• EU renews arms embargo on Sudans

    Alarmed at the violence and chaos in Sudan and South Sudan, the 28 EU nations agreed on 10 July to maintain arms embargoes on both countries, while targeting key individuals considered responsible for the instability. More planned sanctions are in the works if the perpetrators do not cease their

  • F-35 fleet grounded as engine investigation continues

    Key Points The Pentagon is expected to soon decide whether the F-35B will be allowed to fly at the Royal International Air Tattoo and the Farnborough Airshow in the United Kingdom The US government is continuing its investigation into a 23 June F-35A fire The Pentagon grounded the entire Lockheed

  • Update: Japan delays C-2 service entry after door issue in testing

    Japan is delaying the introduction into service of the Kawasaki C-2 transport aircraft to investigate why a door broke during pressurisation testing in January. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 4 July that it had decided to postpone the introduction of the Kawasaki C-2 transport aircraft

  • Australia outlines plans for F-35 MRO centre

    Australia has become the second Asia-Pacific country after Japan to outline a plan to establish a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility to support Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft operated by regional air forces. In comments to IHS Jane's on 3 July,

  • IDF inflicts blows on Hamas after teen kidnapping

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has completed a large-scale, three-week offensive against Hamas in the West Bank following the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers near Hebron on 12 June. Their bodies were found on 30 June. "The kidnapping has strategically harmed Hamas to the extent that the

  • Taliban on the offensive in Helmand

    Afghan Taliban insurgents have launched repeated attacks on security force checkpoints in northern Helmand after massing in the Sangin area, according to local officials. Large numbers of police officers have been killed and thousands of residents have left their homes as a result of the attacks,

  • South African Badger evaluation going well, says Denel

    The Badger infantry combat vehicle developed by Denel Land Systems for the South African Army is now undergoing test and evaluation by the Joint Project Team (JPT) and engineers from the defence acquisition agency Armscor. According to Denel Land Systems CEO Stephan Burger, the programme is

  • Iraqi Abrams losses revealed

    The armour on five of Iraq's M1A1 Abrams tanks was penetrated by anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) and six helicopters were shot down between 1 January and the end of May, The New York Times quoted an unnamed US official as saying on 13 June. The official said 28 Iraqi Army Abrams had been damaged

  • Exelis acquires Celestech

    Exelis announced that it has completed the acquisition of Arizona-based firm Celestech on 12 June. Celestech specialises in advanced signal processing for use in intelligence operations and electronic warfare; wireless communications networks operating across satellite and terrestrial systems;

  • QinetiQ acquires optics firm as US services division divested

    UK technology company QinetiQ will expand its OptaSense subsidiary through the acquisition of low noise semi-conductor laser manufacturer Redfern Integrated Optics (RIO). In a statement on the acquisition released on 22 May, OptaSense Managing Director Magnus McEwen-King said the acquisition would

  • Elbit's new Spear promises heavy mortar punch for light vehicles

    Elbit Systems unveiled a 120 mm mortar system for unstabilised lightweight vehicles at Israel's International Fire Conference. The new Soltam Spear features a soft-recoil system that reduces the firing load of the mortar from the traditional 120 tons to less than 10 tons. This enables the mortar to

  • Pratt continues AETD design work, preps for 2016 testing

    United Technologies' Pratt and Whitney military engines unit is working on the final two years of design work on the Pentagon's Adaptive Engine Technology Development (AETD) programme, according to the company official who oversees the company's sixth-generation engine work. AETD "goes through

  • Airbus expects international Lakota sales in wake of US Army buy

    The US Army's decision to purchase additional Airbus UH-72A Lakota helicopters and to put them at the centre of its training mission raises the potential for international sales, according to the company's top official in the United States. Airbus sees an opportunity to sell hundreds of Lakotas

  • Italy, Japan sign intel sharing agreement

    Japan and Italy have agreed to sign an Information Security Agreement (ISA) to allow the exchange of military intelligence and information on terrorists. Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera reached the accord with his Italian counterpart Roberta Pinotti at a meeting in Rome on 7 May. The

  • Philippines completes procurement pre-negotiations for Israeli radars

    The Philippine Department of National Defense (DND) has completed pre-negotiations with Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI) to acquire three surveillance radars in a deal worth PHP2.6 billion (USD57 million). "Hopefully within May we can finish formal negotiations because we are really putting

  • US court bans Russian rocket engine purchases for military space launches

    Key Points US Federal Court Judge Susan Braden has prevented the purchase of Russian-made rocket engines The legal maneuovre follows a suit filed by private launch provider SpaceX and a congressional effort to commence a new rocket engine development A US federal court judge has issued an

  • Thales Alenia Space stakes claim on UK

    Thales Alenia Space - the space technologies joint venture of Thales and Finmeccanica - has announced that it will establish a subsidiary in the UK. The decision emerged on 30 April, and was followed the next day by the announcement that Thales Alenia Space will underpin its place in the UK through

  • PLA may finally receive Russian S-400 SAMs

    Key Points Moscow has finally approved the export of the S-400 air defence system to China, according to high-level Russian sources The delivery schedule for the systems could be an issue Officials in the Russian defence industry also remain concerned that China will reverse-engineer the S-400

  • MHI welcomes changes to Japanese export law

    Japan's biggest defence company, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), has welcomed Tokyo's decision to ease the country's long-standing ban on exports of locally made military equipment. MHI said in a statement on 2 April that the new guidelines, called the 'three principles on arms transfers',

  • Putin outlines future military developments in Crimea and Arctic

    Russian President Vladimir Putin set out development plans for the country's armed forces this year during a multi-service senior promotion ceremony on 28 March. Putin also stated that there is a pressing need to modernise military infrastructures in Crimea and to form new Interior Ministry and

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