• FLIR Systems to provide PD-100 Black Hornet 2 micro-UAVs for Australian Army

    FLIR Systems has been awarded a USD6.8 million contract to supply an undisclosed number of its PD-100 Black Hornet 2 Personal Reconnaissance Systems (PRSs) to the Australian Army. The US-based company announced on 10 October that the micro unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to be delivered under the

  • KBR to acquire Australian firm Sigma Bravo

    US engineering services group KBR has entered an agreement to acquire Australian company Sigma Bravo Pty Ltd, a specialist in defence-related information and communications technologies (ICT), it was announced on 16 October. Details of the transaction were not revealed. Following the acquisition,

  • Philippines moves forward with Super Tucano procurement

    The Philippines Department of National Defense (DND) has confirmed to Jane ’ s that it is close to signing a contract with Brazilian manufacturer Embraer to procure the EMB 314 Super Tucano trainer/light attack platform to meet a Philippine Air Force (PAF) requirement for close-air support

  • Japan scrambled fighter aircraft 561 times in first half of FY 2017

    The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) scrambled its fighter aircraft a total of 561 times in the first half of fiscal year 2017 (FY 2017) in response to foreign military aircraft approaching the country's airspace: a decrease of 5.6% compared with last year’s record-setting figure. The

  • Likely removal of Bangladesh chief justice risks wider confrontation between government and judiciary, and deteriorating relations with India

    Key Points The ruling Awami League (AL) party probably intends to force the chief justice’s resignation by pressing corruption allegations against him, and intimidating the Supreme Court into ceasing its criticism of the government. The forced resignation has the potential to trigger a

  • Thales flight-tests radar offered for India’s Tejas Mk1A LCA

    French defence company Thales has flight-tested an ‘active array radar’ specifically developed to equip India’s indigenously designed Tejas Mk1A light combat aircraft (LCA) variant. In a 16 October statement Thales said that it is offering the radar to Bangalore-based Hindustan

  • ADEX 2017: F-35 makes South Korean show debut

    The Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) made its debut appearance at this year’s Seoul International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (ADEX), giving South Korea a sneak-preview of its future fighter while providing a timely warning to Pyongyang on US regional

  • ADEX 2017: Korean Air progresses development of unmanned Little Bird

    Korean Air Aerospace Division (KAL-ASD) has progressed development of an unmanned version of the MD 500 Little Bird light-attack and observation helicopter, with a prototype being showcased at the Seoul International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (ADEX) 2017. An optionally piloted prototype of

  • Australia conducts inaugural trilateral security patrol with Indonesian maritime agencies

    Key Points The Australian Border Force has taken part in a co-ordinated patrol involving two Indonesian maritime agencies for the first time Improving collaboration between the two countries will enhance maritime security in Timor Sea In a sign of increasing interoperability and collaboration

  • Caspian Flotilla to relocate headquarters

    The Russian Ministry of Defence has announced that it will be closing the headquarters of the Caspian Flotilla in Astrakhan and moving to a new location in Dagestan. The new location has yet to be officially disclosed, but Jane’s understands that it will more than likely be the town of

  • Chezara develops new ROWS

    Ukraine’s JSC Chezara unveiled a new remotely operated weapon station (ROWS) at the Arms and Security Exhibition 2017, in Kiev. The company’s IVA ROWS was shown integrated on board a Varta 4x4 vehicle and is designed to provide Ukrainian forces with a modern capability to engage lightly

  • Japan introduces cluster plan to spur aerospace competitiveness

    Key Points Japan is set to launch an aerospace cluster programme by the end of 2017 The initiative is intended to improve efficiencies in downstream manufacturing The Japanese government has outlined plans to launch an “integrated production system” later this year to strengthen the

  • Sources: Venezuela restarts effort to buy Russian submarines

    Venezuela has begun negotiating with Russia towards a potential order of two to four Project 636.3 Improved 'Kilo'-class diesel-electric submarines (SSKs) following Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's meeting with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in Moscow earlier this month, military

  • South Korean military eyes new operational plan against North Korea, says report

    The chairman of South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) General Jeong Kyeong-doo has said that his country’s military is considering a new operational plan to counter “advanced” threats from North Korea, the Yonhap news agency reported. "We are envisioning a new operational

  • US Marines end six-month training rotation in Australia’s Northern Territory

    A battalion of US Marines has ended a six month-long training rotation through Northern Australia that took place under the United States Force Posture Initiatives (USFPI) in the country. The 2017 Marine Rotational Force-Darwin (MRF-D) began its departure from Darwin on 15 October, according to a

  • ADEX 2017: Boeing’s Poseidon takes centre-stage following MSA’s axing

    Boeing is focusing all of its maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) attentions at this year’s International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (ADEX) in Seoul on its P-8A Poseidon maritime multimission aircraft (MMA), following the company decision earlier this year to axe its smaller Maritime

  • DAPA announces delay in K2 MBT production

    South Korea’s plans to produce additional Hyundai Rotem K2 (Black Panther) main battle tanks (MBTs) have been delayed three years due to technical issues with the platform’s indigenously developed transmission system, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has said. In an

  • Image suggests DART-450 turboprop is possible candidate for new PLAAF basic trainer

    The Diamond Aircraft Industries DART-450 tandem turboprop-powered trainer has emerged as a possible candidate for a new People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) basic training aircraft, according to information provided by Chinese reporter Wu Jie. The journalist posted a photograph on his

  • India to sell off stake in helicopter services company

    The Indian government has announced the sale of its controlling stake in state-owned helicopter service company Pawan Hans. The invitation for expressions of interest (EIO), published on 13 October, outlines the sale of the government’s entire 51% stake. The remaining 49% is held by the Oil

  • Indonesian Navy commissions two AS 565 MBe helicopters, VIP transport aircraft

    The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) has commissioned its first two new AS565 MBe Panther helicopters and a Beechcraft King Air 350i transport aircraft. The assets were inducted on 13 October at an airbase in Juanda, Surabaya in a commissioning ceremony presided