• Pentagon’s ability to handle two military fronts questioned

    While a bedrock of US military strategy through the decades has been an ability to accommodate confrontation on two major fronts simultaneously, the return and rise of true peer competition is bringing that capability into question. US Senator Jon Kyl, the Republican who succeeded the late John

  • Slovakia signs for F-16V fighters

    The Slovak government has signed a EUR1.6 billion (USD1.8 billion) procurement contract with the US Department of Defense (DoD) for 14 Lockheed Martin F-16V Block 70/72 Fighting Falcon multirole combat aircraft. “The Slovak Republic officially signed documents on the basis of which it will

  • France completes Phénix order with three additional aircraft

    France has ordered a further three Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A330-200 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft, bringing its total procurement to 12. The addition of the extra Phénix platforms, announced by Airbus on 13 December, fuflils the French Air Force’s (Armée de

  • Germany to replace SAR ‘Hueys’ with H145s

    The German Army is to replace its ageing Bell UH-1D ‘Huey’ search-and-rescue (SAR) helicopters with new Airbus Helicopters H145 platforms to be delivered in 2020. The Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology, and In-Service Support (BAAINWBw) has ordered seven

  • HHI awarded contract to build final two FFX-II frigates for RoKN

    South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has been awarded a KRW633.5 billion (USD563 million) contract for the construction of the final two Daegu (FFX-II)-class guided-missile frigates for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN), the company announced on 13 December. Construction of the

  • Carrier USS John C Stennis establishes temporary Sri Lanka air logistics hub

    The US Navy (USN) Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C Stennis (CVN 74) has established a temporary air logistics hub in Sri Lanka to receive support, supplies, and services at sea. The hub includes an airstrip and storage facilities to provide logistics support to USN ships operating in the

  • European MALE RPAS completes design definition phase

    Airbus and its partners have completed the design definition phase of the European medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) remotely piloted air system (RPAS), with the announcement of the successful conclusion of the preliminary design review (PDR) on 13 December. The PDR, which was passed on 22

  • Impeachment of Somalia’s president probably unsuccessful, opposition to security handover growing and port contracts face renegotiation risk

    Key Points President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed is unlikely to be unseated by the impeachment motion, which is backed by members of Somalia’s parliament drawn from the Hawiye and Issaq clans, as it has already been rejected by the parliamentary clerk. However, the Federal Government of

  • Japan pursues additional exports to the Philippines

    Japan is engaging with the Philippines over potential opportunities to export additional defence equipment to the Southeast Asian country, the Japanese Ministry of Defense’s (MoD’s) Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA), has confirmed to Jane’s . The export effort

  • Japan’s ruling coalition approves modification of Izumo-class helicopter carriers for F-35B ops

    Japan’s ruling coalition has approved a new defence policy outline that includes the conversion of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s (JMSDF’s) two Izumo-class helicopter carriers into multirole aircraft carriers from which short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) aircraft,

  • Kongsberg and Patria to buy AIM Norway

    The long-running partial privatisation of Norwegian aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) venture AIM Norway has progressed with the acquisition of the company by Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace and Finland’s Patria. Kongsberg will hold 50.1% of the company with Patria holding

  • Russian Navy to acquire 12 new Lada-class submarines

    The Russian Navy plans to procure 12 more Project 677 Lada-class diesel-electric submarines (SSKs). “We will continue to build the Project 636.3 Varshavyanka-class [Improved Kilo-class] SSKs and at least 12 of the newest Lada-class submarines,” the navy’s commander-in-chief,

  • UPDATE: German Army forms digitised division

    Key Points The German Army is to form a fully equipped and digitised division by 2027 To support this effort, the army is creating a digitised test unit The German Army is to form a fully equipped and digitised division by 2027. On the way to achieving this goal, it is equipping and modernising

  • US expects continued confrontation from Chinese and Russian forces

    The US anticipates its forces will be challenged by like forces deployed by Russia and China on a constant basis, said Rear Admiral Doug Perry, US Navy (USN) director of Joint and Fleet Operations, US Fleet Forces Command. The US must increase its training to prepare for such threats, Rear Adm

  • USMC begins the search for updated MADIS weapon systems

    In response to the US military’s increasing concern with adversary unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), the US Marine Corps (USMC) is moving forward with its Marine Air Defense Integrated System (MADIS) initiative and soliciting industry’s help to rush near-term, counter-UAS into the field.

  • Australian DoD and Naval Group agree on key provisions of Future Submarine Strategic Partnering Agreement

    The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) and French ship designer and builder Naval Group have reached an agreement on all key provisions of a Strategic Partnering Agreement (SPA) for Australia’s Future Submarine programme, Defence Minister Christopher Pyne announced on 13 December. Pyne

  • China’s CASIC points to huge growth in cloud manufacturing activity

    An industrial internet portal set up by the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC) in June 2015 has now attracted more than two million users from more than 200 countries, CASIC has announced. CASIC – one of China’s most important defence corporations – said in a

  • Russia reinforces Crimea

    Russia has launched a drive to reinforce its air and land forces deployed on the contested Crimea peninsula, according to open source monitoring and satellite imagery. The effort appears be to centred on bolstering forces positioned at Dzhankoi Air Base in northern Crimea, some 25 km south of

  • Cost and scheduling of Australia’s Future Submarine programme prompt calls for alternative

    Four retired Australian naval officers of flag rank, all with substantial submarine experience, have taken the unusual step of writing directly to Prime Minister Scott Morrison seeking an urgent study into the option of a cheaper, more quickly available alternative to the design already selected for

  • Curtiss-Wright introduces system to protect data on unmanned platforms

    Curtiss-Wright has developed a new network attached storage (NAS) system that incorporates Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information encryption to protect critical data-at-rest (DAR) on unmanned deployed platforms. “As the number of sensors on unmanned intelligence, surveillance, and