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  • Indonesia increases defence budget 14%

    Outgoing Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has announced a 2015 defence budget of INR95 trillion (USD8.1 billion), a year-on-year increase of 14%. The proportion of GDP that defence has been allocated in 2015 remains relatively low at about 0.8% and the budget increase mainly reflects

  • Brazil adds BAE Systems' RG32M to VBMT-LR competition

    The Brazilian Army has begun evaluating BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa's RG32M LTV (Light Tactical Vehicle) 4x4. The army's Evaluations Center (CAEx) is studying the vehicle as part of the VBMT-LR (Viatura Blindada Multitarefa-Leve de Rodas) competition. The VBMT-LR programme will buy an

  • Berlin points finger at NATO for June ATC blackouts

    The German government has indicated that NATO electronic warfare (EW) training exercises were responsible for civilian ATC radar display blackouts in central Europe on 5 June and 10 June 2014. IHS Jane's has obtained the government's answer to a parliamentary question on 17 July, in which it noted

  • Ukrainian requests for EW equipment go unanswered

    Ukrainian requests for more sophisticated electronic warfare (EW) equipment have gone unanswered despite its air losses rising, with the downing of two more Sukhoi Su-25s on 23 July, to 11 fixed-wing aircraft and eight helicopters since April, when these shootdowns began. "It is clear that

  • Mk VI Patrol Boat promises greater reach for US coastal forces

    The US Navy (USN) is preparing to receive its first Mk VI Patrol Boat (PB), in a move that will significantly enhance the blue-water capabilities of the service's riverine and coastal forces. Designed and manufactured by Safe Boats International, the 85 ft (26 m) aluminium-hulled Mk VI PB is

  • EU renews arms embargo on Sudans

    Alarmed at the violence and chaos in Sudan and South Sudan, the 28 EU nations agreed on 10 July to maintain arms embargoes on both countries, while targeting key individuals considered responsible for the instability. More planned sanctions are in the works if the perpetrators do not cease their

  • Update: Japan delays C-2 service entry after door issue in testing

    Japan is delaying the introduction into service of the Kawasaki C-2 transport aircraft to investigate why a door broke during pressurisation testing in January. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 4 July that it had decided to postpone the introduction of the Kawasaki C-2 transport aircraft

  • Australia outlines plans for F-35 MRO centre

    Australia has become the second Asia-Pacific country after Japan to outline a plan to establish a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility to support Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft operated by regional air forces. In comments to IHS Jane's on 3 July,

  • Taliban on the offensive in Helmand

    Afghan Taliban insurgents have launched repeated attacks on security force checkpoints in northern Helmand after massing in the Sangin area, according to local officials. Large numbers of police officers have been killed and thousands of residents have left their homes as a result of the attacks,

  • Analysis: US No Longer Spends More on Defense than Next 10 Biggest Countries Combined

    A commonly cited metric used to highlight American dominance in the post-Cold War era is that not only does the United States spend more on its defense than any other country in the world, but that it actually shells out more than the next 10 highest defense spenders combined. However, 2014 will

  • South African Badger evaluation going well, says Denel

    The Badger infantry combat vehicle developed by Denel Land Systems for the South African Army is now undergoing test and evaluation by the Joint Project Team (JPT) and engineers from the defence acquisition agency Armscor. According to Denel Land Systems CEO Stephan Burger, the programme is

  • US Navy trials Fire Scout with new maritime search radar

    The US Navy has begun trials of the Northrop Grumman MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter fitted with a new maritime surface search radar, the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) disclosed on 16 June. Test sorties of the Fire Scout equipped with the Telephonics AN/ZPY-4(V)1 maritime search radar

  • Exelis acquires Celestech

    Exelis announced that it has completed the acquisition of Arizona-based firm Celestech on 12 June. Celestech specialises in advanced signal processing for use in intelligence operations and electronic warfare; wireless communications networks operating across satellite and terrestrial systems;

  • South Korea to resume production of indigenous ASW missile

    South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on 25 May that it has improved the accuracy of a homegrown ship-launched anti-submarine missile and is on track towards restarting its mass production. The Korean Anti-Submarine Rocket (K-ASROC), or Hongsangeo as it is

  • QinetiQ acquires optics firm as US services division divested

    UK technology company QinetiQ will expand its OptaSense subsidiary through the acquisition of low noise semi-conductor laser manufacturer Redfern Integrated Optics (RIO). In a statement on the acquisition released on 22 May, OptaSense Managing Director Magnus McEwen-King said the acquisition would

  • Elbit's new Spear promises heavy mortar punch for light vehicles

    Elbit Systems unveiled a 120 mm mortar system for unstabilised lightweight vehicles at Israel's International Fire Conference. The new Soltam Spear features a soft-recoil system that reduces the firing load of the mortar from the traditional 120 tons to less than 10 tons. This enables the mortar to

  • Pratt continues AETD design work, preps for 2016 testing

    United Technologies' Pratt and Whitney military engines unit is working on the final two years of design work on the Pentagon's Adaptive Engine Technology Development (AETD) programme, according to the company official who oversees the company's sixth-generation engine work. AETD "goes through

  • IDD, Black Pearl Capital sign MoU

    Jordanian vehicle engineering company Industrial Design and Development (IDD) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with asset management firm Black Pearl Capital (BPC), the companies announced on 19 May. The MoU covers collaboration in the oil and gas equipment manufacturing and defence

  • Airbus expects international Lakota sales in wake of US Army buy

    The US Army's decision to purchase additional Airbus UH-72A Lakota helicopters and to put them at the centre of its training mission raises the potential for international sales, according to the company's top official in the United States. Airbus sees an opportunity to sell hundreds of Lakotas

  • Italy, Japan sign intel sharing agreement

    Japan and Italy have agreed to sign an Information Security Agreement (ISA) to allow the exchange of military intelligence and information on terrorists. Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera reached the accord with his Italian counterpart Roberta Pinotti at a meeting in Rome on 7 May. The

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