• 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

  • BAE Systems may 'gap' Typhoon production in 2018

    BAE Systems may have to 'gap' production of the Eurofighter Typhoon in 2018, if further near-term orders are not forthcoming, IHS Jane's was told on 28 July. Speaking at the company's manufacturing facility at Warton, production manager Matt Heritage, said that as the current orderbook stands,

  • Pentagon test chief raps F-35B reliability ahead of IOC

    Key Points The F-35B demonstrated poor reliability in sea trials aboard the USS Wasp Despite the findings, the USMC is poised to declare the aircraft suitable for limited combat operations The short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) version of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint

  • Alenia completes trials of winglet-fitted C-27J

    Alenia Aermacchi has completed flight testing of a C-27J tactical transport aircraft fitted with wingtip devices, the company announced on 29 July. According to the company the winglets are designed "to improve the already very good overall flight performance of the aircraft by increasing the

  • Australia receives seventh C-17 transport aircraft

    Australia's seventh Boeing C-17A Globemaster III strategic transport aircraft arrived at its homebase of RAAF Base Amberley in Queensland on 29 July, only three months after its acquisition was announced. Australia said it would purchase two C-17s on 10 April after requesting four in late 2014. The

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  • Picking up the pieces: Putting Project SEA 4000 back on course

    Australia's Air Warfare Destroyer programme has been blighted by schedule slippage, cost escalation, and dysfunctional management. Julian Kerr finds out how and why plans have gone awry, and looks at the efforts to put Project SEA 4000 back on an even keel
  • Asian gains

    With Asia-Pacific countries increasingly looking to develop their defence industrial capabilities through offset, the demands being placed on foreign contractors are rising to an unprecedented level. Jon Grevatt reports
  • Strike out: unmanned systems set for wider attack role

    Unmanned strike has for the most part been the preserve of larger systems, but now weapons are set to be rolled out across a range of UASs. Huw Williams examines the options
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  • AFSOC receives first Ghostrider gunship

    The US Air Force's Special Operations Command (AFSOC) has received the first of 37 Lockheed Martin AC-130J Ghostrider gunships, it was announced on 30 July. The aircraft arrived at Hurlburt Field in Florida the day prior to the announcement, ahead of initial developmental test and evaluation
  • Croatia receives first PzH 2000

    Croatia has received its first Panzerhaubitze 2000 (PzH 2000) 155 mm self-propelled artillery (SPA) systems, the country's Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced. The MoD paraded the first vehicle at the Repair Office of the Armed Forces in Jankomir on 29 July, ahead of their public debut during the
  • Portugal abandons plan to buy French LPD

    Portugal has decided not to buy the FS Siroco (L9012) landing platform dock (LPD) from the French Navy the country's Ministry of National Defence has told IHS Jane's .. Technical visits were made to the ship and requests of information were issued by Portugal, but no acquisition proposal was

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