• Argentina receives modernised C-130 airlifter

    The Argentine Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Argentina: FAA) has received a modernised Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules transport aircraft from the country’s Fábrica Argentina de Aviones (FAdeA), it was announced on 19 September. The aircraft, TC-70, was upgraded by Argentinean technicians

  • Australia plays down reports of deadlock in submarine contract talks

    Australia’s Defence Minister Christopher Pyne has played down reports of a deadlock in negotiations with France over the contract to supply 12 next-generation submarines to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). France’s state-owned Naval Group (formerly DCNS) was selected in April 2016 to

  • Estonia acquires Puma UAS

    AeroVironment has added Estonia to the growing list of customers for its RQ-20 Puma tactical unmanned aircraft system (UAS), with a USD8.9 million contract announced on 21 September. The deal covers an undisclosed number of RQ-20B Puma AE II systems to be delivered to the Baltic state by 23 March

  • France accelerates MRTT deliveries

    French Defence Minister Florence Parly has ordered the acceleration of A330 Multi Roll Transport Tanker (MRTT) deliveries to the French Air Force (FAF), the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), the French defence procurement agency, announced on 21 September. As a result, the FAF

  • Philippines sets aside USD25 million for naval amphibious aircraft

    The Philippine Department of National Defense (DND) has allocated some PHP1.3 trillion (USD25 million) towards the acquisition of one multi-purpose amphibious aircraft, and has invited eligible contractors to bid for the project. The airframe, which will be operated by the Philippine Navy, is being

  • UK MoD prepares for Exercise ‘Information Warrior 2019’

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has revealed details regarding next year’s Exercise ‘Information Warrior’ (IW), which aims to support growth of information operations across the services. Addressing an IW Industry Day at QinetiQ’s Portsdown Technology Park facility on 18

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  • DVD 2018: UK proceeds with Boxer procurement

    UK Defence Minister Stuart Andrew has “given the green light to bring forward concrete plans for the project” to procure the Boxer armoured vehicle for the British Army, he said during a speech on the first day of the DVD 2018 defence exhibition held at the United Kingdom’s

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  • US coastal patrol ships complete Griffin missile shoot

    Five Cyclone-class coastal patrol ships from the US Navy’s (USN’s) Bahrain-based 5th Fleet Combined Task Force (CTF) 55 have completed a series of Mk 60 Griffin Missile System (GMS) live firings against high-speed manoeuvring targets during an exercise in the Gulf. USS Hurricane (PC 3),

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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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  • Indian MoD, Dassault clarify offsets on Rafale deal

    The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Dassault Aviation have issued separate statements detailing the defence offset programme linked to the Indian Air Force’s (IAF’s) acquisition of 36 Dassault Rafale fighter aircraft from France. In responses to allegations of wrongdoing in the