• India to include 'innovation' scheme in procurement procedures

    The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced the inclusion of a scheme to promote innovation in small businesses into the country’s military acquisition processes. The MoD said in a statement on 21 January that the ‘Innovations for Defence Excellence’ – also known as

  • StandardAero acquires TRS Ireland

    StandardAero, a US-based provider of aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO), has acquired aviation and industrial engine repairer TRS Ireland for an undisclosed sum. TRS Ireland, which was a subsidiary of TRS Global Services, operates in Cork, Ireland. It has nearly 70,000 square feet of

  • UK orders more Jupiter training helos

    The United Kingdom has ordered a further four Airbus Helicopters H145 Jupiter training helicopters to add to the three already received, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 21 January. The new helicopters, along with 29 smaller H135 Junos, are used to instruct pilots on the rotary-wing (RW)

  • CAE names new defence head

    Canada’s CAE has named Raytheon executive Todd Probert as president of its Defence & Security Group. Probert replaces Gene Colabatistto, who retired from the Montreal-based training systems provider in December. Probert will be based in Washington, DC, providing proximity to US defence

  • Ukraine trials 2S22 Bogdana wheeled artillery

    The Ukrainian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has started trials of the 2S22 Bogdana, a wheeled self-propelled howitzer (SPH) armed with a 155 mm ordnance. The first trials were conducted with wooden blocks, as opposed to a munition, which is designed to test whether the barrel can handle the necessary

  • Brazil inaugurates new Antarctic research station

    The Brazilian Navy inaugurated its new Antarctic station Estação Antártica Comandante Ferraz (EACF) on 15 January. The facility at King George Island, in the Keller Peninsula, was built by China National Electronic Imports and Exports Corporation (CEIEC) to replace the original EACF.

  • Civil Aviation Organization of Iran confirms Tor-M1s fired at airliner

    The Civil Aviation Organization of Iran (CAOI) has confirmed that a Tor-M1 launched two missiles at Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 (PS752) before it crashed soon after taking off from Tehran’s international airport on 8 January. The Tor-M1 is a mobile short-range air defence system

  • France receives first Nerva LG UGVs for Scorpion programme

    The Direction générale de l’armement (DGA), the French defence procurement agency, has received the first Nerva LG unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) for France’s Scorpion programme, Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly announced on 15 January. The DGA said on its website on 15

  • Naval engine builder Fairbanks Morse to get new owner

    US industrial conglomerate EnPro Industries is selling naval engine builder Fairbanks Morse to private equity fund Arcline Investment Management for USD450 million in cash. EnPro said the sale, announced last month, will get it out of the power systems business and enable it to focus on its sealing

  • Polish paratroopers receive airdrop-capable vehicles

    Polish Minister of National Defence Mariusz Blaszczak handed 15 airdrop-capable 4×4 vehicles to the Polish 6th Airborne Brigade in Krakow on 15 January, his ministry reported on its website the same day. KAFAR, the company supplying the vehicles, said on its website that a PLN33.1 million

  • South Korean navy to deploy anti-piracy unit to Strait of Hormuz

    South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) announced on 21 January its decision to temporarily expand the operational area of the Republic of Korea Navy’s (RoKN’s) Cheonghae Anti-Piracy Unit to cover the Strait of Hormuz in the Middle East amid heightened tensions between

  • Surface Navy 2020: MIDS on Ship programme poised for full-rate production

    MIDS on Ship (MOS) programme, a BAE System platform designed to enable US Navy warships to employ Link 16 tactical datalink communications across domains through Data Link Solutions’ Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio Systems (MIDS JTRS), is poised to begin

  • US Marine Corps set sights on info ops with new command-level units

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) hopes to enhance its new cadre of command-level information operations (IO) units among component commands throughout the US armed forces’ regional combatant commands, as part of a wider Pentagon effort to gain the upper hand in increasingly competitive information

  • Indian MoD approves procurements for the army worth USD716.6 million

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) approved on 21 January the procurement of indigenously developed equipment worth INR51 billion (USD716.6 million) for the Indian Army (IA). The MoD’s Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), which is headed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, gave the green

  • Expal Systems to provide ammo, mortars for Philippine Navy

    Spain’s Expal Systems has been awarded two separate contracts to supply the Philippine Navy (PN) with naval gun ammunition and mortars. Under a USD1.2 million contract Expal is set to deliver 720 training and 748 high-explosive, point-detonating 76 mm rounds for the service’s two

  • Hermes 900 MALE UAV enters service with Philippine Air Force

    The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has begun operating the Elbit Systems Hermes 900 medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Images of two of the nine Hermes 900 platforms ordered from Israel have been circulating on social media since November 2019, with a video emerging a

  • Leonardo to provide RAT 31 DL/M radar system to Indonesian Air Force

    Italian defence group Leonardo has signed a contract with Indonesian company PT Len Industri (Persero) to provide an RAT 31DL/M long-range, 3D air-defence radar system for the Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU). The TNI-AU will operate the L-band,

  • RAF chiefs approve increase in C-130J crews

    UK Royal Air Force (RAF) chiefs have approved an uplift of aircrew and supporting engineering resources for their C-130J Hercules tactical airlift fleet in response to an accident report into the loss of an aircraft in the Middle East in August 2017, which highlighted personnel shortfalls as a

  • Russia hands over second batch of T-72 tanks, BRDM-2M ARVs to Laos

    Russia has delivered a second batch of T-72 main battle tanks (MBTs) and BRDM-2M 4×4 armoured reconnaissance vehicles (ARVs) to the Lao People’s Armed Forces (LPAF). The Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) said that the handover took place during a ceremony to commemorate the 71st

  • Two more Type 056A corvettes enter service with PLAN

    Two more anti-submarine warfare (ASW)-capable Type 056A (Jiangdao)-class corvettes have entered service with China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). The first, Lu’an (pennant number 611), was commissioned on 18 January, while Liaocheng (608) was commissioned the following