• ADAS 2018: Austal on track with Philippine expansion

    Australian shipbuilder Austal is expanding its presence in the Philippines in support of a potential programme to supply the Philippine Navy (PN) with six offshore patrol vessels (OPVs). Speaking at the Asian Defence and Security (ADAS) 2018 exhibition in Manila, a company official told

  • ADAS 2018: Philippine Air Force to acquire MRO firm

    The Philippine Air Force (PAF) is to acquire a local state-owned enterprise to support efforts to enhance its maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) capabilities. A senior PAF officer told Jane’s on 26 September that the government was preparing to transfer the Philippine Aerospace

  • ADAS 2018: Philippines unfazed by CAATSA

    The Philippines will continue to consider procuring military systems from a range of suppliers – including Russia – despite US legislation that threatens importers of Russian materiel with sanctions, an official from the Department of National Defense (DND) in Manila told Jane’s on

  • France proceeds with planned defence budget rise

    French armed forces minister Florence Parly revealed details of the country’s draft 2019 defence budget on 25 September, which includes increases in line with those set out in the country’s 2019–25 Military Programming Law (Loi de programmation militaire (LPM)), published in

  • Indian MoD updates procurement procedures

    The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced a series of updates in its defence procurement processes as part of continuing efforts to accelerate military acquisitions. In a statement on 25 September the MoD said the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) – chaired by Defence Minister

  • Kronshtadt weaponises Orion-E UAV, outlines HALE UAV development

    Russia’s Kronshtadt Group, a subsidiary of Joint-Stock Financial Corporation Sistema, has unveiled a strike-capable variant of the Orion-E medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (MALE UAV). The weaponised Orion-E was showcased with a new 50 kg guided missile developed by the

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  • SKASaC takes final bow ahead of retirement

    The UK Royal Navy (RN) is preparing to retire its last Sea King ASaC.7 (SKASaC) helicopters, bringing to an end the Sea King’s near 50-year career in UK military service. Two of the remaining SKASaC aircraft from 849 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) flew a farewell flypast around southwest England on

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  • Boeing building fuselage for MH-139 after UH-1N replacement win

    Key Points Boeing is building the first fuselage for its MH-139 aircraft, which won the UH-1N replacement competition The company was awarded a preliminary contract for the first four helicopters Boeing is already building the fuselage that will go in its first MH-139 after it won the US Air