• Tokyo accuses two Russian Tu-95 bombers of violating Japanese airspace

    The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) scrambled fighter aircraft twice on 20 June to intercept two Russian Aerospace Forces Tupolev Tu-95 ‘Bear’ strategic bombers it accused of violating Japanese airspace. A Japan Ministry of Defence (MoD) spokesperson told Jane's that the bombers

  • Paris Air Show 2019: Diamond Aircraft launches new maritime surveillance variant

    Austria’s Diamond Aircraft unveiled a new maritime surveillance variant of its DA62 light utility twin prop aircraft at the Paris Air Show. Designated the DA62-MSA, the new aircraft was developed in conjunction with Italy’s Leonardo, and features an intelligence, surveillance, and

  • Court orders UK to review Saudi arms exports approvals

    The UK’s Court of Appeal has ruled that the UK failed to carry out the full extent of its legal obligations in the granting of licences to export military equipment to Saudi Arabia. In a judgement released on 20 June the court overturned a decision made in 2017 by the country’s High

  • Further large-scale protests highly likely in Hong Kong, increase likelihood of CE stepping down beyond one-year outlook

    Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters are expected to escalate protests in the coming weeks if the government is unable to address their demands. Large-scale protests involving more than 100,000 people and potentially above 1 million protesters in the Causeway Bay, Wan Chai, and Admiralty

  • Harris to begin LRIP 2 HMS Manpack radio deliveries to US Army in October

    The Harris Corporation is expecting to finish delivering its first batch of low-rate initial production (LRIP) Handheld, Manpack, and Small Form-Fit (HMS) radios to the US Army by October before moving out on a new buy. Army leaders recently awarded the company with an undisclosed sum of money for

  • Indonesian MoD to acquire amphibious aircraft from Viking Air

    Canada-based utility aircraft manufacturer Viking Air announced on 18 June that it has been awarded a contract to supply six new Viking Canadair CL-515 and one upgraded Canadair CL-415EAF amphibious aircraft to Indonesia’s Ministry of Defence (MoD). Four of the CL-515 twin-turboprop aircraft

  • Iran downs Global Hawk as US struggles to rally international support

    In a further escalation of tensions in the Gulf, the Iranian military shot down a US RQ-4A Global Hawk high-altitude unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on 20 June. The US military’s Central Command (CENTCOM) said the US Navy RQ-4A Broad Area Maritime Surveillance-Demonstrator (BAMS-D) aircraft was

  • OPEC Systems to supply new lightweight ensemble as part of CBRN protection contract

    Australian company Oil Pollution and Environmental Control (OPEC) Systems announced on 19 June that it has signed an AUD23 million (USD15.8 million) contract with Leidos Australia to provide a range of equipment, including a newly developed protective ensemble, as part of Project Land 2110 Phase 1B

  • Paris Air Show 2019: Lockheed Martin confirms F-35A for Finland’s HX

    Lockheed Martin has confirmed that the company is submitting the F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter to replace Finland’s fleet of Boeing F/A-18C/D Hornets in a programme known as HX. The confirmation of the company’s bid comes shortly after the F-35A was shown at the Turku Air Show

  • Paris Air Show: France receives NX70 micro UAVs

    The Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), the French defence procurement agency, announced on its website on 19 June that it is receiving the first 5 of 27 NX70 micro unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems it ordered from Novadem at the end of 2018. The systems will be used by

  • Sea lines security is central to ‘BALTOPS’, say US commanders

    Key Points Sea lines of communication (SLOC) security has a more significant emphasis in ‘BALTOPS’ for 2019 An amphibious capability is underscored as central to securing such SLOCs Senior US commanders have underscored a greater focus on sea lines of communication (SLOCs) and the

  • Security alerts 21–28 June

    Americas Dominican Republic WATCH FOR: Demonstrations outside the Supreme Court in Santo Domingo on 21 June during a vote on Odebrecht investigations Risk analysis: The anti-corruption movement in the Dominican Republic, Green March (Marcha Verde), called for a vigil and protests on 21 June in

  • Yemeni rebels claim cruise missile attack on Saudi powerplant

    Yemeni rebel group Ansar Allah (Houthis) claimed on 19 June that it had carried out a third cruise missile attack on the previous day, saying it targeted the Al-Shuqaiq power station in Saudi Arabia’s Jizan province. The statement quoted the group’s military spokesperson as saying the

  • Sweden’s second upgraded Gotland submarine returns to the water

    The second Royal Swedish Navy (RSwN) A19 Gotland-class submarine to undergo a mid-life upgrade (MLU) has been relaunched by Saab’s Kockums business. HMS Uppland was lowered from the shiplift at the company’s Karlskrona facility on 19 June. The milestone occurred 12 months after the

  • Austal expands Philippines facility

    Australian shipbuilder Austal has expanded its facilities in the Philippines, more than trebling the capacity of its Cebu-based shipyard, the company has confirmed to Jane’s . An Austal spokesperson said that the company’s investment in the Philippines – worth AUD30 million (USD21

  • Paris Air Show 2019: SAMI expands horizons

    Saudi Arabia defence industrial conglomerate Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) has signed several collaboration agreements at the Paris Air Show, as well as launching a joint venture (JV) with US firm L3 Technologies. In a ceremony on 18 June, L3 Technologies and SAMI representatives

  • Paris Air Show 2019: Saudi Arabia considering A400M as An-132D fades

    The Royal Saudi Air Force is currently considering the Airbus Military A400M Atlas medium lift transport aircraft. Chief Executive Officer of Saudi Arabia Military Industries, Dr Andreas Schwer, told Jane’s of the country’s interest in the platform to fulfil a need for the

  • Philippine auditor questions viability of national aerospace firm

    The Philippine government’s Commission on Audit (COA) has questioned the sustainability of the state-owned Philippine Aerospace Development Corporation (PADC), a company that provides maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for military and commercial operators. The COA said in a

  • Russians training Central African Republic’s special forces

    Russian instructors are training special forces personnel of the Central African Armed Forces (FACA), according to a report by the UN Secretary-General’s office dated 17 June. It said that an unspecified number of FACA members who are part of an unidentified special forces unit

  • Russia’s Su-25SM3 ‘deep upgrade’ programme gains pace and scope

    The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) is upgrading its fleet of Sukhoi Su-25 close air support (CAS) aircraft to the Su-25SM3 standard, a Russian military spokesperson told Jane’s on 18 June. “Since 2018, the Aerospace Forces [VKS] have been receiving Su-25SM3s, and a total of 25