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  • Northrop Grumman begins construction of UAV research and training facility

    Northrop Grumman has broken ground on a new USD10 million unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) facility near Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota, the company announced on 15 October. The 36,000 ft 2 expansion of the company's UAV capabilities will focus on research and development, aircrew

  • L-3 buys ISR apps provider ForceX

    L-3 Communications announced on 13 October that it had acquired intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) systems provider ForceX. ForceX specialises in ISR mission systems software and geospatial application technology programs, as well as training courseware, for the US Department of

  • North Korea unveils new version of KN-08 ICBM

    North Korea revealed a modified version of its liquid-fuelled KN-08 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) with an apparent smaller nuclear warhead in its 10 October parade celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Workers' Party of Korea. First seen in North Korea's 15 April 2012 military parade,

  • Russia's KAB-250 guided bomb to complete trials this year

    Region JSC's KAB-250 precision-guided munition (PGM) will soon complete trials, Igor Krylov, director general of Region JSC (a subsidiary of Tactical Missiles Corporation, KTRV), told IHS Jane's at the Russian Defence Ministry Innovation Day 2015. Krylov also stated that there are two versions of

  • Egypt set to field Patroller UAV, as industrial collaboration deal announced

    Egypt looks set to field the Sagem (Safran) Patroller medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), after the manufacturer signed a collaboration agreement with a domestic partner to address the requirements of the country's Ministry of Defence. The agreement, which was

  • DSEI 2015: C-2 back in testing and on schedule, says KHI

    Flight tests of the C-2 transport aircraft have resumed and it is in on course to finish its development programme on schedule in March 2016, Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) officials said at DSEI 2015 in London. Testing of the C-2 was suspended in July 2014 when a rear door blew off during

  • Thai firm Kasama and Lockheed Martin sign UAV technology accord

    Thai firm Kasama Helicopters, which specialises in developing small vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), has signed an agreement with Lockheed Martin to collaborate on technologies, the chief executive officer of Kasama Helicopters confirmed to IHS Jane's on 17

  • DSEI 2015: French Navy details lessons learned from Gulf carrier deployment

    Key Points Carrier deployment demonstrates ability to shape events at sea and ashore while supporting wider strategic interests Gulf maritime environment is becoming more complex, with more navies present The recent deployment of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle and its

  • Brazilian Gripen contract takes effect

    Swedish defence technology group Saab announced on 10 September that the contract it signed with the Brazilian government in October 2014 for the supply of 36 Gripen NG multirole combat aircraft has come into effect. Saab said in a statement that now "all required conditions have been

  • 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

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