• 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

  • ST Engineering invests in aerospace

    Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering) has injected funding into its aerospace business unit to support its planned expansion, the group announced on 28 March. ST Engineering said it would inject new equity of SGD216 million (USD171 million) into the capital of ST Aerospace, bringing

  • Pentagon 2015 budget: Under fiscal strain, USAF justifies fleet retirements

    Key Points The USAF wants to purchase new platforms in order to stay ahead of adversaries' increasing technological sophistication At least two entire fleets, A-10s and U-2s, would be retired in the next five years under the USAF plan The US Air Force (USAF) is defending plans to retire entire

  • Spending spree: IHS' Second Balance of Trade Report 2014

    The second annual IHS Balance of Trade report has revealed that 2013 was another strong growth year for defence trade. Traditional markets expanded by USD2 billion to USD67 billion, while some emerging markets are starting to impact on the structure of the global market, according to the 2014

  • Chinese marines get first taste of cold weather training

    About 3,000 troops belonging to the People's Liberation Army Navy Marines (PLANM) were deployed together with their heavy equipment and vehicles to a training base in Inner Mongolia for winter warfare training, state media reported in late February. It was the first time a PLANM brigade had been

  • Singapore commits to 'steady' defence investment to 2030

    Singapore's Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen has outlined a commitment to continue the country's "steady" investment in defence as part of its bid to achieve by 2030 a "highly connected" military force. In February Singapore announced a 2014 defence budget of SGD12.56 billion

  • Djibouti, China agree 'strategic partnership'

    Djibouti and China signed a "security and defence strategic partnership" agreement on 25 February, according to the Horn of Africa's Sabahi news service. Sabahi cited Djiboutian Defence Minister Hassan Darar Houffaneh as saying he had signed an agreement with his Chinese counterpart,

  • Boeing conducts maiden flight of MSA

    Boeing has conducted the first flight of its business jet-based Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA), the company announced on 5 March. The four-hour flight, from Toronto's Pearson International Airport on 28 February, involved a Bombardier Challenger 604 testbed platform with structural and system

  • Pentagon budget 2015: Army plans to drop three aviation brigades

    Key Points Active duty CABs would reduce to 10 while the Reserve components retain 12 A restructuring seeks to focus Reserve brigades on assault, lift, and medevac missions, and active brigades on attack and scout functions The US Army plans to reduce its active duty combat aviation brigades

  • Ukraine vs Russian land forces

    Russia's military capabilities, as illustrated by this comparison of respective land forces, are significantly larger and more capable than Ukraine's.

  • UPDF Air Wing to move main base

    Uganda will begin moving its main air base from Entebbe International Airport just south of Kampala to Nakasongola in the centre of the country in March, the country's New Vision newspaper reported on 23 February. President Yoweri Museveni expressed his approval of the plan during an air force

  • Update: Australia signs up for Poseidon

    The Australian government has approved the acquisition of eight Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime multimission aircraft, the Department of Defence (DoD) announced on 21 February. The first aircraft will be delivered in 2017, with all eight aircraft to be fully operational by 2021. The government has

  • Luxembourg passes operational milestone in support of EU anti-piracy mission

    The Luxembourg Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) detachment flew its 1,000th operational sortie as part of the European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Operation 'Atalanta', it was announced on 16 February. The MPRA Detachment's Swearingen SW3C Merlin maritime surveillance aircraft

  • Russian naval pilot training facility nears completion

    Russia is making solid progress on the construction of its new naval aviation training facility at Yeysk Airbase in the country's Southern Military District, satellite imagery analysis reveals. Work on creating the new carrier-based naval aviation training complex at Yeysk is scheduled to be

  • Brazil to sign RBS 70 missile systems contract

    The Brazilian Army is scheduled to sign a contract soon with Sweden's Saab Dynamics to buy RBS 70 man-portable surface-to-air missile systems, a military source close to the programme told IHS Jane's on 11 February. The package, worth around BRL28 million (USD11.6 million), will be firmed through

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