• US Army places R&D contract for Rheinmetall StrikeShield APS

    The US Army is to begin testing of Rheinmetall’s StrikeShield active protection system (APS) in October 2020 under a USD11 million contract, the company announced in a 3 December press release. StrikeShield is the new name for the ADS system, previously developed and marketed by Rheinmetall

  • First modernised P-3 delivered to Chile

    The first of two Chilean Navy Lockheed P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft (MPAs) undergoing modernisation and mid-life upgrade work in Canada was delivered back to Chile in the first week of December. Work on the aircraft started in April 2017 under a USD36 million contract awarded to IMP from

  • KAI to update Link 16 datalink for RoKAF’s FA-50 aircraft

    South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has signed a contract with Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) to update the Link 16 tactical datalink system for the Republic of Korea Air Force’s (RoKAF’s) fleet of FA-50 light attack aircraft. In a 6 December

  • Sonardyne to provide underwater positioning and tracking technology for RoKN's future ASR-II submarine rescue ship

    Sonardyne International has been awarded a contract by General Electric's (GE’s) Power Conversion business to provide underwater positioning and tracking technology for the Republic of Korea Navy’s (RoKN’s) future 5,200-tonne auxiliary submarine rescue ship (ASR-II). In a 3

  • USN deploys USS New Orleans and USS America to Japan

    The US Navy (USN) has announced the deployment of a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock vessel and of its lead America-class amphibious assault ship to the Japanese coastal city of Sasebo to become part of the service’s Forward Deployed Naval Forces. The transport dock vessel, USS New

  • Thailand receives VN1 and VT4s from China

    The Royal Thai Army (RTA) has taken delivery of a shipment of military vehicles from the China North Industries Corporation (Norinco), the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) has reported. According to the state broadcaster, the vehicles comprised 38 VN1 8×8 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) and

  • US Army sets first PrSM flight test for 9 December

    If everything goes according to plan, the US Army will conduct its first flight test of a Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) prototype on 9 December at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, with tentative plans to test extended ranges in 2021. Brigadier General John Rafferty, the service’s

  • Washington looking to restart peace talks with the Taliban

    US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad began on 3 December a trip to Afghanistan and Qatar to meet with Afghan leaders and government representatives and rejoin talks with the Taliban about the steps that could lead to intra-Afghan negotiations and a peaceful

  • Germany plans to spend EUR8.9 billion on armaments in 2020

    Germany plans to spend EUR8.9 billion (USD9.9 billion) on armaments in 2020, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on its website on 5 December upon publication of its latest armaments report. In 2019, the Bundeswehr received an F125 frigate, 45 Puma infantry fighting vehicles, four Eurofighter combat

  • Malaysian MoD outlines procurement intentions in first-ever Defence White Paper

    Malaysia’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) outlined the armed forces’ capability requirements for the coming 10 years in its first-ever Defence White Paper, which was published on 4 December. The future force, which will include an amphibious component and unmanned systems, will perform its

  • Singapore's Special Operations Task Force gets new command centre

    The Singapore Armed Forces' (SAF's) Special Operations Task Force (SOTF) inaugurated the Special Operations Command Centre (SOCC) on 4 December to enhance its capabilities to centrally plan, monitor and manage multiple counter-terrorism and contingency operations. The SOCC, which is networked to

  • Expodefensa 2019: WB Group makes first appearance at convention

    Key Points WB Group made its first appearance at the Expodefensa 2019 exhibition in Bogota The company has sold its Flyeye UAV within the region Poland’s WB Group made its debut at the Expodefensa trade show in Bogota on 2 December, promoting products including its Flyeye mini unmanned

  • India’s Wipro to open cyber centre in Australia

    Indian technology group Wipro is to establish a cyber defence centre in Melbourne, Australia, it was announced on 4 December. The new facility, which is expected to commence operations soon, will be positioned to support sectors including defence, financial services, telecommunications, and energy.

  • India progresses sale of BEML

    The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) is preparing its planned sale of a major stake in public-sector company BEML (formerly Bharat Earth Movers Limited), Indian Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik has confirmed. The sale – to be progressed as a ‘strategic’ deal to a single

  • Expodefensa 2019: Leonardo M-346FA aircraft makes show debut

    Key Points Leonardo’s M-346FA made its first appearance at Expodefensa The aircraft’s dual-use capability could be an affordable option for Latin America’s smaller budgets Leonardo’s M-346FA fighter attack/light combat aircraft made its debut with a model shown at the

  • Infrared countermeasures on RAAF’s C-130J transports achieve FOC

    The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) announced on 4 December that the infrared countermeasures system on the Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF's) fleet of Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules tactical transport aircraft has achieved final operating capability (FOC). Director General Air

  • NATO improves force readiness

    Allies have delivered on NATO’s Readiness Initiative, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced in his press conference after the 3-4 December meeting of alliance heads of state and government in London. The initiative was launched during NATO’s 11–12 July 2018 summit in

  • NATO leaders approve report assessing China challenge to allies

    NATO leaders meeting in London on 3–4 December approved a new report calling on its members and its own political and military authorities to begin assessing the impact of China’s economic and military strength on the security of the Euro-Atlantic area. In his press conference after the

  • Spain funds F-110 frigate

    The Spanish government has given its approval for a loan of up to EUR1.63 billion (USD1.8 billion) to begin financing the F-110 frigate project. Construction work is due to start on the five-ship programme late next year once the final concept has been approved, builder Navantia told Jane’s

  • South Korea to advance development of indigenous long-range SAM system

    South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on 4 December that it has decided to advance the development of an indigenous long-range surface-to air missile (SAM) system amid concerns about North Korea’s growing ballistic missile capabilities. Referred to as

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