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  • Afghanistan to receive further ScanEagle UASs

    Afghanistan is to receive five new Insitu ScanEagle unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) under a USD19.6 million contract announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 25 July. The contract covers the five UASs (one UAS typically comprises upwards of 12 air vehicles as well as associated pneumatic

  • Analysis: Latest Yemeni ballistic missile fails to impact

    The Yemeni rebels fighting the Saudi-led military coalition claimed they launched a ballistic missile at the oil refinery in the Saudi coastal city of Yanbu on 22 July, but there was no corroboration that the attack took place. The pro-rebel Al-Masirah TV station released low-quality footage

  • Bangladesh Army to get 97 more units in four years, says report

    The government in Dhaka has announced that the Bangladesh Army will form 97 more military units under three cantonments within four years as part of a push to strengthen and modernise the country’s military, according to a 16 July report by the Dhaka-based The Independent newspaper. Anisul

  • CASC readies CH-5 UAV for production

    A production-ready model of Chinese defence prime China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation’s (CASC’s) latest Cai Hong 5 (Rainbow 5, or CH-5) strike capable medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) made its maiden flight on 14 July, less than two years

  • Chile, Bolivia begin border committee meetings

    Bolivian and Chilean customs, border enforcement agencies, and foreign affairs representatives are meeting from 25-26 July, for the first time since 2011, to try and restore bilateral co-operation along a troublesome border area in the Tarapacá and Antofagasta regions. The meeting’s

  • China bolstering defences along border with North Korea, says report

    China has been bolstering defences along its border with North Korea in preparation for a potential crisis in the region, including the possibility of a US military strike, T he Wall Street Journal newspaper reported on 24 July Based on a review of official Chinese military and government websites,

  • Czech Republic outlines work on Elta radars

    The Czech Republic’s defence industry is poised to benefit following the procurement of the Elta Systems EL/M-2084 3D mobile air defence radar (MADR) system by the Ministry of Defence (MoD). The MoD selected Elta Systems in December 2016 as the winner of an international tender for eight 3D

  • Dutch receive first upgraded PC-7

    The Netherlands has received its first upgraded PC-7 trainer from Pilatus, the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 20 July. The aircraft is the first of the Netherlands' Elementaire Militaire Vlieger Opleiding (Basic Military Pilot Training, EMVO) programme's 13 PC-7s being upgraded. The

  • Egypt receives first single-seat Rafales

    Egypt has received the first of eight single-seat Dassault Rafale C multirole combat aircraft, the country’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 26 July. Two aircraft making up the fourth installment of Rafale deliveries (the previous three installments being made up of twin-seat Rafale B

  • Former Pentagon industrial base policy official launches investment firm

    Former Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Industrial Policy William Greenwalt is joining with another former defence official, Paul Brinkley, to form a new investment firm, according to a press release issued on 25 July. The new firm, Brinkley Greenwalt LLC, will target privately held technology

  • Harris to provide real-time advanced global ship tracking capability

    Harris Corporation is on track to have a constellation of more than 60 satellites on orbit by the end of 2018 that will carry the company’s payload of a more advanced Automatic Identification System (AIS) capability to deliver real-time data on ship locations. The system is currently

  • Heckler & Koch announces results of equity drive

    Germany’s Heckler & Koch (H&K) announced on 24 July that it had successfully strengthened its financial position following an equity drive launched on 6 July. The company said in a statement that it had reduced its debt by EUR50 million (USD58 million) to EUR170 million. Additionally,

  • High frontiers: Maritime BMD developments in Europe

    European navies are viewing maritime ballistic missile defence requirements through a number of different prisms. Richard Scott reports History was made on 20 October 2015 when a US Navy (USN) Aegis guided-missile destroyer became the first ship to perform a live intercept of an exo-atmospheric

  • Iran announces Sayyad-3 SAM production

    Key Points The Sayyad-3 missile appears to be a development of the Sayyad-2 Iranian reporting indicates it can be used with the Talash system and an improved Talash-2 that is being developed The production line for Iran’s new Sayyad-3 long-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) was formally

  • Naval Group buoyed by major projects

    France’s Naval Group (formerly DCNS) has revealed significant increases in its figures following on from a number of programme successes. Order intake for the first half of 2017 more than doubled year-on-year from EUR1.26 billion (USD1.47 billion) in 2016 to EUR2.61 billion, with sales

  • SAT develops SR-10-based UAV concept

    Russia’s Modern Aviation Technologies (SAT - Sovremennye Aviatsionnye Teknologii) Design Bureau has developed an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) concept based on its SR-10 jet trainer aircraft. Dubbed the AR-10 Argument, a SAT representative told Jane’s that the concept aircraft is

  • Singapore Technologies Engineering launches venture capital fund

    Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering) has launched a venture capital fund to engage with start-ups and invest in new technologies, the group announced on 25 July. The company said it would invest USD150 million to invest in “promising technology start-ups and early-stage

  • STRATCOM chief: Improve homeland missile defence before considering East Coast expansion

    Key Points The head of US Strategic Command wants better space-based sensors for missile defence Some in Congress are pushing for an 'East Coast' interceptor site, but commanders prioritise capability improvements over expansion The Pentagon should work to improve sensors and interceptors for

  • Thales H1 figures continue upward drive

    France’s Thales Group revealed its 2017 half-year results on 26 July, with the company continuing to record solid results compared with 2016. Group sales in the first half of the year amounted to EUR7.24 billion (USD8.44 billion), up 5.8% on 2016. Defence and security sales accounted for

  • Trump administration opposes House measure funding MOX nuclear facility

    Key Points The White House 'strongly opposes' a House effort to continue funding the MOX plutonium disposition programme House and Senate appropriators are at odds over funding the controversial facility The White House is backing a US Department of Energy (DoE) request, once again, for Congress

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