• Rafale seen with UAV kill marking

    A marking has been spotted on a French Rafale fighter indicating it has shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The Rafale, which had the UAV stencilled next to bomb markings symbolising ground attack missions it has performed, was seen in a photograph released by the French Ministry of Armed

  • Six percent of US Air Force C-130 fleet remains out of service due to rainbow-fitting inspections

    Approximately 6% of the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules medium transport/multirole aircraft fleet remains out of service as the air force continues its rainbow-fitting inspections.The USAF announced on 7 August that 123 of 450 aircraft were temporarily removed from service after atypical cracks were found on the lower centre wing joint, or rainbow fitting, during programmed depot maintenance.

  • Taiwan proposes record-high defence budget for 2020

    Taiwan’s Executive Yuan has approved a national defence budget of TWD411.3 billion (USD13.1 billion) for 2020. The new budget – announced amid rising tension with mainland China – represents a 5.2% increase over defence spending in 2019. The Ministry of National Defence (MND) said

  • Turkey, US making progress on Syrian ‘safe zone’

    Turkey and the United States are in the process of implementing their agreement to establish a Joint Operations Centre (JOC) in Sanliurfa to co-ordinate a ‘safe zone’ along the border in northeast Syria, the Turkish Ministry of Defence (MSB) said on 16 August. The announcement

  • Kim continues to let his missiles do the talking

    Key Points North Korea has continued to mount a series of weapon tests The tests have been a reaction to US-South Korean military drills and most recently a speech by the South Korean president North Korea test-fired two more missiles into the waters off its east coast on 16 August while

  • Myanmar military academy comes under rebel attack

    Myanmar’s Defence Services Technological Academy (DSTA), the military’s leading training institute for cyber operations and signals intelligence, has come under insurgent attack for the first time in its 26-year history. Chinese manufactured surface-to-surface rockets fired by rebels

  • Poland orders support vehicles for Rak mortars

    The Polish Armament Inspectorate signed a PLN129 million (USD32.8 million) contract with Huta Stalowa Wola (HSW) on 13 August for the delivery of 24 Artyleryjski Wóz Amunicyjny (AWA) ammunition supply vehicles for Rak M120 self-propelled mortar companies in 2019–20. “I hope that in

  • US Air Force seeks information on sUAS supply chain investment roadmap

    Key Points The US Air Force seeks information on creating financial incentives to shore up the US small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) supply chain The US sUAS industrial base has not been able to successfully compete with dominant foreign competition The US Air Force (USAF) seeks information

  • DSME posts losses as HHI merger looms

    South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) has posted a fall in sales and profits for the second quarter of fiscal year 2019, which the company attributed to growing challenges in the global economy. DSME said on 14 August that its revenues for the quarter were KRW2.1

  • Israeli corvette upgraded with ALPHA radar

    At least one of the Israeli Navy’s three Saar-5 corvettes now has the new IAI-Elta ELM-2258 Advanced Lightweight Phased Array (ALPHA) radar, images emerging from the multinational Exercise ‘Mighty Waves’ have shown. The ALPHA is a multi-function active electronically scanned array

  • US THAAD task force returns home from Romania

    The US 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command’s 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) task force began withdrawing from Romania on 9 August, following its deployment there in April 2019, the US European Command (EUCOM) announced in a press release on

  • Bankrupt Dutch submersible manufacturer acquired by diving specialist JFD

    British supplier of specialist diving equipment JFD announced on 14 August that it had acquired the assets, intellectual property, and design rights of Ortega Submersibles BV, a Dutch manufacturer that was declared bankrupt in May. The company designed and produced swimmer delivery vehicles (SDVs)

  • Embraer reports 10% revenue rise in second quarter

    Brazilian aerospace and defence manufacturer Embraer published results from the second quarter of its 2019 financial year on 14 August. The company generated revenue of USD1,389 million in the period, an increase of 10% year on year, in part due to a large rise in sales in its Defence & Security

  • TADTE 2019: Taiwan displays its latest weapon systems

    Key Points Taiwan’s TADTE defence exhibition saw a number of new systems put on display Apart from developing its own systems, Taiwan is looking to secure more significant procurements of US weapons systems Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) showcased some of its latest

  • Bulgaria makes F-16 payment

    The Bulgarian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its website on 12 August that it had transferred USD1.2 billion to the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 8 August for the procurement of F-16 Block 70 combat aircraft. The ministry said the DSCA's confirmation of receipt marks the

  • Indonesia receives two more upgraded Su-30s

    The Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU) has taken delivery of two more Su-30 aircraft that underwent upgrades in Belarus. In response to queries from Jane’s , the service’s office of information and public affairs replied that the aircraft,

  • Iran unveils new Raad MRAP

    Iran has unveiled what appears to be its first indigenously developed mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicle (MRAP) on 13 August. The Raad was unveiled in a ceremony held at the Defense Industries Organization in Isfahan and attended by Defence Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami, as well as

  • New Russian divisional base to be ready by end of year

    Construction of a permanent garrison for the 150th Motor Rifle Division near Rostov-on-Don in southern Russia is to be completed by the end of the year in order to allow its final regiment to be established. The unit was one of three Russian division-sized formations set up near Ukraine’s

  • Rafael/Stolero set to complete Aeronautics purchase

    The acquisition of Israeli unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer Aeronautics by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and businessman Avihai Stolero moved closer to completion on 13 August after approval from the government’s socio-economic cabinet. Aeronautics shareholders and the Government

  • USAF F-35As deploy to austere Middle East airbase

    A detachment of US Air Force F-35A Lightnings has carried out the first deployment of the stealth aircraft to a temporary operating site in the Middle East, US Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT) announced on 12 August. It said the F-35As from the 4th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron (EFS) and

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