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    Canadian defence sector stakeholders are scratching their heads yet again, following the leak earlier this month that suggested the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper has not been upfront regarding its jet fighter procurement plans. Officially, the Tory government had committed to

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    Europe has formally begun the acquisition process for a new aerial refuelling capability under the Multinational MultiRole Tanker Transport (MRTT) Fleet (MMF) project, it was announced on 21 November. With the European Defence Agency having already harmonised requirements, a co-operation agreement was signed between the NATO Support

  • Israel orders upgraded JDAM kits

    Israel is to receive 3,000 upgraded Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) tail-kits under a USD82.6 million contract announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 24 November. The contract will see Boeing deliver the tail-kits that have been upgraded with the ultra-tightly coupled (UTC)

  • Indian MoD approves mounted gun programme, defers on medium transport aircraft

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 22 November approved the long-awaited procurement of 814 155 mm/52 cal mounted gun systems for an estimated INR157.50 billion (USD2.62 billion). The MoD's Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), headed by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, stated that 100 systems

  • Kaman contracted for Peruvian SH-2G programme

    Kaman Aerospace has been contracted by General Dynamics Canada to remanufacture and upgrade four Kaman SH-2G Super Seasprite helicopters for the Peruvian Navy, and to provide support for the operation of a fifth aircraft. The five aircraft, currently operated by the Royal New Zealand Air Force in

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    Tokyo is shrugging off the post-1945 constraints on its military and developing new operational concepts and capabilities in response to China's rise. James Hardy reports
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    The F-35 programme has had its fair share of challenges, but meeting key programme milestones in the new year would signal that the largest weapons acquisition effort in history is finally on track. Marina Malenic reports
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