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  • DSEI 2015: French Navy details lessons learned from Gulf carrier deployment

    Key Points Carrier deployment demonstrates ability to shape events at sea and ashore while supporting wider strategic interests Gulf maritime environment is becoming more complex, with more navies present The recent deployment of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle and its

  • Brazilian Gripen contract takes effect

    Swedish defence technology group Saab announced on 10 September that the contract it signed with the Brazilian government in October 2014 for the supply of 36 Gripen NG multirole combat aircraft has come into effect. Saab said in a statement that now "all required conditions have been

  • Update: Developing MOKV will be challenging but results could reap cost savings

    Key Points Lockheed Martin will examine technologies from its previous MKV effort MOKV could be a fielded capability as early as 2025 The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has awarded contracts to Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Raytheon to define a proof-of-concept prototype and demonstrate risk

  • China, US clash over South China Sea at ASEAN Regional Forum

    Chinese island-building in the South China Sea dominated discussions at a regional security summit held in Kuala Lumpur in the first week of August, with US secretary of state John Kerry accusing Beijing of preventing freedom of navigation and the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)

  • Malaysian Starstreak deal to feature trade-in of Starburst missiles

    Malaysia's Weststar Group has been appointed prime contractor by the Malaysian Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) to supply the Thales UK Starstreak high-velocity missile ground-based air-defence system to the Malaysian Army, it was announced on 3 August. Weststar did not reveal the value of the contract

  • Saudi Arabia requests USD500 million ammo replenishment

    The US State Department has approved the sale of a large amount of ammunition to Saudi Arabia to replenish stocks depleted by the ongoing conflict in Yemen, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 29 July. The DSCA said the proposed sales were worth an estimated USD500 million

  • UK minister for defence acquisition seeks US participation in strategic assessment

    Key Points As part of his US visit, the MoD's new minister responsible for defence acquisition met with his DoD counterparts Discussions included DoD participation in the SDSR, as well as F-35B and CMC updates The new UK government minister responsible for defence acquisition for the Ministry of

  • Canadian Army to trail NovAtel's new GAJT-AE anti-jam antenna

    Key Points An upcoming GAJT demonstration falls under the BCIP NovAtel has sold GAJT-AE to international customers for use on UAVs The Canadian Army will begin field testing later in 2015 a new and smaller NovAtel GPS anti-jam antenna that is receiver-agnostic and can be retrofitted onto legacy

  • South Korean prosecutors investigate HHI

    South Korean naval shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has confirmed to IHS Jane's that public prosecutors have investigated the company's offices in Seoul as part of an inquiry into alleged corruption. A spokesman said on 24 June that "prosecutors investigated the HHI office"

  • Paris Air Show 2015: Orbital ATK prepares to deliver ShotFinder HFI to launch customer

    Orbital ATK (formerly Alliant Techsystems) expects to deliver its ShotFinder hostile fire indicator (HFI) system to its inaugural customer in the coming months, a senior company official told IHS Jane's on 17 June. Speaking at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, William Kasting, vice-president and

  • USN secures funding stream for innovations to reduce carrier acquisition costs

    Key Points USD25 million R&D funding will be made available to the Ford-class carrier programme in FY 2017 Investments will be made at ONR, HII to streamline production and reduce costs on the third and subsequent carriers The officer in charge of acquiring the US Navy's (USN's) new

  • Vietnam cements defence trade relationship with Slovakia

    Vietnam and Slovakia signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on defence collaboration on 9 June geared in part towards trade and technology transfers. The accord was signed in Hanoi during meetings between Vietnam's Defence Minister General Phung Quang Thanh and his visiting counterpart from

  • Saudi, Qatar and UAE defence budgets not shrinking despite oil price drop

    The outlook for defence spending in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates – unlike that of their neighbours – remains positive, according to IHS analysis. “Despite Saudi Arabia’s heavy exposure to oil price fluctuations, there have been very few signs of any

  • SH-60B ends 30 years of service as USN transitions to MH-60R

    The US Navy (USN) on 11 May marked the retirement of the Sikorsky SH-60B Sea Hawk anti-submarine warfare (ASW) helicopter at Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado, California. The SH-60B fleet is ending 30 years of service, with more than 3.6 million flight hours completed in support of

  • Exelis increases C4ISR earnings ahead of merger with Harris

    US aerospace and defence electronics systems manufacturer Exelis revealed on 6 May that its C4ISR Electronics and Systems sector had increased operating income 85% year-on-year to USD74 million in the first quarter of financial year 2015 (1Q15). A favourable sales mix for the unit was responsible

  • Mexican Air Force EC725 forced down by cartel attack

    A Mexican Air Force (FAM) Airbus Helicopter EC725 medium transport helicopter was forced to conduct an emergency landing after it was attacked over Casimiro Castro-Villa Purificacion, Jalisco, on 1 May. Three soldiers on board were killed and 12 others on board were wounded. The EC725 was on a

  • French defence budget boost swaps a 7% cut for a 4% jump

    Key points: France’s announcement goes even further than Germany's plan to increase spending by EUR1.9 billion over 2015-2016. While many countries in Eastern Europe have already increased spending, we may finally be seeing an end to the erosion of defence spending in Western Europe.

  • Analysis: Saudi-led airstrikes continue in Yemen

    Key Points The Saudi-led coalition continued airstrikes after announcing Operation 'Determined Storm' had ended on 21 April Renegade Yemeni military units have increasingly become the focus of the air campaign ANALYSIS The Saudi-led military intervention against the Yemeni group Ansar Allah

  • RoKN announces disaster management measures following ferry tragedy

    The Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) has revealed measures that it has and will be taking to improve its rescue capabilities, the Yonhap news agency reported on 14 April, citing RoKN vice-spokesperson Choi Tae-bok. The measures were announced close to the first anniversary of the Sewol ferry tragedy.

  • Navy League 2015: Acquisition framework for USN's future frigate taking shape

    Key Points The USN's frigate acquisition strategy remains agnostic on the number of shipyards to be involved Officials are circulating the strategy with USN acquisition leadership ahead of a 1 May submission deadline to the Pentagon As the US Navy (USN) finalises its acquisition strategy for

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