• Wrecked minesweeper skipper relieved from duty

    The Spanish Navy has relieved from command the captain of a minesweeper that was badly damaged after running onto rocks during the search for a missing air force trainer aircraft in August. Segura-class minehunter SPS Turia had to be refloated and towed away from the accident site off La Manga, the

  • Pentagon asserts that 1,000 US troops in Syria is sufficient

    Maintaining US troop levels in Syria while creating a ‘safe zone’ along Syria’s northeastern border will not provide the Islamic State with a space to flourish, Pentagon officials asserted after incurring criticism from numerous directions. Washington is striving to strike a

  • Czech SHORAD procurement delayed

    The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) has delayed the Army of the Czech Republic’s (ACR’s) CZK10 billion (USD427 million) short-range air defence (SHORAD) system procurement. Deputy Defence Minister Filip Ríha told Jane’s recently that the contract would be concluded at the

  • Raytheon discloses Peregrine AAM development

    Raytheon has disclosed details of the development of a new, compact supersonic medium-range air-to-air missile (AAM) that, it says, is faster and more manoeuvrable than legacy medium-range AAMs. Primarily an internally-funded initiative, Peregrine is being developed as a day/night all-weather

  • Russia’s Palantin electronic warfare system makes training debut

    The Palantin electronic warfare (EW) system has made its training debut with a Russian battalion tactical group during an exercise near Voronezh, the Western Military District (WMD) press service announced on its website on 17 September. The system was used to “suppress enemy radio

  • Saudi military presents evidence of Iranian involvement in oil facility attacks

    Iranian-made cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) were used in the 14 September attacks on the Abqaiq and Khurais oil facilities but were not launched from Yemen as claimed, Saudi military spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maliki said in a press briefing four days later. “The attack

  • AFA 2019: Remote vision system issues impede Boeing KC-46A progress

    Key Points Two key issues are holding back Boeing’s progress in addressing KC-46A tanker remote vision system (RVS) problems A key US Air Force (USAF) officer said these two issues, acuity and depth plane compression, are very complex Boeing is making progress on resolving problems with its

  • UAE looking for more tank transporters

    Belarus hopes to secure another contract to supply additional heavy equipment transporters to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), according to Roman Golovchenko, the chairman of the State Military Industrial Committee of Belarus. “We are about to finish a major contract [with the UAE], which was

  • Airbus discloses possible employee misconduct on German work

    Airbus has notified German authorities that “several” of its employees may have committed “wrongdoings” with customer documents for two future German procurement projects, according to a brief statement from the aerospace company. The projects are in the communications,

  • Argentina’s OPV programme makes progress

    Argentina’s offshore patrol vessel (OPV) programme is making progress, with the first Argentine crew of 32 officers and ratings preparing to move to France to take over the first of four vessels. The OPV deal between French shipbuilder Naval Group and the Argentine government was officially

  • Australian, US universities to collaborate on autonomous vehicles

    The Australian government has provided funding to four local universities to collaborate with counterparts from the United States to develop next-generation autonomous vehicles. The Australian Department of Defence said on 18 September that the project is intended to improve autonomous

  • Boeing begins building first KC-46A for Japan

    Boeing has begun building the first of two KC-46A Pegasus tanker-transport aircraft for Japan, the company announced on 17 September. The loading of a 25 m-long wing spar into the company’s 767 production facility at Everett in Washington state marked a major milestone for the

  • Dozens killed in Afghanistan as violence intensifies following collapse of peace talks

    The levels of violence in Afghanistan have escalated since the collapse of peace talks between the United States and the Taliban on 7 September. In one of the latest incidents at least 20 people were killed and 95 others injured when a Taliban car bomb was detonated near a hospital in the southern

  • DSEI 2019: L3Harris TRL Technology adds CEMA capability to CORVUS

    UK-based L3Harris TRL Technology has further developed its CORVUS open standards platform for cyber electromagnetic activities (CEMA) and revealed the latest improvements at the 2019 Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition (DSEI 2019) in London from 10 to 13 September. CORVUS is a

  • HAL signals near-term growth opportunities

    India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has said it is in position to achieve strong near-term growth due to its orderbook sales, a commitment to research and development (R&D), and its growing repairs and overhauls business. The company, based in Bangalore, said in a presentation to

  • MBDA and Bharat Dynamics agree to missile assembly in India

    MBDA has signed an agreement with India’s Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) to support the production of the European company’s missile systems in India. Under the memorandum of understanding (MOU) the two firms will collaborate on setting up a final assembly, integration and test (FAIT)

  • Northrop Grumman revamps business units

    Northrop Grumman is eliminating three of its four main business units and creating three new ones under a reorganisation that the US defence contractor unveiled on 18 September. The new ‘operating sectors’ are Aeronautics Systems, Defense Systems and Space Systems. Of the four old

  • Saudi Arabia joins maritime security mission

    Saudi Arabia has decided to join the international alliance for the safety and protection of maritime navigation, its Ministry of Defence announced on 18 September. It said the alliance’s aim is to protect merchant ships of participating countries as they pass through maritime corridors

  • BAE Systems designing eight M88A3 prototypes

    The US Army has awarded BAE Systems with a USD318 million contract to upgrade its M88 recovery vehicles into a M88A3 configuration. Under the 44-month contract, the company will delver eight M88A3 prototypes to the service by 2022 for testing, BAE Systems told Jane’s . The new configuration

  • Royal Netherlands Army selects Iron Fist APS for CV90

    The Royal Netherlands Army has awarded BAE Systems Hägglunds a long-anticipated contract to integrate the Elbit Systems Iron Fist hard kill active protection system (APS) with its fleet of CV9035NL tracked infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs). The decision follows a two-phase series of studies,