• US considering procurement agreement with Slovenia

    The United States Department of Defense (DoD) is considering liberalising procurement regulations with Slovenia as part of a Reciprocal Defence Procurement (RDP) Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The DoD is currently in the process of soliciting feedback on industry's experience of dealing with

  • Boeing conducts maiden flight of MSA

    Boeing has conducted the first flight of its business jet-based Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA), the company announced on 5 March. The four-hour flight, from Toronto's Pearson International Airport on 28 February, involved a Bombardier Challenger 604 testbed platform with structural and system

  • Pentagon budget 2015: Army plans to drop three aviation brigades

    Key Points Active duty CABs would reduce to 10 while the Reserve components retain 12 A restructuring seeks to focus Reserve brigades on assault, lift, and medevac missions, and active brigades on attack and scout functions The US Army plans to reduce its active duty combat aviation brigades

  • IHS Balance of Trade Report 2014

    2013 was another strong growth year for defence trade. Traditional markets expanded by USD2 billion to USD67 billion, while some emerging markets started to impact on the structure of the global market. Furthermore, trade patterns are fundamentally changing for the dominant players; for instance,

  • UPDF Air Wing to move main base

    Uganda will begin moving its main air base from Entebbe International Airport just south of Kampala to Nakasongola in the centre of the country in March, the country's New Vision newspaper reported on 23 February. President Yoweri Museveni expressed his approval of the plan during an air force

  • Update: Australia signs up for Poseidon

    The Australian government has approved the acquisition of eight Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime multimission aircraft, the Department of Defence (DoD) announced on 21 February. The first aircraft will be delivered in 2017, with all eight aircraft to be fully operational by 2021. The government has

  • Ukraine amends defence procurement policy

    Ukraine's state-owned military industries are to be exempted from the need to competitively tender for government work following a change to the country's procurement law, approved by the Ukrainian government on 12 February. In a statement issued on 14 February Ukroboronprom, Ukraine's state-owned

  • Brazil to sign RBS 70 missile systems contract

    The Brazilian Army is scheduled to sign a contract soon with Sweden's Saab Dynamics to buy RBS 70 man-portable surface-to-air missile systems, a military source close to the programme told IHS Jane's on 11 February. The package, worth around BRL28 million (USD11.6 million), will be firmed through

  • Singapore Airshow 2014: AgustaWestland secures another Philippine AW109 contract

    AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, has secured an order from the Philippine Navy (PN) for two more AW109 maritime helicopters, continuing the company's recent success in the market. Announced at the Singapore Airshow on 12 February, the contract brings the PN's AW109 orders up to five aircraft

  • Boeing targets Asia, Middle East for combat aircraft sales

    On the heels of two international losses in combat aircraft competitions last year, Boeing remains hopeful that its offerings will be chosen by new international customers over the next two decades. The company sees demand outside the US for another 500-1,000 combat aircraft over the next 10-15

  • Detica to rebrand as BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

    BAE Systems is preparing to rebrand its Detica as BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, a move that comes six years after the USD1 billion acquisition of the cyber security operation. BAE Systems revealed the rebranding plan in a staff newsletter, saying that it would take effect from 31 January.

  • German Tornado jet crashes

    A German Air Force Tornado strike aircraft on a training mission crashed into woods some 50 km from Koblenz on the evening of 16 January. Both aircrew are said to have ejected safety. Although the unit has not been identified, Fighter Bomber Wing 33 equipped with Tornado IDS (interdictor/strike)

  • USCG to receive offloaded C-27Js from USAF

    The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is to receive 14 Alenia Aermacchi C-27J Spartan transport aircraft that are being offloaded by the US Air Force (USAF), the company disclosed in early January. The transfer, which was approved by Congress on 19 December and signed into law on 26 December, will

  • Lockheed Martin withdraws AMDR contract award protest

    Key Points The USN will rescind its stop work order on 10 January Raytheon will now begin the EMD phase of the next-generation radar Lockheed Martin on 10 January announced it was withdrawing its protest of the US Navy (USN) awarding a contract to Raytheon for the Air and Missile Defense Radar

  • 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

  • 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

  • Vietnam's defence industrial development enshrined in new constitution

    Vietnam introduced a new constitution on 9 December reiterating its ambition to develop its defence industrial base and reduce dependency on foreign military imports. The constitution, which takes effect from 1 January 2014, outlines a commitment for Vietnam to "build the defence

  • Slovakia trials new Tatrapan armoured container carrier vehicle

    The Slovak Armed Forces completed an initial phase of testing with the VYVOJ Martin joint stock company's new Tatrapan 8x8 Container Carrier (CC) truck jointly with the manufacturer in late November. The company began development of the 8x8 Tatrapan in 2009 using private company funding, but

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