• RAN receives final Nulka missile decoy

    The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has received the final Nulka missile decoy to be produced under contract with BAE Systems Australia, Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne said in a statement on 15 May. Valued at more than AUD1 billion (USD738 million), the contract covered the manufacture

  • Sierra Nevada, Embraer offer A-29 Super Tucano for US Air Force's OA-X

    Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and Embraer will participate in the US Air Force's (USAF's) light attack experiment (OA-X) programme with the team's A-29 Super Tucano, according to an Embraer statement. The A-29 was selected by the USAF to equip the Afghan Air Force and the US variant of the

  • US Department of State approves sale of CBRN protective equipment to India

    The US Department of State has approved a possible USD75 million Foreign Military Sale of chemical/biological/radiological/nuclear (CBRN) protective equipment to the Indian government, according to an 11 May statement by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA). New Delhi had requested a

  • Army forces kill 20 Islamic State militants in Iraq's Anbar

    ACCORDING to media reports on 8 May, 20 Islamic State militants were killed, three suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (SVBIEDs) and a stash of weapons were destroyed when army forces, supported by the United States-led coalition, advanced and combed an area 100km from Haditha in

  • Chile begins construction of new icebreaker

    Chile's state-run shipyard ASMAR Astilleros commenced the construction of a new icebreaker in a ceremony on 9 May. The vessel is scheduled to be completed within four years at a cost of USD217 million, according to the Chilean Ministry of Defence. The new icebreaker will measure approximately 125 m

  • ELF claims IED attack in Chile's Santiago

    In Santiago, the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) claimed responsibility for placing an improvised explosive device (IED) outside a dealership of commercial vehicles on 5 May.

  • High-street banks, restaurants, and retail increasingly at risk of armed robberies in Peru's capital Lima

    EVENT Four armed individuals robbed a high-street bank branch of state-owned Banco de la Nación in La Victoria district of the capital Lima, taking between USD20,000 and USD25,000. The armed robbers carried Glock pistols and Mini UZI sub-machine guns and escaped in a BMW vehicle. No arrests

  • Latest US Army MFIX showcases broad range of C-UAS capabilities

    Key Points There were 33 different systems demonstrated at MFIX The focus was on precision fires, SHORAD, and directed energy and EW The US Army is hoping its recent manoeuvre and fires integration experiment (MFIX) will lead to the quick transition of Counter-Unmanned Aircraft System (C-UAS)

  • Mexican Army establishes new base for military police

    The Mexican Secretariat of National Defence (SEDENA) announced on 8 May that they had commenced construction of facilities destined to house a new military police brigade located at °16A, in Irapuato, Guanajuato. According to SEDENA, the facilities will house more than 3,000 troops spread

  • Northrop Grumman to invest in new Australia facility

    Northrop Grumman announced on 15 May that it will invest AUD50 million (USD37 million) in developing a defence electronics maintenance and sustainment centre in Sydney, Australia. The corporation said its Electronic Sustainment Centre of Excellence (ESCE) would be the "anchor tenant" in a

  • Tactical targets: US addresses naval aviation challenges in a rapidly changing landscape

    Although US naval TACAIR is without operational parallel, the navy and marines face significant challenges to maintain their edge and relevance. The JNI editorial team - Mike Fabey , Richard Scott , Martin Streetly , and Anika Torruella - explores progress, pitfalls, and potential Since 2010, US

  • Trump urges USN to return to steam-powered catapults

    Key Points Trump is reported as urging the USN to install steam-powered launch catapults on new Ford-class carriers USN has expressed confidence in the EMALS system installed on Ford and plans to make improvements in 2017 and 2018 US president Donald Trump urged the US Navy (USN) to return to

  • UAE eyes involvement in Brazilian corvette project

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has expressed interest in co-operating with Brazil for developing the Tamandaré-class corvette, the Brazilian Ministry of Defence said on 11 May. The UAE's interest was broached during a meeting in Brasília between the country's minister of state for defence

  • NAVAIR awards ATAC USD44.6 million for contract extension

    The US Navy's (USN) Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has awarded Virginia-based Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC) a USD44.6 million contract modification on 12 May 2017 to support the USN's Contracted Air Services (CAS) programme. The CAS programme provides

  • NAVAIR awards Insitu USD8 million for USMC Blackjack maintenance parts

    The US Navy's (USN) Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) awarded Washington-based Insitu Incorporated USD8 million for spare and sustainment parts required to maintain the RQ-21A Blackjack small unmanned aerial system (SUAS) for the US Marine Corps (USMC). Work will be performed in Bingen,

  • UAE discusses defence industrial co-operation with Brazil

    A delegation from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), including the country’s defence minister Mohamed Al Bawardi Al Falasi, met with Brazilian defence minister Raul Jungmann in Brasilia on 11 May in order to discuss possible industrial co-operation between the two countries. According to a

  • IDEF 2017: Upgraded M60T MBT breaks cover

    Aselsan has partnered with the General Directorate of Military Factory (AFGM) to upgrade two of the Turkish Army's M60T main battle tanks (MBTs) with enhanced survivability. The effort follows the service's disastrous Euphrates Shield operation in Syria, where a number of its MBTs were destroyed or

  • Syrian Democratic Forces clear route to Al-Raqqah

    The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced on 11 May that they had cleared the remaining Islamic State fighters that were defending the southern side of the Al-Tabqah dam, opening a land crossing over the Euphrates that can be used to encircle the city of Al-Raqqah to the east. On the

  • Turkey, Ukraine and Saudi Arabia to co-operate on maritime patrol variant of AN-132

    Ukrainian national defence group Ukroboronprom, Turkish defence electronics group Havelsan, and Saudi Arabian technology venture Taqnia have concluded an agreement to work together on the creation of a maritime patrol and surveillance variant of the Antonov AN-132D aircraft. The agreement between

  • USTRANSCOM to award nearly USD1 billion in contractor helicopter support

    The US Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) is to award nearly USD1 billion in contractor-based helicopter support for the Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility (AoR). The USD948.8 million Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract, which was announced by the Department of