• Saab contracted to begin Gripen E serial production

    The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) has contracted Saab to begin serial production of the JAS 39 Gripen E fighter aircraft, the company announced on 18 December. The SEK16.4 billion (USD2.5 billion) contract will cover serial production from 2013-26 and covers the conversion of 60

  • FPI militants attack a church in Indonesia's North Sumatra

    FRONT Pembela Islam (FPI) militants attacked members of a local church in the city of Binjai in Indonesia's North Sumatra province on 1 December, causing no casualties, Khabar South Asia reported. The FPI claimed responsibility for the attack, stating they had attacked the church because it should

  • F-35 completes Block 2B weapon accuracy trials

    The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter passed its latest milestone with the final weapon delivery accuracy test for a Block 2B munition, it was announced on 11 December. The 6 December drop, which took place at the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base in

  • Norway approves additional F-35s

    Norway has authorised the procurement of a further six Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters, bringing the country's commitment up to 16 aircraft. Parliament's approval of the additional jets, which came on 11 December, is valued at NKR7.38 billion (USD1.23 billion) and will see

  • Vietnam's defence industrial development enshrined in new constitution

    Vietnam introduced a new constitution on 9 December reiterating its ambition to develop its defence industrial base and reduce dependency on foreign military imports. The constitution, which takes effect from 1 January 2014, outlines a commitment for Vietnam to "build the defence

  • Slovakia trials new Tatrapan armoured container carrier vehicle

    The Slovak Armed Forces completed an initial phase of testing with the VYVOJ Martin joint stock company's new Tatrapan 8x8 Container Carrier (CC) truck jointly with the manufacturer in late November. The company began development of the 8x8 Tatrapan in 2009 using private company funding, but

  • Russia's state defence order to increase by 25% in 2014

    Russian Deputy Minister of Defence Yury Borisov announced on 20 November that the state defence order for 2014 will be 25% greater than 2013. This will increase military procurement from USD42 billion to approximately USD53 billion next year. He addressed a news media roundtable together with

  • Security forces detain seven suspected RKK militants in Thailand's Narathiwat

    SEVEN suspected Runda Kumpulan Kecil (RKK) militants were detained by security forces during a counter-terrorism raid on a private residence in the Sawor area of Rueso district in Thailand's Narathiwat province on 21 November, the Bangkok Post reported. The RKK are village-level commando cells

  • USAF and Air National Guard re-evaluating intra-theatre airlift needs

    The US National Guard and US Air Force (USAF) are reviewing intra-theatre airlift needs as the latter is seeking to unload its nascent Alenia C-27J Spartan fleet. C-27J procurement began in 2007 as the Joint Cargo Aircraft (JCA) programme run by the US Army and USAF, which were to buy 78 aircraft

  • Dubai Airshow 2013: Saab closes in on 340 MSA certification

    Saab expects to have completed certification of its 340 regional airliner-based Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA) by the end of the year, a company official told IHS Jane's on 19 November. Speaking at the Dubai Airshow, Johan Rattvall, director Maritime Surveillance Marketing and Sales, said

  • Dubai Air Show 2013: Algeria shows interest in MALE UAV from UAE

    Algeria is considering the Adcom Systems Yabhon United 40 Block 5 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to fulfill its medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) requirement, a company official said at the Dubai Air Show 2013. Speaking to IHS Jane's on 17

  • Dubai Air Show 2013: Boeing selects Challenger 600 biz-jet to host MSA capability

    Boeing unveiled the Bombardier Challenger 605 business jet as the host platform for its new maritime surveillance aircraft (MSA) at the Dubai Air Show on 18 November. Speaking at the show, Tim Peters, Boeing vice-president and general manager, Mobility, Surveillance & Engagement, said that the

  • JTIC Brief: Changing times - Pakistani Taliban selects new leader

    Key Points Pakistani militant Islamist group Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) announced on 7 November that Maulana Qazi Fazlullah had become the group's new leader. Fazlullah replaced Hakimullah Mehsud, who was killed in a suspected United States unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) missile strike in North

  • RDAF gets Litening G4 targeting pods

    The Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF) has become the first international partner to receive the Litening G4: the latest configuration of Northrop Grumman's AN/AAQ-28(V)7 Litening advanced targeting system. Following a two-week flight test evaluation programme of 25 sorties that verified the pod's

  • Rheinmetall confirms Indonesian Leopard 2 contract

    Indonesia has acquired 103 Leopard 2A4 main battle tanks (MBTs), 42 upgraded Marder 1A3 infantry fighting vehicles, and 11 armoured recovery and engineering vehicles from surplus German Army stocks, Rheinmetall Defence confirmed in a 13 November statement. The statement said that Rheinmetall would

  • CAD images suggest 'strike' version of Shenyang J-31

    Key Points CAD images that have appeared on Chinese websites suggest a strike version of Shenyang's J-31 stealth fighter The CAD images cannot be verified but would make sense given the PLAAF's lack of interest in the existing J-31 programme Computer-aided design (CAD) images that have appeared on

  • Further delays for modernisation of Russian Air Force Tu-160 bombers

    The modernisation of 16 Tupolev Tu-160 'Blackjack' strategic bombers, which according to the long range plans of the Russian Air Force (VVS) should have been completed in 2017, may be delayed to 2019 or beyond, IHS Jane's has been told by some of the specialists assigned to the project. At present

  • Iran rolls out another medium-range SAM

    Iran has continued to increase the confusion surrounding its air defence programmes by announcing that another medium-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) called the Sayyad-2 has gone into production. The Sayyad-2 was first mentioned in April 2011, when the Iranian media reported that it had been

  • Protracted coalition building likely to follow Nepalese election

    Key Points Nepal is due to hold long-delayed elections to form a new Constituent Assembly on 19 November. With a highly diverse society, comprising 125 ethnic groups and 127 languages, the fundamental issues dividing the main parties relate to proposals for federalism and state-restructuring under

  • Poland receives final C295s

    Poland has received its final two Airbus Military C295 transport aircraft after the aircraft arrived at the 8th Air Base Krakow-Balice on 2 November. The deliveries complete an order for five C295 transport planes signed on 29 June 2012. The USD262 million contract includes a 10-year logistic