• Philippine lawmaker denounces presence of H-6K bomber on disputed South China Sea island

    A Philippine lawmaker has publicly condemned the reported landing of a People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) H-6K strategic bomber on a South China Sea island. On 18 May, the official Twitter account of state-owned People’s Daily of China posted a video of what appears to be touch-and-go

  • Hizbullah leader plays down Israeli strikes

    Key Points Nasrallah claimed Israel suffered heavy damage in a 9 May rocket attack Satellite imagery indicates the Israeli reprisals hit at least four targets in Syria, including two previously identified as Iranian bases Hassan Nasrallah, the secretary general of the Iranian-backed Lebanese

  • Pentagon denies cutbacks in exercise with South Korea

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) is denying media reports that it is cutting back its joint annual ‘Max Thunder’ exercise with South Korea in response to North Korean cancellations of talks with its southern neighbour over concerns about the drills. North Korea abruptly cancelled the

  • Russia disputes OPCW’s Syrian chlorine attack assessment

    The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’ (OPCW's) confirmation that chorine was likely used in an attack in Syria on 4 February is “a source of deep confusion”, according to a statement released by the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD). The 15 May report by the

  • TWL launches fuel barge for Indian Navy

    Kolkata-based Titagarh Wagons Limited (TWL) has launched the first of two barges on order for the Indian Navy (IN) capable of carrying 1,000 tons of fuel. In an 18 May statement, the IN said that the 68-m long vessel, which has an overall maximum displacement of 2,000 tons, entered the water on 17

  • US Air Force seeks ‘smart’ commonality with navy, army hypersonic weapon efforts

    Key Points The USAF seeks commonality with other US military services on hypersonics It could allow the service to find better technology at lower costs The US Air Force (USAF) is seeking “smart commonality” with the US Army and US Navy (USN) on its hypersonic weapon efforts as the

  • Japan deploys second F-35A to Misawa Air Base

    The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) has deployed a second F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter to Misawa Air Base in northern Japan. The fifth-generation fighter, which arrived at Misawa on 15 May, was the third aircraft to undergo Final Assembly and Check Out (FACO) at Mitsubishi Heavy

  • RAF starts talks on E-3D AWACS replacement

    Key Points The RAF has begun to consider replacing its E-3D AWACS aircraft It is becoming increasingly costly to maintain the E-3Ds, meaning that replacing rather than upgrading them might be the most cost-effective option Senior UK Royal Air Force (RAF) officers and procurement officials have

  • Boeing cleared to begin preparatory work on Apache multiyear contract

    Boeing has been authorised to begin preparatory work on a USD3.4 billion multiyear contract to supply newbuild and remanufactured AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters to the US Army and Saudi Arabia, a company official told Jane’s on 17 May. The authorisation to begin work on lots 7-11

  • Modernisation work starts on Peruvian submarine Chipana

    Peru has officially started work on modernising its naval submarine fleet with the recent hull-cut into submarine BAP Chipana (SS 34), the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said in a statement released on 16 May. The upgrading of the platform is taking place in the Callao facilities of the Peruvian

  • Naval Group Australia appoints new CEO

    Naval Group Australia, the lead designer and builder of Australia’s next-generation submarines, has appointed a new chief executive officer, the company announced on 18 May. The company said John Davis, who has worked in the defence industry in both Australia and the United Kingdom for 30

  • Navantia Australia opens Singapore office

    Navantia Australia opened a subsidiary office in Singapore on 17 May as part of a bid to secure regional contracts. The company, which itself is an affiliate of Spanish shipbuilder Navantia, said the new premises is its first international office. “The facility… is part of Navantia

  • US lawmaker proposes banning F-35 sales to Turkey

    Key Points A US lawmaker proposed banning F-35 sales to Turkey Turkey is a full F-35 partner and will likely buy 100 F-35As Representative David Cicilline of Rhode Island’s legislation prohibits the sale or transfer of F-35 aircraft and any intellectual property (IP) or technical data to

  • IDF using Elbit Spear mortars

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has used Elbit’s Spear vehicle-mounted mortar system during border security incidents in recent months, a senior company official said. Colonel (res) Boaz Cohen, vice-president of land systems at Elbit System, told the Fire, Maneuvering, and Intelligence

  • US Army to order Bonus rounds

    The US Army is about to order 500 BAE Systems Bofors Bonus 155 mm sensor-fuzed munitions as part of a larger order for the anti-tank rounds. Peter Burke, deputy project manager for combat ammunition systems within the US Army’s Program Executive Office for Ammunition, announced at the IQPC

  • China’s Xiapu airbase adds 24 new hardened shelters

    Key Points China is doubling the number of hardened aircraft shelters at its Xiapu airbase from 24 to 48 units. The new hangars, combined with other infrastructure additions, suggest that Xiapu, previously thought to host forward-deployed aircraft, may now be intended to permanently host a fighter

  • China’s Z-19E helicopter completes firing tests

    The export version of China’s Harbin Aviation Industries (Group) Company (HAIG) Z-19 Black Whirlwind armed reconnaissance/attack helicopter has completed firing tests. HAIG’s parent company, the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), said in a 16 May statement that

  • Thailand set to move forward on MRO project

    Thailand is moving closer to establishing a regional aerospace maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) centre in the east of the country aimed at attracting domestic and foreign investment in military and commercial domains. A Thai government official confirmed to Jane’s on 17 May that a plan

  • USMC receives first CH-53K heavy-lift helo

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has received the first of 200 Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopters that are set to arrive over the coming years. The milestone, which took place on 16 May, saw the corps accept the first helicopter to enter into the Supportability Test Plan (STP) that will

  • Jaguar prototype unveiled

    Key Points A prototype of France's Jaguar AFV was unveiled at Nexter on 16 May before it is displayed at Eurosatory 2018 The Jaguar, Griffon, upgraded Leclerc MBT, and VBMR léger are part of France's Scorpion programme A prototype of France's Jaguar 6x6 armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) was

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