• Pentagon Budget 2018: Senate defence appropriators recommend USD643.7 billion

    Key Points Senate defence appropriators recommend providing USD643.7 billion for fiscal year 2018 The base budget suggestion, USD581.3 billion, is above sequestration budget caps US Senate defence appropriators on 21 November recommended providing USD643.7 billion for the Pentagon in fiscal year

  • USAF Talon jet trainer crashes

    A Northrop T-38 Talon jet trainer aircraft of the US Air Force (USAF) crashed on 20 November, killing one of the two crew members and injuring the other. The twin-seat jet came down approximately 23 km northwest of its home station of Laughlin Air Force Base (AFB) in Texas. While one of the crew

  • China claims major boost in defence electronics capability

    China’s industrial base now manufactures more than 85% of the key electronic components integrated onto Chinese military platforms, a senior government official in Beijing has claimed. Diao Shijing, director of information technology at the Chinese government’s Ministry of Industry and

  • Germany’s Aircraft Philipp Group to manufacture Chinook parts

    Boeing and Aircraft Philipp Group have announced the signing of a five-year contract that will see the latter manufacture parts for the CH-47 Chinook rotorcraft in Germany. To be manufactured in facilities in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg specifically, the new deal will see Aircraft Philipp

  • Slovakia receives new version of AMV XP under joint IFV programme with Finland

    Slovakia has received a new version of the Armoured Modular Vehicle (AMV) XP from Patria for the joint programme with Finland to develop an 8×8 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) for the Slovak armed forces, the Finnish company announced in a press release on 17 November. Patria told Jane's on 21

  • Bangladesh issues tender for light armoured vehicles

    Bangladesh’s Directorate General Defence Purchase (DGDP) has issued a tender for the procurement of an undisclosed number of 4x4 light armoured vehicles (LAVs) to be deployed by the Bangladesh Army (BA) in UN peacekeeping missions. First published on 7 November, the tender states that the

  • China’s DF-41 ICBM could enter service in 2018, says report

    China's Dong Feng-41 (DF-41) intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) could enter service as early as the first half of 2018, the state-owned Global Times newspaper reported on 19 November following media reports stating that the ICBM possibly underwent another test a few weeks ago. “The

  • Czech MoD completes tracked armoured vehicle testing

    The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 21 November that it has completed extensive field trials and technical tests of five tracked armoured vehicle platforms begun during the summer. The ministry stated that all platforms have fulfilled the necessary minimum requirements stipulated by the

  • Foreign investment committee approves Ultra’s Sparton purchase

    Ultra Electronics’ planned acquisition of Sparton Corporation has been approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, concluding that there are no unresolved national security concerns with regards to the transaction. Anti-trust clearance is now required, and Ultra has

  • India extends deadline for naval UAV RFI

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has extended its deadline to 21 November for overseas vendors to respond to its global request for information (RFI) for 50 naval shipborne unmanned aerial systems (NSUASs) for the Indian Navy (IN). First issued on 10 October the RFI states that the

  • Northrop Grumman delivers first operational MQ-4C Triton to the US Navy

    Key Points Northrop Grumman delivers its first operational Triton UAV to the US Navy The company expects to deliver another aircraft by the end of 2017 Northrop Grumman recently delivered the first operational MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to the US Navy facility at Point Mugu,

  • Poland purchases 1,000 Warmate loitering munitions

    On 20 November, the Polish Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed a contract with the Warsaw-based WB Group for the delivery of Warmate loitering munitions for Polish land, territorial defence, and special forces (SF). “The contract is for 1,000 of these missiles – at least in the first

  • Serbia acquires capability to overhaul M-84 MBT

    The Serbian Army's Technical Overhaul Institution (Tehnicki Remontni Zavod, TRZ) located in Cacak is very close to acquiring the capability to conduct the general overhaul of its M-84 main battle tank (MBT), a military commander has said. In an interview published in the 15 November issue of the

  • US, Afghan forces target Taliban drug production facilities

    US and Afghan forces launched a series of strikes on 19-20 November against Taliban-linked drug production facilities in an effort to cut off the revenue streams of the insurgent group, according to the NATO-led ‘Resolute Support’ mission. The forces conducted combined operations to

  • MBDA Inc appoints new vice-president

    Nancy DiCarlo has joined MBDA Inc as its new vice-president of strategic business development, where she will be responsible for the long-term strategy of the weapons manufacturer. DiCarlo moves to MBDA from the US Missile Defense Agency, where she was director of international affairs and

  • China unveils two armed A-Hawk VTOL UAV models

    The state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) unveiled two models of its A-Hawk series of strike-capable, reconnaissance vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at the 12-16 November Dubai Airshow 2017. The multi-rotor A-Hawk I and A-Hawk II UAVs were

  • Chinese navy quietly commissions more ships

    Photographs recently emerged in Chinese online forums suggesting that China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) commissioned its latest Jiangdao-class (Type 056/056A) corvette on 16 November. A local news report posted on the Weixin website about the commissioning of Guangyuan ,

  • Netherlands plans to invest more in intelligence, logistics, training, support

    The new Dutch government sworn in at the end of October plans to spend EUR5 billion (USD6 billion) more on defence over its four-year term in office, Defence Minister Ank Bijleveld-Schouten has said. The extra funding will be used to reduce personnel shortages in the fire support and ground-based

  • US military advantage over China, Russia eroding, says JCS chairman

    The US military advantage against so-called near-peer competitors such as China and Russia is eroding, according to the Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford. Speaking at Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Massachusetts on 14

  • Virgin Orbit secures first Pentagon contract

    Key Points The Pentagon awarded Virgin Orbit its first DoD contract The company uses a unique air-launched delivery method Small rocket developer Virgin Orbit secured its first Pentagon contract when it was awarded a deal as part of the US Air Force’s (USAF) Space Test Program (STP).

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