HEADLINES

  • Russian MiG-31 crashes, crew ejects

    A Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) MiG-31 ?Foxhound' interceptor crashed in the central Nizhny Novgorod region of the country on 19 September, state media reported. The twin-seat combat aircraft came down not long after take-off, with the RT news agency saying that flames were reported

  • Australia approves USD800 million defence fuel programme

    The Australian government has approved an AUD1.1 billion (USD800 million) ‘Defence Fuel Transformation Programme’ aimed at delivering “a safer, simpler and a more assured defence fuel network in partnership with industry” over the coming 30 years, Minister for Defence

  • Australian entities renew submarine support arrangement

    Australian shipbuilder ASC and the government’s Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group have signed an agreement to facilitate continued collaboration on supporting Royal Australian Navy (RAN) submarines. State-owned ASC said in a press release on 18 September that the agreement will be

  • ECA Group to supply Cobra UGVs to Thai military

    French robotics company ECA Group has been awarded a new contract to supply several units of its Cobra MK2 E unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) to the Thai military. The company said in an 11 September statement that it will execute the contract for the wheeled UGVs, which are to be used to counter

  • France and Vietnam deepen defence engagement

    France and Vietnam have signed an agreement to frame expanded defence collaboration over the coming decade. The joint vision statement on defence co-operation 2018–2028 was signed on 18 September during Vietnamese Defence Minister Ngo Xuan Lich’s visit to Paris. The new agreement,

  • A-Darter completes flight tests

    South Africa’s Denel Dynamics has completed qualification testing of its fifth-generation A-Darter short-range air-to-air missile, Denel announced on 17 September. Four guided launches were carried out at the Overberg Test Range, all of them against Skua targets. The first was carried out on

  • AFA 2018: US Air Force views Advanced Battle Management as a system of systems

    Key Points The US Air Force will pursue ABMS as a system of systems, rather than a traditional monolithic acquisition programme This will be tricky as a top acquisition official admitted this has been difficult in the past The US Air Force (USAF) wants its next-generation Advanced Battle

  • DIA wants MARS IOC within three years

    The head of the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) wants to build its proposed Machine-Assisted Analysis Rapid-Repository System (MARS) during his tenure at the agency. Lieutenant General Robert Ashley, DIA director, said he wants to reach initial operational capability (IOC) within three years

  • Egypt requests latest APFSDS-T tank round

    The US State Department has approved the sale of 60,500 120 mm rounds for Egypt’s M1A1 Abrams tanks, including the latest armoured-piercing, fin-stabilised, discarding-sabot tracer (APFSDS-T) munition, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 17 September. It said the

  • GDELS to start work on upgrading Spanish Marines’ IFVs

    General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) is set to begin work on upgrading some of the first batch of Piranha 1 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) it supplied to the Infanteria de Marina (the Spanish Marines) in 2003-04. The 8x8 vehicles will go through a mid-life maintenance programme and

  • IAI eyes UK AEW&C opportunity

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has expressed hope that the United Kingdom will launch an open tender for a new airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft for the Royal Air Force (RAF), Jane’s was told on 18 September. IAI’s subsidiary, Elta Systems, has been holding a

  • Qatari Typhoon, Hawk contract goes into effect

    The contract that Qatar signed covering the supply of 24 Eurofighter Typhoon multirole fighters and nine Hawk advanced jet trainers has become effective, prime contractor BAE Systems reported to the London Stock Exchange on 18 September. “The contract valued at approximately GBP5 billion

  • Russian Helicopters says ‘not liable’ for Slovak-overhauled Mi-17V-5

    Russian Helicopters announced on 17 September that it will not be held responsible for any possible issues related to the safe operation of an Afghan Air Force (AAF) Mi-17V-5 transport/utility helicopter that was recently overhauled by Slovak aircraft repair company Trencín (LOTN).

  • US security assistance has had little impact in Africa, says RAND

    US Security Sector Assistance (SSA) appears to have had little or no net impact on political violence in Africa since the end of the Cold War, according to two studies carried by the RAND Corporation on behalf of the US Office of the Secretary of Defense and the US military’s Africa Command

  • USAF B-52 conducts Arctic flight

    A US Air Force (USAF) B-52H nuclear-capable bomber has flown a long-range mission along Russia’s Arctic region as both countries continue to make shows of strength around each other’s coasts. The 1950s vintage bomber, using the call sign Chaos 43, took off for its mission from Royal Air

  • Russian surveillance aircraft mistakenly shot down by Syrian ally

    An Ilyushin Il-20 ‘Coot’ surveillance aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Force (VKS) was accidentally shot down by Syrian forces defending against an Israeli air raid on 17 September. The four-engined turboprop with 15 personnel onboard disappeared over the Mediterranean Sea at the same

  • Netherlands upgrades Apaches

    Dutch State Secretary of Defence Barbara Visser and Mich?le Hizon, principal director for Security Assistance at the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), signed a letter of offer and acceptance (LOA) on 14 September for the modernisation of the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) fleet of

  • RNLAF reforms squadron to operate Reapers

    The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) is re-activating its 306 Squadron at Leeuwarden Air Base to operate the four MQ-9 Reaper Block 5 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) it is procuring, the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its website on 14 September. The Netherlands ordered four

  • AFA 2018: Sikorsky enters final stages of Combat Rescue Helicopter development

    Sikorsky is entering the final stages of HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH) development and expects the first two engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) aircraft to soon start flight testing. Tim Healy, company director of air force programmes, told Jane’s on 19 September at the

  • AFA 2018: Top US Air Force acquisition official hopes for new ejection seat in FY 2020 budget

    Key Points A top USAF acquisition official hopes to have money in the FY 2020 budget for the Next-Generation Ejection Seat programme It will formally get the programme moving towards procurement A top US Air Force (USAF) acquisition official hopes the service will allocate money in the fiscal

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