• ADEX 2017: Rafael offers South Korea laser from Drone Dome counter-UAV system

    Rafael Advanced Defense Systems is offering to integrate the laser ‘kill’ system it has developed for its Drone Dome counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) system onto South Korea’s own domestically built solution. Speaking to Jane’s at the Seoul International Aerospace and

  • Airbus warns of consequences in investigations

    Amid media speculation regarding ongoing legal action against Airbus for bribery allegations relating to a number of activities – including the sale of the Eurofighter Typhoon to Austria in 2003 – the company has reaffirmed its stance that the sale was legal, and stated that the

  • Discovery Air Defence offering F-16s for USAF CAF Adversary Air competition

    Key Points Discovery Air Defence is offering F-16s for the USAF’s AdAir competition Discovery is part of a potentially crowded field aiming for a multi-billion-dollar programme Discovery Air Defence is offering General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon multirole fighters for the US Air

  • India, Russia to conduct first-ever joint tri-service exercise

    The first-ever joint tri-service exercise between the Indian and Russian armed forces is to be conducted between 19-29 October, according to a statement by the Indian government's Press Information Bureau (PIB). This year's 'INDRA' exercise, the previous editions of which had been conducted as

  • Kuwait requests Abrams tank hulls

    Kuwait has requested 218 M1A1 Abrams tank hulls rather than use its existing ones as part of its upgrade programme, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 16 October. The DSCA said it had informed Congress that the US State Department had approved a Kuwaiti request covering

  • Senate confirms top Pentagon policy shop official

    The US Senate on 17 confirmed David Trachtenberg in a 79-17 vote to become the next deputy undersecretary of defence for policy. Trachtenberg most recently headed Shortwaver Consulting and was a senior advisor at Renaissance Strategic Advisors. From 2001-03 he was principal deputy assistant

  • US Air Force ramping up JDAM, SDB I munition production

    The US Air Force (USAF) is ramping up production of its Boeing Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) and GBU-39B Small Diameter Bomb I (SDB I) munitions, according to a key official. Lieutenant General Arnold Bunch, office of the assistant secretary of the air force for acquisition, military deputy,

  • US Navy decommissions Ponce Afloat Forward Staging Base

    Afloat Forward Staging Base (Interim) USS Ponce (AFSB (I) 15) was decommissioned 14 October in Norfolk, Virginia, after more than 46 years in service. Best known in its last three years of service for shipboard US Navy laser-systems testing, Ponce served as an amphibious ship before proving out the

  • Harris to provide electronic jammers for USN and RAAF F/A-18 aircraft

    Communications and defence electronics company Harris Corporation has been awarded a USD133 million contract to supply electronic jammers to the US Navy (USN) and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) for use on F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet aircraft, the US-based firm said in a 16 October statement.

  • ADEX 2017: Honeywell seeks South Korean aircraft upgrade contracts

    US firm Honeywell is in discussions to upgrade a number of South Korean aircraft types as part of a wider effort to increase its national and regional portfolio. Speaking at the Seoul International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (ADEX) on 17 October, Tim Van Luven, vice-president of Honeywell's

  • Argentine Army to receive 20 JetRanger helicopters

    The Argentine Army expects by December or January to receive 20 Agusta (Bell) AB 206 JetRanger helicopters purchased from the Italian government. The delivery would follow lengthy negotiations and delays after an initial proposal in 2009. The helicopters belonged to Italy’s Carabinieri and

  • EU moves to extend mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina

    Meeting in Brussels on 16 October, national foreign ministers agreed to extend Operation ‘Althea’: the EU’s peacekeeping mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH). The extension awaits a renewed mandate from the UN. Declaring their “unequivocal commitment” to BiH as a single

  • India commissions third Kamorta-class anti-submarine corvette

    Key Points The Indian Navy has commissioned its third Kamorta-class corvette Platform will improve the Indian Navy’s anti-submarine warfare capabilities, particularly in the Indian Ocean region The Indian Navy has officially inducted its third Kamorta (Project 28)-class anti-submarine

  • New UN mission replaces MINUSTAH in Haiti

    The UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH) began on 16 October, replacing the UN Stabilisation Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) that concluded the day before. Unlike its predecessor, MINUJUSTH does not have a military component and is comprised of up to seven formed police units (FPUs): 980

  • Peruvian Navy commissions new social action platform

    The Peruvian Navy commissioned Lake Titicaca I , an Itinerant Social Action Platform (Plataforma Itinerante de Acción Social: PIAS) on 16 October to assist communities in the Puno region that borders Lake Titicaca. The vessel is equipped to provide health, government, and banking services to

  • Russia expands Myanmar Mi-24P repair programme

    Russian Helicopters is to repair a small number of Mil Mi-24P/35P (‘Hind’) combat helicopters in Myanmar, as part of an initiative to support platforms in the country of operation instead of transporting the aircraft to Russia. The group said that it would send a team of technicians to

  • ADEX 2017: IAI forms JV with Hankuk Carbon

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Hankuk Carbon have established a joint venture (JV to develop unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in South Korea. The JV has been named Korea Aviation Technologies (KAT), and will focus on the development of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) UAVs for the

  • ADEX 2017: South Korea showcases unmanned solutions

    South Korean defence contractors have put unmanned aircraft systems (UASs)/unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at the forefront of their exhibits at this year’s Seoul International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (ADEX), as they look to showcase technologies and developments for a number of

  • Arms and Security 2017: Temp 3000 fireproof overalls save lives in Donbass

    At the 2017 Arms and Security Exhibition in Kiev, the company Temp 3000 revealed that its new fireproof overalls have entered service with the Ukrainian armed forces and are well received. Povkh Yuri from Temp 3000 explained that prior to the 2014 conflict with Russia in the Donbass region of

  • FLIR Systems to provide PD-100 Black Hornet 2 micro-UAVs for Australian Army

    FLIR Systems has been awarded a USD6.8 million contract to supply an undisclosed number of its PD-100 Black Hornet 2 Personal Reconnaissance Systems (PRSs) to the Australian Army. The US-based company announced on 10 October that the micro unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to be delivered under the

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