• Apache and Chinook helicopters to participate in India’s annual Republic Day parade

    The Indian Air Force’s (IAF’s) newly inducted ‘AH-64E(I)’ Apache Guardian attack helicopters and Chinook CH-47F heavy-lift helicopters will participate in a fly-past at India’s annual Republic Day parade in New Delhi on 26 January. Officials said the two twin-engined

  • Lockheed Martin awarded OpFires Phase 3 integration contract

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) on 14 January announced the award to Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control of a USD31.9 million contract for the Phase 3 Integrated Weapon System component of the Operational Fires (OpFires) programme. “The joint DARPA/US Army

  • RAAF transfers F-35 training to Australia

    Australia has transferred pilot and maintainer training for Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft from the United States to home territory. The move, which took place in December 2019 and was announced by the US Air Force (USAF) on 15 January, saw the Royal

  • ReCAAP reports uptick in Asian piracy cases as concerns emerge over Singapore Strait

    The Asian region saw a slight increase in piracy cases throughout 2019, but the number of incidences in the Singapore Strait increased significantly compared with 2018. According to figures released by the intergovernmental body, Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery

  • Surface Navy 2020: Lockheed Martin picks up CSEA role for SSDS after GAO denies protest

    Lockheed Martin has commenced Combat System Engineering Agent (CSEA) activity for the US Navy’s (USN’s) Ship Self Defense System (SSDS) after a protest filed by rival company Raytheon was denied. The SSDS Mk 2, which is fitted to USN aircraft carriers and large deck amphibious ships, is

  • Surface Navy 2020: USN, USMC eye shore-based Naval Strike Missile

    The US Navy (USN) and US Marine Corps (USMC) are considering a shore-based version of the Naval Strike Missile (NSM), said James Geurts, assistant secretary of the Navy for Research, Development & Acquisition (RD&A). “It’s certainly something we’re looking at

  • Damen to develop shipbuilding facility in Bangladesh

    Dutch shipbuilder Damen and Australian services company Gentium Solutions have signed an agreement with Bangladesh’s Ministry of Industries to develop shipbuilding capability in the South Asian country. In a statement, Damen said the memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed on 14 January

  • India, Finland sign defence industry accord

    India and Finland have signed an agreement to support collaboration on defence research, development, and production. The memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed in New Delhi on 15 January by India’s Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar and Finnish Permanent Defence Secretary Jukka Juusti. In a

  • Uzbekistan receives Mi-35M helo

    Uzbekistan has received into service at least one of a batch of Mil Mi-35M ‘Hind-E’ assault helicopters that were ordered from Russia in early 2018. Footage aired on the national O’Zbekiston24 news channel on 14 January showed the two helicopters at Karshi Khanabad airbase in the south of the

  • Block 2 IRST flies on Super Hornet

    The US Navy (USN) and Boeing have flown the new Block 2 infrared search and track (IRST) long-range passive targeting pod on the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet combat aircraft. The flight, which was announced by Boeing on 15 January, took place in late 2019. The IRST is currently in its risk-reduction

  • Sikorsky-Rheinmetall, Boeing teams submit proposals for Germany’s STH helicopter

    The Lockheed Martin Sikorsky-Rheinmetall and Boeing teams submitted their proposals, the CH-53K and H-47, respectively, on 13 January for Germany’s heavy transport helicopter (Schwerer Transporthubschrauber: STH) project to replace the Luftwaffe’s existing CH-53G/GS/GA/GEs. Lockheed

  • Tokyo calls on Beijing to rein in military activities in East China Sea

    Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono has called on China to rein in its military activities in the East China Sea ahead of President Xi Jinping’s planned spring visit to Japan. In a speech given on 14 January at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC, Kono

  • Surface Navy 2020: Radar upgrades could make US Navy DDGs suitable for air warfare command

    With the increased capability and potential provided by the AN/SPY-6(V) radar suite slated for the DDG 51 Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers (DDGs), the US Navy (USN) is looking at DDGs for air warfare command roles. Currently, guided-missile cruisers (CGs) fill the role for the USN, but

  • Surface Navy 2020: Potential USN ammo could turn LCS into counter-drone ship

    A new kind of ammunition round being pursued by Northrop Grumman for the on-board Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) gun system could help the US Navy (USN) counter drone attacks, according to Kevin Knowles, the head of business development for LCS/Unmanned Surface Vessel programmes. Northrop Grumman has

  • China Coast Guard ship makes first-ever official visit to Philippines

    A China Coast Guard (CCG) ship has paid an official visit to Philippines for the first time ever and taken part in exercises with the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in an effort to improve bilateral ties amid tensions between Beijing and Manila over territorial disputes in the South China Sea. The

  • Italian Army orders new weapon systems to offset recent funding woes

    The Italian Army signed several contracts in late December 2019 for the acquisition of new high-tech weapon systems. This follows the launch by army chief Lieutenant General Salvatore Farina of five challenges, the fourth of which is ‘capabilities and systems’ aimed at modernising the

  • Rocket Lab building new facility in California

    US space startup Rocket Lab has begun building a new facility in Long Beach, California, that will house its corporate headquarters, additional production capacity, and a second mission control center. The company, which launches small satellites into space, said on 14 January that it expects to

  • France pledges more troops for Sahel as US reconsiders Africa deployments

    France has pledged to deploy 220 more troops to help suppress the Islamist insurgency in the Sahel, while the US is considering reducing its commitment. Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley told AFP on 13 January that US resources “could be reduced and then shifted,

  • Indian Navy pruning procurements due to budget cuts

    Faced with a continuing financial resource crunch, the Indian Navy (IN) is cutting back on some of its procurement plans: a move that, according to senior officers, will adversely affect the service’s long-delayed modernisation and operational efficiency. Official sources told Jane’s on

  • India’s Cabinet Committee on Security approves weapon and sensor package for four destroyers

    India’s Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) has approved an INR61.50 billion (USD867.5 million) weapon and sensor package for four 7,300-tonne guided-missile destroyers that are currently being built for the Indian Navy (IN) by the state-owned Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) in Mumbai.