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  • Spanish military to be hit by further cuts

    The Spanish Ministry of Defence (MoD) is to base its future operability on a deployable 'action' force of only 10,000 personnel across all three services, according to local media reports. Although the MoD declined to comment on the reports, military sources confirmed to IHS Jane's on 7 January

  • Bangladesh reported to have signed submarine deal with China

    Bangladesh has concluded an agreement with China to purchase two Type 035G Ming-class diesel-electric submarines, a Dhaka-based news agency reported on 21 December. The deal, said the New Age newspaper, is valued at BTD16 billion (USD206 million) and will call for the submarines to be delivered to

  • Saab contracted to begin Gripen E serial production

    The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) has contracted Saab to begin serial production of the JAS 39 Gripen E fighter aircraft, the company announced on 18 December. The SEK16.4 billion (USD2.5 billion) contract will cover serial production from 2013-26 and covers the conversion of 60

  • F-35 completes Block 2B weapon accuracy trials

    The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter passed its latest milestone with the final weapon delivery accuracy test for a Block 2B munition, it was announced on 11 December. The 6 December drop, which took place at the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base in

  • Norway approves additional F-35s

    Norway has authorised the procurement of a further six Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters, bringing the country's commitment up to 16 aircraft. Parliament's approval of the additional jets, which came on 11 December, is valued at NKR7.38 billion (USD1.23 billion) and will see

  • USAF and Air National Guard re-evaluating intra-theatre airlift needs

    The US National Guard and US Air Force (USAF) are reviewing intra-theatre airlift needs as the latter is seeking to unload its nascent Alenia C-27J Spartan fleet. C-27J procurement began in 2007 as the Joint Cargo Aircraft (JCA) programme run by the US Army and USAF, which were to buy 78 aircraft

  • Dubai Airshow 2013: Saab closes in on 340 MSA certification

    Saab expects to have completed certification of its 340 regional airliner-based Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA) by the end of the year, a company official told IHS Jane's on 19 November. Speaking at the Dubai Airshow, Johan Rattvall, director Maritime Surveillance Marketing and Sales, said

  • Dubai Air Show 2013: Algeria shows interest in MALE UAV from UAE

    Algeria is considering the Adcom Systems Yabhon United 40 Block 5 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to fulfill its medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) requirement, a company official said at the Dubai Air Show 2013. Speaking to IHS Jane's on 17

  • Dubai Air Show 2013: Boeing selects Challenger 600 biz-jet to host MSA capability

    Boeing unveiled the Bombardier Challenger 605 business jet as the host platform for its new maritime surveillance aircraft (MSA) at the Dubai Air Show on 18 November. Speaking at the show, Tim Peters, Boeing vice-president and general manager, Mobility, Surveillance & Engagement, said that the

  • RDAF gets Litening G4 targeting pods

    The Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF) has become the first international partner to receive the Litening G4: the latest configuration of Northrop Grumman's AN/AAQ-28(V)7 Litening advanced targeting system. Following a two-week flight test evaluation programme of 25 sorties that verified the pod's

  • Rheinmetall confirms Indonesian Leopard 2 contract

    Indonesia has acquired 103 Leopard 2A4 main battle tanks (MBTs), 42 upgraded Marder 1A3 infantry fighting vehicles, and 11 armoured recovery and engineering vehicles from surplus German Army stocks, Rheinmetall Defence confirmed in a 13 November statement. The statement said that Rheinmetall would

  • CAD images suggest 'strike' version of Shenyang J-31

    Key Points CAD images that have appeared on Chinese websites suggest a strike version of Shenyang's J-31 stealth fighter The CAD images cannot be verified but would make sense given the PLAAF's lack of interest in the existing J-31 programme Computer-aided design (CAD) images that have appeared on

  • Northrop announces earnings increase but warns of 2014 sequester impact

    US defence contractor Northrop Grumman's third quarter 2013 earnings increased 8% to USD497 million from USD459 million last year, the company announced on 23 October. Chief executive Wes Bush also noted, however, that another round of US government spending sequestration is scheduled to be

  • Norway's new government to strengthen defence and security

    The new minority government of Norway, currently being formed, unveiled its defence plans for its term of office on 14 October. Following its success in Norway's September elections, the new government is a coalition of the right-wing Conservative and Progressive parties. Both have traditionally

  • Russian T-72 MBT gets enhanced protection

    Two enhanced T-72 main battle tanks (MBTs) were shown for the first time during RAE 2013 in Nizhny Tagil, Russia. The MBTs have been upgraded to enhance their survivability and developments have been made to meet the potential requirements of the export market, as the T-72 MBT has been built in

  • Sweden seeks more BvS10s

    Sweden is looking to purchase around 100 more BAE Systems BvS10 Mk IIB all-terrain vehicles, Swedish Defence Minister Karin Enstrom has stated. Enstrom made the call on 24 September in a local newspaper article, although no formal request to that effect is understood to have been made to contractor

  • South African Badger ICV contract delayed

    The South African National Defence Force's (SANDF's) new infantry combat vehicle was approved by Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula in February, but the contract has yet to be awarded by the state acquisition agency Armscor, according to Secretary for Defence Dr Sam Gulube. Speaking to

  • Indonesia inducts new maritime patrol craft

    Indonesia launched two 48 m offshore patrol vessels, KN Bintang Laut (Pennant number 4801) and KN Singha Laut (4802) in early June. Both patrol boats, built by Batam-based shipyards, are expected to enter operational service in July, according to a press release by the country's Central Committee

  • Electric Boat to assist in Spanish S 80 submarine programme

    General Dynamics Electric Boat (GDEB) has been called in to help resolve design problems in the Spanish Navy's new S 80 submarine programme. As reported by IHS Jane's on 14 May, the design problems have generated expected delays of up to two years in the

  • With three nuclear-powered submarines returning to service, Russia seeks to maintain fleet numbers

    Three Russian nuclear-powered submarines will return to operations in 2013 following periods of maintenance, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced. Following post-maintenance sea trials to test "technical readiness", the Oscar II-class

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