• Chilean Air Force confirms delivery timeline for Black Hawk helos

    The Chilean Air Force (Fuerza Aérea de Chile: FACh) has confirmed the service is to receive all of its recently ordered Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk helicopters by the end of this year. The head of the FACH, General Lorenzo Villalón, told Jane’s in early March that the first three of

  • DIMDEX 2018: Qatar orders Bayraktar UAVs

    Qatar’s Reconnaissance and Surveillance Centre (RSC) signed a contract for the procurement of six Bayraktar unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from the Turkish company Baykar Makina during the DIMDEX show held in Doha from 12-14 March. “The six tactical UAVs will be delivered to Qatar in

  • IDF new APC and howitzer acquisitions approved

    Israel’s security cabinet on 11 March approved the mass production of Eitan wheeled armoured personnel carriers (APCs) and the acquisition of a new self-propelled artillery system. “Within a decade, the ground forces will undergo a dramatic upgrade,” Defense Minister Avigdor

  • Replacement of US Secretary of State with intelligence agency director further increases likelihood of Iran nuclear withdrawal

    Event US President Donald Trump announced on 13 March the replacement of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with Mike Pompeo, current director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Deputy CIA Director Gina Haspel has been selected to replace Pompeo as director at the intelligence agency. Forecast

  • Arson attack targets Turkish community centre in Germany's North-Rhine Westphalia

    UNIDENTIFIED assailants threw incendiary devices at a Turkish community centre in the town of Ahlen in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany on 12 March, Al Arabiya reported. No casualties were reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • Aselsan’s LGK-84 laser-guided bomb kits undergo firing tests

    Aselsan has begun firing tests of its LGK-84 laser-guided bomb kits, moving closer to serial production, the company says in its annual report. LGK-84s will be mounted on MK-84 general purpose bombs, which continue to be produced. The report noted that Aselsan is continuing deliveries of LGK-82 and

  • China beings work on sixth Type 055 destroyer

    Recently captured commercial satellite imagery shows that China has begun construction at its shipyard in Dalian of the sixth Type 055 guided-missile destroyer on order for the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). The imagery shows that the pierside assembly of the first modules for hull 6

  • China to develop new J-20 variants, begin research on ‘sixth-generation’ fighter, says report

    China is looking to develop new variants of the Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group (CAIG) J-20 ‘fifth-generation’ multirole fighter aircraft and is preparing to commence research on a ‘sixth-generation’ fighter, the China Daily newspaper reported on 13 March. Speaking to the

  • CSIRO, QinetiQ to collaborate on advanced CO2-capturing technology for RAN’s Future Submarines

    Australia’s national science agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), has joined forces with defence technology company QinetiQ on a project that aims to enable submarines to stay submerged longer through the use of an advanced crystal technology called

  • Japan pays a premium for locally built F-35s

    Key Points F-35s assembled in Japan cost about USD33 million more than imported types Japan could look to improve costs efficiencies through expanded local involvement The cost of locally building Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) is

  • Portugal phases out M60A3 TTS MBT

    The Portuguese Army officially phased out its last M60A3 Tank Thermal Sight (TTS) main battle tanks (MBTs) on 13 March. Portugal received a total of 93 M60A3 TTS tanks from US surplus stocks in the 1990s, replacing M48A5s in the Battle Tanks Group (GCC) and the Reconnaissance Squadron of the

  • Russia to provide Bulgaria with MiG-29 logistics support until 2022

    The Bulgarian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has selected Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG (RSK MiG) under a single-source tender to provide the Bulgarian Air Force (BuAF) with integrated logistical support for its 15 MiG-29 jet fighters for 48 months. Bulgarian Defence Minister Krasimir Karakachanov

  • South Korea signs for additional Taurus cruise missiles

    South Korea has ordered a further 90 KEPD 350K Taurus air-launched cruise missiles to add to the nearly 200 it is believed to have already signed for. The procurement of the additional batch was disclosed by a spokesperson for the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) on 13 March,

  • Suspected SVBIED attack kills four people in Yemen's Aden

    FOUR people were killed and an unspecified number of others were wounded when a suspected suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED) detonated targeting a military kitchen used to prepare meals for forces trained by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the Derain area of Yemen's Aden

  • USMC phases out expeditionary mortar system

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has phased out its General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GDOTS) 120 mm Expeditionary Fire Support System (EFSS), an official revealed at the Omega Conferences & Events Mortar Systems conference held in Bristol, United Kingdom. Lieutenant Colonel Michael

  • Brazil to receive surplus Sherpa airlifters from US Army

    Brazil is to receive four Shorts C-23B+ Sherpa tactical transport aircraft that are being sold by the US Army as Excess Defense Articles (EDAs). Under the planned sale, which was announced by the United States Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM) on 13 March, the twin-turboprop airlifters will

  • CNIM readies upgrades for French SPRAT bridging systems

    French company CNIM has been contracted to modernise the French Army’s 10 Système de Pose Rapide de Travure (SPRAT) modular tactical rapid bridge laying systems with a new day- and night-capable situational awareness system and upgraded Système Contrôle Commande (SCC) command

  • CENTCOM chief: US focused on growing Afghan Air Force, SOF

    US efforts to build up a struggling Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) are focused on air power and special operations forces to help the government regain territory, according to Army General Joseph Votel, head of US Central Command (CENTCOM). Afghan Special Operations Forces

  • DIMDEX 2018: Kongsberg selected for Qatari VBCI turrets

    Kongsberg has been selected to supply turrets and remotely operated weapon systems (ROWS) for the 490 Nexter VBCI 2 vehicles that the Qatari armed forces plan to buy, it was announced during the DIMDEX show held in Doha on 12-14 March. Kongsberg said it would supply Protector ROWS and unmanned

  • India's MoD advancing ‘mission mode projects’

    India’s state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is advancing five new ‘mission mode projects’ for the Indian Army (IA) and Indian Navy (IN) worth an estimated INR196.93 billion (USD3.03 billion). Responding to a parliamentary question on 7 March,