USN) and the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy started the Maritime Counter Special Operations exercise (MCSOFEX),

  • USN changes LCS crew makeup and looks to cut contractor force

    In the wake of recalibrating the basic crew makeup and size for its Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs), the US Navy (USN) is looking to decrease the number of civilian contractors the programme relies on to sustain LCS maintenance and operations, Captain Tom Workman, the LCS implementation team leader,

  • USN cruiser deploys to increase BMD presence in the Gulf

    Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) departed Naval Station Norfolk on 16 October for a “surge” deployment to the US 5th Fleet and US 6th Fleet areas of operation to help shore up missile defences there, US Navy (USN) officials said. Most recently a part of the

  • USN plans future longer, integrated deployments for LCS

    The next littoral combat ship (LCS) deployments will closely resemble those already made in the Western Pacific by USS Freedom (LCS 1) and USS Coronado (LCS 4), but the US Navy is looking to lengthen the ships’ tours and to integrate them better with other warship groups, Captain Tom Workman,

  • USN selects Harris’s newest WBHF radio for SATCOM backup

    Harris Corporation has developed a new high-frequency (HF) radio that is partially intended to mitigate against a loss in satellite communications (SATCOM). According to Harris, “The AN/PRC-160 is the only standalone solution beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS) communications in absence of SATCOM,

  • Xi’s declared goals for PLA herald a ‘decade of concern’

    At the 18 October opening of 19th Party Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), the Chinese president and CPC general secretary, Xi Jinping, stated that the nation will transform the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) into a state-of-the-art, world-class military by the middle of this

  • ADEX 2017: Cobham gains more work on KF-X programme

    Cobham announced on 17 October that it had been awarded a contract from South Korea’s Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) for the design and supply of a conformal antenna suite for the KAI Korean Fighter – Experimental (KF-X) programme. According to Cobham, the conformal antenna suite

  • ASC looks to secure exports to sustain capability

    Australian shipbuilder ASC is increasing engagement with foreign counterparts to secure exports and sustain operational capability, company chairman Bruce Carter has revealed. Carter said during a recent Senate economic committee that the state-owned firm could be forced to cut more than half its

  • Davie launches Resolve-class naval support ship

    Canada’s Davie Shipbuilding launched its Resolve-class auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) conversion from the company’s yard in Quebec City on 15 October. The vessel represents the largest-ever naval vessel to be launched from a Canadian shipyard and will serve as an interim supply

  • Egyptian corvette, sub arrive in Alexandria

    The Egyptian Navy’s first Gowind-class corvette Elfateh (971) and second Type 209/1400 submarine S 42 (864) have arrived at the main naval base in Alexandria for the first time, the Egyptian Ministry of Defence announced on 18 October. The second of four submarines ordered by Egypt, S 42 was

  • France increases spending on equipment, cyber defence

    France's 2018 defence budget includes increases in funding of new equipment, cyber defence, and research and development (R&D), a member of the National Assembly has said. Speaking during technology demonstrations at Nexter in Versailles, part of his election district, on 17 October, Didier

  • Norway increases defence spending, reinforces northern forces

    Norwegian Defence Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide announced on 12 October an increase of NOK3 billion (USD378 million) in defence spending and a major reorganisation of forces in the far north of the country. She said it was essential and in the interests of all Arctic states to maintain

  • UK moves to change M&A rules

    Key Points Proposed new regulations to enable increased government intervention on national security grounds in acquisition by foreign companies The move comes as European concerns about foreign ownership in sensitive technologies increase The UK government announced on 17 October that it plans

  • US House, Senate set to reconcile FY 2018 defence policy legislation

    The US Senate has agreed to begin 'conference' negotiations with members of the House to reconcile their versions of the fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) defence policy bill. Senators voted on 17 October to begin the talks and appointed all members of the Armed Services Committee as conferees. The House

  • USN awards Harris USD765 million for radios

    Key Points The five-year IDIQ contract is for the AN/PRC-117G, PRC-152A, and PRC-160 Quantities will be based on US Navy and US Marine Corps requirements Harris has received a five-year, USD765 million ceiling, single-award indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract from the US Navy