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  • Images show North Korean vessel firing new SSM

    North Korean state newspaper Rodong Sinmun released images on 7 February showing a new type of surface-to-surface missile (SSM) being fired from a surface-effects ship (SES) from the Korean People's Navy (KPN) Eastern Fleet. The images, which showed North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in attendance,

  • ATK completes spinoff, merges with Orbital

    After a delay pushed the completion of a series of moves by ATK into 2015, the company completed the spinoff of its sporting business and merged the remaining units with Orbital Sciences on 9 February. Starting on 10 February the new defence- and space-focused company, Orbital ATK, began trading

  • Canada shakes up defence, foreign ministries

    Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper announced on 9 February that Jason Kenney will be his new minister of national defence and replace Rob Nicholson, who will take over as minister of foreign affairs after serving in the top defence job since mid-2013. Kenney, who will retain a position as

  • China's CETC posts strong 2014 growth

    The China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC) - one of China's largest state-run defence manufacturers - achieved double-digit financial growth in 2014 on the back of continued industrial reform, said China's State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense

  • China, France sign technology co-operation agreements

    China and France have signed agreements to foster collaboration across a range of hi-tech sectors with many linked to defence. According to official statements on 30 January, the two countries will pursue co-operation programmes in sectors including commercial aerospace, nuclear technologies and

  • India, US extend strategic partnership, agree on joint development of four defence systems

    India and the US extended bilateral defence co-operation for another decade and agreed to jointly develop and build four defence systems during President Barack Obama's three-day New Delhi visit that ends on 27 January. "We have renewed our Defence Framework Agreement and decided to take our

  • US Navy to begin LRIP talks for CH-53K helo

    The US Navy (USN) is to begin negotiations with Sikorsky for the low-rate initial production (LRIP) of the CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopter, the service disclosed on 8 January. According to a notice posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website, Lots 1 and 2 will be negotiated for

  • US Marine Corps receives first carrier variant F-35C

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has received its first carrier variant (CV) Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), the company announced on 22 December. Aircraft CF-19 will now be transferred from the Fort Worth production facility in Texas to the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air

  • German Typhoons not subject to Russian aggression

    The German Air Force (GAF) is not seeing a more confrontational attitude from Russian pilots it is intercepting over the Baltic region, despite concerns being raised by Western leaders of increased aggression over recent weeks. Speaking during a media tour of Amari Air Base, Estonia, on 17

  • India's first SSBN embarks on sea trials

    India's indigenously designed 6,000-ton nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) began sea acceptance trials off the country's east coast on 15 December, defence minister Manohar Parrikar said. Parrikar presided over the start of Arihant 's classified trials from the jetty of the Ship

  • Israeli missile found in Syria after airstrikes

    Key Points The discovery of a Popeye missile in Syria confirms Damascus' claim that Israel carried out strikes on 7 December The discovery of the stand-off missile also confirms that Israeli aircraft are not entering Syrian airspace to carry out attacks Syria's claims that Israel carried out

  • Brazil receives last VBTP-MR Guarani from initial order

    The Brazilian Army on 9 December received the last 18 of an initial 128 VBTP-MR Guarani 6x6 amphibious wheeled armoured vehicles ordered from Iveco Latin America, as the programme continues with more orders. Previously 50 vehicles were distributed to the 15th Mechanized Infantry Brigade and the

  • Israel still planning to acquire 50 F-35s despite reduction of second order

    The Israeli defence establishment is still determined to acquire 50 Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fighters, despite a recent decision by a ministerial committee to reduce the second order to 14 aircraft, defence sources have told IHS Jane's . The ministerial committee for military acquisitions

  • 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

  • Europe kick-starts tanker procurement project

    Europe has formally begun the acquisition process for a new aerial refuelling capability under the Multinational MultiRole Tanker Transport (MRTT) Fleet (MMF) project, it was announced on 21 November. With the European Defence Agency having already harmonised requirements, a co-operation agreement was signed between the NATO Support

  • Israel orders upgraded JDAM kits

    Israel is to receive 3,000 upgraded Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) tail-kits under a USD82.6 million contract announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 24 November. The contract will see Boeing deliver the tail-kits that have been upgraded with the ultra-tightly coupled (UTC)

  • Atlas buys Marine Sonic Technology business

    The US subsidiary of Germany's Atlas Elektronik announced on 24 November that it has reached a deal to acquire the business of Marine Sonic Technology Limited (MSTL). The companies did not release the terms of the deal. Yorktown, Virginia-based MSTL specialises in high-resolution side scan sonar

  • Finland receives first renovated XA-180 APC

    Patria has delivered the first renovated XA-180 6x6 armoured personnel carrier (APC) back to the Finnish Defence Forces, the company announced. Refurbishments to the pre-series vehicle included: the installation of new seating to improve road safety; the installation of new electric systems within

  • Images suggest China developing J-15 for CATOBAR-equipped carrier

    China is developing a new variant of the J-15 carrier-based fighter modified for catapult-assisted take-off but arrested recovery (CATOBAR) operations, according to images posted on the Xinhua website. China's only operational carrier, Liaoning (CV-16), has a short take-off but arrested recovery

  • Iranian RQ-170 flight likely to have featured sub-scale model

    A reported first flight by Iran of a reverse-engineered copy of the Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) appears to have featured a sub-scale model rather than a full-scale replica as announced by state media on 10 November. Video footage of the flight broadcast by Press TV

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