• Brazil receives BAFOs for its corvette project

    The four consortiums led by international shipbuilders vying to win the construction contract for four Tamandaré-class multi-purpose combat corvettes for the Brazilian Navy delivered their best and final offer (BAFO) on 8 March. The winner of the corvette project will be announced at the end of

  • European land forces pursue UGV technologies for future infantry operations

    European armed forces should collaborate further to explore concepts of operation, tactics, techniques, and procedures associated with emerging unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) technology, defence sources told Jane’s . Addressing delegates at SMi’s Future Soldier Technology conference in

  • Iraq takes first steps to producing its own military vehicles

    Iraq’s Samar Alkhair factory, a subsidiary of the Iraqi State Military Industries Company, unveiled an indigenously produced, lightly armoured 4×4 vehicle at the IQDEX exhibition, which was held in Baghdad from 9–12 March. Called the Hajjam 1, the vehicle is likely to be based on a

  • Russian military to receive medium-range UCAVs in 2019

    The Russian armed forces will commission medium-range unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs) for the first time in 2019, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu announced during a session of the State Duma’s defence committee on 11 March. Shoigu noted that, since 2013, the Russian Army has

  • Russia’s Pacific Fleet receives new divisional set of Bastion mobile coastal defence missile system

    The Russian Pacific Fleet in the Kamchatka Peninsula has received a new set of the land-based K-300P Bastion-P mobile coastal defence missile system as part of a modernisation programme, the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 12 March. An MoD video shows a column of at least seven

  • Swedish exports hold up after export reforms

    Swedish defence exports remained virtually static at SEK11.4 billion (USD1.2 billion) in 2018: a year in which the country introduced significant reforms to tighten export controls. The Swedish defence sector’s foreign sales last year compare with figures of SEK11.3 billion and SEK11 billion

  • UK reveals Defence Prosperity Programme investments

    The UK government has announced a range of new initiatives to support the country’s defence industrial base as part of the 2018 Defence Prosperity Programme, which seeks to improve the defence sector’s contribution to the country’s economy. Under the plans revealed on 14 March,

  • US Department of State approves possible sale of AIM-120C-7 AMRAAMs to Australia

    The US Department of State has approved a possible USD240.5 million foreign military sale of ground-launched Raytheon AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs) and related equipment to Australia, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said in a 13 March statement.

  • Damen looks for collaboration opportunities in the Philippines

    Damen Shipyards has outlined an intention to expand co-operation with counterparts in the Philippines as part of an effort to meet expanding naval and commercial shipbuilding requirements in the Southeast Asian country. A company spokesperson told Jane’s on 13 March that Damen officials have

  • SRC expands in Australia

    SRC Aus, the Australian subsidiary of US-headquartered SRC Inc (formerly Syracuse Research Corporation), has inaugurated a new office in Adelaide, South Australia. The facility – opened by Australian Defence Minister Christopher Pyne on 14 March – is the second the company has opened in

  • US Air Force resumes KC-46A acceptance

    Key Points The US Air Force resumed accepting KC-46A aircraft after a brief pause owing to foreign object debris issues A key USAF official said close inspections of Boeing processes could continue for at least another year The US Air Force (USAF) on 11 March resumed accepting deliveries of the

  • Pentagon budget 2020: DoD officials appear sanguine on growing national debt

    US defence officials previously feared that rising interest rates and growing federal debt would push the government’s net interest costs so high that they would squeeze out funding available for personnel, training, equipment, modernisation, maintenance, and more. Interest rates are now

  • Russia, Turkey begin co-ordinated patrols in Idlib, hold exercise in Black Sea

    Russia and Turkey initiated co-ordinated patrols on 8 March to implement a de-militarised zone in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province, a major area held by Syrian rebels, as part of a deal struck last year, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar announced that same day. “Russia will begin

  • Shoigu details Russian rearmament

    The proportion of modern equipment in service with the Russian military has reached 61.5%, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu told the Duma defence committee on 11 March. “Since 2012, the armed forces have received 109 Yars intercontinental-ballistic missiles [ICBMs], 108 submarine-launched

  • UN report highlights role of foreign intermediaries in North Korean arms sales

    North Korea continues to violate UN Security Council (UNSC) sanctions and has attempted to supply small arms, light weapons, and other military equipment to Houthi rebels in Yemen, as well as to Sudan and Libya via foreign intermediaries, according to a 5 March report by a United Nations panel of

  • Defence cargoes to receive priority in case of no-deal Brexit

    Military and defence industry cargoes have been put on a priority list in the event of a no-deal crash-out of the European Union by the United Kingdom at the end of March. The details were included in a list of priority cargoes, dubbed Category 1 Goods, issued by the UK government on 11 March,

  • European strategic autonomy would result in duplication with NATO

    EU member states have no choice but to develop a certain array of military assets and capabilities that duplicate those of NATO and its largest ally, the United States, if Europe wants the strategic autonomy to deal with crises in its neighbourhood, avow European officials and policy analysts. Any

  • France, Ethiopia sign defence accords to create navy

    France and Ethiopia signed a number of agreements on 12 March, aimed at strengthening military and economic ties between the two countries during a visit by French President Emmanuel Macron to Addis Abba. Details of the accords were not disclosed, although Reuters reported that Macron said at a

  • Indian Army begins restructuring process to boost operational efficiency

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved the first instalment of reforms to restructure the 1.26-million-strong Indian Army (IA) to maximise the service’s operational efficiency. Official sources told Jane’s on 13 March that this includes transferring 229 officers from army

  • Pentagon budget 2020: USN spending plan sets course for unmanned surface vehicles

    The proposed US Navy (USN) fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020) budget kicks off the purchasing plan for the USN’s planned new fleet of unmanned surface vehicles (USVs), which is part of the new vision for the service highlighted relatively recently for Admiral John Richardson, the chief of naval