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  • 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

  • Vietnam, Israel sign defence co-operation accord

    Vietnam and Israel have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on defence co-operation, the Vietnam Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 3 March. The agreement was signed in Hanoi by Vietnam's deputy minister of defence, Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh, and Dan Harel, the director general

  • Airbus reports year-end results

    Airbus reported its full 2014 results on 27 February, with revenue increasing 5% and net income increasing 59% for the year. At EUR60.7 billion (USD68.0 billion), Airbus 2014 revenue was a record for the group, climbing with the help of continued strong commercial aircraft sales. The increase to

  • Avalon 2015: IAI in customer discussions for Super Heron UAV

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is in discussions with a number of potential customers for its recently unveiled Super Heron medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle, a company official told IHS Jane's on 25 February. Speaking at the Australian International Airshow and

  • Algeria has 200 T-90 MBT kits on order

    It has emerged that Russian state import/export agency Rosoboronexport signed a contract in 2014 to supply 200 T-90 main battle tanks (MBTs) in kit form to Algeria. The contract was reported by Russian media on 20 February, quoting business sources in the military-industrial complex. Assembly of the

  • Aero India 2015: Third LCH prototype breaks cover with new paintjob

    Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) displayed the third prototype of its Light Combat Helicopter in a new camouflage pattern at Aero India 2015 in Bangalore. The LCH is designed for anti-tank operations, close air support to ground forces as a battlefield scout and for anti-submarine and

  • Two Hellenic Navy submarines set for service

    Two Hellenic Navy submarines participated in a tactical exercise at sea and are expected to join fleet operations soon, augmenting the navy's presence in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean seas. HS Pipinos (S-121), the first of the three Hellenic Shipyards-built Type 214 Papanikolis-class

  • Indian and US firms inaugurate joint UAV development facility

    Indian company Dynamatic Technologies and AeroVironment, a US developer of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), officially inaugurated on 17 February a facility to support the Indian-US Defence Trade and Technology Initiative (DTTI). The facility - at Dynamatic's aeronautic manufacturing facilities in

  • Irkut aims to complete Su-30MKI deliveries to India in 2015

    The Irkut Corporation has stated that it will complete deliveries in 2015 of Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighter kits to India's state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) as part of the Russian group's technology transfer obligations. HAL has been licence building the Su-30MKI aircraft for the

  • 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

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