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  • Indian and US firms inaugurate joint UAV development facility

    Indian company Dynamatic Technologies and AeroVironment, a US developer of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), officially inaugurated on 17 February a facility to support the Indian-US Defence Trade and Technology Initiative (DTTI). The facility - at Dynamatic's aeronautic manufacturing facilities in

  • Irkut aims to complete Su-30MKI deliveries to India in 2015

    The Irkut Corporation has stated that it will complete deliveries in 2015 of Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighter kits to India's state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) as part of the Russian group's technology transfer obligations. HAL has been licence building the Su-30MKI aircraft for the

  • Canada shakes up defence, foreign ministries

    Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper announced on 9 February that Jason Kenney will be his new minister of national defence and replace Rob Nicholson, who will take over as minister of foreign affairs after serving in the top defence job since mid-2013. Kenney, who will retain a position as

  • China's CETC posts strong 2014 growth

    The China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC) - one of China's largest state-run defence manufacturers - achieved double-digit financial growth in 2014 on the back of continued industrial reform, said China's State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense

  • China, France sign technology co-operation agreements

    China and France have signed agreements to foster collaboration across a range of hi-tech sectors with many linked to defence. According to official statements on 30 January, the two countries will pursue co-operation programmes in sectors including commercial aerospace, nuclear technologies and

  • India, US extend strategic partnership, agree on joint development of four defence systems

    India and the US extended bilateral defence co-operation for another decade and agreed to jointly develop and build four defence systems during President Barack Obama's three-day New Delhi visit that ends on 27 January. "We have renewed our Defence Framework Agreement and decided to take our

  • US Navy to begin LRIP talks for CH-53K helo

    The US Navy (USN) is to begin negotiations with Sikorsky for the low-rate initial production (LRIP) of the CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopter, the service disclosed on 8 January. According to a notice posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website, Lots 1 and 2 will be negotiated for

  • US Marine Corps receives first carrier variant F-35C

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has received its first carrier variant (CV) Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), the company announced on 22 December. Aircraft CF-19 will now be transferred from the Fort Worth production facility in Texas to the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air

  • German Typhoons not subject to Russian aggression

    The German Air Force (GAF) is not seeing a more confrontational attitude from Russian pilots it is intercepting over the Baltic region, despite concerns being raised by Western leaders of increased aggression over recent weeks. Speaking during a media tour of Amari Air Base, Estonia, on 17

  • Europe kick-starts tanker procurement project

    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)

  • Images suggest China developing J-15 for CATOBAR-equipped carrier

    China is developing a new variant of the J-15 carrier-based fighter modified for catapult-assisted take-off but arrested recovery (CATOBAR) operations, according to images posted on the Xinhua website. China's only operational carrier, Liaoning (CV-16), has a short take-off but arrested recovery

  • Iranian RQ-170 flight likely to have featured sub-scale model

    A reported first flight by Iran of a reverse-engineered copy of the Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) appears to have featured a sub-scale model rather than a full-scale replica as announced by state media on 10 November. Video footage of the flight broadcast by Press TV

  • UK withdraws Tornados from Afghanistan

    The United Kingdom has ended manned fixed-wing combat operations over Afghanistan with the return of the final Panavia Tornado GR.4 detachment to its home base in England, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 11 November. The eight Panavia Tornado GR.4 strike aircraft of 31 Squadron have

  • Airshow China 2014: AVIC unveils FC-31 export fighter concept

    State-owned aircraft research and development firm Shenyang Aviation Company (SAC) showcased its FC-31 twin-engined, medium multirole stealth fighter design at Airshow China 2014 in Zhuhai. SAC, a subsidiary of Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), calls the FC-31 a "4th-Generation

  • Airshow China 2014: Norinco debuts Battle Robot UGV

    China North Industries Corporation (Norinco) unveiled a new unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) designed for operations in confined environments at AirshowChina 2014 in Zhuhai (11-16 November). Called the Battle Robot, the UGV is a tracked mini tactical operations platform intended for surveillance and

  • USAF proposes more gradual A-10 retirement

    The US Air Force (USAF) has scaled back a request to retire its ageing Fairchild-Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II close air support (CAS) fleet in hopes that lawmakers resistant to the full divestment will allow a partial fleet retirement, congressional and military sources told IHS Jane's on 11

  • China slams sale of six MCMVs to Taiwan

    Key Points China has protested at the inclusion of foreign components and systems in six MCMVs to be built for RoCN The MCMVs will likely form a key component of Taiwan's defence against China's possible use of increasingly sophisticated naval mines, including the EM-53 'smart mine' The Chinese

  • Japan begins process of E-767 AWACS upgrade

    Boeing is to begin the upgrade of Japan's fleet of E-767 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft with a USD25.6 million design and production contract announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 28 October. The four aircraft, which have been in service with the Japan Air

  • UK to upgrade Sentinel R.1s for maritime operations

    The United Kingdom is to begin the process of upgrading its fleet of Raytheon Sentinel R.1 Airborne Stand-Off Radar (ASTOR) surveillance aircraft to conduct maritime operations in mid-2015, the government disclosed on 24 October. Answering questions in the House of Commons, the parliamentary

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