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  • 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

  • USAF using X-51 lessons learned to weaponise hypersonic vehicles

    Key Points The USAF is using X-51 lessons to develop HSSW and other follow-on efforts The goal is to produce a hypersonic missile concept suitable for future bomber and fighter aircraft A 2013 demonstration of the Boeing X-51A Waverider is the basis for the US Air Force's plans to weaponise

  • 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

  • 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

  • China's first runway in Spratlys under construction

    Key Points Satellite imagery shows that China has begun building a runway on reclaimed parts of Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Islands The imagery, provided by Airbus Defence and Space, also shows China building islands on Subi Reef that if linked up would provide enough land for another airstrip

  • 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

  • Mexico details long-term plan for international deployments

    Mexico plans to establish an infantry battalion that will deploy on international peacekeeping operations, a government inter-agency team known as the Peacekeeping Operations Working Group (Grupo de Trabajo - Operaciones de Mantenimiento de la Paz, GT-OMP) announced on 5 April. The GT-OMP is

  • Israeli Navy 'assumes' Hizbullah has Yakhont missiles

    The Israeli Navy is operating under the assumption that the Lebanese Shia group Hizbullah has Russian-made Yakhont land-based anti-ship missile systems, a senior Israeli Navy source told journalists on 29 March. The source did not say whether this assumption was based on reliable intelligence or

  • Analysis: Pakistan's 'indigenous' UAV, missiles may not be as homegrown as claimed

    The Pakistan Army announced on 13 March that it had successfully fired the indigenous Barq laser-guided missile from a NESCOM Burraq unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Initial analysis of a video of the missile firings released by the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) agency suggests a striking

  • Italy assembles first F-35A outside US

    The first Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter assembled outside the main US plant in Fort Worth, Texas, was completed at the F-35 Final Assembly and Check Out (FACO) facility in Cameri, Italy, on 12 March, the company said in a press statement. The aircraft, designated AL-1, is

  • Update: USN, USMC project future munitions shortages

    The US Navy (USN) and US Marine Corps (USMC) may face future munitions shortfalls in the next five years, service leaders told Congress on 10 March. Admiral Jonathan Greenert, chief of naval operations, said the USN has ample supplies for current operations, but is projected to "have

  • Parrikar says most Indian helo crashes due to human error

    Human error was responsible for most of the 74 crashes of Indian military helicopters over the past 24 years, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar told India's parliament on 3 March. "Sixty-three percent of these accidents have taken place due to human error by pilots and ground crew," he

  • US military in discussions for placing equipment 'activity sets' in Asia

    The US military is discussing the use of pre-positioned equipment 'activity sets' in the Pacific region, according to US Army Pacific (ARPAC) commander general Vincent Brooks. The United States keeps bases and equipment in Hawaii, Alaska, Washington state, Korea, Japan, Okinawa, and Guam, but

  • Lithuania to reintroduce conscription

    Key Points The Lithuanian State Defence Council has called for a reintroduction of conscription as a result of the Ukraine crisis The move will reverse a 2008 decision to abandon conscription and will see Lithuania's armed forces increase by 45% in size Lithuania is looking to reintroduce

  • Avalon 2015: IAI in customer discussions for Super Heron UAV

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is in discussions with a number of potential customers for its recently unveiled Super Heron medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle, a company official told IHS Jane's on 25 February. Speaking at the Australian International Airshow and

  • Algeria has 200 T-90 MBT kits on order

    It has emerged that Russian state import/export agency Rosoboronexport signed a contract in 2014 to supply 200 T-90 main battle tanks (MBTs) in kit form to Algeria. The contract was reported by Russian media on 20 February, quoting business sources in the military-industrial complex. Assembly of the

  • Aero India 2015: Third LCH prototype breaks cover with new paintjob

    Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) displayed the third prototype of its Light Combat Helicopter in a new camouflage pattern at Aero India 2015 in Bangalore. The LCH is designed for anti-tank operations, close air support to ground forces as a battlefield scout and for anti-submarine and

  • SGS-W becomes project of concern for Australian DoD

    Delays in the commissioning of a major Australian Department of Defence (DoD) satellite ground station have resulted in the project being named a 'project of concern' (PoC), the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) announced on 18 February. Satellite Ground Station West (SGS-W) and an associated

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