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  • Dubai Airshow 2013: Saab closes in on 340 MSA certification

    Saab expects to have completed certification of its 340 regional airliner-based Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA) by the end of the year, a company official told IHS Jane's on 19 November. Speaking at the Dubai Airshow, Johan Rattvall, director Maritime Surveillance Marketing and Sales, said

  • Dubai Air Show 2013: Algeria shows interest in MALE UAV from UAE

    Algeria is considering the Adcom Systems Yabhon United 40 Block 5 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to fulfill its medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) requirement, a company official said at the Dubai Air Show 2013. Speaking to IHS Jane's on 17

  • Dubai Air Show 2013: Boeing selects Challenger 600 biz-jet to host MSA capability

    Boeing unveiled the Bombardier Challenger 605 business jet as the host platform for its new maritime surveillance aircraft (MSA) at the Dubai Air Show on 18 November. Speaking at the show, Tim Peters, Boeing vice-president and general manager, Mobility, Surveillance & Engagement, said that the

  • JTIC Brief: Changing times - Pakistani Taliban selects new leader

    Key Points Pakistani militant Islamist group Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) announced on 7 November that Maulana Qazi Fazlullah had become the group's new leader. Fazlullah replaced Hakimullah Mehsud, who was killed in a suspected United States unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) missile strike in North

  • RDAF gets Litening G4 targeting pods

    The Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF) has become the first international partner to receive the Litening G4: the latest configuration of Northrop Grumman's AN/AAQ-28(V)7 Litening advanced targeting system. Following a two-week flight test evaluation programme of 25 sorties that verified the pod's

  • Rheinmetall confirms Indonesian Leopard 2 contract

    Indonesia has acquired 103 Leopard 2A4 main battle tanks (MBTs), 42 upgraded Marder 1A3 infantry fighting vehicles, and 11 armoured recovery and engineering vehicles from surplus German Army stocks, Rheinmetall Defence confirmed in a 13 November statement. The statement said that Rheinmetall would

  • CAD images suggest 'strike' version of Shenyang J-31

    Key Points CAD images that have appeared on Chinese websites suggest a strike version of Shenyang's J-31 stealth fighter The CAD images cannot be verified but would make sense given the PLAAF's lack of interest in the existing J-31 programme Computer-aided design (CAD) images that have appeared on

  • Further delays for modernisation of Russian Air Force Tu-160 bombers

    The modernisation of 16 Tupolev Tu-160 'Blackjack' strategic bombers, which according to the long range plans of the Russian Air Force (VVS) should have been completed in 2017, may be delayed to 2019 or beyond, IHS Jane's has been told by some of the specialists assigned to the project. At present

  • Iran rolls out another medium-range SAM

    Iran has continued to increase the confusion surrounding its air defence programmes by announcing that another medium-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) called the Sayyad-2 has gone into production. The Sayyad-2 was first mentioned in April 2011, when the Iranian media reported that it had been

  • Protracted coalition building likely to follow Nepalese election

    Key Points Nepal is due to hold long-delayed elections to form a new Constituent Assembly on 19 November. With a highly diverse society, comprising 125 ethnic groups and 127 languages, the fundamental issues dividing the main parties relate to proposals for federalism and state-restructuring under

  • Poland receives final C295s

    Poland has received its final two Airbus Military C295 transport aircraft after the aircraft arrived at the 8th Air Base Krakow-Balice on 2 November. The deliveries complete an order for five C295 transport planes signed on 29 June 2012. The USD262 million contract includes a 10-year logistic

  • FLIR announces earnings decline; Government Systems division weakest

    FLIR Systems reported on 24 October that Q3 2013 revenues climbed 8% to USD358.1 million while earnings decreased by 17% to USD46.5 million. Revenue from FLIR's Commercial Systems division increased 17% from the third quarter of 2012 to USD212.9 million. Meanwhile, revenue from FLIR's Government

  • Northrop announces earnings increase but warns of 2014 sequester impact

    US defence contractor Northrop Grumman's third quarter 2013 earnings increased 8% to USD497 million from USD459 million last year, the company announced on 23 October. Chief executive Wes Bush also noted, however, that another round of US government spending sequestration is scheduled to be

  • Norway's new government to strengthen defence and security

    The new minority government of Norway, currently being formed, unveiled its defence plans for its term of office on 14 October. Following its success in Norway's September elections, the new government is a coalition of the right-wing Conservative and Progressive parties. Both have traditionally

  • Romania buys Portuguese F-16s

    Romania has completed the purchase of 12 Lockheed Martin F-16AM/BM Fighting Falcons from Portugal, it was announced on 11 October. The aircraft package is understood to be worth EUR186.2 million (USD252.6 million), including nine former Portuguese Air Force aircraft, and three former US Air Force

  • US Navy completes initial cockpit upgrades for C-130T Hercules

    The US Navy (USN) has received back into service its final Lockheed Martin C-130T Hercules transport aircraft to go through an initial cockpit upgrade programme, the service announced in September. The last of the 19 C-130Ts to be modernised with a 'glass' cockpit by BAE Systems was handed back to

  • Russian T-72 MBT gets enhanced protection

    Two enhanced T-72 main battle tanks (MBTs) were shown for the first time during RAE 2013 in Nizhny Tagil, Russia. The MBTs have been upgraded to enhance their survivability and developments have been made to meet the potential requirements of the export market, as the T-72 MBT has been built in

  • Voyager poised to take on Falklands air bridge

    The Airbus Military A330-200 Voyager tanker-transport aircraft will take over the UK's Falkland Islands air bridge in the coming days, operator AirTanker disclosed on 1 October. The consortium is scheduled to pick up the trans-Atlantic route from the Royal Air Force (RAF) operated Lockheed L-1011

  • Lynx eyes precision marksmanship

    Russia's JSC Tochpribor has developed a precision engagement system for rifles, which automatically provides a firing solution for the shooter. The system is designated Lynx and is housed in a self-contained sighting unit that is mounted atop of the rifle in the position of a standard optical

  • Islamist militant attacks in northern Mali increasingly likely to escalate

    EVENT Media reports of ongoing low-level skirmishes in Kidal, a stronghold of the Tuareg movement, continued on 30 September between soldiers belonging to the Malian army and Tuaregs of the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (Mouvement Nationale pour la Libération de l'Azawad:

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