• Number of IS-K fighters in Afghanistan on the rise, states Pentagon report

    The number of Islamic State-Khorasan (IS-K) fighters operating in Afghanistan may have increased fivefold within a year, according to a 17 May report to the US Congress by the Lead Inspector General at the Pentagon for the United States’ Operation ‘Freedom’s Sentinel’. Glenn

  • Sweden confirms UK Tempest talks, ambivalent on Franco-German FCAS

    Sweden has engaged in high-level talks with the UK regarding future co-operation on the Tempest next-generation fighter programme, while any potential involvement in the Franco-German Future Combat Air System (FCAS) appears to be off the table, according to comments made by the country’s

  • Sweden’s Defence Commission report underscores deterrent role of navy

    Key Points Increased naval capability will strengthen Sweden’s deterrent posture, according to Defence Commission The Commission’s report recommends augmentations to the Swedish navy’s surface ship, submarine, mine warfare, helicopter, and amphibious capabilities Upgrades

  • Turkey’s STM delivering Kargu loitering munitions to TSK

    Turkish state-owned defence technology, engineering, and trade company STM has delivered close to 150 Kargu rotary-wing loitering munitions to the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) so far and has also operated more than 20 Kargus together in a swarm, according to Murat Ikinci, general manager of STM.

  • US Air Force awards Northrop Grumman Joint Threat Emitter delivery order

    Key Points The US Air Force awarded Northrop Grumman a delivery order for additional Joint Threat Emitter units This includes delivery of eight wideband variants, which simulate a greater set of threats than the baseline version The US Air Force (USAF) in May awarded Northrop Grumman a USD46

  • US Army to detail hypersonic and directed-energy weapons plans

    US Army leaders will meet with industry in mid-June to layout their plans for developing a host of new technologies including hypersonic and directed-energy weapons, as well as space technologies in efforts to better compete with Russia and China, while also streamlining competing development

  • Yemeni rebels deny ballistic missile attack

    Yemen’s Ansar Allah (Houthi) rebel group denied that it carried out a ballistic missile attack against Saudi Arabia on 20 May. In a statement posted on its website, the group said its armed forces “did not carry out any military operation towards Saudi territory after the operation of 9

  • Bulgaria to establish Joint Special Operations Command

    The Bulgarian Parliament has approved changes in the Defence and Armed Forces law to enable the establishment of a Joint Special Operations Command. It will be directly subordinated to the Chief of Defence of the Bulgarian armed forces, General Andrey Botsev, and will include the existing 68th

  • Indian Navy demonstrates co-operative engagement firing capability

    The Indian Navy (IN) has carried out its first successful “co-operative engagement firing” trials using the Medium-range Surface-to Air-Missile (MRSAM) version of the Barak-8 missile system. IN Kolkata-class guided-missile destroyers INS Kochi (D 64) and INS Chennai (D 65) were involved

  • Update: Sikorsky HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter makes first flight

    Key Points Sikorsky’s HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter achieved first flight This enables the company to start flight tests towards a critical Milestone C decision The Sikorsky HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH), which the company is developing for the US Air Force (USAF), made its first

  • Greece receives 70 OH-58Ds and a Chinook from United States

    Greece received 70 Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior armed reconnaissance helicopters and a Boeing CH-47D Chinook heavy-lift helicopter at the port of Volos on 16 May. The US-sourced rotorcraft package is intended to significantly boost the capabilities of the Hellenic Army’s aviation branch, Elliniki

  • Hanjin resumes share trading, eyes new defence deals

    South Korean shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction (HHIC) resumed trading on the Korean stock exchange on 21 May following a three-month suspension because of capital erosion linked to its ailing subsidiary in the Philippines. The company, which is headquartered in Busan, said it is

  • Indian Army looking to procure LMGs

    A team of Indian Army (IA) officers is evaluating 7.62 mm (7.62×51) light machine guns (LMGs) manufactured by vendors in Bulgaria, Israel, and South Korea to meet the force’s immediate requirement for 16,400 LMGs. Official sources told Jane’s that the IA-led group, which also

  • Indian Army seeking to increase number of officers

    The Indian Army (IA) is planning to launch the Young Leaders Course (YLC) to annually instruct 400 enlisted soldiers into becoming officers. IA sources told Jane’s that the five months-long YLC, which will start in September and be run by the Officers Training Academy (OTA) in Chennai,

  • Italy advances EU maritime surveillance and protection effort

    The Italian Navy has outlined the development roadmap for a four-country EU initiative to deliver a deployable maritime security ‘system of systems’ incorporating multiple unmanned platforms and sensors. Intended to safeguard vessels and critical infrastructure in littoral environments

  • RNZN’s future hydrography ship arrives in New Zealand

    The Royal New Zealand Navy’s (RNZN’s) future hydrographic and diving support vessel has arrived in New Zealand following a 46 day-long journey from Denmark. The service announced in mid-May that the 84.7 m-long vessel, which will be known as HMNZS Manawanui once commissioned, sailed

  • State media’s anti-US messaging highlights elevated operational risks for US companies in China

    Following the escalation of trade disputes and the US decision to place Huawei on the “Entity List”, Chinese state media, through various channels, have strengthened criticism against the US, contrasting the positive atmosphere in early 2018. Foreign Affairs Minister and State Councillor

  • Seoul advances maritime helicopter procurement

    South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has issued a tender to procure a second batch of anti-submarine warfare (ASW) helicopters for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN), it has been confirmed to Jane’s . The programme – the Maritime Operation Helicopter

  • US Navy awards Sikorsky contract for 12 CH-53K helicopters

    Key Points The US Navy awarded Sikorsky a contract to build 12 King Stallion helicopters This is for LRIP lots 2–3, which will start deliveries in 2022 The US Navy (USN) on 17 May awarded Sikorsky a USD1.1 billion contract to build 12 production US Marine Corps (USMC) CH-53K King Stallion

  • CANSEC 2019 Show Daily site

    The two-day trade show will be held on 29 -30 May at the EY Centre, located at 4899 Uplands Drive in Ottawa. This page will be covering as every year since 2014, news live from the show.