• Boeing wins contract for RNZAF P-3K2 Orion UWISR upgrade

    Key Points Boeing will deliver the Underwater Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance capability package for New Zealand's P-3K2 Orion fleet New Zealand companies Safe Air, Beca, and Marops Limited will be involved in supporting the acquisition through-life Boeing has clinched a NZD36

  • F-35 programme remains at risk at SDD conclusion, chief Pentagon test official warns

    Key Points The Pentagon's director of operational testing has warned that the F-35 programme is still at risk of failing to deliver its full combat capability at the conclusion of SDD The USAF and the USMC have declared IOC with interim 3i combat software, while the USN has said that it will wait

  • Afghanistan receives final MD 530F helo

    The Afghan Air Force (AAF) received its final MD Helicopters Inc (MDHI) MD 530F Cayuse Warrior ('Jengi' [Warrior]) light attack platforms on 25 August, the 438th Air Expeditionary Wing (AEW)/Train, Advise, Assist Command - Air (TAAC-Air) announced. The last four of 27 MD 530Fs arrived at Hamid

  • France carries out large SCALP-EG attack on targets in Syria

    The French Air Force launched a large strike against Islamic State targets in Syria using only MBDA SCALP-EG cruise missiles on 21 August. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said the raid involved four Rafale multirole fighters, four Mirage 2000D jets, and a French Navy Atlantique 2 maritime patrol

  • Global Hawk to undergo significant ground control modernisation effort

    Raytheon is leading a modernisation effort to incorporate a new system architecture into the US Air Force's (USAF's) Global Hawk ground control station (GCS) that will introduce a common ground controller, similar to the work the company has done for the US Navy. Raytheon will design a scalable and

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  • New beginnings: Poland reassesses defence plan

    At the hands of the country's newly elected Law and Justice Party, Polish defence is in the midst of a shake-up that will see requirements reprioritised, procurement decisions re-evaluated and some defence competitions rerun. Remigiusz Wilk reports
  • Rolling out the big guns: Self-propelled artillery developments

    While recent conflicts have seen the West deprioritise the use of self-propelled artillery systems, a number of emerging requirements are keeping the market for this class of equipment buoyant. Jon Hawkes reports
  • Yemen conflict raises maritime risks

    The ongoing conflict in Yemen and geopolitical competition in the Middle East have the potential to raise maritime security risks. Peter Chalk assesses the threat posed to commercial shipping in a key strategic chokepoint by AQAP, the Islamic State, and others.
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  • GAO warns of capability gaps after USAF A-10 retirement

    Key Points GAO has raised concerns about lost mission capability if the A-10 is retired CSAR-Sandy and FAC(A) are two mission sets that could be weakened if the USAF divests the aircraft Congressional auditors have raised concerns about potential for lost mission capability in a 24 August report
  • URC Systems readies RCIED jammers for Bangladesh Army

    Czech electronic warfare system producer URC Systems has teamed with local firm Radiant Corporation to supply the Bangladesh Army with its STAR Light 3E jammers. The jammers - designed to counter threats such as radio-controlled improvised explosive devices (RCIEDs) - will be installed onto the

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