• BIRD details African ASIO project

    BIRD Aerosystems has delivered its Airborne Surveillance, Information, and Observation (ASIO) solution to an African state, the Israeli defence company has told Jane’s . It did not identify the client. Worth about USD20 million, the contract included delivering a maritime patrol aircraft

  • China lodges complaint over US FONOP in South China Sea

    China has said that it lodged stern representations with the United States over what it claimed was a recent incursion by a US Navy (USN) destroyer into Chinese territorial waters near the Paracel Islands in the disputed South China Sea (SCS). The Ministry of National Defense (MND) in Beijing said

  • North Korean hackers reportedly stole US-South Korean war plans

    North Korean hackers are believed to have stolen a large amount of classified military documents in 2016, including the latest South Korean-US wartime operational plan, according to the Yonhap news agency. Citing information from unnamed defence officials, Lee Cheol-hee, a South Korean lawmaker

  • QinetiQ Australia inaugurates office in Adelaide

    QinetiQ Australia has inaugurated a new office in Adelaide, South Australia, as part of the company’s continuing expansion in the country. Upon formally opening the office on 11 October, Australia’s Minister for Defence Industry, Christopher Pyne, said the company now employed more than

  • South African military looking at evolving threats

    The South Africa’s Department of Defence (DoD) recently released Annual Performance Plan document for 2017 indicates that more will be expected of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to meet the evolving strategic challenges at a time when funding continues to decrease in real

  • Taiwan plans domestic upgrade programme for its M60A3 MBTs

    Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has said that it plans to earmark USD6.6 million for research into the development of an upgrade programme for its fleet of M60A3 main battle tanks (MBTs). The ministry has chosen the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST)

  • Take up Russia’s peace plan for Ukraine but with major changes, say diplomats

    Condemning the EU’s “complete absence” on issues related to Ukraine’s security, some officials – including NATO’s former secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen – say the transatlantic community should take up Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent

  • Top USS McCain officers relieved

    The commanding officer and executive officer of Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S McCain (DDG 56), Commander Alfredo J Sanchez and Commander Jessie L Sanchez respectively, were relieved of their duties by Vice Admiral Phil Sawyer, commander of the Seventh Fleet, on 11 October,

  • USAF further increases use of air power in Afghanistan

    The US Air Force (USAF) stepped up the use of air power in Afghanistan in September, releasing more ordnance than in any other month over the past seven years, according to recently released data by US Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT). The data shows that USAF aircraft released a total of 751

  • USN COBRA mine-detection systems reaches IOC

    The US Navy (USN) AN/DVS-1 Coastal Battlefield Reconnaissance and Analysis (COBRA) airborne mine-detection system achieved initial operational capability (IOC) on 10 October, USN officials announced. COBRA is being developed for integration with the USN’s MQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned air system

  • AUSA 2017: 3-D printing increasingly promising for easing some logistics burdens

    The US Army is exploring new technologies to ease battlefield logistics and supply burdens, and 3-D printing and new power-generation methods appear to be potential solutions. The “biggest challenge we have on the tactical battlefield is logistics”, Donald Sando, deputy to the

  • AUSA 2017: Bell V-280 Valor prototype tests at full rotor power

    Bell Helicopter’s V-280 Valor tiltrotor prototype has run at full RPMs, and the company is now readying its aircraft for its first flight scheduled for later this year, said Carl Coffman, company director of business development for Advanced Tiltrotor Systems. The V-280 prototype aircraft has

  • AUSA 2017: Kestrel Eye to deploy in October

    The US Army is scheduled to deploy its testbed Kestrel Eye electro-optical microsatellite from the International Space Station now in orbit around the Earth on 24 October, said Glen Cameron, president of Adcole Maryland Aerospace, the company that developed and built the spacecraft. The satellite,

  • AUSA 2017: Minigun developer Dillon Aero extends marinisation to all M134D weapons

    Key Points Dillon Aero is standardising marinisation on all of its M134D miniguns This will improve the lifespan of the guns, reducing customer costs for spare parts Arizona-based minigun developer Dillon Aero is incurring cost to extend marinisation coatings to all of its M134D variants,

  • AUSA 2017: Pentagon acquisition chief sees focus shift to sustainment

    The Pentagon will begin focusing more on overseeing sustainment work, compared with acquisition, said Ellen Lord, the undersecretary of defence for acquisition, technology, and logistics. Currently, the Pentagon focuses more resources overseeing acquisition contracting and related procedures, Lord

  • AUSA 2017: Pentagon culture stifles change, acquisition chief says

    The Department of Defense (DoD) and the military services have the legal capability to change the way they conduct acquisitions and run programmes, but are too often stifled by cultural inertia, said Ellen Lord, the undersecretary of defence for acquisition, technology, and logistics. A pervading

  • AUSA 2017: US defence security co-operation chief views speed as key to reform

    Key Points The head of the Pentagon’s security co-operation effort sees speed as the key to reform He also wants to improve communication so priorities are known up front The recently appointed head of the US defence security co-operation effort views reform as reducing the time it takes to

  • AUSA 2017: US military needs to improve software development, acquisition chief says

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) must do a better job developing software to keep pace with growing global threats, said Ellen Lord, the undersecretary of defence for acquisition, technology, and logistics. “We do not do software development well at all,” Lord said during an 11

  • Japan launches second Asahi-class destroyer

    Key Points A Japanese shipyard has launched the country’s second Asahi-class destroyer Vessel is expected to assume the principal anti-submarine escort role for the JMSDF Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has launched a second Asahi-class destroyer on order for the Japan Maritime

  • Peruvian president calls for domestically manufactured naval platforms

    Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski on 8 October called for state-run shipyard Servicios Industriales de la Marina (SIMA) to continue manufacturing vessels for the Peruvian Navy (Marina de Guerra del Perú: MGP). He specifically said construction of a second Makassar-class landing platform

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