• Lockheed Martin signs long-term sustainment agreements for F-35

    Lockheed Martin has signed more long-term performance-based logistics (PBL) agreements with suppliers for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, continuing the transition to a model that allows companies to better plan and reduce sustainment costs for the aircraft. PBL contracts were

  • New Chinese combat aircraft engine designed and tested in 18 months

    China’s Gas Turbine Research Institute (GTRI) has within 18 months designed and tested a prototype of a new turbofan engine for fighter aircraft, according to a 17 April report published in the state-owned Global Times newspaper. This suggests that China may have finally resolved the

  • US, Japan agree to boost space, cyber-security co-operation

    The defence and foreign ministers of the US and Japan have agreed to boost co-operation in the fields of cyber security and outer space. The ministers agreed for the first time that a concerted cyber attack against Japan could be considered an armed attack, as stipulated in the US-Japan Security

  • Malaysia confirms countertrade talks with suppliers

    The Malaysian government is in discussion with countries including Russia, China, and Pakistan over deals to procure defence equipment in exchange for palm oil, Malaysian Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu has stated. In comments reported by local news agencies on 19 April, Mohamad Sabu said the move

  • Indonesia signs LOI with PT Pindad for Kaplan medium tanks

    Indonesia has reaffirmed its interest in acquiring the Kaplan MT Modern Medium Weight Tank (MMWT) developed by Turkish company FNSS Savunma Sistemleri and Indonesian land systems company PT Pindad. On 12 April the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Jakarta signed a letter of intent (LOI) with PT Pindad

  • UK MoD launches autonomous UUV competition

    The UK government’s Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) mechanism has launched a new multi-year themed competition, seeking proposals to develop an autonomous version of an existing large underwater vehicle. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) aims to address the Royal Navy’s need to

  • Update: New US Air Force S&T strategy focuses on prototyping and experimentation

    Key Points The US Air Force rolled out a new science and technology strategy that focuses on 2030 and beyond The service wants to draw upon past successes such as X-planes, Century Series aircraft, and stealth The new US Air Force (USAF) science and technology (S&T) strategy for 2030 and

  • US Army eyes milestone FY 2020 decision for network modernisation

    New pieces of communications have accompanied the US Army’s 2nd Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) on its deployment to Afghanistan, and soldiers’ operational feedback is expected to help guide network modernisation plans and the road ahead for the Integrated Tactical Network

  • IAF inaugurates repair and overhaul facility for Mi-17-V5 helos

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) inaugurated a repair and overhaul facility for its fleet of Russian-made Mil Mi-17-V5 ‘Hip’ medium-lift helicopters on 17 April at Chandigarh, some 250 km north of New Delhi. India had acquired 151 twin-engine Mi-17-V5s between 2008 and 2016 for USD2.87

  • Ukraine develops new command vehicle

    Ukrainian state-owned defence industrial holding group Ukroboronprom announced on 15 April that its Kiev Armoured Plant subsidiary has completed the development of new command vehicle BTR-3KS. The vehicle features an automated battle management system that provides operators with automated

  • North Korea announces test of ‘new tactical guided weapon’

    North Korea’s state-run media announced on 18 April that the country recently conducted a test-firing of what it described as a “a new tactical guided weapon”: a move that comes amid stalled talks with the United States over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons programme. The test,

  • UK safety watchdog highlights Watchkeeper UAV shortfalls

    Key Points The British Army is still having issues operating its Watchkeepers, despite the UAVs having received their ‘release to service’ certification Three Watchkeeper UAVs have crashed in recent years while on UK-based training sorties UK safety investigators have identified

  • ST Engineering finalises MRAS acquisition

    Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering) has concluded its acquisition of US aerospace firm MRA Systems (MRAS) from GE Aviation, a subsidiary of General Electric. ST Engineering said on 18 April that the acquisition – channelled through its US subsidiary, Vision Technologies

  • US Air Force finding minor issues following B-1B grounding

    A key US Air Force (USAF) officer has no deep concerns about the viability of the Rockwell B-1B Lancer strategic bomber following a 28 March grounding. “I am not finding any major additional significant system issues,” General Timothy Ray, Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) chief

  • AAAA 2019: Aurora promotes Odysseus ultra-long-endurance UAV to US Army aviators

    Key Points Aurora Flight Sciences displayed its Odysseus UAV at a major US Army trade show Odysseus is solar powered, autonomous, and can provide communications and ISR capability Aurora Flight Sciences promoted its Odysseus high-altitude ultra-long-endurance solar-powered autonomous unmanned

  • Babcock to shed stake in French helicopter joint venture

    Babcock has revealed that is selling its 50% stake in joint venture Helidax to partner Défense Conseil International (DCI). The company declined to comment further on the transaction but noted that it “would not impact on any of our other operations in France or elsewhere”.

  • Boeing gets another Saudi SLAM-ER pre-production contract

    Boeing has been awarded a second contract that is related to Saudi Arabia’s procurement of the Stand-off Land Attack Missile – Expanded Response (SLAM-ER), but it does not include the production of any missiles. The US Department of Defense announced on 16 April that it had awarded the

  • Israel reports lower 2018 defence exports

    The International Defence Cooperation Directorate of the Israeli Ministry of Defence, SIBAT, revealed on 17 April that the country had exported less defence equipment in 2018 than in previous years. Exports amounted to USD7.5 billion for the year, down from 2017’s USD9.2 billion. The

  • Japan, Philippines commit to further defence co-operation

    Japanese Defence Minister Takeshi Iwaya and his Philippine counterpart Delfin Lorenzana agreed on 17 April to broaden defence co-operation between their two countries, especially in the area of defence equipment. Japan has already donated defence equipment to the Philippines, including thousands of

  • Jordan planning border security upgrade

    Jordan is planning to upgrade its border security system, according to a notice published on the US Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website on 12 April. The notice said the US Army Contracting Command is conducting market research into companies that are interested in upgrading the existing

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