• India launches radar-imaging satellite

    The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has launched a radar-imaging Earth-observation satellite capable of capturing and relaying high-resolution images to enhance the Indian military’s surveillance capabilities. Officials said the locally developed and built, day-and-night,

  • Turkey to develop air defence laser system

    Turkish companies Aselsan, Roketsan, Ermeksan, and Saver, along with the Informatics and Information Security Research Center (Bilgem) within the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (Tubitak) and Gebze Technical University, have joined forces to turn their laser weapon studies

  • Update: Bell completes final V-280 key performance parameter test

    Key Points Bell completed its final V-280 key performance parameter testing by demonstrating low-speed agility manoeuvres This demonstrates the aircraft’s agility beyond a minimum US Army standard In early May, Bell completed its final V-280 Valor tiltrotor key performance parameter (KPP)

  • Belgium Naval & Robotics secures contract for Dutch/Belgian MCM programme

    Key Points Belgium Naval & Robotics is to provide the Belgian and Dutch navies with their future MCM capabilities The two nations will each procure six MCM mother ships that will control multiple offboard MCM assets The Belgium Naval & Robotics consortium has been contracted to provide

  • China protests US FONOP in South China Sea

    China’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has accused a US Navy (USN) warship of having entered “without permission” what it claims to be the “adjacent waters of its islands and reefs” in the disputed South China Sea (SCS). In an MND statement issued on 20 May, Senior

  • Japanese corporations outline strategies for defence growth

    Japanese corporations Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) and IHI Corporation have outlined plans to increase flagging defence sales over the next few years. In recent shareholder briefings the two companies put emphasis on developing new products, particularly for the military aerospace domain, and on

  • MILEX 2019: Belarus upgrades mid-range MRL inventory

    The Belarusian military has launched an initiative to modernise its inventory of 9P140 Uragan (Whirlwind) 220 mm medium-range multiple rocket launchers (MRLs), a source from the country’s defence industry told Jane’s at the MILEX 2019 show, which was held in Minsk from 15–18 May.

  • Roketsan unveils urban combat support weapon developments

    Roketsan of Turkey has disclosed company-funded development of two new lightweight guided support weapon systems for combat operations in an urban environment: CIDA and Yatagan. The company classifies the CIDA Weapon System as a cost-effective, low-collateral effects ‘enhanced smart

  • Sea Viper achieves first kill against Firejet target

    The UK Royal Navy (RN) has successfully completed a first test of its GWS 45 Sea Viper anti-air guided missile system against an MQM-178 Firejet target. Undertaken on 19 May at the conclusion of NATO Exercise ‘Formidable Shield 2019’, the firing involved an Aster 30 missile launched

  • Southern Mali attack highlights likelihood of jihadist conflict reaching coastal West Africa, targeting foreigners, churches, mining companies

    On 19 May, seven people were killed in a jihadist attack on a border post at Koury in Mali’s southern Sikasso region, near the Burkina Faso border. The attack comes amid warnings and assaults in coastal Ghana, Togo, and Benin, previously unaffected by terrorism, as well as Cote d’Ivoire,

  • Lacroix positions variant of Sylena decoy system for Singapore’s MRCV

    Following its success with recent naval programmes of Malaysia, Egypt and Qatar, French defence company Lacroix is building on this momentum and positioning a ‘fitted-for-purpose’ variant of its Sylena decoy launching systems for Singapore’s upcoming multi-role combat vessel (MRCV)

  • South Korea’s second Dokdo-class helicopter carrier begins sea trials

    Key Points South Korea has begun sea trials for its second Dokdo-class helicopter carrier The amphibious vessel is on track to be delivered by end-2020 The Republic of Korea Navy’s (RoKN’s) second Dokdo-class helicopter carrier, which will be known in service as ROKS Marado (6112)

  • Turkish president's rebuke of major business lobby indicates increased risk of punitive government measures targeting opposition-aligned firms

    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan censured on 16 May Turkey's main business group, the Turkish Industry and Business Association (Türk Sanayicileri ve Is Insanlari Dernegi: TUSIAD), saying that he would "hold accountable" those who "attack Turkey from

  • Widodo elected for second term, promises defence-sector gains for Indonesia

    Indonesian President Joko Widodo has been elected for a second term in office, it has been announced. His victory means continued emphasis on Indonesian military modernisation and defence industrial development balanced against moderate growth in defence spending. Indonesia’s General

  • France’s ALSR programme moves forward at last

    Delivery of France’s first Lightweight Surveillance and Reconnaissance Aircraft (Avion léger de surveillance et de reconnaissance – ALSR), a Beechcraft King Air 350 modified into a surveillance platform similar to the British Shadow R1, is now expected by the end of the year. After

  • Greek P-3B re-enters service

    The Hellenic Navy (HN) received its first refurbished Lockheed P-3B Orion maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) from Hellenic Aerospace Industry (HAI) in Tanagra on 17 May, effectively regenerating the HN’s airborne maritime patrol capability after a decade-long hiatus. The aircraft, which bears the

  • NAVAIR contracts BAE Systems for Dual Band Decoy demonstration phase

    The US Navy (USN) has selected BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems to develop a new towed offboard radio frequency (RF) countermeasures system to protect the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter aircraft against RF threat radars. Known as the Dual Band Decoy, the new countermeasure is

  • 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