• US Air Force still struggling with stabilising airborne lasers

    The US Air Force (USAF) continues to struggle with stabilising lasers on its airborne platforms, according to a key service official. Tony Hostutler, technical advisor at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) for laser technologies, told reporters on 19 March at the Pentagon that the aero-optics

  • USN releases RFP for two-carrier buy

    The US Navy (USN) released a two-carrier Request for Proposal (RFP) to shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries – Newport News Shipbuilding (HII-NNS) on 19 March to determine how much money the USN could save through such a deal. The ships covered in the RFP are carrier Enterprise (CVN 80)

  • Canada to deploy aviation task force to Mali

    The Canadian government will deploy an aviation task force and support personnel to Mali, Minister for National Defence Harjit Sajjan and Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland announced on 19 March. The task force will provide tactical airlift and logistics for the UN Multidimensional

  • Leonardo team cleared to bid for UK air training contract

    A Leonardo-led team has been selected by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to be able to bid for its Air Support to Defence Operational Training (ASDOT) programme, which is expected to benefit UK industry by leveraging services already provided to the government, as well as through a

  • Russian Aerospace Forces take delivery of 'new' Kinzhal air-launched ballistic missile

    The Russian Aerospace Forces have taken delivery of the Kinzhal (Dagger) – an air-launched, precision-guided ballistic missile designed to engage ground-based and seaborne targets. Also referred to by its air-to-ground missile code of Kh-47M2, the Kinzhal has been shown being carried by, and

  • China appoints new defence minister

    Wei Fenghe will assume the position of China’s new defence minister, replacing Chang Wanquan in the role. A general in the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), Wei served as the deputy chief of staff in the PLA as well as commander of the Second Artillery Corps, which is the official

  • DARPA kicks off CASE cyber resiliency programme

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently kicked off its Cyber Assured Systems Engineering (CASE) programme, with the aim of building cyber resiliency into defence programmes at a systems level. CASE was announced by DARPA last year. It will investigate how cyber-security

  • Dassault begins joint AI development with Thales

    A study that will see Dassault Aviation and Thales develop artificial intelligence (AI) technology for future combat aircraft has kicked off under the remit of the French defence procurement agency (DGA). The three-year Man-Machine-Teaming advanced study programme (PEA MMT) was officially launched

  • LRASM moves forward with successful test firing

    The air-launched Lockheed Martin AGM-158C Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) is on course to provide the US Navy (USN) with an early anti-surface warfare (ASuW) Increment 1 capability following a sixth successful test firing announced by the company on 19 March. The test saw two

  • No-confidence motion against Indian government increases likelihood of fractured parliament and slowdown in reforms

    Key Points On 15 March, the YSR Congress Party filed a no-confidence motion against the Indian government. The motion indicates a probable early election and the formation of an opposition alliance that will unite to contest the next election. Although the BJP is likely to retain power it will

  • Peru to construct second landing platform vessel

    The Peruvian Navy and the state-run shipyard Servicios Industriales de la Marina (SIMA) signed a contract with Posco Daewoo Corporation on 15 March to build a second Makassar-class landing platform dock (LPD), BAP Paita . SIMA is finishing construction of the first vessel of this class, BAP Pisco .

  • Qatar to acquire Marte ER for NH90 NFH platforms

    The Qatar Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 14 March awarded MBDA a contract of undisclosed value to equip its NH90 NFH naval variant medium twin-engine multirole helicopters with the Marte ER anti-ship missile. Earlier on the same day the Qatar MoD announced a EUR3 billion plus contract with NH

  • Serbia develops defence technology industrial base

    Serbia is continuing to develop its defence industry under the 'Defence Technology Industrial Base of the Republic of Serbia - Vision 2020' project, focusing on its aerospace industry, the head of the Ministry of Defence's (MoD's) department for defence technologies has said. During a panel

  • US lining up Huey II simulator for Kenya

    The US Army is carrying out market research to find the best way to procure a flight training device (FTD) for Kenya’s Bell Huey II helicopters and possibly a second for Uganda. A notice posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website on 14 March said the requirement is for a contractor

  • USSOCOM boosts GBU-69/B SGM stocks

    The United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) intends to award Dynetics Inc. a sole-source contract for the supply of additional GBU-69B Small Glide Munitions (SGMs) and related engineering support between calendar year (CY) 2018 and CY 2022, according to a USSOCOM pre-solicitation notice

  • ADF militants claim responsibility for kidnapping of the head of social affairs in Cameroon's Nord-Ouest

    In Nord-Oueste region, the Ambazonia Defence Forces (ADF) claimed responsibility on 10 March for the kidnapping of the region's head of social affairs Aaron Ankiambom on 24 February. The victim appeared in a video, in which he said that his captors issued a 48-hour ultimatum to the government to

  • Argentina advances negotiations towards French OPVs

    The Argentine government and French company Naval Group from 12-16 March held a new series of meetings, including one with Argentine Minister of Foreign Relations Jorge Faurie, to advance negotiations towards the sale of four OPV 90 vessels to the Argentine Navy. The original offer was for four new

  • CACI offers competing bid for government IT supplier CSRA

    CACI International has offered to purchase CSRA at USD44 per share, an increase on the USD40.75 offered by General Dynamics in February to acquire the IT solutions provider. CACI’s proposal includes a cash element of USD15 per share, and a stock component at a fixed exchange ratio of 0.184

  • IAF plans to order 201 Tejas LCA Mk 2 fighters

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) aims to induct a total of 18 squadrons or 324 indigenously designed Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) over the next decade in an effort to boost its rapidly declining combat fleet. Official sources said the IAF is finalising a proposal to order 201 Tejas Mk 2 fighters to

  • JMSDF commissions second Awaji-class minesweeper

    The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) commissioned its second of three Awaji-class mine countermeasures vessels (MCMVs) in a ceremony held on 16 March in Kanagawa Prefecture. Named JS Hirado (with pennant number 305), the 67 m-long vessel was inducted into the service’s 1st Mine