• Single European defence market a distant goal, says Commissioner

    Permanent structured co-operation (PESCO) may lead to an unprecedented level of defence co-operation among national capitals in Europe, but neither it, nor the other measures authored so far by the EU, will trigger a true single defence market in the future, the EU’s top official for defence

  • Saab, Avioniq Awareness announce teaming

    Saab and Avioniq Awareness have teamed to market the Avioniq’s Rattlesnake threat evaluation system combined with the Saab’s experience in developing command-and-control (C2) technology. Saab will bring its 9Air and 9Airborne C2 systems to the teaming, which alongside the Rattlesnake

  • Albania acquires Austrian mortars

    Albania has acquired an undisclosed number of 60 mm mortars from Hirtenberger Defence Systems of Austria, Jane's has learned. Defence Minister Olta Xhacka published two photographs of the company's bipod-mounted M6 60 mm mortar on her Facebook page on 17 January to mark the 97th anniversary of

  • Analysis: Cameroon demonstrates joint op capability

    Analysis An operation carried out by the Cameroonian military against separatists in the country’s South-West province in December 2017 demonstrated the extent to which it is now capable of carrying out complex joint missions. A Cameroonian Defence Force officer briefed Jane’s on

  • Australian DoD awards ammunition contract to NIOA

    Australia’s Department of Defence (DoD) has awarded an AUD100 million (USD80 million) contract to Brisbane-based company NIOA to supply 155 mm lightweight towed howitzer ammunition to the Australian Army under the LAND 17-1C.2 Future Artillery Ammunition programme. “This ammunition will

  • Canada in talks with Davie for leasing four icebreakers

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau revealed his government is in talks with Quebec-based shipbuilder Davie about leasing four icebreakers for the Canadian Coast Guard. Trudeau on 18 January said negotiations with Davie were to begin the following day. The shipbuilder originally proposed

  • Carbon, Paragon announce teaming

    Additive manufacturing company Carbon has teamed with Paragon Rapid Technologies to bring its 3D digital light synthesis technology to the UK market. US-based Carbon will introduce the technology into Paragon’s UK-based market, which will complement its 3D printing facility, as well as

  • GA-ASI demonstrates MQ-9B SATCOM launch and recovery feature

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) successfully demonstrated in December its latest Automatic Takeoff and Landing Capability (ATLC) using a satellite communications (SATCOM) data link for its MQ-9B SkyGuardian/SeaGuardian unmanned aerial system (UAS), according to a company statement.

  • Harris awarded USD45 million contract for Philippine C4ISTAR capability

    Harris Corporation has been awarded a USD44.86 million Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract to assist the US government in providing the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) with a C4ISTAR capability, the US Department of Defense (DoD) announced on 19 January. Harris will provide “programme

  • Japan to review defence programme guidelines amid North Korean threat

    Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera announced on 23 January that the government in Tokyo will revise the National Defense Program Guidelines (NDPGs) by the end of 2018 to “confront the harsh reality of the security environment surrounding Japan”. Speaking to reporters Onodera

  • Payment disputes over Russia’s latest ‘cable-cutting’ submarine

    The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Zvezdochka shipyard have filed counter-lawsuits against each other over the long-term refit and rebuild of the original Delta-IV-class nuclear submarine Podmoskovye , the independent Interfax and state-owned TASS news agencies have reported. Zvezdochka Ship

  • South Korea’s ADD confirms next production batch of K2 MBTs will feature indigenous engine

    South Korea’s next production batch of the K2 main battle tank (MBT) for the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) will feature a locally produced engine, Kim Dong Hyun, principal researcher for the country’s Agency for Defense Development (ADD) confirmed to Jane’s on 22 January at the

  • UK army chief warns of Russian missile threat

    Russian long-range missiles have narrowed UK and NATO deployment options across eastern Europe, the head of the British Army has said. General Nicholas Carter told the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) think tank in London on 22 January that in the last five years the number of Russian air,

  • US military aircraft mishaps in Japan more than doubled in 2017, says report

    Accidents or incidents involving US military aircraft in Japan more than doubled in 2017, despite reports to the contrary from the United States, Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera was quoted by the Kyodo news agency as saying on 22 January. Onodera said the Ministry of Defense (MoD)

  • Indonesian Air Force looks to accelerate procurement

    The Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU) has been called upon to accelerate the procurement of assets that will support the country’s vision of becoming a major maritime power. Speaking at a TNI-AU briefing on 22 January, Air Chief Marshal Yuyu Sutisna, TNI-AU chief of staff, requested the

  • Indonesia’s PT PAL aims to double revenues in 2018

    Indonesia’s naval shipyard PT PAL doubled its revenues in 2017 and is aiming for a similar performance in 2018, president of the company Budiman Saleh said on 22 January. In comments to state-run news agency Antara, Saleh announced that PT PAL’s revenues last year doubled to IDR1.2

  • Russia nominates bank for defence order

    In an attempt to further protect itself from the effects of planned sanctions from the US government against defence contractors, Russia is establishing a new bank that will lend and support Moscow’s major defence sales. It will be based on the private-banking company Promsvyazbank, but will

  • Subaru expands helicopter MRO capacity

    Japanese group Subaru, formerly Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI), has expanded its aerospace facilities in the Tochigi prefecture to include a centre to support the maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) of helicopters for the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF). Subaru said in a press release that the

  • Airbus Helicopters reveals 2017 orders

    Airbus Helicopters received gross orders for 350 rotorcraft in 2017, down year-on-year from the 388 ordered in 2016. After cancellations, net orders amounted to 335 helicopters, the company said, adding that the overall backlog stands at 692 helicopters for the year, and that there was a strong

  • APG Aero Systems secures investment

    Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) start-up APG Aero Systems has received USD3 million from private investors to support the development of a series of new UAV designs. According to Israeli media, the new systems will benefit from having the best features of a variety of different UAV types, eliminating

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