• Dstl develops open-source framework to enhance military tracking technology

    The UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) announced on 14 May the launch of an open-source software framework named Stone Soup, which is intended to help improve military tracking technology. The new software framework will allow the algorithms used in missiles, vehicles, or

  • Japan awards contract extension for development of new ship-launched SAM system

    The Japan Ministry of Defense’s (MoD’s) Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) announced on 10 May that it awarded a contract extension to Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (Melco) for the development of a ship-launched surface-to-air missile (SAM) system based on the

  • Raytheon, for the first time, performs complete JPALS expeditionary setup and demo

    Key Points Raytheon performed a setup and demonstration of its JPALS expeditionary variant for the first time during the week of 6 May The company eventually wants to demonstrate the system with multiple runways and multiple approaches Raytheon demonstrated, for the first time, a complete setup

  • UDT 2019: Swedish navy chief outlines future equipment priorities

    Sweden’s naval chief has spelled out his ambitions for the future fleet as the government weighs its priorities for the forthcoming 2021-2025 defence bill. Speaking at the UDT Europe conference in Stockholm on 13 May, Rear Admiral Jens Nykvist, chief of navy, said he wanted to see the Royal

  • US military deploys more assets to Middle East

    The US military has announced that an amphibious assault ship and a Patriot air defence battery are being sent to the Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility, but President Donald Trump has dismissed reports that 120,000 troops could be deployed. "I think it's fake news,” Trump

  • Belarus weighs acquiring Russian air defence systems

    Belarus is considering acquiring Russian-made air defence systems, including Pantsir-S self-propelled hybrid gun/missile air-defence systems and the Tor-M2 self-propelled surface-to-air missile (SAM) system, the head of Russia’s state arms exporter Rosoboronexport Alexander Mikheyev told

  • Cameroonian Z9 helicopter crashes

    A Cameroonian Air Force (CAF) HAIG Z9WE attack helicopter crashed on 13 May, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed. The helicopter, which belonged to the 51st Air Squadron, took off from Air Base 501 at Bamenda to transport three government officials and a police officer and was preparing to land

  • China targets acquisitions of Croatian shipyards

    China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) has confirmed that it is considering potential investment in shipyards in Croatia. The state-owned Chinese group said in a statement on 14 May that it plans to carry out an “in-depth study” into the possible investments. CSIC identified two

  • Embraer’s Q1 losses grow in 2019

    Brazilian aerospace and defence manufacturer Embraer suffered first quarter losses for the second consecutive year in 2019, according to financial results published on 15 April. By the company’s adjusted measure of earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT), losses of USD15.2 million were

  • European allies contradict US assessment of Iranian threat

    Apparent tensions between NATO allies over an imminent Iranian threat were exposed after a two-star UK general briefed journalists on 14 May. Major General Chris Ghika, the second in command of the Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR), fielded questions from Bagdad. While

  • IMDEX 2019: Indonesia to reinstate missile capabilities on KCR-60M fast attack craft

    Key Points Indonesia plans to reinstate missile capabilities on two of its KCR-60M vessels in the long term First- and second-of-class were earlier stripped of their missile launchers after receiving Chinese-made CIWS turrets Slightly more than a year after removing missile launchers from two of

  • IMDEX 2019: Singapore navy confirms 16 m-class USVs aboard future unmanned vehicle ‘mothership’

    The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) will field 16 m-class unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) on its future Multi-role Combat Vessels (MRCVs), a senior RSN official confirmed during a media briefing on the sidelines of the IMDEX 2019 exhibition held in Singapore from 14 to 16 May. Senior Lieutenant

  • IMDEX 2019: Zycraft expands Vigilant IUSV capabilities

    Zycraft, a Singapore-based technology company specialising in the design and manufacture of unmanned surface vessels (USVs) for commercial and government applications, is continuing to push development of its Vigilant Independent Unmanned Surface Vessel (IUSV) and plans to validate new technologies

  • LNA claims it has been attacked by Turkish UAVs

    The Libyan National Army (LNA) has claimed that Turkish-made unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are being used to carry out attacks against the forces it has deployed to capture Tripoli from forces aligned with the internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA). The claim was made in a

  • Mecar’s M929 APFSDS-T ammunition undergoes trials in Slovakia

    Belgium’s Mecar and Slovakia’s ZTS-Special conducted validation trials in late April in Slovakia with new M929 armor piercing fin-stabilised discarding sabot-tracer (APFSDS-T) ammunition developed specially for the 2A42 family of 30x165 mm calibre automatic cannons. The trials were held

  • MILEX 2019: Belarus begins to export Konkurs-RB ATGM launcher

    Belarus has begun exporting the 9P135M1(RB) anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) launcher, a source from the country’s defence industry told Jane’s at the MILEX 2019 exhibition being held in Minsk on 15–18 May. “In 2016–2017, JSC TsNIP conducted work to resume production of

  • New ‘high-frequency’ laboratory to enhance Australia’s JORN radar network

    BAE Systems Australia has opened what it described as a “high-frequency [HF] laboratory” to develop new technologies to further enhance the capabilities of Australia’s over-the-horizon Jindalee Operational Radar Network (JORN). The laboratory, which opened on 17 May near Adelaide,

  • NORAD F-16A crashes in California

    A North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Lockheed Martin F-16A Flying Falcon crashed in southern California on 16 May. The aircraft was from the Air National Guard (ANG) and was assigned to the 114th Fighter Wing based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The crash took place around 3:45 pm

  • PLAN decommissions four Type 051 destroyers

    China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) decommissioned four Type 051 (Luda)-class destroyers in a ceremony held at the North Sea Fleet base in Lushun, formerly known as Port Arthur, on 16 May. Named Kaifeng (with pennant number 109), Dalian (110), Zunyi (134), and Guilin (164), the

  • Pratt & Miller’s EMAV put through its paces at US Army RCV rodeo

    Two examples of the Expeditionary Modular Autonomous Vehicle (EMAV) from Pratt & Miller have been assessed at the US Army’s Next Generation Combat Vehicle (NGCV) Robotic Combat Vehicle (RCV) Phase II Demonstration and Assessment Event, held at the Texas A&M RELLIS Campus in