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  • 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

  • UK PM calls on service chiefs to acquire 'more readily deployable counter-terrorist capabilities'

    UK prime minister David Cameron has urged UK defence chiefs to spend more on "special forces and readily deployable counter-terrorist capabilities" such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), otherwise known as drones, as part of the ongoing Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR),

  • Think tank questions Abbott's plans for 'rolling' shipbuilding programme

    The rolling production in Australia of major surface warships as foreshadowed by Prime Minister Tony Abbott will produce several contentious issues, a leading think tank has warned. In a report released on 13 July, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) described continuous production as

  • 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

  • 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

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