• Update: USAF continues targeting Taliban, IS-K targets in Afghanistan

    The US Air Force (USAF) released more munitions over Afghanistan in March than in the same month in previous years since 2009, according to US Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT). Recently released data shows that USAF aircraft (manned and unmanned) released a total of 339 weapons in March as part

  • US lawmakers want air force to proceed with JSTARS recap

    Key Points Lawmakers propose forcing the USAF to proceed with JSTARS recap The service wants to cancel the programme and proceed with other battle management plans A group of US lawmakers want the US Air Force (USAF) to proceed as planned with its Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System

  • US Air Force, Boeing remain out of sync on KC-46 delivery date

    The US Air Force (USAF) and Boeing continue to disagree on when the first KC-46 Pegasus aerial refuelling tankers will be delivered, according to USAF testimony. “We believe the schedule that Boeing has is overly ambitious and we’d like to get an agreement on a delivery date and drive

  • Pentagon plans to consolidate hypersonic efforts as part of ‘road map’

    Key Points The Pentagon plans to consolidate many of its hypersonic weapon development efforts There is much technical overlap among the programmes The Pentagon plans to eventually consolidate many of its hypersonic weapon development efforts as part of a “road map” it is developing

  • Top Angolan generals sacked

    Angolan President João Lourenço’s office announced on 23 April that 17 senior commanders had been dismissed and a new chief of staff appointed. State media reported on 26 March that the previous chief, General Sachipengo Nunda, was being investigated in connection with a false

  • Pentagon, industry eye partnerships for expanding MRO market

    The Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) market for military aviation is steadily expanding, but the US Department of Defense (DoD) – which has its own organic MRO operations – faces challenges such as an ageing workforce and competition from industry. A key issue, said Brigadier

  • South Korea to open tender for additional ASW helicopters

    South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on 23 April that it will open a tender in May for the procurement of additional shipborne helicopters with anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) under its Maritime Operational

  • Argentine Army adds new and modernised equipment

    On 19 April the Argentine Army took delivery of a diverse range of new and modernised equipment, part of a broader modernisation of land assets for the army. New equipment included Steyr Mannlicher HS.50 M1 12,7 mm rifles, Thales Ground Observer 80 radars, Zodiac assault boats, Sany STC800 cranes,

  • Germany plans to invest in more heavy equipment

    German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen has presented a list of additional equipment she would like the Bundeswehr to begin to procure in 2018, German media reported on 23 April. The preliminary list reportedly contains 18 items worth over EUR25 million (USD30 million) each, including 18 new

  • RAF Sentinel R1 hunting IS again

    A UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Raytheon Sentinel R1 radar surveillance aircraft is again supporting the campaign against the Islamic State extremist group, a senior defence source told Jane’s . The aircraft was photographed at RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus, on 12 April and open-source tracking of its

  • Indian Army reduces ammunition purchases as cost-saving measure

    Faced with a severe financial crunch the Indian Army (IA) has shortlisted assorted ammunition and spares that will be affected by cost-cutting measures, despite existing stocks falling short of the approved levels required for 10 days of ‘intense warfighting’. Official sources said at

  • Belarus gifts Serbia four MiG-29s

    Belarus has agreed to donate four MiG-29 fighters to Serbia, Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin told the Politika daily on 21 April. They "will be overhauled and modernised under the same model as the six aircraft received from the Russian Federation", Vulin said. In October 2017 Russia

  • Liaoning carrier group conducts first ‘combat exercise’ in Western Pacific

    China’s Liaoning aircraft carrier group carried out its first ever “combat exercises” in the Western Pacific on 20-21 April, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) in Beijing announced on 22 April. The exercise, which took place in an area east of the Bashi Channel, involved a

  • PLA Rocket Force sets up new brigade

    China’s People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force (PLARF) has set up a new brigade deploying what is thought to be the Dong Feng-26 (DF-26) intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM), according to an 18 April report by the China Daily newspaper. The paper quoted a statement issued by the

  • Turkish gendarmerie receives T-129 attack helicopters

    Turkey’s Gendarmerie General Command (JGK) has received its first three T-129 attack helicopters, increasing its close air support capabilities, Ismail Demir, Undersecretary of the Turkish Defence Industries (SSM), tweeted on 19 April. They are part of a total of 18 T-129s the JGK will

  • Canada, Japan sign Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement

    Tokyo and Ottawa signed a bilateral Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA) on 21 April aimed at strengthening co-operation between the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the Japanese Self-Defense Forces (JSDF). The Canadian government announced in a statement that the deal, which was signed

  • Portugal downgrades plans to upgrade C-130s

    Portugal has canceled plans to modernise five C-130H transports through the US Foreign Military Sales programme, worth up to EUR29 million (USD36 million). Instead, the aircraft will receive upgrades worth up to EUR19 million with the support of the Single European Sky Air Traffic Management

  • ILA 2018: German Army spells out Tiger and NH90 upgrade plan, timelines

    The Germany Army has spelled out plans to upgrade and modernise its Airbus Helicopter Tiger and NHIndustries NH90 Tactical Transport Helicopter (TTH) rotorcraft over the coming years and decades. Speaking ahead of the ILA Airshow in Berlin, Colonel Dr Volker Bauersachs, Commander Attack Helicopter

  • ILA 2018: German special forces H145M helos close to being fully operational

    The fleet of Airbus Helicopters H145M helicopters that the German government has procured for the country’s special forces are nearing full capability as operational trials progress towards a conclusion. Speaking ahead of the ILA Berlin Airshow running from 25 to 29 April, Colonel Bernhard

  • Indonesia, Singapore enhance bilateral naval drills amid increased terrorism threats

    Key Points The navies of Indonesia and Singapore have introduced counter-terrorism serials into an annual bilateral exercise between the two services Drills aim to enhance professionalism and interoperability of naval services in handling maritime security contingencies such as seaborne terrorist

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