• USN awards Harris USD765 million for radios

    Key Points The five-year IDIQ contract is for the AN/PRC-117G, PRC-152A, and PRC-160 Quantities will be based on US Navy and US Marine Corps requirements Harris has received a five-year, USD765 million ceiling, single-award indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract from the US Navy

  • Trump nominates US AFSPC’s Thompson for A11 position

    Key Points Trump nominates AFSPC’s Thompson for key A11 position He will lead the effort to better integrate space requirements into the air staff US President Donald Trump on 17 October nominated Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) Vice Commander Major General David Thompson to serve as the

  • ADEX 2017: UVision signs MOA for HERO 30 marketing, supply

    Israeli unmanned systems manufacturer UVision announced on 18 October that it had signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with South Korea’s FIRSTEC. The MOA will see FIRSTEC market and supply the HERO 30 system in South Korea and follows a memorandum of understanding signed in September 2016,

  • Four JASDF personnel missing following UH-60J helo crash off coast of Shizuoka Prefecture

    Four Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) personnel are missing, presumed dead, after their UH-60J search-and-rescue helicopter crashed off the coast of Japan's Shizuoka Prefecture on 17 October. The UH-60J vanished from radar screens some 30 km south of the JASDF’s Hamamatsu Air Base at

  • Syrian SAM engages Israeli aircraft over Lebanon

    A Syrian surface-to-air missile (SAM) system engaged Israeli aircraft in Lebanese airspace on 16 October, according to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). “Earlier today, an anti-aircraft missile was launched from Syria towards IDF aircraft during a routine flight over Lebanon. No hits were

  • ADEX 2017: GA-ASI, Huneed to explore joint programmes

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc (GA-ASI) has signed an agreement with South Korean firm Huneed Technologies to explore potential areas of collaboration, the two companies announced at the ADEX exhibition in Seoul on 18 October. Through the memorandum of understanding (MOU), GA-ASI and

  • ADEX 2017: Leonardo waits on South Korean helicopter requests

    Leonardo is waiting on the South Korean government to issue requests for proposals (RFPs) for three key rotary-wing requirements and a contract decision on a fourth as it looks to expand its presence in the country. Speaking to Jane’s at the Seoul International Aerospace and Defence

  • Portugal proposes 2018 defence budget

    The Portuguese government has proposed a defence budget of EUR2.151 billion (USD2.524 billion) for 2018, compared to EUR2.149 billion in 2017. The budget, which was submitted to the national parliament on 13 October, includes EUR270 million for equipment, a 9.3% increase compared to 2017, as well

  • Rafael, Bisalloy Steels announce partnership

    Australian company Bisalloy Steels has entered an industrial partnership with Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, it was announced on 18 October. According to a statement, the agreement facilitates trials of Bisalloy Steels’ products and the potential involvement of the Australian

  • Rockwell Collins to provide eight new DTCS simulators for ADF

    Rockwell Collins Australia has been awarded an AUD40 million (USD31.3 million) contract to provide eight new Digital Terminal Control System (DTCS) simulators to improve the battlefield training of Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel. Australian Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne

  • Saudi AWACS to get more upgrades

    Boeing has been awarded a USD240 million contract to provide the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) with Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) upgrades, the US Department of Defense announced on 16 October. It said the contract covered mission computing, navigation, and communications upgrades, as

  • ADEX 2017: KAI pushes for additional T-50 sale to Thailand

    Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) is hopeful of selling a third batch of T-50 Golden Eagle lead-in fighter trainers to Thailand, to add to the two batches already signed for. Jane’s was told on 17 October that KAI hopes to begin talks shortly for the four fighters that are outstanding from

  • ADEX 2017: KAI refining KFX configuration ahead of key milestones

    Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) is in the process of refining the final configuration of its Korean Fighter Experimental (KFX) aircraft ahead of a number of milestones that are due in the coming months and years, Jane’s was told on 17 October. Speaking at the Seoul International Aerospace

  • 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,

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