• AFA 2018: US Air Force plans Section 804 authorities for light attack aircraft procurement

    Key Points The US Air Force plans to use new Section 804 authorities to accelerate light attack aircraft procurement This will allow the air force to field this aircraft faster than under traditional acquisition rules The US Air Force (USAF) plans to use Section 804 acquisition authorities to

  • Budget expert sees conflict between US Air Force squadron growth, modernisation ‘bow wave’

    Key Points A budget expert sees upcoming conflict with the US Air Force’s squadron growth and a spike in modernisation The service will have to make some hard choices on platforms by 2025–30 A respected budget expert sees future conflict between the US Air Force’s (USAF’s)

  • UK MoD prepares for Exercise ‘Information Warrior 2019’

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has revealed details regarding next year’s Exercise ‘Information Warrior’ (IW), which aims to support growth of information operations across the services. Addressing an IW Industry Day at QinetiQ’s Portsdown Technology Park facility on 18

  • Russia restarts naval exercises off Syria

    Russian naval forces have launched a new series of exercises across the eastern Mediterranean in a move that could limit the ability of Israeli aircraft to strike at targets in Syria. The Russian military issued a notice to airmen (NOTAMs) on 18 September closing off nine exercise areas of airspace

  • Russia’s advanced military helicopters to get new rocket pods

    New Russian combat and military transport helicopters will be armed with the 9-A-5013 80 mm rocket pods developed by JSC Zaslon, a source from the company told Jane’s . “The 9-A-5013 pod has been developed for the Mil Mi-28NM combat helicopter. It features modular design and can be

  • Czechs and Slovaks to pursue joint procurement

    The prime ministers of the Czech Republic and Slovakia announced plans for their respective countries to co-operate more closely on defence procurement after a meeting in Kosice, eastern Slovakia, on 17 September. Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis and his Slovak counterpart, Peter Pellegrini,

  • Second Project 677 Lada-class submarine launches

    The Russian Navy’s second Project 677 Lada-class submarine diesel-electric attack submarine, Kronshtadt , was launched in a ceremony at Admiralty Shipyards on 20 September. Kronshtadt and third boat Velikiye Luki (ex- Sevastopol ) were laid down in 2005 and 2006 respectively, but construction

  • China quietly increasing warship numbers

    Analysis of commercial satellite imagery indicates that the number of warships launched and commissioned in China in 2018 is significantly greater than has been officially confirmed. Until recently, the launch of ships for the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has been accompanied by

  • UK looks to buy new combat submersibles

    The United Kingdom is planning to acquire new US-built manned combat submersibles to replace the current Mk 8 Mod 1 SEAL Delivery Vehicles (SDVs) used by its Special Boat Service (SBS). Disclosing the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) case on 20 September, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency

  • US Navy demonstration converts heat into sound

    The US Navy has demonstrated a sonar made from carbon nanotubes, called a thermophore, that takes heat and converts it into sound without any moving parts. The demonstration was conducted using a small unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) during the annual Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX)

  • AAD 2018: China’s Blowfish I VTOL UAV enters service with PLAN

    Officials from Chinese company Ziyan revealed at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2018 exhibition in South Africa on 19–23 September that the Blowfish I vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has entered service with the People’s Liberation Army Navy

  • AAD 2018: Leonardo signs M-345 development agreement with Paramount

    Leonardo and Paramount Group have signed a letter of intent (LOI), under which they will jointly evaluate developing an armed version of the former’s M-345 jet trainer for the African market. Signed during the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2018 show held in Pretoria, the companies said

  • DVD 2018: Fletcher laser-guided weapon system goes into low-rate initial production

    US company Arnold Defense announced that the Fletcher 2.75 inch/70 mm weapon system has gone into low-rate initial production. In a press release dated 13 September the company said it was working on the initial production run of the Fletcher launcher system and that the first one was to be

  • DVD 2018: Jankel unveils new 6x6 variants of Fox light tactical vehicle

    Jankel displayed a new 6x6 variant of the company’s Toyota-based Fox light tactical vehicle range at the DVD 2018 defence exhibition held in Millbrook, Bedfordshire, on 19–20 September. According to a Jankel press release published on 17 September, the variants are available on Toyota

  • DVD 2018: Lockheed Martin UK says Warrior programme is on track

    Lockheed Martin UK’s (LMUK’s) new director for the Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme (WCSP) said at the DVD 2018 defence exhibition that the WCSP was proceeding as planned and that the vehicles had entered trials. Lee Fellows, who became WCSP director three weeks ago, told

  • DVD 2018: Supacat unveils HMT 600 Coyote fitted with AUDS

    UK companies Supacat and Chess Dynamics displayed the former's HMT 600 Coyote tactical support vehicle in the counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) role fitted with the latter’s Anti-UAV Defence System (AUDS) at DVD 2018, held at Millbrook in Bedfordshire, on 19–20 September.

  • DVD 2018: UK proceeds with Boxer procurement

    UK Defence Minister Stuart Andrew has “given the green light to bring forward concrete plans for the project” to procure the Boxer armoured vehicle for the British Army, he said during a speech on the first day of the DVD 2018 defence exhibition held at the United Kingdom’s

  • Serbia confirms procurement of Chinese UAVs

    Serbian Deputy Defence Minister Nenad Miloradovic on 17 September confirmed that Serbia will buy unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs) from China. Miloradovic made his statement, broadcast by the Tanjug state news agency, in Beijing a day after several Belgrade media reported that Serbia would

  • US coastal patrol ships complete Griffin missile shoot

    Five Cyclone-class coastal patrol ships from the US Navy’s (USN’s) Bahrain-based 5th Fleet Combined Task Force (CTF) 55 have completed a series of Mk 60 Griffin Missile System (GMS) live firings against high-speed manoeuvring targets during an exercise in the Gulf. USS Hurricane (PC 3),

  • US imposes sanctions on China’s military procurement branch

    The United States has imposed sanctions on China’s defence procurement agency, the Equipment Development Department (EDD), following its acquisition of military equipment from Russia. The US State Department said on 20 September that the EDD’s recent acquisition of Russian materiel