• F-35 procurement programme leaks cloud Canadian fighter plans

    Canadian defence sector stakeholders are scratching their heads yet again, following the leak earlier this month that suggested the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper has not been upfront regarding its jet fighter procurement plans. Officially, the Tory government had committed to

  • Australia's Johnston says he wouldn't trust ASC 'to build a canoe'

    Key Points Australian Defence Minister David Johnston has told the Senate that he wouldn't trust state shipbuilder ASC 'to build a canoe' Johnston made the comments after being asked about the status of the AWD programme, which sources have said is up to AUD800 million over budget and rising

  • ARES on track to deliver Qatar patrol boats

    Key Points ARES Shipyard is on track to supply 17 patrol craft to Qatar Production of vessels is scheduled to begin in 2015 Turkish shipbuilder ARES Shipyard is on track to supply the Qatari Coasts and Borders Security Department with 17 craft from the company's Hercules range of multirole patrol

  • General Dynamics, Smith & Wesson team up for modular gun

    A General Dynamics subsidiary is teaming up with gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson to compete for the US Army's Modular Handgun System (MHS) programme, the companies announced on 24 November. The army is looking to replace its M9 sidearm with a new modular system, and General Dynamics Ordinance

  • Indian MoD approves mounted gun programme, defers on medium transport aircraft

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 22 November approved the long-awaited procurement of 814 155 mm/52 cal mounted gun systems for an estimated INR157.50 billion (USD2.62 billion). The MoD's Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), headed by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, stated that 100 systems

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  • UWSA fielding Chinese FN-6 MANPADS

    Myanmar's largest and best-armed insurgent force, the United Wa State Army (UWSA), has carried out a broad upgrade of its anti-aircraft defences with the induction of Chinese third-generation FN-6 manportable air defence systems (MANPADS). According to a reliable military source in northeastern
  • Indian MoD signs up for ACTAS towed array

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed an INR3.06 billion (USD51million) deal with Germany's Atlas Elektronik for six low frequency Active Towed Array Sonar (ACTAS) systems to be fitted to Indian Navy (IN) warships. The urgency of the requirement to safeguard its assets, continually

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