• Ethiopian Pantsyr-S1 revealed

    Ethiopia is operating at least one Russian-made Pantsyr-S1 short-range air defence system, local television news footage has revealed. The system was displayed during an event marking Defense Force Day in February, but its presence only became apparent after Ethiopian television news coverage was

  • Northrop Grumman awarded AARGM-ER EMD contract

    The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has awarded Northrop Grumman a USD322.5 million contract for the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase of the Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile-Extended Range (AARGM-ER) development programme. A USD17.2 million preliminary design

  • Pentagon budget 2020: US Army outlines Strategic Long-Range Cannon investment

    The US Army has laid out plans to spend USD228 million over the next three years to develop a Strategic Long-Range Cannon programme that will increase the reach of its artillery forces. In fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020) budget documents, the service broadly outlines plans to move forward with a

  • Pentagon budget 2020: US Army plans land-based hypersonic missile development

    At a time when China and Russia are racing ahead with hypersonic weapon development, the US Army is eyeing a USD1.2 billion investment over the next five years to begin prototype testing of one it can launch from the ground. When the service delivered its fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020) budget request

  • Romanian F-16s reach initial operational capability

    Romania has declared initial operational capability for its first 12 F-16s. During the ceremony at the 86th Air Force Base ‘Lieutenant Aviator Gheorghe Mociornita’ in Borcea on 14 March, Romanian Defence Minister Gabriel Les said, “Today we are writing an important page in the

  • Update: Brazil, US sign space technology safeguard agreement

    Key Points Brazil and the US signed an agreement that brings US space companies one step nearer to launching from Brazil The companies are enticed by the fuel-efficiency savings from launching so close to the equator Brazil and the US on 18 March signed a space technology safeguard agreement

  • Elbit attributes revenues boost to 2018 acquisitions

    Elbit Systems has reported a 9% increase in revenues year on year in 2018, attributed to an uptick in the sales of land systems in Europe through both its existing business and that of the newly-acquired IMI, as well as a boost to its commercial avionics sales via its new US subsidiary. As of 31

  • Military helicopter manufacturers improve airworthiness in Amazon region

    Key Points Sikorsky and Helibras have created new ways to improve airworthiness rates in the Amazon These include improved contracting methods and quick-change assembly modules Military helicopter manufacturers Sikorsky and Helibras have developed new ways to improve airworthiness rates in the

  • Pentagon’s MILCON list provides little clarity on Trump’s border wall

    The Pentagon on 18 March delivered a list of all US military construction (MILCON) projects that were not under contract at the start of the year to lawmakers after repeated requests from Congress for the Department of Defence (DoD) to disclose projects that have been had funds removed in order to

  • Qatar planning to buy Altay tanks

    Qatar is planning to order 100 Altay main battle tanks, Turkish officials have revealed. Ali Ihsan Yavuz, the vice chairman of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party, told the media on 12 March that the order had been placed, saying the first 40 Altays will be delivered to Qatar

  • UK holds Team Tempest industry day

    The UK government has drawn together representatives from the across the nation’s defence aerospace industry to engage on the Tempest future fighter and other aspects of the wider Future Combat Air System (FCAS). The event, held at Farnborough on 19 March, was the first time that companies

  • Airbus and Hensoldt enter framework agreement for self-protection systems

    Airbus Helicopters and Hensoldt have entered into a long-term framework agreement covering the supply of a missile protection capability for a range of Airbus Helicopters’ military platforms. Signed at the end of 2018, the agreement covers an initial 10-year period during which orders can be

  • Curtiss-Wright completes acquisition of TCG

    Curtiss-Wright announced on 18 March that it had completed the acquisition of Tactical Communications Group (TCG) in a USD50 million cash deal. TCG will be incorporated into Curtiss-Wright’s defence business line, which will benefit from adding TCG’s tactical datalink software

  • Gambian president sacks deputy, two senior ministers but presence of regional peacekeeping force mitigates civil war risk

    Gambian President Adama Barrow sacked Vice-President Ousainou Darboe and two senior ministers on 15 March without explanation. Darboe, Minister of Commerce Amadou Sanneh, and Minister of Agriculture Lamin Jobe were all members of the United Democratic Party (UDP), which now has no ministers in

  • More Russian defence companies hit by sanctions

    Six Russian defence companies have been hit by a new round of sanctions, the US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced on 15 March. The US said the defence companies being sanctioned were operating in Crimea had benefited from the “misappropriated Ukrainian state

  • Australia to boost EW capabilities with modified Gulfstream G550 business jets

    Australia is to buy four modified examples of the Gulfstream G550 business jet, designated the MC-55A ‘Peregrine’, to strengthen the country’s electronic warfare (EW) capabilities, Defence Minister Christopher Pyne and Minister for Defence Industry Linda Reynolds announced on 18

  • Australia to field four special mission Peregrine aircraft

    Australia is to field a new modified Gulfstream G550 business jet known as the MC-55A Peregrine, the Department of Defence (DoD) disclosed. The announcement that the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is to receive four such aircraft was made by Minister for Defence Christopher Pyne and Minister for

  • Brazil seeks to upgrade Barroso corvette

    The Brazilian Navy plans to extend the life of one of its front-line combat ships, Barroso (V34). The modernisation will significantly increase the ship’s capabilities and extend its service life, although the navy has not indicated how much additional time the service expects to get from the

  • Estonia receives first of two donated C-145As

    Estonia has received the first of two former US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) C-145A tactical transport aircraft to replace its two Soviet-era Antonov An-2 ‘Colt’ platforms. The US Embassy in Tallinn announced the arrival of the first

  • Pentagon budget 2020: US Army eyes AMPV LRIP-3 buy

    The US Army intends to purchase 131 additional Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicles (AMPVs) in 2020, some of which will fall under a third low-rate initial production (LRIP-3) buy. According to fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020) budget planning documents, the service wants to spend USD485.7 million next year on