• Iran, Pakistan to set up joint border security force

    Iran and Pakistan have agreed to increase bilateral security co-operation and establish a joint rapid-reaction force on the countries’ shared border tasked with “fighting terrorism”, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on 22 April during a televised news conference in Tehran with

  • New Delhi grants military more procurement powers

    India’s federal government has recently granted ‘emergency powers’ to its three services to acquire assorted defence equipment from a single vendor to augment their operational preparedness along the country’s border with Pakistan. Official sources told Jane’s that the

  • Argentine Navy to finally receive its Super Etendard Modernizé aircraft

    Five French Dassault Super Etendard Modernizé strike aircraft purchased by the Argentine Navy are finally en route following a long delay since the contract was signed in early 2018. The aircraft, which left France on 17 April, are due to arrive in Bahia Blanca, Argentina, on 10 May aboard the

  • Arlington Capital completes acquisition of Triumph business line

    Private equity company Arlington Capital Partners has completed the acquisition of the forming and fabrication business line of Triumph Group. The division will now operate as Radius Aerospace and continue to undertake fabrication and forming work for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and

  • Belgium expects first F-35s in 2025

    The first four Belgian F-35A Joint Strike Fighters will arrive at Florennes in 2025, Belgian Foreign and Defence Minister Didier Reynders announced during a visit to the airbase on 18 April. The Belgian Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on its website on 19 April that EUR300 million (USD337 million)

  • Boeing again resumes KC-46A deliveries

    Boeing recently resumed deliveries of its KC-46A Pegasus aerial refuelling tanker to the US Air Force (USAF) after a second pause for foreign object debris (FOD) concerns. Boeing spokesperson Chick Ramey said the company delivered the eighth aircraft on 20 April, which was also the fifth tanker to

  • Bolivia negotiates Pampa III deal

    The Argentine government has offered to gift one FAdeA IA-63 Pampa III jet trainer to the Bolivian Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Boliviana – FAB) this year if La Paz agrees to deliver more natural gas than the minimum quantity stipulated by an agreement between the two countries. The offer was

  • Damen reports 15-year financial low

    Dutch shipbuilder Damen Shipyards Group has reported a EUR17 million (USD19 million) net loss for 2018, a decrease it attributes to ongoing difficulties in certain maritime markets and the result of absorbing operating losses from a number of recent investments. This is the first time the company

  • Future Nigerian Super Tucano base identified

    The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has selected Kainji as the base for the EMB 314/A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft that it has ordered, a notice posted on the US Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website on 18 April revealed. Kainji Air Base is located in the western state of Niger at the

  • Gang-related violence increasing in Jamaica’s St James, unlikely to directly target tourists

    The Jamaican parliament approved on 16 April the extension of the Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs), manned by the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), for another 60 days in Mount Salem in Montego Bay, St James parish, and Denham Town, in West Kingston. The government is also seeking to pass legislation,

  • Indian Army looks to Russia for assorted weapons and ammunition

    The Indian Army (IA) is in advanced negotiations with Russia to acquire assorted weapons and ammunition to overcome enduring shortfalls and ensure operational preparedness along India’s restive border with Pakistan. Official sources told Jane’s that the IA is seeking launchers and

  • India’s HJT-36 Sitara conducts successful test flight after three-year hiatus

    India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has restarted flight testing of its Hindustan Jet Trainer-36 (HJT-36) Sitara Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT), more than three years after abandoning the programme following technical problems with the platform. The state-owned company announced on 18

  • Indonesia signs USD82 million LOI for Pandur II IFVs

    Key Points Indonesia has signed a letter of intent to acquire the Pandur II infantry fighting vehicles A contract to deliver between 20 and 22 units is expected to materialise within the next two years Indonesia’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) and state-owned arms manufacturer PT Pindad has

  • Lockheed Martin signs long-term sustainment agreements for F-35

    Lockheed Martin has signed more long-term performance-based logistics (PBL) agreements with suppliers for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, continuing the transition to a model that allows companies to better plan and reduce sustainment costs for the aircraft. PBL contracts were

  • Militia leader’s return to central CAR as government “special adviser” increases attack risks by insurgent splinter groups

    The United Nations and the Central African Republic (CAR) government on 21 April denied that ex-Séléka militia faction leader Ali Darassa, who last week was introduced as the head of mixed army and militant brigades in the country’s second city of Bambari, was officially the

  • New Chinese combat aircraft engine designed and tested in 18 months

    China’s Gas Turbine Research Institute (GTRI) has within 18 months designed and tested a prototype of a new turbofan engine for fighter aircraft, according to a 17 April report published in the state-owned Global Times newspaper. This suggests that China may have finally resolved the

  • Presidential election results likely to intensify policy gridlock in Ukraine and delay key IMF-mandated reforms

    On 21 April 2019, Ukraine held the second round of its presidential election; comedian/TV actor, Volodymyr Zelenskyi, won 73.23% of the vote. Incumbent President Petro Poroshenko, who was elected in May 2014, received only 24.26%. Zelenskyi is a political newcomer, who registered his Servant of the

  • Sri Lanka bombings point to likely involvement of Islamic State and an established jihadist network, increasing threat

    At least 310 people were killed and 500 wounded in co-ordinated suicide bombings against churches and hotels in Colombo, Negombo, and Batticaloa during Easter Sunday services on 21 April. In addition, an improvised explosive device (IED) was defused at Bandaranaike International Airport. Sri Lankan

  • UK to reduce operational Challenger 2 tank fleet

    The Times newspaper reported on 19 April that the British Army is set to reduce its operational Challenger 2 main battle tank (MBT) fleet from 227 to 148 vehicles during their Life Extension Project (LEP) upgrade. Citing a “senior defence insider”, the newspaper reported that 148

  • United Wa State Army military parade showcases ongoing modernisation

    Myanmar’s largest ethnic armed force, the United Wa State Army (UWSA), has underscored an ongoing process of modernisation, based largely on Chinese equipment, in a large parade to mark the 30th anniversary of its founding. Overseen by UWSA commander-in-chief Bao Youxiang, the march-past,