• Trump nominates US AFSPC’s Thompson for A11 position

    Key Points Trump nominates AFSPC’s Thompson for key A11 position He will lead the effort to better integrate space requirements into the air staff US President Donald Trump on 17 October nominated Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) Vice Commander Major General David Thompson to serve as the

  • Volvo abandons defence divestment

    Volvo Group announced on 17 October that it had discontinued plans to divest the company’s Government Sales business unit. “Our Governmental Sales operation has a positive development and a strong order book,” Jan Gurander, Deputy CEO and CFO at Volvo Group said. “We have

  • ADEX 2017: UVision signs MOA for HERO 30 marketing, supply

    Israeli unmanned systems manufacturer UVision announced on 18 October that it had signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with South Korea’s FIRSTEC. The MOA will see FIRSTEC market and supply the HERO 30 system in South Korea and follows a memorandum of understanding signed in September 2016,

  • Four JASDF personnel missing following UH-60J helo crash off coast of Shizuoka Prefecture

    Four Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) personnel are missing, presumed dead, after their UH-60J search-and-rescue helicopter crashed off the coast of Japan's Shizuoka Prefecture on 17 October. The UH-60J vanished from radar screens some 30 km south of the JASDF’s Hamamatsu Air Base at

  • General Dynamics enhances WIN-T with Next Gen PoP

    General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) has completed work to incorporate its Next Generation Point of Presence (Next Gen PoP) enhancement to the Warfighter Information Net-Tactical (WIN-T) Increment 2 (Inc 2). The Next Gen PoP effort was first announced in 2016 and significantly reduces the size,

  • Syrian SAM engages Israeli aircraft over Lebanon

    A Syrian surface-to-air missile (SAM) system engaged Israeli aircraft in Lebanese airspace on 16 October, according to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). “Earlier today, an anti-aircraft missile was launched from Syria towards IDF aircraft during a routine flight over Lebanon. No hits were

  • ADEX 2017: GA-ASI, Huneed to explore joint programmes

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc (GA-ASI) has signed an agreement with South Korean firm Huneed Technologies to explore potential areas of collaboration, the two companies announced at the ADEX exhibition in Seoul on 18 October. Through the memorandum of understanding (MOU), GA-ASI and

  • ADEX 2017: Leonardo waits on South Korean helicopter requests

    Leonardo is waiting on the South Korean government to issue requests for proposals (RFPs) for three key rotary-wing requirements and a contract decision on a fourth as it looks to expand its presence in the country. Speaking to Jane’s at the Seoul International Aerospace and Defence

  • AFRL sets out plan for scaled Mini-AgilePod

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is leveraging on its AgilePod multi-sensor payload pod prototype in order to develop a new ‘mini’ variant that will form the basis of a family of scaled sensor pods to suit various airborne platforms. AgilePod is a platform-agnostic,

  • Al-Hashd al-Shaabi kill one Islamic State militant in Iraq's Salah ad Din

    In Tal al-Dhahab, near Balad, Salah ad Din province, 43rd Brigade al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Asa'ib Ahl al-Haqq) killed an Islamic State suicide bomber and captured three bomb belts.

  • AMRDEC to assess Thales induction rocket technology

    The US Army’s Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) is to evaluate Thales’ induction rocket system technology under a six-month US Foreign Technology Assessment Support (FTAS) contract, signed in early October. Under the provisions of the FTAS

  • Border delays and trade restrictions with Kazakhstan are likely until Kyrgyz President steps down in December

    Event On 17 October 2017, the Kyrgyz government filed a formal complaint against Kazakhstan with the World Trade Organization (WTO) because of growing delays at the Kazakh-Kyrgyz border. Similarly, on 16 October, the Kyrgyz Economy Ministry notified the Eurasian Economic Commission of the Eurasian

  • IED attack kills one person Afghanistan's Kabul

    ONE person was killed when an improvised explosive device (IED) - described in reports as magnetic - detonated after being attached to a vehicle in Binihesar Farmdari area in Afghanistan's capital Kabul on 17 October, Afghan Islamic Press reported. Reports did not include further details. No group

  • Management of Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems Australia completes company buyout

    The management of Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems Australia (tkMSA) has bought out the company from its German parent group, it has been announced. The company is now known as Australian Maritime Technologies Pty Ltd (AMT), its name before ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) acquired it in 2013.

  • Penguin Composites named as Hawkei subcontractor

    Tasmanian company Penguin Composites has signed a contract with Thales Australia to support the programme to supply Hawkei 4x4 light protected mobility vehicles for the Australian Defence Force (ADF). The Australian government said on 17 October that Penguin Composites’ subcontract –

  • Peruvian government offensive against insurgents in coca region to increase attacks against helicopters and construction works

    Event Mercedes Aráoz, the president of the Council of Ministers, announced on 12 October that the government would continue intensifying operations within the Valley of Rivers Apurimac, Ene and Manta (VRAEM) region to capture the remnants of the insurgent group Sendero Luminoso (SL) and tackle

  • Portugal proposes 2018 defence budget

    The Portuguese government has proposed a defence budget of EUR2.151 billion (USD2.524 billion) for 2018, compared to EUR2.149 billion in 2017. The budget, which was submitted to the national parliament on 13 October, includes EUR270 million for equipment, a 9.3% increase compared to 2017, as well

  • Rafael, Bisalloy Steels announce partnership

    Australian company Bisalloy Steels has entered an industrial partnership with Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, it was announced on 18 October. According to a statement, the agreement facilitates trials of Bisalloy Steels’ products and the potential involvement of the Australian

  • Rockwell Collins to provide eight new DTCS simulators for ADF

    Rockwell Collins Australia has been awarded an AUD40 million (USD31.3 million) contract to provide eight new Digital Terminal Control System (DTCS) simulators to improve the battlefield training of Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel. Australian Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne

  • Saudi AWACS to get more upgrades

    Boeing has been awarded a USD240 million contract to provide the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) with Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) upgrades, the US Department of Defense announced on 16 October. It said the contract covered mission computing, navigation, and communications upgrades, as