• KBR to acquire Australian firm Sigma Bravo

    US engineering services group KBR has entered an agreement to acquire Australian company Sigma Bravo Pty Ltd, a specialist in defence-related information and communications technologies (ICT), it was announced on 16 October. Details of the transaction were not revealed. Following the acquisition,

  • DGA supports speedy acquisition of UAVs for urban operations

    The Direction Générale pour l’Armement (DGA) Lab, the French procurement agency's innovation laboratory, is supporting the Commandement des Opérations Spéciales (COS), France's special operations command, acquire mini unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for fighting terrorists

  • Japan scrambled fighter aircraft 561 times in first half of FY 2017

    The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) scrambled its fighter aircraft a total of 561 times in the first half of fiscal year 2017 (FY 2017) in response to foreign military aircraft approaching the country's airspace: a decrease of 5.6% compared with last year’s record-setting figure. The

  • Spanish Hornet lost in crash

    The Spanish Air Force suffered its second fatal aircraft accident in five days on 17 October when a Boeing EF-18 Hornet crashed while taking off from Torrejón de Ardoz Air Base east of Madrid. The pilot, from Ala ('Wing') 12, failed to eject and died when the aircraft crashed within the

  • Thales flight-tests radar offered for India’s Tejas Mk1A LCA

    French defence company Thales has flight-tested an ‘active array radar’ specifically developed to equip India’s indigenously designed Tejas Mk1A light combat aircraft (LCA) variant. In a 16 October statement Thales said that it is offering the radar to Bangalore-based Hindustan

  • ADEX 2017: F-35 makes South Korean show debut

    The Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) made its debut appearance at this year’s Seoul International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (ADEX), giving South Korea a sneak-preview of its future fighter while providing a timely warning to Pyongyang on US regional

  • ADEX 2017: Korean Air progresses development of unmanned Little Bird

    Korean Air Aerospace Division (KAL-ASD) has progressed development of an unmanned version of the MD 500 Little Bird light-attack and observation helicopter, with a prototype being showcased at the Seoul International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (ADEX) 2017. An optionally piloted prototype of

  • Brazil soon to evaluate locally developed fast attack vehicle

    The Brazilian Army Evaluations Center (CAEx) will trial a pilot batch of the 4x4 Chivunk unarmoured air-transportable fast attack vehicle developed by the Army Technological Center (CTEx). CAEx later in October will begin a preliminary evaluation of 10 vehicles manufactured between 2013 and 2017 by

  • Germany selects G95 carbine for special forces

    On 10 October, the Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw), Germany's Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support, announced that the 5.56 mm Heckler & Koch HK416A7 has been selected as the new

  • Leonardo pitches M60 tank upgrade in Bahrain

    Leonardo unveiled a new M60 main battle tank (MBT) upgrade aimed at the Middle-East market during the BIDEC defence show in Bahrain from 16 to 18 October. Leonardo Defence Systems and Leonardo Land & Naval Defence Electronics are proposing a modular upgrade solution covering all aspects of the

  • Sources: Venezuela restarts effort to buy Russian submarines

    Venezuela has begun negotiating with Russia towards a potential order of two to four Project 636.3 Improved 'Kilo'-class diesel-electric submarines (SSKs) following Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's meeting with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in Moscow earlier this month, military

  • South Korean military eyes new operational plan against North Korea, says report

    The chairman of South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) General Jeong Kyeong-doo has said that his country’s military is considering a new operational plan to counter “advanced” threats from North Korea, the Yonhap news agency reported. "We are envisioning a new operational

  • UK MoD makes SME awards for CBRN UAVs

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a number of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) funding to develop autonomous technology required to investigate chemical and biological hazards. Announced by defence secretary Michael Fallon on 14 October, the contracts are the result of an innovation

  • US Marines end six-month training rotation in Australia’s Northern Territory

    A battalion of US Marines has ended a six month-long training rotation through Northern Australia that took place under the United States Force Posture Initiatives (USFPI) in the country. The 2017 Marine Rotational Force-Darwin (MRF-D) began its departure from Darwin on 15 October, according to a

  • USN destroyer shoots down missile during NATO drill

    The US Navy (USN) and Missile Defense Agency (MDA) continued a successful run for ballistic missile defense (BMD) testing during a 15 October trial with an Aegis destroyer. Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) detected, tracked, and intercepted a medium-range

  • ADEX 2017: Boeing’s Poseidon takes centre-stage following MSA’s axing

    Boeing is focusing all of its maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) attentions at this year’s International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (ADEX) in Seoul on its P-8A Poseidon maritime multimission aircraft (MMA), following the company decision earlier this year to axe its smaller Maritime

  • Belgian UAV crashes in Portugal

    A Belgian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) crashed near Portugal’s Beja air base on 10 October, Portuguese media have reported. The Belgian Ministry of Defence (MoD) told Jane’s the B-Hunter UAV made a forced landing. “On the evening of 10 October, the B-Hunter made a precautionary

  • Chile considers buying more Type 23 frigates from UK

    The Chilean Navy is considering buying additional second-hand Type 23 frigates after British representatives informed that ships of the type could soon be for sale, military sources in Santiago told Jane's . Chile operates three Type 23 frigates procured second-hand in 2005 and commissioned between

  • EU policymakers call for new strategic-level “structured dialogue” on defence with US

    EU policymakers are calling for a more “structured dialogue” with Washington on defence and security matters – an appeal to which US diplomats say they are ready to act on. They said a more regular EU-US forum for consultations should cover the widest possible range of objectives,

  • Image suggests DART-450 turboprop is possible candidate for new PLAAF basic trainer

    The Diamond Aircraft Industries DART-450 tandem turboprop-powered trainer has emerged as a possible candidate for a new People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) basic training aircraft, according to information provided by Chinese reporter Wu Jie. The journalist posted a photograph on his

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