• MBDA continues materials research for high-speed missiles

    MBDA has disclosed details of continuing research into high-temperature materials applicable to future supersonic and hypersonic weapons. Being pursued as part of Domain 8 of the UK/French Materials and Components for Missiles Innovation and Technology Partnership (MCM IPT) programme, parallel

  • Navantia contracts Airspeed to conduct Future Frigate studies

    Navantia Australia has signed a deal with Australian composite manufacturer Airspeed to conduct design studies into the use of composite materials on ships for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), including its proposed Future Frigates. Under the terms of the agreement, announced on 13 December,

  • New Kuwaiti government likely to prioritise weakening parliamentary opposition on national security grounds, while continuing existing mega-projects

    Event Kuwait’s new 16-member cabinet, formed by Prime Minister Jaber al-Mubarak al-Hamad al-Sabah, was sworn into office on 12 December Of the 16, five are members of the royal family and nine are new to the cabinet. Most notably, the Kuwaiti Emir’s eldest son, Nasser Sabah al-Ahmad

  • North Korea says it will build more nuclear-capable weapons

    Two weeks after test-firing its Hwaseong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) North Korea announced on 13 December that it plans to increase the quality and quantity of its nuclear weapons. Addressing scientists and workers at a munitions industry conference, North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un

  • Northrop Grumman leads integration and testing of DARPA’s HIVE chip

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected Northrop Grumman to integrate and test a new graph processor chip, currently under development, that will enhance the efficiencies and capabilities of today’s top processors. The goal of DARPA’s Hierarchical Identify

  • Qatar contract will not prevent BAE Systems job cuts

    BAE Systems has confirmed that a new GBP5 billion (USD6.7 billion) contract from the Qatari government for the Eurofighter Typhoon will not affect the planned job cuts that the company announced. The 10 December order for 24 aircraft has been touted as the largest export deal for the Typhoon in a

  • Resignation of FYR Macedonian opposition party leader likely to split opposition, ease policy-making for ruling coalition

    Event On 10 December 2017, the resignation of Nikola Gruevski, the leader of the opposition nationalist Macedonian Revolutionary Organization – Democratic Party for Macedonian National Unity (VMRO-DPMNE), was accepted by the central committee of the party in the Former Yugoslav Republic (FYR)

  • Rostec open to Singapore investment in Russian Helicopters

    Russian defence and industrial group Rostec is “ready to consider” a potential sale of a stake in Russian Helicopters to Singaporean investors, according to Rostec CEO Sergei Chemezov. The Russian group said in a statement that Chemezov had made an open offer to divest a stake in its

  • Russia, China partner for PD-35 engine

    Russia’s Rostec State Corporation will jointly develop the PD-35 aircraft engine with China. Confirmed at the Gulf Defense & Aerospace 2017 exhibition in Kuwait City, the announcement also provided details on the facilities tasked with development of the engine. Work on the engine –

  • Russian MBT engine completes qualification

    Russia’s new-generation V-92S2F main battle tank (MBT) diesel engine has completed qualification for serial production fitted to the T-72BZ. Announced at the Gulf Defense & Aerospace (GDA) 2017 exhibition in Kuwait City, the 1,130 hp Uralvagonzavod engine is designed for the T-72B3 MBT

  • SADC deploys troops to Lesotho

    The South African Development Community (SADC) formally launched its Preventive Mission in Lesotho (SAPMIL) on 2 December. The SADC said the force has a strength of 269 personnel from Angola, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Of these, 207 are troops, 15 intelligence

  • Saudis order more JSOWs

    Saudi Arabia has ordered a second, larger consignment of the Raytheon AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) glide bomb in an apparent reflection of its utility in Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) operations over Yemen. The US Department of Defense (DoD) announced on 12 December that it had awarded

  • Unidentified militants kill two soldiers in Pakistan's North Waziristan

    TWO soldiers were killed when unidentified militants opened fire on their vehicle in North Waziristan in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on 12 December, Dawn reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • US, Afghan forces continue targeting Taliban-linked drug production facilities

    US and Afghan forces have continued targeting Taliban-linked facilities in Afghanistan in an effort to disrupt the militant group’s revenue streams and logistical networks, according to a news release by the US Department of Defense (DoD). “Using air power, we have been able to target

  • USAF looks to industry to take on Pacer Classic III upgrade to Talon jet trainers

    The US Air Force (USAF) has issued a solicitation to industry regarding the ongoing Pacer Classic (PC) III upgrade programme for its Northrop T-38 Talon advanced jet trainer aircraft. The request for information (RFI) posted on the Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) website on 11 December

  • USN reveals JMEWS warhead upgrade plan for Tomahawk Block IV

    The US Navy (USN) is advancing plans to introduce a multi-effect warhead into the RGM/UGM-109E Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile as part of the weapon's forthcoming mid-life recertification. In a pre-solicitation notice published on 8 December, the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) outlined the

  • Violent risks intelligence bulletin – 13 December 2017

    Americas Brazil – 12 December 2017: At the airport in Alta Floresta, Mato Grosso, three gunmen stole a Cessna aircraft used by miners in the region, taking it to an unknown destination. Colombia – 11 December 2017: A Colombian, EU, and US-funded report, claimed that there were

  • China targets export market with latest submarine designs

    Key Points Buoyed by recent successes with the Pakistan and Thai navies, Chinese naval shipbuilder China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation has recently unveiled a slew of new submarine concepts targeted at the export market New export concepts include 200-, 600-, and 1,100-tonne diesel-electric

  • Qatar signs for Eurofighters

    Qatar’s extensive fighter-recapitalisation effort continued on 10 December with the announcement that the Gulf state had signed for a number of Eurofighter Typhoons. The announcement, which was made by Eurofighter consortium member and lead for the Qatari programme, BAE Systems, covers 24

  • Singapore Army enhances rocket artillery capabilities

    Singapore Army artillery forces operating the Lockheed Martin M142 227 mm High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) have been given a boost with the fielding of a new and more capable mobile battery command post (CP) as well as the introduction of the company’s Universal Fire Control