• UAE using new raiding craft

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Armed Forces is using what appears to be the 11 m Offshore Raiding Craft (OMC) made by the British company Holyhead Marine, it was revealed during its Union Fortress 6 public demonstration. Held on the coast of Ras al-Khaimah on 1 November, the demonstration featured

  • Camcopter S-100 UAV completes integration on board French LHD

    France’s Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA) procurement agency has qualified the integration of Schiebel’s S-100 Camcopter rotary-wing unmanned aerial system (UAS) on board the French Navy’s Mistral-class amphibious assault (LHD) ship Dixmude . The S-100 UAV is

  • Contractor-reliant F-35 model a legacy of Total System Performance Responsibility

    Key Points The F-35 programme’s structure, where it is mostly run by prime contractor Lockheed Martin, is the legacy of an early 2000s acquisition reform effort The idea was to give the contractor more freedom to be innovative in management practices but it created poor contractor incentives

  • DSME posts quarterly losses

    South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) has reported falling sales and net losses in the third quarter of fiscal year (FY) 2019, the company said in a stock exchange filing on 14 November. DSME, which is amid a takeover bid from rival shipyard Hyundai Heavy

  • India launches 11th Sankalp-class vessel

    India’s Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) has launched another 105 m improved Sankalp-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV) ordered for the Indian Coast Guard (ICG). The vessel was launched on 14 November at GSL’s facilities in Goa. It will be the 11th vessel in the Sankalp class, which is

  • Key US lawmaker wants F-35 programme structure changes

    Key Points The HASC readiness subcommittee chief wants the structure of the F-35 programme to change He believes the contractors have had too much leverage A key US lawmaker wants the Pentagon to take greater control of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) programme

  • Korea looks to expand exports to Poland

    South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said on 14 November that it has agreed with defence representatives from Poland to explore opportunities to expand defence sales to the European country. DAPA said in a statement that the two countries will look to facilitate

  • Oman munitions manufacturer to receive South Korean technology

    South Korean ammunition manufacturer CNO Tech on 14 November signed a technology transfer agreement with the Public Authority for Privatisation and Partnership (PAPP), which manages offset programmes in Oman. Under the agreement, CNO Tech will transfer production-line technologies to the Oman

  • Qinetiq reports 16% rise in revenue in first half of year

    British defence technology specialist Qinetiq published results from the first half of its 2020 financial year on 14 November, revealing strong growth in both sales and profits. The company generated revenue of GBP486.5 million (USD626.6 million) in the six months to 30 September; 15.8% more than in

  • Perspecta’s defence unit sees strong growth

    Revenue at Perspecta’s defence and intelligence segment increased 10.7% to USD777 million in the second quarter of fiscal year 2020 because of new business wins and growth on existing programmes, according to the US-based government services company. The segment’s profit was USD113

  • NATO solicits industry ideas to enhance decision making

    Representatives of the defence and technology sectors assembled in Washington, DC, this week to tell NATO officials how artificial intelligence (AI), big data, and other new technologies could help military leaders make faster and more informed decisions. Among those scheduled to speak in

  • US Army integrating drones into militarised-HoloLens AR architecture

    On the US Army’s path to developing and fielding a militarised head-up display (HUD) with augmented reality (AR) capabilities, the service is incorporating two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) into the mix to help soldiers navigate outside terrain and determine potential dangers lurking inside

  • ADF operations continue apace despite Congolese military offensive

    The Congolese military announced on 10 November that security forces had killed Hutu militia leader Juvenal Musabimana (alias Jean-Michel Africa) and four of his bodyguards during “an intense clash” in Binza in the Rutshuru district of Nord Kivu province, close to the border with Uganda,

  • Belarus receives first pair of Su-30SM aircraft

    Belarus received on 13 November the first two of 12 Su-30SM combat aircraft it ordered in 2017, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its website. The second pair is expected to be delivered next week. Belarus and Russia initially signed a contract in 2017 for the manufacture of the aircraft

  • More details emerge about PLA’s new assault rifle

    More details have emerged about the new assault rifle for China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) that was displayed during the 1 October parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. The design of the new rifle seen being carried by

  • Pentagon seeking whole-of-government response in strategic competition with China

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) is “keenly focused on China and its growing projection of power” as Beijing seeks to assume a global leadership role in the coming decades based on its “authoritative socialist model”, Chad Sbragia, the US deputy assistant secretary of

  • Philippines approves 2020 defence budget of USD3.7 billion

    The Philippines’ Senate has approved a 2020 defence budget of PHP191.3 billion (USD3.7 billion), it announced on 13 November. The approved expenditure, which represents a year-on-year increase of about 4%, is a slight increase over the PHP188.6 billion that was proposed for the appropriation

  • US Army leaders test out latest militarised HoloLens AR architecture

    US Army soldiers are evaluating the latest iteration of Microsoft’s modified HoloLens 2 headset as part of the service’s effort to inject augmented reality (AR) into how the force trains and conducts combat missions. Under the Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) programme, the

  • First Italian PPA starts sea trials

    The first of the Italian Navy’s new multirole offshore patrol ships (Pattugliatore Polivalente d’Altura: PPA), Paolo Thaon di Revel (P 430), started initial sea trials on 12 November. The trials are being carried out from Fincantieri’s Muggiano shipyard, near La Spezia, where the

  • FLIR Systems enhances tethered UAS operations

    FLIR Systems will use the recently acquired intellectual property (IP) and assets of Aria Insights to enhance its Tether Kit system and further expand its tethered capabilities, the company has told Jane’s . The company announced that it had acquired the tethered drone assets of Aria