• Swedish ELINT aircraft fly missions over eastern Mediterranean

    A Swedish electronic intelligence (ELINT) gathering aircraft has been operating over the eastern Mediterranean in a rare mission by the country's air force. The presence of the Swedish Air Force (SwAF) S102B Korpen aircraft in the tense region emerged after its transponder was revealed by open

  • PLA airborne troops conduct first exercise with Y-20 transport aircraft

    China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) has conducted its first airdrop and air delivery training exercise using the Xian Aircraft Corporation Y-20 Kunpeng strategic transport aircraft, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) in Beijing announced on 8 May. The MND, which

  • EU’s next seven-year budget includes billions for defence R&T and capabilities

    The European Commission’s draft budget for the European Union’s next operating period would hoist the EU to among the region’s top four investors in defence research and technology (R&T) alongside France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, with more than EUR4 billion (USD4.7

  • US looks to make further cuts to Pakistan military aid

    The US House Armed Services Committee has called for further cuts to US military aid provided to Pakistan until the country demonstrates a commitment to tackle insurgency. In his markup of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019), the committee’s chairman Mac

  • Somalia facing legal case over stalled coast guard plan

    The Atlantic Marine and Offshore Group is still prepared to complete the contract it signed with the Somali Ministry of Defence (MoD) in 2013 even though it has filed an arbitration case accusing the Somali government of failing to make scheduled payments, the Dutch company’s Willem van der

  • Exercise marks final validation of Joint Expeditionary Force

    The UK-led Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF), which draws on a pool of high readiness forces from nine partner nations across Europe, carried out a final validation exercise, dubbed 'Joint Warrior', between 20 April and 5 May as the force moves closer to a full operating capability later this year.

  • UK and Norway plan anti-submarine co-operation

    Guto Bebb, UK Minister for Defence Procurement, and Tone Skogen, State Secretary in Norway’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) have discussed maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) co-operation in the North Atlantic. Their discussions on 3 May were focused on how the two countries could co-operate in

  • India aims to base IAF fighters on Andaman and Nicobar archipelago

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) plans to permanently base fighter aircraft and other combat assets on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands off India’s east coast to enhance its presence and capabilities in the region. Official sources told Jane’s on 9 May that the IAF is extending and upgrading

  • Japan, China agree on emergency communications mechanism

    Japan and China have agreed to start operating an emergency communication mechanism aimed at preventing unintended incidents at sea or in the air. The Maritime and Air Communication Mechanism, which will take effect from 8 June, was agreed upon during a meeting held between Japanese Prime Minister

  • Vietnam demands China remove military equipment from disputed South China Sea islands

    Vietnam has demanded that China remove military equipment from disputed islands in the South China Sea (SCS) following media reports claiming that Beijing has deployed anti-ship and surface-to-air missile systems on three of the outposts it controls in the Spratlys. “Vietnam is deeply

  • Syria says Israel strikes again

    Syrian air defences intercepted two Israeli missiles in the Al-Kiswah area in Damascus province late on 8 May, the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) cited a military source as saying on the following day. The news agency did not report any military targets being hit, but cited a medical

  • Hellenic Army finalises OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter deal

    Minister of National Defence Panos Kammenos on 3 May confirmed Hellenic Army Aviation plans to acquire 70 ex-US Army Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters. The helicopters will be transferred in the autumn of 2018 at a cost of USD44.1 million financed through Foreign Military Sales funding. Of the

  • Brazil to acquire B767-300ER

    The Brazilian Air Force is looking to acquire a Boeing B767-300ER aircraft and associated mid-life upgrade (MLU), as well as logistics support for the aircraft and its equipment for a period of 36 months, the service told Jane’s . The air force declined to name companies that delivered bids

  • US Air Force orders one-day pause for aviation operational safety review

    Key Points The USAF has ordered wings with flying and maintenance functions to perform a one-day stand-down The service has had many mishaps in the last fiscal year, including recent fatalities All US Air Force (USAF) wings with flying and maintenance functions will stand down by 21 May for a

  • Dutch MoD gives shopping list to parliament

    Key Points The Dutch MoD plans to replace warships and their equipment, and upgrade attack helicopters The Dutch Army will receive new CBRN vehicles, personal equipment, and mobile simulators The Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) has told parliament of its plans for new warships and their systems;

  • HAF orders Tecnam P2002 JF training aircraft

    The Hellenic Air Force (HAF) has chosen the Italian Tecnam P2002 JF as its screening/primary training aircraft to replace the veteran Cessna T-41D Mescalero, used by 360 Squadron, at Dekhelia Air Base, also home of the air force academy. In addition to the 12 P2002 JF aircraft ordered, at a cost of

  • Pentagon resumes receipt of F-35s

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) is again accepting deliveries of F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) combat aircraft following the resolution of a contractual dispute with Lockheed Martin. In a statement posted on its official F-35 Twitter account on 7 May, Lockheed Martin said that the

  • USAF looks to improved laser protection for pilots following Djibouti attacks

    The US Air Force (USAF) has issued a revised draft request for proposals (RFP) for aircrew protection against lasers, following the recent attacks on aircraft flying over the Horn of Africa. Issued in early May, the revised draft RFP builds on a previously issued solicitation for an aircrew laser

  • Chad to get C2 centre

    The US Army is looking for a contractor to build a new command and control (C2) centre in Chad, according to a notice on the US Federal Business Opportunities website on 4 May. It gave the co-ordinates of the future centre as a currently unoccupied location approximately 700 m from the main airbase

  • US Air Force’s light attack experiment phase two kicks off

    Key Points The USAF's light attack experiment phase two started on 7 May The service is evaluating lowering cost-per-kill via logistics, sustainment, and analysis The US Air Force (USAF) on 7 May started phase two of its light attack experiment at Holloman Air Force Base (AFB), New Mexico. USAF

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