• Benelux air policing rotations extended to eight months

    Two Belgian air force F-16s began policing the airspace over Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg (Benelux) on 11 January, the Belgian and Dutch ministries of defence have annonuced. The Florennes-based Belgian fighters will be on 15-minute quick reaction alert (QRA) until August. They took

  • Poland ends grounding of MiG-29 fighters

    On 5 January, the Polish Air Force ended the grounding of its MiG-29 jet fighters. All MiG-29s except those on quick reaction alert were grounded on 18 December, when a MiG-29A crash landed in a forest at the end of a low-visibility training flight in bad weather. The 28-year-old pilot, who has

  • Argentina mulls major armed forces re-organisation

    The Argentine Ministry of Defense in early January issued a resolution to reform the three military branches; it would modify and replace an existing resolution (19.101) that defines the responsibilities and structure of individual services. This reform project has two main objectives: to change

  • At least three more Y-20 transports enter PLAAF service

    Commercial satellite imagery captured on 9 December 2017 suggests that at least three more Xian Aircraft Corporation Y-20 Kunpeng transport aircraft have entered service with China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF). The image shows five such platforms lined up at Qionglai

  • Poland’s new prime minister revamps defence ministry

    Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has replaced the defence minister as part of a major cabinet reshuffle on 9 January. Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz was replaced by Interior Minister Mariusz Blaszczak, a close associate of Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of the Law and Justice

  • RoCAF doubles capacity of F-CK-1 fighter to carry Tien Chien II AAMs

    The Republic of China Air Force (RoCAF) has doubled the number of Tien Chien II (Sky Sword 2, TC-2) medium-range, radar-guided air-to-air missiles (AAMs) its Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC) F-CK-1 Ching Kuo aircraft can carry as a result of a recently completed upgrade programme

  • Surface Navy 2018: Lockheed Martin connects LRDR, Aegis Ashore

    Lockheed Martin connected key components of its Aegis Ashore and solid-state-based Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR) missile defence technologies, the company said in a statement on 11 January. Connecting the two systems will provide “earlier intelligence and expanded situational

  • British air commander acknowledges agile Russian info ops in Syria

    Russian information operations during its intervention in Syria have often left US-led coalition countries struggling to respond, according to the former commander of UK air operations in the Middle East. Air Commodore Johnny Stringer, the UK’s Air Component Commander for a year up to October

  • Iran’s Caspian frigate hits breakwater

    Iran’s only frigate on the Caspian, Damavand , suffered minor damage when it collided with a breakwater as it entered its home port of Bandar-e Anzali due to a storm, according to a military statement reported by the Iranian media. Amateur video footage showed the vessel grounded near the

  • Ukraine’s Motor Sich loses control of Snizhnyansky Machine Building Plant

    Ukrainian gas turbine aircraft engine manufacturer Motor Sich has revealed that it has lost control over its Snizhnyansky Machine Building Plant in the Donetsk region of the country. A note to investors reported that it lost control of the plant – located in territory” temporarily

  • US gifts Greece Kiowa scout helicopters

    The Greek Government Council for Foreign Affairs and Defence (KYSEA) has accepted a US donation of 70 retired OH-58D Kiowa Warrior reconnaissance helicopters for the Hellenic Army. KYSEA authorised the Ministry of Defence to receive EUR44.16 million (USD52.8 million) for restoring the helicopters

  • BAE Systems contracted to integrate APKWS II onto USMC legacy Hornets

    The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has awarded BAE Systems a USD577,300 contract to integrate the WGU-59/B Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II (APKWS II) onto F/A-18A-D Hornet strike fighters. The contract, which was awarded on 3 October 2017 but not disclosed until 10 January,

  • Indonesia in pursuit of exports in emerging markets

    Indonesia is pursuing new defence export opportunities in Senegal and Laos as part of its expanding efforts to penetrate emerging international defence markets. Indonesia’s state-run Antara news agency reported on 10 January that Senegal is looking to procure an additional CN-235 transport

  • Russian MoD announces procurement of Czech-designed L-410 aircraft

    The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced it will procure 18 Czech-designed L-410 Turbolet short-range, twin-engined, short take-off and landing (STOL) capable transport aircraft for an undisclosed price from the Ural Works of Civil Aviation (UZGA) in Yekaterinburg, where the aircraft are

  • Surface Navy 2018: Orbital ATK joins efforts to develop US Navy’s next 5-inch round

    Orbital ATK has unveiled its Precision Guidance Kit (PGK)-Aft Guided 5-inch projectile concept for navy guns, which uses similar technology to the company's 155 mm M1156 PGK. The US Navy (USN) has a need, although not a specific requirement yet, for adding a precision-guidance capability for its

  • Surface Navy 2018: Orbital ATK plans to test 6 lb air-dropped Hatchet munition in 2018

    In 2018 Orbital ATK plans to conduct live-fire guide-to-hit trials with an all-up Hatchet air-launched munition, an internally funded effort to develop a 6 lb (2.72 kg) precision-guided weapon. Company officials told Jane’s that, although it has a small explosive charge, Hatchet’s

  • Surface Navy 2018: Construction to begin in May for USN’s first Arleigh Burke Flight III destroyer

    The next-generation of the US Navy’s (USN's) guided missile destroyers, the DDG 51 Arleigh Burke-class Flight III, is finishing a final design phase and shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) is scheduled to start construction in May. Final 3D ‘zone’ modelling was

  • Turkey to recruit more than 43,000 additional military personnel in 2018

    The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) will recruit more than 43,000 new military personnel in 2018 to fill gaps and to meet urgent requirements after more than 8,000 staff were dismissed or arrested in purges following the July 2016 failed coup attempt. Turkish Defence Minister Nurettin Canikli told a

  • PGZ reveals surge in exports

    Poland’s Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ) announced its 2017 earnings on 9 January and outlined its projections for future growth, as exports surge. According to PGZ, in 2017 the firm exported PLN798 million (USD228 million) through completed contracts and also secured agreements valued at

  • Remanufactured Apaches take off in Boeing Q4 deliveries

    Boeing has revealed the numbers of aircraft it delivered in the fourth quarter of 2017, with remanufactured Apache rotorcraft accounting for the highest number of deliveries in its defence business. A total of 14 remanufactured Apaches were delivered in the fourth quarter, and 57 over the total

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