• Japan, China agree on maritime and aerial communication mechanism to prevent unwanted incidents, says report

    Japan and China have largely agreed on the implementation of a maritime and aerial communication mechanism aimed at preventing unintended incidents in and above the East China Sea, the Kyodo news agency quoted unnamed sources as saying on 6 December. The mechanism, which was described by the media

  • Qatar signs for 12 more Rafale fighters

    Qatar has exercised its option to buy a further 12 Dassault Rafale combat aircraft, the manufacturer announced on 7 December. The agreement, which adds to Qatar’s previous buy of 24 Rafales signed in May 2015, was penned during a visit to the Gulf state by French President Emmanuel Macron.

  • Queen Elizabeth commissioned as Royal Navy's new flagship

    The first of the UK’s two new aircraft carriers, Queen Elizabeth , has been commissioned into the Royal Navy (RN) as its new flagship at a ceremony held at HM Naval Base Portsmouth. The ceremony on 7 December was attended by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, UK

  • US Army seeks air defence and C-UAV system for Stryker vehicles

    The US Army is looking for an interim close-in air defence and counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) system to field on its Stryker wheeled infantry carrier and reconnaissance vehicles. A request for information (RFI) for 72 Interim Maneuver Short-Range Air Defense (IM-SHORAD) systems was issued

  • US Navy Transitions to Search and Recovery in Search for ARA San Juan

    As the mission has shifted to a search-and-recovery operation for Argentine submarine ARA San Juan , the US Navy (USN) has deployed the Cable operated Unmanned Recovery Vehicle (CURV) 21 to support the efforts onboard R/V Atlantis , USN officials have announced. The CURV-21 is a 6,400-lb Remotely

  • Australian DoD awards USD3.5 million contract for development of IED-identifying system

    Australia’s Department of Defence (DoD) has awarded a AUD4.6 million (USD3.5 million) to New South Wales-based company RingIR Pty Ltd to develop a system capable of locating and identifying improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne announced in a 6

  • Turkey seeks to buy Harriers as an interim measure until F-35Bs are ready

    Turkey has been seeking to buy an unknown number of Harrier fighters as a stop-gap measure until the F-35B short take-off/vertical landing (STOVL) version of the Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is ready for Turkish service, Jane’s has learned from reliable Turkish and Western defence

  • Canadian government rejects FREMM bid for new surface combatant

    A last-minute offer to build the Royal Canadian Navy’s future Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) warship has been rejected by Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC). A combined Fincantieri and Naval Group submission offered a fixed-price of CAD30 billion to build 15 Frégates

  • First KC-46A tanker for USAF makes maiden flight

    The first Boeing KC-46A Pegasus tanker earmarked for the US Air Force (USAF) made its maiden flight on 5 December, the manufacturer has announced. The first USAF aircraft and the seventh to be built overall departed Paine Field in Washington state for a three-and-a-half hour test flight that saw it

  • India successfully tests Akash SAM with locally developed seeker

    India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully tested on 5 December an Akash surface-to-air missile (SAM) fitted with an indigenously designed radio-frequency seeker. Fired from the Integrated Test Range in Chandipur against a ‘Banshee’ aerial target,

  • Iranian Navy commissions fourth Sina FAC-M

    The Islamic Republic of Iran Navy (IRIN) commissioned its fourth domestically built Sina fast attack craft (FAC) on 5 December. The commissioning of Separ (P 234) took place at the IRIN’s Bandar-e Anzali base on the Caspian. The first three Sinas were commissioned by the Caspian fleet between

  • Israel declares F-35 to be operational

    The Israeli Air Force (IAF) has declared its fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft to be operational, the service announced on 6 December. This milestone for the IAF’s F-35, which is designated F-35I Adir (‘Mighty One’) in national

  • Japan cool on long-range missile reports

    Japan is conducting studies about the missile capabilities required to boost national security but it has not yet adopted a policy to equip its fighter aircraft with long-range precision air-launched missiles that could strike North Korean missile sites, Japan’s Defence Minister Itsunori

  • Mexico receives final Panther helo

    The Mexican Navy has received into service its tenth and final AS565 MBe Panther helicopter during a delivery ceremony at Airbus Helicopters in Marignane on 6 December, the manufacturer announced. The final two helicopters were handed over on schedule, some three years after the order was placed in

  • PAKFA flies with production-standard engine

    The Sukhoi T-50 PAKFA fifth-generation fighter has flown with a production-standard engine for the first time, United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) announced on 5 December. The T-50 prototype flew for 17 minutes out of the Gromov Flight Research Institute (LII) in Zhukovskiy, UAC said, adding that the

  • Pakistan’s KSEW launches 600-tonne patrol vessel for PMSA

    Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works Limited (KSEW) has launched a 600-tonne maritime patrol vessel (MPV) on order for the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA), according to a statement by the state-owned shipyard. The 68.5 m-long multi-mission ship, which was launched on 5 December in

  • Pentagon sees no imminent reason to pay for space debris removal

    Key Points The Pentagon won’t pay for space debris removal until it threatens its space assets Space debris is growing and congesting popular orbits The Pentagon will not pay for space debris removal until it judges debris to be a threat to its space assets, according to a key officer.

  • Serbia increases defence spending, plans new procurements

    Serbia’s defence budget will be increased by RSD11.6 billion (USD114 million) or 19.7% to RSD70.5 billion in 2018. The percentage increase is even larger – 23.6% – if calculated in euros. It is planned to invest RSD13.2 billion in the modernisation of the Vojska Srbije (Serbian

  • Singapore Armed Forces advances air-land strike capabilities with ‘Forging Sabre’ 2017

    Key Points The Singapore Armed Forces is conducting Exercise ‘Forging Sabre’ 2017, a large scale air-land integration and live-fire exercise in Arizona The exercise will also test and validate a range of new capabilities for the army and air force The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is

  • South Korea boosts defence spending in response to threats from North

    South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) announced on 6 December that it will receive a 2018 budget of KRW42.25 trillion (USD39.52 billion). The MND said the expenditure – approved by the National Assembly earlier in the day – is a 7% increase over spending in 2016 and

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