• Over 70 Taliban leaders killed in US precision strikes in Afghanistan, says ‘Resolute Support’

    More than 70 senior Taliban leaders were killed in a series of precision strikes carried out by US forces in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand Province from May 17 to 26: a move described by the NATO-led ‘Resolute Support’ mission as “one of the largest blows” dealt to the

  • Babcock wins Canadian submarine support contract extension

    UK engineering services group Babcock International announced on 31 May that it had secured a three-year extension valued at GBP225 million (USD300 million) to an existing contract to provide in-service support for the Royal Canadian Navy’s fleet of Victoria-class submarines. “The

  • US Air Force UH-1N, T-X programmes set for FY 2018 contract awards

    The US Air Force (USAF) is set to award contracts in fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) for its T-X next-generation trainer aircraft and UH-1N helicopter replacement programmes. USAF Secretary Heather Wilson said on 29 May that T-X is slated for a contract award by August. The programme, currently in

  • Israel’s Epsilor to supply battery chargers for Canada’s Integrated Soldier System

    Epsilor, an Israeli battery and charger manufacturer, has been chosen by the Canadian Armed Forces to supply a battery charging solution for Canada’s Integrated Soldier System (ISS) programme. The USD3 million contract will see Epsilor develop and deliver 400 multi-channel chargers, spares,

  • Airtronic readies new HEAT round for PSRL, updates launchers

    Airtronic USA is developing a new high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) round for its Precision Shoulder-fired Rocket Launcher (PSRL), the company has revealed. The new HEAT round retains the same warhead diameter of 93 mm but features a redesigned rocket motor with a new ignitor and propellant. The

  • Argentine Navy seeks spares to maintain aircraft

    The Argentine Navy has requested from the United States spare parts aimed at maintaining a number of its aircraft types in operational service. The Argentine Naval Logistics Mission has a number of open bids for spare parts aimed at repairing various aerial platforms that include Beechcraft Super

  • GA-ASI, CAE Canada, MDA, L3 Wescam team for Canadian RPAS project

    Key Points GA-ASI is teaming with CAE Canada, MDA, and L3 Wescam for a CAF RPA project The CAF needs a MALE remotely piloted aircraft capability General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) announced on 29 May it is teaming with CAE Canada; MacDonald, Dettwiler, and Associates (MDA); and L3

  • USAF commences Reaper ops out of Poland

    The US Air Force (USAF) has begun flying its General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Poland for the first time. The USAF in Europe (USAFE) announced on 29 May that it had begun operating the medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) UAV out of

  • Mattis says Western Pacific FONOPS will continue

    China will see more US warships patrolling international waters the Asian country claims as its own territory, said US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis. “There's a very steady drumbeat of freedom of navigation operations [FONOPS],” Mattis told reporters on 29 May. The US Navy conducts

  • MND proposes permanent US military presence in Poland

    Key Points The MND has proposed the permanent presence of a US armoured division in Poland to deter Russia The proposal includes up to USD1.5-2 billion from Poland to establish joint military installations The Polish Ministry of National Defence (MND) has proposed a permanent US military presence

  • New acquisition procedure further delays CSC decision

    A new naval acquisition procedure meant to ensure more complete bidder proposals will delay a planned decision on the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) future warship for another three months, the Canadian government has said. Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) originally planned on

  • Turkey purchase of Russian S-400 air defence system draws US Air Force concern

    Key Points The USAF secretary is concerned that F-35 partner Turkey bought a Russian air defence system Russian personnel could physically inspect the aircraft when in close proximity US Air Force (USAF) Secretary Heather Wilson is concerned with Turkey’s purchase of the Russian S-400

  • USAF issues RFP to re-wing 112 A-10 aircraft

    The US Air Force (USAF) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to re-wing about 100 of its Fairchild-Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II close air support (CAS) aircraft. Released on 25 May, the RFP for the A-10 Thunderbolt Advanced Wing Continuation Kitting (ATTACK) programme calls for the re-winging

  • Halo Neuroscience takes aim at SOF CQB training

    Halo Neuroscience is aiming to expand the utility of its Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (TDCS) technology – which is currently used to assist rehabilitation of injured special operations forces (SOF) operators – to tactical training applications. Jerry Paris, senior director

  • CAE revenues increase as demand grows

    CAE reported a 5% increase year on year in revenues in 2017, recording CAD1.4 billion (USD1.08 billion) in orders over the period for its defence business. Defence operating income grew by 6% over the year, while revenues matched the group at a 5% increase, recorded as CAD1.09 billion in 2017.

  • Canada expands air defence zone to include all national Arctic territory

    Canada has expanded its Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) to completely cover the country’s Arctic archipelago. The new Canadian ADIZ (CADIZ) came into effect on 24 May in line with a June 2017 change to the government’s defence policy. An official statement from the Minister of

  • Canada to buy new Cormorant helos, upgrade existing fleet

    The Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) intends to acquire up to seven new aircraft to increase the size of its AgustaWestland CH-149 Cormorant search and rescue (SAR) fleet. According to a letter of notification (LoN) issued on 24 May, the DND is looking to procure seven new helicopters

  • China seeking to surpass US in military technologies, says CSIS report

    China is intent on developing a new generation of military technologies that will surpass those of the United States and change the nature of warfare to China’s advantage, according to a recently released report by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service's (CSIS's) Academic Outreach (AO)

  • China vows to boost air, naval combat readiness in SCS following US FONOP

    China’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has vowed to boost air and naval combat readiness in the South China Sea (SCS) following what it claimed was an incursion by two US Navy (USN) vessels into Chinese territorial waters near the disputed Paracel Islands on 27 May. “The Chinese

  • IAI, Honeywell team on anti-jam GPS system

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is integrating its ADA GPS anti-jamming system into Honeywell’s embedded GPS/inertial navigation system (EGI), under the terms of a new teaming agreement signed between the two companies that was announced on 29 May. The airborne GPS anti-jamming navigation