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  • China, US clash over South China Sea at ASEAN Regional Forum

    Chinese island-building in the South China Sea dominated discussions at a regional security summit held in Kuala Lumpur in the first week of August, with US secretary of state John Kerry accusing Beijing of preventing freedom of navigation and the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)

  • Malaysian Starstreak deal to feature trade-in of Starburst missiles

    Malaysia's Weststar Group has been appointed prime contractor by the Malaysian Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) to supply the Thales UK Starstreak high-velocity missile ground-based air-defence system to the Malaysian Army, it was announced on 3 August. Weststar did not reveal the value of the contract

  • Saudi Arabia requests USD500 million ammo replenishment

    The US State Department has approved the sale of a large amount of ammunition to Saudi Arabia to replenish stocks depleted by the ongoing conflict in Yemen, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 29 July. The DSCA said the proposed sales were worth an estimated USD500 million

  • UK minister for defence acquisition seeks US participation in strategic assessment

    Key Points As part of his US visit, the MoD's new minister responsible for defence acquisition met with his DoD counterparts Discussions included DoD participation in the SDSR, as well as F-35B and CMC updates The new UK government minister responsible for defence acquisition for the Ministry of

  • Think tank questions Abbott's plans for 'rolling' shipbuilding programme

    The rolling production in Australia of major surface warships as foreshadowed by Prime Minister Tony Abbott will produce several contentious issues, a leading think tank has warned. In a report released on 13 July, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) described continuous production as

  • South Korean prosecutors investigate HHI

    South Korean naval shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has confirmed to IHS Jane's that public prosecutors have investigated the company's offices in Seoul as part of an inquiry into alleged corruption. A spokesman said on 24 June that "prosecutors investigated the HHI office"

  • Paris Air Show 2015: Orbital ATK prepares to deliver ShotFinder HFI to launch customer

    Orbital ATK (formerly Alliant Techsystems) expects to deliver its ShotFinder hostile fire indicator (HFI) system to its inaugural customer in the coming months, a senior company official told IHS Jane's on 17 June. Speaking at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, William Kasting, vice-president and

  • USN secures funding stream for innovations to reduce carrier acquisition costs

    Key Points USD25 million R&D funding will be made available to the Ford-class carrier programme in FY 2017 Investments will be made at ONR, HII to streamline production and reduce costs on the third and subsequent carriers The officer in charge of acquiring the US Navy's (USN's) new

  • USAF using X-51 lessons learned to weaponise hypersonic vehicles

    Key Points The USAF is using X-51 lessons to develop HSSW and other follow-on efforts The goal is to produce a hypersonic missile concept suitable for future bomber and fighter aircraft A 2013 demonstration of the Boeing X-51A Waverider is the basis for the US Air Force's plans to weaponise

  • SH-60B ends 30 years of service as USN transitions to MH-60R

    The US Navy (USN) on 11 May marked the retirement of the Sikorsky SH-60B Sea Hawk anti-submarine warfare (ASW) helicopter at Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado, California. The SH-60B fleet is ending 30 years of service, with more than 3.6 million flight hours completed in support of

  • Mexican Air Force EC725 forced down by cartel attack

    A Mexican Air Force (FAM) Airbus Helicopter EC725 medium transport helicopter was forced to conduct an emergency landing after it was attacked over Casimiro Castro-Villa Purificacion, Jalisco, on 1 May. Three soldiers on board were killed and 12 others on board were wounded. The EC725 was on a

  • RoKN announces disaster management measures following ferry tragedy

    The Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) has revealed measures that it has and will be taking to improve its rescue capabilities, the Yonhap news agency reported on 14 April, citing RoKN vice-spokesperson Choi Tae-bok. The measures were announced close to the first anniversary of the Sewol ferry tragedy.

  • Navy League 2015: Acquisition framework for USN's future frigate taking shape

    Key Points The USN's frigate acquisition strategy remains agnostic on the number of shipyards to be involved Officials are circulating the strategy with USN acquisition leadership ahead of a 1 May submission deadline to the Pentagon As the US Navy (USN) finalises its acquisition strategy for

  • Israeli Navy 'assumes' Hizbullah has Yakhont missiles

    The Israeli Navy is operating under the assumption that the Lebanese Shia group Hizbullah has Russian-made Yakhont land-based anti-ship missile systems, a senior Israeli Navy source told journalists on 29 March. The source did not say whether this assumption was based on reliable intelligence or

  • OneSKY points the way for civil-military harmonisation

    Thales is working with Airservices Australia and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) on the development of the Civil Military Air Traffic Management System (CMATS) under the OneSKY programme. The three principal delivery partners argue that CMATS, which costs around AUD600 million (USD468.9

  • Analysis: Pakistan's 'indigenous' UAV, missiles may not be as homegrown as claimed

    The Pakistan Army announced on 13 March that it had successfully fired the indigenous Barq laser-guided missile from a NESCOM Burraq unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Initial analysis of a video of the missile firings released by the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) agency suggests a striking

  • USN testing and installing new arresting gear in tandem for CVN 78

    Key Points HII installs AAG in USS Gerald R Ford , while the USN begins testing of the system at NAWC Aircraft Division Lakehurst The navy deems parallel testing and installation as necessary in order to maintain the ship's delivery schedule Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) has begun

  • Italy assembles first F-35A outside US

    The first Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter assembled outside the main US plant in Fort Worth, Texas, was completed at the F-35 Final Assembly and Check Out (FACO) facility in Cameri, Italy, on 12 March, the company said in a press statement. The aircraft, designated AL-1, is

  • Parrikar says most Indian helo crashes due to human error

    Human error was responsible for most of the 74 crashes of Indian military helicopters over the past 24 years, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar told India's parliament on 3 March. "Sixty-three percent of these accidents have taken place due to human error by pilots and ground crew," he

  • US military in discussions for placing equipment 'activity sets' in Asia

    The US military is discussing the use of pre-positioned equipment 'activity sets' in the Pacific region, according to US Army Pacific (ARPAC) commander general Vincent Brooks. The United States keeps bases and equipment in Hawaii, Alaska, Washington state, Korea, Japan, Okinawa, and Guam, but

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