• Bangladesh receives final surplus UK C-130J airlifter

    Bangladesh has received the last of five UK-surplus Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules transport aircraft it ordered, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) told Jane’s on 1 April. Aircraft ZH 887, a short-bodied C-130J (designated C5 in Royal Air Force [RAF] service), was transferred to the

  • Covid-19: Australia rolls out industry mitigation measures

    The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) said in late March that it will accelerate contracted payments – worth more than AUD500 million (USD307 million) – to local defence companies to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The DoD said that the move will result in the DoD

  • Covid-19: Dassault cancels dividend amid virus uncertainty

    Dassault Aviation is cancelling its proposed 2019 dividend, citing the economic uncertainty created by the coronavirus disease (Covid-19). The French aircraft manufacturer is also withdrawing the 2020 guidance that it issued earlier this year. The Covid-19 outbreak “has triggered a global

  • Covid-19: India extends procurement deadlines

    The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has extended deadlines for tenders supporting military procurements in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. A recent MoD statement - posted in a tweet by India’s defence secretary Ajay Kumar - said that in view of “extraordinary circumstances” it

  • Covid-19: Japan implements rationalisation efforts to improve procurement spending power

    The Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) has implemented a range of “rationalisation” initiatives supporting procurement savings worth more than JPY430 billion (USD4 billion), it said in an annual budgetary report published on 30 March. The move comes as Japan is looking to introduce

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  • Japan rejects foreign plans for next-generation fighter

    The Japanese Ministry of Defense's (MoD's) Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) has confirmed to Jane’s that it plans to pursue a Japan-led development project of a next-generation fighter aircraft, rejecting proposals by foreign manufacturers, including the one by Lockheed
  • KC-46A Pegasus fuel system leaks excessively

    Key Points The KC-46A’s fuel system leaks unreasonably in 16 platforms This could put pressure on the US Air Force’s desire to divest legacy tankers The US Air Force (USAF) has upgraded an existing deficiency of the Boeing KC-46A Pegasus aerial refueling tanker to the most serious