• Lockheed Martin secures second hypersonic air-to-surface weapon contract

    Lockheed Martin has secured a USD480 million, sole source undefinitised contract from the US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center for the rapid prototyping of the Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW). Officially published by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 13 August, the ARRW contract

  • Poland relaunches Mustang programme

    Poland’s Armament Inspectorate has launched a tender with revised requirements for the procurement of 4×4 multipurpose vehicles. Poland is seeking to purchase 859 soft-skin vehicles and 41 armoured variants in 2019–22. The contract includes an option for an additional 812

  • Ambush targeting police-escorted vehicles indicates growing terrorism risk to mining companies in eastern Burkina Faso

    Event Six people were killed in Burkina Faso’s Est province when a police-escorted convoy returning from the Boungou gold mine was ambushed on 11 August. Four gendarmes and a civilian died in the attack; the lead vehicle exploded after driving over an improvised explosive device (IED)

  • Benin receiving Russian weapons

    An arms trade agreement signed in October 2010 by Russia and Benin has taken effect, the Interfax-AVN news agency reported on 15 August. The report did not identify the specific equipment that Benin is receiving, but quoted the agreement as saying that, “The Russian side has the right to

  • Brazil to receive remaining M109A5 in December

    The arrival of the remaining 56 of 60 M109A5 155 mm self-propelled artillery systems granted by the US Government to the Brazilian Army as excess defense articles (EDA) in a letter of offer and acceptance (LOA) in January 2018 is expected to take place in December, the service told Jane’s .

  • Chilean Navy buys Chinese UAV to secure facilities

    The Chilean Navy’s Marine Corps has ordered a Mavic Pro four-engine, rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from Chinese manufacturer DJI to address a security requirement following an open tender. The UAV, which has no infrared capacity but features good low-light performance, will be

  • China prepares for blockchain boom

    Key Points China announces establishment of ‘key laboratory’ dedicated to developing blockchain technologies Move part of China’s increasing efforts to create a blockchain ecosystem to support sectors including defence China’s Ministry of Industry and Information

  • Romanian protests likely to prompt another government reshuffle, reducing capacity to pass new legislation

    Key Points Mass protests increase the likelihood of government reshuffle, if not the prime minister's resignation. Anti-government protests are likely to continue as long as Liviu Dragnea remains leader of the governing Social Democratic Party (PSD) and the PSD maintains its controversial

  • Sudanese president's nomination for 2020 poll confirms prospects of extended term, reducing likelihood of contested succession

    Key Points The National Congress Party (NCP)’s nomination of President Omar al-Bashir to stand for re-election in 2020 is most likely designed to entrench his legitimacy and lend early support to his bid for re-election. Should Bashir stand for re-election, as appears likely given his

  • Uganda unveils Nyoka production facility

    Uganda revealed its armoured vehicle production facility for the first time on 8 August, when it was officially opened by President Yoweri Museveni. The Ugandan People’s Defence Force (UPDF) said the Nyoka Conversion Project is located at the Magamaga Barracks in the Mayuge district, east of

  • USN awards cruiser USS Cowpens modernisation contract

    The US Naval Sea Systems Command awarded General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Company a USD147.7 million firm-fixed-price contract to overhaul and upgrade the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63) on 14 August. This long-term availability will include a

  • Mattis sees future US space opportunities with Brazil

    Key Points Mattis said he sees future opportunities with Brazil for advanced research, particularly in space Brazil has a healthy appetite for enhanced space partnerships, but regulatory problems loom US Secretary of Defense James Mattis sees future opportunities for advanced research with

  • Barak-8 to equip Israeli Sa’ar 6 corvettes

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has been awarded a contract by the Israeli Ministry of Defence (MoD) to supply the Barak-8 weapon system for the Israeli Navy’s four future Magen-class corvettes. Designated Sa’ar 6 in Israeli service, the new corvettes are being acquired under the

  • China criticises US NDAA for FY 2019

    Beijing has heavily criticised the US National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) for containing what it referred to as “negative content related to China” along with plans to strengthen Taiwan’s force readiness and military capabilities. Referring to

  • Damen to supply parts for Chile’s new Antarctic vessel

    Damen Marine Components, part of Damen Shipyard, recently signed a contract to supply propulsion parts, systems, and equipment to Chile for the country’s new Antarctic research vessel, the company said. Damen will provide twin Commander Ram-Type electro-hydraulic steering gear units, twin

  • Ocean Infinity selected to assist in ARA San Juan search

    Argentina has selected US-based seabed survey company Ocean Infinity to bolster the search for the nation’s submarine ARA San Juan (S-42). The Argentine Ministry of Modernisation (Ministerio de la Modernización) accepted Ocean Infinity’s USD7.5 million bid on 6 August to assist the

  • Saudi-led coalition to investigate bus bombing

    The United States and United Kingdom support the investigation into an apparent airstrike that hit a bus carrying school children in Yemen that will be carried out by the Saudi-led coalition, not an independent body. The strike took place on 9 August and hit the bus when it was in a crowded market

  • Turkey ‘would exercise legal rights’ if US does not deliver F-35s

    Turkish presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin said on 15 August that Turkey would exercise its legal rights if the United States does not deliver Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighters to Ankara. He made the remarks in reaction to US President Donald Trump’s signing on 13 August of

  • UK government calls on Wales to engage with MIV supply chain

    The UK government has called on Welsh industry to exploit the opportunities arising from the United Kingdom’s upcoming acquisition of the Boxer 8×8 mechanised infantry vehicle (MIV). An industry day will be held in South Wales in September that will encourage industry from around the

  • Iraq confirms election results, disagreements over unity cabinet and ongoing southern protests risk intra-Shia fighting

    Key Points The near-identical election result is likely to be ratified by Iraq’s Supreme Court within 15 days of the electoral commission’s announcement, allowing parliament to convene for the first time and government formation talks to officially begin. The alliance between the Nasr,