• New Israeli-made OPV voyages to Honduras

    The Honduran navy’s new offshore patrol vessel (OPV), General José Trinidad Cabañas (FNH-2021), is scheduled to arrive in the Central American nation by the end of the month or early January 2020. The vessel departed an Israeli port on 5 December and is currently undertaking a

  • Pentagon acquisition chief makes counter-UAS top priority

    The US Department of Defense plans to redouble efforts in countering threats posed by unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), with the Pentagon’s top acquisition official putting the mission near the top of US national security priorities for 2020. “One of the threats seen in every [area of

  • Pentagon restricts Saudi Arabian students training in the US to classrooms

    Key Points The US Department of Defense is restricting Saudi military students in the US to classrooms following a fatal shooting by a Saudi student on 6 December Saudi Arabia has approximately 852 students in the continental US The Pentagon is restricting training of Saudi Arabian military

  • Pentagon to roll out new cyber-security certifications for industry next month

    A slew of new cyber-security standards and protocols, being drafted by the Pentagon for the defence industry, is on track for release next month, with industry compliance to those standards becoming mandatory for all future US armed forces contracts beginning in the spring of 2020, the US Department

  • RAAF retires fleet of PC-9/A training aircraft

    The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) retired its fleet of PC-9/A tandem-seat, turboprop training aircraft in a ceremony held on 12 December at RAAF Base Pearce. The PC-9 aircraft, the first of which entered service in 1987, “provided fantastic service to the Australian Defence Force [ADF]

  • RUAG completes development of new Gladiator VLS

    RUAG Simulation & Training (S&T) has completed development of its new Gladiator vehicle live simulation (VLS) equipment and showcased it at the 2019 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando in December. First revealed in prototype form at

  • Rheinmetall advances Next Generation 130 mm tank gun

    Rheinmetall Weapons and Ammunition “has completed developmental efforts” of an initial new Next Generation (NG) 130 mm smooth bore tank gun, but some further design changes are expected, company officials told Jane’s. The first NG 130 mm smooth bore gun, unveiled at Eurosatory

  • Australia approves more F-35s, ends classic Hornet pilot conversion

    Australia has approved the procurement of 24 more Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft, the Department of Defence (DoD) announced on 12 December. The approval from Defence Minister Linda Reynolds came on the same day that a further seven F-35s arrived at RAAF Base

  • Turkish UAVs suffer high attrition in Libya

    Many of the Bayraktar TB2 armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that Turkey has deployed to Libya have been destroyed since June, according to the UN panel of experts report on Libya publicly released on 11 December. The first indication that Ankara was deploying UAVs to Libya was seen on 18 May,

  • Two more Type 056A corvettes in service with the Chinese navy

    Two more Type 056A (Jiangdao)-class corvettes have recently entered service with China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). The ships have been named Bazhong (pennant number 625) and Shuozhou (610), both of which are the names of prefecture-level cities in China. No official

  • Argentina develops rotary-wing UAS for naval operations

    Argentine company INVAP is working with the national helicopter manufacturer Cicaré on the development of the Rotary-winged Unmanned Aerial System (RUAS), Jane’s learned from an industry source on 9 December. The RUAS, which is to be geared towards maritime operations, will be an

  • ASPI analyst questions Australian naval investment plans

    Major investment in new submarines, frigates, and offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) has left the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) with little or no financial headroom to exploit potentially game-changing technologies, a key analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) has warned. The Project

  • Australia, South Korea commit to boosting industrial ties

    Australia and South Korea have said they intended to work together to address “policy challenges” as part of an effort to deepen defence industrial ties. In a joint statement issued following meetings between Australia and South Korea’s foreign and defence ministers on 12

  • Collins Aerospace CEO to chair Aerospace Industries Association

    Kelly Ortberg, CEO of Collins Aerospace, a unit of United Technologies Corp (UTC), has been named the 2020 chairman of the Aerospace Industries Association’s (AIA) board of governors. Kathy Warden, Northrop Grumman’s chairman, CEO, and president, will serve as AIA’s vice-chairman

  • DARPA reveals plans for NOMARS unmanned ship

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has laid out plans for another innovative unmanned autonomous ship programme a decade after launching its ground-breaking anti-submarine warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) programme. In an information notice issued on 3

  • Japan Marine United launches third Awaji-class minesweeper

    Shipbuilding company Japan Marine United (JMU) Corporation has launched the third Awaji-class mine countermeasures vessel (MCMV) on order for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). The 67 m-long boat, which has been named Etajima (with pennant number MSO 306), entered the water in a

  • Philippine Navy launches online procurement portal

    The Philippine Navy (PN) launched on 11 December an online portal to monitor procurement projects in a bid to increase transparency and accelerate modernisation efforts. The new portal – dubbed the Procurement Information System Management (PrISM) – shows the status and a brief

  • Update: Legislation likely to establish US Space Force no later than 2021

    Key Points The defence policy bill would establish the US Space Force as a part of the US Air Force likely no later than 2021 This could benefit space contractors while hindering the independent services’ space efforts The United States would establish the US Space Force (USSF) in the model

  • Both pillars of EDA’s project financing mechanism now completed

    The European Defence Agency (EDA) has locked down the final component of its planned Cooperative Financial Mechanism (CFM) after the European Investment Bank (EIB) signed on to the financing scheme during ceremonies at the agency on 9 December. “The CFM is a way of putting oil in the engine

  • Colombian Army desires pair of new helicopter training facilities

    Key Points The Colombian Army seeks to develop an advanced helicopter training centre and a high-altitude landing and operations centre The army wants to have an international and regional aviation training centre by 2025 The Colombian National Army (Ejército Nacional de Colombia: EJC) wants