• Qatar signs for Eurofighters

    Qatar’s extensive fighter-recapitalisation effort continued on 10 December with the announcement that the Gulf state had signed for a number of Eurofighter Typhoons. The announcement, which was made by Eurofighter consortium member and lead for the Qatari programme, BAE Systems, covers 24

  • German MoD says Luftwaffe should get more Eurofighters, not F-35s

    Germany’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has contradicted the country’s air force chief in declaring that the Panavia Tornado should be replaced by the Eurofighter Typhoon rather than the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). Reuters reported on 11 December that the

  • Argentina receives Bell 412EP helos

    Argentina has received four new Bell helicopter 412EP platforms that were first approved by the US State Department in late 2015. The medium-twin helicopters were handed over to the Argentinian Air Force (Fuerza Aerea Argentina: FAA) during a ceremony at Bell’s Fort Worth facility in Texas on

  • Poland to upgrade T-72 tanks and Dana SPHs

    Poland’s Armament Inspectorate has begun a market analysis on the possible upgrade of the T-72M1/M1D tank. “We want to modernise the T-72,” Deputy Defence Minister Bartosz Kownacki told the Gazeta Polska Codziennie daily on 8 December. “Upgrading a tank costs around PLN4

  • Czechoslovak Group acquires ELDIS Pardubice

    Radar manufacturer ELDIS Pardubice has been acquired by holding company Czechoslovak Group (CSG), it was announced on 11 December. A 100% stake was purchased by CSG from ELDIS Pardubice’s owners and founders, transferring the company’s airport radar technology to the holding group that

  • Draken acquires Cheetah fighters for ‘Red Air’ training

    Draken International has incorporated a number of newly acquired Denel Aviation (Atlas) Cheetah fighter aircraft into its fleet of ‘Aggressor’ platforms, the ‘Red Air’ trainer provider announced on 12 December. The Florida-based company has received 12 of the former South

  • IAI outlines Kfir developments for Colombia, Sri Lanka, ATAC

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has noted a number of developments for its Kfir fighter, including the conclusion of an upgrade programme for Colombia, plans to upgrade and return to service aircraft for Sri Lanka, and ongoing efforts to sell additional aircraft to a US ‘Red Air’

  • In latest test, IBCS creates integrated air picture

    Key Points Test shows army can create high-quality actionable air picture In 2018, IBCS will participate in another SCOE and Red Flag event Northrop Grumman completed three weeks of live-air testing of the Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS) in which soldiers

  • Peru kicks off submarine modernisation programme

    Peru’s state-run shipyard Servicios Industriales de la Marina (SIMA) has begun modernising the Peruvian Navy’s Angamos-class (U209/1200) submarines. BAP Chipana (SS 34) has been placed on the shipyard’s new syncrolift, acquired from TTS Syncrolift AS, at SIMA’s Callao

  • Trump enacts FY 2018 defence authorisation legislation

    The fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) National Defense Authorization Act has been signed into law, boosting the US military’s size, adding strategic missile defence requirements, changing rules for buying commercial off-the-shelf goods, and more. The legislation, signed on 12 December by President

  • Turkish special forces receive loitering munitions

    Turkey’s special forces have received a first batch of loitering munitions, Jane's has learned at the Gulf Defence & Aerospace exhibition in Kuwait City. The two types of loitering munitions, both developed by the country’s STM, were delivered two months ago for training purposes.

  • US, Japan, South Korea to hold anti-missile drill

    The United States, Japan, and South Korea will hold a two-day anti-missile drill starting on 11 December amid heightened tensions over Pyongyang’s development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. The Ministry of Defense in Tokyo said in a statement that the exercise – the sixth of

  • Australia moves ASC workers onto submarine programme

    The Australian government announced on 11 December a plan to move 200 workers employed by state-owned shipyard ASC from its programme to build Air Warfare Destroyers (AWDs) for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) to its project to sustain the service’s Collins-class submarines. Minister for

  • IDF to re-engine more Achzarits

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) will received more engines and transmissions for Achzarit heavy armoured personnel carriers (APCs) under a USD10.5 million contract announced by the US Department of Defense on 9 December. The contract was awarded to New Jersey-based Diesel Engineering and is

  • US Army to manage acquisitions with new Army Futures Command

    US Army officials have outlined their new structure meant to improve a struggling acquisitions process, including a new US Army Futures Command. “A three-star level taskforce is mapping out a new command – Army Futures Command – that will consolidate the service's modernisation

  • Aselsan aims Asian expansion through Malaysian subsidiary

    Turkish defence firm Aselsan is aiming to position its new subsidiary in Malaysia to support regional expansion, with an initial focus on remote-controlled weapon stations (RCWS). A company official confirmed to Jane’s on 8 December that Aselsan Malaysia Sdn Bhd, a wholly owned subsidiary

  • Congress passes two-week budget extension, funds government through 22 December

    Congress has passed a two-week extension of a stop-gap Continuing Resolution (CR) budget to keep the federal government funded through 22 December, yet again extending debate over how much to fund defence and domestic needs. President Donald Trump on 8 December enacted another CR budget to continue

  • DoD to begin spending audit in 2018

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) has announced plans to begin a highly anticipated agency-wide large-scale audit into spending, which is due to begin in 2018 and will be carried out annually thereafter. The audit became a legal requirement in 1990, but the Pentagon had so far failed to pass a

  • GD-OTS awarded contract for Pakistan’s AH-1Z programme

    General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GD-OTS) has been awarded a USD9.06 million contract to supply 41 A/A49E-7 (V4) Point Fire and Suppression System (PFSS) gun turrets for Bell AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters in support of the US Marine Corps (USMC) and the government of Pakistan. The US

  • Hexcel agrees OPM acquisition

    Hexcel Corporation has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the aerospace and defence business of Oxford Performance Materials (OPM), it announced on 8 December. This division of OPM develops thermoplastic, carbon fibre-reinforced 3D printed parts for space, defence, and commercial

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