• F-35 programme manager confident of evading budget knife

    Key Points The F-35 is unlikely to suffer cutbacks even if sequestration continues, the programme's manager says The project is 'too important to fail' in the eyes of top officials The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter is unlikely to suffer cutbacks even if sequestration

  • ST Marine lays keel for Singapore's first Littoral Mission Vessel

    State-affiliated shipbuilder ST Marine held a keel-laying ceremony for the Republic of Singapore Navy's (RSN's) first Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV) in Jurong, Singapore, on 11 September. The 80 m, 1,200 tonne vessel is the first of eight new LMVs to be built for the RSN under a contract announced

  • First Indonesian Bung Tomo corvette arrives home

    KRI Bung Tomo (357), the lead ship in a three-vessel corvette class on order for the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL), arrived at the port city of Belawan in Northern Sumatra on 8 September. Bung Tomo was inducted into the TNI-AL at Barrow-in-Furness, United

  • Afghan 'Hip' helo crashes

    An Afghan Air Force (AAF) Mil Mi-17 'Hip' transport helicopter crashed in the central Daikundi province of the country, killing one and injuring six others onboard, national media reported on 15 September. The helicopter hit a wall of an army compound in bad weather, Afghanistan's Khaama Press News

  • Software upgrade gives Tomahawk rapid retargeting capability

    Key Points Tomahawk Block IV tests demonstrated mission planning and high altitude manoeuvres The upgrade marks several considerable upgrades from the Block III The US Navy (USN) and Raytheon conducted back-to-back tests of the Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile equipped with upgraded mission

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  • Vietnam reveals fourth TT400TP patrol vessel

    Images published on Vietnamese internet forums suggest that the Hong Ha Shipbuilding Company in Hai Phong has begun builder's sea trials of the People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN) Navy's fourth TT400TP-class patrol boat. The vessel (pennant number HQ 275) is reported to have been photographed on the
  • Israel conducts inconclusive test of improved Arrow 2

    Israel carried out a test of an improved version of its Arrow 2 ballistic missile interceptor on 9 September. The trial reflected the fact that the existing Arrow 2 system, which became operational in 2000, would probably struggle to deal with newer missiles that might be fired at Israel in future.
  • Saudi Arabia inaugurates northern border security project

    Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud inaugurated the first phase of a border security barrier along the kingdom's northern borders on 5 September. The Saudi Press Agency reported that the multi-layered barrier runs along 900 km of the northern border and consists of 78 monitoring
  • US says 'serious questions' remain over Syrian CW

    The United States has made the strongest indication to date that Syria may have withheld some of its chemical weapons on 18 August, when it said there are still "serious questions" about its declaration to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The White House

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